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‘With a significant portion of supply still to enter the market this year, we are likely to see further rental reductions as landlords compete to secure tenants,’ Matthew Green, head of United Arab Emirates research at CB Richard Ellis, wrote in a report today.The worst financial crisis since the 1930s weakened the U.A.E. property market as banks curtailed mortgage lending and speculators sold assets. Job losses have cut office occupancy rates and property sales and refinancing have stagnated under tighter bank-lending standards. bloomberg.com
The first US Open Golf Championship was played in 1895 at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The course was just nine holes, and 11 golfers participated. The winner, Horace Rawlins, received a $150 cash pirze and a $50 gold medal.Last year’s winner, Brooks Koepka, took $2.16 million out of a $12 million total purse home from the competition held in Erin, Wisconsin. In advance of the event the Milwaukee BizTimes predicted an economic impact of $120 million to the region … a region where hotel rooms went for a mere $208 per night during the Open. The last major in Wisconsin, the 2015 PGA championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, generated $102 mil. Pricing being what it is in the tony Hamptons, the economic impact of the open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton will likely eclipse that of Wisconsin.On Thursday during a press conference heralding the jobs impact, County Executive Steve Bellone predicted a financial influx to the region that could top $130 million. He said analysis is based on expected weekly attendance of over 200,000 people, which include players, fans, volunteers, vendors, and media. There will also be approximately 8,000 hotel rooms booked along with an average of 3500 temporary job opportunities, with many more to be unveiled in the coming months ahead.Over 550 temporary food service and hospitality jobs at the Open are on the horizon for East End residents. Bellone announced support for the recruiting efforts of open vendor Ridgewells. Its representatives attended a job fair at the East Hampton Library on Friday.“I am proud and delighted that world class golfers will be returning to the historic Shinnecock Hills golf club for the tournament,” County Legislator Bridget Fleming said Friday. “We’re excited about the economic opportunity the event brings, including 550 jobs for East End residents that we announced yesterday. This is an excellent opportunity for the East End to show off its amazing assets, such as our beaches and vibrant downtowns.”“The ultimate test in golf is returning to Suffolk County, Long Island,” said Bellone. “I encourage anyone who is interested in seeking a temporary job or looking to take advantage of the historic experience to apply online as we look this make this another memorable event.”In partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Labor and the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, Ridgewells will manage the recruitment, hiring, and training of all event staff to support the large scale catering operation at the U.S. Open. A mix of front- and-back of house catering positions are available that include tent supervisors, beverage managers, buffet managers, bartenders and servers, tent chefs, sous chefs, kitchen assistants, action station attendants, dishwashers, and operation helpers.Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the position in the subject line. For more information on county-wide job fairs, call 631-853-6600 or visit the One-Stop Employment Center at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/labor.“Hiring workers from the surrounding communities is an essential element in providing a first-class experience for fans at the U.S. Open,” said Charlie Howe, the USGA director for the 2018 Open. “As the Championship approaches we will see more of our vendors seeking local employees to fill key positions. We encourage interested parties to check the New York State Job Bank for updates and additional opportunities.”This is the fifth time the championship is being hosted at the historic golf course. It will take place from June 11 to 17. Share
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Matthew Wills, legal assistant at Laura Devine, also contributed to this article Laura Devine, Laura Devine Solicitors While a number of these changes appear to have been implemented to restrict abuse of the student migration system, it is equally apparent that changes to working entitlements and the sponsorship of migrants’ dependants in particular, are provisions primarily motivated by the government’s commitment to the reduction of net migration. Indeed, the UK Border Agency has stated that it expects these new policies to lead to a net reduction of around 230,000 student migrants over the full term of the current government – a figure inconsistent with the commitment to an annual reduction of 70,000 to 80,000 student migrants given by home secretary Theresa May on 22 March this year. The forthcoming changes have led to comment from the higher education sector that the government is jeopardising an industry worth £40bn annually to the UK economy. Furthermore, an