Germany looks outside EU to fill skills gaps

first_img Previous Article Next Article A radical proposal to allow 50,000 skilled foreign workers from outside theEU to enter Germany every year has been put forward by a high-level independentcommission in the country. The plan has been drawn up to counter rapid population decline and growingskills shortages. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder said the proposal formed a good basis fora new immigration law that the government hopes to pass this year. Germany’s 82 million population is projected to fall by 23 million by 2050,and demographers have predicted that hundreds of thousands of immigrants willbe needed every year to fill the gaps. The independent commission recommends that in the first year of theimmigration programme, 20,000 workers should be granted permanent residency,20,000 be given five-year permits to work in sectors where there are skillsshortages and 10,000 should get temporary permits. European HR consultant Peter Reid thought the proposal was progressive, butwas concerned it could lead to a “brain drain” from countries seekingto join the EU, such as Poland. “I have general concerns that the most skilled members of the workforcewill be the ones that leave these countries,” he said. Related posts:No related photos. Germany looks outside EU to fill skills gapsOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

Israel confirms first coronavirus case in cruise ship returnee

first_imgIsrael confirmed its first case of new coronavirus Friday, in a citizen who flew home from Japan earlier this week after being quarantined on the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess.”One of the passengers who returned home from the cruise ship in Japan tested positive in a checkup by the health ministry’s central laboratory,” a ministry statement said.A total of 15 Israelis were among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home.  The others all tested negative for the virus.The returning Israelis had all been placed in quarantine for 14 days at the Sheba Hospital in the central town of Tel Hashomer.At the start of the month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was “inevitable” that the COVID-19 outbreak which began in China would reach Israel.He urged health authorities to focus on developing a vaccine.In late January, the government banned all flights from China from landing in Israel.This month it also began refusing entry to foreign nationals who had visited Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore or Thailand over the past two weeks.Topics :last_img

Unpacking a hectic day

first_img(Photo courtesy of USG Communications) On a Thursday in January, Stone attends a planning meeting for zero waste events, which is a part of USC’s sustainability steering committee. During the meeting, members discuss how to make smaller-scale events zero waste, including functions at individual departments and colleges. While not officially a part of the task force, Stone tries to stay engaged in different sustainability discussions happening around campus.  Vice President Mahin Tahsin often accompanies Stone to meetings to provide a different perspective on student-related issues. During one 20-minute phone conversation with Vice President of Student Affairs Winston Crisp and two other senior administrative officials, Tahsin assisted Stone in discussing USG’s upcoming and first-ever presentation to the Board of Trustees. The duo plans to present USG’s semesterly agenda and ongoing projects, including transfer forgiveness programs and CalFresh subsidies.  After a morning workout, Stone typically arrives at the USG office at 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the day’s meetings, which include appointments with senior administrators and check-ins with other USG personnel. On a typical day, Stone has five to six meetings staggered in accordance with his class schedule.  Now, despite Stone’s noticeable presence on campus, the details of his daily life are largely unknown to those outside of USG. Stone faces a demanding schedule of meeting with administrators and managing an expansive organization, all while juggling the responsibilities of a full-time student.  When Trenton Stone first began his term as president of the Undergraduate Student Government, he kept a suitcase stuffed with spare clothes in his office. Stone also stored extra toothpaste and face wash in his desk and slept on a bean bag during late nights. Tasked with leading an organization of more than 100 members and coordinating a multi-million dollar budget, Stone spent little time outside his small cubicle last spring.  “I think we are a good touchstone to build that bridge between the community and the Board of Trustees,” he said.  Stone has since moved his wardrobe back to his apartment — aside from one suit for emergencies — and refocused on maintaining a healthier work-life balance. He credits his executive team as his support system for when the job is too overwhelming.  USG members often stop by to seek mentorship from Stone. This time senatorial candidate Lennon Wesley III stopped by his office to learn about USG restructuring plans. The two former senate aides also caught up on their personal lives and lamented the current news cycle. In his final meeting of the day, at 5 p.m.,  Stone led the weekly USG executive board meeting where members, including Treasurer Rohan Parepally and Chief Diversity Officer Jeffrey Cho, provided updates on personal projects and the work of their respective teams.  Stone tries to fit in time for meals between meetings but usually relies solely on caffeine throughout the day. Due to his rigorous schedule, every moment is packed with work for class or USG.  By 11:30 a.m., Stone usually meets with another administrator, this time with Crisp, whom he meets with weekly to review ongoing USG initiatives. Stone and Crisp have developed a close working relationship and regularly call each other on issues impacting the student body. After rumors spread that the coronavirus was present at an off-campus apartment near USC, Stone called Crisp, allowing him to mobilize other members of the administration to respond.  Stone, a junior majoring in philosophy and international relations (global business), said that being USG president is often overwhelming. While he’s adapted to high levels of stress since his presidential campaign, juggling classwork and extensive USG responsibilities has taken its toll on his well-being.  “I think it’s about just being honest and open with people about when you can’t give more and when you have certain limits and pulling away when you can try to rely on your team to fill in some of those gaps,” Stone said. “One of the biggest challenges of the position is that even when you become busy with academics, or if you’re emotionally drained, the organization and USC continues on, and you have to be available to meet those demands,” Stone said.  “I think that relationship building,     whether it’s the Board of Trustees, whether it’s higher administration, whether it’s even just students — that’s what holds us together,” Tahsin said.  During the meeting, Stone and Crisp spoke about USG’s restructuring initiative and increasing the number of resource spaces for students on campus. The discussion lasted an hour and a half, forcing Stone to miss one of his two classes that day.  If Stone finishes his classes by 3:30 p.m., he’ll quickly return to the USG office. That Thursday he rushed back to meet with Isha Sanghvi, director of human resources read more

