Press release: Employment rate remains at record high

first_img introducing a modern Industrial Strategy to help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK helping people stay in work longer with our Fuller Working Lives strategy, which supports employers to recruit, retrain and retain older workers tackling inequalities in employment highlighted by the Race Disparity Audit, through targeted support in 20 areas around the country and £90 million announced by the Prime Minister to help young people England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 The employment rate has never been higher – with over 3.3 million people moving into work since 2010. It’s a great British success story with businesses from Exeter to Edinburgh creating jobs – helping, on average 1,000 people find a job each and every day since 2010. And with the increase in the personal tax allowance, this government has ensured that people are keeping more of their money before they begin paying tax – meaning more take-home pay, that’s more money in your pocket for you and your family. Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma said: The unemployment rate is now 4.2% – down 0.4% since last year – with the number of people out of work falling by 115,000.The figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) come as Black, Asian and minority ethnic employment (BAME) is at a record high. The BAME employment gap – the difference between the employment rates of the ethnic minority population and the overall population – is at an all-time low of 10.1% points. London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey said: The increase in personal allowances means that the typical basic rate taxpayer is now paying £1,075 less in income tax than in 2010. Thanks to the National Living Wage full time minimum wage workers have had an annual boost of £2,000 since 2016.Today’s figures also show: Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 private sector employment is now at 27.04 million, up by over 3.7 million since 2010 the number of women in work is at a record high of 15.26 million youth unemployment has fallen by over 40% since 2010 the number of workers aged 50 plus has reached a record 10.18 millioncenter_img Contact Press Office We are also arranging work experience sessions for students through Jobcentre Plus in over 1,400 schools. The scheme is being rolled out across the country, to ensure young disadvantaged kids aged 12 to 18 get opportunities including work experience to learn about the world of work and consider future career options. So far, the partnership between Jobcentre Plus and local schools has resulted in around 12,000 sessions for pupils, parents and teachers helping to prepare pupils for the world of work. Follow DWP on: Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp At 75.6%, the employment rate has never been higher, with more people in work than ever before. And with a continued fall in unemployment, we have a strong jobs market that’s set 17 new employment rate records since 2010. It’s also very welcome news that the ONS has reported that regular pay has outpaced inflation for the third month in a row. Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Read the Labour Market Statistics – June 2018 from the Office for National Statistics. Separate figures released today show that more than 920,000 people are now receiving Universal Credit, with 37% in employment. The rollout of Universal Credit remains on track and the business case summary published last week confirms an estimated £8 billion boost to the economy every year when it is fully rolled out, with an additional 200,000 people moving into work.The government has reformed welfare to make work pay, backed businesses to take more people on, and built a stronger, fairer economy. But we want to help even more people benefit from a well-paid job. That’s why we are: Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NAlast_img read more

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Orphan army ants join nearby colonies

first_imgNormal 0 0 1 415 2369 19 4 2909 11.1282 0 0 0Colonies of army ants, whose long columns and maraudinghabits are the stuff of natural-history legend, are usually antagonistic toeach other, attacking soldiers from rival colonies in border disputes that keepthe colonies separate. But new work by a researcher at the Harvard Museum ofComparative Zoology and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen shows thatin some cases the colonies can be cooperative instead of combative.In those cases, when an army ant colony loses its queen, itsworkers are absorbed, not killed, by neighboring colonies, and within days aretreated as part of the family.The research, conducted in an ant-rich area on the slopes ofMount Kenya, is detailed in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B – the Society’s journal of the biological sciences.Army ant colonies are dominated by a single, large queen whoproduces the eggs that give rise to all of the colony’s individuals, which cannumber millions of workers. When she dies, colonies quickly disappear, raisingthe question of what happens to the many individuals.The work was conducted by Daniel Kronauer, a junior fellowin Harvard’s Society of Fellows, over two field seasons in Kenya. Kronauer andhis colleagues followed the fates of 10 army ant colonies whose queens they hadremoved. The researchers lost track of two of the colonies but observed twodistinct strategies used by the remaining eight.Most of the queenless colonies, seven out of 10, simplyjoined a neighboring colony  —determined by genetic analysis — with the new workers slowly losing theirdistinct colony odor, and within days becoming fully integrated.The last queenless colony stayed on its own, with workersemploying a strategy of producing a small brood of winged males. Though thesemales were removed for analysis, in an undisturbed colony the males would flyoff looking for young unmated queens. Though this strategy does provide somechance of passing along the colony’s genes, the small number of males produced— just 31 in this case compared with 3,000 in a fully functioning colony —illustrates that this strategy may not be efficient.“It is a last option to get some fitness returns before theydie,” Kronauer said.Though the work illuminates where most of the ants go, itdoesn’t entirely settle the question of why. Though it makes sense that theaccepting colony would want to increase its size and competitiveness by gainingmany new workers, the evolutionary drivers behind the queenless colony’sworkers absorbing into the new colony are more vague.Since workers are normally kept from reproducing, Kronauerand his co-authors found, there doesn’t seem to be a direct fitness benefit.Instead, the authors suggested that the fusing colonies are driven by indirectfitness benefits gained because of distant relationships between colonies, andthey called for more fieldwork to explore the issue further.last_img read more

