Scotland bids to attract migrant workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Scotland is launching a drive to attract more foreign workers in an attemptto boost the country’s falling population and encourage economic growth. Jack McConnell, the Scottish First Minister, is hoping to attract moreimmigrant workers to prevent a stretched workforce and combat skills shortages.The campaign will seek to persuade people applying for permission to work inthe UK, to go to Scotland rather than other areas. Foreign students who gain qualifications at universities in Scotland will beencouraged to stay and work in the country and the Scottish executive is alsoplanning an overseas marketing campaign. Allan Hogarth, a spokesman for the Scottish CBI, said the country needs toadopt similar immigration policies to Canada and the US if it is to attractskilled immigrants. He said that unless more was done to make Scotland attractive to overseasworkers, the skills gaps in the economy would continue to grow. “We welcome this innovative and courageous approach to tackling thedemographic time bomb that’s ticking in Scotland,” Hogarth said.”There’s a recognition that we need to attract younger and more skilledpeople to the country.” Scotland’s population has fallen by 2 per cent in the past decade and isexpected to fall by another 4.5 per cent to just 4.83m by 2006. Scotland is the only area in the whole of Europe where the population andnumber of births are projected to fall. Paul Pagliari, HR director at Scottish Water, welcomed the scheme, but saidthe extent of the population problem and skills shortages came as a surprise. “It’s a very positive thing to do and having a more cosmopolitancommunity and workforce can only be a good thing. We’ve got a very open mind onwhere staff come from, but we’ve not really experienced any problems recruitingemployees with the right skills,” he said. By Ross Wigham Scotland bids to attract migrant workersOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

One in five MPs are landlords, register reveals

first_imgHome » News » One in five MPs are landlords, register reveals previous nextOne in five MPs are landlords, register revealsMost recently-released list of MPs’ interest shows shockingly high number of landlords in parliament.Nigel Lewis24th July 201702,625 Views One in five MPs are landlords, it is has been revealed following the release of MPs’ financial interests for the first time since this year’s General Election.MPs are required to give information on buy-to-let properties if they are worth more than £100,000 and/or generate an income of more than £10,000 a year.High profile MPs with rental properties include Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake (pictured, left), MP for Thirsk and Malton, who owns a third share in six residential properties in York as well as former housing ministers Brandon Lewis and Mark Prisk (pictured, right).Other notable MPs who are landlords include Hilary Benn, speaker John Bercow, Dr Liam Fox, Zac Goldsmith, Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Jeremy Hunt, Oliver Letwin, John Redwood, Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry and Keith Vaz.These are just some of the 123 MPs who have registered buy-to-let interests. Properties include houses, flats, farm and holiday cottages, says Channel 4’s FactCheck. Labour MP Laura Pidcock (pictured, left), who recently revealed she couldn’t afford to bet on the property ladder despite her £76,000 MPs salary, told Channel 4 that she thought “anyone who is a landlord should not be able to vote on legislation affecting landlords, it is a complete conflict of interest.“Of course they won’t vote for further protections for people in their homes and will try to get away with as little regulation as possible, as they perceive that this will affect their profits.”Tory totalThe Conservatives have the highest number of landlord MPs at 87 or nearly a third of their total number, followed by Labour at 28 (11%) and the SNP at three (9%).This is not the first time that MPs’ conflicts of interest have been revealed – most famously, 72 landlord MPs voted down recent legislation to ensure homes are “fit for human habitation” while research by agent eMoov two years ago revealed that MPs with second homes funded by the tax payer had made £9 million in equity gains during the previous decade.laura pidcock Kevin Hollinrake mark prisk Brandon Lewis July 24, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Australian Navy Prepares to Retire HMAS Sydney

