Economists react: Immigration from eastern Europe falls as net migration dips below 300,000

Thursday 23 February 2017 4:53 pm Former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands”, a promise which current Prime Minister Theresa May has not yet attempted to change.”Crazy” targetsHowever, David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the EU, said this week that Britain would not immediately limit the number of immigrants coming from Europe as the economy needs labour.Jonathan Portes, a professor of economics at King’s College London, predicts a hit to GDP of 0.6 to 1.2 per cent lost growth over five years if EU migration alone is halved.“Having a target is crazy,” he says. “It’s possible you might hit it by accident” but central government control of the labour market is unlikely to work.That was echoed by Kate Andrews from the Institute of Economic Affairs. She says: “The arbitrary target completely discounts the changing economy that we live in.” Businesses are already “finding it more difficult to recruit”, she says, with explanations referencing the fall in the value of the pound, which makes the UK less attractive to immigrants, and a more general “attitudinal issue” after a rancorous referendum debate.Davis’s comments will be “music to these employers’ ears”, Rolfe says – although she notes she is “not so sure” how well they will go down with some elements of the public.The long termThe ONS described the fall in migration from the eastern European countries as “statistically significant”.However, Nicola White, head of international migration statistics at ONS, cautioned it is too early to tell if the decrease is part of a long-term trend.She said: “Although we have seen a fall in net migration of EU8 citizens there have been continued increases in immigration from Romania and Bulgaria, so it is too early to say what effect the referendum result has had on long-term international migration.”Read more: The UK is facing a “workforce crisis” if immigration levels fallThere was also a statistically significant decrease in students from outside the EU moving to the UK to study, the ONS said.Migration to the UK reached record levels in the year up to the EU referendum. A record number of EU migrants boosted total migration to the UK to 650,000, although the migration from countries outside of Europe still accounted for a greater proportion of people arriving in the UK.After the global financial crisis the number of people moving to the UK dipped significantly below the 500,000 mark, but since reaching a trough in 2012 it has risen steadily since then to reach new highs.Read more: UK tech urges May to clarify skilled immigration in hard Brexit Net migration fell below 300,000 (Source: Office for National Statistics) Net migration +322,000 +273,000 -49,000 YE Sept 2015 YE Sept 2016 Difference Economists react: Immigration from eastern Europe falls as net migration dips below 300,000 Immigration 619,000 596,000 -23,000 Jasper Jolly Emigration 297,000 323,000 +26,000 Immigration to the UK from countries in central and eastern Europe fell significantly in the year to September, including the period after the EU referendum, while net migration dipped below 300,000, new figures show.Emigration by nationals from the eight nations which joined the EU in 2004 tripled, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while there was also an increase in people from outside Europe moving out of the UK. whatsapp whatsapp Immigrants on average pay more in taxes than they use the welfare state, according to a study by academics at the London School of Economics (LSE).Government should therefore focus on offering businesses policy consistency, Andrews says: “Rather than focusing on quotas we need to focus on rules.”Politics versus employersThat course of action seems “unlikely”, says LSE economist Philippe Legrain: “As of now, the government’s priority is tighter controls on immigration, for political reasons.”He added: “But tighter restrictions will have an economic cost, both directly – because migrants make the economy more dynamic, bring valuable skills and do jobs that not enough locals want to do – and indirectly, because controls on EU migration entail leaving the EU single market, which will further disrupt trade.”The option floated by David Davis of retaining migration for “years and years” after Brexit reflects the view of employers, particularly in the food production and hospitality sectors, says Heather Rolfe, associate research director at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr). The number of people moving to the UK fell from record highs to 596,000 in the year to September, although this was not statistically significant change, the ONS said. Net migration fell as well, to 273,000, still well above the government’s target of 100,000.Read more: Scrap the utopian net migration target for the realistic system we all wantMigration from the eight countries in central and eastern Europe which joined the EU in 2004 – labelled the “EU8” by the ONS – is politically contentious, with limiting immigration cited as the second most common reason for people to vote to leave the EU in one study. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBIBAThings Are Different For William And Kate – Here’s What HappenedBIBAYahoo! SearchSearch For Master Of Social Work. Empower People And CommunitiesYahoo! 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News / Relief for shippers in Brazil as new talks are set and union suspends port strikes

