This is what adults do

first_imgThis is what adults do Rector Knoxville, TN [Religion News Service] It was a week for grown-ups.When Republican partisans lambasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for collaborating with a Democratic president to rescue a state devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he tweeted, “We are adults. This is what adults do.”When residents, officials and even runners themselves called on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cancel Sunday’s New York City Marathon as an inappropriate “prance” through a storm-damaged city, the mayor reversed an earlier decision and canceled. This is what adults do.Many marathoners, in turn, donned their orange race shirts and carried food and supplies to Staten Island, then stayed to help desperate homeowners reclaim flooded houses. This is what adults do.Officials of electric utilities, transportation systems and schools stood before cameras and told it straight. Some will get restored first, and here’s why. Some schools won’t be able to reopen, and here’s why. No blaming. Just facts. This is what adults do.In its remarkable nonstop coverage of the storm and its aftermath, New York’s WCBS-2 sent reporters out to the areas where people live. There they listened to residents and enabled an entire region to hear the tragic stories of homes lost, lives lost, jobs lost. This is what adults do.We experienced the heroism of first responders. We saw adults in action: medical personal rescuing patients at two hospitals that needed to be evacuated, parents comforting frightened children, firefighters moving toward danger. This is what adults do.When gasoline stations began to run out of fuel, drivers got in line, waited their turn, and, except for the occasional fistfight, seemed to grasp the need to be fair and calm. This is what adults do.Many residents who had electricity ran extension cords out to sidewalks and invited neighbors to charge their cell phones. Civic-minded techies set up makeshift offices to help neighbors. This is what adults do.Religious institutions jumped in with food, clothing, water and comfort. Volunteers from St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, for example, climbed to the top floors of Lower East Side tenements and found elderly residents trapped by infirmity and desperate for help. This is what adults do.Hurricane week wasn’t a total victory for adulthood. In wealthy neighborhoods untouched by Sandy, residents who pay dearly to get their needs met insisted that nannies, doormen and custodians leave their own storm-damaged homes to honor employment contracts. High-end suburbanites in Long Island demanded preference because, they argued, they pay such high property taxes. Some disappointed marathoners staged an impromptu in-your-face run that took them merrily past bedraggled residents lining up for gasoline.Sometimes, they showed, adulthood doesn’t always mean acting like an adult.Tempers are fraying as recovery drags on, even here in a city that takes pride in its resilience. Even though people understand why the economic hub of Manhattan gets restored first, it’s still galling for residents of Queens to see Midtown glistening while they are burning furniture for heat.After the most dreadful political season in memory, I took heart as leaders stepped up to lead and as adults stepped up to do what adults do. Those who have actual responsibilities carried them out, while those who lust for power were ignored. Those whose families were actually in danger put family first, while “family values” partisans were ignored.This is what adults do.– Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Marylin Day says: Sid Gardner says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME November 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm Just because I don’t agree with your politics, I can’t tell you thanks and I appreciate your help? Gosh, even my mother said to thank my great-aunt when she gave me presents that were “the wrong size” or for “children of a much younger age” because it is the thought and intent that counts. Being nice counts! November 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm I believe the GOP partisans lambasted Gov. Christie not for collaborating with President Obama to provide relief, but for overly praising him at that particular time, in a very closely contested campaign for the Presidency of the United States. November 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm Great thought – I wish this could appear on the desk of every elected official at all levels to help them remember they are elected not to advance their Party’s agenda but to govern the Nation, State, or municipality. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 November 8, 2012 at 9:43 am I too have been heartened by communities coming together after Sandy.However, I’m pretty sure that the tweet you mention, if you’re referring to the one that said, “Today I’m touring NJ with President Obama. Yes, he’s a Democrat, and I’m a Republican. We’re also adults, and this is how adults behave” was actually from the fake Twitter feed for Chris Christie (@GovChristieNJ). If you had at the other tweets from this feed you would have seen, “During our recovery, remember this: Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, well, you know how I feel about teachers.” His verified twitter feed is @GovChristie, and I was unable to find the tweet you mentioned there.There are a lot of fake Twitter feeds generated for laughs and not actually trying to fool anybody (such as the Spanglish Bloomberg feed @ElBloombito). There have also been a lot of photoshopped pictures of Sandy that WERE trying to fool people just for 15 minutes of viral fame. This requires that we investigate these things further before we give them credence. Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Comments (5) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Doug Desper says: Rector Bath, NC November 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm People need to hold NYC’s elected leaders accountable for the response to the crisis. The politicians want to control aspects of peoples’ lives down to how large a soda can be sold and consumed, and nary a leaf of tobacco in public, but they have yet to develop a sufficient infrastrure for feeding, sheltering, and restoring services. Only – and I mean unwillingly – only after a lot of outcry did it occur to Mayor Bloomberg that it was obscene to hold a marathon complete with laden sandwich/meal tables, generators that could power dozens of dwellings, and water poured over sweating athlete heads in the plain sight of people trapped in darkened homes without food, water, electricity or heat. Remember: elections have consequences. You get what you vote for. A Nanny State government that controls peoples lives should not be preferred to a government that safeguards lives. 