official UK Border Agency impact statement indicates that reforms will cost more than £3.2bn over the next four years in lost economic output, and a further £330m in lost tuition fees and immigration application fees. Jonathan Portes, of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, has expressed concern that the impact statement shows that ‘changes to student visa rules will reduce growth and exports’. It certainly appears that the amendments due to be implemented to the student migration system are inconsistent with the government’s priority of economic recovery, as well as with the stated aim of continuing to attract ‘the brightest and the best’ migrants to the UK. restricting work entitlements to those studying at higher educational institutions and publicly funded further education colleges only; restricting the sponsorship of dependants to those studying at post-graduate levels at a higher educational institution and on a course lasting for 12 months or longer, and government-sponsored students on courses lasting six months or longer; requiring institutions to vouch that a student’s new course represents genuine academic progression; ensuring that maintenance funds are genuinely available to applicants by introducing a declaration on visa application forms; the commitment to publish a list of financial institutions that are considered not to verify financial statements to a satisfactory standard in the majority of a sample of cases; introducing a streamlined application process for those considered to be low-risk nationals (including Australian and US nationals), applying to attend a course at a highly trusted sponsor. Applicants under this route will be required to submit fewer evidential documents; extending the list of courses for which students must receive Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance; restricting the ability to deliver accountancy courses accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants to those sponsors accorded platinum or gold status; and clarifying the position of overseas universities with campuses in the UK. Conclusion A 12-week public consultation on reforms to the routes to indefinite leave to remain in the UK – commonly referred to as settlement – which are available to migrants who have come to the UK under employment-based routes, was launched on 9 June. The consultation will address tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the points-based system and overseas domestic workers. Green has asserted that the consultation is focused on breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration, and expressed the concern that ‘settlement has almost become automatic for those who choose to stay’. The consultation document outlines a number of proposals for consideration. These include the following: It is apparent that these proposals have the potential to significantly restrict the routes to settlement for those who have entered the UK under employment-based routes. Further details regarding the implementation of such proposals will not be available until the conclusion of the consultation on 9 September, and parliamentary approval of the subsequent statement of changes to the Immigration Rules. It is apparent that the government is continuing to implement changes to UK immigration law focused on achieving its commitment of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by the time of the next general election. However, the success of these policies to date may be called into question. Office for National Statistics figures published on 26 May state that net migration to the UK has increased by almost 100,000 to 243,000 in the past 12 months. This is partially due to a reduction in levels of emigration. These figures indicate that attaining an annual net migration to the UK of less than 100,000 is unlikely to be an attainable target within the stated timeframe. They also indicate that increasingly robust immigration policies are likely to be implemented if the government is to continue to pursue its stated aim. Employment-related settlement defining tier 2 as ‘temporary’, to end any assumption that settlement will be available for migrants who enter the UK under this category; considering whether certain categories of tier 2 migrants of particular economic or social value to the UK should retain an automatic route to settlement; the creation of a new category into which the most exceptional tier 2 migrants could switch after three years to allow them to apply for settlement. Other tier 2 migrants would be allowed to stay in the UK for a maximum of five years, after which they and their dependants would be expected to leave; the introduction of a new English language requirement for adult dependants of tier 2 migrants, applying to switch into a settlement route; considering restricting the maximum period of leave in tier 5 (temporary workers) to 12 months, as well as removing their ability to sponsor dependants, and raising the minimum skill level in the government authorised exchange scheme to graduate level; and abolishing the route for overseas domestic workers, or considering restricting leave to a six-month period as a visitor, or 12 months where accompanying a tier 1 or Tier 2 migrant, as well as ceasing to grant