first_img Shippers and importers in Brazil, fearful that a crippling dock strike was about to about to be unleashed on the country’s maritime transport system days before the World Cup, breathed a sigh of relief yesterday at news of a last-minute reprieve.The country’s largest dockworkers’ union, the FNE, cancelled the strike, which was due to begin yesterday, for an unspecified period, and coincide with a range of industrial action in the run-up to the world’s largest football event.However, a new date of 27 June for negotiations has been set between officials from the ministry of social security and the FNE, during which it will discuss pensions and hiring practices.An FNE statement explained: “Therefore, our mobilisation is temporarily suspended. However, we suggest that our affiliates keep in a state of mobilisation.”Brazil has been hit by a wave of port strikes in recent years as the government introduced its highly contentious port reform bill. This allows for the wide-scale introduction of private terminal operators in the numerous ports as part of a modernisation process, designed to kick-start an economy that floundered after being identified as a major cornerstone of the global economy in the 21st century.Just over a year ago, Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff’s port reform bill was passed by the country’s congress and heralded as the key to unlocking the export potential of the resource-rich giant, which had hitherto been chronically underserved by its ageing port system. According to the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries (ABDIB), the reform bill could result in up to $25bn of private investment in the country’s ports as a range of measures to make life easier for private terminal operators were introduced.These included the relaxation of rules which have so far prevented private terminals handling third-party cargo and a switch in focus of the selection criteria of future terminal concessions, which will be awarded to operators guaranteeing the lowest handling charges to carriers and shippers, rather than those who paid the highest sums to the state, was previously the case.But in the subsequent 13 months, the effects of the legislation still remain to be felt, because after it left congress it became subject to some 19 objections from Brazil’s federal court, or TUC, which generated considerable delays.Another problem has been the existing private terminal operators, who have demanded renegotiation of their current terms of investment in light of the new legislation.The liberalisation of the country’s ports will be accompanied by a $2.5bn dredging programme covering at least 20 ports this year, ports minister Antônio Henrique Pinheiro told business leaders in Washington in an April road trip.Despite the boom that might be expected of a country hosting the World Cup, the IMF forecasts just 1.8% GDP growth this year, and explained: “Weighing on activity are domestic supply constraints, especially in infrastructure, and continued weak private investment growth, reflecting loss of competitiveness and low business confidence.” By Gavin van Marle 11/06/2014 The new APM Terminals facility in Santos is the latest private terminal in Brazillast_img read more

Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that?

first_imgHealth In his spare time, when he feels up to it, Ronnie Roberts walks through hospital parking lots slipping informational flyers onto every windshield.Roberts wants people to know the signs of sepsis, the body’s overwhelming response to a blood infection, which can lead to organ failure and even death. If he had known the signs and insisted that his fiancee was treated appropriately, he believes she’d still be alive. Ronnie Roberts spends his spare time handing out leaflets on the dangers of sepsis. He lost his fiancee, Dorice Broughton, to sepsis in 2015. Aram Boghosian for STAT @kweintraub What is it? Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that? Karen Weintraub is an independenthealth/sciencejournalist, journalism teacher, and bookauthor. About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Karen Weintraub July 3, 2018 Reprints What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Karen Weintraub GET STARTED Tags biotechnologydiagnosticsinfectious diseaselast_img read more