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Prepares to Retire HMAS Sydney View post tag: Retire View post tag: HMAS Sydney Royal Australian Navy is getting ready to decommission HMAS Sydney this week after her 32 years of service.The ceremony, to be held on Saturday, alongside at the vessel’s home port of Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney, will mark the end of more than three decades of service for this vessel, which has provided the Australian Defence Force with significant support in the conduct of maritime operations spanning the globe.Prior to decommissioning, Sydney’s ship’s company will exercise Freedom of Entry to the City of Sydney.This move will make way for the Navy’s new fleet of Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.Sydney (IV) was commissioned on January 29, 1983, and is the fourth ship to bear the name. During her service life, the ship received battle honours for service in Kuwait, East Timor, the Persian Gulf and Iraq.The vessel concluded its final journey in February.[mappress mapid=”17330″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Australian Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacificcenter_img Australian Navy Prepares to Retire HMAS Sydney Authorities Share this article November 2, 2015last_img read more

UK signs £271M deal for Wildcat helicopter support

first_img The UK Ministry of Defense has signed a five-year deal worth £271 million with Leonardo Helicopters to continue support work on the Wildcat helicopters.The MOD hailed the deal as one that would sustain approximately 500 jobs, primarily at Leonardo’s facilities in Yeovil and Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.Yeowilton is the home of Wildcat training and maintenance in the UK.The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat multi-role helicopter forms the core of the UK’s frigate and destroyer aviation capability and performs tasks including Anti-Surface and Submarine Warfare, force protection, transport and the vital information, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) role.Similarly, the Army variant performs reconnaissance, command and control, force protection, and transport roles in a wide variety of environments.“This Wildcat deal delivers a key capability for the Royal Navy and Army, and supports vital high-skilled jobs in Somerset, where there’s a proud tradition of supporting UK helicopter operations,” minister for defence procurement, Harriett Baldwin said.“Wildcat is one of the world’s most advanced helicopters and an important part of the Government’s ten-year £178 billion plan to provide our Armed Forces with the equipment they deserve.”The five-year deal will deliver a range of support and training services for the UK’s entire fleet of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters, currently in service with the Royal Navy and Army Air Corps. Wildcat operators include 825 and 847 Naval Air Squadron and 652 and 661 Squadron Army Air Corps.The new Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract will also support jobs in Edinburgh and Luton, where Leonardo manufacture defensive aids systems, and Crawley, where subcontractor Thales UK provide support to communication and aircraft management systems. View post tag: Leonardo Helicopters Share this article January 9, 2017 View post tag: Wildcat Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today UK signs £271M deal for Wildcat helicopter support View post tag: Royal Navy UK signs £271M deal for Wildcat helicopter supportlast_img read more

Amend HB 1311 Or Let It Die

first_imgAmend HB 1311 Or Let It Diewritten by Gail Riecken, CCO Statehouse EditorHB 1311 is one of the elections bills that shouldn’t become law, but might.Still, in committee, the bill changes the deadline for absentee ballots to be received by the Clerk’s office. The bill says applications for absentee ballots must be received no later than 11:59 pm 12 days before the date of an election. Under current law, the deadline is 8 daysThe Statehouse File writes that those supporting the bill want to make sure the Clerk has enough time to process an absentee ballot application. That is critical. But this bill addressing the process raises more questions than offers a solutionIs mail delivery really the problem or does the Clerk need to hire more staff? Is this bill a solution to a rural problem and not an urban problem, or vice-versa, and are there better solutions for each area the Committee should consider?The Committee just doesn’t have enough information.  When there isn’t a specific analysis of all the factors affecting absentee voting, making changes could negatively impact some voters. The example was given by one Committee member: “Anyone who works is being asked to predict if they are going to be working 12 hours on Election Day. That doesn’t make sense to me.”One or two hearings in Indianapolis is not enough to pass this bill.When the chairman of the Elections Committee says he is philosophically opposed to absentee ballots, his Committee shouldn’t be making legislative decisions about absentee ballots. As quoted in the Statehouse File, the chair said: “Absentee voting should frankly be discouraged, although allowed.”That one opinion is a signal to me the legislature had better take any issue of absentee voting off the political table right now. This isn’t personal. A chairman is a good man, but his prejudice is dangerous to my Constitutional right to vote— and, incidentally, a strong reason that gerrymandering should be ended in Indiana.Voters deserve an independent evaluation of our voting access system in Indiana. We need to answer the question “How can we get more people to vote, not further restrict their right to vote”.Access to voting was such a concern by scientists from the University of Northern Illinois that they created a study to learn how each state stands.In 2018 the University released the study. Each state was analyzed relative to 33 different variables dealing with registration and voting laws. In that study, Indiana is ranked about as low as you can imagine, 47th.https://newsroom.niu.edu/2018/09/25/new-study-scrutinizes-time-and-effort-it-takes-to-vote-in-each-state/Indiana should do its own study. We should evaluate our own system’s ability to get people voting. It should be a comprehensive study of the needs of voters, encouraging them to vote. There is time for the Elections Committee to consider such an amendment to HB 1311. Then, it should pass. HB 1311 is on the Elections Committee agenda for February 7. It isn’t too late to amend.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Knox man arrested on suspicion of dealing testosterone

