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200,000 more people furloughed last month as 4.7m are still on the scheme

first_imgIt takes the total lent through the two schemes – and through CLBILS, a scheme for larger firms – to £75.1bn since they were introduced between March and May last year. (Getty Images) Also Read: 200,000 more people furloughed last month as 4.7m are still on the scheme whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ 200,000 more people furloughed last month as 4.7m are still on the scheme “We’ll continue to protect jobs through our new Recovery Loan Scheme – part of our wider Plan for Jobs – as we move out of this crisis.” Around 4.7m people were still on furlough by the end of February, the new figures show. Craig Beaumont, chief of external affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “1.6m small businesses have now been helped to keep going through an awful year by securing Bounce Back Loans. As the unlock takes place, the economic recovery will rely on the successor scheme to fire on all cylinders.” (Getty Images) Also Read: 200,000 more people furloughed last month as 4.7m are still on the scheme Michiel Willems Banks provide the money for the loans, but the government has promised to cover 80 per cent to 100 per cent of the loans should businesses be unable to pay them back. Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (Getty Images) Share Thursday 25 March 2021 1:38 pm Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I said we would do whatever it takes to protect jobs and livelihoods and that is exactly what we have done. Another 200,000 people were put on furlough for the first time last month as the government paid out nearly £4bn to cover wages. Businesses have also been given support over the past month, borrowing an extra £2.2bn from three Treasury-backed loan schemes. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home In the month to March 21, another £1.3bn was lent in Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS), and around £900m in Bounce Back Loans, which help the smallest businesses. The furlough scheme supported employees who were unable to work because of lockdowns and other restrictions caused by Covid-19. It covered up to 80 per cent of these workers’ salaries, taking pressure off personal finances. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it had paid £57.7bn in furlough cash to around 11.4m people since the pandemic began. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

UK on track for Australia trade deal in June after ‘major breakthroughs’

first_imgFriday 23 April 2021 6:00 pm Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter Show Comments ▼ “We have made major breakthroughs over the past few days and an agreement is now in sight. I want to thank Dan personally for the contribution he has made and for his desire to get this deal done”, a statement read. Share UK on track for Australia trade deal in June after ‘major breakthroughs’ City A.M. reported earlier this year that trade negotiations with Australia were centred around areas such as telecommunications, business visas and agricultural exports. whatsapp “This is a deal that will deliver for Britain and all parts of our economy. It is a win-win for both nations. It is a fundamentally liberalising agreement that will support jobs across the country and help us emerge stronger from the pandemic, strengthening ties between two democracies who share a fierce belief in freedom, enterprise and fair play.center_img “We will spend the next few weeks ironing out details and resolving outstanding issues, with a view to reaching a deal by June.” UK negotiators are keen for the deal to extend free mobile roaming for Brits travelling to Australia and to open up the country’s market to UK telecommunications companies, while Canberra has been calling for reduced tariffs for products like Australian wine. She added that the remainder of the details would be sorted out in a “sprint” over the next few weeks. Liz Truss reportedly has the backing of the PM on her Australia free trade deal. (Getty Images) Also Read: UK on track for Australia trade deal in June after ‘major breakthroughs’ Liz Truss reportedly has the backing of the PM on her Australia free trade deal. (Getty Images) Edward Thicknesse whatsapp The UK is on track to sign a free trade deal with Australia in June after “major breakthroughs” in this week’s negotiations, international trade secretary Liz Truss has said this afternoon.last_img read more