North Korea’s housing market makeover: private ownership in vogue

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2015.12.24 11:40am News North Korea’s housing market makeover: private ownership in vogue AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April center_img A unified Korean Peninsula is something weall dream about. It is time for “Unification Table Talk,” where we speak tospecialists and experts in fields related to the Korean Peninsula. The marketfor private property is being expanded by North Korea’s nouveau riche, thedonju. In today’s market environment, luxury apartments in Pyongyang andSinuiju sell for tens of thousands of dollars. North Korean trading companieshave jumped into the apartment building industry in order to cash in on thistrend. The new entrants on the supply side, coupled with the growing demand,has revitalized the housing market. We sat down with Gyeongsang NationalUniversity Professor Jeong Eun Ei in order to learn about the current situationreal estate in North Korea and the future prospects.1. I’d like to begin by asking you aboutyour field of expertise, which is the de facto privatization of housingmarkets. Do you have a special reason for focusing on the North Korean housingmarket as a research subject? Yes, there are two separate reasons for mychoice. First of all, I began to hear reports from North Korean defectors inthe early 2000s that the real estate market was beginning to form. Second,since a large amount of products and materials that end up in North Koreanmarkets come from or go through China, I went to the borderlands to see formyself. While there, I met with traders from China. They were saying thatinvesting in fisheries or mining was because those industries were getting morevolatile and harder to recoup seed money. Real estate, on the other hand, was adifferent story altogether. The Chinese have a different perspective than SouthKoreans. We have a firmly rooted legal system describing private ownership.Chinese traders had personal experience with real estate privatization in theirlifetime. So they were able to get an early jump on the North Korean market.They recognized it as a growing industry. Upon hearing these stories andmeeting these people, I decided to personally conduct research to learn moreabout the ins and outs of this very important and symbolic transition occurringin North Korea. 2. You believe that real estate market hassymbolic significance? Unlike food and clothes, real estaterequires a massive up front infusion of cash or capital in some form. So, thefact that people are able to buy houses means that things aren’t quite as badas they used to be. It also means that the reach of the market has expanded.Much in the way that China reformed in the 1980s, North Korea is makingprogress on this particular part of the economy. 3. So this is a bit confusing, sincehousing is traditionally considered state property in a socialist country. Butfor the last few years people have been buying and selling houses in NorthKorea. Does this mean that the socialist system has collapsed? A socialist system does not strictly entailthat there is no private ownership. North Korea has had a socialist system inplace for 50 years, but during this time different kinds of markets haveexisted. For example, the Public Distribution System did not appropriate fundsfor performing ancestral rites, giving wedding gifts, or going out withfriends. Additionally, starting in the 1950s, therewere many ethnic Koreans who returned to North Korea from abroad. These peopletraded the goods and currency they brought from abroad and the marketsgradually grew. During the arduous march (the famine in the 1990s), theacceleration of market growth increased even more..Therefore, I don’t think it is fair to saythat the privatization of the housing market is sufficient justification todeclare that socialism is dead in North Korea. I think it means that the freemarket and the planned economy are coexisting, and that the size of private ownershiphas gradually grown. From the regime’s point of view, this private ownershipcan represent a threat if it is allowed to continue growing. But you might alsofairly contend that since the Public Distribution System (PDS) dried up, themarketization of housing is actually helping to prevent the collapse of theregime. However, if the current system is allowed to grow without systemicreforms, corruption will begin to cause serious social problems. 4. It seems like your trip to the Chineseborder city of Dandong also helped you to witness some of North Korea’stransformation in an indirect manner. I’d heard that Chinese businesses areengaged in a good deal of apartment construction projects in North Korea. NorthKorean traders don’t go to those border areas as much to engage in deals onconstruction projects, but they do engage in business by doing the interior andthe design of the apartments.   5. What is the most outstanding changeyou’ve noticed in North Korea’s housing market? Here in South Korea, we have old and newapartments. The difference in price between the two is significant. The pricedifference comes the improvement in design and facilities in the modernbuildings. We’ve heard that in North Korea as well, the new apartments are notbeing designed to match the old, socialist style, but are being fitted withmodern flourishes. The new apartments are also more spacious, which accountsfor a lot of the price difference. The windows are bigger and the glass panelsare larger. The concept of a ‘living room’ is also being introduced through thenew designs. The materials for the old apartments wereall from North Korea. Now, the building materials are being imported, whichmeans that linoleum also began making an appearance in the more ornateapartments starting in the year 2000.  The color palette has transitionedfrom a gloomy, dark palette to a more clean, white tone. 6. The bulk of the apartments being builtright now are high rises and luxury buildings. Kim Jong Un’s public companiesare engaged in building these apartments. I hear that people are buying spotsat these buildings as well. How much are the selling for? And how do people goabout buying them? If we break down the current state of themarket, I think we can divide the apartment construction companies into threedifferent groups. The government, state-run enterprises, and privatecompanies are all in the mix. However, if you look at the construction processitself, the government often doles out construction projects to state-run enterprises by region. When the state-run enterprises don’t have enoughcapital to begin the project, they will recruit donju as early round investors.As you can see, the barriers between the three groups is blurred in differentcircumstances. 7. Can you provide specific numbers for theprice of a new apartment in one of these buildings?   There are huge regional differences inprice. In a place like Pyongyang’s Jung-gu Station, where many high rankingofficials live, the prices are astronomical. According to my research, the mostexpensive one I’ve come across thus far cost KRW 200 million (about US$169,518), but now there are houses coming out that sell for KRW 300-500million.   