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Flight fares to remain high on strong demand

Dubai: Despite Gulf and Indian air carriers increasing capacity and flights between the two regions, fares are unlikely to come down while demand for seats remains high, according to a survey. As per the new Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey, 2011, released here by Arabian Business weekly magazine, India was voted one of the top global destinations for travellers from the UAE this year and continues to be popular with travelers in the Gulf.

"India is consistently popular with people living in the UAE, both because it is home to a large population of expatriate Indians who come to work here in the UAE, but also because of its relatively close proximity, extensive and good value travel links," said Kamran Siddiqi, the General Manager for Visa Middle East.

Air India already operates around 53 weekly flights to Dubai and its low-fare unit, Air India Express, operates 54 weekly flights. Other carriers in the Gulf and India are also looking to tap the lucrative market.

Qatar Ai…

For a career in mathematics

It is indeed possible to build a perfectly satisfying career in mathematics if one is deeply interested in the subject.

A trained mathematician can be very well employed outside academia. Government departments engaged in space research, defence research, aeronautical research, all employ mathematicians to solve their special problems. Today, cryptology is in vogue (the systems ensuring the safety of your credit card transactions are based on some very sophisticated mathematics). Organisations such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Society for Electronic Transactions and Security (SETS) are interested in mathematicians with training in this area. Financial mathematics is another area that leads to well-paid jobs. Computer giants such as IBM and Microsoft have research departments which have highly paid scientists who are either mathematicians or theoretical computer scientists. (They can, for all practical purposes, be considered as mathematicians). T…

China to introduce US style visa rules for foreigners

PTI - Dec 27, 2011 - Beijing: China will introduce US style visa rules for foreigners, which included procedures like finger printing, to put in place biological identification data in order to "curb illegal entry" in the country to seek jobs.

The draft law on entry and exit procedures, currently under consideration by China's legislature, National People's Congress, for the first time, allows the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put in place a system to gather biological identification data, such as fingerprints, on foreign visitors.

The draft also stipulates that foreigners should be fingerprinted by public security departments when they apply for a residential certificate, official media reported today.

China already has stringent rules for resident permits which are given every year for foreigners working here.

All foreigners including the journalists have to under go health checks on arrival before getting resident visas and hav…

10 key signs it time to move on

You've been in the same job for a while, but how do you know when it's time to move on? Journalist Polly Devaney lists 10 key signs it's time to get serious about job hunting.

1. You've reached a dead end
Have you gone as far as you can in your company? Looking around, is there no further scope for progress, either because the work would simply be 'more of the same' or because the flat hierarchy means you are in a 'dead man's shoes' situation? Perhaps you need specific professional qualifications to progress within this company or you are at the top of your pay band with limited options to move higher?

2. You fell into it in the first place It is particularly common for graduates to take any job offered on leaving university, simply to pay off student debts and to gain some work experience. However, several years down the line that position may turn into a comfortable but unchallenging rut. As career consultant Sherridan Hughes says, "So many of…

Money Saving Tips for Backpackers

One of the most common ways of travelling the world on a budget is still considered to be backpacking. Highly popular amongst those looking to bridge the gap between leaving school and University or between University and employment, gap years still involve a number of costs however, shrewd saving and a little time spent planning your trip carefully can help save you a lot of money in the long run.

The obvious starting point for many is actually deciding the where they would like to visit and what route they would like to take. Part of this planning requires some thought about what activities you will be undertaking in each country as this will have a significant effect on the specific type of travel insurance is best to cover the trip as you will need to be covered for all eventualities. Although many consider travel insurance to be an expensive extra cost, there are special deals available for backpackers which help reduce costs such as annual travel insurance.

Money can also be sa…

Australia - New visa measures to assist international students

The Australian Government is introducing new measures to assist overseas students affected by the closure of international education providers. Twelve education providers have closed in 2009, affecting about 4,700 students. 'In situations where an education provider can no longer offer a course, the government’s primary concern is the welfare of the student,' Senator Evans said.

Senator Evans said that although most students will be able to complete their studies on their existing student visa, some may need to enrol in a new course that finishes after their existing student visa expires and will require a new visa.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said that from 1 January 2010, overseas students who require a new visa to complete their studies at another school or college will be exempt from paying the $540 student visa application charge.

In the interim, students will be able to apply to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship fo…

Short courses help adults to a second career

Sue Baughan spent a week of this summer decamped to London to learn how to shape patterns on leather. The summer before that, it was sandal-making, and the one prior to that was spent making boots. By day, the 39-year-old from Boddington in Northamptonshire works full-time as a team co-ordinator for an environmental organisation. But in her evenings, holidays and weekends, thanks to that bevy of short courses, Baughan works on shoe-making. She's part of the new breed of Britons aspiring for a portfolio career using different skills to earn money – either at the same time or across a working life – and the country's higher education institutions are reaping the benefits.

