New pathways to employment welcome

first_imgNew pathways to employment welcome Business Council of AustraliaThe Business Council welcomes the Morrison Government’s move to boost apprenticeships and prepare Australians for the opportunities of the future, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.“New funding for apprenticeships and trainees will be crucial to help displaced workers re-train and re-skill quickly for new industries and opportunities.“Today’s investment will give thousands of Australians a pathway to employment, and the chance to get paid while they learn new lifelong skills.“This will also help give businesses certainty that they can get the skills they need, when they need them, so they can bring forward new investment and deliver big, job creating projects.“Global boards are making decisions today about where to invest, knowing Australia has a pipeline of skilled workers will help make us a more attractive place to do business.“As we recover from the pandemic, creating new jobs and preparing Australians for the future must be our top priorities.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, Business Council of Australia, council, employment, future, Government, Investment, jobs, Morrison, Morrison Government, pandemic, pipelinelast_img read more

COVID 19

first_imgThe impact of the Covid 19 on India populace has to be understood in right perspective. About 140 cases have detected to have positive and three deaths have already occured. The mortality rate is 2 percent. But we are in stage 2 which means that only isolated cases are detected but before they are quarantined they have passed on the virus to few others. These cases are being quarantined the moment they are tested positive. But when precaution of mass gathering are taken the chances that infected would infect more is with probability getting high. Therefore it is like multiplication instead of addition. The infection will increase geometrically. But India where personal hygiene and behavioural aspects are not profound due to poor financial conditions or otherwise the transmission would be fast and then any thing would not work. At this stage people should learn to use the advice of the experts. Maintaining personal hygiene and social distancing. But the crude guess is that in case the cases would touch 1000 it means that foreign arrivals is increasing and quarantine is difficult because of inadequate tools and kits and hospitalisation the spread would be taking serious proportion then damage would be acute. Loss of lives in lower strata would be significant and the people who have otherwise debilitating condition would be highly susceptible and mortality chances would go up. The stock market and financial sector would be in a state of jittery and liquidity conditions go bad. The financial conditions are also not so favorable even now.last_img read more

Ad committee looks at nontraditional referral services

first_img Ad committee looks at nontraditional referral services March 1, 2015 Regular News Ad committee looks at nontraditional referral servicescenter_img Is an online company that offers free lawyer referrals between lawyers and potential clients, but gives preferential treatment to lawyers who pay a fee, considered a lawyer referral service under Florida Bar rules?The Standing Committee on Advertising considered that issue February 10 when it looked at the operations of Lawyer.com. Company CEO Gerald Gorman contended the main purpose of Lawyer.com is to help lawyers with their online and social media efforts.Committee members wound up voting to table the issue after asking for more information, including the source of Gorman’s list of what he said are more than 40 referral services operating in Florida that do not file reports with the Bar, as required under Bar rules.Gorman called the company’s offering a free lawyer directory and referral service available to all lawyers and potential clients, but added it doesn’t fit the traditional referral service as regulated by the Bar.“We’re basically focused on helping our premium members manage their online presence,” Gorman said. “We do not believe we are a lawyer referral service under Bar rules. We do not charge for any referral. . . . We believe we are a directory.”Under questioning from committee members and Bar staff, Gorman said lawyers can join Lawyer.com for free, but it does offer a premium service for $99 a month. In addition to the online guidance, premium members get their results posted at the top of search results given to potential clients who use the site to find a lawyer, and they also have an hour to “claim” a potential client who uses Lawyer.com before free members have a chance at that case.Lawyer.com also can send emails to lawyers with details of a potential client’s case.“I’m struggling why you don’t think you apply specifically to the definition of the lawyer referral service [in Bar rules] when you’re talking to the public and you tell attorneys you are a lawyer referral service,” committee member Mike Faehner told Gorman.But Gorman said there’s no charge for consumers using the service and the vast majority of referrals go to lawyers who are not premium members and hence do not pay for them. In addition, he said lawyers cannot ask for additional referrals in exchange for paying a higher fee to Lawyer.com.“Our first objective is to try to have a good experience for the consumer and the lawyer,” Gorman said.The Lawyer.com site touts it as “Lawyer Search Experts” and also proclaims, “Find a Lawyer — 1.7 Million Lawyers — All Legal Issues.” It offers to help find lawyers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In its pitch to lawyers to become premium members, it offers to provide 10 times the leads and visibility compared to free members, better leads, and “Guaranteed Value.”Committee members ultimately decided they wanted more information, including the source and accuracy of Gorman’s list of noncomplying referral services. Gorman said he got the list from the Bar’s website.The Bar cannot directly regulate lawyer referral services. But it can prohibit Bar members from accepting referrals from services that do not comply with Bar standards. Those standards include malpractice insurance requirements, disclosure requirements, submitting quarterly reports that list all participating Florida Bar members, and complying with Bar lawyer advertising rules.The issue could come back to the committee at its March 10 meeting.last_img read more

