All about dignity

first_imgEmail Print AS YOUNG women, the Magdalens were stripped of their freedom, their dignity and even their names. They lost parents, children, siblings. Many of them were barely past childhood and some were still children but they were forced to endure a punishing regime of hard physical labour, verbal and physical punishments that could only be described as abuse and many had no idea when, or if, this living hell would open and release them.The vast majority were paid nothing for their work. And the McAleese report has revealed that the state had a hand in condemning about one-quarter of these women to this fate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While they were incarcerated in the laundries, they learned plenty about how to remove filth from dirty linen and how to iron and mend. But they got no other education or training and girls as young as twelve left their schoolbooks behind them forever when the doors of the laundry closed behind them.Some spent all their lives in these grim places but those who got out no doubt found there was no reward waiting for women who had no skills that would earn them anything other than minimum pay, if that.Having endured all that, the majority of the survivors are now elderly and are again reliant on the state to pay them a pension, often non-contributory and barely enough to exist. Certainly, not an amount that will give them choices about how to spend their golden years.In contrast, the civil servants who had a hand in condemning them to the laundries and a subsequent lifetime of nightmare memories retired on gilt-edged pensions that are more than enough to pay for golf club memberships and sun-drenched holidays.Certainly, the Magdalene women need an apology. But before even more of them end their days without some comforts, they need to be promptly and properly compensated.Above: A tombstone memorial to Magdalene laundry workers from the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick. NewsLocal NewsAll about dignityBy admin – February 7, 2013 402 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Previous articleFather on trial for sexual assault of family membersNext article“Opportunistic” Limerick woman alleges payoff for silence adminlast_img read more

China buys big stake in 700 MW UAE solar project

first_imgChina buys big stake in 700 MW UAE solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:China’s Silk Road Fund is to acquire a 24 percent stake in a large scale solar power project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it was announced Sunday.The 700 megawatt Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Concentrated Solar Power (DEWA CSP) project represents the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the biggest single-site solar park on the planet.The DEWA CSP project was awarded to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power in 2017. ACWA Power, which develops, owns and operates power generation and water desalination plants, said the plant was expected to save 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.“The introduction of a new investor into the DEWA CSP is absolutely in line with ACWA Power’s established strategy of sharing investments with value adding partners who will in turn bolster our projects,” Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power’s CEO, said in a statement. “We could not have found a more capable partner than Silk Road Fund to complement DEWA and us on what is the largest single renewable energy project underway in the world today,” he added.The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has a planned capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030. It will use both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technology to generate energy and will help to cut CO2 emissions by more than 6.5 million tons per year, according to DEWA.More: Vast solar power plant gets ‘significant’ investment from China’s Silk Road Fundlast_img read more

Technology trends for 2018

first_imgAs we forecast which trends will accelerate in 2018 for the industry, consumers will increasingly expect simplicity and convenience from their financial institutions.However, consumers aren’t necessarily looking to do business specifically with “fintechs.” In the same way, we often assume that consumers have loyalty to a traditional financial institution or a credit union.The reality is that in this age of nearly infinite resources and technology at our fingertips, consumers are simply looking for businesses that can meet their needs in a convenient and trustworthy manner.With the growing importance of simple, fast, and convenient, here are a few trends to be aware of in 2018. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Labor market in 2017: 34% more ads, mostly for tourism

first_imgIn 2017 on the portal My job more than 41.000 advertisements were published, which is 34% more than in 2016. Considering that it is possible to indicate in one advertisement that more executors are wanted, the number of vacancies was even higher than that.The most sought-after occupations in 2017 were: waiter, salesman, chef, programmer, warehouseman, driver, sales representative, production worker, administrator and cleaner.The highest bid ad was recorded in the following categories of occupations:Tourism and catering – 18% of adsSale (Trade) – 17% of adsProduction and craft services – 14% of adsThe highest demand (number of profiles) is in the following categories:Sale (Trade) – 25% of CVsAdministrative occupations – 19% of CVsEconomics, finance and accounting – 17% of CVs* In one ad / CV you can indicate more categories of employmentGiven the type of employment, in 2017, a total of 63% of ads for indefinite work were published, which is slightly more than in 2016, when 60% of advertisements offered work indefinitely. In the past, a fixed-term contract was offered in 51% of advertisements, while part-time employees were sought in 7% of advertisements, and 3% of advertisements referred to student jobs (advertisements provide for the possibility of marking several types of employment for the same job). On the other side, 51% of job seekers were interested in a permanent job, and almost a third of them were also interested in part – time work (28%). 10% of job seekers were interested in part-time work, and 9% in seasonal work.From the available data, it is not possible to conclude whether these are employees who are looking for additional work or employees who are looking for any job in the absence of employment. “The data show a similar trend as in previous years, and we see the biggest jump in the number of ads abroad, which are growing faster than the total number of ads. The largest labor shortages are recorded in the tourism and manufacturing sectors, which we have warned about before and knew would happen. However, nothing significant has been done to prevent this: skilled workers go abroad, more because of the disorder of our society than because of better working conditions abroad, while young people in school and their parents persistently avoid vocational education. to improve a system that has been proven to work in developed European countries: mandatory šcycling followed by vocational guidance and practical training. “Said the director of the MojPosao portal, Igor Žonja.The candidates with secondary education are usually askedDuring 2017, employers most often looked for candidates with a high school diploma – in 53% of advertisements, a high school diploma was a condition for successful application to the competition. On the other hand, 54% of employees mentioned secondary education as a level of education in their CVs. Employees with higher education were sought in 21% of advertisements, while the same level of education was stated in their CVs by 22% of job seekers. In 28% of advertisements, a university degree was stated as a condition, and the same was stated in their CVs by 15% of job seekers.The most common ad conditions: advanced English and work experience from 2 years and 5 monthsAccording to the MojPosao.net portal, knowledge of foreign languages ​​was required in 42% of ads. Most advertisements required advanced knowledge of English (27% of advertisements), and basic knowledge of English was required in 10% of advertisements. Other languages ​​are less represented. Most employees state advanced knowledge of English in their CVs (36%), while 25% state professional knowledge. Basic knowledge of English is stated by 18% of job seekers.German is the second most widely spoken language – 22% of employees state a basic knowledge of German. In third place is Italian, whose foundations are known to 9% of job seekers. In 28% of the ads, computer skills were required, mostly knowledge of Word and Excel. 44% of advertisements required work experience of an average of 2 years and 4 months.The largest number of advertisements was published for work in ZagrebOf the advertisements published in 2017, most of them were published for work in Zagreb and Zagreb County (51%). The following are ads in the Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties. During 2017, employers posted over 1.600 job ads abroad. Compared to 2016, 43% more advertisements for work abroad were published. Most ads abroad were published for Germany, Slovenia and Austria.last_img read more