Job Vacancy rebound latest sign of strength for Queensland economy

first_imgJob Vacancy rebound latest sign of strength for Queensland economy Treasurer and Minister for Investment The Honourable Cameron DickJob vacancies in Queensland rose to their highest level on record in the three months to the end of November 2020 according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the data demonstrated once again that Queensland’s strong health response and the delivery of our economic recovery plan are enabling Queensland’s economic recovery.“Job vacancies increased to 47,900 in the November quarter, according to the ABS,” the Treasurer said.“That’s close to double the 25,200 vacancies seen in the May quarter last year, the period which covered the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland.“Because of our strong health response, we’ve been able to ease restrictions faster and more broadly than other large states, and today’s data underlines that again.“In annual terms, Queensland job vacancies increased by 22% – the highest level on the east coast and well above the national average of 12%.“We know the recovery from COVID-19 has a long way to go, and as the last week has shown it won’t always be smooth sailing. “There will still be businesses that are doing it tough, but this shows the jobs market is continuing to recover.“The willingness of Queenslanders to follow the health advice and keep our community safe puts us in the strongest possible position for what we know will be a journey that will take years to recover from COVID.”The Treasurer said it was particularly pleasing to see the vast majority of job vacancies were in the private sector.“Through the worst of COVID last year we know it was our frontline workers who kept Queensland safe,” the Treasurer said.“As our economy continues to open up, it’s vital we can instil the confidence in the private sector to employ more people, and that’s what these figures show.“44,000 job vacancies, or nearly 92% of those across the November quarter, came from the private sector.” /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:ABS, Australia, Australian, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, frontline workers, Government, Investment, jobs, market, Minister, QLD, Queensland, statisticslast_img read more


Assistant Director – Adventure Recreation

first_imgVacancy NumberE546Position Number1244Location of WorkplaceMain UNCW CampusDepartmentCampus Recreation – 40120DivisionStudent Affairs – 40000 DivisionBrief Summary of Work for this PositionThe Assistant Director of Adventure Recreation reports to theAssociate Director of Campus Recreation. The Assistant Director isresponsible for the overall planning, assessment and implementationof programs that focus on educational and development needs ofstudents including leadership, team building, outdoor recreationskills, and healthy leisure activities.These programs include adventure trips, Challenge “Ropes” Course& Climbing Wall, clinics, workshops, equipment rental servicesand resource library. The Assistant Director alsosupervisors/mentors the Adventure Recreation Coordinators, managesassigned Special Events and is responsible for variousadministrative or maintenance tasks.Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsPost-baccalaureate degree, or a bachelor’s degree plus alternativeor equivalent professional training and experience may besubstituted for the advanced degree.Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills &ExperienceMaster’s degree in Recreation, Physical Education, OutdoorEducation, experiential education or related field (all degreesmust be received from appropriately accredited institution).Four – Five years collegiate adventure recreation programmingexperience with professional staff and student personnelsupervision.Supervisory or related transferable skills.Ability to delegate tasks as appropriate.Demonstrated experience leading groups in outdoor adventuretrips/clinics/programs.Demonstrated experience leading groups in challenge coursefacilitation to include group development with emphasis on innergroup dynamics.Leadership experience with Outward Bound or the National OutdoorLeadership School preferred.Certifications or Licensure (may be acquired after hire):-Wilderness First Responder- CPR / AED /Standard First Aid Instructor or Instructor TrainerCertification – ACCT Challenge Course Level 1, 2 and ChallengeCourse Manager Certification -American Canoe Association Instructoror training (Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoe, Kayak and CoastalKayak) – PCIA, CWA, or AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification- WEA Certificate of Outdoor Leadership or equivalenttraining/course participation -Leave No Trace Trainer CoursecompletionRequired Certifications or LicensuresWilderness First Aid (may be obtained after hire).CPR / AED /Standard First Aid Certification (may be obtained afterhire).Leave No Trace Awareness Training (may be obtained afterhire).Primary Purpose of Organizational UnitThe Department of Campus Recreation organizes and administers avariety of structured and self-directed recreational services thatenhance the overall wellness of the university community. Ourprimary goal is to provide quality recreational experiencesdirected toward positive change in the physical, cognitive andsocial domains of the university community thus enhancing theoverall educational experience. This goal is accomplished byoffering a wide variety of recreational activities, conductingeducational workshops and providing professional training. TheDepartment of Campus Recreation provides a multi-faceted program,which includes: Group Exercise/Fitness Programs, Competitive Sports(Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs) Seahawk Adventure Programs,Aquatics, and Special Events. Campus Recreation at UNCW takes a“something for everyone” approach to programming.College/School InformationUniversity InformationThe University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastaluniversity, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring,research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-classfaculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national levelfor scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerfulacademic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and criticalthinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and globalperspectives.A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers afull range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as wellas doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology,nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learningoptions, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSNprogram, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for workingprofessionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree programfocused on coastal engineering.The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarlyactivities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “DoctoralUniversities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University)by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of HigherEducation.UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since1969.EEO StatementAt the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), ourculture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization,ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed toproviding equality of educational and employment opportunity forall persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, genderidentity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color,national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexualorientation, political affiliation, veteran status, militaryservice member status, genetic information, or relationship toother university constituents – except where sex, age, or abilityrepresent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications orwhere marital status is a statutorily established eligibilitycriterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believesthat embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff andstudents is critical to our success and paramount in beingrecognized for our global mindset.Eligibility for EmploymentFinal candidates are subject to criminal & sex offenderbackground checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motorvehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federallaw requires all employers to verify the identity and employmenteligibility of all persons hired to work in the UnitedStates.Number of OpeningsSingle IncumbentSpecial Notes to ApplicantsMonths Per Year12 MonthsType of PositionPermanentAnticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited PositionsJob Posting Date04/21/2021Posting Close Date05/24/2021Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterList of 3 Professional ReferencesOptional Documents Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington(2021)?UNCW WebsiteUNCW Facebook PageUNCW Linkedin PageUNCW Twitter AccountUNCW Employee ReferralChronicle of Higher EducationCraigslistDiverse Issues in Higher EducationGlassdoorHigher Ed JobsHispanic OutlookIndeedInside Higher EdNorth Carolina Job NetworkWomen In Higher EducationOther Posting DetailsWorking TitleAssistant Director – Adventure RecreationExternal Link to Posting read more


