News story: Labour market statistics March 2019

first_imgLatest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Scotland’s unemployment rate is 3.4% which is the lowest on record and below that of the UK as a whole at 3.9%. Furthermore, the number of people employed in Scotland is close to the recent record high at 2,676,000. Although, Scotland’s employment rate, at 75.3%, remains below the UK’s rate at 76.1%.In response to today’s [19 March 2019] labour market statistics figures Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:“It is great news that employment continues to rise in Scotland.“Scotland’s two governments are working together to strengthen our economy and create jobs, with initiatives such as our growth deal programme beginning to reap rewards. In the last few weeks we have co-signed the £250 million Ayrshire growth deal and announced £345 million in joint government funding for the Borderlands.“The UK Government’s investment in growth deals in Scotland is now more than £1.35 billion, and shows our huge commitment to growing Scotland’s job sector.”For the three months to January, Scotland’s overall labour market provides a mainly positive picture: employment increased robustly (+13,000); unemployment fell moderately (-9,000) and activity has increased slightly (+4,000). However, monthly claimant count numbers are worsening over the month of February, as there are 105,700 people in Scotland claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and out-of-work Universal Credit (seasonally adjusted); this is up 6,600 on the month of January (provisional) and 18,900 up on the year before.last_img read more

PhanArt Announces Artists For Two Upcoming Shows Surrounding Phish New Year’s Run

first_imgPhanArt is bringing not one, but two awesome events to New York City as part of this year’s Phish New Years Eve run. Taking place at Hotel Penn on 12/29 and American Beauty NYC on 12/30, the events will be the go to pre-show gatherings for all Phish phans. There’s something for everyone at PhanArt, whether you are a serious collector, casually browsing, or just looking for a place to hang with your friends pre-show and check out some fan-made art.Now, PhanArt has announced the artists who will showcase their work at each event. The show at Hotel Penn on December 29th will feature returning artists The Art of Ryan Kerrigan, Isadora Bullock, Brian Bojo, Stupindous Creations, The Overhead View, Setlist Tees, Jerry4theKids, Original Bootleg, Ariane Davis, Phunk Your Face, Blazin Donuts, His End was the Road, Fred Sutter, and Pop Pop’s Terrapin Station, while first time PhanArt contributors Funky B Boutique, Paul Dilena Designs, East Coasters, Lady with a Phan, 415HolyguyArt, Baba Cool, and BagiTagit will all make their PhanArt debuts at the Hotel Penn. Fans will be able to ship their purchases home directly from the event, a first for PhanArt.December 30th’s show at American Beauty NYC will feature a different kind of PhanArt event, with two sets of live music from Formula 5, a full slate of artists on the second floor of the venue, three bars running throughout the multi-level venue, and free pizza offered with every drink purchased. The artists participating in the American Beauty show will include The Art of Ryan Kerrigan, MYFE. Designs, Funky B Boutique, The Overhead View, Phunk Your Face, Original Bootleg, Pop Pop’s Terrapin Station, and 415HolyguyArt. While some artists will be at both PhanArt events, artists will feature different art on each day, making for a unique experience for fans that come to both events.See below for a full artist list and posters for each event.last_img read more

Roman Catholic Diocese Suing Governor Cuomo Over New COVID-19 Restrictions

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Diocese is suing New York State over new restrictions with religious gatherings.Last week, Governor Cuomo said the precautions that had been in place were not enough for mass gatherings.Under the new enforcement effort, in New York communities in known COVID clusters, or ‘red zones,’ houses of worship can only operate at 25-percent capacity, with a maximum of 10 people inside.In ‘orange zones’, houses of worship can function at 33-percent capacity with a maximum of 25 people inside. In the lawsuit filed the Diocese of Brooklyn is seeking an injunction, preventing the enforcement of the attendance limits in red and orange zones.Ahead of the filing, bishop Nicholas Dimarzio said it’s a matter of religious freedom.“We believe now that our rights are being infringed upon, especially our first amendment right to worship in an unfair way,” explained Dimarzio.Bishop Dimarzio says the Diocese will comply with all of the latest guidelines but he hopes to receive a response to the lawsuit in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Matilda’s Lesli Margherita Lands Role in Movie Musical One Shot

first_img Lesli Margherita Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Star Files View Comments Matilda All hail the queen! Olivier winner, Matilda star and former Vlogger Lesli Margherita has been tapped for the musical comedy One Shot, according to Deadline. As previously reported, the film will also star Taye Diggs and Topher Grace.One Shot follows a failed Great White Way alum (Grace) who now stage manages productions and is working on a new show. Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy chorus girl who bets the flamboyant Malcom (Diggs) that she’ll sleep with a hot company member first.Margherita won the Olivier for her performance in Zorro in London’s West End. Additional theater credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat, Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, She Loves Me and Damn Yankees. Her TV and film credits include Fame LA, Charmed, NYPD Blue and The Number 23. Related Showslast_img read more

