Stricter New Deal set to herald full employment

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. TheGovernment has pledged to achieve full employment with a tougher version of theNew Deal that aims to lower skills shortages. Itis keen to tackle pockets of long-term unemployment with the loss of benefits forthose older than 25 who refuse jobs or training.Alsofrom April, lone mothers of children older than five receiving unemploymentbenefit will be required to attend interviews with personal advisers to helpthem find work.Unemployedpeople who find new work will receive job grants of £100 when they secure newjobs.DeniseBrogan, colleague relations manager at Asda, welcomed the New Deal update. Shesaid, “We support any initiative that helps us recruit new colleagues.”Theprevious New Deal helped Asda recruit older workers in towns includingHarrogate, Yorkshire, and Broadstairs, Kent. Butsome companies were concerned that previous New Deal recruits lacked basicskills (Personnel Today, 5 September 2000).TonyBlair pledged to spend an extra £200 million on the initiative, which theGovernment believes has helped more than 250,000 people back into work.Companies,including financial giant Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Asda, Tesco and NHStrusts, have agreed to take on trainees from the scheme.Theannouncements came in the week when the number of people claiming unemploymentbenefit dipped below one million for the first time since 1975. Previous Article Next Article Stricter New Deal set to herald full employmentOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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New revenue opportunities for estate agents

first_imgHome » News » New revenue opportunities for estate agents previous nextProducts & ServicesNew revenue opportunities for estate agentsZPG adds mortgage pre-qualification data to applicant leads.23rd September 201601,411 Views Following the announcement earlier this year that it had invested in the innovative online mortgage broker Trussle, ZPG today announces that the parties have launched a strategic partnership on the Zoopla website to pre-qualify mortgage loans.ZPG members may now benefit from an additional layer of financial pre-qualification data on potential applicants and be able to easily identify ‘transaction-ready’ buyers who have been granted a ‘Mortgage in Principle.’ It will also help agents prioritise leads and offers, and ultimately improve conversion ratios and transaction timings.ZPG says its members will also now be able to identify additional revenue opportunities more readily including conveyancing, home insurance, life assurance and other financial products as a result of better targeting. Following the recent launch of its MoveIT product as part of PSG, ZPG now enables agents to maximise their additional revenue streams with their own preferred suppliers, all on a single platform.Mark Goddard, Managing Director, ZPG Property Services said, “The partnership with Trussle will result in even better quality leads being sent to our agent members as a result of ZPG leads, flagging which potential buyers have a mortgage agreed in principle. This has the potential to dramatically speed up the sales process and will allow our members to quickly identify further financial services and other revenue opportunities in a targeted way.”Ishaan Malhi, founder and CEO, Trussle said, “This partnership brings buyers and estate agents together more effectively than ever before. Buyers can now find out whether they could afford to buy the home within a few clicks, then arrange a viewing with the added confidence that a Mortgage in Principle brings. Using technology and automation to make mortgage advice fast, accessible, and straightforward, this is a bold step forward for the industry, and one with far reaching benefits for all involved.”mortgages revenue opportunities for estate agents Trussle Zoopla ZPG September 23, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Russian Navy’s Warship Docks in Cuba

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: docks View post tag: Navy View post tag: Cuba View post tag: Warship Russian Navy’s Vishnya-class intelligence ship, the Viktor Leonov SSV-175, arrived in Cuba yesterday, January 20.The visit occurred just prior to a bilateral meeting between the Obama Administration and the Havana government, as reported by CNBC.The vessel, which made two visits in February and March last year, moored to a pier in Havana where cruise ships normally dock. According to INQUISITR, these visits were not announced by the Cuban authorities.The Vishnya class vessels, also known as the Meridian class, are a group of intelligence collection ships built for the Soviet Navy in the 1980s.[mappress mapid=”14925″]Naval Today Staff, Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy’s Warship Docks in Cuba View post tag: Russian Navy Russian Navy’s Warship Docks in Cuba January 21, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Korean Humanities

