Immigration cap to spare high earners

first_img Share whatsapp BUSINESSES have welcomed an exemption for high earners from a government immigration cap due to come into force in April.Bankers, lawyers and other highly-paid workers who earn over £150,000 per year will not be subject to the limit.Head of employment policy at the CBI, the employers’ organisation Neil Carberry said: “This announcement of new rules for the immigration cap confirms the government’s welcome decision to prioritise skilled workers.“The government is right to be putting the emphasis on the most economically beneficial part of the system.” The British Chambers of Commerce also welcomed the news.Under the new rules, employers will have to apply for a certificate of sponsorship if they wish to bring someone to the UK. An annual limit of 20,700 visas will be made available to skilled workers, whilst an extra 1,000 visas will be made available for “exceptional talent”.Firms will also be able to apply for intra-company transfers for staff paid more than £40,000 or more for a maximum of five years.Transferred employees who earn between £24,000 and £40,000 per year will be allowed to stay for one year only.Immigration minister Damian Green said: “Britain will benefit from migration provided it is controlled and directed towards improving our economy.” Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap4 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from the New Orleans PelicansSportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’In the Heights’ Underwhelms at Box Office With $11.4 Million DebutThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap Wednesday 16 February 2011 8:48 pm Show Comments ▼ Immigration cap to spare high earners KCS-content last_img read more

NBS Bank Limited (NBS.mw) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgNBS Bank Limited (NBS.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about NBS Bank Limited (NBS.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NBS Bank Limited (NBS.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NBS Bank Limited (NBS.mw)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileNBS Bank Limited is a leading commercial bank in Malawi; providing corporate and retail banking solutions, and treasury managements products and services. The company was established in 1964 when Central Africa Building Society, Commonwealth Century Building Society and First Permanent Building Society merged to form New Building Society (NBS). The financial institution became a commercial bank in 2004 after it was issued a banking license by the Reserve Bank of Malawi. NBS Bank is a subsidiary of NICO Holdings Limited. In addition to general banking products and services for the corporate and private sector, NBS Bank provides solutions for international trade, SME loans, asset finance and mortgage loans and short- and long-term insurance products. NBS has a national network of 37 service centres, with its head office based in Blantyre, Malawi. NBS Bank is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Border Timbers Limited 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgBorder Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw)  2010 abridged results.Company ProfileBorder Timbers is a forestry and sawmilling company in Zimbabwe, with a long history in Manicaland. The company operates five forest estates and three sawmills; with the principal products being pine and eucalyptus. Established in 1979, Border Timbers is the amalgamation of three organisations; Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. The company is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation, boasting a plantation size of 47 800 hectares. The forest estates are in Sheba, Charter and Tilbury; with a combined annual output of over 160 000 cubic metres, 95% of that is pine. Rough sawn timber is processed at factories in Mutare, and sold directly to the public. The Paulington Factory manufactures products for the veneer, plywood and blockboard market, and the Nyakamete Factory produces doors, shelves and other timber products for export. Border Timbers is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