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook By Network Indiana – July 28, 2020 1 790 Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Dealing testosterone gel is why a Knox man is behind bars.An Indiana State Trooper pulled over a maroon 2015 GMC pickup truck on Monday for a moving violation.During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered that the driver of the truck, Michael Minix, had an active warrant for drug dealing out of Marshall County.During a search of Minix’s truck, the trooper found 30 plastic tubes marked “Testim” and 30 plastic tubes marked “Testosterone Gel 1.%” and a large amount of cash. These substances are considered schedule III controlled substances, according to Indiana State Police.Minix was arrested for Dealing in a Controlled Substance as well as for the warrant and transported to the Marshall County Jail. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Knox man arrested on suspicion of dealing testosterone Previous articleSBCSC offering a special English-Spanish, Spanish-English Magnet programNext articleTwo injured in US 20 crash in LaPorte County Network Indianalast_img read more

Government response: Cargo on direct flights from Bangladesh to the UK

first_imgFollowing ongoing cooperation with the government of Bangladesh on the standards of aviation security at Dhaka International Airport, the Department of Transport has removed the interim restrictions suspending the carriage of cargo on direct flights from Dhaka to the UK. The UK government will continue to work with the government of Bangladesh to support ongoing improvement in standards for all aspects of aviation security.Foreign Office travel advice for Bangladesh is available.last_img

Queen of Soul — and body

first_imgWhen the title track from Aretha Franklin’s 1967 album “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” was released, fans in Boston lined up around the block to buy a copy of the single. Listening to Franklin’s blend of gospel fervor — her father was, after all, a Baptist preacher — and soulful sexiness, listeners felt, in the words of one contemporary critic, “as if the millennium had arrived.”It was Franklin’s first album with Atlantic Records after leaving Columbia, where she had recorded since 1960, and many fans consider it her artistic as well as popular breakthrough. The lyrics to “Never Loved a Man,” however, were anything but groundbreaking in addressing female sexual submission: “You’re a liar and you’re a cheat,” Franklin sings of a no-good boyfriend, “and I don’t know why I let you do these things to me.”Franklin’s words told the woes of a seemingly powerless woman. But as Radcliffe Fellow Daphne Brooks argued in a recent lecture, “Bold Soul Ingénue: Aretha Franklin’s Sonic Black Feminism,” her physical presence and vocal stylings revealed a confident and innovative performer reclaiming her physical self through her music.“Lyrically, Aretha’s feminism is a mixed bag,” Brooks told a packed house at the Radcliffe Gymnasium on Wednesday (Nov. 10). “But the way that she vocalizes her complaints and trials exceeds the limits of her abjection in these songs.”Brooks, a professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University on a yearlong fellowship at Radcliffe, has written extensively about the ways performance can help reveal and transcend alienation and oppression. Her book “Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850–1910” explored how 19th-century black activists and entertainers used performance to overcome the trials of slavery and, after Emancipation, racial discrimination.On Wednesday, Brooks argued that Franklin — known as the “Queen of Soul” —was a torchbearer for 20th-century women facing the same kind of social and political constraints.“The social mythology attached to the slave woman … casts a long shadow over African-American women in the public sphere long through the 20th and 21st centuries,” Brooks said. The problem was especially acute in the mid-1960s, when popular culture “pathologized the black matriarch.”Alongside Nina Simone, Mamie Smith, and others, Franklin was perhaps the most high-profile example of a black female performer who was comfortable — and forceful — in her own skin, said Brooks. “Aretha-era soul was about discovering what you already were and finding that beautiful.”Franklin was embraced by everyone from “civil rights integrationists to black power insurgents” to feminists and mainstream listeners of all races, Brooks said. But despite her ability to “connect with mass audiences in complex ways,” she argued, Franklin’s role as a black female producer of culture is rarely fully explored.A chapter on Franklin will likely appear in Brooks’ forthcoming book, “Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures — from Minstrelsy through the New Millennium,” which explores the “secret histories” of black women in popular music from the aftermath of the Civil War through the present.“My concerns as a black feminist are what it means for a people of forced migration, whose bodies have been used historically against their will, to take back their bodies sonically,” Brooks said. “I want to explore how these women use their physicality and performance to rewrite their selfhood.”Franklin was no exception to that phenomenon. Playing Franklin’s live 1972 recording of “Amazing Grace,” Brooks pointed out the singer’s unmistakable melisma — the style of singing a single syllable over a range of notes, now better known as the signature vocal trick of pop divas Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.As the sound of Franklin’s voice, recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972, filled the Radcliffe Gym, Brooks marveled at Franklin’s ability to capture the “existential challenges” that have plagued black life since slavery.“She turns the vocal run itself into a thousand miles of freedom,” Brooks said.last_img read more