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Bankruptcy courts ill-prepared for tsunami of people going broke from coronavirus…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! By Paige Marta Skiba, Economist, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University; Dalié Jiménez, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine; Michelle McKinnon Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University; Pamela Foohey, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University, and Sara Sternberg Greene, Professor of Law, Duke UniversityAs more Americans lose all or part of their incomes and struggle with mounting debts, another crisis looms: a wave of personal bankruptcies.Bankruptcy can discharge or erase many types of debts and stop foreclosures, repossessions and wage garnishments. But our research shows the bankruptcy system is difficult to navigate even in normal times, particularly for minorities, the elderly and those in rural areas.COVID-19 is exacerbating the existing challenges of accessing bankruptcy at a time when these vulnerable groups – who are bearing the brunt of both the economic and health impact of the coronavirus pandemic – may need its protections the most.If Americans think about turning to bankruptcy for help, they will likely find a system that is ill-prepared for their arrival.It’s a hard roadThere are many benefits to filing bankruptcy.For example, it can allow households to avoid home foreclosure, evictions and car repossession. The “automatic stay” triggered at the start of the process immediately halts all debt collection efforts, garnishments and property seizures. And the process ends with a discharge of most unsecured debts, which sets people on a course to regain some financial stability.The process helps the average household erase approximately US$50,000 in unsecured debt – such as payday loans and credit card and medical bills.We know from our empirical research, however, that filing for bankruptcy comes with costs. In a Chapter 7 case, known as a liquidation when a debtor’s property is sold and distributed to creditors, households may be required to surrender some of their assets. The post-bankruptcy path to financial stability is often bumpy.In a Chapter 13 reorganization case, households must commit to making monthly payments equal to their disposable income for three to five years. But the majority of people, unfortunately, are unable to keep up with their payments for that long and do not end up eliminating their debts.Monetary costs can also be substantial. Attorney fees average $1,225 to $3,450. Court fees are over $300. And of course, there are also other downsides, such as social stigma, negative credit and lower future earnings.Pent-up demandNonetheless, struggling Americans may find bankruptcy one of few viable options to address their worsening money problems, particularly as the pandemic shows no signs of ending soon.Yet, as a consequence of nationwide shelter-in-place orders, consumer bankruptcy filings have declined significantly in recent weeks.In the last 10 days of March, when states began issuing such orders, we found that Chapter 13 filings fell 45% compared with the last 10 days of March 2019, based on a docket search on Bloomberg Law. Filings in all of April – when most states were under lockdown – plunged 60%, while Chapter 7 filings were down 40%.This suggests that there’s pent-up demand for bankruptcy protection – in terms of what we’d normally expect – on top of the impact from the coronavirus recession.The current limited physical access of many bankruptcy courts presents additional problems, especially to already vulnerable groups. There is significant variation in how courts are handling the situation, but most require access to technology. This means that ethnic and racial minorities, seniors and people living in rural areas face systemic barriers to filing because of their more limited access to transportation and technology.Self-represented filers, who navigate bankruptcy alone to avoid the hefty attorneys’ fees, face additional challenges and make up approximately 9% of bankruptcy cases. These filers typically have lower income and fewer assets – and thus are less able to afford the benefits of having an attorney – and are more likely to be black.In some districts, only attorneys can file electronically, so people handling the process themselves must mail in their petition or find some other way of getting it to the courts, such as via physical drop boxes.But such methods still assume access to technology. A computer, the internet and a printer are needed to access and print the petition. Libraries and other institutions that traditionally provide technology access for those who do not have it are, for the most part, closed.Some courts are allowing initial email submission of the petition from those without attorneys, but petitioners are still required to follow up by sending original documents via the mail or drop boxes. Access to a computer, the internet and a printer remains necessary.Finally many states require “wet signatures” on bankruptcy petitions. That is, people have to sign their names in ink, as opposed to using an electronic signature. To smooth filings while courts are physically closed, several states have waived this requirement for those using an attorney.But even then, access issues still abound. People must first send their attorney the vast array of documents needed for filing – typically amounting to dozens of pages. Filers still need to be able to copy, scan and email documents. For those without computer access, they have to mail original documents, a somewhat risky proposition when important papers could get delayed, stolen or lost.A bad time to fileIn other words, the middle of a pandemic is not the best time to file for bankruptcy.But with limited debt forbearances, over 30 million out of work and insufficient employment aid, we expect to see a great deal more distress – both financial and otherwise – in the coming months.And without more aid to individuals soon, U.S. bankruptcy courts will likely face a tsunami of filings, not only from average Americans but companies as well. This will clog up the system, which is why many experts are calling on Congress to shore up bankruptcy courts with more judges and funding.But a first priority should be shoring up individuals, for whom bankruptcy is seen as a last resort. If more aid isn’t forthcoming, the bankruptcy system may be too overwhelmed to handle even that.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSBankruptcyCoronavirusCOVID-19DebtThe Conversation Previous article2020 or 1320? Meet the new bartering crazeNext articleCity of Apopka cancels this Friday and future antibody testing until further notice Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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England Saxons win in George to take South Africa ‘A’ series 2-0