La Obispa Primada y el obispo jubilado de Washington se…

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release [Episcopal News Service] La voz de la Obispa Primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, es la última en unirse a la campaña ‘Horas  Contra el Odio’ [Hours Against Hate] 2012.El mensaje en vídeo de Jefferts Schori, que apareciera el 2 de agosto, resalta la “increíble diversidad” del mundo, la cual, dice ella, “como científica y persona de fe, creo que es una enorme bendición”, porque “cada uno de nosotros viene con un don diferente”.“Al mismo tiempo, hay una antigua tendencia humana a distinguirse de las personas a quienes uno percibe como ‘el otro’”, afirmó, añadiendo que tales distinciones pueden ser tanto una bendición para la otra persona, como una manera de permitirse ver al otro como a un enemigo.“Las personas de fe suelen ser llamadas a ver en el otro a un semejante”, apuntó. “Como cristianos, somos llamados a amar a nuestros enemigos, a percibir a todo ser humano como portador de la imagen de Dios”.Jefferts Schori dijo que la campaña es una invitación a cruzar las fronteras artificiales para encontrar amigos entre los otros, y unirse para hacer del mundo un lugar mejor.John Chane, obispo jubilado de la Diócesis de Washington, también colaboró con la campaña mediante un mensaje en vídeo en el canal de YouTube.La Iglesia Episcopal, en su recién concluida 77ª. Convención General,  adoptó una postura contra la intimidación, al pedir en la Resolución D022 “una respuesta de toda la Iglesia a la epidemia de intimidación, particularmente contra los que son percibidos como ‘diferentes’ por virtud de sus características económicas, étnicas, raciales o físicas, su filiación religiosa, su orientación e identidad sexuales y su expresión de género”.Farah Pandith, representante especial del Departamento de Estado de  EE.UU. ante las comunidades musulmanas, y Hannah Rosenthal, enviada especial para supervisar y combatir el antisemitismo, inauguraron la campaña en febrero de 2011 como una manera de “frenar el prejuicio y promover el respeto a través de las fronteras de la cultura, la religión, la tradición, la clase y el género”, según la página web del departamento.Las dos mujeres le piden a “los jóvenes de todo el mundo que dediquen su tiempo a frenar el odio —a hacer algo por aquellos que no se te parecen, que no oran como tú ni viven como tú”.“Le pedimos a la próxima generación que colabore en la edificación de un mundo más fuerte y más tolerante”, dijeron ellas en la página web. “Ningún grupo puede hacerlo por sí solo”.La campaña tiene una página de Facebook aquí.La secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton dijo el 31 de julio que la campaña “ha provocado que jóvenes de todo el mundo se hayan comprometido a dedicar decenas de miles de horas a caminar en los zapatos de otra persona”. Y subrayó que [la campaña] se ha convertido en una de las iniciativas oficiales de las Olimpíadas de Londres.— Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK center_img Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA La Obispa Primada y el obispo jubilado de Washington se unen en campaña contra el odio Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY De la redacción de ENSPosted Aug 10, 2012 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

