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Saudi – Women In The Kingdom


‘This is a man’s world’. Nowhere are James Brown’s words truer than in Saudi Arabia. While most women in Europe and America have the option to choose their careers and have equal rights, female Saudis in this Islamic monarchy that leads using strict ‘sharia’ law are still officially considered second class citizens. Their primary role is to support the man of the family and to bring up the children.

Saudi Arabia is a high income economy, its main products being oil, gas and other natural reserves. Its people have grown hugely wealthy due to the world’s reliance on oil. In a country filled with such riches, life should be wonderful for all 26 million of its citizens. However, the lack of equality for women in the Kingdom is shocking by today’s developed world’s standards. A quick browse of random websites on the internet throws up numerous examples of the injustices heaped upon women born into the constraints of life in the Kingdom. But women are standing up against this inequality, beginning to clamour for change. Continue reading

Government Unveil Action Plan For Jobs 2014


The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today published the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, the third annual instalment in the Government plan aimed at building a sustainable growing economy and creating jobs.

The Plan builds on the more than 500 measures already implemented through Action Plan for Jobs 2012 and 2013, and contains 385 actions to be implemented by all 16 Government Departments and 46 Agencies.  Building on the 2013 Plan three new Disruptive Reform topics have been targeted in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Winning Overseas and Manufacturing. Continue reading

Would Irish Emigrants Consider America’s Most Dangerous Jobs?


Many Irish emigrants have ventured across the Atlantic to America in recent years due to the economic downturn. Many have sought fun loving jobs that simply allow them to get by while others who have since earned the right to remain in America have sought more advanced careers. Many Irish emigrants would like to land a job, but would they love these jobs to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs in this infographic based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by blue-collar occupations that involve manual labour in high-risk work environments such as construction sites, factories and harsh outdoors.  After years at the top, fishing gave  way to logging as the most dangerous job. Felling and cutting trees into logs has never been more dangerous than in 2012.

One other interesting fact is that incidents involving some means of transportation topped the causes of fatal work injuries. It accounts for nearly half at 41%, more than double the second most common cause, which is homicide and violence at 17%. There was  a 3.3% increase in motor vehicle crashes last year compared to 2011, and it’s the first time in eight years that such an increase was noted.

This list of America’s ten deadliest jobs would hardly surprise anyone. After all, they truly have harsh environments to begin with. Falling trees, molten hot iron, high altitude, and the open sea create conditions conducive to fatal work injury. Media outfits like Discovery Channel and National Geographic know how shocking work conditions can be, and how much people would like to know. The TV shows that focus on some of these dangerous occupations have built quite a following over the recent years.

Surprisingly, firefighting and police work, two jobs with extremely hazardous environments are not on the list proving that with enough safety measures and foresight even America’s ten deadliest jobs can be less deadly after all.

Payout is good but would you apply for any jobs mentioned in this infographic?

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Emigration A One Way Ticket To Any Sort Of Future

The tiger is long dead and the empty shells of houses and absence of children at the dinner table signifies the harrowing future of the once mystical and magical land that is Ireland. The traditional picture of an Irish family gathered around a table for Sunday dinner has now diminished with the youth leaving that table and the comfort of the land they knew to seek out futures in foreign lands, far from the arms of their mothers and fathers. The land of Saints and Scholars has become the land of sorrow. Continue reading

Rathbone-Encouraging the youth of today

According to recent figures the rate of youth unemployment in Northern Ireland is the highest in all of the UK and has risen by 155% since 2008, particularly in areas such as West Belfast and North Belfast. This is no surprise as there is not a day goes by that we do not hear of businesses struggling,closing and people losing their jobs in these areas.

Those under 25 are the worst affected by unemployment, largely due to the fact that many businesses find it easier to lay off younger employees rather than invest time and money in their training and development. People living in the West of the city complain of a high level of youth crime and anti-social behaviour, with over half of these youths being under 18. I had a look into what organisations Belfast had to offer to these youths and found Rathbone, a local charity working closely with youths from around Belfast.

In 2009 Rathbone opened its doors to the young people of Belfast with the help of the Big Lottery fund and created a programme which supports young people between ages of 14 to 20. These youths have been disengaged from education, involved in crime or are not connecting with main stream services. These programmes include one on one mentoring or group training on showing these youths how to become more socially aware and begin their first steps on the road to employment, from choosing a career, to creating a Curriculum Vitae to interview skills.

With over 30 volunteers and a range of support staff from young to old. “We walk young people through a journey of trying to fix those problems that they are experiencing in their lives,” says Rathbone Centre Manager Colm Fanning. Colm welcomes the idea of working along side other organisations to tackle areas of need and begin to help the youth of today.

