We should all be concerned by Britain’s anxious, insecure young people The UK is not alone in facing these problems. Youth unemployment is over 50 per cent in some countries, such as South Africa, and over 40 per cent in developed nations like Greece and Spain. In total, there are over 70m young people unemployed across the world. The International Labour Organisation has warned of a “scarred generation” facing high unemployment and precarious employment.Read more: Generation unlucky: Millennials feel sorry for themselves financiallyAn epidemic of anxiety and insecurity among young people should matter to business. First, young people are the current and future customers, as well as employees, of British businesses. Our companies should all be in the “future business”, thinking about the aspirations and concerns of the young.Also young people are a bellwether for overall confidence in the economy. If they are pessimistic, the economy is facing a bleak future. Finally, business may well have to deal with the social consequences of the jobs malaise, such as mental health issues or the riots that occurred in the UK in the summer of 2011.Business, therefore, cannot close its eyes to the anxieties of the young. They need to address them by working with charities like the Trust, to nurture young talent and build the next generation of their workforce. At the same time, if we get it right, more young people can capitalise on the enormous opportunities available today.If we harness their energies, they can do great things for our economy and society. A strong Britain post-Brexit will be built on the talents and energies of all our young people. Monday 9 January 2017 4:15 am Lloyd Dorfman “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is the opening line of Charles Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859. While the words were written over 150 years ago, I cannot think of a better phrase to encapsulate the situation facing young people in London and the rest of the UK today.On the one hand, the glass half full version points to some great opportunities. The UK is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, with world-class finance, tech and creative sectors. The technological revolution enables young people to set up a business from their bedroom. Share whatsapp whatsapp On the other hand, when I speak to young people on visits to schools or Prince’s Trust centres, their insecurities about the present and anxieties about the future are palpable. Their biggest challenges invariably include finding a job and the rising cost of living.The concerns felt by young people come across loud and clear in the Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index published today. Worryingly the survey shows that their confidence and happiness are at their lowest levels since the index started in 2009 (with young Londoners the most pessimistic of any region). More than a quarter of young people aged 16-25 said they don’t feel in control of their lives and 16 per cent thought their life would amount to nothing no matter how hard they try.Read more: Driving down worryingly high youth unemployment is the City’s businessThe despondency spreads to employment prospects. The Index found that 36 per cent of young people don’t feel in control of their job prospects and half say that the pressures of getting a job are greater than a year ago. Linked to job anxieties are rising living costs, with 37 per cent of young people who feel out of control of their lives saying they are worried that their living costs are going up faster than their wages or salary.The results of the survey should make us all sit up and take note. The number of young people in the UK not in education, training or employment (NEETs), despite a recent reduction, remains too high, at 850,000. In London around 100,000 young people are unemployed, equating to 19 per cent of 16-24 year olds, significantly higher than the national average. In general terms, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. read more

whatsapp Diplomats rush drilling rights agreement before Donald dunks the “doughnut” deal Roh distinguishes between a US law treaty which would take a 2/3 vote in the Senate to pass and an executive agreement which is one that the president has bestowed upon people negotiate for him.It carries the power of the president and is binding. Otherwise, Roh says why wouldn’t all agreements made with the United States would change every four years.Another point Roh raises about executive agreements is that the people acting on behalf of Obama won’t be in a job after tomorrow.The rush to finish the deal, according to Roh is probably “not because there are trying to shove something down Donald Trump’s throat. Its will be because the people negotiating will be changing jobs as the administration changes”.When Donald Trump assumes the presidency, it will take a very long time to replace these people and Roh says that “like a lot of campaign fodder, things change a lot when you are in charge. If it makes sense they may just fly with it”. Oil and gas abound in the disputed area of the Gulf of Mexico that falls with in 200 miles from each country’s shore. Mexico has a cross-border deal with the US but Cuba does not.Read more: Is Donald Trump right that Nato is obsolete?The fledgling relationship between Cuba and the US hangs under the threat of termination from Donald Trump who said he would cut relations if Cuba didn’t get its people and Cuban Americans a “better deal”.Charles Roh, a former State Department lawyer and the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA trade agreement says these negotiations sound a lot like the Iranian nuclear weapons deal.The agreement would be classed as an executive agreement. Twenty-four hours to go and the United States, Mexico and Cuba need to decide what to do with the “Doughnut hole” –an area in the Gulf of Mexico where technically they all share the right to drill for oil.Three diplomatic figures familiar with issue told Reuters there was a race to jam an agreement in before Trump’s inauguration. An unnamed official told Reuters they had hoped to have the agreement finished before the inauguration.  Although Roh says, “there is always the Trump risk. It’s never clear when he’ll take a different tack”. Share Nell Mackenzie More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Thursday 19 January 2017 6:13 pm read more

Share It’s that time of year again: the days are getting longer, the trees are blossoming, and the one-time-only Spring Budget is rapidly approaching – with homeowners and landlords alike steeling themselves for more punishment from the chancellor.The good news is it looks unlikely there will be much to punish homeowners or lower house prices in this Budget. The bad news? Those punishing stamp duty rules will probably remain in place. whatsapp Will Hammond take heed? Analysts at Liberum think it could be possible: they suggest a potential rise in the threshold for first-time buyers – although it’s unlikely.That said…Read more: Blame Brexit: International investors are finally shunning London propertyLuxury homesQuirk predicts those buying homes worth £1.5m or more will get a reprieve from punishing rates of stamp duty.“The UK market has remained strong through testing times since the last Budget, but the high-end sector has taken a real kicking where buyer demand is concerned. Here’s what the property sector is expecting in this week’s Budget – from stamp duty to landlords to luxury homes Emma Haslett “What he needs to do is turn stamp duty on its head or eradicate it altogether,” adds Russell Quirk, chief executive of online estate agent Emoov.“It is an archaic tax introduced to help fund a war against France many moons ago. Now that the Anglo-French relations are back on good(ish) terms, the anti-homeowner tax only heightens the mountain faced by aspiring UK buyers when trying to get on the ladder.“Pivoting Stamp Duty so that it is paid by the seller would assist those beleaguered first-time buyers, particularly those in the South East who currently pay nearly £6,000 just for ‘permission’ to jump onto the housing ladder in one of the UK’s most expensive areas.”The Institute of Economic Affairs goes even further: “Council tax and stamp duty could be replaced with an annual property-based tax set at a fixed percentage of a property’s value, with a cap of one per cent.“The cost of this would be mainly borne by the rich, those who move less often and those currently able to avoid stamp duty. It would also include substantial charges levied on foreign non-residents who own UK property.” Tuesday 7 March 2017 9:21 am Here’s what the experts think:Read more: The government’s assault on buy-to-let landlords is hurting tenantsStamp dutyAn oldie but a goody. It comes up almost every time, but stamp duty is the gift that keeps on giving to the chancellor.Jeremy Duncombe, director of Legal & General Mortgage Club, says reforming the tax “could play a significant role in solving our country’s housing crisis”.“By using stamp duty incentives to free up additional housing supply, the government can help ensure that families have more access to the larger homes they need and that smaller properties are available for first-time buyers.” “While the government is making more in stamp duty tax on each sale, the sharp decline in transaction volumes above £1.5m have resulted in the government actually making less money and Mr Hammond should adjust his housing policies based on this post-Brexit evidence.”Read more: Buy-to-lose: Is there value left in the UK letting market?LandlordsIt’s been a rough few years for landlords, who have been hit with a raft of new legislation designed to put off second home buyers, including higher rates of stamp duty and the scrapping of mortgage tax relief.The latest indignity? The government’s decision to cut housing benefit for under-21s, which the Residential Landlords Association reckons will put landlords off renting to young people.Vice chairman Chris Town suggests Hammond should ditch the plan: “We call on the government… to reverse its plans to cut housing benefit for the under 21s.”Read more: It’s time we saw some real planning reformsPlanningHousebuilders have urged Hammond to loosen planning rules, but analysts at Liberum suggest any planning reform beyond what was outlined in last month’s housing white paper won’t happen this time – although they did suggest a “mention of allocation of expenditure” could be afoot. whatsapp read more

first_imgMonday 1 October 2018 12:13 pm whatsapp Deliveroo’s pre-tax losses widened despite another year of booming sales in 2017, in a sign of the firm’s ambitions to bear the brunt of short-term losses for a greater slice of the UK’s increasingly competitive food delivery market. The firm also said it now works with 50,000 restaurants and 50,000 riders across the world in the wake of its recent launch in Taiwan.Co-founder and chief executive Will Shu said: “Deliveroo is growing rapidly around the world, driven by our passion to bring amazing food to people whenever and wherever they want it.“Our growth is matched only by our ambition. We want to become the world’s definitive food company and we have invested heavily in innovation, technology, people and restaurants.” Losses take a bite out of Deliveroo buzz but revenue soars amid global expansion by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryQuizGrizThe Average Baseball Fan Only Gets 7 Right! Can You Beat That?QuizGrizBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love Share Losses before tax hit £184.7m in the 12 months of 2017, slumping from £129m the year before, with the firm citing “major investments” totalling £100 million as the principal reason for the dip.However, the company pointed out that revenue growth of 116 per cent was steeper than the rise in net losses, meaning that Deliveroo’s underlying profit margin has in fact been climbing as the firm ramps up its plans for global expansion.The news comes amid growing speculation that the online food delivery service could be bought out by Uber as part of the latter’s plan to expand in Europe and see off mounting competition from takeaway ordering app Just Eat.Read more: Uber-Deliveroo merger rumours dent Just Eat’s share priceDeliveroo today also underlined a number of milestones that the group hit last year, such as its move into a new head office on Cannon Street in the City. Sebastian McCarthy Tags: Tax Uber More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

