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Rough road to jobs for new graduates

first_img“Those who were already working were sacked or had their paycut by their companies, not talking about us who have zero experience,” another Internet user said.But there were also youngsters who were optimistic about their future and said they would be more aggressive in sending out job applications.At a job recruitment drive in Wuhan city, Hubei province, a mother who was collecting information for her son was recorded on video.“He is studying foreign language in Macau and graduating this year, I hope he can come back here to work.“Before this [the pandemic], I saw a lot of recruitment ads in his field but now there are fewer,” she said in the video clip, which was posted on Weibo.Jiang Juntao, who studied broadcasting and hosting art, knows she cannot be too picky about jobs.Knowing full well that the road ahead will not be easy for a freshman in the working world, she is grabbing whatever opportunity comes her way.She is lucky as she has secured a position as a TV host with an online television network.“Let’s start work first and gain some experience,” said the 24-year-old from Shangdong province, adding that job scope, workplace location and company welfare are among her considerations in her search for a job.“Like many youngsters, we are not worried about employment but rather the inability to find an ideal job. Dreams and reality are contradictory after all,” she added.To boost employment, the Chinese government has opened up more vacancies for civil servants and army personnel and created extra positions in government-linked companies for fresh graduates. The business sector, especially small and medium enterprises, are also being encouraged to expand their recruitment drive.More loans will be offered for those who wish to start businesses.The Education Ministry has also expanded the enrolment of postgraduate and degree top-up programs for school-leavers, and created more jobs in education and research fields, among others.Malaysian students who graduated from Chinese universities are also facing the pressure of getting jobs.For Joey Ng, the pandemic has ruined her plan to remain in China upon completing her broadcasting course.“Based on my field of study, I think I would have better opportunities in China, given the fact that the country has more than 300 television stations.“Now that I cannot stay in China, I will try to find a job in Malaysia. This is not entirely bad news for me because I’m happy that I can stay in Malaysia,” said the graduate from the Communication University of China in Beijing.Like other Malaysian students studying in China, Ng, who returned home for the winter break in early January, has been stranded since the COVID-19 outbreak led to both countries closing their borders.Although the situation in China has improved, the country has yet to welcome the return of foreign students, who are currently doing their courses via distance learning.Ryan Lim, who graduated with a degree in Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning from Beijing Normal University, has started flipping though newspapers and online recruiting sites.“I’m just doing my own survey on prospective jobs. I cannot send out any applications yet as I have not received my certificate,” he said, adding that the academic credentials would be mailed to him by the university.He is trying his luck in the freight forwarding or media industry.The Selangor-born Lim, who did in-depth research and analysis on the East Coast Rail Link project, a 640km-railway link connecting different parts of the east coast with the west coast region in Malaysia for his thesis, believes he can contribute his knowledge in the field. But he is also interested in working as a reporter and would like to explore more options.“Before this, I planned to work in Beijing or Shenzhen, but things have changed,” said Lim, who prefers to be optimistic about his future. Welcome to the working world and good luck, youngsters! Topics : THE COVID-19 pandemic may have stopped people from travelling and closed businesses for some time, but life still went on for everyone in the world.In China, June and July are graduation months, and a record high of 8.74 million will be graduating from colleges throughout the country this year.Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, they had to complete the rest of their courses via distance learning and will not be having proper graduation ceremonies like their seniors did.center_img But just like their seniors, they will be faced with the pressure of looking for and getting a job. And they will be in for greater challenges and tougher times in view of the global recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Given the fact that some 30% of graduates were unable to find jobs during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) period, the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a more devastating impact, could make the situation even worse.One netizen said she started applying for jobs late last year.“I went for a few interviews, but now they are saying they have stopped recruiting new employees,” she said.last_img read more

