Research conducted by Lord Adonis suggests that Nissan apprenticeships have become more competitive than a place at Oxford University.The report, “More and Better Jobs: North-East International” revealed that with 1,000 applications for 20 places, the candidate’s chance of success is just 2%.By contrast, Oxford receives on average 17,200 applications for 3,200 places, giving an approximately 18% chance of a place. In fact, in recent years, Oxford has seen a slight decline in applications – down 5% from 2010 to 2011.However, as well as highlighting the quality of the apprenticeship programme offered by Nissan, these statistics also draw attention to a lack of opportunities in the vocational sector. Adonis commented that “Nissan’s apprenticeship programme is regarded as one of the best in the country so you would expect to see it oversubscribed, but it is scandalous that so few apprenticeship places are available at companies across this region.”He hopes to create 13,000 apprenticeships in the North-East every year in order to “get young people on the road to a job, not the road to the dole.” His research focused specifically on the North-East: he is keen to see a higher proportion of the population going on the higher education as well as vocational work.Claiming that these internships are harder than Oxford University could be a controversial statement. However, on closer inspection, it seems that they were a provocative statement rather than a genuine comparison between the two institutions. His allegation that “The competition for places is unbelievably fierce, more even than for Oxford University’ is more to do with numbers than application process.Quality and quantity are not necessarily synonymous, as confirmed by Adam Tyndell, Lord Adonis’s Assistant who alleged that “Andrew was referring to the number of applicants per place, only.”Jonathon Metzer, Co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club, was supportive of Adonis’ research. “Lord Adonis is absolutely right to highlight the need to expand apprenticeships so that there are clear pathways to success for less academically-inclined people and I strongly hope that his ideas will gather cross-party support.”Metzer also confirmed that Adonis will be speaking at the OULC on Monday of 3rd Week.
continue reading » The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia accepted an additional amicus brief submitted by NAFCU in support of a credit union’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed against the institution under the Americans with Disabilities Act.As the number of frivolous lawsuits filed under the ADA has increased in recent months, NAFCU has been proactive in supporting members targeted by litigation.The Eastern District Court had previously accepted another amicus filed by NAFCU; the hearing for that case is today. NAFCU appreciates the court’s willingness to listen to the association’s concerns and will continue to monitor developments in these cases.Credit unions and other institutions have faced a rash of lawsuits in the past year related to website accessibility because of ambiguities in the ADA’s language. NAFCU and its members strongly support the protections of the ADA and efforts to ensure individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against and have equal access to financial services. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
An estimated P11 million worth of suspected shabu was seized in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City’s Barangay Singcang-Airport, Thursday noon. Photo courtesy of RMN DYHB-Bacolod The suspected illegal drug contained in 212 sachets weighing more than a kilogram was seized from 18-year-old Joy Diamante and 23-year-old Rafael Catuar, police said. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA AND CYRUS GARDE BACOLOD City – Over P11 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated in a buy-bust operation at Green Plains Subdivision in Barangay Singcang Airport here. The two suspects were detained. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them. RDEU team leader, Lieutenant Thurzly Castillo, said they have been monitoring the two suspects for two months and they believed the two were members of a notorious drug group operating in Negros Island. Diamante and Catuar – both residents of Purok Langis in the city’s Barangay Banago – initially sold a sachet to a police agent for P1,000. Personnel of the City Drug Enforcement Unit and the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) of the Police Regional Office staged the operation Thursday afternoon. Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, lauded the successful operation./PN
The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), a regional body in the business of alerting and watching out for activities involving money laundering, will on Tuesday, November 26 begin a two-day training for Liberian journalists to prepare them investigate, and diagnose some complex strategies associated with money laundering.Money laundering, according to International Compliance Association (ICA), is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source.The training is a part of GIABA’s regional workshop for journalists, aimed at harnessing the power of the media to be more alert and disseminate anti-money laundering messages. It will also ensure to capacitate investigative journalists to report, and disseminate messages that counter the financing of terrorism to a wide audience in the West African region, as well as liaise with the media in unearthing unwholesome financial practices, including money laundering.The workshop, therefore, seeks to train competent and experienced journalists to have a general knowledge of money laundering and terrorist financing; assist participants to produce reports and articles or features of quality on money laundering and terrorist financing issues, and improve the network of journalists to disseminate truthful information on money laundering and terrorist financing systems in West Africa.One of the main functions of GIABA is to promote strategic partnerships with the civil society, including news media, religious leaders, youths and several state actors in the fight against these menaces.GIABA has been in existence since 2005, providing technical assistance to member countries, conducting training programs for different actors and sectors involved in efforts and actions to combat the scourges of money laundering and terrorist financing.“The fight against economic and financial crimes is an enormous task requiring concerted, coordinated, and cooperative efforts by several stakeholders, each with distinct but complementary roles,” a release from GIABA said.GIABA’s work in training and sensitizing people on money laundering and terrorist financing, if disregarded for any reason, cannot be overlooked nowadays.Several terrorist attacks have been reported in West Africa of recent; one in nearby Ivory Coast and several others in Burkina Faso and Mali.The seminar is to build strong alliance with the media for effective dissemination of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing messages and to improve network among journalists in promoting the implementation of effective AML/CFT regimes in the region.The training will be facilitated by experienced and highly competent media experts on anti-money laundering issues, including GIABA faculty through plenary sessions, case studies, experience-sharing, and syndicate group sessions.GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as Financial Task Force responsible for combating money laundering and terrorist financing in the West African region. It was established by the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in 2000 with the mandate to protect the national economies and the financial systems of member states from abuse and the laundering of the proceeds of crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MORE than 60 new jobs are on their way to the North West.An announcement is expected in the next 48 hours that the new owners of a nightclub in Strabane are creating the positions.Rubys Club is on the site of the old Katy Daly’s club in the town. However the owners have spent an astonishing €1.5M on the new premises which is expected to draw large crowds from Tyrone, Derry and here in Donegal.The club is being run by the same team who successfully run the Time Bar & Venue in Cookstown.Rubys will open to the public on Saturday, November 30 – and promising top DJs, exotic dancers, fire performers, live bands…and loads of celebrities.It’s understood there are plans to run buses to Rubys from all over Donegal. NEW NORTH WEST NIGHTCLUB CREATING 60 NEW JOBS was last modified: November 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:rubys nightclubstrabane