first_img The rules, designed to reduce ocean pollution, would ban ten single-use products with readily available alternatives by 2021.Read more: Here’s how we tackle the biggest source of microplastic pollutionThe list includes polystyrene fast-food containers and products made from oxo-degradable plastics, which critics say do not completely break down.The proposals will also put greater responsibility on manufacturers to recycle and cover the costs of waste management.They would ensure that 90 per cent of plastic bottles are recycled by 2025 and require waste from cigarette butts to be halved by 2025. Wednesday 24 October 2018 7:15 pm Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USADaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped Speedzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteabley The new rules were overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament, but could still face opposition from members states before they are put into law.Until recently around two thirds of the UK’s plastic waste was sent to China according to figures from Greenpeace, however a recent ban has caused exporters to rethink.Read more: Who could be against a war on plastic? Lots of people, actually”Europe has to come to terms with the fact that we cannot just put it on someone else’s shoulders,” the EU Commission’s deputy head Frans Timmermans told Reuters.”It is the first strategy in the world that looks at the whole issue of the role of plastics in our economy,” he added. “If we don’t move now, if we don’t move swiftly … you will have more plastic in the oceans than fish.” Straws and cotton buds out as officials warn ocean plastic could outnumber fish August Graham Tags: Trading Archive Plastic straws and cotton buds will be banned under proposals approved by the European Parliament earlier today. whatsapplast_img read more

first_img European Parliament calls for a full audit of Facebook over its data breach track record Thursday 25 October 2018 4:05 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Emily Nicolle The European Parliament has today called for a full audit to be carried out on Facebook to assess the security of its users’ personal data and the firm’s data protection policies, in light of this year’s string of data breaches. Claude Moraes, chair of the EU Civil Liberties Commission which passed a similar resolution earlier this month, said: “This is a global issue, which has already affected our referenda and our elections. This resolution sets out the measures that are needed, including an independent audit of Facebook, an update to our competition rules, and additional measures to protect our elections.”Action must be taken now, not just to restore trust in online platforms, but to protect citizens’ privacy and restore trust and confidence in our democratic systems.”A Facebook spokesperson reiterated the firm’s statement made at the time of the last resolution: “We are grateful to the European Parliament for the number of opportunities to come and explain the changes we have made to our platform. We are working relentlessly to ensure the transparency, safety and security of people who use Facebook.”Over the last months we have developed sophisticated systems that combine technology and people to prevent election interference on our services. This is part of a broader challenge for us at Facebook to be more proactive about protecting our community from harm and taking a broader view of our responsibility overall.”center_img MEPs have today adopted a resolution which urged Facebook to allow EU bodies to carry out a full audit, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year in which the data of 87m Facebook users was improperly obtained and then misused.MEPs noted the data obtained by Cambridge Analytica may have been used to sway political opinion by both sides during the EU referendum and the 2016 US presidential election.The body proposed Facebook should adopt several further measures to prevent future election meddling on its platform, including allowing EU member states to carry out investigations into its misuse by foreign actors.In failing to prevent the spate of data breaches Facebook has suffered in recent years, MEPs argued the social media giant not only breached the trust of EU citizens, “but indeed EU [data protection] law”.The news follows the UK Information Commissioner’s Office confirmation to award Facebook the maximum penalty over Cambridge Analytica, amounting to just £500,000.  Share Tags: Data protection Facebook whatsapplast_img read more

first_imgFriday 9 November 2018 8:37 am It has been a great opportunity to show buyers that our destinations, products, and services are worth investing in, and that the UK is, and will continue to be, fully open for business.Tourism shows the world the best of our nation. We have so much to offer international visitors – beautiful landscapes, world-class culture, and unique heritage sites. We are a global country, and have always been a must-visit destination.The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is not going to change that. In fact, VisitBritain expects a record 40.9m international visits to our shores this year alone.We are absolutely committed to maintaining a positive relationship with EU member states and the wider world. After all, Europe benefits from access to the UK tourism market too.In 2017, EU member states accounted for 75 per cent of the 72m visits abroad by UK residents, and 65 per cent of the UK’s 39m inbound visits were from EU residents. whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com British tourism will thrive – from the EU and beyond and whatever the weather This is part of our ambitious work to improve the passenger experience at busy airports such as Heathrow, while maintaining border security.Travel is good for our understanding of each other. It is good for our economies, and it is something that the UK will absolutely continue to support.We will keep banging the drum for this sector, and support both our inbound and outbound tourism markets. They are of huge importance to our economy, and to Britain’s place in the world. Michael Ellis whatsapp These statistics demonstrate why we have been very clear that, after March 2019, we want a continuation of UK-EU flights at attractive prices and of visa-free travel for UK and EU-based tourists.Furthermore, there is always work that the industry can do to remain competitive and prosper, particularly following Brexit. The government is committed to leading by example.That’s why I reinforced this message earlier this week at the World Travel Market, as I joined a ministerial summit, covering 52 countries, to focus on investments in tourism technology.I also hosted a roundtable event at 10 Downing Street with international chief executives from the World Travel and Tourism Council who invest heavily in UK tourism. This focused on all that is attractive about the UK market, and how we can continue to stimulate growth and productivity.And to further support tourism from the wider world, the chancellor announced in the Budget last week that millions more travellers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States will be able to use ePassport gates as they arrive at 14 airports in the UK from next summer. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share Opinion Tourism is worth £66bn a year to the British economy, and its importance to our country will only continue to grow.This week, London’s Excel hosted the World Travel Market. It is the UK’s most significant annual tourism event, where deals worth almost £3bn are estimated to have been signed. Some 50,000 visitors are believed to have attended, and almost 5,000 companies from across the world have exhibited. Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

first_img Waiting isn’t working for people seeking asylum in the UK whatsapp Rebecca Baron Tuesday 4 December 2018 1:14 pm Share After a period of 12 months from making a claim for refugee status, people are permitted to apply for the right to work – but only if they can fill a role on the UK government’s famously restrictive Shortage Occupation List. This is a set of jobs so narrow and unusual in their scope that it includes roles like “classical ballerina” and “nuclear medicine practitioner”. Therefore in practice, these people are effectively banned from working.According to official government statistics, almost half (48 per cent) of people seeking asylum wait more than six months for a decision on whether their refugee application has been accepted, during which time they are not allowed to work.Many people find themselves waiting years in limbo and without the means to support their family through work. People seeking asylum are reliant on a small amount of government support of just £5.37 a day to survive, and so are pushed into isolation and poverty.We aren’t the only ones who think that this doesn’t make sense – recent research found that over 70 per cent of UK people are in favour of giving those seeking asylum the right to work.People often ask why an ice cream company gets involved in social issues, but our values have been at the heart of how we do business throughout our 40-year history. whatsapp Way back when Ben & Jerry’s began, our founders felt strongly that businesses have an obligation to give back to the communities that they were serving and create a vision of the future that is built on fairness, compassion and justice for all.To advance justice, we need to enable people to take an active role in society, free of barriers to full economic, social, cultural and democratic participation. Employment is one of the most powerful drivers for integration, and one of the ways in which people can start to rebuild their lives.That is why we have teamed up with Refugee Action and a coaltion of over 100 other charities, faith groups, businesses, and trade unions to call for systemic change for people seeking asylum, by lifting the ban and restoring the right to work. We urge other businesses and individuals to join us and support the call for change through the “Lift the Ban” coalition.Removing this obstacle would require just a small change in the UK’s immigration rules, but it has the power to restore purpose, inspiration, and the ability to provide for their families to people who have escaped from war and persecution.It would also bring the UK in line with the vast majority of comparable countries, both in and outside of Europe. People seeking asylum can’t wait to work, so let’s give them that the right, right now. It’s a Tuesday morning, and for many of us that familiar post-weekend dread remains, as we think about leaving our cosy beds for the glaring office lights. But mornings aside, working can offer so much more than a pay cheque – work can offer us a sense of purpose, inspiration, and the chance to connect with a wider community.As it stands, the opportunity to work, and the purpose, inclusion and inspiration that so often go with it, are denied to people seeking asylum in the UK. Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