NTPC executive reaffirms Indian company’s plan to transition from coal to renewables

first_imgNTPC executive reaffirms Indian company’s plan to transition from coal to renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyworld.comState-owned NTPC is looking at green hydrogen and battery storage to drive energy transition and is moving away from coal-based projects, said its Executive Director, Mohit Bhargava.NTPC has set a 32-gigawatt (GW) renewable energy (RE) capacity target by 2032, which is 25 per cent of its total planned capacity of 130 GW. It is also planning to have 10 GW of solar energy by 2022, which entails an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore.“We are no longer looking at new greenfield coal-based projects. We are looking at renewables in a big way and ultimately want to be a large RE player not only within the country but also use renewables as a pillar to promote green hydrogen. We are looking at both green hydrogen and battery storage… In our overall frame of things green hydrogen would play a very important role,” said Bhargava at ETEneryworld’s Energy Transition Summit on Thursday.According to many studies, green hydrogen could be a major player not only in terms of fuel but also in being a feedstock as hydrogen, methanol, and ammonia.The firm is looking at tariff-based renewable energy bids by SECI, NHPC, or state utilities. “We’re also looking at the government schemes and are vigorously pursuing on the Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks scheme, wherein we are in discussion with Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh for availability of land because that is going to be one of the key things for the growth of renewables,” Bhargava said.NTPC has 5-6 GW renewable energy projects in the pipeline, which is primarily solar power based.[Aarushi Koundal]More: We are looking at both green hydrogen and battery storage: Mohit Bhargava, executive director, NTPClast_img read more