Demand for short courses in subjects ranging from African drumming to accountancy via French and family history is soaring.

"Initially, I enrolled on a short course because I wanted a pair of fitted knee-length boots and had difficulty finding any to fit, so I thought I would try making some," Baughan…

Canada issues first parent and grandparent super visa

Canada’s first parent and grandparent super visa has already been issued in a matter of weeks in a move aimed at reuniting families.

The parent and grandparent super visa was launched as an option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to visit their families in Canada for an extended period of time.

Kenney explained that the process for getting a super visa is simple and straightforward. Applicants use the same form as applicants for the standard six month visitor visa. They must also submit proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the standard immigration medical examination.

The first super visa was issued at the Canadian mission in Manila on December 14, 2011, two weeks after CIC began accepting applications.

‘With the super visa, we have taken a common sense approach that allows parents and grandparents to spend extended perio…

UK unemployment hits 17-year high

UK unemployment has hit a fresh 17-year high after the public sector shed thousands more jobs and the private sector failed to pick up the slack.

The number of Britons out of work rose to its highest level in more than 17 years in October, and these jobless figures look set to rise further as firms facing the threat of a renewed recession cut back on staff.

While a surprise slowdown in the number of jobless benefit claims over the past two months provided a glimmer of hope, many policymakers see the country on the brink of a sharp downturn as the euro crisis rages on and government spending cuts bite.

• Youth unemployment stays above 1 million
• Public sector loses 67,000 jobs in three months
• Private sector adds 5,000 over same period
• But claimant count rise is less than feared

But economists said there were tentative signs the deterioration in the labour market was slowing, if not reversing. The more recent data on the number of people out of work and signing on for benefits rose…

Chris Grayling: 'unemployment figures are unwelcome'

The UK Employment Minister, Chris Grayling MP, says the Government is doing everything possible to encourage growth despite the number of people out of work reaching a 17-year high.

In a series of grim figures delivering a pre-Christmas blow to the Government, the jobless toll for all age groups rose by 128,000 between August and October to 2.64m, the highest total since 1994.

The unemployment rate was 8.3pc, up 0.4pc on the previous three months, said the Office for National Statistics.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said that the unemployment figures were "unwelcome" and that he recognised that there is "a long way to go to get the economy moving again."

Working Holiday Program as a tool for attracting new workers

A working holiday visa is a travel permit which allows travellers to undertake employment in the country issuing the visa for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds.

For example, Canadian Working Holiday Program is designed for young people, who want to travel in Canada and need temporary paid employment to help pay for their stay.

Specific conditions apply to different countries, but work permits for one year or more are available for young people, who are defined as applicants between the age of 18-30 or 18-35 in some cases.

There are often several restrictions on this type of visa:

many are intended for young travellers, and as such have an age restriction (usually 18-30 or 35)there are usually limits on the type of employment taken, or the length of time the traveller can be employed.the visa holder is expected to have sufficient funds to live on while they seek employment
Participants in the visa program are issued an open or employer specific work permit, without the nee…

Canada bans burqa during citizenship oath

Toronto: According to Canada's immigration minister, new Canadian citizens must remove any face coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship.

Jason Kenney said most Canadians have misgivings about Islamic face coverings and said new Canadians should take the oath in view of their fellow citizens. He said he has received complaints from lawmakers and judges who say it’s difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces are covered are actually reciting the oath.

The Conservative minister called the issue a matter of deep principle that goes to the heart of Canada’s identity and the country’s values of openness and equality. He said women who feel obliged to have their faces covered in public often come from a cultural milieu that treats women as property rather than human beings.

“I do think that most Canadians find that disquieting to say the least,’’ Kenney said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “Most Muslim Canadian wome…

What Jobs Can You Get During Christmas Time?

Traditionally, the period of time surrounding Christmas is a very good time to look for work. This is because the increased demand for services and products in the run up to Christmas and the sales that take place after it mean that more people are needed to deal with it. This leads to many companies taking on extra staff to complete the extra work and make sure their customers’ needs are met.

The retail sector is a very good example of this and if you are looking for a temporary Christmas job, it is an excellent place to start. With a wide variety of shops and businesses taking on extra employees, there is generally a good range of employment opportunities to choose from. Plus, one of the benefits of jobs in retail is that it is often a flexible way to work.

For instance, many Christmas retail jobs are part time so if you are looking for something to fit in around your children or other aspects of your life, you should be able to find a position to suit. Another benefit of retail wor…

Perth compliance operation nabs construction illegals

14 Dec 2011: Compliance officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Australia located seven illegal workers in the Perth central business district today.