Kent ABS plan on ice as town halls look to consolidate

first_imgKent County Council’s launch of a quasi-commercial legal arm has been delayed once again, the Gazette understands, in what could be a sign of the diminishing allure of alternative business structures for local authority legal teams.More than a year has passed since the council began the procurement process for a commercial partner to form a groundbreaking joint venture ABS, into which Kent Legal Services staff would transfer.The council, which was expected to make a decision on the final bidder this month, has concluded its scoring of the bidder’s submission. But planned reports to the policy and resources committee last week and to the cabinet today have been postponed to allow further discussions.A spokesperson for the council told the Gazette the procurement process ‘has included a range of complex and confidential discussions with potential partners’. ‘This will be taken for a cabinet decision in the autumn, and it would be premature for [Kent County Council] to make any further comment at this time,’ the spokesperson said.Meanwhile, other local authority legal teams are looking at new ways to generate income without going down the ABS route.Norfolk’s public sector legal services organisation nplaw has won a two-year contract to provide services to Maldon District Council.Nplaw already carries out work for eight Norfolk councils and several public sector organisations.The contract, worth £100,000, will involve drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements with developers for large-scale and strategic planning applications submitted for sites allocated under Maldon’s local development plan.Maldon District Council said it was not shrinking its legal team. ‘The council has always sought independent legal advice on section 106 agreements as we only have a small in-house legal team and [section 106 agreements] is a specialised area,’ a spokesperson for Maldon said.Chris Skinner, assistant practice director of nplaw, said his organisation was in the ‘early stage’ of considering whether an ABS ‘might be appropriate in the future, [but] we already feel that we have got opportunities to do a lot of trading without having to do that’.Skinner said there is ‘tremendous scope’ for innovation with existing arrangements under the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970.‘In the last few years we have seen more and more shared services being set up,’ Skinner said. ‘I think most of them, like us, see external income coming from services to other local authorities.’Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, which combined legal services earlier this year, have no plans to seek ABS status ‘at present’, a spokesperson said, ‘although we’re not ruling that out for the future’.‘We’re satisfied that existing local authority powers presently give us sufficient scope to undertake all the external work which is coming our way.’The two East Sussex mid-tier councils are in ‘early discussions’ about extending services with two more local authorities.last_img read more


