Evraz Regina union says it’s losing jobs while projects are given to out-of-country companies



Evraz says it has laid off 219 people since May.


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Evraz says it has laid off 219 people since May.

The president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5890 says Evraz Regina could lose up to 500 jobs while out-of-province projects are importing steel for a pipeline from outside of Canada.

It announced on Friday that TC Energy, a pipeline company based in Calgary, had decided to import steel from outside of Canada for its 2021 NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) expansion project.

Mike Day is the president of USW Local 5890, which is the union associated with Evraz in Regina.

He said Evraz — the largest steel company in western Canada — spoke with TC Energy last Tuesday and they were informed the job had been given to an out-of-Canada company while jobs are being lost in Saskatchewan.

“Right now, they’re only predicting that we’re going to only have roughly about 15 people working in [Evraz] come

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The pandemic is an opportunity to reform education in the US | Education

School will start again for us in southern California next week. In some ways, it feels like school just ended. Or it never really ended.

What will be or will not be of the 2020-2021 school year has felt like a constant backdrop to our sundrenched pandemic summer. What will school look like? How will we manage work and school? Will we survive? How is this changing us? Questions languished in the thick summer air.

There have been plenty of emails from the school district, with phases and plans and slideshows and links. There have been articles and articles and articles about how other parents are feeling, what they are doing, what they are not doing. Pods, micro-schools, and tutors cloud my vision, already blurred with uncertainty about how to balance academics, social-emotional health and work.

To cope, I have not really engaged in any of it. I have taken

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First Nations back-to-school COVID-19 funding falls far short, says AFN regional chief



a group of people sitting in a room: First Nations schools, like Sturgeon Lake Central School in Saskatchewan seen in 2018, will be receiving $112 million for COVID-19 back to school preparations, Ottawa announced Wednesday.


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First Nations schools, like Sturgeon Lake Central School in Saskatchewan seen in 2018, will be receiving $112 million for COVID-19 back to school preparations, Ottawa announced Wednesday.

The $112 million for COVID-19 back-to-school preparations for First Nations that Ottawa announced on Wednesday falls far short of needs faced by communities, according to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) regional chief responsible for education. 

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron, who is the AFN regional chief for Saskatchewan, said the over 630 First Nations across Canada need about $1 billion to fully prepare for the restart of classes amid the pandemic. 

“Obviously our expectations were much higher,” said Cameron, who holds the education portfolio.

“We should have received $1 billion or close to it and at least we would have a fighting chance to have our schools ready.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $112 million

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Vendita Technology Hires Dan Heckman as New Chief Revenue Officer – Press Release

TAMPA, Fla.–(Business Wire)–Tampa based technology firm, Vendita, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Dan Heckman as their Chief Revenue Officer to help continue to grow revenue and add additional revenue streams across their portfolio of solutions.

Heckman has 25+ years in technology sales and marketing leadership positions with large and small SaaS based software companies including packaged and custom software as well as BPO services, creation of marketing demand engines and the development of transformational corporate sales processes from an executive level.

“His extensive experience in the development of strategy in addition to a deep understanding of what it takes to execute against that strategy lends itself perfectly to Vendita’s direction of revenue growth,” said Doug Sullinger, Founder and CEO of Vendita.

Additionally, Heckman has built sales and marketing teams from scratch, transformed large enterprises into solution selling engines and created new methods for added value across multiple

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Four-day working week in public sector could create 500,000 jobs, says thinktank report



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The public sector should switch to a four-day week to create 500,000 jobs and help ease a predicted spike in unemployment following the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report.

The Autonomy thinktank said “the time has come” for a shorter working week as the end of the government’s furlough scheme in October is expected to cause an unemployment crisis.

Research by the thinktank suggests public sector workers could move to a 32-hour week without any loss in wages at a cost of up to £9bn a year.

This figure, according to Autonomy, represents 6 per cent of the public sector salary bill and costs the same amount as the furlough employment scheme brought in to save jobs during the peak of the pandemic.

Moving to a four-day week would have the biggest impact in so-called “red wall” seats in the north of England and the

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First Quantum advances local employment, skills development drive in Zambia

Highlighting the success of copper, gold and zinc miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) in actively recruiting locals from within the North-Western province in Zambia, its Kansanshi mine employed 72 locals in July.

The mine is also investing in the training of the new employees.

The company reports that a comprehensive skills development programme is improving operations in its projects.

Besides creating local employment opportunities, the mine is providing training opportunities for local economic empowerment and an improved skills base.

FQM Kansanshi Foundation social responsibility manager Bruce Lewis says that, through its job centre, FQM is helping people find work through services such as job-hunting programmes and applying for internal vacancies.

He adds that local community members on the mining firm’s database are screened based on attitude, aptitude and against pre-qualification criteria for yearly vocational training opportunities offered through the Kansanshi Foundation to enable them to take on more skilled roles.

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Nordson Corporation Acquires vivaMOS Ltd., Adding Key Sensor Technology to Test and Inspection Business – Press Release

WESTLAKE, Ohio–(Business Wire)–Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has acquired vivaMOS Ltd., which designs, develops and fabricates high-end large-area complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for a wide range of X-ray applications. This acquisition builds on Nordson’s strategic objective to enhance its test and inspection capabilities for diverse end markets.

Based in Southampton, U.K., vivaMOS is a leader in its field for high-end large-area CMOS image sensors. The company was established in 2015 as a spinoff from the U.K.’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the aim of commercializing its X-ray image sensors. Its latest generation sensor offers a unique combination of speed, resolution and low-noise performance, enabling a wide range of X-ray applications.

“We have been collaborating closely with vivaMOS for several years, and we are excited about furthering our relationship and welcoming vivaMOS employees to the Nordson family. This acquisition gives Nordson differentiated and leading-edge X-ray sensor technology that will

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China online education firm Yuanfudao to raise $1.2 billion to nearly double valuation: sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese online education platform Yuanfudao is set to raise $1.2 billion in a new funding round which will value it at about $13 billion, according to two people with direct knowledge of the issue.

Yuanfudao’s existing investors, Tencent Holdings (0700.HK), Hillhouse Capital and Boyu Capital, will invest in this round, according to the people. The three are vying for a leading role in the fundraising with Tencent being the frontrunner, one of them said.

The eight-year-old company has nearly doubled its valuation within six months. In March, Yuanfudao raised $1 billion that valued it at $7.8 billion.

The company is planning to raise more fresh capital to include new investors in the near term at a different valuation, said one of the people, who declined to be identified as the information is confidential.

Yuanfudao and Boyu declined to comment. Tencent and Hillhouse did not

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Another Voice: Congress must give funding to workforce development | Opinion

Unemployed Americans are facing a glaringly overlooked hurdle in their job searches: thousands of businesses who used to employ them are permanently closed. And for these workers, the next job will almost certainly require new skills. The immediate need to provide unemployment assistance overlooks the reality that many jobs are forever gone.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported in 2017 that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost to advancements in automation – a trend that will continue to affect jobs as technologies continue to improve. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 60% of new jobs in the 21st century will require skills that only 20% of the present workforce has attained. That means as many as 100 million workers will need to advance their skill set.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services reported that 16.3 million Americans are

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