Lindsay Millar might have been exceptionally busy over the past five months fulfilling her duties as mayor of Mid and East Antrim, but she still managed to find time to complete a masters degree, which she hopes will be a gateway to a new career. The Carrickfergus councillor is seen by many as one of the rising stars within the Ulster Unionist Party, but she insists she has no desire to pursue a full-time career in politics.The 27-year-old, who currently works for UUP MEP Jim Nicholson, is hoping her recent academic success will help her secure a job in the public relations industry.Having worked for Mr Nicholson for the past five years, she decided to retrain for a different career after the UK voted to leave the EU – meaning she will be out of work after Brexit in 2019. Her experience of organising events and campaigns for the UUP led her towards the field of public relations – something for which she needed new qualifications.Lindsay already had a politics degree from … [Read more...] about Busy Lindsay finishes masters degree while fulfilling mayoral role
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The Illinois tollway has paid more than $636,000 over seven months as part of an estimated $6.6 million contract with a politically connected communications firm whose hiring largely flew under the radar. Morreale Communications is led by CEO Kim Morreale, who is married to Chicago's only Republican state representative, Michael McAuliffe. The firm's client list includes Chicago and Pace bus, but unlike those public entities, the tollway's board of directors is appointed by the governor, in this case Republican Bruce Rauner.Tollway officials said the communications firm, which was hired as part of a larger contract with engineers WSP USA Inc., was picked on its merits. Neither contract was competitively bid."Morreale Communications is a well-known and respected communications firm in the transportation industry and has proven to be an invaluable resource to the tollway," spokeswoman Joelle McGinnis said. "The tollway has operated with 100 percent transparency and integrity in … [Read more...] about Did Illinois tollway give contract to firm because of political connections?
Climate change. Plastics polluting our oceans. Food insecurity and drought. These are issues on the minds of an increasing number of Americans. In a recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of Americans agreed that our country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. “The government should do everything they can,” said Daniel Horst, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Sciences program at Cascadia College. “They have a large amount of power to affect change at the individual level, and can make national policies and budgeting that could support a huge swath of environmental programming.” While Horst is passionate about the role that government should play in protecting our environment, he believes that citizens have the power to enact and affect lasting change as well. Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Sustainable Practices offered at Cascadia College in the Seattle suburb of Bothell is unique. How? It prepares students to … [Read more...] about Is a Career in Sustainability on Your Horizon?
Party Secretary Matteo Renzi. Photo: AFP The Italian political system is complicated, to say the least. In a series of articles examining each of the country's main parties, The Local Italy aims to introduce you to the key players and parties as they return from summer recess. To start with, here's an introduction to the ruling party, the Democratic Party (PD), its history, policies, support, and key figures. Origins The Democratic Party (PD) is relatively young, founded in late 2007 as a merger of various centre-left parties, including former Communists and former Christian Democrats. Chief among them were the Democrats of the Left and the Democracy is Freedom - The Daisy. Like Italy's other major parties, the reason the PD was only formed quite recently is due to a massive corruption trial known as Mani Pulite (Clean Hands), which rocked Italian politics in the early 1990s by uncovering bribes and graft. By the time it had run its course, 3,000 people had been arrested … [Read more...] about Political cheat sheet: Understanding Italy’s Democratic Party
Confused between Left and the Socialist Left? Unsure whether the Progress Party is progressive? Here is The Local’s easy beginner’s guide to the Norwegian parties who will be battling out when the Scandinavian country goes to the polls on September 11th. Conservative Party (Høyre) Who: Erna Solberg Age: 56 Current role: Prime Minister of Norway since 2013 Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: Audun Braastad/NTB scanpix Background: Hailing from the southwestern city of Bergen, Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been in politics since serving as a deputy member on her home town’s city council in the late 1970s. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Bergen, has been an MP since 1989 and leader of her party since 2004. Solberg has two children with husband Sindre Finnes, a businessman and former Conservative Party politician. Party: Having been in opposition since 2005, the Conservatives obtained 26.8 percent … [Read more...] about Election 2017: Who’s who in Norwegian politics?