Protecting the Willow Tit in Galloway

first_imgAndrew Bielinski, Area Manager for RSPB Dumfries & Galloway, said:RSPB Scotland has been managing woodland areas for willow tits on our reserve at the Ken-Dee Marshes for many years, especially around the northern part of the reserve at Kenmure Holms near New Galloway. We have installed special nest boxes for the birds and are also managing areas to create and maintain the younger woodland that the birds prefer. Our grant from the Galloway Glens Scheme is supporting this work, as well as providing some interpretation at Kenmure Holms. You can find this by walking along the footpath / flood-bank from Carsons Knowe in New Galloway (of the Old Edinburgh Road) but please do be careful not to disturb this precious natural habitat with dogs or too much noise, especially in the Spring breeding season. We are very lucky to be near one of the last thriving areas for this rare bird in Scotland – do head out to the Kenmure Holms to learn more about them and maybe even see one. The RSPB is continuing their national willow tit survey in 2020, with support from several other organisations and county bird clubs. The survey period will be from mid-February to mid-April, during the pre-breeding season. At this time, the birds are very territorial, with one or more visits within a given 4km2 square (known as tetrad) during this period. Surveys will be conducted in all suitable habitats within tetrads, using a standardised playback method. This involves playing a recording of both a willow tit alarm call and their song and listening for a response. If anyone is interested in being involved in this national survey, please do get in touch:Simon Wotton by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01767 693396or Paul Bellamy by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01767 693379. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSmall and quietly coloured, the willow tit is a charming little bird. Sadly, it is one of the fastest declining birds in the UK, but thankfully the Galloway Glens is one of its strongholds and possibly the best place in Scotland to see this species. The bird feeders at RSPB Scotland’s Ken-Dee Marshes reserve on Loch Ken are an excellent place to look for your first viewing.It is a bird that lives in wet woodland, ideally in trees between 15 and 25 years old. However, this habitat is often short-lived. Sites dry out or develop into mature woodland over 20-30 years, and this seems to be one of the reasons why the willow tit is declining. These wet woods are also sometimes the areas of ‘scruffy’ woodland that get cleared or drained.Willow tits eat invertebrates such as mayflies, bugs and spiders in the summer months, and seeds and berries in the winter. They will store food to eat later. They nest in a hole in a rotten tree, birch being much preferred. They excavate their own nest hole, or occasionally take over an incomplete woodpecker hole. The nest is often in a surprisingly slender trunk, such that only the bark remains between the hole and the outside. The excavation of a nest hole can be a noisy activity, as both birds often call repeatedly to each other. An excavating willow tit pair is thus vulnerable to detection by other birds, especially blue and great tits, and if either of these species finds a willow tit nest hole, they can oust the occupants with little difficulty. This is thought to be another reason for their decline.center_img Nick Chisholm, Galloway Glens Project Officer said:“The Willow Tit is emblematic of the biodiversity loss that we are experiencing in this country, so many species, that are relatively unknown by the wider public, are quietly disappearing. It is testament to the energy of the RSPB that they are not quietly watching the second fastest decline of any British bird without acting. At Galloway Glens we are proud to support this important project and hope that many others get involved in the census. Our thanks go to National Lottery Heritage Fund for their funding and our partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.”last_img read more


Blooms, butterflies lead beautification committee talks

first_imgBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee recognized ecologically friendly initiatives and discussed environmental issues during its May 11 meeting.Committee Member Kimberly Dollar presented Boy Scout Troop 59 with the Environmentalist of the Month award in recognition of their work with the City’s mono-filament recycling program. “Thanks for your efforts and we sure hope you continue on to do that,” Dollar said of the Scouts’ involvement in the program.Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos discussed the Governor’s Community Achievement Award application process.“We’re going to do all that we can do to make that happen,” Dollar stated regarding the committee’s desire to win the award. “We were very close last year,” she added.Discussion regarding the plant of the month for May, the Coral Bean, was next on the agenda. “When it has leaves on it, it doesn’t have blooms, and when it has blooms, it doesn’t have leaves,” Dollar said. She went on to explain that the red blooms then turn into a coral bean, whose seeds have been used as beads in the Native American culture, as well as a poison for rodents.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedKeep SPI Beautiful developing partnershipsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 15, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee met last Thursday afternoon to appoint their new committee chair and vice chairperson for the year. Chairman Michael Quist of the Laguna Madre Boys and Girls Club reminded everyone that the committee almost disbanded, but…January 16, 2015In “News”Respeta tu Playa joins Keep SPI Beautiful for future collaborationsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS February 19, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful (KSPIB) committee recently made efforts to seek out like minded groups for collaboration on events or projects to benefit the community. At last Thursday’s regular meeting, the committee was joined by local group Respeta tu Playa…February 20, 2015In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful seeks volunteersBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee (KSPIB) met Thursday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was a bountiful one with the formation of three subcommittees including one regarding volunteer outreach and organization, another for the Butterfly Garden project, and finally, one to…July 24, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more