Fear and Loathing in the Smokies

first_imgAn author reveals the dark side of the Smokies—and her psyche. “You’re not going to find a dead body out here,” says Dave Landreth, a salty, retirement-aged hiker, while sliding down a steep rockslide inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “There are too many wild boars. They’ll take a corpse apart and won’t leave a skeleton.”It’s a disturbing conversation to have when you’re beginning an off-trail bushwhack, but that’s the frame of mind we’re all in thanks to our trip leader, Jenny Bennett. Bennett is the author of the recent novel, Murder at the Jump Off, a murder mystery that, not coincidentally, is set in the exact terrain we’re about to explore.Luckily, the victim in Bennett’s book isn’t devoured by wild boar. His body is found relatively intact, neck snapped, a thousand feet below the Jump Off, a rocky outcropping with views of Charles Bunion, Mount Guyot, and a large swath of rugged land that has no official trail.That trail-less landscape is where most of the best action of Bennett’s novel is set—a location thick with unforgivably steep slopes, rock slide scars, and brutal patches of rhododendron and briars. That’s also where Bennett is taking us in an attempt to recreate the exact route that Bennett’s victim explored before he was murdered.Murder at the Jump Off coverMorbid? Maybe a little. But we’re talking about a murder-mystery writer here.We drop off the Appalachian Trail via the Porter’s Creek Manway, an old path that settlers once used to connect remote homesteads that has long since overgrown from lack of use. After dropping about a grand of elevation, our plan is to climb back up to the ridge line via the left fork of Lester Prong, which will deliver us to the Jump Off, where Bennett’s fictional victim is murdered.One of the joys of reading Murder at the Jump Off is the fact that the setting is real. Not only is the landscape vividly described in a way that only Bennett could describe it, you can go there.Bennett’s novel is made up of two kinds of people: avid bushwhackers obsessed with hiking off-trail, and their loved ones/loathed ones who don’t understand their obsession with bushwhacking. It’s a pretty fair assessment of off-trail hiking in general. You’re either obsessed with it or confounded by it. Add the remote nature of the Smokies (500,000 acres with only a couple of roads traversing it), and you have the recipe for a good murder.Bennett says the book is actually based on a relationship she saw developing between two off-trail hikers that she felt was going south. “I could see how it could turn homicidal,” she tells me as we make our way down Porter’s Creek, a skinny drop-and-pool drainage covered in moss and blowdowns.From that tenuous relationship, Bennett used her bushwhacking experience and love for the Smokies to build a fun, fast murder mystery that is largely set in the most unlikely of places–the jagged, steep drainages that drop vertically from popular tourist attractions like the Jump Off. If you think a jagged, steep gorge is an odd place to dream up a fictional murder, you’ll be absolutely astounded that such a heinous crime could come from the mind of Jenny Bennett, who could be best described as your bookish next door neighbor who spends all of her free time gardening in her backyard or tending to her cats.Bennett is a freelance book editor who is either reading, hiking, or blogging in her spare time. She wears glasses and keeps her grayish hair in a tight ponytail beneath a sensible hat. She’s pushing 60, says things like “goodness,” and has knee problems. But she also tells stories about running away from home in an attempt to live in Haight Ashbury when she was 16. She may come off as timid, but she spends much of her free time bushwhacking through creeks and rock slides by herself. She’s hell with a map and compass and leads off-trail hikes for the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. The more I hike with Bennett, the stronger I realize she is. I also discover that she’s just dark enough to develop the murder plot at the heart of Murder at the Jumpoff.When I ask her if her hiking partners ever worry about the fact that she was planning a murder plot during all of their off-trail adventures, she smiles and tells me, “Everyone’s really nice to me now.”We make it down Porter’s Creek with ease, but the route gets tougher when we start making our way up Lester Prong. The slope gets steeper the farther we climb, and eventually we find ourselves on a vertical rock slide that’s been overgrown with slick moss. The only safe option we have is to turn around, a decision that will likely result in us hiking out of the Smokies well after dark.Bennett isn’t phased by the new development. Maybe it’s because she’s been in the woods often enough to know that spending the night unexpectedly is sometimes part of the process. Or maybe it’s because she enjoys the added challenge and chance to experience something, some place new…in the dark.“To me, off-trail hiking is a magical journey, a quest to discover incredible places that practically no one ever sees,” she tells me days after we made the slow, dark climb out of Lester Prong. “It does tend to be an obsession, because it can be so difficult that you wouldn’t be motivated to do it unless you are kind of crazed.”Backyard BooksFew books will put you into the thick of the Smokies backcountry like Murder at the Jumpoff, but if you want more literature set in the Southern Appalachians, check out these new titles.Naked Came the Leaf Peeper This novel was written by 12 different Western North Carolina authors. Sounds schizophrenic, but the murder-mystery set in Asheville works in a way that only a murder mystery set in Asheville can.The Cove, Ron Rash Set in Western North Carolina after World War II, The Cove mixes mountain lore with mountain topography for good old fashioned Southern Gothic charm.Nightwoods, Charles FrazierA suspenseful novel set in small town North Carolina during the 1960s in which a guardian has to protect two small children from their stepfather. Sidenote: Frazier is an avid and talented mountain biker.last_img read more

Why your corporate culture matters

first_img continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Brand. Values. Culture. We throw these words around quite a bit in corporate America, often with minimal regard for what they actually mean or the impact they have. Sometimes we even hang them on the wall as proof that we’re important enough to have them.None of that matters if you don’t practice what you preach (or prominently display). Do your employees even know what your bank or credit union values? Perhaps the better question is do the behaviors within your bank or credit union reflect what you say your culture is?Every credit union, every bank, every business has an internal culture whether they recognize it or not. The way management treats employees is part of your culture. The way employees treat each other is part of your culture. The way your bank or credit union makes your employees feel when they are at work is a big part of your culture.Why does any of this matter? Because your corporate values and your internal culture impact your brand strength. If your internal culture is weak or inconsistent, your brand will be, too.last_img read more

Cindy McCain: ‘It’s time we get behind Joe Biden as our next president’

first_imgThe wife of late Republican Arizona Senator John McCain says “it’s time we get behind” Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.Cindy McCain spoke to CBS This Morning as the traditionally Republican state of Arizona was projected as a win for Mr Biden.- Advertisement – Mrs McCain, who endorsed Mr Biden in the election, said he would work for the good of the country: “He and my husband worked across the aisle for many, many years.” – Advertisement –last_img

