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Dec 02, 2020

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his spending review in the House of Commons, 25 November 2020 How are unemployed people supposed to retrain when the Tories cut training? A joblessness crisis is here. But despite its promises, the government is doing the bare minimum Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his spending review in the House of Commons, 25 November 2020 Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his spending review in the House of Commons, 25 November 2020 Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Last modified on Thu 26 Nov 2020 16.55 EST Build, build, build, promised the prime minister in the summer. But for that, you need builders. Since time immemorial, Latin- and Greek-speaking Etonian prime ministers who can’t follow the science or evidence, clueless about skills, bemoan Britain’s lack of vocational education. At every spending review they talk up the need for skills – but contribute token sums to achieve them. It the full report happened again this week: yes, a bit more money, but not much, as further education colleges remain threadbare. Meanwhile, here comes a great crescendo of unemployment, surging to 2.6 million people when furloughing ends. People are tumbling out of all manner of jobs, high and low, from industries not likely to rehire soon. They need retraining fast. But that’s not on offer.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/26/unemployed-reskill-tories-cut-training [Cars]

The city of Joliet is considering two options for a new water source — Hammond and Chicago, McDermott said Tuesday morning on his political radio show, "Left of Center." The Hammond intake option consists of the construction of a new raw water intake in Lake Michigan on the Indiana shoreline, pumping facilities and transmission mains to bring raw water to the city for treatment and distribution throughout the existing system, according to Joliet's RethinkWaterJoliet website, where Joliet is housing all information concerning its alternative water source pursuit. "The conceptual implementation costs for this alternative range from $900 million to $1.1 billion depending upon capacity," the city of Joliet's website said.  Joliet also is considering whether to buy finished water from the city of Chicago for an estimated $500,000 to $600,000 to supply its own city with water, Joliet city officials said. McDermott on Tuesday said the estimate is closer to $700,000.  Under that plan, Joliet would purchase water from Chicago at the city's Southwest Pumping Station and construct pumping facilities and transmission mains to bring finished water to Joliet for distribution throughout the existing system, according to Joliet officials. In either case, the deal would last 125 years, McDermott said. In the last few years, Hammond has become a major player in the wholesaler water business, having expanded its scope into the southeast suburbs as a competitor and alternative to Chicago. Hammond also sells to the Illinois communities of Lansing, Calumet City, Chicago Heights and other nearby communities. The Hammond option is more expensive upfront and would require Joliet to have to treat the water. But the plus side is that option would supply raw water that Joliet could sell to certain surrounding suburbs and nearby cities in Will County, and give Joliet more control over rates and implementation.  "We think the Hammond alternative puts Joliet in a much better control of their long-term water future," Kevin Smith, Hammond city attorney, told The Times.  It was not immediately known how Joliet residential water rates would be impacted with either proposal.  “In the Chicago proposal, they’re trying to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to treat you like a wholesaler. We’re going to give you a better rate, but I don’t see that rate being anywhere near economical for the folks in Joliet,” Smith said on the podcast show.

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/hammond-chicago-mayors-competing-to-supply-joliet-water-for-next-125-years/article_bfb50ad4-2415-5b4a-a534-ad83376f6c8a.html