Minister makes review pledge over campaign

first_imgHome Office minister Jeff Rooker has responded to Personnel Today’s Refugeesin Employment campaign with a pledge to look again at the official letters torefugees which prove their right to work. The current wording of the letters is off-putting to many employers as itfails to make clear that the job applicant is legally allowed to work in theUK. “We have been working closely with a number of refugee groups and othervoluntary organisations, particularly the Employability Forum, to enhance theway these letters express that refugees have permission to work,” saidLord Rooker in his letter. “We believe this will help ensure that potential employers are clearthat people from this group have no barriers preventing them from takingemployment.” One aim of Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employment campaign is to press thegovernment to introduce a standard permission-to-work document for refugees andasylum-seekers who can work. Patrick Wintour, director of the Employability Forum, welcomed the letterfrom Lord Rooker. “It endorses Personnel Today’s important and highprofile campaign. It recognises the need to use the skills within the refugeecommunity,” he said. Previous Article Next Article Minister makes review pledge over campaignOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Energetic particle forcing of the Northern Hemisphere winter stratosphere: comparison to solar irradiance forcing

first_imgVariation in solar irradiance is considered an important factor in natural climate forcing. Variations in the solar UV in particular are now regarded as a major source of decadal variability in the stratosphere, influencing surface climate through stratosphere–troposphere coupling. However, by analyzing meteorological re-analysis data we find that the magnitude of the solar controlled energetic particle forcing signal in stratospheric zonal mean zonal winds and polar temperatures is equivalent to those arising from solar irradiance variations during the Northern Hemisphere polar winter months. We find that energetic particle forcing drives warmer polar upper stratospheric temperatures from early winter leading to an anomalously strong polar night jet via modulation of the vertical temperature gradient. By midwinter the stratosphere–troposphere coupling pathway becomes analogous to the solar UV impact at high latitudes. This not only highlights the importance of the energetic particle forcing contribution to stratospheric circulation, but enables us to understand the pathways responsible for the previously reported energetic particle forcing impacts on the troposphere in terms of the coupling of solar UV forcing to dynamics in the latter part of the winter.last_img read more

Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission View post tag: Royal Navy March 13, 2017 Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Lynx With the decommissioning of Royal Navy Lynx helicopters set for March 31, 2017, the last Lynx to deploy – Flight 208 – returned home together with HMS Portland on March 10.Commander (Cdr) Phil Richardson the Commanding Officer of 815 Naval Air Station welcomed 208 Flight back into the fold amongst their family members, friends and colleagues.“They are the last Lynx deployed after a very successful history of Lynx helicopters being embarked and integrated within the Royal Navy’s Frigates and Destroyers. Their success and experience will be transferred across to the Wildcat as 815 completes its transition to this new aircraft type. Welcome home 208 Flight – last of the Lynx,” Cdr Richardson said.Flight Commander Lieutenant (Lt) Laura Cambrook landed back home at 815 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton having deployed on 20 June 2017 on HMS Portland.“It’s really great to be back after a very demanding but exhilarating deployment where we achieved 190 hours of flight. It’s been a very successful deployment and poignant too and I will miss the Lynx, she rattles a lot, is small and agile; it’s just a great little helicopter that so many of us love to fly,” Lt Laura Cambrook said.“The Wildcat is going to take over that mantle really well in a much, much more capable aircraft”.The Navy Lynx helicopters are scheduled to conduct a five-hour farewell flypast on March 17, RNAS Yeovilton announced.The flypast will be followed by a formal decommissioning ceremony the following week in Yeovilton before 815 converts into a Wildcat squadron, providing the Lynx’s successor for destroyers and frigates. Share this articlelast_img read more