settlement to domestic workers in diplomatic households. Following changes to the Immigration Rules implemented on 6 April, including the execution of an annual cap of 20,700 migrants to work in skilled professions under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system (PBS), the government continues to identify further restrictions to achieve its stated aim of reducing annual net migration to below 100,000 by 2015. A major public consultation concerning the reform of tier 4 of the PBS ran from 7 December 2010 to 31 January. Initial changes to the rules were subsequently implemented on 21 April. These included the introduction of an interim limit on sponsors which did not meet new accreditation criteria, and changes to the English language requirement, so that those coming to the UK to study at degree level will have to demonstrate their ability to speak English at an upper, intermediate level. Further amendments were laid before parliament by immigration minister Damian Green in a written ministerial statement on 13 June and came into effect on 4 July. These revisions include:
However overall earnings failed to show similar gains at the Dutch dredging and marine contractor. Net profit marginally fell by 1.6 percent year-on-year to EUR254 million (USD329 million). EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation) fell 7.9 percent to EUR568 million (USD735.7 million), whilst operating profit for FY2012 fell by 4.8 percentage points to EUR337 million (USD436.5 million). Boskalis attributed the declines to lower demand for its dredging services although it claimed that demand for its offshore energy services remained stable, whilst towing and salvage activities experienced a slightly higher operating result. The Boskalis order book increased to EUR4.1 billion (USD5.31 billion) at the end of 2012, from EUR3.49 billion (USD4.52 billion) at year-end 2011. Boskalis has also secured 99 percent of the shares in semi-submersible heavy lift specialist Dockwise. Settlement will take place on March 20, 2013. Delisting of Dockwise shares from Euronext Amsterdam will occur on April 12, 2013. Peter Berdowski, ceo, Boskalis, commented: “Despite the challenging market conditions we look back on a fine year in which we took major steps in further strengthening and expanding the company. “2012 was a year in which a broad recovery of the global economy failed to materialize. Against that background we turned in a good performance with record revenue and an all-time high order book of EUR4.1 billion, evenly spread across all our activities,” he added. “Furthermore 2013 will revolve around the integration and consolidation of Dockwise,” he added. Looking ahead, Berdowski noted: “No material change is expected in market conditions in 2013, with volumes and margins remaining under pressure.”www.boskalis.comwww.dockwise.com
Tweet Share 186 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Health Ministry reports gastroenteritis outbreak by: Dominica Vibes News – September 18, 2015 The Ministry of Health and Environment has reported that there is an outbreak of Gastroenteritis on the island due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015.In a statement to the press on 17 September 2015, the Ministry confirmed a total of one hundred and fifty-three (153) cases of Gastroenteritis from August 28, 2015. The most affected areas are Portsmouth, St. Joseph and Roseau Health Districts.Gastroenteritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is caused by eating or drinking food or water which is contaminated by a bacteria or virus, drinking of contaminated water, lack of or improper hand washing, especially after using the toilet or handling of dirty diapers.Symptoms of Gastroenteritis are: Vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, upset stomach and stomach cramps.As a result the Ministry has heightened its Public Health Response including its Public Education Campaign which has been ongoing pre-Erika. All Health Districts have stepped up surveillance and management of the disease.Management of Gastroenteritis can be prevented by following these simple steps:• Avoid drinking contaminated water. Boil, or chlorinate water from rivers, streams and springs before drinking water.• Boil all pipe borne water until further notice.• Always wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet, changing diapers, and before handling or preparing food• If no water is available clean hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer.• Keep foods at the correct temperature (cold foods should be kept cold and hot foods kept hot)• If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms of Gastroenteritis:• Drink lots of treated water or fluids• Give children Oral Rehydration fluids as directed by your health care provider.This condition is preventable and can be easily treated. However to avoid complications of Gastroenteritis seek medical care if symptoms continue or gets worse. The Ministry advises that you should take a small amount of stool in a clean wide screw cap container to your health centre or doctor.The Ministry would like the public to remain alert and protect themselves from getting Gastroenteritis.For more information contact the Health Promotion Unit at (767) 266 3469 / 3470.