These were the hottest homes in Queensland in 2017

first_imgThe Hamptons’ feel was hot this year.The Coorparoo home, which ranked fifth nationally, was just over 5km from the Brisbane CBD and loaded with extras including a children’s rumpus room, a private retreat for parents, a mezzanine level, chef’s island kitchen, terraced outdoor entertaining spaces, a mud room, pool, and multiple living zones. Agent Amanda Becke of Belle Property Coorparoo said the home was hugely popular because of its decor and design.“It was designed, built and decorated by the family and the love put into this home, showed,” she said. “We had more than 108 groups attend the first open home with a line that went for 50 metres down the street, 55 groups at a midweek inspection and a further 81 groups the following Saturday. “It was sold with many multiple offers received. It was so exciting and I am thrilled, yet not surprised that it’s Queensland’s most viewed home, what an honour.” 92 Solar St, Coorparoo. Fourth spot: 29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville. Eighth spot: 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island.Not all properties on the list of Queensland’s most viewed homes this year were million dollar mansions, with a family home at 177 Simpsons Road, Elanora drawing the seventh highest views in the state. The four bedroom split-level home in the Gold Coast hinterland sold for $730,000 in July. 92 Solar St, Coorparoo.HALF the top 10 hottest homes in Queensland this year have come out of the capital city, led by a one-year-old house that sold for $2.3m.The five bedroom Hamptons-style house at 92 Solar Street, Coorparoo, was the hottest home in Queensland this year, according to the country’s biggest property site realestate.com.au, attracting over 41,300 visits.The Sunshine State had a strong showing in the national list of most viewed properties, with three making the Australian top 10. 10th spot: 17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters.The remaining homes in the state top 10 were on the Gold Coast, including two waterfront mansions: an $11.98m-plus landmark at 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands and 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. Seventh spot: 177 Simpsons Road, Elanora. QUEENSLAND’S HOTTEST HOMES IN 2017: 92 Solar Street, Coorparoo652 London Road, Chandler7 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands177 Simpsons Road, Elanora2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island30 Long Street, Graceville17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters (Source: realestate.com.au most viewed properties 2017) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXcenter_img 652 London Road, Chandler Qld 4155 Ninth spot: 30 Long Street, Graceville.None of the Brisbane homes that made the state top 10 were on the water, and all were large families homes within 10km of the CBD, with 7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington coming in fifth and 30 Long Street, Graceville — which sold for $2.32m in February — in ninth spot.Two Noosa waterfront properties made the elite list — 29-31 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville which has gone under contract after listing for a whopping $11.9m and 17 Saltwater Avenue, Noosa Waters which was under contract for over $10.5m. Sixth spot: 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands. Quite a stunning presence in the backyard too.A sprawling Georgian-inspired home at 652 London Road, Chandler had the second highest views in the states this year, at more than 40,400. The property passed in at auction over the weekend, but was still on the market for sale by private treaty.The Hamptons’ feel was also believed to behind the popularity of 7 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane, that came in third with more than 40,000 visits to the property. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThird hottest in Queensland this year: 7 Ashfield St East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate. Fifth spot: 7 Elizabeth Street, Paddington.last_img read more

Gold Coast property: Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs revealed

first_imgUndated : generic aerial view of Merrimac, Gold CoastHOUSE hunters are snapping up Gold Coast properties in some inland suburbs within weeks of them hitting the market.New figures released by property researcher CoreLogic show Currumbin Valley, Merrimac and Mudgeeraba top the list of fastest-selling suburbs on the Gold Coast.Property experts attributed the demand to the unique homes on offer and better value for money in the areas. Aerial photo shoot this morning of Beach Erosion along the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Miami Beach — Surfers Paradise Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs: 1. Currumbin Valley and Merrimac (houses) — 19 days2. Mudgeeraba (houses) — 22 days3. Burleigh Waters (units) — 23 days4. Currumbin Waters, Mudgeeraba, Tugun (units) — 24 days5. Miami (units) and Worongary (houses) — 25 days Grab a copy of The Bulletin’s Sold On the Gold Coast magazine on August 22 for expert advice on selling, buying and investing as well as the latest property data from every suburb on the Gold Coast. An undated aerial view of Merrimac, Gold Coast“I think it’s just the uniqueness of the properties that we have had out there that’s attracting people,” he said.The 212 house sales in Mudgeeraba sold within a median of 22 days.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRE/MAX Regency Gold Coast agent Stuart Legg said properties in Mudgeeraba offered better value for money than many of those along the coast.“During the (Gold Coast’s) growth period over the past four years, I think people have realised their budget will only go so far,” he said. Who wouldn’t wanna live here though?Currumbin Valley and Merrimac shared first place, with houses on median sold 19 days of being on the market.The figure is based on a total of 86 sales within those areas throughout the past year.While McGrath Palm Beach agent Andy Hogarth was surprised 20 homes had sold in Currumbin Valley over the past year, he said the figure still accurately reflected the market.He sold a luxury American-style barn in May after a week on the market while colleague Richard Snowden sold the country retreat of AFL legend Jonathan Brown following a four-week auction campaign. Mudgeeraba — where you get the best value for money.Mr Legg said there was also a limited number of homes on the market, which meant people were quick to buy as soon as they were listed. GET A NEW SET OF HEADPHONES WITH YOUR DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION He recently sold a Mudgeeraba property, which attracted 20 groups for inspections and five offers, in four days.“The number of sales are definitely down this year on last year, but that just increases the demand for properties as well,” he said.Despite the data, CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said properties on the Coast were actually taking longer to sell compared to previous years, “which is reflective of the overall slowing of dwelling value growth over the past year”.last_img read more

Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable

first_imgPublic Discourse – Jennifer Roback Morse 10 Sep 2012A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their lives. The supposed need for California’s SB 1476 flowed directly from the drive to normalize same sex parenting and recognize same sex unions.Can a child have three parents? If California State Senator Mark Leno has his way, children in California will be able to have three legal parents. Before we dismiss SB 1476 as another example of California Weird, we had best look into it more closely. After all, the bill has passed both houses of the California Assembly and is awaiting Governor Brown’s signature or veto.I believe this development was inevitable, more inevitable in fact than the much-vaunted inevitability of gay marriage. Once we started trying to normalize parenting by same-sex couples and redefine marriage to remove the dual-gender requirement, we had to end up with triple-parenting.A deeper look at the whole picture surrounding SB 1476 reveals that not only should the three-parent law fail, same-sex “marriage” should fail as well. As we will see, embedded in this bill is an appalling power-grab by the state, and a grotesque misrepresentation of the facts by the bill’s authors.Why Normalizing Same-Sex Parenting Inevitably Led to Triple-Parenting Let us state an obvious fact: a same-sex couple cannot have a child unless someone gives them one, or part of one, namely either an egg or a sperm. If two women, for instance, decide they want to have a baby, they must still involve a man in the process. They can use some form of artificial reproductive technology with sperm from a man who is unknown to them. Or, they can find an accommodating friend to have sex with one of them, or to donate his sperm.The question is this: how is the same-sex couple going to manage the relationship with this third party? In some cases, the women do not want any relationship with the father. Our government will give them this. Through the legal institution of anonymous sperm donation, the government agrees perpetually to separate a mother and a father from a legal relationship with each other.If all same-sex couples were completely and permanently committed to ensuring that their child would never have a relationship with his or her other biological parent, then there would be no particular drive for same-sex parenting to lead to triple-parenting. But this is obviously a very strong condition. Some female couples will want their children to have an ongoing relationship with their father. Some fathers will want a relationship with their children. Hence, we can see that through situations such as these, normalizing same-sex parenting creates momentum for triple-parenting.Some of these three-party relationships will be agreeable and cooperative and amicable. But again, it is obviously a very big presumption to suppose that every such relationship will be completely harmonious for a lifetime. Only some known donor fathers will be fathers on the exact terms desired by the two women. Other fathers will desire something different, either more or less involvement than the women want. We cannot count on private agreements among the parties to solve all problems and manage all disputes. A subset of these cases is going to end up being settled by the family courts. Therefore, not only does same-sex parenting create an impetus to triple-parenting, it creates an impetus for state involvement in the ongoing management of these complex relationships.It all sounds very nice and agreeable to allow people to make any parenting agreements they want on the front end of their relationships. But when a relationship breaks down, the long arm of the law will end up involved in the life of the family, on the back end, to resolve disputes. We are replacing the natural pre-political concept of biological parenthood with an artificial, government-created concept of parenthood that is entirely socially constructed. Instead of the government simply recognizing and recording the pre-political reality of biological parenthood, we are giving agents of the state the authority to construct parenthood, all in the best interests of the child, of course.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/09/6197/last_img read more