This Week at USI

first_imgBelow is a list of events and activities happening in and around the USI community in the coming weeks:Tuesday, September 10Assessment DayThe University of Southern Indiana will not hold classes on Tuesday, September 10 in order to conduct its fall Assessment Day. One day each fall and spring, classes are not scheduled so students may fulfill their obligation to participate in the testing. The Assessment Day results are used for the accrediting process for USI. Faculty members may also use the results to make curriculum changes. Students will receive notification by letter and by email of testing time and location. More Information11:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 11Founders’ Day Luncheon and Alumni Awards PresentationThe University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association will host its annual Founders’ Day Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 11 in Carter Hall, located in University Center West on the USI campus. The event will include a tribute to USI’s founders and the presentation of awards from the Alumni Association. More InformationOn display through Friday, October 4New Harmony Gallery hosts Docey Lewis exhibition Threading My WayAn exhibition of work by Docey Lewis titled Threading My Way that incorporates her very successful commercial design career with her new ventures into the fine arts realm will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art through Friday, October 4. This activity is made possible, in part, with support from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Read MoreSTUDENT EVENTSA collection of events on campus and in the community sponsored by USI student organizations can be found on the USI events calendar by clicking here. SAVE THE DATEThursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6USI Theatre begins 2019-20 season with The RevolutionistsUniversity of Southern Indiana Theatre will open its 2019-20 season with the new comedy The Revolutionists, written by Lauren Gunderson. The production runs October 3-6 in the USI Performance Center located in University Center East on USI’s campus. Tickets are $2 for USI students, $10 for USI employees, $4 for non-USI students (student ID required), $10 for seniors (60+), and $12 for adults. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. To purchase tickets or for more information visit USI Theatre or call the box office at 812-465-1635. Read MoreRegistration closes Tuesday, October 15; Race is Saturday, November 2Registration now open for the 18th annual Norwegian Foot MarchThe 18th annual Norwegian Foot March, an intense mental and physical challenge, will take participants 18.6 miles through the rolling hills of Evansville’s west side. Carrying a 25-pound rucksack, participants will begin and end on the USI campus, working to make it back to the finish line generally in under four and a half hours depending on age and gender. ROTC cadets, soldiers and veterans, as well as civilians, may register individually or as part of a four-member team. Registration can be completed online or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989. Early registration is recommended, as the event sells out quickly. ROTC cadets from any school can register for $25 and all other participants can register for $45. Registration will close on October 15 or when the event is full at 500 participants. More InformationFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley

first_imgThe cast of FLAT STANLEY will take audiences on a musical adventure! The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will once again present five family friendly theatrical productions this summer. OCTC has assembled talented, professional casts to bring to life a wide range of stories right here at the Ocean City Music Pier.The beloved children’s book, written by Jeff Brown in 1964, has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon, delighting readers and travelers all around the world. And now, Timothy Allen McDonald, the writer behind Willy Wonka and James and the Giant Peach, has taken everyone’s favorite two-dimensional hero and given him a new life. Experience the adventure that is THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, on July 25th.  Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That’s just the problem… for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one’s ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat… really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He’s stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond. And, whether he’s thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or “hanging ten” off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more. The show has a 10:30 curtain.An additional performance of THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY will be taking place on July 25th at 1:00pm. This is performance is a SENSORY FRIENDLY PRODUCTION. OCTC and The City of Ocean City are committed to increasing access and inclusion for our community’s children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities. To provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families, this dedicated Sensory Friendly performance includes:Reduction of loud or jarring soundsReductions in flashing or strobe lightsModification of the house lights during the performanceAccommodated house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the showExtra staff and volunteer support.Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, headphones, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the show. Families may select their own seats! Doors will open at 12:30 for the 1:00 PM Curtain.OCTC’s 2017 Children’s Theatre Series in Ocean City continues throughout the summer. The Children’s Theatre Series will conclude with STINKYKIDS THE MUSICAL on August 1st. StinkyKid Britt loves making everyone happy. But this girl who never gets in trouble is in a sticky situation – literally:  She has an impossibly epic wad of gum stuck in her hair.All Tickets are $10.00, with a $12 day of price, so make sure to buy them in advance!For Tickets to shows at the historic Ocean City Music Pier call 609-399-6111 or visit 2017 Children’s Series program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.To learn more about the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and other upcoming professional and educational programming visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.comlast_img read more