Officers detained the six men and one woman – all Chinese nationals – at a residential property.

The group, who all arrived on temporary visas and failed to depart before they expired, has been working illegally in the WA construction industry, largely in gyprocking. One of the men had previously escaped from Perth immigration detention centre in 2009.

A departmental spokesman said they have all been placed in immigration detention for processing ahead of their removal from Australia as soon as possible.

The spokesman said investigations into the circumstances of their employment are ongoing. The workers were located through information gathered by WA compliance officers.

“Illegal workers in Australia will not be tolerated and the department actively investigates community reports and takes swift action to app…

2012 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science - ICBBS 2012

7 to 8 April 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

ICBBS 2012 will be published in one Volume of IPCBEE, and all papers will be be included in the E&T Digital Library, and indexed by EBSCO, CNKI,WorldCat, Google Scholar, and sent to be reviewed by Ei Compendex and ISI Proceedings.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 1 February 2012.

ICBBS 2012, aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Environment Science and Engineering, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Scienceand related areas. ICBBS 2012 will be be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, and indexed by EBSCO, CNKI, WorldCat, Google Scholar, and sent to be reviewed by Ei Compendex and ISI Proceedings.


Migrant workers are now facing hefty fines for overstaying their visas

Burmese migrant workers at the Sang Chareon Hot Dip Galvinize Co Ltd in Pathum Thani told MAP Foundation that they are being fined over Bt15,000 for overstaying because of the floods. The workers' visas expired on October 28 and the human resources manager who held their passports could not get to the Immigration office because Pathum Thani was under water. On November 25, they were told that Immigration would charge them Bt15,000 each for the 20 days overstay. Overstay fees for visa are Bt500 a day with a maximum of Bt20,000 fine.

These workers have dutifully followed all the rules and regulations to ensure that they are fully documented with the temporary passport and work permit - a system which costs a lot of money and time on their part. Now, they not only face the cost of renewing their passports and work permits after completing their first two-year stint, but also are faced with fines equivalent of 70 days work. On November 29 the Cabinet discussed the waiving of overstay …

2nd International Conference on Information and Network Technology (ICINT 2012)

2012 2nd International Conference on Information and Network Technology (ICINT 2012)
28 to 29 April 2012
Chennai, India

All papers of ICINT 2012 will be published as a Volume of IPCSIT Journal (ISSN: 2010-460X), and will be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, Google Scholar, WorldCat, also sent to be indexed by Thomson ISI Proceedings

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 25 January 2012.

Call For Papers

The area of Information and Network Technology consists of the provisions made in an underlying computer network infrastructure, policies adopted by the network to protect the network and the network-accessible resources from unauthorized access, consistent and continuous monitoring and measurement of its effectiveness. Information is crucial for any business and protecting confidential information is a business requirement. Availability, integrity and confidentiality of information are most important concerns today.

Topics of interest include, but are not …

US Job Openings and Labor Turnover – October 2011

There were 3.3 million job openings on the last business day of October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate (3.1 percent) and separations rate (3.0 percent) were little changed over the month. The job openings rate has trended upward since the end of the recession in June 2009. (Recession dates are determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research.) This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by geographic region.
The PDF version of the news release

Online courses in Digital Biology

At the University of Manchester, UK, we have over 10 years experience in teaching a range of distance courses in computational biology. Participants in our Masters programme in Digital Biology can take one or two courses for professional development, or can apply to complete a formal qualification.

Each course, which is paced to suit those in full-time employment, runs over 16 teaching weeks.

The courses available next semester, beginning in March 2012, include :

Bioinformatics for transcriptomics, using Bioconductor Mathematics for metabolic modelling (An introduction to modelling approaches, using R)

For further information, please visit :

If you have any questions, or would like advice on the options, please contact our office for Advanced Professional Education (

US student visa in sex trade abuse row

In a shocking report, in the latest debacle for the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa, a federal indictment unsealed recently accusing the mafia of using the cultural exchange program to bring Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review'' of a foreign exchange program that has been used by US businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex trade.

The US House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee also has been gathering information on the J-1 visa, which was created in 1963 to allow college students from other countries to spend their summer breaks living, working and traveling in the US

As the program has grown to bring more than 100,000 young people here annually, it has become as much about money as cultural understanding.

State Department has made several changes since an investigation last year uncovered widesp…

UK introduces online visa checks for migrant workers

UK employers will be able to carry out online visa checks soon to verify whether a migrant worker has the right to work in the UK, said UK Immigration Minister Damian Green.