Smart: UGA’s primary target after learning under Saban

first_imgAlabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and head coach Nick Saban at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday September 12, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and head coach Nick Saban at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday September 12, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)TUSCALOOSA — The first time Nick Saban heard of Kirby Smart, Alabama’s future defensive coordinator was a 28-year-old graduate assistant working under FSU legend Bobby Bowden.A friend of then-LSU assistant coach Will Muschamp from their playing days at Georgia in the mid-1990s, Smart appeared to be someone Saban could mold and develop into a defensive disciple.“I was looking for a good, young, smart, bright, aggressive secondary coach that we could sort of develop,” Saban said Monday. “We had gone through a couple years of hiring a secondary coach who’d be there for a year, I don’t know if it was because I was a secondary coach or what, but they’d be gone after a year, mostly to the NFL. So I wanted to get a younger guy and sort of grow and develop the guy and have the guy with me for a while.”That was in 2004, Saban’s last year as LSU’s head coach. A year later, after his first season with the Miami Dolphins, Saban again tabbed Smart to join him in the NFL as the soon-to-be Alabama head coach hired Smart away from his alma mater.By 2007, both Saban and Smart were in Tuscaloosa on the bottom floor of an incredible revival to one of the nation’s traditional powers.Now, eight years later, the 39-year-old veteran coordinator is the hot name on the coaching circuit, with Smart reportedly the frontrunner for at least two Southeastern Conference head coaching jobs, including the recently-opened spot at his alma mater – Georgia.Several publications, including AJC.com, have indicated that Smart is the Bulldogs’ “primary target” and even factored into the decision to ultimately part ways with 15-year Georgia head coach Mark Richt on Sunday, according to the AJC’s Chip Towers.“Persons close to the Georgia football program who are acquaintances with Smart said the Bulldogs could not afford to sit by idly as ‘one of their own’ took another head coaching job, possibly with a rival program,” Towers wrote Sunday.FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman said Smart is “getting strong consideration” to replace Richt, according to unnamed sources, while ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reportedly spoke to a source that said Smart was the “only choice.”“Kirby has done a fantastic job for us, and I think he’ll be an outstanding head coach,” Saban said Sunday. “I don’t think everything you do as an assistant necessarily prepares you as a head coach, but I also think, by the same token, that Kirby is very capable of doing all the things necessary to be a head coach.”Smart is a hot candidate for several factors, among those the success he’s had reinvigorating Alabama’s ferocious defense this season, for which he’s been named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.And, after more than a decade working under Saban during which he had other head coaching opportunities, it believed 2015 could be his last season as an assistant. Smart has reportedly interviewed for head coaching gigs at both Auburn and Ole Miss in recent years but opted to stay at Alabama, where he’s had near-total control of the Tide defense since 2008.“It is a system that he grew up in, which is the old system that we played for years and adapted through the years,” Saban said. “So he understands it and applies it in the game as well as anyone. I think that’s the key.”In the last week, though, Smart has been mentioned as a frontrunner to both South Carolina and now Georgia, where he was a first-team All-SEC safety in 1998.Originally working alongside Saban as Alabama’s secondary coach, Smart has also worked with linebackers before this season and has developed the Tide defense into one of the nation’s best this season after falling off a bit last season.“He’s a good teacher. Players respond to him well. He’s outgoing. He’s got a good personality,” Saban said of Smart. “I think he’ll do a good job in all the other areas that you’re talking about. I don’t have any question about that at all.The confidence even extends to his players.Alabama senior middle linebacker Reggie Ragland has little doubt Smart will succeed whatever he does, be it as a head coach or as coordinator.“I think he’ll do good,” Ragland said Monday. “But I know he’s not worried about that right now. I know he’s going to worry about us. And when the time comes for him to worry about that, I know he’s going to do a great job at deciding what he wants to do with his life.”Junior defensive end Jonathan Allen also raved about Smart’s dedication to his job.“He spends a lot time preparing, trying to put us in the best position and situation possible,” Allen said of Smart. “I feel like he does a good job doing that. So definitely his preparation toward the game.”Of course, with No. 2 Alabama set to play No. 18 Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Saban has little doubt where Smart’s mind is at, even as he’s potentially facing heavy interest to become a head coach for the first time in his career.“I would like for our guys to stay focused on what they’re doing here right now,” Saban said. “I have no reason to believe that anybody isn’t totally focused, because for us to play well at whatever they’re responsible for is certainly going to be helpful to any opportunities that they can create for themselves (in the future).”last_img read more