first_img DEBATE: Should the government’s Making Tax Digital initiative be delayed? HMRC already faces an increasing amount of pressure to ensure that it is prepared for new customs and trade processes for when we leave the EU – made all the harder by the lack of clarity on what they might look like.There has been a lack of communication about the new programme and what it means for business. A roll-out of this size will also no doubt come with significant teething problems, which in normal circumstances would take time to sort out – and these are not normal times.It makes little sense for the government to introduce a programme of this scale in April 2019, just a week after Brexit, stretching the resources of HMRC even further.The project should be delayed by a year, in order to give businesses and government alike more time and resource to navigate the changes ahead.Carl Reader, founder of the #BeYourOwnBoss movement and chairman of business advisory firm d&t, says NO.SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy and digitalisation is crucial to their success. Research from QuickBooks shows that using cloud software can save businesses 11 hours a month, allowing them to focus on sales and growing their bottom line. Thursday 13 December 2018 9:28 am whatsapp Tags: Brexit Tax Opinion The Making Tax Digital initiative, due to come into force in April 2019, is a first step towards digitalisation, and should be embraced, not delayed. It may feel a hurdle now, but by taking this small step businesses can open up a new world of technological opportunity, productivity, and efficiency.In the longer term, putting digital systems at the heart of a business will help future-proof operations, as technology becomes the norm for organisations and those who run them. Integration and automation across business systems will help SMEs by freeing up their time and making them more competitive.As we approach the government’s deadline, our job now is to help small businesses make the transition seamlessly, open up, and understand the many benefits of Making Tax Digital. Should the government’s Making Tax Digital initiative be delayed?Suren Thiru, head of economics and business finance at the British Chambers of Commerce, says YES.The Making Tax Digital initiative represents a significant overhaul to the UK’s tax system, which could not be happening at a worse time for both business and government. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share Suren Thiru and Carl Reader ReaderCarl Reader is founder of the #BeYourOwnBoss movement and chairman of business advisory firm d&t. whatsapplast_img read more

first_img whatsapp The perfect brand name doesn’t exist, so stop searching for it Think of Xerox, Ikea, Sony: all made-up words. And how many people know (or care) that IBM once meant “International Business Machines”, or that Esso comes from SO – Standard Oil? The meaning invested in these names comes from what those business do and say – not what they’re called.So are names unimportant? Of course not. A good name can help a lot. Look at Bulb, for example: a simple, friendly, cheerful word that instantly suggests power and bright ideas. Handy for an energy startup.On the flip side, a mistaken name can do real damage. You might recall the 2001 attempt to rename the Post Office as “Consignia” – a name that managed to feel empty, cold, and pompous all at once. The switch from cosy familiarity to corporate gobbledegook sparked a national outcry, after which the name was quickly – and expensively – scrapped.Examples like this can create a paralysing pressure on any naming project. And then there’s the added problem of finding names that are still available. Naming has become as much a practical exercise in navigating trademarks as a creative process.So it helps to engage experienced people who won’t freeze when confronted with a blank page. Professionals who know how to keep the inspiration flowing, and can recognise what works – or doesn’t. Spotting those gems relies at least as much on practical strategy as subjective creativity. You need to define your context and objectives before you start. What are others doing? Do you want to stand out, or fit in? Disrupt, or reassure?Explore potential territories, then focus on the most fruitful. And remember: naming is essentially a process of saying “no”. Don’t be disheartened by how much you discard – that’s how you zero in on the answer.There are politics here too. If you can keep senior stakeholders involved throughout the journey, they’re much less likely to parachute in at the eleventh hour with a left-field suggestion that risks upending days or weeks of development.Forget the silver bullet – it doesn’t exist. But if you follow a strategic process, and bring all the important people along with you, you’re far more likely to reach a shortlist of ideas that work – and which everyone can sign up to. Then you can get on with building a brand. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share Naming a brand is often a tortured process, full of impassioned argument and furrowed brows. Everyone wants to find that silver bullet: the simple, unique name that crystallises everything important about the brand.Well, stop looking. Because you won’t find it – and you don’t need to. Names matter, but never as much as they seem to when you’re trying to think of one. Tags: Company Ikea Senior Sony Monday 28 January 2019 10:15 am whatsapp Opinion Mike Reed last_img read more

first_imgWednesday 6 February 2019 2:31 pm ING profits dented by money laundering scandal but Dutch bank ends year with a flourish Share Callum Keown whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Dutch bank ING saw its full year profits dented by a costly money laundering scandal but ended 2018 with better-than-expected earnings in the fourth quarter.The financial services group reported net profit of €4.7bn (£4.13bn) for the year, a 4.1 per cent increase on 2017, despite paying €775m to settle a court case after admitting criminals had been able to launder money through its accounts. In September the Dutch bank was fined €775m after admitting criminals had been able to launder money through its accounts.After settling the case the company said its shortcomings had allowed money laundering practices to be carried out “for years.”Read more: Give accountants the tools they need to fight money launderingHowever, the scandal did not deter new customers as the bank’s global customer base grew by one million to 38.4m over the year, it said today in its results.Hamers said ING had stepped up its cost-saving measures towards the end of the year but said further cost discipline was needed, citing possible increases in regulatory costs, lower lending growth and “challenging” financial markets. whatsapp Read more: ING ordered to pay £700m to settle money laundering caseAfter paying the fine in the third quarter, the bank finished the year with a flourish, reporting €1.27bn earnings in the fourth quarter – a 25 per cent increase on the same period in 2017.The rise was driven by higher commission and fee income, the bank said.“This past year has been filled with both achievements to be proud of and challenges to overcome and learn from,” chief executive Ralph Hamers said.“The organisation continues to work hard on enhancing our customer due diligence files and on a number of structural solutions to bring our anti-money laundering activities to a sustainably better level.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveFinance Wealth PostTom Selleck’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman To Ever ExistFinance Wealth PostFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10bonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Past Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

first_img More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Labour MPs expected to resign today over divisions on Brexit and antisemitism whatsapp Rumblings of a Labour party split look set to reach a head as sources told the media the disaffected MPs would resign today.Senior party sources told the BBC that the leadership was expecting a handful to resignations while Sky News said the group would make a statement later this morning on “the future of British politics”. Monday 18 February 2019 9:14 am whatsappcenter_img Alexandra Rogers Tags: Brexit Chuka Umunna Jeremy Corbyn John McDonnell People Yesterday shadow chancellor John McDonnell attempted to suppress talks of a split, arguing there was “no need” for Labour MPs to resign over Brexit.Read more: Labour moderates are approaching breaking pointAsked by the BBC on the apparent impending split, McDonnell replied: “I don’t see why there’s a need to. On all the issues that people have raised that has the potential for a split, we’re dealing with. We’re holding the party together on Brexit, those who are saying they’ll split if we don’t have a people’s vote – well we’ve still kept that option on the table. Why split over that, it’s ridiculous.”McDonnell said that if Labour was to split it would “be like the 1980s” where the party lost seats to the Conservatives and allowed Margaret Thatcher into Number 10. He said those who were reported to be on the cusp of leaving were “Labour through and through” and “wouldn’t want this”. Those thought to be seriously considering a breakaway from their party include former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger, who recently faced deselection after her local party put forward a no-confidence motion against her. Berger has said she feels the motion was motivated by anti-semitism, allegations of which have gripped the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.Read more: McDonnell denies Labour MPs may quit party over BrexitLabour MP Stephen Kinnock admitted to the BBC this morning that there would “probably be some kind of splintering”.He continued: “We have a duty to deliver for people that we are elected to represent and to change the country for the good and the Labour party is the vehicle to do that.”He urged those thinking of breaking away to “stay in and fight”. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Jessica Clark “What we’re now seeing is a sudden realisation that a no-deal Brexit is both a real and imminent possibility.“With optimism at levels last seen when we just avoided double dip recession in 2012, UK businesses expect a zero-growth economy as the backdrop to their plans.“This matters, because worried businesses don’t hire or invest, creating the conditions for a marked downturn.”BDO’s Output Index was steady at 98.74 in March, up 0.42 from the previous month, suggesting the economy is performing better-than-expected despite the uncertain political environment within the UK and the challenging global business outlook.However, although output growth is in positive territory it is below the average growth trend of 100, and could be inflated by Brexit-related stockpiling which is at an all-time high. Business optimism hits seven-year low as Brexit deadline grows closer whatsapp Business optimism has dropped to its lowest level in seven years as the UK edges closer to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.Read more: Cabinet Brexiter Penny Mordaunt: We must not get locked into Euro elections by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny Sentiment is also now weaker than the low recorded following the 2016 EU referendum, as accountancy and business advisory firm BDO’s Optimism Index slumped to 96.1 last month from 99.79 in February.March’s Optimism Index marks the lowest level since September 2012, when the UK was fighting off a double-dip recession.The latest index, published by BDO this morning, marks the worst monthly drop since November 2008 – in the aftermath of Lehman Brothers’ collapse.A 4.15 point drop in optimism in the service sector, which accounts for around 80 per cent of UK GDP, drove the overall sharp decline in confidence.BDO partner Peter Hemington said: “Continued uncertainty about Brexit has led to a severe worsening of expectations about our near economic future.center_img More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tags: Brexit Share “Looking on the bright side, most businesses are not unhappy with current trading,” Hemington added.“If the fear of no-deal can be lifted, we should hope for a quick return of confidence, and perhaps even a “no-deal averted” bounce in the economy.“Let’s hope our politicians can deliver this.”Read more: Government ready to compromise with Corbyn through ‘gritted teeth’The index results come as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares for an EU summit on Wednesday, where leaders will decide whether to grant a further extension to Article 50 in order to avoid a no-deal exit from the European Union on Friday. Monday 8 April 2019 8:30 amlast_img read more