Greenhouse gas measure is dropped

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under pressure from fellow Democrats, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., on Monday dropped a measure to block California and 11 other states from regulating “greenhouse” gas emissions from automobiles. Californians including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had opposed the language in a draft bill released this month by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It would have barred the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a waiver for a state to impose auto pollution standards if the new requirements are “designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Dingell, the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., wrote in a memo to committee members Monday that they would postpone until the fall consideration of the language on the California waiver as well as several other controversial provisions – on fuel economy, the promotion of liquefied coal as a motor fuel and the creation of a low-carbon fuel standard. “These issues are important, and we are committed to addressing them and others when we take up comprehensive climate change legislation in the fall,” they wrote. “This will also give us the needed time to achieve consensus on these issues if at all possible.” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Pelosi and Dingell were talking but the speaker hadn’t yet decided whether to support his new approach. “The speaker and Chairman Dingell are continuing discussions on this proposal, but the speaker has made no decisions at this time,” Hammill said. Pelosi aims to have an energy legislation package ready for the House to consider after the Fourth of July holiday. California has been battling the federal EPA for two years to get permission to implement a state law that would require automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide, by 25 percent from cars and 18 percent from SUVs by the 2009 model year. California can’t implement the law without a special waiver from the EPA, which the agency has refused to say whether it will grant. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Samsung’s Tizen-based smartphone for India could launch this month, specifications tipped

first_imgRumour mills have been doing rounds across platforms for quite some time now that Samsung is working on a Tizen OS based smartphone for India. The smartphone has been long rumoured to be launched by the South Korean tech giant sometime in November this year. Only now, there seems to be some firm news regarding the same, courtesy Gizmobic which has spotted a user agent (UA) profile of a handset, that in all probability could be the device in question. The alleged device with a Samsung SM-Z130H UA profile has also tipped some rare specifications of the said device.The Samsung SM-Z130H smartphone reportedly features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution and a 288ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz CPU with 32-bit ARMv7 architecture alongside 512MB of RAM. It runs Tizen 2.3 version and comes with Samsung browser 2.0.34. It is also touted to sport a 3.2MP rear camera.It can be recalled that Samsung launched its first Tizen-powered ‘Z’ smartphone back in June this year, more a failed attempt to cash in on an OS that is relatively new when compared to Android or iOS. The company had to postpone the rollout of the device for a period still unknown. Therefore, the new Tizen-based device for India is somewhat of a challenge for the company to hold on to in the longer run. However, for now there is no definite news from the company regarding the device, therefore we’ll have to wait and watch for more.advertisementlast_img read more


Cars stolen for major robberies Anglican Bishop family victims of crime

first_img Related Items:#BishopBoyd, #heist, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If there was any doubt, it can be erased because criminals are definitely stealing people’s cars to commit serious crimes and there was another example of that this morning in Nassau.    A Nissan Note was stolen around 5am from a security guard who was on duty.  Police report that three armed men tied up the guard and took his vehicle.Fifteen minutes later, another security guard was tied up and robbed of cash, his cell phone and his green 2009 Pontiac … the trio arrived on that scene in the Nissan Note in a brazen #heist where they got away – in both vehicles – with an entire safe.   Cell phone video of the safe was in circulation today; the person capturing the image was in shock at the size of the safe which she said was on Podoleo Street.Later  in the day, there was a report of a robbery at Thompsons Trading by a group of criminals who robbed Temple Christian School and stole the vehicle of Anglican Arch Bishop Laish Boyd.    The wall of the school’s office was hacked open and torn to bits.   Police confirmed that #BishopBoyd was not in the vehicle at the time it was stolen, but his driver was.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more