Croatia is experiencing the growth of nautical tourism, but the problem is the lack of berths

first_imgCroatia is growing nautical tourism, but the problem of lack of berths must be solved – are the conclusions of the meeting of nautical associations of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with relevant institutions in nautical, which took place yesterday as part of a two-day conference Nautical Tourism Days organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce at sea and communications on all important topics for nautical tourism. “With a fleet of more than four thousand chartered vessels, with more than 140 nautical tourism ports, 17.000 berths, then more than a million cruise passengers in 2018, Croatia is a nautical superpower and we are one of the most important nautical destinations, not only in the Mediterranean but and globally “, said the vice president for agriculture and tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Dragan Kovacevic. Last year’s revenues of nautical tourism ports reached 857 million kuna, while the average consumption of a guest on a charter boat is 183 euros per day, which is more than double the daily consumption of the average Croatian tourist.  “Our expectations are to repeat last year’s results, when we had a decline in vessels in transit, which is attributed to the recession in Italy, then our price increase, and the reckless increase in sojourn tax. At the Marina Association, we will be satisfied if the results are at last year’s level. We are optimistic despite caution. We have become annoyed with ourselves as we repeat the problem of high VAT rates in tourism, and our competitiveness is further hampered by the awakening of some destinations such as Turkey and Greece.”, Said Sean Lisjak.  The President of the Association of Service Providers on Boats – HGK charter Paško Klisović pointed out a number of problems encountered by members of this association. “Part of the problem can be solved by better promotion in some markets, especially in the US. We need to motivate Americans to come in greater numbers as far as our nautical tourism is concerned. Existing markets are stagnating because we have reached the limit on them. Last year, our fleet grew by seven percent, and the number of our guests increased by less than two percent. The fleet will grow this year as well, and we will be pleased if we repeat the past. We are a little worried about the fact that, as far as it is concerned booking, Greece has become the most sought-after charter destination. These are trends and the right moves need to be made”, Said Klisovic. Vice President for Agriculture and Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Dragan Kovačević The president of the HGK marina association, Sean Lisjak, said that it was very important for the members of this association to find out where they were stuck regarding the adoption of the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports because they promised that the law would start parliamentary procedure at the end of last year. “The money is spent not only on vessels, but also on all other forms of tourism, and more than 30 percent; from culture, sports, entertainment to eno and gastronomic offer”, Said Kovacevic, adding that these are all parameters that speak of nautical tourism in the Republic of Croatia as one that is becoming the most dynamic tourist product, just like in the world, and that it has huge potential, but that we need to make wise moves to direct its further development. “The Ministry of the Sea has started drafting three reform laws that define maritime affairs, two of which – the Law on Harbor Master’s Offices and the Maritime Code – came into force this year.”, Said Assistant Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Andjelko Petrinic and added that the third law – the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports (ZPDML) is ready, more or less all the objections of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Marinas and HUP have been adopted. we expect at the public consultation in June, ie its adoption in the fourth quarter of this year. In addition, he pointed to the problem of lack of nautical berths. last_img read more

Jamie Carragher reveals what he told Luis Suarez to stop him joining Arsenal

first_imgJamie Carragher reveals what he told Luis Suarez to stop him joining Arsenal Jamie Carragher has backed Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid (Sky Sports)Jamie Carragher believes Eden Hazard is too good to stay at Chelsea and admits Luis Suarez had a similar problem before he left Liverpool to join Barcelona.Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and Carragher feels the time is now right for the Belgian to make the switch to Zinedine Zidane’s side.Suarez, meanwhile, was wanted by Arsenal in 2013 before he eventually joined Barcelona a year later.And Carragher has revealed how he and ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard stopped the Uruguayan from moving to Arsenal because they felt the Gunners were not good enough.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t think you can ever stop players moving to Real Madrid and Barcelona,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.‘I think most players see that as the pinnacle, and it’s happened at both our clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Apr 2019 2:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Carragher believed Luis Suarez was ‘too good’ to join Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I think Hazard is one of the best players in the world, and the best players in the world play for your Madrids and your Barcelonas.‘He’s won leagues with them, but I think for him as an individual player, he needs to have a Madrid on his CV over the next three or four years to finish that career.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementcenter_img Hazard could be heading to Real Madrid this summer (Getty Images)‘I think Hazard is too good for Chelsea, right now. He’s that good a player.‘I think of Luis Suarez when he was at Liverpool.‘I wanted him to stay, but I knew in my head. This was something I spoke about with Steven Gerrard when he nearly went to Arsenal.‘We actually said, ‘You’re too good for Arsenal. If you’re going to leave, you have to go to Barcelona.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more