first_imgThe program in East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University ispleased to announce a two-year teaching Post Doctoral Fellowship inKorean Humanities to begin July 1, 2021. Applicants in thefollowing disciplines will be considered: anthropology,archaeology, art history, film, history, literature (classical ormodern), museum studies, philosophy, and religion. Thepost-doctoral fellow will be expected to teach two courses persemester and present his or her research at least once as part ofthe East Asian Studies speaker series.We seek a recent PhD who would benefit from collaboration with (andmentorship from) our current faculty and who would, by means ofteaching and research, contribute to the vitality and intellectualdiversity of our program.Applicants should specialize in the Korean humanities and shouldhave received a PhD within the past five years in one of thefollowing disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, art history,film, history, literature (classical or modern), museum studies,philosophy, and religion.Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi,writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation byway of Interfolio. In the cover letter, please describe the fourclasses you propose to teach, as well as the ways in which yourteaching and research interests will contribute to the East AsianStudies program at Johns Hopkins.Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled. Johns Hopkins is committed to activerecruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The Universityis an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women,minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilitiesand encourages applications from these and other protected groupmembers. Consistent with the University’s goals of achievingexcellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensivequalifications of each applicant.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

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Christ Church JCR pressure college over abortion debate

first_imgOxford Students for Life, whose mission statement is “Promoting a Culture of Life at the University”, had planned the debate for Tuesday 18 November at 7.30pm. In a statement released by OSFL, they have offered to open dialogue with WomCam on the issue and have invited them to co-host a debate in Hilary. However, the Christ Church GM by this point had already concluded that OSFL was culpable of failing to work “with any opposition groups, such as WomCam or the Oxford Feminist Network, to organise a properly contested debate, and, as such, this debate is not ‘free’ in the sense that the attendees and speakers have been chosen with an outcome Already in mind.”     The motion, which originally requested the College Censors to rescind their permission to use the Big Boar Lecture Theatre, was subsequently amended and passed by fifty seven votes to nineteen with five abstentions. “By only giving a platform to these men, OSFL are participating in a culture where reproductive rights are limited and policed by people who will never experience needing an  abortion.” A controversial debate on abortion planned to be held at Christ Church by Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) has attracted widespread student criticism, with the College’s JCR voting to inform college Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate. Around sixty people have confirmed attendance on the event’s Facebook page, which reads, “Last year in Britain, over 185,000 abortions were carried out. What does this say about our national  culture? Is it a sign of equality, or does it suggest we treat human life carelessly?” A protest group, entitled “What the fuck is ‘Abortion Culture’?”, has been set up in response to the debate, with around 300 people having signed up – the group encourages its members to “take along some non-destructive but oh so disruptive instruments to help demonstrate to the anti-choicers just what we think of their ‘debate’.” The debate is criticised on the group as espousing “really shitty anti-choice rhetoric and probs some cissexism.” The protest is coordinated by the group Oxrev fems, who could not be reached for comment.  OUSU’s Women’s Campaign also issued a statement on the controversial debate, explaining, “The Women’s Campaign (WomCam) condemn SFL for holding this debate. It is absurd to think we should be listening to two cisgender men debate about what people with uteruses should be doing with their bodies. JCR Treasurer Will Neaverson, who proposed the motion at last night’s GM, argued that the debate was now a security issue, as over 250 people are said to be attending a protest against the debate at the theatre.center_img OSFL President Dan Hitchens defended the debate, explaining, “Free speech is a vital principle of a democratic society, and at a university of all places it should be protected. We’re very happy to discuss people’s concerns about the event, but it would be a shame if open debate was shut down.   WomCam have also criticised the debate as “shaming,” “stigmatizing abortion,” and “contributing to a culture of misogyny and body policing.” They have also called for an apology from OSFL and have asked them to cancel the event. The motion, “This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All”, is set to feature historian Tim Stanley proposing the motion, and Spiked Editor and Big Issue Columnist Brendan O’Neill opposing. A spokesperson from OSFL told Cherwell, “As I understand it, the final decision rests with the Censors, who haven’t given a decision yet. But the other stages of the booking were all complete.” “While we recognize that this is an issue which affects women especially – and partly for that reason we have hosted two all-women panel debates in the last year — Tim and Brendan are two well-known commentators coming to talk about an issue which has an impact on the whole of British society.” However, Christ Church JCR also claimed that OSFL had not secured the permission to hold the event in Christ Church at the time of the motion. A spokesperson for Christ Church confirmed they held no booking from OSFL for a debate on Tuesday. The Christ Church JCR proceded to mandate the JCR president, Vice President and Secretary to raise the issue in their meeting with the Junior and Senior Censors today.last_img read more

