Prime Minister meets food bosses at job summit

first_imgLeading food companies and the major supermarkets met with the Prime Minister yesterday to discuss improving the employability skills of the young unemployed. Bosses from 2 Sisters and Premier Foods were on hand at Number 10 to talk over the need for 17,000 recruits to the food industry by 2020. And it came as the  Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) announced a further 15,000 workshops for unemployed youngsters as part of its “Feeding Britain’s Future” campaign.Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I want to make sure young people know what opportunities are out there for them, so they can develop the skills they need to get themselves into good jobs and earn a living.“It is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to make sure the next generation can achieve their full potential and secure a better and brighter future for themselves and for Britain.”Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive, IGD, said: “Despite the economy showing some signs of improvement, there are still nearly a million young people in the UK that are not in education, employment or training. In such a tough marketplace, today’s young unemployed need all the help and support they can get. We can’t expect them to play the game if nobody explains the rules, which is exactly what Feeding Britain’s Future is all about.“I am extremely proud that over 200 food and grocery organisations – large and small – are opening their doors to help young unemployed people through our Feeding Britain’s Future Skills for Work month.”last_img read more

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No justification for personal attack ads

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and also a social studies teacher at Schenectady High school who teaches civics. A basic lesson in all classes is that during a campaign, you attack policy positions, not people. The recent Democratic committee flyer I received for Niskayuna Town Board is disgraceful. Supervisor Joe Landry owes us an explanation.I’m a registered Democrat, but in my job, I work with an ideologically diverse group of colleagues. Politics is an area that is often debated, respectfully. My Republican colleagues and I get passionate; it’s part of our job. We never devolve into name calling and hateful rhetoric. We challenge policy; we don’t attack each other personally. Then we go get a cup of coffee or lunch together, and we always remain friends.For the Niskayuna Democratic Committee to mail an attack ad that likens the Republican candidates to hate mongers like Bannon and Limbaugh is shameful and dishonest. Candidates should run on, and win, elections based on their record or positions. This is especially true for incumbents like Joe Landry. To date, Supervisor Landry has been silent on this issue. It’s deafening.National politics has devolved into name calling, demagoguery and Twitter attacks, Niskayuna can do better.Chris OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

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Nigeria to send more troops to oil-rich south-east region of Port…

first_imgNigeria is to send more troops into its oil-rich south-east region to step up security, amid widening street protests by a separatist group.The Nigerian army says it needs to work with local police to guarantee security especially in areas of Port Harcourt, the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry where protests have been spreading widely in recent day.The group behind the protests brands itself as the Indigenous People of the Biafra, rekindling memories of the bloody civil war that was triggered almost 50 years ago. The civil was an attempt to set up a Biafra republic, a break away from Nigeria. This time round, the demonstrators are demanding more say particularly over the region’s oil wealth.President Muhammadu Buhari made improved security a key election promise. Until now, he’s focused on Islamist group Boko Haram in the north. Deployment of troops will hopefully stabilise the south-east quickly since it is a vital component of Africa’s biggest economy.last_img read more

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Pulis to build side round Berahino

first_img “He’s got his whole footballing career in front of him, he’s been given a gift by God and he’s very fortunate. “The most important thing he can do is make the most of it. He has to understand and recognise that to be a professional athlete, and as a good professional athlete, you have to be disciplined, and that’s most probably the way the conversation went.” Pulis is without Jonas Olsson (Achilles) but Joleon Lescott is set to return after being rested for the FA Cup win. Press Association He has been linked with a move away from The Hawthorns and the Baggies have put contract talks on hold. But West Brom have not received any bids for the 21-year-old and Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine last week, is prepared to mould his new side around the striker. “Oh yeah, he’s a goalscorer,” he said, with Albion a point and a place about the bottom three. “He’s got the technical ability, he’s also got wonderful balance – he can adjust his feet, adjust his body. He’s gifted. “Obviously he’s very clinical when he gets in front of goal. He’s got a great future in front of him, the most important thing is he recognises and realises he’s been given a gift and he makes the most of that. “My initial thing is that he’s certainly got the talent to be a player.” Berahino is due to appear at Runcorn Magistrates Court on January 19 – the day Albion go to Everton – after being charged with drink driving. He has impressed Pulis with his attitude in training, though, and the ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace manager has held talks with the England Under-21 international. “He’s got no dirty slate with me to start with – I’ve just come through the door,” said Pulis. “I’ve been very, very impressed with his training. He’s worked very hard, he’s technically a very good player. Tony Pulis is ready to build his team around Saido Berahino as he prepares West Brom for battle. The Baggies head coach will take charge of struggling Albion for the first time in the Barclays Premier League when they host Hull on Saturday. Berahino has hit 13 goals this season, four in Pulis’ first game in charge in last week’s 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead. last_img read more

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