For one brief day, women ran the U.S. Senate

first_imgFederal Government | WeatherFor one brief day, women ran the U.S. SenateJanuary 26, 2016 by Liz Ruskin, APRN-Washington Share:Sen. Lisa Murkowski posted wintry scenes like this on social media this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Lisa Murkowski)The East Coast is still digging out from this weekend’s blizzard. In Washington, the side streets of Capitol Hill look suitable for running the Iditarod. But the U.S. Senate did meet Tuesday morning for 10 minutes. Much of that time was taken up by the Pledge of Allegiance and an unhurried opening prayer from the Senate chaplain.Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of two senators to show up. She said she couldn’t help notice that both of them – herself and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine – are female. So was just about everyone else in the chamber, like the clerks and the parliamentarians, who ensure Senate rules are followed. Even the Senate pages on duty, Murkowski said, were an all-female team.“Perhaps it just speaks to the hardiness of women,” she said, during the opening/closing remarks of the session. You “put your boots on and put your hat on and get out. (You) slog through the mess that is out there.”She said she spent a good portion of the weekend shoveling and felt stronger for it. She also spent some time posting wintry snapshots on Facebook. One showed her shoveled brick walkway, leading to a snowy Washington street.Murkowski says many people have asked if these are just normal conditions for an Alaskan. Not this year.“In fact,” she said on the Senate floor, “we got as much snowfall here in the D.C. metropolitan area as Anchorage, my hometown, has had accumulated over the course of this season. “Little business was accomplished in the Senate Tuesday. Murkowski postponed consideration of her energy bill until Wednesday when more senators might be present.Share this story:last_img read more

My LA to Z: Matt Ross

first_imgFilmCelebrityTVMy LA to Z: Matt RossA quick Hooli search would reveal Ross as tech tycoon Gavin Belson on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but he stepped behind the camera to direct the Cannes- and Sundance-celebrated Captain Fantastic (out July 8). Here he talks revival cinema, his four favorite book stores, and his go-to sushi placeBy Marielle Wakim – July 8, 2016749ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItA quick Hooli search would reveal Ross as tech tycoon Gavin Belson on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but he stepped behind the camera to direct the Cannes- and Sundance-celebrated Captain Fantastic (out July 8). Here he talks revival cinema, his four favorite book stores, and his go-to sushi placeGjustaMy number one is Gjusta in Venice. It’s a block from my apartment, so I can get there whenever I want—and so I go there frequently. They have specials everyday that are in a glass case; I usually get one, if not two of those salads. And I get their half chicken. But for people who eat great deals of bread, which I don’t, the pizza is fantastic. Everything I’ve had there is really good, but the pizza looks especially delicious.Will Rogers State Park When I go on a what I call a run-hike—a run slash hike—I like to go to Will Rogers State Park. It is spectacular; you can run-hike for hours up there. You can hike and hike and hike and get views of all the beaches and the oceans. I mean ocean. There’s one ocean.L.A. BookstoresI have four favorite bookstores, and I couldn’t figure out which one to tell you, so I’m going to tell you all of them. I love Hennessey + Ingalls, which used to be on the west side but now it’s downtown. The convenient one for me is Diesel in Brentwood. I like it because it’s small, but they have an excellent selection. On the east side, I like Skylight Books. And there’s one downtown called The Last Bookstore that’s really good. I tend to go to bookstores to browse around and don’t necessarily have a specific title in mind. Otherwise, I would have to go to, like, 12 places.Venice Garden and Home TourI haven’t done it in a couple of years, but it’s awesome because you get into all these really cool homes that are modest in size and great in design. And you can see all of these spectacular gardens. Sometimes the people are home, or there’s a representative there. I love to see how people live.Sushi SasabuneSushi Sasabune is similar to the “trust me” menu at Nozawa. It’s very unassuming—people don’t go there for the architectural design or the interior or anything, but it’s really excellent, excellent sushi. [The chef] uses this unusual combination of vinegar flavors that I’ve never had anywhere else. It’s an omakase menu, so you don’t order, and I don’t think think they have those American-type spicy tuna rolls. But I think they have a pretty phenomenal lobster roll that they end every meal with.The Aero Theater and The New Beverly CinemaThere are lots of movie theaters in L.A., but I’m going to identify the Aero and the New Beverly as two I really like. I’ve lived in many cities, and I am old enough to remember a time when there were three theaters in every city where, on any given night, you could see Chinatown and Blade Runner. The next night you’d see Alien and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I think the Aero and the New Beverly are carrying on that revival house tradition, and it’s so much fun to see older films projected. TAGSCaptain FantasticHBOMatt RossSilicon ValleyPrevious article9 of L.A.’s Best Bartenders Share Their Beach Drinking HacksNext articleStella Abrera Takes Us Behind the Scenes of This Weekend’s American Ballet Theatre PerformancesMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA New Episode of ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ Is a Call to Action in Another Unsolved MurderMeg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird YearAn Upcoming HBO Show About the 1980s Lakers Is Packed with Big Nameslast_img read more