first_imgWednesday Jun 22, 2016 England Saxons win in George to take South Africa ‘A’ series 2-0 The England Saxons won the series against South Africa ‘A’ when they beat them 29-26 in the second of the two match series in George on Friday.The Saxons won the first match 32-24 but were behind 26-8 in this one before coming back in the second half, and securing the series with a late Christian Wade try.“We’re delighted to come away with the win. You don’t get second chances in international rugby and so it was great to get that done,” said captain Dave Attwood.Match highlights above but you can also watch extended highlights from each half on page twocredit: supersport1st half highlights2nd half highlightsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Lluvia House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados

first_img Houses Photographs:  Rafael GamoTeam:Pablo Pérez Palacios + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, José Hadad, Ignacio Rodríguez, Armando Rosas, Fabián ArellanoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rafael GamoRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemGlassSolarluxGlass Canopy – SDL AcubisWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectText description provided by the architects. Lluvia is a single-family residence located in Jardines del Pedregal, southern Mexico City. It is located in a residential area, and the site has neighboring constructions. One of its main qualities is the natural vegetation found at the back, which became an important asset in the architectural scheme.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoSave this picture!© Rafael GamoSave this picture!Save this picture!© Rafael GamoThe house is conceived as a solid volume that incorporates subtractions along the main axis; these are formed as small courtyards and double heights depending on the program. Our main intention was to merge sections of the main forest-like garden with the interior of the house and let in natural light.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoProject gallerySee allShow lessSavoy Residence / Rh+ ArchitectureSelected ProjectsBar & Pavilion Belém / Ricardo Bak GordonSelected Projects Share Lluvia House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931665/lluvia-house-ppaa-perez-palacios-arquitectos-asociados Clipboard Arquitectos: PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados Area Area of this architecture project Lluvia House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos AsociadosSave this projectSaveLluvia House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931665/lluvia-house-ppaa-perez-palacios-arquitectos-asociados Clipboardcenter_img Photographs CopyHouses• 2018 Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos AsociadosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesmexico cityPublished on January 10, 2020Cite: “Lluvia House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados” [Casa lluvia / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados] 10 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Rafael Gamo+ 25Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” “COPY”last_img read more

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Delegation from Philadelphia makes #Big Push for Puerto Rico

