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As I embark on my morning commute for the umpteenth time in my year and half’s residence in London, I hold my breath in anticipation of the crowds of people’s bodies who will be pressed up against mine for the next 20 minutes. And keeping in my morning routine, I glance over to my nearest commuter, who peruses one of London’s more reputable papers – featuring a large, fierce-looking picture of David Cameron mid-pledge to reduce immigration to “tens of thousands”. Immigration, the issue that impacts a plethora of Brits on a very personal level has grown to such an astronomical height that it accounted for more than half (54%) of the increase of the UK population between 1991 and 2012*. And while my personal presence in the home of home of Harry Potter directly contributes to the bitter, muttering Brits, my assessment of immigration laws in England is split. On the one hand, my love for my Commonwealth brother country means I automatically defy any politician who wants to throw me out – and on the other, I have to consider that my stifling commute alone is indicative of the incredibly overpopulated nation I’ve learnt to call my home.
So why the London expatriate culture? What’s the appeal? And even more pressing, what’s the solution?
Firstly, without even referring to statistics it’s an obvious point that London holds the key to some of the greatest opportunities worldwide. Politically, socially, and the big one, working opportunities – are among the top reasons foreigners dream of passing Big Ben on their daily shuttle from an early age. The financial district within the City of London remains one of the world’s primary business locations – alongside New York. The job market within London is constantly growing and the financial market alone accounts for a large portion of these hires. So it’s fairly obvious why both EU and non-EU citizens are fleeing their below-average job markets to take residence in the land of plenty, where employment is practically a guarantee. In fact, statistics supporting that very fact have just emerged in an article by BloomBerg Business, identifying ‘work’ as the primary reason immigrants are coming to the UK. Two-thirds of those moving for employment actually had a job offer before they arrived**.
So perhaps partially, based on the above facts, the British bitterness towards immigrants is formed by the classic (and passé, mind you) perception that “Immigrants are taking all our jobs”. And with these statistics shining a beaming light on the expatriate culture within the London job market, you have to admit they’re not exactly wrong.
But we have to ask ourselves – is there anything so wrong about putting the right people in the right jobs? If the opportunity exists, what kind of restrictions can you legitimately imagine putting in place that prevent foreigners from working within the UK? Particularly relevant when it comes to skill-shortages, expats are playing a fundamental role in the continued cycle and growth of the UK’s healthcare and education industries – two major governmental priorities in accordance with Osborne’s budget release in July this year. It wouldn’t be presumptuous at all for me to say that the livelihood of London’s job market is dependent on several factors, the primary ones being consistency and quality work. I think that in order for London to maintain its status as the world’s most primary business location, the hub of start-ups and the home of opportunity, it requires consistent, good-quality work to fuel the fire that’s been burning since the 19th Century.
So what’s a little overcrowding when the economic benefits outweigh my comfortability on the morning commute? Studies have shown that the recruitment of skilled foreigners has allowed companies to become “more efficient and expand their business”, and that foreign workers employed in Britain are on average, better-educated and work longer hours than British recruits***. So maybe the immigrants areresponsible for taking a good chunk of Britain’s top jobs, but if they’re the better people for the position, is it justifiable for the UK to be bitter about remaining second choice?
It pains me that UK immigration laws are so harsh for the hard-working skilled workers of the non-EU. The education and talent that Commonwealth countries in particular bring to the table keep the industries that are so integral to the UK’s economic growth pumping with blood – but the struggle for us to stay past our expiration date is a challenge so taxing, many don’t bother to attempt a government fight. While EU citizens are able to stay, feeding off the opportunity that their Eurozone passport offers them, others fight the thoughts of a looming date, praying for a petition to challenge Cameron’s pledge, pleading for a simple glance at how the immigrants have impacted the system with their skill, knowledge and overall, hard work.
