Monthly Archives: September 2012

Canada’s new immigration rules put premium on young people(Source:The Globe and Mail,Ottawa)

The new immigration rules of Canada are taken from The Globe and Mail,Ottawa from the following link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadas-new-immigration-rules-put-premium-on-young-people/article4492594/

Any person can access the site and can learn details about the new  immigration rules of Canada.

This has been done to help people who are interested to migrate to Canada for living there.

I gratefully acknowledge to the management of  The Globe and Mail for using the information from this source.

Canada’s new immigration rules put premium on young people

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OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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New immigration rules will target workers aged 18 to 35 as the Conservative government provides the clearest sense yet of how Canada will rely on young immigrants to soften the fiscal pain of a demographic crunch.

The federal regulations reveal a sweeping overhaul of the points system used by Canada for approving foreign worker applications.

The new points grid provides details that are in line with previous government pledges to gear the immigration system toward younger workers with strong language skills in English or French who already have a job lined up in Canada.

Under new rules that will take effect next year, workers aged 47 and over will receive no points for age, compared with 12 for those between 18 and 35, the most coveted age group under the Federal Skilled Worker Class of immigrants.

The available points for applicants decreases by one for each year above 35.

The government says the change, announced over the weekend, is based on clear evidence that older immigrants are much less likely to succeed in the work force, although that position is not without its critics who say that the government points system should be more flexible.

Driving the change is the concern that the ratio of working-age Canadians to retirees is shifting dramatically.

“An aging population … represents a significant policy challenge for Canada,” a federal analysis of the changes says. “The immigration of young people able to work at relatively high wages for a number of years can help lessen the consequences of this phenomenon.”

Independent research supports the government’s claims that younger immigrants perform better financially, but some say there shouldn’t be hard and fast rules.

“The next Frank Stronach could be 38 years old, and then what do we do?” said Ratna Omidvar, president of the immigration-focused Maytree Foundation and board chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant and Employment Council. “I think a little less rigidity would be preferable.”

On language, the new rules will give significantly more points to applicants who have strong language skills in either English or French, but points for speaking both official languages will be cut in half from eight to four.

Some immigration experts say this could, at least temporarily, have the effect of curbing immigration from regions with relatively poor average English or French skills like China and South Asia.‬ A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney rejected such theories as “innapropriate.”

In addition to changing the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the new regulations also create a new Federal Skilled Trades Class and updates the Canadian Experience Class, which was created by the Conservative government in 2008.

Over all, the changes aim to help employers bring in the workers they need and make it easier for temporary workers to apply for citizenship while in Canada. The rules also decrease the points for work experience outside of Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration has posted an extensive rationale for the changes in the Canada Gazette, citing numerous academic studies to support specific measures.

One of the cited researchers, McMaster University economics professor Arthur Sweetman, who co-authored a paper called “Immigrant Earnings: Age At Immigration Matters,” says the federal age rules are clearly supported by data.

“It makes a lot of sense,” he said. “Immigrants who arrive later in life – on average – have a lot more difficulties in the labour market.”

However, on the broader objectives of the federal rules, Dr. Sweetman noted that the government discusses how they will benefit employers and new immigrants, but is silent on their potential impact on existing Canadian workers.

“If you were going to design an immigration system that was going to help employers keep wages low, this is pretty close to what you’d want,” he said, noting that it will be important to ensure employers are really making an effort to find Canadian workers before turning to the immigration system.

NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims said the government’s approach to changing demographics seems poorly thought out. She said that listing workers over 35 as “too old” to come to Canada seems at odds with the government’s plans to have Canadians work until 67 before qualifying for Old Age Security.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” she said.

 

 

Dreamland : United States of America (USA) – By Syed Zainul Abedin

United States of America (USA)  is considered as a dreamland by many people who live in other countries of the world.There are enough reasons

for such attribute for United States of America (USA) .This nation was not created overnight.Many people created this country through their labor,

intellect and sacrifice to transform  it into a dreamland.I will try to present  some features of this nation to keep the peoples of the world about this nation.

At the outset,I am presenting some information taken from the various websites including  official web portal of the US government to give an idea of this nation.
Any person interested about United States of America (USA) may visit the official web portal for genuine information.