Iloilo provincial gov’t’s 2020 budget approved

first_imgOn the other hand, the 2020 Local EconomicEnterprise fund is 19.74 percent higher (P209.425 million) than this year’s. The 2020 General Fund is P282.417million higher (9.32 percent) than this year’s General Fund. Here’s the breakdown of the GeneralFund: * special purpose appropriations(P1.16 billion) * social services (P469 million) ILOILO – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) has approved the P4.080-billion 2020 budget of the provincial government. center_img * general public services (P917million) The General Fund has a P3.029-billionallocation while for Local Economic Enterprise, P1.060 billion. * economic services (P482 million) The Local Economic Enterprise fundwill be derived from 11 district hospitals and one provincial hospital that theprovincial government operates. These are the Aleosan District Hospital inBarangay Bancal, Alimodian; Barotac Viejo District Hospital in Barangay SanLucas, Barotac Viejo; Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Memorial District Hospital inBarangay Dalid, Calinog; Don Valerio Palmares Sr. Memorial District Hospital onAlfelor Street, Passi City; Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospitalin Barangay Poblacion, Ilawod, Lambunao; Ramon D. Duremdes District Hospital inBarangay Ilaya 1st, Dumangas; Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial DistrictHospital in Barangay Jibolo, Janiuay; Iloilo Provincial Hospital in BarangayRumbang, Pototan; Jesus M. Colmenares Memorial District Hospital in BarangayTingui-an, Balasan; Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in BarangayPungtod, Cabatuan; Rep. Pedro G. Trono Memorial District Hospital on GarrielStreet, Guimbal; and Sara District Hospital in Barangay Anoring, Sara./PNlast_img read more

What’s low level community transmission?

first_imgDOH-6’s classification of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 community transmission as “low”, according to Regional Director Marlyn Convocar, was based on the following: That was Mayor Jerry Treñas expressing bewilderment over the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s classification of Western Visayas’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community transmission as “low level”. “If we have low grade transmission, perhaps Manila has high grade and Cebu has a passing grade,” said Treñas. It cited the World Health Organization’s definition of the term: “Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples.” * low mortality rate at 2.8 percent * limited number of clustering of cases not interlinked or related to each other “Whatever the level of community transmission, we should always take care of ourselves,” stressed Treñas. DOH EXPLAINS It further invoked the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “signals” of community transmission such as the detection of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no epidemiologic link to known cases. He pointed out suspected COVID-19 community transmission cases at St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (11 persons) and Alimodian, Iloilo (13 persons). DOH-6 also urged local government units to intensify contact tracing and disease surveillance, targeted confirmatory testing for prioritized groups, isolation and quarantine of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as persons coming from highly endemic areas such as returning overseas Filipinos, locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside residence. ILOILO City – “I’m very frank. I do not understand what they mean.” But just to be safe, said the mayor, people should continuously wear facemask, observe physical distancing and wash hands with soap and water. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, said Convovar, people should observe respiratory and cough etiquette aside from hand hygiene, wearing of facemask and observing physical distancing. * critical care utilization is still within at the safe zone at 24.4 percent In a statement, DOH Region 6 explained what low level community transmission meant in the context of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 cases. “I really do not know. DOH is a partner but sometimes, like a wife, it is very difficult to understand,” said Treñas. * doubling time of 12.4 days which is still within the 7-30 days for the number of positive cases to double “Dapat magkooperar ang tanan para indi kita makaabot sa sitwasyon nga very high and very fast ang ila community transmission,” he said./PN For his part, DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said the low level of COVID-19 community transmission should not make the public complacent. * average of 14 confirmed cases per day for the past 14 days comprising mostly of returning overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individualslast_img read more