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Stunning scaevola

first_imgTwenty years ago, something odd happened in the plant world. As I look back now, I realize it really kind of flew under the radar. In 1997, a new plant called “‘New Wonder’ scaevola” won the Georgia Gold Medal Plant, Mississippi Medallion and Louisiana Select awards. That trifecta was indeed quite rare. This little plant from Australia captured the imagination of the green industry with its fan-shaped flowers and rugged, persevering performance.‘New Wonder’ scaevola has since won countless other awards, but now competes with more varieties than most of us could have ever imagined. I have always been partial to the varieties with various shades of blue. I always joke with my color designer son, James, and ask him, “Where is your blue?”This year, however, other colors are catching my attention. ‘Bombay Pink’ has stunned me at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia. I am not a fan of pink, but ‘Bombay Pink’ performs like the perfect spiller plant in mixed containers, and packs the most flower power I have ever seen on a scaevola.We have several in large containers that are mixed with blood leaf bananas, bromeliads, SunPatiens and ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra for a most exotic look. They all perform at a superior level.Another I am watching is ‘Purple Haze’ scaevola. I really considered it blue until all of my photographs convinced me that it is indeed a rare shade of purple. We are using it with lavender SunPatiens and ‘Gold Mound’ duranta for an absolutely dreamy combination. We are also using it in the landscape with white pentas and pink ‘Telstar’ dianthus, which are still blooming as we head into July.The last new selection that has caught my attention this year is ‘Surdiva Blue Violet’ scaevola. This one really does pick up the best of both blue and violet. It is compact, yet still has the ability to tumble over an edge. I promise it will have you asking, “How do you get that many flowers on one plant?” It is amazing and has “winner” written all over it.One of my favorite combinations is ‘Surdiva Blue Violet’ partnered with the new ‘Sun Parasol Apricot’ mandevilla. I assure you that this pastel apricot and vibrant blue-violet creates a most rare partnership in the world of flowers.Scaevolas do best when they are given plenty of sun and planted in fertile, organic-rich, well-drained beds. Wet, soggy conditions are not satisfactory. This is one of the reasons they are amazing in containers. They will do equally well in the landscape if you amend heavy soils or poorly drained locations by adding 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and tilling or shoveling to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.Plant your scaevola at the same depth it is growing in the container. Space the plants 12 to 18 inches apart or by varietal tag recommendations. Apply a layer of mulch after planting.They are very drought-tolerant once established in the landscape, but they will need watering daily if they’re in containers, just like any other container plants. Scaevolas are the perfect front-of-the-border plant as they reach 8 to 10 inches in height and spread outward 18 to 24 inches. The blue shades do one other remarkable thing — they seem to almost glow as the sun sets for the evening.If, for some reason, you have never tried scaevola in the summer landscape or your mixed containers, you are missing one of the best. They come in shades of blue, pink and white and are among the most durable of summer annuals.Follow me on Twitter at @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the UGA Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, go to coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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Cricket News ‘I Am Like Virat Kohli’ – David Warner’s Daughter Wows The Internet With Her Cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsman in the modern ear. His record across all formats makes him the ideal role model for upcoming cricketers. On the other hand, David Warner is currently the best Twenty20 player in the planet and his recent form in the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan have only cemented his reputation as the best in the business. In a sequence of three videos uploaded on David Warner and his wife Candice, the video shows their daughter Ivy Mae playing cricket in their home garden.Before lining up to face the delivery, Ivy Mae says that she is like Virat Kohli and proceeds to hit a cross-batted swat that would have made even Kohli proud. Warner had uploaded the first video on his Instagram account and he asked his wife to caption his daughter playing a shot and being caught by Candice. On his wife’s Twitter, Candice uploaded two videos. The first was a reference to Kohli where she captioned, “This little girl has spent too much time in India. Wants to be @imVkohli.” In the second video, she wrote, “Just like her daddy @davidwarner31.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Warner, who along with Smith was banned from international cricket for one year due to the ball-tampering scandal, has enjoyed a magnificent run in ODIs and Twenty20s but not so much in Tests. In the Ashes contest, he managed just 95 runs in the five Tests but in Twenty20 Internationals, he has been in fine form. During the series against Sri Lanka, Warner notched up scores of 100*,60* and 57* as Australia whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0. The century was his first in Twenty20 Internationals, a bit odd considering he had made a mark in international cricket in 2009 against South Africa. His 217 runs in the series was redemption. However, if one looks at the broader picture, Warner’s form in Twenty20s has been remarkable. If one looks at the last 18 Twenty20 matches, which includes the Sri Lanka series and the 2019 IPL, his streak has been remarkable. Warner has had scores of 61*, 63, 19, 95, 69, 100*, 10, 15, 70*, 51, 50, 67, 57, 37, 81, 100*, 60*, 57*. In 18 matches, he has 10 fifties and two centuries with 1062 runs at an average of 88.5. In 10 matches, his lowest score is 37 and it contains eight fifties and a century.Also Read | David Warner’s Magnificent Twenty20s Form Is A Statistician’s DelightWarner was the Orange Cap holder in the 2019 Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashing 692 runs at an average of close to 70 in 12 games.last_img read more

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