first_imgA delegation from Philadelphia that included members of the International Action Center, Philadelphia REAL Justice and Workers World Party traveled to Puerto Rico in a work brigade in early November following hurricanes Irma and María.  As a result of generous donations from the Calvary United Methodist Church in West Philadelphia, they were able to bring 18 solar-powered lights and USB charger kits to distribute to families in mountainous regions which lacked access to electricity.However, support from the church did not stop there.  Inspired by the work of the IAC’s delegation, the congregation raised funds to send more solar kits to Puerto Rico.  The IAC has offices at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, which is housed at the CUMC.The congregation turned their annual holiday concert on Dec. 17 into a benefit to provide more solar kits and other supplies for community organizations in Puerto Rico. Almost three months after the powerful storms hit, electricity, water and other necessities are still scarce because of the U.S. government’s refusal to supply adequate aid.The event featured the big band sound of Big Push.  A number of other performers joined in CUMC’s neighbor-to-neighbor action for Puerto Rico. They included Jesse Roemer and EZUZ, the improv-fusion band Interminable and legendary Philly funk band Breakwater.  Vocalists Aaron Lewis, Zara Sims and Theresa Marsh performed, along with the Calvary Choir.  Nine-year-old Asaf Berrios, an amazing steel drum player, and his father Raúl, who had recently arrived from Puerto Rico, gave a special performance.Joe Piette and Mike Wilson, members of the IAC delegation, described their brigade’s work and what they witnessed in Puerto Rico.  They urged the audience to continue their support.   Students and faculty from the Workshop School in Philadelphia also participated by selling items that students had produced.  They donated their proceeds toward the purchase of a solar kit.The evening ended with all the performers and audience members joining in a carol singalong. Donations to support this fundraising effort can be made at www.allmeansall.org/donate.html. Write “Puerto Rico” in the “Comments” section on the donation page.HOW TO HELPCommunity organizations in Puerto Rico are welcoming direct donations.  They include the following groups.Taller Salud deals with women’s health. See tallersalud.com and contact by phone at 787-876-3440.Viequense en Rescate Inc.:  This group supports the Vieques Island community. See https://www.facebook.com/viequesenrescateinc.Contact Elba Oquendo at 787-640-8372.Centro para el Desarrollo Político Educativo y Cultural (Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico/community kitchens):  This awesome group feeds University of Puerto Rico students who otherwise would go hungry to their classrooms.  See https://www.cdpecpr.org/apoyo, where you can donate via PayPal. Email [email protected]   FMPR Puerto Rico Teacher’s Federation: They organize against the privatization of public education and set up work brigades to clear roads and bring water, food and supplies to people who have not received any help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the government: https://www.gofundme.com/solidaridad-victimas-huracan-mariaEducamos: This teachers’ union is battling privatization of public education. Contact Eva Ayala, president. https://www.facebook.com/groups/51198242638Casa Pueblo — http://casapueblo.org: This is a grassroots community organization which promotes self-sufficiency and ecological energy sources, including solar lights. Located in Adjuntas, and in existence for 36 years, it is  one of the oldest ecological organizations in Puerto Rico.Alianza Pro Desarrollo Económico de Ceiba (Aprodec):  This is a newer ecological, self-sufficiency and self-sustainable organization located in the eastern part of Puerto Rico. After struggling to get a community space in the vast territory where the U.S. Navy is located, they finally got a building to house their organization. Their aim is to develop this area, which was devastated by the presence of the U.S. Navy. See aprodec.net for information.  Or call 787-354-6188.WW photos: Joseph PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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BlackBerry services suspended

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s announcement by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority that certain BlackBerry services such as email, messaging and web browsing will be suspended from 11 October because it has failed to reach a compromise with Research in Motion, the Canadian company that manufactures BlackBerry smartphones.The Emirati authorities accuse Research in Motion of refusing to comply with the EAU’s laws and say they fear that the country’s security could be endangered by encrypted data transiting through foreign servers to which they have no access.Reporters Without Borders sees the announcement as the continuation of the government’s attempts to control information and new technology and, in particular, to get control of data transferred by BlackBerry technology.A compromise must be found that does not limit the freedom of the Emirati population, Reporters Without Borders said, urging the authorities to rescind this decision.The Emirati authorities claim that crimes can be committed using BlackBerry services without their being able to identify who is responsible. BlackBerry users have already been arrested. They include Badr al-Dhohori, who has been held since 15 July for an initial attempt to organise a demonstration that was later abandoned. He has just been sentenced to a month in prison and a fine equivalent to one month’s salary (http://en.rsf.org/united-arab-emirates-wave-of-arrests-of-blackberry-29-07-2010,38048.html).Reporters Without Borders hopes that the EAU announcement will not set a regrettable precedent that encourages other countries to follow suit.The Saudi authorities told the country’s telecommunications companies today that BlackBerry messaging services would be suspended during August for failing to comply with government and social standards. The suspension did not apply to email. The Indian interior minister has meanwhile threatened to suspend Research in Motion’s activities in India if it denies the authorities access to encrypted data. RSF_en Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News to go further United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Newscenter_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 28, 2021 Find out more August 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BlackBerry services suspended June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Employers take lead in refugee skills audit

