Go back to the enewsletter The worlds elite trav

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe world’s elite travellers have a new secret hideaway to call home in Dubai, with the launch of Desert Palm PER AQUUM‘s Villa LAYALI.The just-unveiled villa takes Arabian luxury into strikingly imaginative territory. Villa LAYALI welcomes guests to a world where designer geometries and sensory pleasures await behind closed doors and patterns of light shift across courtyard walls and panes of water. The three-bedroom 845-square-metre villa hides amongst tall palm trees in a location some jet-setters will recognise as the site of the hotel’s original royal villa. The property’s original award-winning designer Isabelle Miaja brings her artistry to the new Villa LAYALI, evoking the Arabian avant-garde aesthetic that has set Desert Palm PER AQUUM apart since its opening in 2008.Just 15 minutes from the spires of Downtown Dubai, Desert Palm PER AQUUM is one of the UAE’s better-kept secrets. The verdant resort hotel feels a world away from the urban energy and bustle. Set in a 6.4-hectare polo estate, nature prevails and sophisticated design attracts the discerning. Travellers and in-the-know locals lounge amidst the peaceful grounds and rarefied surrounds. Guests arrive via a private entrance, strolling a Jordanian stone pathway adorned by water features and manicured hedges.The large courtyard evokes the sanctuary of a modern riad. Mashrabiya screens over the pool and all around the walls of the courtyard cast intricate shadows onto the pool blue and courtyard’s white tiled expanse. Across the courtyard, the glass-enclosed Great Room entreats with its solid oak floor, private palm enclave, elevated terrace and impressive views of the championship polo field. The long oval marble table of the dining area sets a chic tableau, perfect for dinners created by a private chef.During Dubai’s October to April polo season, the equestrian action takes place just metres from the villa. Its guests enjoy a VIP viewing platform from the Great Room’s balcony. Luxury on Reserve Villa LAYALI guests enjoy complimentary limousine transfer on airport arrival and departure, 24-hour stays (subject to availability), priority reservations for fine dining restaurant RARE and the acclaimed treatments at LIME Spa, as well as a private six-seat buggy for their own use to traverse the estate. Upon booking Villa LAYALI, guests are contacted to select the wines and Champagnes they desire to have stocked in their private wine fridge, to prepare any personalised luxuries and to pre-book butler service and other exclusive on-request indulgences.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Kevin Carmichael The idea that Canadians need oil and gas to make

first_img Share this storyKevin Carmichael: The idea that Canadians need oil and gas to make a living overlooks the data Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn The vacancy numbers also expose all kinds of structural flaws that restrain the labour market from reaching even more impressive heights.Unfilled positions in Quebec increased by about 21,000, by about 12,400 in Ontario and by about 9,300 in British Columbia; openings decreased from the first quarter of 2018 in Alberta and Saskatchewan.That condition has existed for a while, suggesting that something is blocking Westerners from seeking out opportunities in central Canada or B.C. The numbers appear to suggest that we have a mobility problem, an issue that a lot of policy thinkers take for granted.Free-market types assume an unemployed person will seek out a job, no matter what. And the highly educated advisers of policymakers and executives assume everyone is as keen to leave home as they were when they set out to collect degrees and passport stamps.But academics, while attempting to explain the rise of populism, have discovered that some of us are more committed to our communities than previously imagined. The economies of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are booming — and they have the house prices to prove it. That means a job in any of those places is only attractive to someone from Saskatchewan if it pays enough to offset the cost-of-living shock. And even then, that person might feel better off in a community where he or she can rely on friends and family for support.Statistics Canada found that the number of openings in health care and social assistance increased by 19 per cent from the first quarter of 2018, to 61,860 unfilled positions. 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He asked: Without oil, how were Canadians supposed to make a living? “Look at what propaganda you are selling,” the emailer said.No serious person talks about ending oil and gas production anytime soon. The column in question actually emphasized how sustainable finance could be used to extend the life of the oilsands by funding innovation that could reduce emissions. But let’s think about the notion that without oil there is no other way for Canadians to make a living. Unemployment is at record low, so why are Canadians so worried about job insecurity, recession and cost of living? No easy solutions for Albertans facing long-term unemployment as recovery stalls Why do we have high youth unemployment concurrent with a national labour shortage? The sentiment that the economy would tumble into a depression if not for few sacred industries is widely held. Someone attached to the General Motors Co. plant in Oshawa, Ont. could have written a similar email. Or a real-estate broker in Vancouver. Or a dairy farmer from just about anywhere. All of those industries face uncertain futures for one reason or another, and it’s hard to imagine a future in which they aren’t expanding the terms of trade or pumping up local wealth.Canada’s economy has its flaws, and one of them is this notion that its success is contingent on any one group of companies. The economy is more dynamic than that. In the abstract, there are hundreds of thousands of ways to make a living at the moment, at least according to Statistics Canada’s latest quarterly report on job vacancies, an under-appreciated gauge of the economy’s health.StatCan counted 506,000 unfilled positions in the first quarter, a 10 per cent increase from the same period a year earlier and the most in any first quarter since the agency started publishing these data in 2015. So there is more evidence that the national labour market really is as hot as some of the too-good-to-true data from recent months suggest. “It’s a useful gauge of employer sentiment,” as actual job listings are more trustworthy than sentiment surveys, said Brendon Bernard, economist at Indeed Canada, a web-based hiring site. “It shows the strength of the labour market.”… the highly educated advisers of policymakers and executives assume everyone is as keen to leave home as they were Kevin Carmichael: The idea that Canadians need oil and gas to make a living overlooks the data Our economy is more dynamic than that, but we need to — collectively — fix some serious structural flaws Workers at Fab-U-Tech Industries in Nisku, Alta. install a new 1500-ton press brake that will form two-inch-thick steel plates used in the oil and gas industry.Postmedia file photo Join the conversation → Reddit June 18, 20196:26 PM EDT Filed under News Economy 27 Comments Comment Four of the 10 economic regions with the fastest-growing job vacancy rates are in Quebec, including the Mauricie, where openings increased by almost 90 per cent from the first quarter of 2018. But you’d have to be comfortable in French — or willing to learn — to live happily in any of them, and you’d be at the back of the province’s notoriously long line for a family doctor. If you are a unilingual Albertan, you might prefer to take your chances on landing a job in Calgary or Edmonton, which are rarer, but still relatively well paid.There also is a skills gap. The number of openings in health care and social assistance increased by 19 per cent from the first quarter of 2018, to 61,860 unfilled positions, according to StatCan. The number of postings by companies in professional, scientific and technical services surged 28 per cent to almost 42,000.Hospitals and clinics might consider higher wages: they were offering an average of $23.70 per hour in the first quarter, 10 cents an hour more than a year earlier. Tech companies appear to accept that talent is at a premium, however; unfilled positions in that industry come with average hourly pay of $30.10, on par with oil-and-gas and four per cent higher than a year earlier.Companies should probably also stop waiting for someone else to train the workers they need. In April, Montreal-based Aldo Group, which sells shoes and accessories in about 100 countries, announced that it would back a course in shoe design at Lasalle College. “We’re trying to get ahead of a problem,” David Bensadoun, the company’s chief executive, told me in an interview at the time. “There wasn’t a critical mass” of talent, he said, and “teaching on the job is hard.”There are lots of ways for Canadians to make a living. The risk is we don’t do enough collectively to ensure all those empty positions get filled.•Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: CarmichaelKevin Featured Stories Getty Images Kevin Carmichael ← Previous Next →last_img read more