United States of America is known variously .The common names  United States, the U.S., the USA, America, and the States.It is a federal constitutional republic consisting of fifty states and one federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America.

I will add more information on the national issues of USA gradually.For convenience of the readers I would like to guide them to the individual states.My first focus is Alabama.The information is taken from the Alabama government portal:http://www.alabama.gov/portal/index.jsp

The readers are encouraged to visit the portal personally and discover amazing resources of this state.I am presenting a segment that shows the  progress of this state in respect of digital development.You can find it here:http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/survey/88/2012

Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards 2012 Results

Top Government Websites and Digital Achievements Honored by the Center for Digital Government

SACRAMENTO, CA (August 23, 2012) e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government has announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards.

In its 17th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.  The BOW first place winners are Alabama (state), Louisville (city), and Orange County, Fla. (county).

The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications.  Fifty-six awards in eight categories were given this year.

“Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their government and we are seeing it demonstrated through everything from full service portals to special purpose mobile apps,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.   “We’re excited about the opportunities governments are creating to make new things possible and to do the old things faster and more efficiently. The Center thanks them for their continuing innovation and congratulates them on their achievements!”

2012 BEST OF THE WEB AWARDS

State Portal Category:

1st Place: Alabama
2nd Place: California
3rd Place: Utah
4th Place: Rhode Island
5th Place: Mississippi

Special Innovation Award: Georgia

Finalists:

Maine
Michigan
Nebraska
Texas
Virginia

County Portal Category:

1st Place: Orange County, Fla.
2nd Place: Pinellas County, Fla.
3rd Place: Alameda County, Calif.
4th Place: Miami-Dade County, Fla.
5th Place: Chesterfield County, Va.

Finalists:

Baltimore County, Md.
County of Maui, Hawaii
County of Sacramento, Calif. 
Glynn County, Ga.
Martin County, Fla.
Monroe County, N.Y.
Roanoke County, Va.

City Portal Category:

1st Place: City of Louisville, Ky.
2nd Place: City of Arvada, Colo.
3rd Place: City of Raleigh, N.C. 
4th Place: City of Riverside, Calif. 
5th Place: City of Austin, Texas

Finalists:

City of Chandler, Ariz.
City of Danville, Va. 
City of Independence, Mo.
City of Lakewood, Colo.
City of Tampa, Fla.

2012 DIGITAL GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

Driving Digital Government Local government category winners:
Boston About Results (BAR)
Change by Us Philly, Mayor’s Office, City of Philadelphia
City of Riverside, Calif., New Employee Web-based On-Boarding Solution
G2G Cloud Solutions, Oakland County, Mich.
Property Tax Calculator, City of Overland Park, Kan.
Wake Accountability Tax Check (WATCH), Wake County, N.C.

Honorable Mention:
Sacramento County Mobile Food Inspection Application

Driving Digital Government State government category winners:
Indiana State Police Mobile Bus Inspection Application
Ninth Judicial Court, Fla. Centralized Remote Interpreting
W. Va. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Suspicious Activity Reporting Mobile App
Utah Master Index

Honorable Mention:
CalVet Mobile App Project

Driving Digital Government Federal government category winners:
FY 2013 Budget Mobile Web Application, U.S. Government Printing Office
Interactive Data Tables (iTable) for Transparency of Underlying Economic Data, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Government-to-business category winners:
California MyFTB Account for Businesses
Maine.gov Regulatory Licensing and Permitting
New Jersey e-Temp Tags
New Jersey Uniform Commercial Code
South Carolina Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Online
Texas.gov Nurse License Renewal
Utah One-Stop Business Registration v. 4

Honorable Mentions:
AgriMissouri.com
Washington State Employment and Economic Information

Government-to-citizen Local government category winners:
Automatic Citation Processing to Bank Deposit, Bell County, Texas
Online Property Tax Services, Stearns County, Minn.
Precinct Atlas, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Property Gateway, Oakland County, Mich.
Salt Lake City Solar Mapping
San Diego County Emergency Portal Website
San Francisco Property Information Map
The New OCVote.com, Orange County, Calif.