3/4 Of Dopapod Will Share The Stage for Rob Compa’s Birthday Hang in Denver

first_imgOn Friday, October 12th, an all-star cast of musicians will come together to celebrate guitarist Rob Compa’s birthday, at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver. This marks the Dopapod guitar player’s only Colorado appearance of 2018.While the show is by no means a secret Dopapod reunion, Compa, Neal “Fro” Evans, and Chuck Jones are confirmed to play together. Along with the three Dopapod members, they will be joined by Marcus Rezak (Shred Is Dead), DJ Williams (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Nick Gerlach, Dan Africano (John Brown’s Body), and Eric Luba (Analog Son) with support from local fusion band, Envy Alo, and up-and-coming jam band, KingFriday the 13th. With the abundance of high-caliber musicians in the jam scene who call Denver home, there’s always a chance for surprise sit-ins and collaborations.When asked about his birthday celebration, Rob Compa said, “Being with some good friends and playing some music is really my kind of a birthday party. I’m excited to be in Denver and around some great musicians. I may even make Fro play a Phish song, because it’s my birthday and he’ll have to do whatever I say.”This show comes on the heels of last weekend’s Brooklyn Comes Alive performance, where the original Dopapod lineup reformed for a special performance. Longtime Dopapod members Eli Winderman and Rob Compa teamed up with their original drummer, Michelangelo Carubba, for a set of funked-out jams and exploratory improvisation under the moniker “Carubba, Compa, Winderman”.Carubba, Compa, & Winderman met as music students at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Through shared mutual interests and a love of jamming together, Carubba and Winderman started booking gigs, with Compa joining shortly thereafter—marking the original Dopapod trio’s formation. In the time since, Dopapod’s lineup has continued to evolve with the addition and departure of players; in 2010, Carubba left the band to become the full-time drummer for another massively popular band in the live music scene, the fan-favorite funk act Turkuaz.Tickets are now available here for Rob Compa’s Birthday Hang, and more information regarding the event can be found on the Facebook page.last_img read more

Dorm builds community between hall and home

first_imgLe Mans Hall has found a home in the South Bend-Mishawaka community-specifically, Hannah’s House.  The College’s largest dorm has paired up with this local organization, which provides shelter to pregnant women and new mothers. Junior Emma Derheimer, president of Le Mans Hall, said it was her goal for the year to find a service project for the women of Le Mans. “Every dorm on Saint Mary’s campus is paired up with a service agency in the community,” Derheimer said. “My board’s primary goal this year was to get more involved in the service aspect of Le Mans.” Senior Morgan Talamantes said she serves as the College’s first ministry assistant, a job that includes working as an official liaison between Hannah’s House and the Hall. She said the maternity home, originally intended for unwed teenagers, advises residents about how to raise their children and manage money. Though the women do not pay to live in the home, Hannah’s House expects them to work and contribute to the community. Talamantes said she worked with the dorm’s student board members to arrange a variety of opportunities for students to get involved with Hannah’s House. Students have participated in Mothers Support Group meetings each month, the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser hosted by members of Hannah’s House and planning the organization’s annual Fall Festival.  Talamantes said the Hall also hosts events for the residents of Hannah’s House. During one such event, the residents painted clothes for their children. “The mothers came to [Saint Mary’s] to paint onesies and then took them home for their children,” Talamantes said.  Derheimer said last month, the dorm held a baby shower for a mother in Hannah’s House. Donations included basic necessities for the newborn and the mother. “As a social work major, I believe that we’re here to make a difference and we have the will to impact the South Bend-Mishawaka community,” Derheimer said. “We’ve shown the community beyond our campus that we do care and are interested in making an active difference.” Talamantes said both the Hall and the House benefit from working together to help these women.  “It’s been great meeting different mothers – and, of course, their babies,” Talamantes said. “We definitely learn from each other. Getting to know them builds students’ enthusiasm. We can build a community within the Hall and the home.” Students may sometimes act as role models for the members of Hannah’s House, Talamantes said.  “In a way, we show mothers that they can still fulfill their dreams,” she said. Derheimer said Saint Mary’s students can help the young mothers find ways to succeed. “We also bring support and show that that we care to give mom the feeling she is not alone. We know they want to succeed because they live there. All they need are the resources,” Derheimer said. “We can be a part of facilitating that.” Talamantes said her work with Hannah’s House has showed her the value of the partnership between the College and the organization. “Working with Hannah’s House has showed me the importance of continuing this partnership. We work well together,” Talamantes said. “I hope that once I graduate it grows into something bigger and blossoms.” Hannah’s House will celebrate its 20th anniversary by opening a new house May 10, Talamantes said. Bishop Kevin Rhoades will bless the home. Students are encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Annapurna, Starring Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally, Begins Off-Broadway

first_img The production will play a limited engagement through June 1. The play is directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Annapurna tells the story of Emma, who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond. Annapurna Show Closed This production ended its run on June 1, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Sharr White’s Annapurna starts previews off-Broadway at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre on April 13. The husband and wife drama stars real-life couple Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). The two reprise their roles in the New Group’s production after starring in the two-person play at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2013.last_img read more