first_imgEmployers take lead in refugee skills auditOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. An increasing number of public bodies are starting to develop databases ofrefugee skills in order meet staff shortages. Glasgow City Council is carrying out a skills audit of refugees andasylum-seekers in the city to make their employment easier and moreappropriate. The council hopes to fill the city’s significant skills shortagesin teaching, medicine and construction. Project workers in the council’s asylum support team are interviewing the4,000 asylum-seekers residing in Glasgow. Numbers are predicted to reach 7,000by the end of 2001, with asylum-seekers being sent to Scotland from London aspart of the Government’s dispersal policy. Margaret McDonald, assistant manager of the asylum support team at the citycouncil, said, “We are looking to assess what skills asylum-seekers havewhen they arrive in Glasgow and what percentage of them can get work.” The ultimate aim is to match the skills of asylum-seekers to employers,explained McDonald. So far, only 150 have been granted leave to stay. Once the asylum-seekers are granted leave by the Home Office to stay inGlasgow, local authorities hope to retrain those with relevant qualificationsfor work in teaching and medicine. It is not the only refugee skills assessment being conducted. Earlier thisyear the National Organisation for Adult Learning conducted a refugee skillssurvey in Leicester and provided the city council and local employers with theresults. It found that 85 per cent had qualifications ranging from O-level todegree equivalent (News, 12 June). The British Medical Association and the Refugee Council are also workingtogether to create a joint database of refugee doctors in the UK that will showskills and availability for work (News, 26 June). www.ind.homeoffice.gov.ukBy Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Subglacial sediments as a control on the onset and location of two Siple Coast ice streams, West Antarctica

first_imgLaterally continuous subglacial sediments are a necessary component for ice streaming in the modern onset regions of the ice streams draining the Siple Coast of West Antarctica on the basis of new seismic data combined with previous results. We present geophysical results from seismic reflection and refraction experiments in the upper reaches of ice streams C and D that highlight continuous sedimentary basins within and upstream of the current onset regions of both ice streams, with streaming ice overlying these sedimentary packages. The subglacial environment changes from no-sediment to discontinuous-sediment to continuous-sediment cover along a longitudinal profile from the ice sheet to tributary C1B. Along this same profile, we observe a speedup of ice flow and then full development of the ice stream tributary. Ice stream D flows above a thick sedimentary package with an uppermost low-seismic-velocity zone indicative of soft till, and the upglacier and lateral extensions of ice stream D are tightly constrained by the extent of continuous sediments. The inland termination of these sediments suggests that future migration of high-velocity, low-shear-stress ice flow in these regions appears unlikelylast_img read more

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EUNAVFOR Transfers Twelve Suspected Pirates to Mauritius for Prosecution

first_img View post tag: Naval January 28, 2013 View post tag: Pirates Authorities View post tag: News by topic EUNAVFOR Transfers Twelve Suspected Pirates to Mauritius for Prosecution View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Prosecution View post tag: Transferscenter_img View post tag: Mauritius Back to overview,Home naval-today EUNAVFOR Transfers Twelve Suspected Pirates to Mauritius for Prosecution View post tag: Suspected  Following an attack in early January on a merchant vessel 260 miles off the Somali Coast, twelve men suspected of committing an act of piracy, were transferred on January 25 by EU Naval Force warship FS Surcouf to the Mauritian authorities for prosecution.When the attack happened on 5th January, the master of the merchant vessel sent out a distress call reporting that he and his crew were coming under attack by six men in a fast moving boat, armed with rocket propelled grenades. Thankfully, having employed avoidance tactics, the merchant vessel was able to repel the attack.Upon hearing the distress call, NATO warship USS Halyburton, operating as part of NATO’s counter piracy operation – Ocean Shield, and on patrol 80 nautical miles away, launched her helicopter and was able to quickly locate a suspect boat – which was by now towing another vessel, with several men on board. EU Naval Force French Frigate Surcouf, operating as part of the EU’s counter piracy mission – Operation Atalanta, made best speed to the area, as a German EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft kept watch overhead. Upon arrival, and in full cooperation with the NATO warship, the boarding team from French warship Surcouf boarded the two suspect vessels and apprehended twelve men in total.When suspect pirates are apprehended at sea, EU Naval Force always seeks, where possible, a legal finish and after engaging with Mauritian authorities, who hold a transfer agreement with the EU, the twelve men were  transferred to Mauritius for prosecution.Speaking about the successful transfer, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant said:‘I welcome the news that the twelve suspect pirates were today transferred to Mauritius for prosecution. Mauritius is a key partner in the fight against piracy in the region and today we sent a clear message to pirates that EU Naval Force and Mauritius are determined and committed to achieve legal prosecution for those accused of attacking ships at sea’.Operation Atalanta commenced in December 2008 and is focused on the deterrence and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali Coast. The EU mission also provides protection to World Food Programme (WFP) and African Union Mission Somalia (AMISOM) shipping, together with the protection of vulnerable shipping on a case by case basis and the monitoring of fishing activities.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 28, 2013; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Navy View post tag: Twelve Share this articlelast_img read more

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