0 Have your say One in five Scottish fathers have adopted some form of flexible working so that they can look after their children more, a survey has revealed. A report released to coincide with Father’s Day found that 40 per cent of men with children have a flexible working arrangement, such as working part time or with flexible hours, with 17 per cent saying it is to ensure they can do their share of childcare.Meanwhile, more than half of working fathers in Scotland drop off or pick up their children from school or childcare at least half the time, according to the Modern Families Index 2018, published by charity Working Families and childcare provider Bright Horizons.More than one in ten have reduced their working hours for their family, while almost a quarter have either found a new job that better suits family life, or are seeking one with an employer that better supports working parents.Nikki Slowey, joint programme director at Family Friendly Working Scotland, … [Read more...] about Fathers seek more flexible working to look after children
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Two TV shows, a five star hotel and a new book – just how, asks Carolyn Moore, does Francis Brennan do it?IT’S a sunny morning in May, I’ve a busy afternoon ahead, and as I’m strolling through Stephen’s Green on my way to meet the inimitable Francis Brennan, I’m mentally going through a checklist of everything I’ve to do that week. Little do I know that in approximately 40 minutes I’ll be feeling hopelessly inadequate and wondering how I can squeeze an extra eight hours into my working day.There’s an expression that’s been doing the rounds for a couple of years; a motivational tool of sorts that’s meant to inspire us all to maximise our time. ‘You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyoncé’, it posits, but as someone who procrastinates a lot, I have a new touchstone for productivity; as unlikely as it sounds, Francis Brennan is my new Beyoncé.While the tenth season of At Your Service hit … [Read more...] about A walk in the park: How does Francis Brennan do it?
Elif Selin Calik “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all my people were the chains on me,” says Nelson Mandela in his autobiographical book Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela takes the readers by the hand and shows them that everyone is equally subject to oppression and that liberation is a collective need. Regarding this point that Mandela made, today people in the MENA region need leaders who foster an environment of freedom and liberty rather than fear. Last Sunday, President of Al Sharq Forum Wadah Khanfar clearly pointed out the importance of powerful leaders in the MENA region in his keynote speech of the conference entitled “Towards New Security Arrangements For The Mena Region” organized by Al Sharq Forum and AMEC. “There will be hope if we have proper leadership to transform the region,” he said. He underlined the importance of authentic leadership to successfully guide new … [Read more...] about New security arrangements for MENA region
Ad Feature PUBLISHED: 10:19 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 30 April 2018 Have you fixed your mortgage? Keith Hood, from Warners Financial Servicees, says this could be the best thing to do. Pic: www.gettyimages.co.uk I like being busy, so I’m pleased to report I am working harder than ever at the moment. Almost all my activity is helping clients fix their mortgage rates, so remortgages rather than home movers, says Keith Hood, from Warners Financial Services. Keith Hood, Warners Financial Services. Pic: www.edp24.co.uk Of course for those already on a fixed rate deal and tied in for the next few years, concerns about rate rises will not really have an impact on their current mortgage payments until their existing deal comes to an end, but for those who are looking to take out a new mortgage, borrow additional funds or re-mortgage at the end of their present arrangement, an upward change in interest rates means not only higher cost of borrowing but potentially reduced … [Read more...] about Have you fixed your mortgage? Why you really should.
EU leaders have unanimously backed guidelines on the coming Brexit negotiations. Edited from the draft guidelines released by Donald Tusk at the end of March, we analyse here in our annotated guide, what the document says, what were the changes, and crucially, what they might mean for future negotiations. EU Brexit guidelines: Full text, and what the changes mean On 29 March 2017, the European Council received the notification by the United Kingdom of its intention to withdraw from the European Union and Euratom. This allows for the opening of negotiations as foreseen by the Treaty. European integration has brought peace and prosperity to Europe and allowed for an unprecedented level and scope of cooperation on matters of common interest in a rapidly changing world. Therefore, the Union's overall objective in these negotiations will be to preserve its interests, those of its citizens, its businesses and its Member States. The United Kingdom's decision to … [Read more...] about EU Brexit guidelines: What’s in the document, and what it really means