President Charles Savarin presenting a package to ‘Mama Tin’ (Photograph compliments of Ashton Shillingford)The community of Grand Fond, on Sunday 25 October 2015, celebrated a milestone achievement of one of its residents, Josephine Florestine Lawrence more affectionately known as ‘Mama Tin’.Born on 23 October 1915, Lawrence celebrated her birthday on Sunday in grand style; first with a church service at the Grand Fond Baptiste Church and then a party.President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin; Acting Minister for Social Services, Justina Charles; Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond constituency; Ivor Stephenson and President of the Dominica Council on Aging, Zetma Toussaint were among the special guests who celebrated with her.‘Mama Tin’, who was born in Grand Fond, has ten children who also celebrated with her alongside grand and great-grandchildren.President Savarin presented ‘Mama Tin’ with a package compliments of the Office of the President and congratulated her for this significant achievement.“A hundred years in the life of any person, any organization or any country, is a milestone and a major achievement,” the President said.“As a country, we are only thirty-seven years old and Mama Tin is one hundred years old so that she has lived a life and seen us through so many developments in our history to bring us to where we are today in the year 2015,” the President continued.“May God continue to bless you richly and may you continue to delight in your children and grandchildren and may they continue to delight in you,” President Savarin told ‘Mama Tin’.Photographs compliments of Ashton Shillingford: – / 8 Share Share Tweet Share LocalNews Grand Fond celebrates ‘Mama Tin’s’ 100th birthday by: Dominica Vibes News – October 28, 2015 216 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
The Police Department is carrying out investigations into the armed robbery of a 50 year old female of Chinese descent. According to Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Pelham Jno Baptiste, the incident took place about 7pm on Thursday 23 December 2015 at Fond Cole.“She was attacked and robbed of an unspecified amount of cash, two iPhone’s, bank cards and other personal items by three individuals wearing masks and armed with fire arms,” he reported.“The victim sustained a gunshot wound to her right knee. She was transported to Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where she was seen by a medical doctor and admitted,” Sergeant Jno Baptiste added.The Police Department is soliciting the assistance of the general public in solving this crime and bringing the perpetrators to justice.In that regard, anyone with useful information germane to this investigation should contact the Criminal Investigations Department via telephone numbers (767) 266 – 5164, 266 -5165 and 266-5119, or anonymously at Crime Stoppers Dominica at 1 800 8477.Meanwhile, Sergeant Jno Baptiste also reported that a blue Yamaha 250 raptor wheeler all-terrain vehicle (ATV) belonging to Emile Depooter of Shawford which went missing between 4pm on the 18th of December and 8am on the 19th of December was recovered.“The all-terrain vehicle was recovered at Jimmit on Monday 21 December 2015. Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information that can assist the police in investigations can contact the Criminal Investigations Department at telephone numbers 266-5164, 266-5165 and 266-5119. They can also call crime stoppers Dominica at 1 800 8477,” Sergeant Jno Baptiste stated. 427 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Chinese national robbed and shot at Fond Cole by: Dominica Vibes News – December 28, 2015
Luso Microwave, a division of Luso Electronic Products Ltd, has expanded its manufacturing capability by expanding its electroforming plant and tooling capability. They see electroforming taking on an increasing role in waveguide manufacturing as operating frequencies get higher. They have invested in increasing our plant and in 3D printing for the mandrals.Luso has been designing, developing, testing, installing, and servicing tailored microwave and high-quality radio frequency (RF) systems solutions since 2001. The company manufactures a diverse range of RoHS compliant microwave components including antenna, waveguide equipment, filters, diplexers, adapters, and associated electronic circuitry.Electroforming is a metal forming process in which parts are fabricated through electrodeposition on a model, known in the industry as a mandrel. Conductive (metallic) mandrels are treated to create a mechanical parting layer or are chemically passivated to limit adhesion to the mandrel and thereby allow its subsequent separation. Non-conductive (glass, silicon, plastic) mandrels require the deposition of a conductive layer before electrodeposition. Such layers can be deposited chemically, or using vacuum deposition techniques (e.g: gold sputtering). The outer surface of the mandrel forms the inner surface of the form.