0 Post a comment Saturday, 2 March 2019 - Politics The Isle of Man prides itself on being ’a special place to live and work’. We believe this is a uniquely attractive location with outstanding employment opportunities and an unrivalled quality of life.The Locate Isle of Man website advertises the island as the safest place in the British Isles, where people live in harmony with the environment, enjoy a fantastic work-life balance and receive average salaries 19 per cent higher than the UK.It sounds irresistible. Why, then, do our private and public sectors find it so difficult to import skilled staff?According to the Locate Isle of Man Strategy report approved at the February Tynwald, inability to fill existing vacancies is ’the single biggest subject discussed within industry’.The Department for Enterprise report estimates around 1,000 empty positions across the economy. Skills shortages are acute in ICT, financial services, accountancy, engineering, … [Read more...] about Alistair Ramsay: Why is it so hard to entice people to work in the island?
Why is population growth important
February 15, 2019 06:30 PM All it takes is a half-hour at this intersection in Lagos, the sprawling metropolis in Nigeria, to begin fearing this city. White oil tankers crawl along both on and beneath an overpass on the multilane Apapa Road, making their way out of the Niger River delta. Zipping around them are black-and-yellow rickshaws and minibuses, with sweaty passengers clinging to the doors. Every few meters, a truck hits the brakes with an ear-splitting shriek, the clouds of exhaust mixing with the diesel fumes of the generators. The foul air hangs like a thick blanket over the corrugated metal slums to the right and left of the street. Just 30 minutes at this intersection is enough to make you want to flee this city -- a megalopolis that is growing faster than almost any other place on earth. In the 1950s, Lagos was home to just 300,000 people. Today, around 20 million live here. And by 2050, that number is likely to double to 40 million. According to projections by the … [Read more...] about Four Billion More: What to Do About Massive Population Growth
According to the latest demographic forecast, Russia’s population will decrease by almost 10 million by 2050. Experts, however, say this is a “quite optimistic” forecast, and that the drop will in fact be even more dramatic. Will the British outnumber the Russians by the end of the century? The demographic forecast presented at the Gaidar Forum, a huge gathering of experts named after the head of the first post-Soviet government, estimated Russia’s population in 2050 as dropping to around 137 million from current 146 million. This forecast, however, which was made as part of collaboration between the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Federal Statistics Service, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, is not the gloomiest. The UN’s forecast estimates the population in 2050 dropping to 132 million. And even that is not the worst scenario. “The pessimistic trajectory that we saw 10 years ago … [Read more...] about Why is Russia’s population destined for a sharp decline?
What is the Pacific Islands Forum? Of all the meetings on the world’s crowded diplomatic calendar, this is the one where the colourful shirts are most appropriate. The Pacific Islands Forum is a regional intergovernmental organisation, and is held every year between the leaders of 18 countries from across the Pacific. The smallest member country is Niue, population 1,600, and the largest is Australia at more than 25 million people. Established in 1971 “to work in support of member governments, to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of the people of the South Pacific”, the PIF also attracts observers, such as the UN and World Bank, and dialogue partners, including China, India, the US and UK. The PIF gives Pacific island countries a united voice on the global stage, and a greater say in advocating for their own futures. The theme for the Nauru meeting is “Building a strong pacific: our people, our islands, our will”. And the Pacific Islands Forum is … [Read more...] about Pacific Islands Forum: what is it and why have some media been banned?
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31 Trend: Vice-Minister of energy of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev, who takes part in the solemn events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the North Caspian project in Atyrau, explained why Kazakhstan needs the fourth refinery, "Kazinform" reported. "The fact is that the construction of the refinery is a rather long process. At the same time, it is expensive and requires meticulous calculations. In order to justify the construction of the refinery, we must take into account many factors, such as the growth of our economy, population growth, our export potential. And we see that today after the completion of the reconstruction of the two refineries we provide ourselves with gasoline, but this situation will not last forever. The consumption will grow," Magzum Mirzagaliyev said. "At the same time, there is a search for answers to questions about the capacity of the new refinery, as well as its location: whether it will be built near sources of raw materials or … [Read more...] about Kazakh energy official explains why country needs another refinery