8. I’m curious what happened to precipitatethe marketization of the housing market. It seems like one aspect of the newoperating principle in North Korea: if it makes money, sell it. So we can seethe donju getting richer and more influential, and the government’s state ownedcompanies are also raking it in through taking advantage of the new markets. In the past, the planned economy stipulatedwhen housing would be built. So there would be construction and then for aperiod of 5, 10, or 15 years, there would be stagnation. But now, apartmentcomplexes can shoot up inside one or two years. In 2012, some new buildings wereerected after a marketplace was removed somewhere in Sinuiju. That was a reallyimpressive show of the donju’s economic might.9. Another factor accounting for thevitalization of the housing market in the increased investments of tradingcompanies. Can you explain a little bit about what sort of role they play? That’s a good observation. Let’s start byasking why they are getting involved. First, they’ve been able to earn ahandsome profit in this racquet. The main agents of North Korea’s economy werethe trading companies. That is because it is hard to produce, manufacture, andgrow all the necessary goods and foods to make North Korea self sufficient.This means that importing becomes an important solution to any manufacturinginsufficiencies. But the obstacles to importation are many. Not just anyone isin a good position to be an importer. After China’s economic reforms in the1980s, Chinese-born Koreans and Chinese living in North Korea were able startplaying a role as merchant facilitators and bringing products into North Korea. During the 1990s famine, the governmentgave the green light to every unit to opening a trading company. At that time,the Korean-born Chinese were packing goods in bundles and huffing it on foot.The trading companies began using vehicles to import products in bulk. So theyended up making quite a bit of money. But building and buying houses is notjust about having money. First, the investors need to have knowledge aboutconstruction. Next, they need to have the shrewd investment sense of acapitalist. Last, they need to know about the political power dynamics in NorthKorea. The trading companies satisfied these three conditions and so they werethe ones to get in the construction business early.  10. It seems as if there is a very closeconnection between economic might and political contacts. Is the apartmentbuilding industry all about connections? No matter how much money you might have,building an apartment is no easy task. There are a number of problems to beworked out, such as managing the land, hiring the workers, passing inspection,and organizing all the intricate layers of construction in the correctsequence. Then you need to parcel up and allot the units. Many of theseprocesses require collaboration, if not downright collusion, with theauthorities. As the donju and trading companies continue to build houses, thegovernment agencies are also earning money at all steps of the process. Ifyou’re not working well with the authorities, there is zero chance that youwill finish your project. So you might even say that this process even bringsthe two together. In 2014, a building collapsed inPyongyang’s Pyeongcheon district. After that, you saw the unprecedented sceneof high level officials apologizing. That is proof that the authorities areheavily involved in the construction industry, so much so that they feltcompelled to apologize after that fatal accident. The authorities take theprofits and split them up with the donju. If the distribution system wasworking according to North Korea’s planned economy, apartments would beconstructed by the state and then appropriated to specific people after theircompletion. But if you look at the Pyeongcheon apartment incident, you can seethat people were living in the bottom levels of the building beforeconstruction was even completed. That is an indication that the units wereappointed through different means. Those who invested in the building simplymoved in because they were the ones to front the money and felt a sense ofownership. 11. When we observe the social implicationof this trend, it becomes apparent that the rich are moving to luxuryapartments in nice parts of town while the poor live in old apartments in theshabby part of town. The gap between the rich and the poor is getting worse andworse. Accordingly, are some North Koreans feeling resentful that they can’tafford to buy a place in ㅐone of these modernbuildings? To tell the truth, I was also extremelyinterested in this exact problem when I set about doing my research. So Istarted asking around. In the old days, the rich-poor gap was representedthrough things like food: the wealthy ate rice and the poor ate corn meal. Therich also tended to have meat and fish, while the poor had much less access toexpensive foods like that.  Clothes were another indicator of class.However, these days housing has become the single biggest indicator of wealth. So I began asking people if this is fuelingresentment, but from speaking to people on the ground, I don’t think that thosefeelings have really set in just yet. Instead, it is fanning the flames ofcompetition. My neighbor has this product or that product, so I feel like Ishould have that as well. So I think about how that person earned their moneyand ask myself if I could follow in his or her footsteps. For the jangmadanggeneration, the rich-poor gap is felt in a number of different ways.12. Are there any new jobs that haveemerged as a consequence of the growing housing market? The appearance of the privatized housingmarket has led to the strengthening of the labor market and the mainstreamingof private loans. This means new jobs in near industries. The mostrepresentative profession would have to be real estate broker, who sells theunits. There is also an increased need for repairmen and designers. We mightalso see the emergence of specialty design and furniture stores. Indeed, thisindustry, and the spare money that made it possible, will likely contribute tothe emergence and vitalization of countless professions.13. Last of all, it seems as if the authorities and the donju are pursuing aluxurious lifestyle just as people do in capitalist societies. We mightanticipate that the privatization of housing in North Korea will have manysocial effects. What do you think some of these effects might be? I think the effects are enormous. In theold days, if you sold contraband cigarettes, the authorities would take themaway from you. Then you’d probably turn around and try to sell some more. Ingeneral, people would think you were a lowlife. But imagine if the authoritiestried to repossess your house. It would cause a huge blowback. It might fairly beargued that private ownership has become much stronger since the privatizationof housing and the strengthening of inheritance rights. Even though there is no real concept for private ownership in a socialist nation, North Korea has seen the growthof it in this regard. Because of the cost, the most important type of privateownership is housing. So the increase of the privatized housing market is avery important change. I think it will have a positive effect in pressuring thegovernment in the direction of liberal reforms. Private ownership isn’t in 100%effect right now, but the authorities have ceded ground in an importantindustry.  News News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