Elmedin Kikanovic Brilliant Play for “Nancy“

first_imgBH basketball player, Elmedin Kikanovic, played brilliant for Nancy against Le Mans with 22 points and five rebounds.However, the team of our national player didn’t manage to achieve a victory in the 32nd match of the French Championship.The former center player of Sloboda from Tuzla, Crvena Zvezda and Jenisej from Krasnojarsk continued his career in the French first league team Nancy at the beginning of May.(Source:

TV money lures Henry away from beloved Gunners

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ended his association with the English Premier League club on Tuesday preferring to focus on his burgeoning media career.The 38-year-old former striker — part of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning teams — could have coached the Gunners’ under-18 side but declined the offer when Arsene Wenger told him he would have to give up his lucrative Sky Sports TV contract for which he is reportedly paid £4 million ($5.2m, 4.7m euros) a year.Wenger, though, has several television contracts including with Qatari-owned beIN Sports.Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 174 goals in 254 appearances from 1999 to 2007, had been working with Arsenal youth players as part of his UEFA A Licence course.“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” Henry tweeted on his Twitter account.“However I respect Arsene Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.” Busy day in LA yesterday #part1 great marketing meeting @beatsbydre with @OmarJohnson & @Ronny_Turiaf. #inspiring— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) March 30, 2016Another former Arsenal legend, Tony Adams, 49, is expected to return and take the role with the under-18s.Adams’s former central-defensive partner Steve Bould is Wenger’s assistant manager while another ex-player, Freddie Ljungberg, will work with the under-16s.Henry must now find a team to coach to complete his Pro Licence.Reviews of Henry’s performances as a pundit for Sky have been largely negative, but critics agreed that he was far better on the BBC during Euro 2016.Noted sports TV critic Giles Smith said in The Times newspaper on Tuesday: “One puzzle we’re nowhere nearer solving: how can the same Thierry Henry who is so open and engaging on the BBC be such a lump of wet wool on Sky Sports?”Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Boynton Beach Police Rescue Baby Bunnies

first_imgA heartwarming story this Wednesday afternoon.On Saturday, Boynton Beach Police were dispatched to a local park after receiving a call about an abandoned basket of puppies.But when Officer Chris Schalk arrived at the scene to find the animals, he soon realized they were not puppies but actually baby bunnies!He was able to make the identification with the help of a friend from the Coral Springs Animal Hospital.Officer Schalk then took the baby bunnies to East Coast Rabbit Rescue, a nonprofit in West Palm Beach, that rescues abandoned or injured rabbits.The organization also works to help the animals find a forever home.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2015)–Jockey Corey Nakatani has been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for examination following a spill during the running of Sunday’s, fifth race, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.Nakatani, 44, who was aboard number seven, Bilger’s Sapphire, who appeared uninjured, clipped heels with number 13, Bullwinkle Babe, at the top of the stretch, just before the horses were set to cross over the main track.Santa Anita stewards Tom Ward, Kim Sawyer and Luis Jauregui reported that Natakani was conscious and moving his extremities. According to Nakatani’s agent, Tony Matos, Nakatani was complaining of pain in the area of his collar bone.A nationally prominent rider for more than 25 years, Nakatani is a finalist on this year’s ballot for racing’s Hall of Fame.last_img