At White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding

first_img Next in line as Trump’s drug czar? Names of possible contenders start to circulate Insurance groups sought to highlight their own progress against the opioid crisis, citing efforts to bring prescription practices in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorder, and grow networks for delivering medication-assisted treatment.“Cigna came out 18 months ago and was proud to make a commitment to reduce commercial opioid use by 25 percent,” said Dr. Douglas Nemecek, Cigna’s chief medical officer. “Within the first year we were successful at getting halfway there, and we’re getting close to that full 25 percent reduction already. But that’s only the first of some of our goals.”Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, another member of the opioid commission, expressed frustration with comments by the insurance industry.“I didn’t hear anybody talk about recovery coaches,” Baker said. “I didn’t hear anybody talk about how long you think somebody needs to be in treatment.”Missing from the conversation, Baker said, was discussion of “how we’re keeping score and keeping track of how we’re actually doing.”At a meeting last month, the opioid commission heard from representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, who have also shared blame for their role in the opioid crisis but who largely escaped the same scolding delivered to the insurance groups.The only non-industry testimony at that hearing came from Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH and NIDA have worked this year to partner with industry groups on those efforts.The meeting Friday was also attended by three cabinet secretaries: Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who appeared at Christie’s request to address his department’s role in enforcing parity law for insurers. Tags addictioninsuranceopioids New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican who chairs the panel, later confirmed what the representatives from insurers including Cigna, Aetna, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Cross Blue Shield had likely already learned they should expect from the commission’s final report, due Nov. 1.“It’s going to be, so you’re prepared, a real call to action for all of you,” Christie told the insurance executives. “And that’s not to say that you’re not acting now. … But when 64,000 people died last year, it’s not enough. And I heard you all say that, too. But we now have to turn those words into action.”advertisement Patrick Kennedy, a member of the president’s opioid commission, said insurers “have treated mental health and addiction as if it’s something other than the rest of medicine.” Andrew Harnik/AP Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprints Privacy Policy Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences.center_img Leave this field empty if you’re human: Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, also attended. While he mainly addressed the Justice Department’s efforts to curb fentanyl trafficking from China, Rosenstein also carefully addressed a recent Washington Post/“60 Minutes” report that resulted in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) asking President Trump to withdraw nomination for drug czar.That report said legislation that Marino pressed on Capitol Hill weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on suspicious shipments from drug distributors.“Just to clarify,” Rosenstein said, “that publicity last weekend concerned DEA’s administrative authority to suspend shipments of pharmaceutical drugs, so that has not impacted our ability to prosecute criminal violations, including fentanyl [trafficking].”He did not refute the report’s assertion that the legislation hampered other areas of DEA enforcement.Much of the discussion surrounding the government’s response to the epidemic in recent months has focused on the potential for an emergency declaration, which President Trump on Monday said he would deliver next week.While none of the cabinet secretaries or commission members addressed that prospect explicitly, Kennedy became animated late in the meeting when speaking of the need to deliver more overdose reversal drugs to communities and for more doctors to prescribe medication-assisted treatment like methadone and buprenorphine.“We ought to be treating this like a FEMA response and getting the necessary medication,” Kennedy said. “If this were Ebola, we would be getting it out there to every practitioner in this country. We’d waive all the rules and we’d say get it done and start saving lives.”“That’s what we’ve been saying,” Christie concurred. @levfacher Related: Lev Facher By Lev Facher Oct. 20, 2017 Reprints HealthAt White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding WASHINGTON — Patrick Kennedy, it seemed, had been waiting for a public opportunity to speak directly to the nation’s health insurers.“The historic treatment of addiction and mental illness has been a separate and unequal process,” the former Rhode Island congressman and a member of the president’s opioid commission told a group of insurance executives on Friday. “All of you, as insurers and payers, have treated mental health and addiction as if it’s something other than the rest of medicine.”The in-your-face scolding, delivered during a commission meeting, centered on the disparities between insurance coverage for addiction and other medical conditions. It underlined concern among other members of the commission that the insurance industry needs to take stronger action to help address the nation’s opioid crisis.advertisement [email protected] last_img read more

REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn

first_img Council Pinterest Leprino Foods and Glanbia Cheese plant The path is now clear for Glanbia and Leprino Foods to build a €130m mozarella cheese factory in Portlaoise after an objection to the new plant was withdrawn, LaoisToday understands.Speaking at February’s meeting of Laois County Council, Chief Executive John Mulholland informed Councillors that there had been one submission opposing the Glanbia plant in an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.However, LaoisToday now understands that this submission has been withdrawn.Planning permission was approved for the new plant in the industrial estate in September of this year.Elected members of Laois County Council agreed to the disposal of lands at Togher to Glanbia Cheese JV.This followed a decision by the Council to purchase roughly 80 acres of land for the €130 million development at the location in 2017.But the project was then put on hold following the appeal.It is understood that 250 jobs will be created in the construction phase while, when it’s up and running, the facility will support 78 new, high quality jobs in cheese manufacturing.This Glanbia plant is one of two major investments planned for Togher.Supermac’s tycoon Pat McDonagh is also waiting on an Bord Pleanala’s decision over objections to his ‘Obama Plaza-style’ development in the area.Speaking last month, Mr McDonagh revealed how ‘there’s been two appeals to Bord Pleanála. One from a competitor and another is from an individual’.He said that if the application is granted, he estimates that it should be open within a year from beginning the build.Mr McDonagh estimates that around 200 jobs would be created by this project – 100 in construction and another 100 when it is operational.SEE ALSO – The confirmed list of candidates in this year’s Local Elections Pinterest Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 5th March 2019 Facebook Facebook REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn TAGSGlanbiaTogher New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community WhatsApp Previous articlePoetry continues to rhyme for Portlaoise authorNext articleAll of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn News Podcasts Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Twitter Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interviewlast_img read more

Excessive ‘speed battle’ in flood restoration results in continuing failures

first_img News SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Excessive ‘speed battle’ in flood restoration results in continuing failures Efforts to rebuild following the floodsthat devastated the city of Rason in North Hamgyong Province this August are goingpoorly, Daily NK’s sources report, due to a push to finish prior to the KoreanWorkers’ Party anniversary celebration that took place on October 10th. Therush to meet the deadline has meant workers are cutting corners on theconstruction of houses and other buildings, resulting in shoddy work. On October 11th, a Daily NK reporter spoketo a source located in North Hamgyong Province over the phone, who spoke aboutthe situation. Several days prior to the conversation, elites from Pyongyangcame down for a photo op in the newly reconstructed houses in Baekhak Districtof Rason; however, the state of the completed houses in Hakdong left much to bedesired. “In some of the houses, the walls have cracksand the floors are coarse and uneven. It’s so bad that they should be rebuilt,”our source said. This information was crosschecked with two other sources in the same province.Families who were displaced by the floodsand who had been living in tents or with relatives were looking forward tomoving into their new homes. However, due to the poor state of the houses, themood quickly turned to one of reluctance. “A war of speed was fought to complete thehomes in time for Kim Jong Un’s visit prior to the Korean Worker’s Partyanniversary. But in the end, the ones who really suffer from the consequencesare the families,” our source lamented. Although North Hamgyong Province is quitechilly, residents fear the walls on the new houses will be too thin towithstand the cold, especially once the temperatures drop below freezing. Residentsare already pointing out the numerous repairs that will already need to be madein the coming year. While it is fortunate that those who were victims of theflooding already have new houses after only a month, with winter fastapproaching, the construction is receiving a lot of criticism. Construction on approximately 1300 housesfor the flood victims began in Baekhak District of Rason at the end of Augustfollowing orders directly from Kim Jong Un. Not long after on October 8th, NorthKorean state media widely publicized the successful completion of the project,built by the “benevolence of the General (Kim Jong Un).” For residents inhabiting these residences,however, there is one significant drawback– the homes are effectively devoid ofvalue. Altering the houses, even slightly, may be viewed as an action thatdisregards the kindness of the ‘General’ and thus a political crime, openingup purported transgressors to a host of formidable repercussions, according to the source.“Swapping, buying, and/or selling them inNorth Korea’s burgeoning underground real estate market would be difficult,” she explained. As such, the joy experienced by theresidents who received the new houses is fleeting in comparison with the addedpressure and worry coupling the residence. However, not everyone is complaining.“There are some people who are very grateful that despite the damage theysuffered from the floods they have been able to move into housing that theynever could have saved up enough money to buy,” she asserted.“Families in Chimsu are very happy aboutthe gifts of televisions and new kitchenware.”center_img Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.10.13 4:00pm NewsEconomy Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News last_img read more

