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News story: Scottish Secretary welcomes May 2019 Labour Market Statistics

first_imgLatest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Scotland’s overall labour market provides a positive picture. Scotland’s unemployment rate at 3.2% is the lowest on record and below that of the UK as a whole at 3.8%. Furthermore, the number of people employed in Scotland is close to the recent record high at 2,682,000. Although, Scotland’s employment rate, at 75.4%, remains below the UK’s rate at 76.1%.Responding to the figures the Scottish Secretary said: It is good news that unemployment in Scotland is at a record low, this really is to be celebrated.‎ The UK Government is investing in Scotland’s economy and creating jobs. Our £1.35 billion city and growth deals programme is starting to reap rewards and will give Scotland a long-lasting economic boost. ‎In the past month alone we have seen the launch of the new fleet of Caledonian sleeper trains and Highland Council’s broadband project shortlisted for the 2019 Connected Britain Awards. Figures also showed Scotland’s booming digital tech sector employing a record 58,000 people. UK Government investment is having a real impact and I urge the Scottish Government to work with us and use their extensive economic development powers as effectively as possible.last_img read more

Students build, race, sink boats in Fisher Regatta

first_imgBarbeque smoke, dance music and shouts from capsizing vessels filled the skies around St. Mary’s Lake for Fisher Hall’s annual Fisher Regatta on Saturday.Fisher Hall’s president Erik Siegler said the Hall’s signature event not only provides the campus with a viewing spectacle and complimentary burgers but also helps to fund charity.“The food is free, but there is an entry cost of $40 per boat. The money raised during this event goes to the Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix,” Siegler said.Junior Phillip Gayoso, who served as a commissioner for the Regatta, said some 30 makeshift boats, rafts and not quite sea-worthy vessels participated in the 1-on-1 races, broken up into a men’s and a women’s bracket.The Pangborn team, consisting of Ellen Mather, Katie Brinkman, Anna Busse, Brooke Justus, Tiffani McCormick and Mariel Cuellar, rowed to victory in the women’s bracket. Cuellar said the final race ended in a comeback win.“Both our first and second races went really well but the start of the final race was a little rough. We were definitely worried but we really came together as a team so it was a great feeling when we made a big comeback to win,” Cuellar said.As far as strategy, Cuellar said the Hall’s bright green canoe, named “Fisher? I Barely Know Her!” has a history of winning.“Our boat is a Pangborn family boat that was built a few years ago and has been passed down. It has won in the past so we were really proud that we could carry on the tradition.”Knott Hall’s “Knacht Yott” took first place in the men’s bracket.  Zac Adams, Andrew Weiler, Michael McLean, Michael Hull, Hugo Muñoz Rios and Dan Falkenberg manned the winning vessel.“We’re glad to have won the race this year, since this boat has won several times in past years, most recently in 2012,” Adams said.A team of engineering students entered a LEGO themed concrete canoe into the race. Sophomore Mike Matasci said the canoe had no trouble floating despite its weight.“Getting the canoe in and out of the water was tough, but it moved through the water really well. We put in a solid effort but came up short in our second race,” Matasci said.Michael Lindt, one of Fisher Hall’s three vice presidents, said the signature event turned out well. “Overall, the Regatta was once again a major success,” Lindt said. “The weather seemed to cooperate with us for the most part. It was a little chilly, but definitely warm enough for most people to bring out the bro tanks. “The turnout was also pretty great. We had a lot of people around for the duration of the event.”Tags: boat, dorm, Fisher, race, Regattalast_img read more

Bowen property market takes big hit after Cyclone Debbie

first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Electrcity and emergency services begin to repair damage.“At the time of the cyclone we had five properties under contract — three in Bowen and two in Collinsville,” Ms Moss said.“Luckily, all five properties are OK so hopefully they will go ahead as they were meant to settle that day but it’s been all drawn out.“We find that many buyers are very nervous, stressed and hesitant to buy, but at the same time there are southern investors who realise that now is a good time to buy.“Since the cyclone, we’ve had numerous calls from buyers in Brisbane and Toowoomba looking to buy up and making multiple offers on properties.” BOWEN’S property market could take years to recover with over 50 per cent of homes damaged, including current listings and rental properties. Properties damaged during the cyclone have been pulled off the market to allow owners to file insurance claims while those that survived last week’s force of nature have been turned into temporary crisis accommodation.Century 21 principal Kylie Moss said staff were working around the clock to assist vendors and tenants hit hard by the recent crisis. A car was crushed under a carport at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre during Cyclone Debbie.“It’s been really difficult to get any of these properties fixed as assessors are only dealing with major claims. Those are the properties that left people without a home or where roofs lifted off the homes,” she said.“The damage for most of our properties varies between $2000 and $3000 to around $4 million, which are the homes that got totally wiped out.”But it’s not all bad news, with five properties expected to settle this month and agents fielding a constant stream of phone calls from southern investors looking to snatch up bargain properties. center_img Houses throughout Bowen were stripped of their roofs by Cyclone DebbieMs Moss, who like many others lost her home to Cyclone Debbie, said she and her staff had to overcome much adversity over the past week.“For five days following the cyclone, we had no power, no water, no aircon and switchboard and the only way to communicate with clients was by mobile phone, which had to be recharged in our own cars,” she said.“That was until the phone network went down, which left us in the lurch for a while.“29 George St in Collinsville was one of our worst-hit rentals and tenants had to be relocated as the entire house collapsed.“Now, a week later, we still can’t see a silver lining. We’re desperate for rentals as we had to relocate many of our tenants as a result of the crisis.”last_img read more