To improve education, reallocate funds, DeVos urges

first_img A keynote address by Betsy DeVos, 11th United States Secretary of Education. Later, in conversation with moderator Paul E. Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at HKS, DeVos touted a tax credit program in Florida that she said shows promise in getting more disadvantaged students into college. It may be a worthy model for a federal program, she said, but only if doesn’t add to the federal bureaucracy.DeVos said the Department of Education is in the middle of “a very big review” to look for ways “to streamline and make [the agency] more effective and efficient,” and has launched an effort to review “all the regulations,” some of which she finds burdensome. “We’re committed to divesting as many of those as we can,” she said.From the earliest days of the current administration, President Trump’s selection of DeVos — a billionaire charter school activist from Michigan with no professional experience in education — has been polarizing with some audiences, raising objections from many parents, teachers, school administrators, education policy analysts, and critics on the left.In February, DeVos survived a bruising Senate confirmation hearing that sharply split Republicans and Democrats, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote to approve her, a first in presidential cabinet appointments.HGSE student Tony Delarosa raises a fist in protest as Betsy DeVos speaks. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHours before the forum began, protesters began gathering outside on JFK Street. Inside, Archon Fung, the academic dean at HKS, acknowledged the charged atmosphere but framed DeVos’ appearance as a part of the School’s longstanding commitment to “understanding differences and building bridges.” He asked the predominantly student audience to be respectful, and warned that protesters who disrupted the event would be ejected.“Our practice of dialogue and debate is critical. When you prevent others from speaking or hearing disagreeable views, or when you yourself refuse to be challenged by those who disagree, it means that you are sure that you’re right and so sure that they are wrong that you have nothing to learn from them,” said Fung.Citing Michigan’s problematic track record with charter school performance amid the large number of for-profit institutions operating there, one Harvard College student from DeVos’ hometown, Grand Rapids, asked her during the question period to explain her desire to nationalize school choice.Struggling to be heard over the crowd, DeVos defended Michigan’s approach.“Everybody who has had means and wants to move elsewhere has moved out of the city of Detroit. And the students that are there, 49 percent of them have chosen to go to charter schools. Nobody’s forcing them to go to charter schools,” DeVos said. “Is there room for improvement? Absolutely.”An HKS student and former teacher asked DeVos how her department thinks about student safety when issuing rules and regulations. The student noted recent departmental decisions reversing Obama administration policies about transgender student bathrooms and Title IX sexual assault guidelines. The student suggested the shifts have made it harder for teachers to keep students feeling safe in school.DeVos said making students feel unsafe “is the last thing we want,” and said the Title IX rulemaking review process now underway will proceed “in the right way.”“One sexual assault is one too many. By the same token, one student that is denied due process is one too many, so we need to ensure that policy and that framework is fair to all students — and we’re committed to doing that,” she said. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she’s more convinced than ever that giving parents money to shop around for schools that they believe will best serve their children, rather than funneling those funds through school districts, will go a long way toward improving the nation’s public educational systems.During a speech about school choice on Thursday at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), DeVos, a longtime supporter of school choice, said that parents too often are limited to sending their children to local public schools that may be underperforming or unsuitable. Or, if they have desirable public schools in their communities, parents may have to enter lotteries to gain slots for their children, a system that she said can leave a child’s future “to chance, not to choice.”“It’s not right for some people to be able to choose, and you not to be able to. And yet, we spend more and more and more money funneling through a system that tries to tell you ‘We’re going to do better next year’ and then it doesn’t,” she said.Giving parents flexibility and options is critical, DeVos said. She compared the freedom to choose schools to selecting a restaurant or farmers’ market when looking for something to eat, and likened charter schools — which she cast as positive, innovative forces of disruption — to food trucks.“What tastes good to me may not taste good to you,” she told a capacity crowd at a JFK Jr. Forum that included a number of protesters.Giving parents options is critical, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDeVos conceded that opponents have successfully defined school choice in the public mind as a “house of horrors” that uses vouchers to steer children into charter, private, parochial, or for-profit schools that offer little accountability and nonexistent standards.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can put families in charge of their own destinies.”DeVos blamed failing schools on teachers’ unions.“Their focus is on school buildings instead of schoolkids,” she said. “Funding and focus should follow the student, not the other way around.”Shortly after DeVos began her 22-minute address, several audience members rose from their seats. Some raised fists, while others silently unfurled handmade signs that read: “White Supremacist,” “Our students are not 4 sale!” and “Reclaiming my democracy.” As DeVos continued speaking without acknowledging the protesters, dozens more stood and raised signs or draped banners from the balcony, some of which read “Protect survivors’ rights” and “Educational justice is racial justice.”Secretary Betsy DeVos at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCvMm9jgnvM” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/mCvMm9jgnvM/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Pregnant women with COVID-19 may not pass virus to newborn, study suggests