Government-to-citizen State government category winners:
Autism Help App for Emergencies, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Colorado Gambling Intercept Payments
Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK)
Idaho OTG (On-The-Go) Mobile Payments
Tennessee Driver Service Center Self-Service iPad Kiosks
Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) Redesign Project
Texas.gov Driver License Eligibility and Reinstatement
Utah Warrants Check

Honorable Mentions:
Hawaii Mobile App for Annual Business Renewal
Texas.gov Driver License Renewal and Change of Address

Government-to-government category winners:
California Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project
Court Notify eSubpoena Project, Riverside County, Calif. Sheriff Department
Criminal Discovery: Law Enforcement Upload, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
Data Systems to Support an Integrated Human Services Model Across Allegheny County, Penn.
Justice Electronic Library System (JELS), San Diego County, Calif.
The California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE)

Honorable Mention:
Texas Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH)

Government internal category winners:
U.S. Army Knowledge Online Identity Management (IdM) System
California Secure File Transfer Service
California Data Center Retrofitting and Modernization Project (RaMP)
City of Austin’s Flood Early Warning System
Communications Technology Management Green IT Program, City of Austin
Data Mining Solution for Welfare Fraud Detection, County of Los Angeles, Calif.
Utah GovPay (new release)

Honorable Mention:
Cloud Applications for Local Sustainability Programs, City of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

Contact:
Janet Grenslitt
Director of Surveys and Awards
[email protected]

DGAA and BOW 2012 Awards Sponsors
In this section you will know some interesting facts about Alabama.This section called ‘Did You Know…?‘ comes from here:http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=didYouKnow

Did You Know…?
America’s first Mardi Gras was held in Mobile in 1704. test

Did You Know…?
The first inhabitants of Alabama were Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians. test

Did You Know…?
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville built the first rocket to put humans on the moon. test

Did You Know…?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ministerial career at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. test

Did You Know…?
The current Alabama Constitution (1901) is one of the longest in the United States, having over 100,000 words and more than 700 amendments. test

Did You Know…?
The Alabama Territory was established on March 3, 1817 by the same act which created the state of Mississippi. test

Did You Know…?
The official state bird of Alabama is the yellowhammer. test

Did You Know…?
The official state flower of Alabama is the camellia. test

Did You Know…?
The official state mascot of Alabama is the eastern tiger swallowtail. test

Did You Know…?
The first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville on February 16, 1968. test

Did You Know…?
The first city-wide trolley was built in Montgomery in 1886. test

Did You Know…?
The first University of Alabama vs. Auburn University football game was played on Feb. 22, 1893. test

Did You Know…?
The Weeden House Museum in Huntsville is the birthplace of artist and poet Maria Howard Weeden. The house is full of 19th century southern culture. test

Did You Know…?
Andalusia holds a world championship domino tournament, and has done so annually since 1976. The largest pay-off was over $450,000.00. test

Did You Know…?
Alabama has towns with such names as: Aimwell, Burnt Corn, Slapout, Remlap, Smut Eye, Trickem and Equality. test

Did You Know…?
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was from Monroeville. test

Did You Know…?
Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur was originally a collection of employee training displays from Cook’s Pest Control. Today, hundreds of wild life exhibits are open to the public. test

Did You Know…?
Lionel Richie was born in Tuskegee and the original members of The Commodores met as freshmen at the Tuskegee Institute now named Tuskegee University. test

Did You Know…?
Hank Williams was born in Mount Olive on September 17th, 1923. A life-sized statue of the singer now stands in Montgomery. test

Did You Know…?
Nat King Cole was born in Montgomery in 1919. test

Did You Know…?
Scottsboro is home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. The Unclaimed Baggage Center buys luggage lost by airlines. test

Did You Know…?
The Vulcan, located in Birmingham, is the world’s largest cast iron statue. The Vulcan weighs in at 120,000 pounds and is 56 feet tall. test

Did You Know…?
The Boll Weevil statue in Enterprise was erected in 1919. Its a monument to the insect that destroyed cotton crops and eventually brought prosperity to the region while forcing farmers to grow peanuts. test

Did You Know…?
DeSoto Caverns, located in Childersburg, was the first recorded cave in the United States. Cave graffiti was first discovered in the 1700s. test

Did You Know…?
The second ever UFO sighting occurred in 1948, around 5,000 feet over Alabama. The UFO was sighted by pilots of Eastern Airlines flying from Houston to Atlanta on July 24th. test

Did You Know…?
Anniston is home to the country’s largest office chair, standing in at 31 feet tall. test