El Obispo Primado insta a la Iglesia a ‘despertar

first_img Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL El obispo primado Michael Curry proclamando la rama episcopal del Movimiento de Jesús en un acto público de Goucher College en las afueras de Baltimore, Maryland. Foto de Randall Gornowich[Diócesis de Maryland] El obispo primado Michael Curry regresó a su territorio familiar de la Diócesis de Maryland como portador de un mensaje inspirador y alentando a los episcopales a afirmar su papel como miembros del Movimiento de Jesús.“ ‘Tengan cuidado si la Iglesia Episcopal alguna vez despierta’” dijo, citando al famoso evangelista del siglo XX Billy Sunday. “Despierta, Iglesia Episcopal. En eso consiste el Movimiento de Jesús”.Curry, que sirvió de rector en la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol [St. James] en Baltimore, durante 12 años,  ha estado llamando por un nuevo período de evangelización dentro de la Iglesia desde que fuera electo en 2015. Este empeño también incluye un deseo de que la Iglesia Episcopal aborde algunos de los problemas sistémicos de raza y clase que plagan la sociedad estadounidense.“Necesitamos encontrar un medio por la gracia de Dios para contrarrestar el sistema pecaminoso profundamente arraigado que nos atasca en un pantano de racismo”, dijo. Para el Obispo Primado, la reconciliación racial, la evangelización y el cuidado de la creación de Dios están en las raíces del Movimiento de Jesús.Esta semana, Curry y la Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, iniciarán un programa denominacional destinado a alentar la reconciliación racial. Se llama “Convertirse en la amada comunidad: el compromiso a largo plazo de la Iglesia Episcopal con la reparación, la reconciliación y la justicia raciales”. Se ha programado un seminario introductorio en la Red [webinar] para el 16 de mayo.El programa es el resultado de un año de sesiones de escucha, de consultas y de reflexión. Comenzó con la aprobación de la Resolución C019 en la Convención General de 2015, la cual pedía que la Cámara de Obispos y la Cámara de Diputados crearan un concepto para abordar la injusticia racial. La convención también incluyó $2 millones en su presupuesto para hacer una realidad ese plan.El éxito de la campaña por la reconciliación dependerá en gran medida del establecimiento de relaciones, dijo Curry.“En lo más profundo de las entrañas de nuestro dilema racial está la verdad de que no nos conocemos”, dijo él. “El racismo tiene una ventaja con eso porque allí es donde se fabrican los estereotipos, y una de las maneras de escapar de eso es lograr que las personas entablen relaciones genuinas”.Durante su visita a Maryland, Curry dio una pequeña plática informativa en la 233ª. Convención Anual de la Diócesis Episcopal de Maryland, encajonada entre dos entrevistas, y predicó en un auditorio casi lleno en el campus de Goucher College en Towson.El evento nocturno, conocido como “la reunión en la gran tienda” le dio la oportunidad de divertirse un poco a costa de la obvia renuencia de los episcopales a participar en la evangelización. Él hizo su sermón en torno al pasaje de Hechos 1:8 y sacó a colación otras citas bíblicas, tales como Isaías 43:10-12. Luego  llevo el mensaje a un plano más familiar, al hacer citas de la liturgia bautismal y del catecismo del Libro de Oración Común.“La verdad es que yo realmente sí creo que necesitamos testigos, y no sólo testigos en abstracto”, afirmó. “Necesitamos evangelistas que den testimonio de una manera de ser cristianos que refleje la enseñanza de Jesús de Nazaret”.Curry recurrió a su afición al béisbol para encontrar una sorprendente ilustración de la manera a veces sutil y no obstante poderosa en que el testimonio del evangelio ha influido en la vida pública. Al parecer, Branch Rickey, el famoso ejecutivo de los Dodgers de Brooklyn, recurrió a las Bienaventuranzas y a otras enseñanzas de Jesucristo para ayudar a Jackie Robinson a encontrar medios de resistir los insultos que le propinaron cuando se incorporó a las grandes ligas el 15 de abril de 1947.“Cambiaron el béisbol de las grandes ligas siguiendo las enseñanzas de Jesús de Nazaret”, dijo Curry. “No teman y no se avergüencen de ser cristianos a los que se les conoce por el amor, la justicia y el perdón”.Durante una entrevista previa, Curry hizo notar que parte de su pasión de proclamar el Movimiento de Jesús nació de sus propias reflexiones y de su deseo de ayudar a que las personas lleguen a tener una vida espiritual más plena. El estudio bíblico es fundamental para lograr que eso suceda, afirmó, añadiendo que en el mundo actual de las redes sociales, el estudio no tiene que ser presencial. Pero él estudio debe hacerse.“Es algo semejante al camino de Emaús”, dijo. “Sostengan una conversación y Jesús se mostrará”.Curry dijo también que en tanto la Iglesia reclama su papel como la rama episcopal del Movimiento de Jesús, encontrará también un continuo papel en la plaza pública.“No estamos entrando en el terreno político como partidarios, sino realzando los valores que tenemos como cristianos”, dijo. “Jesús murió en el mundo real porque se atrevió a asumir los valores del Reino de Dios y vivirlos”.-El Rdo. M. Dion Thompson, sacerdote de la Diócesis de Maryland, es un ex reportero del periódico The Baltimore Sun. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Por M. Dion ThompsonPosted May 15, 2017 Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT El Obispo Primado insta a la Iglesia a ‘despertar Se inicia esta semana una iniciativa de reconciliación a nivel denominacional In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Food Pantry

first_img Previous articleGeorge H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa Class of 2021 Graduation CeremonyNext articleDance benefit Odessa American WhatsApp By Odessa American – May 28, 2021 Twitter Facebook Local News Food Pantry Pinterestcenter_img TAGSfood pantryWestminster Presbyterian Church Facebook Rae Ann Curry joins other volunteers and church members as they stock the shelves of the food pantry at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Jan. 26, 2017. (Odessa American File Photo) Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4901 Maple Ave., has scheduled the monthly food pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month.Call 366-1321. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Donegal skeletons could lead to changes in how osteoperosis is treated

