Army not a killing machine

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris says the army is not a killing machine and it’s a misconception to assume that.He says many, including the UN, have found the military to be useful and the work they have done in regards to construction of houses and roads is a very good step in the transition from conflicts to stability. In an interview with the Voice of Russia the Minister said that the army has also been trained to take humanitarian functions as different situations demand. He also insisted that the government wants to further scale down the military presence in the North but it would be a step by step process. “The general trend of direction is clear, we would like to reduce the military presence there as we move along, but the exigency may vary in different parts of the country. So you should take into account the contextual consideration. Certainly, we want to scale it down, but we would do that in a manner that is appropriate for a particular situation. One of the most important things is that people themselves want the army to play this role of an assistant,” he said.Minister Peiris also said that next month the people of the North will be able to elect members of their provincial council and the government is looking forward to that and any other event that is going to enrich the democratic process in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Health engineering degrees have best return says Workopolis study

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 2:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – If you want to improve your odds of getting a high-paying job after finishing your education, forget that English degree.A new report by Workopolis suggests that nursing and pharmacy students are most likely to land employment in their field after graduation.The study, which analyzed more than seven million resumes on the job search website, found that 97 per cent of those who studied nursing, whether it was at the bachelor, masters or PhD level, are working in jobs related to their education.Other degrees that showed the highest return included pharmacy (94 per cent); computer science (91 per cent); engineering (90 per cent) and human resources (88 per cent).Although health care jobs may be the most plentiful, the study also looked at data from Statistics Canada and found that engineering jobs were the highest-paying.Engineering graduates, on average, earned $76,000 as a starting salary, followed by healthcare graduates with $69,600; computer science graduates with $68,000 and law and math graduates with $67,600.Tara Talbot, vice-president of human resources at Workopolis, says students need to follow their passions but should also be aware that their choice of study could affect how easy or difficult it will be to get a job.“It’s an awareness,” Talbot says. “You want people to follow their passion, dig into something that energizes them. But I think they need to have a good sense of where that could lead.”She says that it’s no wonder the jobs in highest demand are skilled positions in the health industry, given the age of the baby boom generation.“With engineering, math and the financial field, those degrees tend to have a much more direct link to a career path.”But Talbot adds that it’s also important to keep in mind that along with hard skills — like a specific degree or ability to operate certain programs and equipment — employers also value graduates with “soft skills” such as communication, teamwork and problem solving abilities.“What I believe is that employers may not look just for someone with a degree in engineering,” said Talbot. “They look for people who have critical thinking skills, communicate well, and can problem solve. Often you get those through an education system… but also through experience.”Meanwhile, the study also suggests that Canadians are more educated now than they were in 2000, even though the majority say their degrees are not relevant to their current jobs.Workopolis found that 16 per cent more people list a bachelor’s degree as their top level of education on their resumes in 2014, compared with resumes in 2000. Forty-three per cent more Canadians have master’s degrees listed on their resumes versus those in 2000, while 25 per cent have listed a PhD than 14 years ago.Despite spending longer in school, 73 per cent of those who recently answered a poll on the job site say their degrees are not related to their jobs. While more than half (56 per cent) believe they’re overeducated for their position.More than 3,600 people participated in the poll, which was up on the job site from May 15 to June 2.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.”_ Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Health, engineering degrees have best return, says Workopolis study read more

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