Court denies appeal in client overcharging case

first_img Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Lawsuits,  Enforcement,  Banking industryCompanies Toronto-Dominion Bank, Ontario Securities Commission Several of the bank’s subsidiaries reached a $14-million settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to resolve allegations that it systematically overcharged certain clients.According to the court’s decision, Carroll alleged that the regulatory settlement understated the extent of the issue. Specifically, it said, “she issued an application seeking orders that would result in the disclosure, discovery, and redress of financial irregularities and misconduct, if any, by TD relating to its role as trustee of designated mutual funds.”The Superior Court dismissed the case last year, ruling that she had no standing to bring her application.Now, the appeal court has upheld that lower court’s decision, dismissing Carroll’s appeal.The appeal argued that the motions judge erred on several grounds, including that the court failed to invoke its inherent jurisdiction to supervise trusts, that the judge applied the wrong test for standing, and that she failed “to consider all aspects of the relief sought” when determining Carroll’s standing, among others.The appeal court dismissed all of these arguments, upholding the lower court decision. An Ontario court has rejected the appeal of a former bank compliance officer who sought to reopen a client overcharging case against various TD Bank subsidiaries.The Court of Appeal for Ontario rejected an appeal from former employee Marian Carroll, which argued that the Superior Court of Justice erred in a March 2020 ruling when it dismissed her suit alleging that a regulatory settlement in 2014 involving client overcharging significantly understated the issue. Related news James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case gavel 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CAC Secures $7.5 Million on Behalf of Consumers