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Strong carbon emission standards for power plants would improve air quality

first_imgCurbing carbon pollution from U.S. power plants will help address both global climate change and reduce other air pollutants — including ozone, fine particulates, acid rain, and mercury pollution — that can harm people, forests, crops, lakes, fish, and wildlife, according to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard Forest, and Syracuse University researchers.The scientists released a study mapping potential environmental health benefits of power plant carbon standards. The report, issued May 27 at Syracuse University, coincided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement on June 2, proposing carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.“With a mix of stringency and flexibility, the new EPA rules have the potential to substantially reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from power plants, which contribute to local and regional air pollution,” co-author Jonathan Buonocore, research fellow at HSPH’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, said in a statement. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Friends with Sisters strengthens relationships among students, sisters

first_imgFriends with Sisters, a program of campus ministry at Saint Mary’s, was founded in 1976 and has remained popular among sisters and students alike for nearly 50 years.The connection between Saint Mary’s and the Sisters of the Holy Cross is an invaluable experience, senior Addie Bobosky said in an email. Bobosky joined Friends with Sisters her freshman year and has remained an active member ever since. Students are invited to apply to the club, and if selected, are partnered with a Holy Cross sister, with whom they are able to communicate and socialize with in organized events and casual settings. In a typical year, group events range from costume parties to bingo.“I am so thankful to be a part of the club because of the friendships,” Bobosky said. “My sister, Sr. Claire Alfred, has been such a blessing in my life. I truly enjoy being with her and learning about her life. Pre-Covid, we would go to church together, eat Sunday brunch together and participate in all the club events together.”For Bobosky, the experience became even more special when her sister Julia, a sophomore, joined during her first year at the College. “It has been such a blessing going to events together as well as bonding with both of our convent sisters,” Addie Bobosky said.“I’m honored to have such an amazing opportunity to have a sister from Sisters of Holy Cross,” Julia Bobosky said. “Being able to have a personal relationship, learning from them, sharing their life stories as well as yours, our memories — I will never forget.”Julia Bobosky spoke to the role that her sister, Judy Murphy, played in her transition to college and battle with homesickness. “She would always tell me how loved I am, and if I need anything to always come to her,” she said. “She always thinks of others before herself, and I loved having the opportunity in my life to learn from such a role model.”When students were sent home over spring break, the Bobosky sisters used the opportunity to write over 50 letters to every sister with words of encouragement and prayer to let them know they were thinking of them. Due to the ongoing pandemic and added restrictions at the convent, students have not been able to visit the sisters this semester which has impinged upon the normal operations of the group. Letter writing has become a staple of the club’s activities this fall to maintain contact and stay in touch with the sisters. Club president, senior Allison Schibi, organized an upcoming Halloween parade in which students can dress up in costumes and walk around the convent for the sisters to see.  “I highly recommend this club to anyone looking for a lifelong friendship with a Holy Cross sister. I promise that you will learn so much from their experiences,” Addie Bobosky said.  Tags: Campus Ministry, Friends with Sisters, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

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Forum for food entrepreneurs

first_imgThose who are ready to take their “famous” barbecue sauce recipes or farm stand cheeses to the next level should make plans to attend the next Farm to Fork workshop, May 22-23 at the University of Georgia Campus in Griffin. The workshop, hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, will be a crash course in the basics of starting and growing a food business in Georgia. “Sometimes attendees are people who just have an idea kicking around in their head and need some information about what it would take to bring to market in terms of regulation, marketing and production,” said Tommie Shepherd, an agricultural economist with the CAED. The workshop will also include sessions designed to help existing food business owners invigorate their marketing plans, improve packaging and find that precious space on supermarket shelves. “Anybody with just an idea for a product or those who have a product line that they would like to expand will benefit from this workshop,” said Sharon P. Kane, a CAED food development economist. Registration is $139 registration, but a limited number of $100 scholarship are available. For more information about the workshop’s schedule and the presenters visit www.areg.caes.uga.edu or call the CAES conference office at (706) 542-0808.last_img read more