first_imgThursday 12 September 2019 8:57 am Rudd added that Johnson was “earnest in his desire to find a deal… but it’s not enough to say you want a deal. You have to put into place action to get a deal”. Catherine Neilan LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Conservative MP Amber Rudd arrives at Downing Street on July 24, 2019 in London, England. Boris Johnson took the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this afternoon and immediately began appointing new Cabinet Ministers. Former Foreign secretary and leadership rival Jeremy Hunt returns to the back benches, along with Liam Fox, Jeremy Wright, Penny Mordaunt and Karen Bradley. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Main image: Getty whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamabonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun Rudd: May ruled out ‘un-Conservative’ plan to prorogue parliament Share Rudd said there was a “level of confrontation” between the government and parliament that she had never seen before. “It is unwelcome, I think it is a mistake,” she said. The former Cabinet minister, who served under both May and Boris Johnson before sensationally resigning this weekend, told the BBC’s Today programme, said the previous PM had ruled out suspending parliament “because it would have been the wrong approach”. Former Prime Minister Theresa May considered proroguing parliament but dismissed it as “un-Conservative”, Amber Rudd has said today. More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com whatsapp The former work and pensions secretary urged compromise and stressed the need to use “intelligence to find that compromise”. Rudd will tonight give a speech warning that either no deal or revoking Article 50 would risk public anger.last_img read more

first_img Uber launches appeal over TfL London ban All these journeys were uninsured and some of the drivers were unlicensed, including one person who previously had their licence revoked by TfL. The appeal will kickstart a potentially lengthy legal process, during which time Uber can continue to operate in London. whatsapp Read more: Uber says it received 6,000 reports of sexual assault over two-year period Uber has today submitted an appeal against Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to ban the ride-hailing app from operating in the capital. Friday 13 December 2019 4:00 pm More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoPost FunWoman Refuses To Tip Waiter But Didn’t Realize What She Left At The TablePost FunUndoDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoautooverload.comGrossly Uncool Things Boomers Still Think Are Coolautooverload.comUndoJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateUndo whatsapp Read more: Sadiq Khan digs in against ‘brash and aggressive’ Uber On Friday the Supreme Court will hand down its judgement in a long-running case over Uber drivers’ employment rights. (Getty Images) TfL also found a number of Uber drivers did not have proper insurance to operate.center_img Another issue saw banned drivers make new accounts and continue to pick up passengers, further “compromising passenger safety”. Share TfL last month stripped Uber of its licence, stating that a “pattern of failures” left passengers at risk. Tags: Uber “We have fundamentally changed our business over the last two years and are setting the standard on safety,” he said. Uber’s UK general manager Jamie Heywood branded the decision “extraordinary and wrong” and confirmed the company would appeal. The transport body said the Silicon Valley firm had unlicensed operators upload photos on other people’s accounts, leading to at least 14,000 trips involving these fraudulent drivers. Show Comments ▼ James Warrington “TfL found us to be a fit and proper operator just two months ago, and we continue to go above and beyond.”last_img read more

first_imgRead more: Will the Bank of England cut interest rates The BoE said the results of the test would be used to assess if firms are prepared for potential disruption as the UK switches to a low-carbon economy. BoE Governor Mark Carney described it as a “a pioneering exercise, which builds on the considerable progress in addressing climate-related risks that has already been made by firms, central banks and regulators”. This is particularly important as the government has set a 2050 date for the UK to have net-zero CO2 emissions. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBezenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical Matters The UK’s top banks and insurers may be tested together in 2021 for the financial impact of climate change, according to a new Bank of England paper. In some scenarios companies would be tested against temperature rises of 4 degrees celsius by 2080. Read more: Bank of England set to hold interest rate ahead of making new governor announcement The BoE said in a discussion paper, released on Wednesday, that there would be no pass or fail mark and that individual firms would not be named in the results. whatsapp Bank of England to set up climate change stress tests Wednesday 18 December 2019 2:31 pm whatsappcenter_img All seven companies involved in the normal stress tests will be involved in the new climate change probe. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said: “Climate change will affect the value of virtually every financial asset.” (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) This would coincide with the BoE’s normal annual stress testing, which involves firms such as Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group. The tests would include three different scenarios and would assess how firms would deal with more frequent weather events and mass sell-offs of “brown assets” – those considered detrimental to the environment. He added: “Climate change will affect the value of virtually every financial asset…the [test] will help ensure the core of our financial system is resilient to those changes.” Share It is expected that the results of the climate change stress tests will be released in the second half of 2021. Stefan Boscia Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe guidance also notes that airlines including Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have suspended flights to and from mainland China, and warns: “other commercial airlines are still operating, but it may become harder to access departure options over the coming weeks. The Foreign Office is advising against “all but essential” travel to mainland China and today recommended that all Brits who are able to leave the country do so. whatsapp Coronavirus: Foreign Office urges all British citizens to leave China It is estimated that just under 30,000 British citizens are resident in China, with around 200 to 300 in Hubei province.  The UK Foreign Office has told all Brits to leave China to escape the threat of coronavirus Also Read: Coronavirus: Foreign Office urges all British citizens to leave China “As such, we now advise British nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus. Where there are still British nationals in Hubei Province who wish to be evacuated, we will continue to work around the clock to facilitate this.” whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The UK Foreign Office has told all Brits to leave China to escape the threat of coronavirus Also Read: Coronavirus: Foreign Office urges all British citizens to leave China The Foreign Office is advising against all travel to Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.  Anna Menin The Foreign Office has urged all British nationals in China to leave the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the UK has begun to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan — the city in Hubei where the outbreak originated. That means the total number of Brits in Hubei is now likely to be lower.center_img UK authorities have overseen two flights evacuating a total of 95 British nationals from China.   Read More: What is the coronavirus and how dangerous is it? Share Some staff and dependents from the British embassy and consulates are also reportedly leaving China. Essential staff, including those providing consular assistance, will remain.  The Foreign Office’s updated travel advice says: “The British Consulates-General in Wuhan and Chongqing are currently closed. If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so. The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be at heightened risk.” The UK Foreign Office has told all Brits to leave China to escape the threat of coronavirus Tuesday 4 February 2020 1:19 pm “The safety and security of British people will always be our top priority,” said foreign secretary, Dominic Raab. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactableUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoCrowdy FanCouple Who Waits 9 Years To Open Their Wedding Present Gets A Rude AwakeningCrowdy FanUndo Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

first_img Overall income slipped three per cent year on year to £817m as the bank’s net interest margin narrowed compared to the first half of 2019.  The margin dropped nine basis points from 1.71 per cent last year to 1.62 per cent. Virgin Money’s first half profit plunges 60 per cent on coronavirus loan losses whatsapp Joe Curtis What Virgin Money said Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeStyleVampBeauty: In Real Life “Bernadette” is stealing “Penny” the showStyleVampUndoMike HistoryAt 66, This Is Bruce Willis’ Private CarMike HistoryUndoCleaning Services | Search AdsHere’s What Cleaning Services In Scottsdale Should Actually CostCleaning Services | Search AdsUndovirimi.com14 Efficient Arm Workouts To Build Might & Muscle – Virimivirimi.comUndoHealth.recetasget.comHeart Attack Early Warning Signs and SymptomsHealth.recetasget.comUndocutenova.com10 Dreamiest Celeb Houses We’d Like To Live Incutenova.comUndoMold Removal | Search AdsBathroom Mold Removal Tips That Might Surprise Most AmericansMold Removal | Search AdsUndoBuzzDestination7 Types of Men Who Are Not Made For RelationshipsBuzzDestinationUndoThe Sofa Love Best Sofas for Lower Back Pain that actually works in 2021 – Buying GuideThe Sofa Love Undo Wednesday 6 May 2020 7:27 am The figures Tags: Coronavirus “We enter this period from a position of strength, with a defensive loan book and resilient capital position, meaning we are well-placed to help our customers and colleagues through the crisis. Profit before tax slumped 40.5 per cent from £37m in the six months to March 2019 to just £22m in the six months to March 2020, Virgin Money said today.center_img whatsapp Chief executive David Duffy said: “The Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the nation’s businesses and consumers has markedly changed the operating environment, driving an increased impairment charge of £232m against future loan losses and a reduction in underlying profitability. “We have rapidly adapted our operations, products and services and I am extremely proud of how our colleagues have risen to the challenge and continued to provide the very best support and advice to our customers. To date we’ve directly supported over 100,000 retail customers and around 4,500 businesses.” “While we delivered a resilient performance and continued to make good progress on our self-help strategy in the first half of the year, our primary objective now is safeguarding the health and well-being of our colleagues, customers and communities while also protecting the bank. Share And investors suffered a 1.2p loss per share, compared to earnings of 0.2p this time last year.  It came as the bank revealed a £232m impairment charge, of which £164m is related to future loan losses anticipated because of coronavirus. That took underlying profit down to £120m, 58 mper cent lower than the £286m it recorded in the first six months of 2019. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Virgin Money, formerly CYBG bank, has taken a £164m impairment charge on coronavirus for the first half of 2020 that has sent underlying profit plunging almost 60 per cent.last_img read more