first_imgRelatedCAC Secures $7.5 Million on Behalf of Consumers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), has secured a total of $7.5 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers, since the start of the 2008/09 financial year in April.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, told JIS News, that the agency received 745 complaints, of which 616 were settled, representing an 83 per cent resolution rate.She noted that the most frequent complaints were filed in the categories of electrical equipment and appliances, accounting for 28 per cent of the total complaints received, followed by utilities, 15 per cent and motor vehicles and parts, 10 per cent.“We have seen a reduction in the number of complaints coming into our offices and an increase in calls to the Commission from persons seeking advice,” the CEO noted.She added that because more persons are seeking advice before purchasing, there is now a significant reduction in the number of negative situations that would occur when they (consumers) go shopping.“We have also noticed an increase in the number of vendors, business persons and store owners, who call the Commission for advice on how to handle a particular situation or to be reminded of the rights of the consumer and their responsibility as a provider,” the CEO said.She credited the reduction in complaints to the Commission’s aggressive public education outreach programme and the fact that persons are becoming more aware and conscious of their rights.“Persons are reading a little more, becoming much more discriminating in their purchasing decisions. I think it is a general awareness that accounts for this reduction in complaints, so we are happy that more persons are demanding what is due to them and exercising their rights as consumers,” Mrs. Allen said.She pointed out that the Commission’s Public Education Programme is far-reaching and is executed through schools, business places, exhibitions and expositions, and direct presentations to professional, civic and social groups.The CEO explained, that some of the problems that consumers face while transacting business occur, because they fail to do research, background checks or lack information.“We continue to educate our consumers that when they go shopping, they should go armed with information, ask questions about refund policy and warranties.ask these questions, so that when you do your purchase, whatever happens, you can take back the item or get some form of redress,” Mrs. Allen advised.The CAC aims to educate and sensitise Jamaicans as to their rights and obligations in their capacity as consumers; provide consumers with information that can be useful in their day-to-day activities at home, school, work, or in the marketplace; and to resolve consumer complaints against providers of goods and services. CAC Secures $7.5 Million on Behalf of Consumers UncategorizedAugust 14, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCAC Secures $7.5 Million on Behalf of Consumers RelatedCAC Secures $7.5 Million on Behalf of Consumerslast_img read more

UK PM call with Aung San Suu Kyi 20 November 2020

first_imgUK PM call with Aung San Suu Kyi 20 November 2020 This morning the Prime Minister spoke to Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.He began by congratulating her on her party’s recent electoral victory. The elections mark another important step in Myanmar’s transition to democracy.The Prime Minister and Daw Suu discussed the challenges facing Myanmar and the Prime Minister raised the UK’s ongoing concerns with the Rohingya crisis and conflict in Rakhine.The leaders discussed how countries can work together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of the UK hosting COP26 next year they also agreed on the importance of combatting climate change.The Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to the wider Indo-Pacific region and to a closer partnership with ASEAN. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, conflict, coronavirus, crisis, Democracy, election, Government, Minister, Myanmar, pandemic, PM, Prime Minister, Rakhine, Rohingya, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Learning Support Coordinators a success