Cameron needs to assess the positive effect many immigrants have had in their UK jobs. And ask himself, that while perhaps Joe Bloggs from Swindon might be able to do the very same job, with the same rate of pay – would the job be done just as well? Don’t penalise the immigrants for being good at what they do by slamming a ‘best before’ on their Visas. Reward those skilled workers by giving them opportunity to grow and contribute to this lively job market we want to continue thriving. After all, according to studies backed by the government themselves, “Foreigners just work harder”.
*McNeil, R., 19th February 2014, The Impact of Migration on UK Population Growth in http://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/briefings/impact-migration-uk-population-growth
**Lovasz, A. 30th July 2015, What You Never Knew About UK Immigration in http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/uk-immigration-the-facts-in-nine-charts
***Kirkup, J. and Dominiczak, P., 5th November 2013, Why hire foreigners? They just work harder in http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10426473/Why-hire-foreigners-They-just-work-harder.html
Police reports states that McCann has been ‘totally excluded’ as the potential victim after inquiries into the suitcase found in the Australian wild near Adelaide was discovered on 15 July.
South Australia police said they had ruled out 43 missing children in connection with the discovery next to a remote motorway in Wynarka.
The decomposed body of a fair-haired girl, aged between two and five, was killed at another location in at least 2007.
Madeleine was three when she went missing from the family’s holiday apartment on the Algarve in Portugal on 3 May 2007.
Detective Sergeant Des Bray said in a media advisory, “I can confirm that Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim and UK police have been advised.”
But Police said the investigation continues. According to a South Australia Police Department spokesperson 125 calls were received from the public, with “10 potential victims identified” but all ten have subsequently been excluded from the investigation.
A forensic analysis of the human remains has not been able to establish its gender yet but police have already announced the child suffered a “violent, horrible death”.
“Forensic Science staff are working very hard to deliver a result as quickly as possible,” Bray said.
“We are hoping to be able to confirm the gender of the child this week.
“A DNA profile is also being taken of the child, however, that will take longer.”
Police are still searching for man seeing walking along the Karoonda Highway at Wynarka carrying a dark suitcase about six to eight weeks ago.
According to eyewitness reports the man was not a local and is described as being aged about 60, Caucasian, clean cut and neatly dressed with a light build.
Major Crime detectives have released images of clothing found along with the remains, including a purple Dora the Explorer T-shirt, blue pyjama shorts, and a pair of pink tracksuit pants, in the hope a member of public recognised them.
“We believe the child, aged between two and five years, was murdered at another location but the motive and exact time frame is unknown,” added Bray.
Images: SA Police released these images in a bid to identify the victim
Main image: Shutterstock
The tasting will tell Australia’s premium wine stories through more than 500 world-class wines. With a land size not dissimilar to Continental Europe, it will also highlight the diversity of Australia’s 65 unique wine regions.
Brands including The Lane, Tyrrell’s and Castagna will be present alongside a selection of wineries who are looking for distribution such as Macedon Ranges’ Curly Flat, McLaren Vale’s Oliver’s Taranga and Heathcote’s Chalmers.
To show some of the country’s more unexpected premium offerings, 21st Century Vino will put the spotlight on Italian varieties with a free-pour tasting of more than 50 Australian wines, curated by wine writers Walter Speller and Jane Faulkner.
Mr Speller, who judged at the Alternative Varieties Show in Australia last year, will also host three masterclass forums, the first of which will be introduced by Jancis Robinson MW. Themes of the forums include an exploration into the history of Italian grape varieties in Australia, family legacies and their regional impact and the ‘hip, hot and happening’ wines of tomorrow.
Mr Speller was initially curious about the Italian grape varieties grown in Australia and after a deeper investigation was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines produced.
“These varieties have found a new home and, more than that, are expressing their origin in a completely unique, transparent way,” he said.
“21st Century Vino tracks these exciting developments in three forums, while a free-pour of more than 50 wines shows the relevance of Italian varieties in Australia.”
Regional Director Laura Jewell MW said the Premium Australia Tasting will expose yet another dimension to Australia’s innovative winemaking.
“This is our first major event for the autumn and we want to showcase the breadth of styles within our premium portfolio,” she said.