first_img TfL announced this week that advertising revenue on the Tube fell by 90 per cent in this year’s first quarter, with the transport body’s bosses warning of a “catastrophic impact”. “With TfL’s funding in crisis, we need ideas like this. We’ve done it before, with Barclays and Santander sponsoring our bike hire scheme.” London’s Tube stations could be renamed through lucrative advertising deals if Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey gets elected. Bailey’s proposal, which he says could bring in £100m a year, follows in the footsteps of the Dubai Metro which has allowed companies to bid for naming rights of underground stations. It comes as City A.M. revealed this week that more than 135m passenger hours have been lost on the Tube network due to delays in the past five years. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Tory mayoral candidate calls for TfL to sell Tube station naming rights TfL’s finances have been rocked by coronavirus, with revenues falling by around 90 per cent after lockdown was imposed. This included a 55 per cent rise in lost hours in 2019/20, however City Hall has derided the claims as “nonsense”. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Tory mayoral candidate calls for TfL to sell Tube station naming rights Dubai raised £300m by selling off naming rights to 21 new underground stations, while parts of Madrid and New York’s respective metro systems have also long been sponsored by large firms such as Vodafone. whatsapp Tory mayoral candidate calls for TfL to sell Tube station naming rights Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Sunday 20 September 2020 1:44 pm Bailey told The Telegraph: “We need to fix the service that Londoners love. That’s why I’ll invite businesses to sponsor station names and Tube lines. With Tube numbers still only hovering around 35 per cent of normal capacity, mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that TfL will need a new funding deal from the government by the end of October. (AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp The mayoral candidate told the Sunday Telegraph that the plan would bolster Transport for London’s (TfL) dire financial situation, after it was given a £1.6bn government bailout earlier this year. Share Stefan Boscia Show Comments ▼last_img read more

first_imgGDP is 23.4 per cent higher than its April low but it remains 7.9 per cnet lower than pre-pandemic levels. Economic recovery slowed in October as UK GDP hit 0.4 per cent Show Comments ▼ It is the sixth consecutive monthly increase in GDP following a record fall of 19.5 per cent in April after the introduction of lockdown restrictions. The OECD recently predicted that the UK’s economic recovery would be the weakest globally, bar Argentina, in part due to the high number of coronavirus cases and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. GDP rose 0.4 per cent in October according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics, down from a 1.1 per cent growth in September. “October’s slowdown is likely to be followed by a significant contraction in economic activity in November as the effects of the second coronavirus lockdown are felt, despite the prospect of a temporary boost from Brexit stockpiling,” said the British Chambers of Commerce’s head of economics Suren Thiru. whatsapp The UK’s economic recovery ground to a halt in October as lockdown restrictions tightened and the hospitality industry took a hit. “The reintroduction of some (lockdown) restrictions saw services growth hit, with large falls in hospitality, meaning the economy overall grew only modestly,” ONS deputy national statistician Jonathan Athow said. Also Read: Economic recovery slowed in October as UK GDP hit 0.4 per cent center_img Thursday 10 December 2020 7:33 am More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org “While a vaccine offers real hope, failure to avoid a disorderly end to the transition period or further lockdown restrictions before a mass vaccine rollout is achieved would severely drag on any economic recovery.  whatsapp Share Also Read: Economic recovery slowed in October as UK GDP hit 0.4 per cent The services sector grew by 0.2 per cent, production by 1.3 per cent and construction by 1.0 per cent in Octobe. Angharad Carrick last_img read more

first_img“The UK’s vaccination programme has been a great success and is protecting lives and livelihoods, with over 19m people already receiving their first dose,” Sunak said. Budget 2021: UK to spend extra £1.65bn on Covid vaccine rollout whatsapp Tags: Budget 2021 Rishi Sunak will boost the UK’s Covid vaccine rollout in Wednesday’s Budget by pledging to spend a further £1.65bn on the distribution of the two available jabs. The announcement will also include a £33m spending commitment to improve vaccine testing capabilities and the ability to respond to new variants and a further £22m to test if different vaccines can be used together or if a third dose would be effective. The chancellor said last night that the programme had been “a great success” and that it was “essential we maintain this momentum” by providing more funding for the rollout. “But it’s essential we maintain this momentum. whatsapp The government estimated in December that the rollout would cost £12bn before Sunak’s Budget boost. The UK has now given more than 20m people the first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 796,000 of them also receiving the second dose. (Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2021: UK to spend extra £1.65bn on Covid vaccine rollout The UK has now given more than 20m people the first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 796,000 of them also receiving the second dose. (Getty Images) The UK is aiming to have all adults offered a Covid vaccine by 31 July. “Protecting ourselves against the virus means we will be able to lift restrictions, reopen our economy and focus our attention on creating jobs and stimulating growth.” The UK has now given more than 20m people the first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 796,000 of them also receiving the second dose. (Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2021: UK to spend extra £1.65bn on Covid vaccine rollout Stefan Boscia The government announced on Friday that people aged 40 to 49 will be the next group of people offered the jab, after a review by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Share Sunday 28 February 2021 10:30 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyWise.comThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoneyWise.comBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorIkaria BeautyThe Best Lifting Face Method At Home (Only 20 Seconds)Ikaria BeautyLiver Health1 Bite Of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportHealthCentralDon’t Ignore These 10 Symptoms—It Could Mean MSHealthCentral Show Comments ▼ The UK has now given more than 20m people the first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 796,000 of them also receiving the second dose. last_img read more

first_imgTuesday 4 May 2021 10:18 am Lam, at her weekly news conference, said the government was researching “fake news”, but that there is not yet a timeline for the new laws. Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has confirmed today that her government is working on “fake news” legislation, to curb “misinformation, hatred and lies” in the city, as concerns grow over media freedoms. Show Comments ▼ Tags: Hong Kong Millie Turner Since Beijing imposed the controversial national security law in 2002, Hong Kong has taken an authoritarian turn, which has forced new bouts of patriotism. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com The global financial hub, ranked 80th out of 180 in terms of press freedom by Reporters Without Borders, has seen a major overhaul of its public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) whatsapp “We will continue to be very serious about this issue because of the damage it is doing to many people.” Share Hong Kong working on ‘fake news’ laws to curb ‘misinformation’, Carrie Lam says “The fake news law needs a lot of research, especially how overseas governments are tackling this increasingly worrying trend of spreading inaccurate information, misinformation, hatred and lies on the social media,” she said. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) Also Read: Hong Kong working on ‘fake news’ laws to curb ‘misinformation’, Carrie Lam says whatsapp The comments come a day after RTHK reported that it will not renew the contract of its journalist Nabela Qoser, known for her tough questioning of Lam and other officials during mass 2019 anti-government protests. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) Also Read: Hong Kong working on ‘fake news’ laws to curb ‘misinformation’, Carrie Lam says The broadcaster has also removed some of its archived material from its YouTube and social media channels. last_img read more