first_imgLearning Support Coordinators a success “Up to 300,000 children with diverse learning needs are getting better support to learn, with the first tranche of Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) off to a strong start”, says Associate Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti.“It’s now been just over a year since the first LSCs started work in 1,052 individual schools and kura around the country, grouped in 124 clusters, serving 300,000 ākonga.“The evaluation report I’m releasing today shows great results so far – it’s clear that LSCs are doing excellent work to assist the one in five students who need some level of additional support for their learning.“We’re seeing positive benefits for teachers, students and whānau, and this evaluation means we can continuously improve the LSC role and fine-tune how we assist students with diverse learning needs.”Introducing the first tranche of 623 LSCs is one of the six strategic priorities to make the greatest difference for children and their learning in the Learning Support Action Plan 2019-25. It supports the Government’s commitment to ensure children have access to the tools and professionals they need for their learning.“The first tranche of LSCs are adding much needed capacity and capability within their schools, kura, and across communities – we have consistently heard that parents, educators and whānau place a high priority on having a dedicated learning support role in schools, and the evaluation shows how important the team approach in learning support is.“The findings show LSCs are proving effective in working with whānau as a ‘bridge’ between home and school. They coordinate a team of school leaders, teachers in the classroom, whānau and other learning support staff to better assist ākonga with learning support needs.“Educators have been asking for extra resource for some time to better support learners who may not have received the help they have needed before – such as neuro-diverse needs such as dyslexia, those with more moderate needs, or those who are gifted.”“We are deliberately taking a phased approach to rolling out coordinators across all schools. We’ve inherited a significant teacher shortage, and planning for the second phase will be worked through as a clearer picture of medium and long term workforce needs emerges.“As the Learning Support Action Plan continues, I am confident we will see continued progress towards better learning outcomes for all children and young people, particularly those who have additional learning support needs.”The $217 million over four years to fund 623 LSCs came from Budget 2019, and forms part of the $1.1B of new money invested directly into learning support initiatives since Budget 2017 to Budget 2020.“That is a huge investment into supporting both our kids and our teachers and will help build a strong foundation for the future success of our tamariki, and for our country,” Jan Tinetti said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:children, education, future, Government, Investment, Minister, money, New Zealand, outcomes, school, students, teacher, workforcelast_img read more

Managing on-farm plastic waste and growing bioeconomy

first_imgManaging on-farm plastic waste and growing bioeconomy From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaCanadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment.Canadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment.Today the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced funding of more than $4.5 million for five new projects that will improve plastic waste management and on-farm sustainability, and advance bioplastics research. These green agricultural projects will help Canadian farmers remain leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.The minister made the announcement alongside Cleanfarms, a national non-profit industry stewardship organization. Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million through the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program to develop a strategy to responsibly manage the estimated 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated on Canadian farms every year. Their project will increase farmer access to recycling programs and explore ways to deliver long-term, permanent programs that will help Canadian farmers continue to improve the sustainability of their operations.The other recipients are:EcoEnviro Labs Inc., which will receive up to $1 million through Innovative Solutions Canada to advance testing of a new organic bioplastic mulch made from poultry feathers. This could serve as a lower-waste, fully biodegradable and compostable way to produce mulch needed in Canada’s agriculture sector.Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp., which will receive up to $1 million through Innovative Solutions Canada to test a food-grade quality bioplastic, ideal for fruit or prepared vegetable containers, that biodegrades more quickly and will result in less landfill and more sustainable options for grocery stores and shoppers.TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc., which will receive up to $1 million through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program to develop a new generation of biodegradable bioplastic film and injection molded products that target agriculture applications such as mulch film and seed trays. The project intends to displace conventional petroleum-based agricultural plastics.Red Leaf Pulp Ltd., which will receive up to $495,000 through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program to support research and product trials for a straw pulp bio-polymer for use within the wood and pulp industry, and in the production of low carbon fuels and renewable natural gas. The project intends to displace plastic and Styrofoam packaging.Today’s announcement complements Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s broader commitment to Canada’s bioeconomy. Together, these investments highlight the Government of Canada’s commitment to sustainability while growing the bioeconomy and creating economic opportunities and jobs.Quotes“Canada’s agricultural sector continues to develop innovative tools and approaches to ensure their operations are sustainable. Today’s funding will support farmers looking for ways to better manage their plastic waste, and help advance the necessary work to turn crop residues and other agricultural by-products into renewable energy. This is a win-win for our hardworking farmers, the environment and Canada’s bioeconomy.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“Our Government wants to support entrepreneurs and small businesses whose ideas address some of today’s biggest challenges. By investing in innovative and sustainable work in bioplastics testing from small businesses like EcoEnviro Labs Inc. and Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp., our government contributes to the economy, and supports Canadian farmers as well as Canada’s fight against global warming.”– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry“The Government of Canada is committed to sustainability and growing the bioeconomy. Today’s announcement will not only create new recycling programs and opportunities, but it will improve sustainability and operations within farming. These new projects will help local farmers continue to be leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.”– Yvan Baker, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre“Plastics are a valuable tool in modern farming operations enabling them to work efficiently and productively. But when farmers no longer have a use for these materials, they want more opportunities to manage them in an environmentally responsible manner. With this support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Cleanfarms can develop practical on-the-ground recycling solutions for agricultural materials like bale wrap, grain bags and twine. New options for managing materials like this help farmers operate sustainably and contribute to a healthier environment and a circular economy for plastics.”– Barry Friesen, Executive Director, CleanfarmsQuick factsAccording to Statistics Canada, there are already over a quarter of a million clean tech jobs in Canada, with an average salary of over $90,000.Alongside these investments, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has invested close to $20 million in research and development through the Bioproducts and Biomass AgriScience research clusters.The funding announced today under Innovative Solutions Canada builds on Innovative Solutions Canada funding of $150,000 for each of these companies announced in August 2019. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Barry, Canada, circular economy, clean energy, entrepreneurs, environment, global warming, Government, natural gas, recycling program, renewable energy, Small Business, statistics, sustainability, sustainable, technologylast_img read more