Quentin Gene Lanning age, 80

first_imgQuentin Gene Lanning, age 80, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born March 10, 1937 on the family farm where he currently lived, he was only child of the late Willard O. & Hazel M. (Coffey) Lanning. On August 20, 1960 he was united in marriage to the former Patricia Waltz, and she survives.He was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church and attended the Springfield Community Church, he was the 4-H leader for the Whitcomb Boosters for 61 years, and a Director & Past President of the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club. Quentin worked for over 23 years for the former Harsh Heating & Plumbing, before going to work in the maintenance department of the Franklin County Community School Corporation where he retired after 20 years.Besides Patsy, his loving wife of over 57 years, survivors include three children & their spouses, Brian (Mary Jo) Lanning of New Palestine, Indiana, Brent (Sandy) Lanning of Brookville, Indiana and Beth (Paul) Fultz of Brookville, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Scott, Christopher Lanning, Stephanie (Jeremy) Fryer, Amber (Jeff) King, Ryan Breen, Jason (Randi) Fultz, Jackie (Dustin) Paugh, Jacob (Jessica) Fultz; 17 great-grandchildren, as well as two sisters-in-law, Wanda Waltz and Marilyn Frensemeier.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws, Loren Waltz and Robert Frensemeier.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Ralph Gutowski of Springfield Community Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club, the Franklin County 4-H Association, Whitcomb United Methodist Church or the Springfield Community Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lanning family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Pellegrini backs Sterling to shine

first_img City’s £49million summer signing from Liverpool is poised to make his home debut as the champions visit the Etihad Stadium in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. Sterling spurned a good chance to score in City’s first game of the season, Monday’s 3-0 win at West Brom, but Pellegrini has no doubt his quality will soon show. Press Association He said: “I think that he will be a very dangerous player. Maybe we were criticised for the amount we paid for him but I am sure he will demonstrate during the year, especially against the big teams, why he was valued so much.” Sterling excelled as Liverpool ran City close in the battle for the title in 2014. He flourished alongside the influential Luis Suarez and Pellegrini thinks City’s creative players will similarly bring the best out of the 20-year-old. He said: “It is always important for young players to play with good players who can improve them, the same way he did with Luis Suarez or (Steven) Gerrard for Liverpool. “Here he will play David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, with players that will make him improve in a lot of ways. Young players always learn from important players. It is very important for them to play with him. “I think last year he scored 11 in all competitions. I am sure this season he will improve.” center_img Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed record signing Raheem Sterling to deliver against the likes of Chelsea. last_img read more

Cricket News Alzarri Joseph plays vital part in West Indies’ historic victory over England despite death of his mother

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. West Indies won a Test series against England after 10 years.Kemar Roach was the Man of the Match for his eight wickets.Alzarri Joseph lost his mother, Sharon during the third day of the Test. highlights Fittingly, Joseph ended the match in style by taking the catch off last man James Anderson when the batsman miscued the shot to mid-on and the youngster dived forward to take the catch. He was on the ground and there was visible emotion as the West Indies players congratulated him.After the end of the match, West Indies skipper Holder dedicated the win to Joseph’s mother. “We started the day with a daunting task. For Alzarri to come out after that kind of news, it’s an extremely special performance. This was for him and his family. We are hungry for success, and credit to the boys for sticking to the task. This group has been together for the last two and a half years,” Holder said.West Indies will be aiming to achieve a 3-0 whitewash against England as they head to St Lucia for the third and final Test. New Delhi: Alzarri Joseph played a small but vital part as West Indies ended 10 years of pain to win a series against England. Joseph took four wickets in the second Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua as Jason Holder’s side won the Test match by 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead and regain the Wisden Trophy. However, despite the historic feat, the celebrations from the 22-yeard old in front of his home fans was muted. Just before the start of day 3, news came through that Joseph’s mother Sharon had died after a long battle with illness. Despite the tragedy, Joseph decided to play and push the West Indies for a series-leveling win.Before play again, players work black armbands and Joseph chipped in with seven runs batting at No.10 as West Indies managed to take a 119-run lead. Joseph had impressed everyone with his pace and control in the first innings as he accounted for Joe Root and Joe Denly after England were bowled out for 187. In the second innings, in a hostile seven-over spell, Joseph regularly crossed over 90 mph.In the second innings, Joseph accounted for Root with a vicious in-ducker that cut the England skipper in half. There was an appeal for a catch but the umpire did not give it. The review was taken and Real Time Snicko showed a spike and Root was dismissed for 7. Joseph then got rid of Denly with a good length ball that nipped back in and the batsman offered no shot to be bowled for 17. The ball hit the top of off stump and West Indies once again dominated. Joseph’s spell of 7-4-12-2 set up the game nicely for Kemar Roach (4/52) and Jason Holder (4/43) as West Indies won the match by 10 wickets in front of a joyous crowd in Antigua.last_img read more