first_img“We had this idea because we kind of wanted our pieces of wood to tell a story and each piece comes from a unique part of Alaska,” Harris said.So now Wes carries a GPS into the forest with him.The Tongass transition plan is open for public comment until February 22, 2016. Business | Environment | Juneau | Southeast | TimberA Southeast timber company waits in limboDecember 1, 2015 by Theresa Soley Share:Recently, the U.S. Forest Service released a plan that gives loggers a timeline for the transition to second-growth harvesting. The plan is currently open for public comment. A proposal to end clearcutting of old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest has some Southeast logging companies concerned about the future.Susan Tyler runs Icy Straits Lumber & Milling in Hoonah with her husband Wes. It’s a family business and one of the few surviving timber companies in the regionWes has been harvesting trees in Alaska since 1967. For the past 34 years, he’s packed his truck with power saws, axes and wedges to drive along winding roads on Chichagof Island. Once in the woods, he searches for a tree the U.S. Forest Service has marked with paint, indicating it can be removed from the old-growth forest and processed into lumber.“Typically we are harvesting in the summertime, although we have been out in knee-deep snow harvesting too,” Wes said. “We put in a good eight-hour day out there normally, you know, working in the woods.”Following selective logging regulations managed by the Forest Service, the company has downsized from 200 employees in the 1980s to only 10 today. New proposed restrictions that would eliminate harvest of old-growth trees are troubling for the Tylers. In a phone call from Hoonah, Wes said the company is bracing for big changes.“The timber industry today is barely existing,” Wes said. “So you know what’s available to us here is what we’re trying to create jobs with and keep our local people working to the best of our ability.”Wes could talk about trees for hours. He said that the company harvests four different tree species on the island: Sitka spruce, western hemlock, alder and yellow cedar.“Yellow cedar is a lot smaller tree than either hemlock or spruce typically,” Wes said. “It just doesn’t grow that fast. And it doesn’t grow real straight so you have sweeps and curves and kinks and there’s a lot of defect in it, so it takes a lot of work to extract all the goodies that are in it. Which we do. We take everything in that yellow cedar tree right down to a very small size.”Lately, Susan has been spending much of her time in Juneau — a 20-minute flight east of Hoonah. She has a showroom in the capital city that is typically closed. But with the flip of a switch the room becomes aglow with woodwork. The space resembles an upscale flea market featuring only wood. Pieces range from dollhouse-sized model cabins to full kitchen counters.She manages the showroom herself because it would be too costly to employ someone else. Susan said Icy Straits Lumber & Milling is up against big corporations like Home Depot for business. Timber sales available in the Hoonah area only allow selective logging, making profits that much harder to come by.Bidders on timber sales are told how much wood can be harvested from each plot, but they don’t know how much of the wood is actually valuable, Susan said.“Right now we have a lot of very expensive equipment and it’s hard to go after another timber sale because you don’t know what’s in that timber sale,” Susan said.The new proposed restrictions could reduce the supply of trees available for harvest.“There is a lot up in the air because … they want to stop all old-growth harvesting. Of course, that would eliminate us from harvesting any,” she said.According to the Forest Service, the supply of second-growth forest, regrown from past clear cuts, is large enough to allow a smooth transition into the new policy.Icy Straits Lumber & Milling is considering a switch to harvesting regrown trees, but Susan worries the Hoonah area may not have enough second-growth forest to sustain her company in the future.“We don’t know, and you don’t want to keep investing in equipment if you don’t know what the future holds,” she said.To supplement what standing trees they can harvest, Susan says her company also collects trees that wash up on the beach, dead standing wood, danger trees, blow downs and trees that have a dead top but are mostly usable. All of this is also managed by the Forest Service.Some of that wood ends up in the hands of Juneau woodworker Reid Harris.The young entrepreneur started a wood furnishing business called Northern Edge Craftworks. His tables are made from vertical woodcuts that keep the natural, rough edge of the tree.Most of the logging company’s business comes from locals like Harris. His basement and garage workshops are lined with tree slabs ranging from the length of a baseball bat to that of a kayak.Harris exemplifies optimism for an industry with an unknown future.He wants to connect the people who purchase his pieces to the life of the tree, so he marks each table he makes with the coordinates of where the tree was taken.Furniture from Northern Edge Craftworks is marked with the GPS coordinates of the tree it came from. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO) Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Health | Nation & WorldAmid buzz on health bill, Murkowski keeps quietMarch 8, 2017 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with reporters at a press availability following her annual address to the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Two U.S. House committees are due to take up the new Republican health care bill Wednesday, to replace the Affordable Care Act.When the bill gets to the Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, could turn out to be a swing vote.She has said she’s willing to break with her party to keep Medicaid expansion and funding for Planned Parenthood. But Murkowski isn’t ready to say yet what she makes of the House bill.In the basement of the Capitol, a clot of reporters lay in wait for Murkowski.Everybody wanted to know what Murkowski thinks of the health care bill. But Murkowski was in a hurry to get on the underground train to get back to her office.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170307-05.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A Washington Post reporter lobbed a question as she boarded: “Do you like this bill?”Murkowski played it coy: “I like the Senate resolution that we just passed. Hooray!”She knew no one was there to ask her about the resolution rescinding rules on BLM planning.“That’s not the bill,” the Post reporter said, as the train doors closed, leaving him behind.Truth is, Murkowski said she doesn’t have a lot of answers yet.“Believe it or not, I haven’t had a chance to actually read that bill. I have barely been in my office all day,” Murkowski said.From what little she has seen, Murkowski said the bill would “defund” Planned Parenthood (meaning it would block the organization from receiving reimbursement for Medicaid patients it treats) for a year.But Murkowski thought she saw more in her quick glance at the bill.“It made it appear it was not just to Planned Parenthood but ‘other entities’ … that provide for women’s health care. Well what does that mean? I have no idea. But I don’t like that,” Murkowski said. “I have to look very, very critically at all of this.”The bill’s changes to Medicaid expansion aren’t easy to understand at a glance, either.Murkowski was among four Republican senators who signed a letter this week saying the draft bill didn’t seem to adequately protect the program.But the House sponsors changed the legislation, preserving Medicaid expansion until 2020. After that, the bill would freeze enrollment and the government would begin paying states per capita, based on how much they spent on the program last year. The New York Times reports Alaska would fare better than most other states.In Anchorage, Northrim Benefits Group President Joshua Weinstein advises employers on health care matters.He’s learned enough about the bill to form at least one conclusion: “This legislation is much kinder to employers than it is to individuals who are purchasing health insurance on the marketplace, or are getting Medicaid.”The bill does away with a lot of documentation requirements for employers. Companies would no longer have to provide insurance if they have 50 or more workers, and Weinstein said, it delays the so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive plans, until 2025.“This tax would have penalized the great majority of Alaskan employers that provide health insurance because the tax is based on the cost of health care, in short,” Weinstein said. “That’s a relief to see in the legislation.”But, Weinstein said for individuals who buy their own insurance, the bill provides tax credits that aren’t as generous as the subsidies that are now offered to eligible Alaskans on healthcare.gov.Murkowski said she’s waiting for feedback from the Alaskans she’s been working with on health care, like the state insurance division director, providers, and leaders in the Native health care system.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said his not ready to discuss the health care bill either.He prides himself on reading bills in their entirety.Alaska Congressman Don Young said in a written statement he’s still reviewing the bill, but he said the current system is “broken” and, “doing nothing would be entirely irresponsible.”Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgHealth | Housing | Juneau | Public SafetyBed bugs getting the heat treatment at downtown buildingJune 21, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Mountain View Apartments on West 12th Street in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Over a third of the units in a downtown Juneau apartment building are being treated for bed bugs.Managers of the Mountain View Apartments on West 12th Street noticed the pests in some units earlier this month.“In 2008, we had a similar kind of outbreak,” said Corry Isabell, the Juneau Family Investment Center manager with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which operates the apartment building. “It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a build up.”This example image shows a canvas strap of old box spring covering that is housing adults, skin castings, feces and eggs. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Louis Sorkin)Isabell said there’s a good amount of changeover in the clientele at Mountain View.“We probably turn 20 units a year,” she said. “So, a third new clients every year, and keeping everybody educated, aware of the situation, acting aggressively on what they bring into their homes is always a challenge.”Isabell said they hired a Seattle pest control company and their K-9 unit sniffed out the common areas and all 270 residential units in their Juneau facilities.Isabell said bed bugs were found in 25 of the 62 units for fixed- or low-income clients at Mountain View Apartments.The pests were also found in five other units in other of the corporation’s buildings.“They’re all over,” said Mariah Jerman, an environmental program specialist focusing on pesticides in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Environmental Health. “We’re a very transient state. They travel all over the place.”Jerman said bed bugs are non-discriminatory.“They are called the hitchhiker bug because they will latch onto anybody if the opportunity is right, and they can follow us anywhere,” she said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with economic class, cleanliness. Although, it can be harder to eradicate if the environment is very cluttered.”This example image depicts a view from above of an adult, Cimex lectularius bed bug. Adult bed bugs are on average 5 mm long and have an oval-shaped and flattened body. (Photo courtesy of CDC/ CDC-DPDx; Blaine Mathison)Bed bugs need blood — usually human blood — to grow and advance through each of the half-dozen stages in their life cycle, culminating with the final egg-laying stage.At that point, they’re about the size of an apple seed.Jerman said bed bugs can be found hitchhiking on clothing and furniture.