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First Post Of 2012

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Yeah yeah I know, where have I been, well I am still here, still alive, been busy with a mixture of work, dieting, playing saints row the 3rd, secondlife and now minecraft.

I finally bought the new NAS (network attached storage) unit I was after and transferred all my stuff to it, that took longer than expected.

My plan for the year is to convert all of my DVD’s to electronic format such as divx or m4v but am undecided on which format to go with, I don’s want to have to install special players or codec’s just to watch a movie so the m4v format just seems to work with most movie players.

I am also looking out for some new movies to watch, I love science fiction and I have stuff like Stargate, Starwars, Star trek, but its the scifi anime that really gets my attention, I’ve recently watched “Black Butler” which is so dam funny, but I keep finding myself watching stuff like Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex which is more scifi / cyborg stuff, if you can think of any dvd’s titles that I might like then please put the name & link in the comments.

I am still waiting for BT (telephone provider) to install their new BT infinity in my area, at the moment the best I can get is about 15mb down & 0.5mb up, BT infinity advertise “up to 40mb down and 8up” even if i can only get something like 35mb down and 7up I would be far better off than I am now paying £16 for a 2mb connection, plus it gives me more scope to work from home and to do online gaming.

Enough waffle for now, peace to you all.

Work Sec: ‘Give Brits Jobs, Not Migrants’

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Article title: Work Sec: ‘Give Brits Jobs, Not Migrants’
Source: Sky News – Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Article:

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has issued a plea to businesses to take on jobless British youths – rather than migrant workers.
In a speech the former Conservative Party leader said the Government’s attempts to cut unemployment are doomed to fail unless immigration is brought under control.
He quoted new figures suggesting that more than half of new jobs are now being taken by foreigners.
Mr Duncan Smith called on businesses to recruit jobless British workers, rather than taking on immigrants.
“Good immigration is managed immigration – it should not be an excuse to import labour to take up posts which could be filled by people already in Britain.
“Controlling immigration is critical or we will risk losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness.”
His comments, in a speech to the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies thinktank (FAES) in Madrid, appear to echo Gordon Brown’s promise of “British jobs for British workers”.
The former PM’s 2007 pledge was widely criticised – not least by Conservatives – when it emerged that around 80% of the jobs created during Labour’s time in power went to migrants.
But official figures unearthed by Labour MP Frank Field show 87% of the 400,000 jobs created over the first year of the coalition went to workers from abroad.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school-leavers.
“It is part of our contract with the British people.
“This Government is reforming welfare to make work pay, and to help people back to work.
“We are toughening sanctions against those who refuse to take jobs when they are available.
“But we also need an immigration system that gives the unemployed a level playing field.
“If we do not get this right then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group who will be the most affected are young people.”