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Regulators skeptical of BT borrowing more money

first_imgBurlington Telecom officials were greeted with much skepticism by regulators in their request yesterday to borrow more money from the City of Burlington’s cash pool in an effort to make an interest payment on existing debt. The $386,673 interest payment to CitiCapital Municipal Finance is due Wednesday. The Vermont Public Service Board and staff did not make a final decision, but their line of questioning cast much doubt on the wisdom on borrowing more money to cover debt that the city-owned telecom company already cannot cover.Burlington Telecom, which offers telephone, television and Internet services and has 4,600 subscribers, already owes the city $16.95 million. It is also in violation of its charter for not repaying the loan to the city within 60 days.last_img

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Debate: Should More Wind Farms Be Built in Appalachia?

first_imgYESAppalachia remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and these have a devastating impact on the land, air and water, including literally removing mountains for coal extraction. To address these concerns, we need a mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The smart development of wind energy in select areas of Appalachia will allow us to better tackle the challenges of meeting the ever-growing energy demand while simultaneously reducing emissions and local environmental impacts.But why should wind farms get built in Appalachia instead of off coastal shores or on windy plains? The truth is that we need wind farms built in all these areas. A study published by the National Renewable Energy Lab in 2012 highlighted that geographic diversity of renewable energy resources helps ensure a steady supply of power. If the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining in one part of the country, it likely is elsewhere.Once built, wind farms emit no pollution, consume no water, and burn no fuel. A study published in the journal Energy Policy found that, on a per-unit of energy basis, fossil fuel power plants are 19-times worse for birds than wind turbines. This past year, more wind energy capacity was installed than any other generation resource, beating out coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.Even so, wind turbines should not receive a free pass to be installed anywhere. Wind farm developers typically take several years for a site assessment to determine potential impacts to habitats, birds and bats, and other environmental concerns. Developers sometimes undergo a viewshed study to evaluate how a wind farm will look from various viewpoints. Some evidence exists that wind farms may even help spur tourism. Certainly, people are fascinated by wind turbines. I’ve experienced their appeal myself;  when planning a fly-fishing trip to West Virginia, my wife chose a bed and breakfast that had a wind-farm view. Had we been on the other side of a ridge, we wouldn’t have known a wind farm was nearby.Done in the right way, wind farms will tap the wind-rich resources of Appalachia while reducing the negative impacts incurred through traditional energy generation. While the suitability of a wind farm varies from site to site, one thing is for sure: more of them should be built in Appalachia.Simon Mahan is the renewable energy manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. NOI recognize the need for alternative energy. I am aware of the harm caused by reliance on coal, and I am concerned about global warming. Appalachian wind development, however, is more of a distraction than a solution to these problems. And it threatens some of the best of the region’s wild landscape.Ridgeline wind projects typically require extensive forest clearing and excavation for roads, turbines, powerlines, and substations. With about a mile needed for every seven turbines, even low-capacity projects result in substantial habitat loss and harm to wildlife. The environmental footprint is simply too large in relation to the benefits.Suppose, for example, we want wind-powered electricity in the summer months when minimum wind availability coincides with maximum electricity demand. Let’s say we want to supply enough electricity to replace just one relatively small 500-megawatt power plant. This very modest objective would require about 300 miles of ridgeline turbine construction, and we would still need another readily available source of power for when there is no wind.Let’s not give the wind industry a pass on environmental review. We should not back away from protection of golden eagles and other wildlife that use the mountain ridges, and projects should not go forward where high bat mortality is expected.Let’s look at other options. Offshore wind development, for example, makes more sense than wind development in the Appalachian mountains—in terms of both electricity generation and environmental cost.And let’s redirect the incentives that finance the wind industry. We could achieve much more with support for residential and urban solar development—something that will actually allow people and communities to assume responsibility for meeting their own electricity needs without harming the environment.And finally, if we are really serious about solving our energy-related problems, we should expect our elected leaders to adopt energy policies that are based on informed analysis instead of wishful thinking.Rick Webb is a senior scientist at the University of Virginia.last_img read more

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