Mayor, commissioners at odds over sanitation grant application

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The county commission workshop started out routinely on Monday evening, but quickly devolved into a running debate between several commissioners and County Mayor E. L. Morton over a grant proposal.Ralph Davis kicked things off before the “public comment” period of the workshop began by challenging Morton for not signing a grant application to the state for a project in the environmental & sanitation department.“You took me off of supervising that department,” Morton replied. “I’ll sign it if you all authorize me to.”Morton then moved on to invite those in the audience who had signed up to address the commission, and the fireworks seemed to have subsided as middle school student Issac Jones gave an update on money raised to publicize an anti-bullying campaign.The commission then heard a report on the animal shelter, which currently has 394 animals under its care, half of those in foster homes. The commission is being asked to approve the removal of an automatic watering system that has apparently not functioned for years.A representative of USAble, the firm that handles life insurance and other coverage for the county, then made a brief presentation about their efforts to meet with county employees and officials over the next two weeks to explain different benefit options.The meeting then moved to setting the agenda for next week’s regular meeting, and the topic quickly returned to Mayor Morton and the unsigned grant application.“I haven’t signed anything since you changed leadership (over the sanitation department),” Morton pointed out.“We removed you from leadership of a department.  We did not remove you as Mayor,” Ralph Davis responded.Scott Kitts then asked County Attorney Joe Coker for his legal opinion on whether the Mayor was required to sign the application but Coker declined to be pulled into the argument, replying, “Requirements may vary from grant to grant.”“Will we lose this grant because it’s been neglected?” Kitts persisted, with Coker replying, “That’s a decision for the agency to decide.”Kitts then addressed Morton, saying, “There’s going to be a possibility that we will lose this grant. You don’t let personal feelings interfere with county business.”Morton then repeated his earlier response, explaining, “I will sign it if it is clear that I’m authorized to sign. That’s why I placed this matter on the agenda.”Davis pointed out that the grant application, nearing its deadline after two weeks on the Mayor’s desk, has already been sent into the state without the Mayor’s signature. “We moved it over to the Finance Department and the Finance Director signed it and submitted it without your signature,” Davis concluded. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/10/2019-NOON)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more