The death of Nelson Mandela reminds us of the great victory that the black masses of South Africa achieved over the vicious, cruel and regressive apartheid system first encouraged by British imperialism and then adopted by a reactionary and racist white South African ruling class to preserve the privileges of a tiny few. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and the people he represented fought a long and hard battle to overthrow a grotesque regime, backed by the major imperialist powers, including the US, for decades.
Is Walmart's request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages?
The storage containers are attractively displayed at the Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard in Canton. The bins are lined up in alternating colors of purple and orange. Some sit on tables covered with golden yellow tablecloths. Others peer out from under the tables.
This isn't a merchandise display. It's a food drive - not for the community, but for needy workers.
Statistics released by the CSO headlined the fact that “In unadjusted terms there were 396,512 people signing on the Live Register in October 2013. This represents an annual decrease of 23,660 (-5.6%). This is the first month since May 2009 that the unadjusted Live Register total has been below 400,000.
However the statistics also showed that year on year the numbers on Tus & Jobbridge schemes increased by 3000
There is also a possibility that that figure may also be higher as the latest live register statistics did not (as is normal) include an up to date figure for the schemes for the month of October
|DSP Part-time Job Incentive||190||258||172|
|TUS – Community Work Placement Initiative (2011)||4,432||6,301||6,740|
|Total Other Activation Programmes||9,514||11,868||12,515|
Carrauntoohil or Carrantuohill is the highest peak in Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. Some pictures I took wjile climbing it
The Devils Ladder from on top
The Eastern reeks viewed from the slopes of Carrauntohill
Second highest peak Benkeragh
Across the ridge
Approaching the summit
The Devils Ladder from below
In addition to CSO, POBAL etc here are some other useful sites for gaining information in building area profiles
Key Features of the Pobal HP Deprivation Index
(Haase and Pratschke, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
There is a growing body of work which uses the Pobal HP Deprivation Index in a statistical and econometric modelling environment. Without exception, these studies have produced encouraging results and confirm the superior predictive and explanatory power of the index. The following paragraphs briefly outline some of the key features of the HP Deprivation Index and explain the reasons for its superior performance as a measure of social need. The Pobal Haase-Pratschke Deprivation Index (or HP Index hereafter) is unique in its use of confirmatory factor analysis to facilitate inter-temporal comparisons. It was first developed in 2001 and is now in its fourth generation. Since 2010 the Index has been referred to as the Pobal Haase-Pratschke Deprivation Index in recognition of the funding provided by Pobal following successive releases of the Small Area Population Statistics. Any quotation of the Index should be in the form of Pobal HP Deprivation Index (Haase and Pratschke, 2012). The following paragraphs highlight the key features of the HP Index which set it apart from other deprivation indices and make it particularly suitable for econometric and predictive modelling.
The County Reports continue the set of profiles that have been produced for the previous three censuses for the Local Development Companies, Local Authorities and indeed any other organisation with a social inclusion remit within a county framework.
The AIRO Mapping Modules are designed to provide support and assistance in understanding the dynamics of local areas, counties, regions and cross-border areas in Ireland. Modules are separated into 3 main sections: Census Mapping, AIRO Sectoral Themes and AIRO Research Projects
After yesterday's post on the extreme inequality of global wealth cited by a new study
the World Bank has now released a report (World Bank state of the poor) covering the other end of spectrum - the level of extreme poverty in the world. There are roughly 1.2 billion people completely destitute (living on less than $1.25 a day), one-third of which are 400 million children.