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    01-13-2009, 05:36 AM
Very bad financial times very very bad times and government is warning more worst to come yet.

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    01-13-2009, 12:35 PM
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Bingo! I found one site.

And here's the piece of news:

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – the SAK – says that more than 10,000 people in Finland have been given notice of a possible temporary layoff so far this year.

On Tuesday, notice of impending consultative talks with staff on personnel cuts was given by a number of companies including the consultancy firm Pöyry, the Sunila pulp mill, and Myllykoski Paper.

The biggest plans for cutting personnel have been made by the paper manufacturer M-real, Hankkija, Onninen, Sandvik, and Cargotec. The SAK says that the pace of furlough notices has accelerated in January.

The number of permanent job cuts has also increased in recent weeks and months.

The SAK says that the number of employees affected by co-determination talks nearly tripled last year compared with 2007. More than 65,000 people were affected by the consultative talks in 2008. The pace of permanent redundancies surged in the last quarter of 2008, when 5,000 people lost their jobs. In the same period in 2007, the number was just 700.


Source: Over 10,000 Notices of Temporary Layoffs in Over a Week | News | YLE Uutiset | yle.fi

(This maybe doesn't sound so bad but have to remember that we have only something around 5,302,375 inhabitants over whole the country).
    01-13-2009, 03:33 PM
It was a very slow news day.. I was listening at 4 and there was actually a 3 min long section on the skiing hill in Siglufjörður... a very very small town in the north of Iceland...

Ok, I just checked the news website.. and there are news about the depression and that's about it...
    01-14-2009, 08:57 AM
Ohio couple adopts, reunites 8 siblings

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:13 PM

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) " Think seven children sounds like a lot? Try adding eight more.
That's what a southern Ohio couple did this week after adopting eight siblings who had been separated after they were placed into foster care.

A Hancock County judge in Findlay finalized the adoption Monday.

The names of the adoptive parents and the eight children weren't made public because adoptions in Ohio are private matters.

The eight children have been living with the adoptive parents for about six months as part of a trial run.

They had been removed from biological parents two years ago after authorities found they were living in unsafe conditions.

Hancock County Judge Allan Davis has overseen hundreds of adoptions, but says he's never had a case that like this.

He's just glad the children could all be kept together.
    01-14-2009, 10:35 AM
I am aiming for 15 personally and adoption might be considered if necessary

    01-14-2009, 02:27 PM
You better hurry up and get married. Unless you have faith in multipul births
It is going to take roughly 15 yrs..

And that is if you can find a woman who wants to be pregnant that many yrs. LOL

At least you think Big. LOL
    01-14-2009, 11:56 PM
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This afternoon/evening was very frigid. We get out of two hours of school because of the cold! It's pretty awesome actually.
    01-15-2009, 12:46 AM
Some fun stuff in here! Great thread!

Okotoks blood donor clinics saving lives

By Don Patterson
staff reporter
Something as simple as donating half-a-litre of blood can mean the difference between life and death for some people and that means Okotoks resident Dixie Navratil may have personally saved hundreds of lives.
Not only does she donate blood whenever she is eligible, Navratil has also played a significant role as a volunteer coordinator for the numerous successful blood clinics held in town each year, many of which are held at the Okotoks Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she is a member.
According to Navratil, the clinics’ success hinges on the people who regularly come out to donate blood.
“If those people didn’t deem it necessary… it wouldn’t work at all,” she said.
Two blood clinics are scheduled to be held in town next month: the first on Feb. 3 at the Church of Latter Day Saints and the second on Feb. 24 at John Paul II Collegiate. Both clinics will be held from 4 p.m. To 8 p.m.
Navratil said the Okotoks clinics have been well attended — even by those whose lives have been saved by blood donations.
At one event, she said a woman who received a blood transfusion told people how her life was saved by blood donations.
“Everybody looked and listened and tears were shed by a lot of people that day, because it let them know exactly how important their blood is,” said Navratil.
Okotoks residents have saved a lot of lives over the years.
Candace Korchinsky, Canadian Blood Services spokeswoman, said 1,060 units of blood were collected in town since April and they are on-track to beat the 1,100 units donated in 2007-08.
“We like to tell people that each unit of blood will help save up to three lives. So that’s about 3,180 lives saved in the past year in Okotoks,” she said. “That’s actually pretty amazing.”
The goal for the February clinics is to get 88 units at each event. One unit is the amount taken from a person when they donate blood and is equal to just under half a litre.
Twelve clinics are held in town each year, roughly one per month. Korchinsky said they chose to hold two in town in February because they are confident they will get enough donors to attend.
Korchinsky said they typically get good attendance at blood clinics in smaller communities because there are no permanent clinics in most towns.
“Because there’s not a clinic there everyday, they really tend to support the clinics and come out when they come to town,” she said.
One in two Canadians are eligible to donate, but only one in 60 do.
To be able to donate blood, a person must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health, however, other criteria could prevent a person from being able to donate. A full list of criteria regulating who can donate is available on the group’s website at Canadian Blood Services - Société canadienne du sang. To book an appointment to donate blood at one of the clinics, call 1-800-2Donate (1-800-236-6283).
    01-15-2009, 05:02 AM
Originally Posted by RegalCharm    
you better hurry up and get married. Unless you have faith in multipul births
It is going to take roughly 15 yrs..

And that is if you can find a woman who wants to be pregnant that many yrs. LOL

At least you think Big. LOL
Regal that is the only problem, I can't find a true dedicated woman who would dedicate her life to be my wife (accepting to have 15 kids!! That is hahaha)....hahaha....

    01-17-2009, 06:52 AM
Women earn more than men in the UK games industry

SPECIAL REPORT: MCV research shows that the average salary for women is £33,260 a year

Who said the games industry was just a boys club?

Whilst women are still a minority in the sector’s workforce, they are earning more than their male counterparts, according to research conducted by MCV.

Average female annual salaries are £2,000 higher than the male wage, at £33,260.

The data comes from a survey conducted by MCV and its sister magazine Develop, featuring responses from 528 UK games industry professionals. Our research took in all sectors, from retail and publishing through to services and development, plus the games media and PR.

Our overall results buck the national averages, too. The overall average games industry yearly salary is £31,655, higher than the Office of National Statistics' average of £24,908. The ONS says that, on average, women earn up to £100 a week less than men, but in games it’s a contrasting figure – with women making around £40 more a week than men.

Women working in the games industry also seem to be more optimistic about their career and job prospects for 2009. 72 per cent of female respondents said that they were confident about the year ahead, versus 66 per cent of men who said the same.

Although just ten per cent of the industry’s workforce is female, prominent women in the sector think the news shows that the market should be attracting more female talent.

“This proves that women can forge decent careers in what is perceived as a male-dominated sector,” said one leading publisher’s HR rep.

Nicola Bhalerao, a software engineer at Microsoft studio Rare – and head of the Women in Games Conference – added: “This is fantastic news. Hopefully it will help attract more women to make great quality games.”

Source: [http://www.mcvuk.com/news/32964/Wome...ames-industry]


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