News story: Home Secretary hears from Scottish businesses on skills-based immigration

first_imgThe UK government’s proposals will, in line with the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee: remove the annual cap on the number of visas issued for skilled workers widen the skills threshold to include people with qualifications equivalent of A levels or Scottish Highers ends the requirements for labour market tests by employers wanting to sponsor a highly skilled worker Home Secretary Sajid Javid today (Friday 3 May) met with local business leaders in Aberdeen to seek their views on the UK government’s plan to introduce a new skills-based immigration system from 2021.The Home Office is conducting a year-long engagement programme across the UK to listen to the views of businesses and communities.Representatives from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association, VisitAberdeenshire, Chrysaor, Thistle Seafoods and other organisations were all present at the talks.A skills-based immigration system will follow the end to freedom of movement and will favour experience and talent over nationality. It will help employers access the skills they need while ensuring net migration is reduced to sustainable levels.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: I want our future immigration system to work in the best interests of the whole of the UK. That’s why I came to Aberdeen today to hear directly from businesses as they take part in this important debate. Scottish employers are playing a key role in helping us finalise our plans and my meeting with industry representatives was extremely productive. A skills-based approach will ensure we attract the brightest and best migrants to Scotland and the rest of the UK – boosting our economy and benefiting the British people. The Home Secretary was hosted by the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.The new immigration and borders system will be implemented in a phased approach from 2021 and full details are available in the UK government’s White Paper.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp rejects talk of playing return for Steven Gerrard

first_img They currently trail leaders Sion (on seven points) by three and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December. Klopp was asked by a local journalist what he thought of the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. “We are not here for a visit. I hope you will see that tomorrow,” he added. “We know it will be hard tomorrow and that is why the Europa League is a very big challenge. “We are here to do our best and if we need to work hard for 95, 96 minutes then we shall do this.” Galaxy boss Bruce Arena has dismissed the prospect of Gerrard returning to play for Liverpool as “ridiculous”. In the last week Arena rejected the idea of any of his star players going out on loan during the MLS close season but he went further when asked about suggestions the former England international could return to his old club. “I don’t believe it is at all accurate,” he told reporters in California. “There’s not any truth to any of this. It’s ridiculous.” Arena did, however, welcome the opportunity for Gerrard to train with the Reds while he is back in England. “Of course,” he said. “Why not?” The 35-year-old midfielder has another year to run on his deal with the Major League Soccer side but his potential return to train at the Reds’ Melwood base during the off-season prompted suggestions he could once again wear the red shirt. Klopp has dismissed any chance of that happening but will welcome back Gerrard with open arms. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will speak to Steven Gerrard about a role at the club when his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy expires but the conversation will not involve talk of playing. “Stevie has a contract with LA Galaxy, he loves this club and he is a legend and when his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff,” said the German. “We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do we will help him but not at this moment – we are in the middle of the season. “Do you think he should play at this moment or next year. No? Why did you ask me? “I spoke with Stevie; one phone call and a few messages and I told him ‘When you are here of course you can come whenever you want, you can train with us if you think it is good for you’. “Of course our doors are always open for him, that is clear. But nothing else.” Klopp has taken his strongest-possible side to Russia for the Europa League match against Rubin Kazan with the inclusion of youngsters, including the likes of Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and back-up goalkeeper Ryan Fulton – kept to a minimum, although defender Connor Randall would also have travelled had he not picked up an injury in training yesterday. Klopp’s policy is different to that of predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who on the club’s only other European trip this season left six senior players at home when they flew to Bordeaux in September. Liverpool, who have had three successive 1-1 draws in Europe this season, at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign. Press Associationlast_img read more

Match fixing scandal rocks La Liga

first_imgPolice in Spain have made a number of arrests as part of an investigation into match-fixing.Current and former players as well as club executives – reportedly from the country’s top two divisions – have been detained.“The police action follows complaints about possible match-fixing in a May 2018 match from La Liga to the Spanish authorities,” said a La Liga spokesman.La Liga has reported a further eight possible match-fixing cases to police.The spokesman added: “We thank the police for the extraordinary work done to dismantle what appears to be an organised criminal group dedicated to obtaining economic benefits through the predetermination of football matches.“This police operation demonstrates the effectiveness of integrity protection systems implemented by La Liga to protect the cleanliness of all competitions in Spanish football.“La Liga continues to fight to eradicate any scourge against fair play in Spanish football Source: BBClast_img read more