Government is supporting Nova Scotia’s seafood processing industry by unveiling educational tools to highlight and promote the industry and encourage employment growth. Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell was joined by members of the industry today, July 12, at Ka’Le Bay Seafoods, a division of Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd., in Glace Bay. The tools feature employees of Louisbourg Seafoods in videos to help tell the story of today’s seafood processing industry in Nova Scotia. Three other Nova Scotia seafood processors also featured are O’Neil Fisheries Ltd., Clearwater Seafoods, and Premium Seafoods. “The seafood industry in Nova Scotia has evolved, but the perceptions of some people are out of date. Some don’t see it as a suitable option for a full-time job in rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Colwell. “To help address the issue, industry and government have worked together to develop tools to help change how people think about jobs in this industry.” The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, in partnership with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, worked with the seafood processing industry on this $30,000 project. Along with the videos, it includes a website and infographic cards. “Nova Scotia has an ocean advantage, and many communities depend on it for their livelihood,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Government’s investments will mean more jobs and opportunity for people, including our youth, to stay in Nova Scotia. We need to make sure there are skilled workers available to fill these jobs, and these tools will help us do that.” Nova Scotia is Canada’s largest exporter of fresh seafood with exports valued at $1.68 billion. “Our local businesses want and need to grow and a shortage of good workers has some businesses passing up opportunities for expansion,” said Mr. Colwell. “These tools will inform Nova Scotians about today’s vibrant, innovative, economic-driving industry.” “We at Louisbourg Seafoods wanted help getting the word out that the Seafood Industry here in Nova Scotia is still a viable, and economically thriving business,” said Adam Mugridge, Species Development Biologist for Louisbourg Seafoods. “These are good jobs, and we need more people in our area to take advantage of the opportunities the seafood sector has to offer. These videos will help show our youth that traditional industries are still an important and sustainable option for them.” The items will be shared with the seafood industry, learning institutions, employment centres, rural chambers of commerce, the business community and media. For more information and to view the videos http://novascotia.ca/righthere.
Kolkata: A BJP delegation, led by the party’s state President Dilip Ghosh on Sunday visited the troubled Sandeshkhali area in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district where at least three persons were killed in a clash between the saffron outfit and the ruling Trinamool Congress. According to local residents, the clashes broke out in Sandeshkhali’s Hatgachi area over forceful removal of BJP flags on Saturday afternoon. The police has so far confirmed deaths of three political workers — two from BJP and one from Trinamool Congress in the incident, though the two parties claim at least eight deaths. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga State BJP sources claimed that five party workers — Pradip Mondal, Tapan Mondal, Sukanta Mondal, Devdas Mondal and Shankar Mondal — were shot dead from point blank range by TMC backed men, while 18 others had gone missing. The TMC accused the BJP of fomenting unrest and killing at least three of its party workers, “two of whom were thrown into the river”. The state BJP leaders including Ghosh, Mukul Roy, Locket Chatterjee, Shantanu Thakur, Jagannath Chatterjee met the family members of the slain party workers and also visited the Basirhat Hospital, where the injured BJP activists have been admitted. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “The Basirhat Hospital authorities are deliberately delaying the process of handing over the dead bodies of our workers. We are waiting,” Ghosh told IANS. The BJP leader said his party would demand compensation from the Bengal government for the bereaved family. “We will continue our protest against this brutality. We will hold a rally here on June 12,” he said. BJP workers also blocked roads and held demonstrations in Bankura, Hoogly, Howrah, Midnapore, Malda, Barackpore, Naihati and North and South Kolkata. A number of BJP men were arrested while holding a protest near the party’s state headquarters in central Kolkata. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation comprising state Food Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick and senior leaders Tapas Roy and Madan Mitra visited the family of Kayum Mollah, one of the dead party workers. With graphic images of those slain in the clashes circulating on the social media since Saturday night, internet services were suspended in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. A large contingent of police and Rapid Action Force personnel have also been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.