first_img Related Pregnant women may be especially vulnerable to developing more severe cases of COVID-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection, but little is known about their anti-SARS-CoV-2 immune response or how it may affect their offspring.In a study published in JAMA Network Open, a group led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provides new insights that could help improve care for these women and their newborns and emphasizes the need for pregnant women to be considered in vaccine rollout plans.The study included 127 pregnant women in their third trimester who received care at three Boston hospitals between April 2 and June 13, 2020. Among the 64 women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, investigators detected no virus in maternal or cord blood (despite detection in the women’s respiratory system), no signs of the virus in placentas and no evidence of viral transmission to newborns. The researchers suspect that transmission to the fetus may be blocked not only due to the lack of virus in the mothers’ blood, but also because the major molecules used by SARS-CoV-2 to enter cells (ACE2 receptor and TMPRSS2 enzyme) are often not physically located together in the placenta.Most of the women who tested positive developed antibody responses against SARS-CoV-2 proteins, but mother-to-newborn transfer of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies through the placenta was significantly lower than transfer of anti-influenza antibodies. Experts detail vaccine unknowns, need to continue masking, distancing Mass. General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19 Fauci says herd immunity possible by fall, ‘normality’ by end of 2021 Breathing freely “Our finding of compromised mother-to-baby transfer of SARS-CoV-2–specific antibodies in third trimester infections has implications for maternal vaccine administration. Specifically, it highlights that pregnant women are a key population to consider in vaccine rollouts. It also raises questions regarding the optimal timing of vaccine administration to best support maternal and newborn immunity,” says lead author Andrea Edlow, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at MGH and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.Edlow notes that transplacental transfer of antibodies to the fetus is typically highest in the third trimester, so it was unexpected to see significantly reduced transfer of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies relative to those against influenza. “Understanding the mechanisms underlying this inefficient transfer of SARS-CoV-2–specific antibodies after third trimester infection, as well as understanding whether vaccine-generated antibodies have the same or different properties than those from actual infection with the virus, will be critical directions for future research,” she says.last_img read more