Rathbone has always been there for families who have come to the end of their tether with youngsters and will always welcome new faces from every community regardless of religion, race or social background. “We look at the priorities in a young persons life, and we then we will work out what the first issue is that we have to address,” explains Colm.

Rathbone hold events and fund-raisers, reaching out to all communities around Belfast, such as the Barclay’s Money Skills Programme. This programme trains youth in basic monetary skills, evolving career prospects or even just helping build confidence.

Every summer Colm and his team invite local youths and volunteers to Peer Camp, where the youth use the skills and guidance that they have learned from their mentors and one on one training, and show off their new and improved selves. Rathbone have found themselves going on more and more day trips and outings as they find this engages the youth further, from Art and Cultural Excursions to local Sport facilities.

Upon arrival at the centre, you can feel the hope and determination from the team members and how much this organization means to everybody. Local young people Sarah, Courtney and Tracy who needed guidance on employment arrived at Rathbone just weeks ago and with mentoring they are now on the road to success. “ Rathbone has been fantastic to us, they help us in every aspect of employment, from getting on courses to gaining new skills.” Rathbone has been opening its doors and these youths that may be on the streets, are now willing to become volunteers, learn new skills and better themselves. This is all the gratitude that Colm and the team and Rathbone need.

With local communities now coming together, Rathbone encourages more youths to seek advice, learn essential skills that they may be missing or are desperately seeking. Call the centre on 02890311570 or visit and help give yourself or someone you know a better quality of life.

The Ultimate Guide On How To Cope With Losing Your Job

Top 10 to do’s:

  1. MOPE – Give yourself at least one or two days to sleep in, cry, shout, go out drinking with your mates, give out and complain about how badly they treated you. But please do not overindulge in this first step or you will only be setting yourself back.
  2. LOOK FORWARD – Stay positive as hard as that can be. In the initial period try your best not to look back only forward… as things start to move forward again you will be in a better frame of mind and emotionally stronger to look back and learn from any mistakes that you may have made in the job that you just lost.
  3. CLARIFY – Write a list of all the things you enjoy doing and schedule at least one preferably two of these into each day for the next two weeks. Stick to this schedule as it will keep you from slipping into a depression or laziness that is easy to fall into when you don’t have to get up for work.
  4. APPLY – Spend at least 2 hours per day applying for jobs that you would like to do. Try not to panic and apply for any old job as you could end up in something you hate doing and lose that job again shortly because it isn’t really what you want to be doing. Thus you will end up in a negative spiral that will not work wonders for your self esteem.
  5. FRIENDSHIP – Meet friends on a regular basis, even when you really don’t feel like it, get out and about. Even if it’s only for a coffee – keep in touch with your friends (the real ones who are there in good times as well as bad). It’s amazing how supportive friends are and how even just getting out of the house for a while can change your perspective.
  6. ENJOY – Use the time you are off to do the things you didn’t have time to do when you were working. Always wanted to try a dance/art/yoga/singing class? Well now’s your chance and there are a lot of community based schemes which offer great rates on classes of all types.
  7. DE-CLUTTER – get rid of all the junk in your wardrobe/kitchen/living room/garden that is useless and cluttering up your space. Once you have done this you will be amazed by how much clearer your head space will be to focus on where you want to go from here.
  8. VISUALISE – Get creative (and this one has always worked for me) – make a collage with photos, pictures torn out of newspapers or magazines or paintings or drawings of things that inspire you…. that you want to bring into your new life – visualisation works wonders….I am a firm believer in ‘what you will see will be’ and that’s why it’s so important to stay positive and focus on all the good because you will bring it in by seeing it.
  9. MORNING – take the time to eat a good wholesome breakfast every morning and to write a quick list of the things you want to achieve that day. As you go through the day tick off the items you have done. This will give you a sense of achievement and help you to rebuild your self esteem.
  10. DECIDE – did the career you were working in fulfil you? If the answer is yes then great apply for those types of jobs again but if it’s no allow yourself to dream, what other skills do you have, what kind of work would fulfil you? Do you need to study more to achieve your dream job? If so and you can afford to live on less money for a while, why not look up that course?

 Hello Reader.  I write this list from experience. I recently lost my second job to this recession and this time round I’m a lot more focussed and positive. I wrote the list in the order that worked for me but a different order might be more beneficial to you. A friend recommended de-cluttering to me in the early stages but I didn’t have the energy to do that then – once I’de done the first lot of steps I had more energy for the rest….. anyway, from the bottom of my heart – I hope these steps will help you the way they helped me.