“Australian wine is increasingly making headlines around the world and you will taste why with a selection of the country’s premium wines together under one roof.”
Also attending the tasting will be Wine Australia’s General Manager, Market Development, Stuart Barclay and Global Education Manager, Mark Davidson.
Australian winemakers confirmed to attend this event include De Bortoli’s Steve Webber and Leanne De Bortoli, Pizzini’s Joel Pizzini and Joch Bosworth from Battle of Bosworth.
Other events in Wine Australia’s Market Programme Guide that focus on Australian fine wine include the Langton’s Classification Roadshow in March.
For more information about this event, contact Wine Australia’s Education and Events Manager, Emma Symington at London WC2B 4LG, +44 (0)207 438 4665, email@example.com]]>
Maddison Keeney bombed out of the World Aquatic Championships held in Russia this week when she lost her balance during the 3m-dive and video footage of the dive showed showed the teenager buckling and falling off the platform.
Keeney’s nerves appeared to have got the better of her and following the disastrous dive she slipped from fourth to twelfth place during the final round.
The manoeuvre carried a high degree of difficulty at 3.2, and if she had nailed it the 19-year-old may have landed herself a podium position.
Wednesday’s disappointment was almost a carbon copy of Keeney’s 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games effort. Keeney looked primed for 1m gold in Scotland, only to fold under pressure during her second-last dive, costing her a two point deduction and relegating her to silver.
Following her disaster dive, Keeney’s teammate and Commonwealth 3m champion, Esther Qin (280.50 points) claimed an impressive fifth placing in the women’s one-metre platform final at Kazan.
Earlier, Australia’s Grant Nel and James Connor placed 10th in the 3m synchro heats (384.87) to scrape into Tuesday night’s 12-strong final behind pace setters Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov (448.68) of Russia.
The Bureau of Meteorology shortly afterwards confirmed that the quake had posed no tsunami threat.
Geoscience Australia, in a statement, confirmed that reports were received from people 228km from the epicenter who had felt the effects of the tremors resulting from the quake.
Posts on social media claimed that people had felt tremors that shook their houses in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Gold Coast hinterland.
There are some reports buildings in Bundaberg have been evacuated.
Radio talkback callers reported experiencing tremors from Bundaberg down to the Gold Coast.
“All of a sudden the whole place was shaking,” said Laine from Hervey Bay in a radio interview with ABC.
“The ground was shaking. It was quite unbelievable. It went on for about 10 to 15 seconds.”
Other south-east Queenslanders reported they felt tremors from between five and 15 seconds.
“All the plates and things on the racks were rattling, I looked out the kitchen window and I could see the swimming pool water was rippling,” said Nick, from Sunrise beach, near Noosa, to ABC radio after he had heard a low rumbling in his kitchen.
just felt a bit of an earthquake/tremor on the #goldcoast right now #earthquake
— Scott Gamble (@scott_gamble) July 29, 2015
#earthquake on the gold coast #firstever pic.twitter.com/nX5HqaV8w9
— Peter Pan Wine Guy (@peterpanwine) July 30, 2015
— Reddit Aus (@RedditAus) July 29, 2015
Definitely just experienced an #earthquake in the Sunshine Coast…that’s a first nearly thought I was still in #Bali — Josh Crichton (@joshycii) July 29, 2015
That was no earthquake. That was Queensland trying to make the moral and cultural jump from the 80s to the present day.
— Andy Thompson (@SweatyJester) July 30, 2015
Video: YouTube (warning content might be offensive to some)
Every talented young individual is lured up in this idea to make money at least once in this lifetime. Albeit a very few understand the difference between a great idea and a great startup, let alone having the ability to gulf this bridge.
As a result, only those survive in the race that have a huge investment by their side so that they may afford to make mistakes and learn on the run; while those who are depending only on the great idea without bothering about the startup details are more than often welcomed by failure and a complete back-up by losing ground in the market.