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – September 25, 2011 Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Donegal skeletons could lead to changes in how osteoperosis is treated Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img It’s emerged that thousand year old skeletons unearthed from a ‘lost’ medieval graveyard in Co Donegal are providing vital new clues which could change the way doctors treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases in Ireland.The skeletons, dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century, were found siome years ago at Ballyhanna near Ballyshannon. They show that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis as people do today.However, those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age.Experts believe that a possible reason for this difference is the fact that those older people who suffered from softening and thinning of the bones in medieval times tended to be far more physically active than their modern counterparts.Details are to be presented to a conference in Sligo next weekend. Twitter Google+ Previous articleLetterkenny IT is “most improved” college in the country – Sunday TimesNext articleGardai investigate Letterkenny assault News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Newsx Adverts 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Counting the cost of the non-EU immigration cap

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images The NHS recently called into question the cap on non-EU migrants coming into the UK, claiming it was blocking access to the medical skills it needs. Immigration law expert Jonathan Beech discusses the pitfalls and disadvantages of this ‘one size fits all’ limit.Non-EU workersSalary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers increases How to retain a sponsor licenceThe NHS is putting pressure on the Home Office to ease UK visa rules for non-EU medical recruits and to exempt skilled employees from tier 2 visa requirements as immigration quotas restrict its ability to hire medical staff.And it’s not alone. Other employers are also showing their support to relax the visa process as sectors such as pharma, biotech and engineering (to name a few), are too suffering from a severe shortage of talent.With overall net migration estimated to have fallen to 244,000 from its peak of 336,000 in June 2016, a depleting number of EU job applicants has forced industries to recruit outside Europe.A shortage in EU talent plus a problem with immigration quotas to secure non-EU workers is bad news for employers.Why is it unhelpful?For UK plc, the tier 2 visa is designed to attract the “brightest and the best” non-EU migrants, which the Government says it still wants to come to the UK.But a visa cap based on a points scoring system is stifling talented workers coming here, with the NHS as a prime example. The cap has been breached three months in a row – December through to February – meaning employers may have turned away much needed skills in the process.Each year, the Home Office releases 20,700 tier 2 (general) visas for skilled migrants outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and each month the maximum number of visas available differs, with visas granted according to points awarded in order of importance.From the top down, roles gain points based on: shortage occupation, whether they’re a PhD-level vacancy and roles where a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) has been carried out.A large amount of points are also given for guaranteed earnings. With a limited number of visas available under the quota since December, candidates now need a much higher number of points than ever before to be successful with a request.Missing out on talentHaving a one size fits all, points-based approach that rates applicants mainly according to their expected salary, means sectors like the NHS are missing out on valuable skills and young talent.According to Home Office reports, the lowest eligible salary in January and February 2017 was £50,000 – much more than the potential UK earnings of many newly qualified immigrant doctors.Furthermore, there are only a limited number of disciplines considered as a ‘shortage occupation’ within the NHS and, as such, many doctors have had to rely on gaining points through the RLMT and earnings.The way the quota is structured, plus the demand the UK has for skilled non-EEA workers means the problems employers currently face over visa allocation will remain a regular occurrence.Those rejected are expected to reapply, driving up competition in March and pushing any surplus into the new financial year in April.Possible alternativesExempting medical staff from the quota is, in effect, adding all medical staff to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), which is only updated once a year on average making it difficult to account for fluctuating skill shortages.The shortage occupational skills could be reviewed frequently but this risks some occupations only being listed for a short period time, also affecting skills planning.There are a number of other options that could be considered including changing the quota system so it’s not loaded at the beginning of the financial year.Rather than reviewing skill requirements every year, consider them per quarter and rotated by sector to make it a fairer system for all.Alternatively, increase the quota so it accounts for the likely rise in EU applicants once we exit the EU, or offer more avenues to score points such as age, qualifications and experience.The latter would be similar to the UK’s old Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) but a more formulated version, measured by codes of practice to ensure skilled workers took skilled positions and visas were awarded to NVQ level 6 jobs and above to attract young, fresh talent as well as experienced personnel.Managing visa applicationsFor now, HR has to work within the current points-based system. So, HR should keep a close eye on the changing number of certificates available each month and understand what the minimum level of earnings will be to qualify for a visa.When reapplying for visas under the next monthly quota, ensure that the RLMT is still live at the time the General Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is issued – in case it is required. The test should also be less than six months old from the date the first vacancy was correctly advertised, otherwise you’re at risk of having your sponsor licence revoked.Guide and reassure employees through the process. Check they know exactly what documentation they need as this varies depending on factors such as the job to the country of origin.If a visa is declined, an employer must go through the whole certificate application process again, which could be affected by a further change in the monthly quota.Until the visa is granted, don’t make any promises about the job, advise the applicant not to make any life-changing decisions, and make it totally clear that any offer of employment is subject to a visa application and their ability to enter and work in the UK.Planning ahead is the key to success – with visas in such short supply, employers can’t afford for applications to go wrong. No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Counting the cost of the non-EU immigration capBy Jonathan Beech on 28 Feb 2018 in NHS, Latest News, Global HR, Labour market, Skills shortages, Personnel Today, Migrant Workers Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Migrations and winter quarters of five common terns tracked using geolocators