“Often times, if they come from an infested location, they might end up say on the street with a free sign,” Jerman said. “That free sign, people like — ‘oh, hey, free couch’ — they’ll take it home and there will be eggs inside of it. Then, they just spread that way. That’s how apartment buildings will often get them, used furnishings that have them inside.”Furniture can be vacuumed, heat treated or wiped down with a solution, but Jerman advises against blowing or splashing off the eggs.Clothes can be treated by placing into a dryer at high heat for 40 minutes.A person’s arm with bed bug bites (Photo courtesy of Harold Harlan, AFPMB)Bed bugs can leave itchy bite marks on human skin, but that’s about it. Unlike mosquitos, they are not known to transmit any diseases. Still, Jerman warns against excessively scratching any bites to avoid infection.In addition to cautions about bringing home second-hand furniture, Isabell said they’re also encouraging Mountain View Apartments’ residents to police themselves and question guests who may be sneaking into the building.Isabell said they’re starting the month-long process of heat-treating units at the building. False walls with plastic sheeting will be used to seal off hallway sections. Portable heaters will increase the temperature to 140 degrees to kill the bugs and their eggs.Before heat treatments, maintenance staff will seal off any cracks or openings in rooms to prevent the bugs’ escape.“Some people are not going to be prepared when they are supposed to be treated,” Isabell said. “Other people are going to be prepared early. And so the schedule will flex. The goal will be to have it all done by the end of July.”Residents cannot remain in their rooms during the nine-hour heat treatment. They can wait in the building’s common room that is free from bed bugs, but which has been recently closed to the public to prevent the spread of any potential infestation.You can find more information about bed bugs at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgCrime & Courts | Federal Government | Nation & World | NPR NewsSupreme Court revives parts of Trump’s travel ban as it agrees to hear caseJune 26, 2017 by Joel Rose and Bill Chappell, NPR Share:The Supreme Court says it will decide the fate of President Trump’s revised travel ban, agreeing to hear arguments over immigration cases that were filed in federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland and allowing parts of the ban that’s now been on hold since March to take effect.The justices removed the lower courts’ injunctions against the ban “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” narrowing the scope of two injunctions that had put the ban in limbo.Trump called the Supreme Court’s order “a clear victory for our national security.”The case centers on the president’s move to block new visas for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days, and to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. Challengers to the ban said it would harm people who have legitimate reasons to be in the U.S. — including through family ties, work and education.The travel ban will remain on hold for plaintiffs who challenged the executive order and for anyone who is “similarly situated,” the justices say — in other words, foreign nationals who have relatives in the U.S., or who plan to attend school or work here.Refugees will face similar criteria, with anyone lacking connections in the U.S. denied entry. In its order, the court stated, “the balance tips in favor of the Government’s compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.”Saying the petitions and injunctions “are accordingly ripe for consideration,” the Supreme Court said on Monday that the cases will be consolidated. The court’s clerk will set a date for the case in the session that begins in October, the justices said, while noting that the Trump administration “has not requested that we expedite consideration of the merits to a greater extent.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that today’s move is “an important step towards restoring the separation of powers between the branches of the federal government.”Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, called the travel ban unconstitutional, saying, “Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban. The Supreme Court now has a chance to permanently strike it down.”In a statement released by the White House, Trump wrote:“As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.“My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.”The court says its nine justices agreed in the 13-page decision to take the case and place stays on some of the preliminary injunctions. But several justices wanted to go further — Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a three-page opinion, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, in which he said the government’s request for a stay should have been granted in full.“I agree with the Court’s implicit conclusion that the Government has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits,” Thomas wrote, “that is, that the judgments below will be reversed.”Thomas criticized the decision to keep the injunctions in place for what he called “an unidentified, unnamed group of foreign nationals abroad,” saying it places a burden on officials to determine who has a “bona fide relationship” with a person or organization in the U.S.In March, Trump’s executive order was put on hold by lower court judges in Hawaii and Maryland hours before it was set to take effect. Two federal appeals courts left those nationwide injunctions in place, setting up one final appeal for the Trump administration.The White House argues that this executive order, like the previous version the president signed in January, is necessary to protect national security. The initial version caused chaos at airports across the country until it was blocked by a federal judge in Washington state, prompting the administration to craft a revised version that omitted references to religion and specifically exempted green card holders. But that order, too, was challenged by lawsuits, and it was blocked by lower courts before it ever went into effect.As part of its instructions to the parties in the case, the high court said today that they should answer the question of “Whether the challenges … became moot on June 14, 2017” — referring to the order’s timeframe of 90 days.Both of the federal appeals courts that have considered the revised executive order have ruled against the administration — but for different reasons.The appellate judges weren’t directly ruling on the merits of the travel ban itself. But in order to decide if the lower court injunctions were appropriate, they had to weigh the probable impact of the order and the likelihood that the legal challenges would succeed.The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals looked extensively at whether the travel ban violated the Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion. The challengers in that case, led by the nonprofit International Refugee Assistance Project, argued that the travel ban is a thinly veiled attempt to block Muslims from entering the country, something Trump and his advisers talked about during and after the presidential campaign.Lawyers for the Department of Justice countered that courts should look only at the language of the executive order itself, which does not mention religion explicitly. But that argument did not prevail. Writing for the 10-3 majority, Chief Judge Roger Gregory said the executive order “speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance.”The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused on federal law. The court found that the president likely exceeded his statutory authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act.“The order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality,” the 9th Circuit judges wrote. “National security is not a ‘talismanic incantation’ that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power.”The Trump administration moved quickly to appeal both rulings to the Supreme Court.“The Executive Branch is entrusted with the responsibility to keep the country safe under Article II of the Constitution,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the 9th Circuit ruling. Sessions called the threat of terrorism “immediate and real,” and said the lower court’s injunction “has a chilling effect on security operations overall.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgPolitics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentShould independents be able to run in a Democratic primary?September 21, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg observes Jon Choate, lawyer for the Alaska Democratic Party, on Sept. 21, 2017. Pallenberg heard oral arguments over whether the party can allow independents to run in party primaries. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)A Superior Court judge is weighing how to define who is allowed to run the Alaska Democratic Party primary. The party wants to allow independent candidates to run in the primary without registering as Democrats.Judge Philip Pallenberg questioned both sides about the case during oral arguments Thursday.“What makes this a Democratic primary anymore, when any independent can vote in it and any independent can run in it?” Pallenberg asked Jon Choate, the Democrats’ lawyer. “How is that still a Democratic primary?”The Democrats already allow any registered voters to cast ballots in the primary. Now they want to allow nonpartisan and undeclared candidates to run in the primary.State election officials rejected a proposal by the party to change its rules, citing state law.Choate said the law violates the free speech guarantee in the Alaska Constitution.“Questions of ideology, as to what constitutes a political party, I think those are best left – especially at the primary level – for the party to decide,” he said.Assistant Attorney General Margaret Paton-Walsh said the proposed change could allow people who don’t share Democrats’ beliefs to win the primary.“In any particular primary, you could have more non-Democratic voters voting than Democratic voters,” she said. “And if they choose a candidate who is also unassociated with the party, you have a primary that is really not a Democratic primary at all.”If the Democratic party wins the case, it could provide political benefits. Undeclared, nonaffiliated and Republican voters all outnumber registered Democrats.The case could also have an effect in next year’s election. Gov. Bill Walker is running for re-election as an independent and has said he isn’t planning to run in a primary. But it would be an option for him if the Democrats win in court.Proposed Democratic party rules say that winning independent primary candidates would appear on the general election ballot without the party’s name. But state officials design the ballot. If the party wins in court, the state could still require that ballots say that an independent candidate is supported by the Democratic party.Pallenberg said he’ll try to reach a decision as quickly as he can, possibly as soon as next week.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgCrime & Courts | JuneauAttorneys contest blood samples in cruise ship death caseMarch 22, 2018 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:The Emerald Princess is moored Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at the S. Franklin Street Dock in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Attorneys are contesting how to handle the blood of a man accused in a cruise ship death. According to court documents in the federal case, the defense for Kenneth Manzanares filed a motion to preserve evidence — his blood, which was obtained by law enforcement.  The Utah man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife last summer aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.  The documents say law enforcement took 40 milliliters of blood during various search warrants. The blood still awaits testing and the defense hopes to preserve enough of a sample that it can do additional or independent testing if necessary.  In a response to the motion, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said blood samples were sent to the FBI for toxicology tests, but the FBI declined to test it, citing time parameters. The Alaska State Crime Lab also declined to test the samples, citing the case is not a DUI investigation. The crime lab referred the government to a private lab, where personnel advised that they would need all of the blood. The prosecution’s response recommends that both sides jointly pick a laboratory. The defense could then make additional testing requests, and both sides could share the results.   