Canadian Western Bank hikes dividend

Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Canadian Press Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Canadian Western Bank Group (TSX: CWB) is increasing its dividend to shareholders following a $45-million profit in the fourth quarter of its 2011 financial year, a 15% increase from the year-earlier period. The dividend will rise to 15 cents per common share, payable on Jan. 4, a seven per cent increase from the previous dividend and up 15 per cent than the dividend declared one year ago. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords EarningsCompanies Canadian Western Bank Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter The Edmonton-based bank’s net income amounted to 54 cents per diluted share, or 55 cents on a diluted cash basis. That’s up six cents per share by either measure from the fourth quarter of 2010 when CWB’s net income was $39.1 million. The bank’s revenue was $121.2 million, up 12 per cent from $108.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. As with other Canadian banks that reported last week, CWB said it faced a decline in net interest margin but more than offset that with higher loan volumes. Its banking and trust segment accounted for $42.3 million of the profit and $117.5 million of revenue, while the insurance segment contributed $2.7 million in net income. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Effective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson

first_imgRelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson RelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator A.J. Nicholson, has said that the reform of the justice system in Jamaica is within the broad context of the nation’s quest for economic and social development.Senator Nicholson, who was making a statement in the Upper House yesterday (March 22) on the status of justice reform in Jamaica, said that “we are cognizant of the fact that no economic or social model will sufficiently advance the prospects of the people of Jamaica if it fails to reflect a deep and profound understanding of the need for a strong, effective and efficient justice system.”“I will go further to advance that this understanding cannot merely be implied, but rather that our model of economic and social development must be predicated on certain foundation of good governance, which cannot be achieved in an environment of weak judicial structures, systems and institutions,” informed Senator Nicholson.He pointed out that it has been universally accepted that there was an “inextricable link between an effective and efficient justice system and economic development.”The Jamaican Justice System Reform Programme began in October 2006 with an initial two-week mission by the Canadian Bar Association, which has been engaged to carry out the reform project.In the meantime the Government of Jamaica will be spending in excess of $1.35 billion to rehabilitate and construct a number of courthouses across the country. Expansion of the Supreme Court in Kingston is set for completion in October at a cost of $110 million, while work on the Santa Cruz courthouse is scheduled for completion in May, at a cost of $10 million.The Minister informed that construction is set to begin on the Balaclava courthouse next month for completion in eight months, at a cost of $43 million. The government has also allocated $50 million for the construction of the Lucea Family Court, while the National Commercial Bank is spending $240 million on the construction of the Port Antonio courthouse.“The designs will give full consideration for access to the physically challenged, security for victims, officers of the court, the jury and witnesses.Provision is also being made for victim services,” informed Senator Nicholson. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson Effective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson UncategorizedMarch 23, 2007last_img read more

Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency

first_imgCanada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaThe ties that bind Canada and Hong Kong run deep. The first Hong Kong residents arrived here over 150 years ago, contributing immensely to Canada’s economic, social and political life. Canada continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hong Kong, and is deeply concerned about the new National Security Law and the deteriorating human rights situation there. Against this backdrop, in November 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced several new initiatives to help more Hong Kong residents come to Canada.Today, Minister Mendicino announced that Hong Kong residents will be able to apply for new open work permits beginning on February 8, 2021. Valid for up to 3 years, these permits will allow Hong Kong residents to gain valuable employment experience and make significant contributions to Canada. Hong Kong residents must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.Hong Kong residents currently in Canada temporarily, including visitors, students and workers, can apply online from within Canada. Those applying from abroad remain subject to current travel restrictions and may not be able to come to Canada at this time, unless they have a job offer or meet a travel exemption and comply with all public health requirements. More details will be available on the IRCC website on the launch date. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, citizenship, diploma, employment, Government, Hong Kong, Human Rights, immigration, launch, Minister, online, public health, refugees, security, students, travel, websitelast_img read more