first_imgTen geolocators (light-level data loggers) were attached to Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) at a breeding site in the northeastern USA in 2007 and 2008; six were retrieved (five with useful data) in 2008 and 2009. The birds wintered in four discrete areas on the north and east coasts of South America, from Guyana (6–7°N) to northeastern Argentina (36–42°S); three remained within restricted areas for most or all of the winter, whereas two ranged more widely. They left the breeding area at various dates between 1 August and 14 September; three migrated directly from the breeding area while two first moved southwest to stage near Cape Hatteras. All five birds flew directly to the vicinity of Puerto Rico, then moved along the north and east coasts of South America, staging at scattered locations for periods of 3–11 d, before reaching their winter quarters at various dates from 6 September to 26 October. Two birds left their winter quarters on 2 March and 4 April, staged in northern Brazil for 47 and 6 d, then traveled via the Bahamas to reach the breeding site on 1 May. During breeding and post-breeding periods, the birds spent a mean of 7 min each day and virtually no time at night resting on the water, but during the rest of the year they often rested on the water for up to 6 h by day and up to 11 h at night. Leg-mounted geolocators caused several adverse effects but did not reduce survival.last_img read more

Big Breath In

first_imgBy Elena Lynch Big Breath In is a vivid portrayal of a child’s magical adventure through physical theatre. Having never been to see a piece of solely physical theatre, I was intrigued as I walked into the rehearsal room. The cast of 10 have been working on Big Breath In for 3 weeks with the aim of creating a piece of devised theatre which will be accessible to children and enjoyable for students and, crucially, one that isn’t pretentious or patronising. In my opinion, they’ve succeeded.The story revolves around a young boy who, after losing his balloon, embarks on a quest to find it again. Along the way he finds a trunk filled with toys, which plunge him into a strange and often confusing world. With this simple outline as a beginning director Oscar Wood, the cast and a team of musicians have devised a piece that swells to fill the room.Each ‘scene’ is more like a sketch, which occurs as the child is whisked between different ‘worlds’. The conception and performances are sweet and funny: a world where people are always getting up in the morning is a highlight. On discovering a toy car in the trunk, a busy and noisy scenario takes place. Actors charged all over the stage, beeping and hooting, too busy to listen to the boy, played with aplomb by Jo Tyabji, desperately looking for his balloon.Underscored by beautiful music composed by the cast, the play evokes a playful atmosphere. Pensive songs and steadier moments provide a refreshing respite from the intensity of the action and the overlapping, sometimes deliberately incoherent speech.This piece returns to the very essence of physical theatre, but one leaves wondering whether the true potential of this medium was hampered by the strangeness of its story. I was often left wondering what fantasty world this next bizarre tableau was meant to represent. Sketches verge on silliness when the baffling imaginative leap they represent isn’t made clear. Physical theatre clearly has great imaginative and symbolic potential, aptly demonstrated by the opening of Big Breath In, the sketch which gives the play its name. A knot of actors formed a huge, single organism which breathed deeper and deeper, until after a final big breath, they explode into the loud and colourful world of a child’s imagination. This is a world which Oxford students would do well to share for an hour.last_img read more