Mistakes are almost inevitable; however, with slight insight and foresightedness, these mistakes can be avoided without having to pay too dearly for them and drowning in frustration and despondence.
In an interview with Nick Bell the founder of WME, one of the largest web marketing companies in Australia, shared his view on entrepreneurship tips as below.
Here he presented the major five mistakes that entrepreneurs commit in the initial days of their business’s development that can be avoided with a bit of caution and an hour of wise decision making.
In essence, people tend to take their conviction on the judgment of the market very seriously as they are only emphasizing on their own line of thought as a solution provider and thus the problem relevant to their idea of business seems to multiply with every second passed. But the reality can completely be different.
The very first mistake that entrepreneurs fall prey of is gambling their life savings away trusting only on their judgment of market needs. Spending every last penny in the name of investment is not as simple as taking a risk but what is needed out of a smart entrepreneur is taking a calculated risk.
Calculated risk involves setting up a landing page first to check the customers’ response by showcasing your product that only requires a minimal amount of investment in the first place. If the landing page gets the target traffic and responses, then is the time to decide the magnitude of your investment and scale of your business. A few contracts through the land page and you are in the game.
When starting your business from scratch, all those new terms and data like analytics, conversion rates and shipping details are daunting and it is not very much advisable to deal with them all on your own.
Have the courage to indulge a friend, a well-doing experienced entrepreneur or a specialized individual in a particular field to get all the necessary feedback. Consider all those remarks and comments courageously and high spiritedly without allowing the critical feedback to demoralize you. This is one part of story and this is easy work on. The other part of the picture is seamless and even intimidating; that is, paying too much heed and attention to every smallest detail that your race starts slowing to a crawl and finally a halt as you get lost in all those numbers and figures and analytics. This is called as analysis paralysis.
Do not let the small details be a hindrance in your performance. No doubt, all you focus on, as an amateur entrepreneur, is avoiding mistakes but there is a significant point to ponder that a mistake can make you learn and can be corrected in a hard, if not an easy, way. But getting victimized by analysis paralysis will never allow you to get started even. Make a smart choice. You cannot create an empire overnight, skilling on the slightest details. Work on the main issues and then make a way to organized firm.
It would have been the best if your created website could attract customers just after it is published and have the target audiences known about your products and services. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you want to be recognized, you have to enter the competition and that, my dear fellows, is tough. Remember the first point? Do not rush in investing all your life savings in building your business but spending a fortune in marketing is what is going to work initially.
With the world becoming global village, the best way to be recognized is to appear on Google and secure one of the top 20 positions. It is just not a matter of minor SEO tweaks, rather a professional effort is required to take the bull by horns. Do whatever is in your hands and budget to have the word spread. Visibility is going to determine your success, not the few pounds or dollars you see coming as soon as the product is launched. Trust the rule “see and be seen” to promote your launch.
First step is the hardest. None of the marvelous inventions are as innovative as they seem to be. Someone somewhere had definitely thought about them but they never had the courage to get them executed. It is the responsibility that scares you and what adds to it is having no room for blame game. That makes starting off the engines even difficult.
An idea is just like Alice in Wonderland! Nobody can steal it, nobody can build it. Do not hesitate to share your ideas with potential professionals in the market. Share it, get the advice, and act upon it, EXECUTE IT!
Success is like the sweet nectar of flowers, luring the bees unless they have their thirst quenched, but you can only get as much as your vessel permits you. You cannot take a rest and let things go on once you have found the path. There are competitors with even larger vessels just behind you, striving for the flower. That makes only you as your sole competitor. Only treat yourself with those blissful free times when you have achieved a target. Being at the right place, at the right time is the only strategy that will help you flourish but that is only possible when you are in the mood of winning and competing. Good Luck!
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The preceding games had the Wildcats fired up; with second’s player Clint Johnson kicking the winning goal after the final siren and the thirds controversially running over the Demons.