Did You Know…?
Magnolia Springs has the only all-water mail route in the United States, with daily delivery by boat. test

Did You Know…?
Montgomery is home to the world’s first civilian flying school. Established in 1910 by Wilbur and Orville Wright, it was located at Maxwell Air Force Base. test

Did You Know…?
Shelby county holds the world record for fastest Habitat for Humanity homebuilding. The house was built by professionals in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 34 seconds. test

Did You Know…?
The world’s youngest college graduate obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the age of 10 years and four months old from the University of South Alabama. test

Did You Know…?
Hellen Keller, author and educator, was from Tuscumbia. test

Did You Know…?
Clanton has one of the only two peach-shaped water towers in the country. test

Did You Know…?
Birmingham is nicknamed The Magic City. This name was derived in the 1900s for being the fastest growing city in the country. test

Did You Know…?
Alabama is the only place in the world where all three components of steel making: iron ore, coal, and limestone, can be found within a 30-mile radius. test

Did You Know…?
The official state fruit of Alabama is the blackberry. test

Did You Know…?
The official state nut of Alabama is the pecan. test

Did You Know…?
The longest jail sentence ever handed down in the United States was received in 1981 by Dudley Wayne Kyzer of Tuscaloosa. He received 10,000 years plus two life sentences for killing three people. test

Did You Know…?
Alabama marble is considered the purest and whitest in the world. It has been used in buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. test

Did You Know…?
The official state game bird of Alabama is the wild turkey. test

Did You Know…?
Alabama is home to four ‘moon trees’. These trees grew from seeds which had accompanied astronaut Stuart Roosa on the January 1971 Apollo 14 mission. test

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The Vulcan located in Birmingham,  Alabama is the Worlds largest cast iron statue. The Vulcan weighs in at 120,000 pounds and is 56 feet tall.
The Vulcan, located in Birmingham, is the world’s largest cast iron statue. The Vulcan weighs in at 120,000 pounds and is 56 feet tall.

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I dedicate the section on Alabama to the great singer, Hank Williams who was born on this day, September 17th,1923.I invite  all music lovers to

show honor to this popular singer.

I am embedding a popular song from YouTube which may be found at this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WXYjm74WFI&feature=related

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Some Information about Saudi Television’s Channel Two- the kingdom’s official English language network station

For the last three decades, Saudi Television’s Channel Two- the kingdom’s official English language network station- has played an important and significant role in rectifying ideas, clarifying facts, and changing stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims.

Channel Two began transmission at the beginning of 1982 with a number of religious, social, and political goals, most of which it has successfully achieved. Channel Two General Manager Suleiman al-Humud summarized the main goals that the channel strives to achieve. He said that: “Channel Two aims to reach as many people as possible, as well as conveying the local picture and the cultural, political, and economic heritage, through the variety of programs, reports, interviews, live programming, and talk shows it offers.” He added: “The channel now broadcasts around the clock and has started to deliver detailed newscasts, as well as news headlines.”

Channel Two undertakes the responsibility of addressing a major social and religious concern. Al-Humud explained this concern by stressing that: “among the channel’s goals is to rectify misconceptions about Saudi society and Islam. This is in addition to creating a common bond between the Saudi society and other societies that serves as a point of agreement.” He added: “This is through emphasizing the common points that bring them together, foremost among which is that the Islamic Saudi society is a loving society that seeks everything that preserves mankind.” He stated: “This is in addition to highlighting the role of the kingdom in global culture and its efforts in supporting global stability and security.”

In 1982, Saudi Arabia’s channel Two only transmitted 10 hours worth of programming a day and was targeted towards foreign residents in the kingdom. This is because of the large number of expatriates living in the kingdom and the channel was launched to provide some form of entertainment for them and shed light on the country’s cultural and economic heritage. Because of its reliance on terrestrial transmission at that time, foreign residents were the channel’s main target audience.

Back then, the channel presented newscasts in English and French and some translated awareness programs, in addition to some sports and children’s programs in English. Also, it often played a role in supporting Channel One through airing live events, such as soccer matches, simultaneously with it.