The scheme, which will expected to start in Spring 2012, will allow UK companies to access an online system allowing them to verify that the details contained on a foreign employee's biometric residence permit (BRP) are correct. This new process will also help companies that hire staff to avoid the large fines imposed for employing immigrants from outside the European Union who have forged or invalid work permits.

"It is vital that we work with employers to give them the tools they need to meet their obligations," said Green. "Our new online checking service will also turn up the pressure on those who wish to live and work here illegally."

The BRP will replace the wide range of documents UK employers currently used to check an individual's right to work in the UK. Non-EU citizens who ar…

Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP)

Program Description: Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Trainees pursue basic, translational, and clinical research free from the demands of obtaining grants and teaching, although opportunities to do both are available.

At the NIH, postdocs work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians.  They share the NIH campus with the largest translational research hospital in the nation.  They explore areas such as bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecula…

Bill to eliminate green card per-country caps put on hold

Washington: Influential American Senator Chuck Grassley has blocked a bill to eliminate per-country caps on employment-sponsored green card, putting on hold a legislation that would have benefited highly-skilled Indian workers seeking to stay in the US. The bill, the "Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act" (HR 3012), which sailed through the US House of Representatives last week on a 389 to 15 vote, had been sent to the Senate for consideration.

Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has been fighting for major changes in the H-1B rules, placed a "hold" on the bill, saying "it does nothing to better protect Americans."

"I rise to inform my colleagues that I am placing a hold on H R 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act," Grassley said on the Senate floor. "I have concerns about the impact of this bill on future immigration flows, and am concerned that it does nothing to better protect America…

Australia Immigration - Inflammatory email untrue

05 Dec 2011. The Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) dispelled myths contained in a scurrilous email currently circulating titled: "The truth about the boat people". The email purports to have been written by a reliable source, however, a DIAC spokesman said the information it contained was inaccurate, misleading and inflammatory. The email was a discussion item on Weekend Sunrise yesterday (see:

Specifically, the spokesman said claims "asylum seekers received thousands of dollars in welfare benefits while in immigration detention" and that they were "given mobile phones for personal use" are incorrect.

"People in immigration detention do not receive cash payments and do not have access to welfare. Nor are they given mobile phones. In fact, asylum seekers who arrive by boat are not allowed access to mobile phones while they are in a detention facility. Their access is restricted to landline…

US house votes to end country caps for work visas

December 1, 2011 - Washington: In what could be a boon for highly-skilled workers from countries like India seeking green cards and firms who hire them, the House of Representatives have passed a bill to end per-country caps on worker-based immigration visas. The bill eliminates the cap placed on the number of green cards that are available to each country annually.

Many people seeking the card had to wait for as long as 70 years to get a green card under the existing law. But now, employment-based green cards will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis with no limits on the country whose citizens would be given the US permanent residency. T

he bill, passed by the US House of Representative in a voice vote on Tuesday, completely eliminates the per-country caps for employment-based visas and raises the per-country cap from seven per cent to 15 per cent for family-based visas. The current Immigration and Nationality Act generally provides that the total number of employment-based…

Australia- Immigration catches 16 illegal workers

Immigration compliance officers have located 16 visa overstayers who were working illegally on a farm in Ti Tree (near Alice Springs) as part of a crackdown on illegal work in the region today.

Arrangements are being made for the removal of 15 illegal workers detained during the compliance operation, which was conducted with the assistance of Northern Territory Police, while the remaining person has been granted a bridging visa with strict conditions to depart Australia.

A departmental spokesman said those detained were thought to be long-term unlawful non-citizens. “There were 13 men and two women detained, comprising eight Malaysian males and one female, one Vietnamese male, three Chinese men, one Indonesian male and one female,” the spokesman said.

Those detained are being transferred to the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC) and the Darwin Airport Lodge (DAL).

The operation was conducted at a farm that has had a history of hiring unlawful non-citizens and a departmental …

Report says unemployment rises in Illinois

December 1, 2011 - SHELBYVILLE, Illinois — As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), unemployment figures continue to rise for the state over the past two months in spite of adding more than 30,000 jobs in October.

The October rate is 10.1 percent.  The U.S. rate in September was 9.1 percent and dropped to 9.0 percent in October. Illinois unemployment statistics shows an increase over the past two months since the August 2011 rate of 9.9 percent.

A simultaneous increase in jobs and the unemployment rate could suggest that more residents feel optimistic about finding work. As that optimism grows, more people re-energize their job search, which is reflected in a higher unemployment rate. Historically, the unemployment rate tends to creep upward at this time of year as weather conditions limit work opportunities. Also, individuals who were not looking for work, and therefore not counted in the unemployment rate, traditionally …

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