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first_imgA hung parliament following the UK general election has led to more uncertainty for the baking industry.Although the Conservatives emerged as the largest party, Prime Minister Theresa May ended with 12 fewer seats before she called the election.The Tories are currently on 318 seats, Labour with 261, SNP with 35 and Lib Dems with 12.“Stability and sense of direction”Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, told British Baker that like all industries, the bakery sector is looking for a government that is in a position to address the challenges the country faces.“It has to be the case that given economic uncertainty and Brexit negotiations looming, we need our government, of whatever complexion, to bring stability and a sense of direction as soon as possible,” Polson said.“Clarity and certainty”Meurig Raymond, president for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), said that members need “clarity and certainty” for the food and farming sector.“British farming underpins the country’s largest manufacturing sector and with farming arguably the sector most impacted by Brexit,” Raymond said. “NFU members need clarity and certainty as soon as possible over who will govern the country and how they plan to support profitable, productive and progressive agriculture and horticulture in the future.“The NFU will be seeking early meetings with Ministers. It is important for our industry to have clarity and see certainty from a functioning administration as soon as possible.”“We need leadership at this uncertain time”While Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), gave a similar verdict to the NFU, calling on “leadership at this uncertain time”.“Politicians across all the parties must come together to deliver in the national interest so the UK’s £110 billion food and farming industry can continue to thrive,” Wright said. “The Brexit clock is ticking loudly and the country will not forgive a failure to act.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 2011 Volunteering in America report lists the Burlington area 8th among 75 comparable cities in the area of volunteerism. The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The Volunteering in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers served nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities ‘ valued at nearly $173 billion. The report covers 2007-2010 and shows the Burlington area with a Volunteer Rate of 37.7%, compared to 36.5% nationally, and 42 volunteer hours per resident annually, compared to 34.1 hours nationally. Burlington’s volunteerism has been supported in many ways by the City’s VISTA program. This past year, CEDO VISTAs recruited 842 volunteers who performed 10,464 hours of service.  Over the 17 years of the city’s VISTA program, members recruited tens of thousands of volunteers statewide. ‘The CEDO AmeriCorps VISTA program has been an incredible asset to the Burlington community.  These dedicated members, who are giving a year of their lives to build capacity in local agencies, work 24-7 in order to combat poverty,’ said CEDO’s Laura Hale.  ‘Their efforts to build sustainable volunteer programs have created opportunities for tens of thousands of volunteers to serve over the last 18 years.’ ‘Whether cleaning and greening neighborhoods, tutoring schoolchildren, helping local non-profits, participating in restorative justice panels, or doing many, many other things, volunteers have a tremendously positive impact on our community,’ said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Thank you to local volunteers for all of your efforts to make Burlington a better place for everyone.’ Acting CEO of CNCS, Robert Velasco II said, ‘As organizations are struggling to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers of all ages are stepping up to help fill in the gaps. The commitment, time, and talent of Burlington’s volunteers is admirable, further proving that everyone has a role in making America great.’ CNCS supports Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service programs that drive innovation and problem solving through service.About the Volunteering In America Report:The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteers are defined as individuals ages 16 and over who perform unpaid volunteer activities for or through an organization. The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.  For more information, visit VolunteeringInAmerica.gov, where the complete report can be accessed. About the Corporation for National and Community Service:The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. About Burlington’s We All Belong AmeriCorps*State ProgramVermont is changing and becoming more reflective of a global and national citizenry.  The We All Belong Initiative works with service providers in the Greater Burlington area to change how they do business in order to better serve our diversifying community.  This includes how and what services are provided, hiring of staff, recruiting volunteers and Board members and how decisions are made.  The We All Belong Program’s mission is to provide the tools and resources for organizations to build their cultural and linguistic competence so that they can provide more culturally relevant services, and then truly be more inclusive and welcoming.  The goal of the initiative is to increase the cultural competency of schools and organizations to serve low-income and racially/ethnically diverse groups.  More information available at www.cedoburlington.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgGov. Wolf Highlights In-Demand Trade Careers and Training for Students SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited a career exploration event in Pittsburgh and encouraged 7th through 12th grade students to consider exciting careers in the construction and related industries. Expanding job training so people have the education and skills to compete for good jobs that grow the economy is a priority for the governor.“The number of jobs in Pennsylvania has been at an all-time high and unemployment is at record lows,” said Governor Wolf. “Our economy is growing as many skilled workers are retiring. We need more young people to consider careers in the trades that offer good pay, great benefits and a rewarding life.”The governor has traveled the commonwealth to hear from workers, business owners, and industry leaders about the best way to rebuild the middle class and improve job training so workers can compete for good careers.Using those recommendations, the Wolf administration successfully launched PAsmart last year. The innovative strategy is investing $30 million to expand apprenticeships, job training and science and technology education.“Apprenticeships give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “Registered apprenticeship programs provide students and workers with the hands-on experience needed for growing careers, while strengthening the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”Building on PAsmart, the governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) creates opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to focus training on jobs that local businesses need.The governor also created the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to expand the collaboration between government and the private sector to address the skills gap and worker shortages. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, and State will work with external leaders from the Chamber of Business and Industry, AFL-CIO and Team Pennsylvania to build the strongest workforce in the nation.The Wolf administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. The office has registered 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,866 statewide.The governor last year set a goal of doubling the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025.The governor joined local officials and labor and business professionals today at the career exploration event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.center_img March 29, 2019last_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News October 10, 2018 826 Views The 100 metropolitan areas with the largest populations in the U.S. are expected to experience a 4.5 percent appreciation of property value over the next year, according to the Veros Real Estate Solutions’ most recent quarterly forecast. This prediction is seen as highly favorable by Veros, with 97 percent of all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the U.S. experiencing appreciation and only 3 percent experiencing a decline in value.Washington and Nevada top the list of metro areas with the highest expected appreciation rates, with Washington having four in the top 10 and Nevada having three. The Western region of the U.S. dominates the list, with Idaho, California, and Colorado also having MSAs in the top 10. Utah and Oregon are expected to see a healthy rise in value too. In fact, all these western states in general are projected to experience a half-percentage point increase overall since Veros’ last forecast, giving them an appreciation rate over the next year between 9 and 12 percent.     In Texas, Midland and Odessa are anticipated to see a healthy rise in value also, although larger MSAs in the Lone Star State like Dallas and College Station—while still expected to see a rise in value—are expected to see a slowdown in the total rate. This is true also in San Jose, California, where the appreciation rate is predicted to drop from over 10 percent to 8.5 percent.Although states clustered in the west are expected to see the highest rate of appreciation, other regions of the country are expected to perform well too. North Carolina is expected to see property values rising overall, as are a few cities in the Great Lakes Region, specifically in the states Michigan and Indiana. The Indianapolis-Carmel area, for example, is also projected to appreciate 8.5 percent.On the other hand, Illinois stands out with three MSAs predicted to lose value. At the bottom of the list is Farmington, New Mexico, which is expected to see a drop of 2.2 percent by September 2019. Housing inventory is seen as underpinning these numbers, with the top forecast markets all having a lower supply in comparison to those more slowly growing areas. Metro Areas Ranked by Property Value Appreciationlast_img read more