Council committed to communities under native timber phase-out

first_imgCouncil committed to communities under native timber phase-out East Gippsland and Wellington shire councils have released the results of a new jointly commissioned study that will help inform decision making about the Victorian Government’s native timber harvesting phase-out.Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said East Gippsland has a long and significant history with the timber industry. For many of our communities, timber harvesting and processing is part of their identity.“In response to the announcement of the Victorian Government to phase out native timber harvesting by 2030 we have worked with Wellington Shire Council through a Timber Industry Taskforce to jointly engage a specialist economic impact consultant,” Cr Urie said.“This has ensured we have independent information available about the potential jobs impact on our communities that will be affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan.”Part of that analysis indicates around 1,110 jobs would be lost across East Gippsland and Wellington shires if native forest logging ceased immediately.“These jobs are important to both shires and include direct and indirect jobs,” Cr Urie said.“The information in the economic impact report will help us better understand the work needed to support our communities now and into the future.“We are also working with the Victorian Government on a pilot community transition program in Orbost. This program will investigate the best ways to create new employment opportunities. Council has and will continue to advocate for investment in East Gippsland in response to the transition announcement.“Recently, similar assistance for Swifts Creek and Nowa Nowa has also been announced and Council will work with the Government to ensure maximum benefits are gained from these rollouts.“We want to ensure that any industry restructure places communities at the centre of decision making and that resources are adequate and that no one is left behind.“We recognise timber workers have skills, expertise and equipment that is often used in a first response to fire events, for example. As the native forest industry is restructured, it is our expectation that their skills and machinery can be retained and used under such circumstances and that contractors are afforded other meaningful work within the forestry industry and other sectors.“We continue to seek greater detail from the Victorian Government about the transition out of native hardwood forests and the basis for the decision.“We will continue to work with communities across the region to ensure we are getting the best possible outcomes out of a challenging situation.”‍ /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, council, East Gippsland, East Gippsland Shire Council, employment, Forestry, Government, identity, industry, Investment, local council, Nowa Nowa, Orbost, outcomes, resources, Swifts Creek, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Councillast_img read more