The Premiership encounter game kicked off with tempers flaring and bodies clashing hard. Unfortunately for Wandsworth, West London absolutely dominated the first quarter with big Tom Steinfort kicking three strong goals and Jared Risol slotting another two. The first break was welcomed by the Demons, who only managed a behind for the quarter.
The Demons were able to take more control of the game in the second quarter, slowing the Wildcats down ever so slightly as they faced the more favourable scoring end. Trent Georgiou laid a brilliant tackle to gain possession and kick the Demon’s first goal and leading goal kicker of the season, Geoffrey Rouse, slotted their second for the game. Still, a 49-point margin took the frustrated Demons into the major break with a bit to think about.
Skills from both sides were strong; however, the Demons were just unable to penetrate their forward fifty and convert. Alternatively, the Wildcats structure, once they got the ball, was immaculate with players in all the right places.
The third quarter was disappointing for the Demons, who the crowd expected to come out with a vengeance. Steinfort laid it on thick and showing he was a force to be reckoned with. He kicked another four goals, taking his total to seven for the game. Lloyd Williams was also a stand-out for the Wildcats, freely moving through the Demons’ backline and winning every contest. His defensive pressure was a big contributing factor to the Demons’ usually dominating forward, Georgiou, being kept to one goal. Similarly, Wildcat Max Renfrey was able to keep his tag, Geoffrey Rouse, to a solitary goal.
The game ended in typical Wildcats fashion as they capitalised on mistakes and gave no mercy. Rather out of character for the Demons, they went down looking deflated.
The West London club now has all three teams head straight into their respective grand finals on 8th August down at Motspur Park, while Wandsworth have all of their three teams fighting for a place this Saturday 1st August up at Bounds Green.
WEST LONDON WILDCATS: 18.10 (118)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS: 6.10 (46)
WEST LONDON WILDCATS – GOAL SCORERS: Steinfort 7, Duryea 2, Gunn 2, Risol 2, Gore, Holdsworth, Merrigan, Murray, O’Brien,
WANDSWORTH DEMONS – GOAL SCORERS: Beattie, Bell, Georgiou, Kerrin, Rouse, Walker
Photos by Rachel Hill
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AFL London is always welcoming new players and supporters. To find your nearest AFL London club, go to afllondon.com/clubs
The SkillSelect list is used in the temporary 457 work visa stream to attract talented, qualified and experienced foreigners to Australian shores who will positively contribute to Australian society and the country’s economy.
According to the study the highest earning individuals raked in more than $2,000 per week ($104,000 per year) and consisted mostly, but not only, of persons in medical specialty fields.
Anesthetists are on top with with 88.3% earning over $2,000 per week. They are closely followed by a range of other medical specialists.
While 43% of specialist tradesmen, which included drilling miners and shot firers (also in the mining industry), commanded an income on par with that of medical specialists.
Images: Shutterstock and National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra]]>
Some fans’ comments were pretty funny though and many would pay good money to see a Wolverine vs Edward Scissor Hands show down and others want to see the X-Men hero finally donning the original comic book version blue and yellow suite.
My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I’ll read as many as I can. pic.twitter.com/ksA1Gii5tf
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 27, 2015
@RealHughJackman who doesn’t want to see Wolverine do this? Really? #onelasttime pic.twitter.com/kcW3gjrKw8 — Jen Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) July 28, 2015
@RealHughJackman we should win stuff just for watching
— Fave-Star Superman (@DieRobinsonDie) July 28, 2015
@RealHughJackman #OneLastTime 3 words BLUE & YELLOW!!!!! — JESS (@nWo_girl) July 28, 2015
@RealHughJackman Butter sculpture finals with Edward Scissorhands and plucky outsider Captain Hook.
— Kevin McGee (@K__McGee) July 28, 2015
@RealHughJackman Put on your dancing shoes and give us a big song and dance routine. “Let’s Claw The Whole Thing Off” #onelasttime — Stephen Graves (@stephengraves) July 28, 2015 Images and time laps video by Barry Jazz Finnegan on Facebook via Hugh Jackman on Facebook