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESSANTIAGO GONZALEZ, PRIZE EXHIBIT, WINNER: “She’s a superior horse. She runs in better races than these other horses regularly and she showed her class today.“She has a lot of speed. I can wait and wait with her and I know she can still get there with her speed.” KENT DESORMEAUX, VELVET MESQUITE, SECOND: “She’s not fond of soft ground. I think she ran her eyeballs out but she got beat a nose in a situation she doesn’t care to be in. Not to mention, she’s been off a while so I don’t think it would have mattered as much if she was racing with one under her belt.“Her future is very bright. She’s coming back from a laceration on her hind end as well and that always causes concern. You can wonder if she’ll be the same. Well, she’s the same.” JULIEN LEPAROUX, AGELESS, THIRD: “No real excuses. The course is the same for everybody. She had a little layoff, but she ran her race. It looks like she came back good and hopefully, she’ll be good for the rest of the year.”TRAINER QUOTES JAMES CASSIDY, PRIZE EXHIBIT, WINNER: “I didn’t think she’d have any problem (coming down the hill for the first time) unless she started idling trying to figure out what the heck this is all about, which she has a tendency to do.“But being that he (Santiago Gonzalez) had her surrounded, she didn’t have any time to think about that, so that was a good thing. I was a little upset we were that close, but when it opened for her, he rode her perfect, and she’s a hard horse to ride. You could see down the lane she was out there in the clear and kind of looking around, so she can be difficult, but she got it done.“Gonzalez is really a good rider. If he keeps finding his skills, he’ll be one of the best riders here, if he isn’t close to that already.”center_img ARNAUD DELACOUR, AGELESS, THIRD: “I thought everything went pretty good. She had a good trip and she was finishing, so we’re pretty happy with the race she ran.” NOTES: The winning owner is Deron Pearson of Valencia who campaigns as DP Racing. Cassidy indicated the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf Feb. 20 would be next.last_img

Kerr, other Warriors to attend Draymond Green’s jersey retirement

first_img Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season ORLANDO — Steve Kerr and several members of the Warriors organization will be in attendance when Draymond Green sees his jersey go into the rafters at Michigan State on Tuesday.Related Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers …last_img

Africa ‘to target 80% online by 2020’

first_img8 June 2012A medium-term target of 80% internet connectivity across Africa by 2020 has been set, Communications Minister Dina Pule told delegates at the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Indaba in Cape Town on Thursday.“In this connected future, all of Africa’s major cities, towns and villages will be connected to affordable internet, thereby facilitating the continent’s mass entry into the knowledge and information economy,” Pule said in her closing speech.Inter-ministerial meetings held during the indaba yielded a resolution to engage with the rest of Africa on the ICT journey.The support of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in their plans to update regulations would also be provided, Pule said. “[It] should help developing countries to benefit from the frameworks for interconnections and roaming in the telecommunications market.”A team was being set up to monitor the progress and implementation of resolutions made at the indaba, and feedback would be shared with other African countries. Regional and continental organisations would interact with countries which were not represented at the indaba.Pule said that delivering broadband access to every African citizen would accelerate the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals.“Our work will also assist us in identifying and closing the skills gap within our countries.”The benefit of such an approach would be Africa creating its own technologies instead of just being a consumer for them, she said.It was the government’s role, within the information and communications sector, to act as a regulator.”We never abdicate that responsibility to anyone,” said Pule.Working with the private sector and entrepreneurs – especially the youth – could provide further opportunities, though.Sustainable jobs, some of which might not exist today, could also be created if large and small to medium businesses were allowed the space to innovate.“This will help us close the gap between policymakers and the entrepreneurs who are crucial in the creation of jobs,” she said.Expansion of the mobile application industry served as an example of a job creation area which did not exist three years ago, Pule said. “Now it employs millions of people and is making the lives of many easier.”Sapalast_img