first_imgThe Past 12 months have seen a steady increase in demand for office and industrial space throughout Devon.Offices In Exeter the oversupply of out-of-town offices diminished in the first part of 1998 following strong demand in 1997.This year will see the construction of a major pre-let office building at Exeter Business Park, along with other similar facilities. These developments follow the construction of a new Bass public house and Holiday Inn Express on this prominent site, adjacent to the M5’s new junction 29.The city centre office market has seen good demand in the prime area of Southernhay, with a steady increase in rents during the middle and latter part of last year. Prime ground floor space with a frontage to Southernhay is again achieving £129/sq m (£12/sq ft). Larger, less prominent areas in modern buildings are available at rentals of £86-£97/sq m (£8-£9/sq ft).In Plymouth there has been patchy demand: the major deals have been for strategically located accommodation. There is a shortage of quality properties in the market. However, the city is proving attractive as a location for call centres and several organisations are considering buildings of 3,700-14,000 sq m (40,000-150,000 sq ft).Outside Exeter and Plymouth, the office market is confined to small suites in semi-rural locations. These have proved popular with those who wish to avoid the congestion of cities and enjoy the quality of life that the Countryside offers, while taking advantage of modern communication. Mamhead House near Exeter is a typical example of quality space of this type.Meanwhile, the takeover of London & Manchester by Friends Provident and Weslyan’s proposal for the former Medical & Sickness space at Pynes Hill in Exeter could bring two major areas of office accommodation on the outskirts of the city into the market.In addition, both Exeter and Plymouth are competing hard to attract the Regional Development Agency to locate in their cities.Industrial Industrial supply has reduced dramatically throughout the county with a steady take-up of secondhand space, following record take-up in 1997.The result of this is strong demand for design-and-build facilities, where the county is well placed with a good supply of development land.At Matford Park in Exeter, Double Glazing Supplies has had a unit completed, Tile Flair is on site and a planning application is awaiting approval for a 7,897 sq m (85,000 sq ft) Car Land dealership.Sowton 30 Exeter is a new development by John Laing Property of 7ha (17 acres) for B1, B2 and B8 use, adjacent to the M5’s junction 30. It will be developed in two plateaus, to accommodate up to 26,500 sq m (285,000 sq ft). Main road positions are in strong demand, with rents of £65/sq m (£6/sq ft) being achieved on existing space. New space may command even higher figures.Throughout Devon there has been a steady improvement in the market for industrial space.At Barnstaple, Priority Sites has constructed two 930 sq m (10,000 sq ft) speculative units at Roundswell, providing much needed quality space for local companies. In Plymouth, Cattedown Regeneration is undertaking a scheme to produce two separate 2.4ha (6 acre) sites with a total of 15,027 sq m (161,750 sq ft) of commercial space. These include a cash and carry, a builders’ merchant and 1,347 sq m (14,500 sq ft) of non-food retail.The outlook for 1999 is good for new build industrial and out-of-town pre-let office schemes. Demand for high street retail space has continued to be exceptional, with the number of registered requirements in both Exeter and Plymouth probably at an all-time high.Major developments are planned for both cities’ centres. In Exeter, Land Securities’ £80m scheme in Princesshay will provide much needed new shopping in the city centre.Major local businesses have backed the proposal, viewing it as a good opportunity to enhance the city’s regional position.In Plymouth, P&O Properties applied for an undercover shopping mall last year. It is due to unveil updated plans after consultation with the city council.There have been some major transactions in the county over the past 12 months, with Dawnay Day purchasing a 12,080 sq m (130,000 sq ft) office investment at Southernhay Gardens in Exeter, from National Mutual. Smaller investment lots have moved quickly. Investors have cash available for both fully-let and partly-let space, ready to take advantage of an improving market.last_img read more

Gay marriage would see ‘mother’ and father’ disappear – McCoskrie

first_imgNZ Herald 22 Jan 2013Terms such as mother, father, husband and wife could disappear from the law if gay marriage is legalised, MPs have been told.Family First director Bob McCoskrie told the select committee considering Louisa Wall’s gay marriage bill that Spanish law had recently replaced the terms mother and father with Progenitor A and Progenitor B.“The US State of Washington is to remove the terms husband and wife from divorce courts,” he said.“In France the words mother and father will be stripped from official documents, McCoskrie tabled 24,000 extra signatures to petition against the bill on top of 48,000 already presented at parliament.“I see marriage as similar to the Treaty of Waitangi. It is historical. It is the foundation of our culture,” he said.“It certainly shouldn’t be altered.” read more