For the fourth month in a row, Nova Scotia has set anotheremployment record. New figures released by Statistics Canada today, June 4, reportedthat 449,200 Nova Scotians were employed during the month of May. It’s an increase of 3,700 new jobs compared to the previousmonth. Over the last 12 months, 12,700 new jobs have beencreated, and 40,000 have been created since the summer of 1999. “This is great news. More and more Nova Scotians are findingjobs, going to work and collecting a pay cheque than at any timein our province’s history,” said Economic Development MinisterErnest Fage. “Once again, I would like to thank our employers andemployees for continuing to show faith in Nova Scotia and respondso favourably to our growth strategy, Opportunities forProsperity.” The Statistics Canada report also showed that monthly employmentincreased in every region of the province. “It’s important that all Nova Scotians, regardless of where theylive, be it Sydney Mines, Yarmouth, Berwick, Amherst or Halifax,share in the benefits that only the dignity of a new job willbring,” added Mr. Fage. “We are acting on one of the keydirections of our growth strategy, that helping build strongerregional economies will build a stronger provincial economy.” On May 31, Mr. Fage announced that Nova Scotia EconomicDevelopment would help expand the Composites Atlantic advancedmanufacturing facility in Lunenburg. Last week, Nova ScotiaBusiness Incorporated announced assistance to MacLeod Resourcesin River Denys, Inverness Co., to expand its export sales anddouble its workforce. “We know that no government creates jobs, but government can andshould take steps — such as competitive taxation and betterinfrastructure — to create a climate for the private sector togrow and succeed,” said Mr. Fage. In the last month, the Nova Scotia government has adopted anumber of measures to keep stimulating private-sector growth forthe year ahead. The 2004-05 budget passed in May includespersonal income tax reductions for low- and middle-income NovaScotians and accelerated small business tax relief. It alsoincreased provincial investments in critical transportationinfrastructure, such as highways, roads and bridges.
Driving while tired can be extremely dangerous, which is why Ford made the SleepSuit to simulate the feeling of drowsiness behind the wheel. Thank you for turning into ITWC, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.The SleepSuit is actually a set of weighted gear. It includes a weighted vest, cap, and limb braces which are supposed to make drivers feel the strain of moving their limbs when drowsy. Altogether, the set weighs 18 kg or just under 40 pounds. The extra weight makes moving, let alone driving, much harder.That’s not all that’s special; the SleepSuit also uses a pair of tinted goggles which mimic the absence of awareness during microsleep. When enabled, the lenses turn pitch black and completely blocks vision. Sound scary? This is a phenomenon that actually happens in traffic!After donning the weights, every tester is put through a mini obstacle course where they must respond to changing signs while the goggles switch between transparent and opaque. When I tried it, the added weights and the obstructed vision made reacting to “stop” and “go” commands extremely difficult.The SleepSuit is already in use to educate young drivers on the risks of sleep deprivation. Ford is placing more emphasis on younger drivers because they tend to do over-night study sessions and force themselves to stay awake for social events. But adults who overwork experience similar strain, which is why the sleep suit can be tremendously helpful for all drivers.
The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré, noted the resurgence of violence and killings perpetrated in Cité Soleil, as well as violent incidents around schools in Cap Haitian. “Such crimes are particularly disturbing as they endanger the safety of all, and the social peace that Haiti needs to move forward on the path of strengthening rule of law and socio-economic development,” she stated in a news release.The Mission urged all Haitians, civil society and other actors, including political, religious and community leaders, to continue working for peace. MINUSTAH also reiterated its commitment to support Haitian authorities, especially the Haitian National Police, to prevent violence and to strengthen the rule of law institutions in line with its mandate. Last month the UN Security Council extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until mid-October 2014. In doing so, it reiterated that building the capacity of the Haitian National Police remains “a most critical task” for the Mission.