In pointing out the goals of the channel, the general manager of Saudi Television Channel Two said: “We are also devoting attention to educating the foreign communities in the country about the existing regulations. This is in addition to educating those who wish to come to the kingdom about the measures and regulations by which they must abide. Moreover, we are concerned with correcting false news in the event of its emergence, in addition to the preservation of sound ideas.”

Channel Two has created a large network of correspondents around the world. It has also sought the help of several experienced newscasters and announcers, particularly after it entered the stage of broadcasting to Europe and North America in the middle of 2007.

Al-Humud stressed that the most significant step that Channel Two has implemented is manifest in producing 75 percent of the programs it airs. He considered this to be a high percentage compared to similar channels, in terms of the variety of programs it offers. These programs include talk shows that aim at changing the existing erroneous ideas while committing to Islamic values and customs and traditions, in addition to variety, educational, entertainment, cultural, and religious programs. They also include programs that aim at delivering all the official information regarding the rules and regulations, economic programs, the provision of information about investment attractions, and the clarification of the incentives intended to encourage investment in Saudi Arabia.

The general manager of Saudi Television Channel Two pointed out that the channel devotes attention to youth and sports programs. He added that this is in addition to broadcasting world events and local and Gulf series that are dubbed in English. He explained that this is made possible through the help of some firms and institutions specialized in this field.

Saudi Television was established in 1962, when Prince Faisal Bin Abdulaziz (the crown prince and prime minister at that time) issued a ministerial statement in which he announced the Saudi Government’s intention to begin television broadcasting in the country. As a result, in 1963, the cabinet endorsed a two-phase plan to establish Saudi Television in the country. The first phase involved the building of two temporary stations in Riyadh and Jeddah, and the second involved the establishment of an integrated television system on a more advanced basis.

On 7 July 1965, official broadcasting began from the Riyadh and Jeddah stations in black and white and the first signal was transmitted from these two television stations. There was only one channel available at that time under the name of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [KSA] Channel, whose transmissions ended at 2000 hours. A couple of years later, television transmission reached the honorable Mecca and Al-Taif from the Jeddah station in 1967, and then the Medina station began. One year later, transmission reached Al-Qasim and Al-Dammam, followed by Al-Bahah, Hail, and Asir. Finally, transmission reached all areas successively.

In 1974, official color broadcasting was introduced for the first time in Jeddah and Mecca, then in Riyadh in 1976. Saudi Television began to transmit events taking place outside the kingdom only a few hours after their occurrence. At the end of 1974, one of Saudi Television’s greatest accomplishments was manifest in broadcasting the performance of Hajj rituals to the entire world through satellite networks. This was a huge accomplishment for which Saudi Television won the praise and appreciation of 700 million Muslims, according to the statistics conducted in this regard.

Currently, Saudi Television broadcasts on nine channels. These channels are Channel One and Channel Two, in addition to seven specialized sports and news channels, an economic channel, a children’s channel, the two Holy Quran and Prophet’s Sunnah channels, and culture channel.

The information about the Saudi Television’s Channel Two- the kingdom’s official English language network station

has been adopted from from the website :http://www.sauditv2.tv/AboutChannel/Pages/Home.aspx

 

You can access the website of Saudi Television’s Channel Two- the kingdom’s official English language network station and various programmes

by visiting the above link

 

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh Programmes – By Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation envisions a world in which every woman, man and child lives a life in dignity and security, exercising self-determination, caring for the environment such that it meets the needs of the current generation as well as future ones. This vision is the basis for the organisation’s mission to help disadvantaged men, women and communities in developing countries.
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is one of the most experienced and largest development organizations in Switzerland. It came into existence on July 1st, 2011 with the merger of two organizations: Helvetas (founded 1955) and Intercooperation (founded 1982). As a politically and denominationally neutral association, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is supported by over 100,000 members and sponsors, as well as 12 regional groups of volunteers. Over 1,200 local and 60 international employees (mainly Swiss) are engaged in 30 partner countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation works in the domains of rural economy, water and infrastructure, environment and climate change, skill development and education, governance and peace.
In Bangladesh, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation started working in 2000 at the request of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to manage its Sustainable Land Use Programme. Since then, the portfolio has grown to include local governance, livelihoods, value chain and market development, in addition to the initial natural resource management mandate. 

The above content has been taken from the website of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh

for further dissemination of the activities of the organization.The link of the website is:

http://www.intercooperation-bd.org/index.php

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