If an agreement cannot be reached, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said it would formally oppose the motion to preserve evidence.  The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 5. Manzanares has pleaded not guilty. The government said it will not seek the death penalty in the case.  Editor’s note: The federal murder trial of Kenneth Manzanares was previously scheduled to begin April 23. The trial has been rescheduled to begin Nov. 5. This story has been updated.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgShare this story: Alaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | State GovernmentAlaska LNG project president says he’s done ‘preaching to the non-believers’May 10, 2018 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:AGDC president Keith Meyer speaks at a public meeting in Anchorage on May 9, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Since taking the lead on the gasline project about two years ago, the Walker administration has doggedly pursued its plan for the megaproject. In the process, they’ve chalked up some successes, including interest from China’s president and a tentative agreement with BP.Now, the president of the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation says he’s no longer bothering to convince skeptics that the project is real, and it’s moving forward.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/05/AGDC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.AGDC staff has been traveling across Alaska in recent weeks, holding meetings with the public to tell them about the gas line project and answer questions. During the Anchorage meeting yesterday evening, there were moments that felt less like a discussion about a complex infrastructure project, and more like a revival. After watching a promotional video for a project, the crowd of nearly 200 Alaskans erupted into applause.“All right — who’s feeling inspired?! Let’s go build this!” said AGDC communications manager Jesse Carlstrom.A lot of clapping and cheering came from a large cluster of people in orange shirts — all union workers. After explaining the project’s progress so far, AGDC president Keith Meyer called out a series of questions:“You can either tell me ‘yes,’ or you can tell me ‘no.’ Don’t hem and haw, you can say it loud. Will Alaskans have preference in hiring?”“Yes!” the audience responded.“Will there be a project labor agreement?” Meyer asked.“Yes!” the audience replied again, breaking into another round of applause.Christopher Coleman-Denomie (center), a member of Laborers Union Local 341, at the AGDC public meeting. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)AGDC estimates that building the gas line from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski would result in close to 12,000 jobs at peak construction. They’ll need carpenters, ironworkers, teamsters, welders and more. But despite its economic promise for Alaska, the project has endured a lot of skepticism, from energy analysts to the legislature to, as Meyer has a habit of saying, “the headlines.”But now, Meyer told the crowd, he’s done “preaching to the non-believers.”“We’re not doing that any more. Now the message is to the believers, that, ‘hey, we’ve got to get ready,’” Meyer said.A lot needs to happen before the gas line becomes a reality. Two of the companies that own the North Slope gas haven’t agreed to sell it. The needed environmental permits won’t come through for well over a year. Also, Meyer still needs to pin down investors for the $43 billion proposal.Still, Meyer told the crowd, “the project’s happening. We’ve got some time, we’ve got some lead time, but that’s going to disappear very, very quickly. And so every person, every small company, every large company in the state has got to get ready.”Sitting in the audience before the meeting, Christopher Coleman-Denomie said he’s ready to get to work. Coleman-Denomie was one of the guys in the orange shirts — a member of Laborers Union Local 341. He said it took some time, but he’s become one of the gas line “believers.”“When I first heard about this I was a little skeptical, because my parents had said that this had been talked about for years,” Coleman-Denomie said. “But nothing has been moved forward like it has now, so everything’s falling into place and it’s going to create a lot of jobs for everybody– and I’m going to be a part of that.”But there are still Alaskans who aren’t entirely sold. Outside the meeting, a lone protester — who refused to give his name — paced the sidewalk with a sign reading, “Alaska’s biggest boondoggle yet” and the words “LNG Gasline” crossed out in red.During the meeting, some attendees aired concerns about China’s involvement in the project, and questioned whether it can pencil out. That included Stan Porhola. He said he thinks BP’s tentative agreement to sell the gas is encouraging, “but I’m still very skeptical that this project can go through.”“Who’s going to invest in this project, how much is it going to cost?” Porhola asked.Porhola said he would like to see the state “move past the letters of intent and actually [get] to actual sales agreements to the different countries.”Porhola works in the oil and gas industry, and said he’d definitely benefit if the megaproject comes to fruition. But he said Alaskans need to make sure that the project is really a good deal for the state. Before Porhola becomes another gas line “believer,” there’s a long list of questions he wants answered.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Nation & WorldInuit Circumpolar Council signs Utqiaġvik Declaration: a guide for Arctic action for the next four yearsJuly 20, 2018 by Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:The Utqiaġvik Declaration being signed by members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Executive Council. The declaration provides guidance for ICC action and advocacy for the next four years. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Inuit Circumpolar Council wrapped up its 2018 General Assembly Thursday in Utqiaġvik.Iñupiat, Yupik and Cup’ik from Alaska and Inuit from Canada, Greenland and Russia got together to discuss a range of common issues and interests across the Circumpolar North. The meeting concluded with the signing of the Utqiaġvik Declaration, which will guide the ICC’s work for the next four years.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/07/20ICC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the Utiaġvik high school gym, translators were kept busy for four days, working to translate content live into the languages of the listening audience:  Iñupiaq, Yupik, Inuktitut, Russian, English, and Kalaallisut, the main dialect of Greenlandic.This meeting happens every four years, when the Inuit Circumpolar Council gets together to set priorities for the next term and elect new leadership.On Thursday, Alaska’s own Dalee Sambo Dorough was elected Chair of the ICC, a position she will hold until 2022. Sambo Dorough has been to every ICC General Assembly since the first one was held in Utqiaġvik in 1977. This is her first time elected Chair.“I am deeply humbled by the recognition, and the support, and the confidence that people expressed in me,” Sambo Dorough said.Sambo Dorough is Iñupiaq with family roots in Unalakleet. She’s also a professor of political science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, specializing in international law and Indigenous human rights.In her closing address, she underscored the importance of Inuit engagement in global decision-making, as more and more countries show interest in the Arctic.“We can’t underestimate it. We’ve already seen the growing compounded interest and pressure,” she said. “Therefore, we must become more assertive about our status and rights to effectively safeguard what is indeed ours: the lands, territories and resources of the Arctic.”On the last day of the meeting, the ICC passed the Utqiaġvik Declaration, a document that outlines some of the ways forward on issues ranging from education and economic development, to wildlife management and food security.It includes a provision advocating for the phase out of heavy fuel oil, a type of fuel used in shipping that can present unique clean-up challenges, especially in the Arctic. The UN group that regulates international shipping is currently considering banning its use.James Stotts, the President of ICC Alaska and member of the ICC executive council says the declaration also deals with a range of social and cultural issues. One thing that stood out to him from this year’s meeting was the frank discussion of suicide, especially suicide among young people.“It’s an issue that’s been more or less hidden or silent for a long time and I heard a very strong desire to bring it out into the open,” Stotts said.The declaration directs ICC to hold a summit sometime in the next four years on health and well-being that will look at suicide, addiction, and general mental health.The next General Assembly meeting will be held in Greenland in 2022.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Politics | State GovernmentState attorney says there’s evidence of voter fraud in hotly contested Alaska House districtAugust 27, 2018 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:Voters cast ballots in Alaska’s primary election last week. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)Alaska elections officials said Monday that they’ve asked criminal investigators to examine “irregularities” with absentee ballots in a hotly contested Anchorage House district — including seven absentees requested in the names of dead people.The irregularities are evidence of voter fraud, according to one state attorney, Margaret Paton-Walsh. But officials said they haven’t identified a particular campaign or candidate that’s responsible for them.Elections workers first noticed the irregularities before last week’s primary, which left the two Republican candidates in District 15, in East Anchorage — incumbent Gabrielle LeDoux and challenger Aaron Weaver — separated by three votes.There are 40 House districts in Alaska, but of all 70 absentee ballots that were returned as undeliverable, more than half came from District 15, the Division of Elections said in a statement Monday.The state’s review continued after the election. Elections workers ultimately found two people who said they hadn’t voted in spite of the fact that absentee ballots had been submitted in their names, the division said.Those votes won’t be counted. And when the state does count the absentee votes from District 15, starting Tuesday, it will take the unusual step of ensuring each ballot remains linked to the envelope it arrived in. That way, any votes subsequently found to be invalid can be subtracted, the division said.“The integrity of our elections is vital to our democracy,” Josie Bahnke, the state elections director, said in the statement. “The division will continue to look into this matter throughout the week and remove any ballots that we determine should not be counted.”The number of ballots that raise authenticity concerns are a small fraction of the 300 that haven’t been counted — an estimated 10 to 20 ballots, according to Paton-Walsh.Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux sits at a party on Election Nigh last week as she awaits for results in her closely-fought primary. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The House race has been closely watched because of LeDoux’s position in the state House majority: She and two other Republicans infuriated GOP leaders in 2016 by joining 17 Democrats and two independents to form the chamber’s ruling coalition. LeDoux was awarded a spot in leadership and chairmanship of the House Rules Committee, which gives her control over which bills move to the floor for a vote.The Alaska Republican Party backed Weaver, LeDoux’s primary challenger. But Weaver, a former television cameraman, raised little money and said he barely campaigned. LeDoux is known as an energetic campaigner, and political observers — including state GOP leaders — said they were shocked that the primary results were so close.Each side will likely be carefully scrutinizing absentee ballots when the count starts Tuesday. Elections officials briefed LeDoux and Republican Party officials Monday afternoon.LeDoux, accompanied by attorney Tom Amodio, wouldn’t answer questions on her way out of the election division’s Anchorage office Monday, saying, “No comment.”An attorney representing the Alaska Republican Party, Stacey Stone, said she’s been satisfied with the state’s review of the absentee ballots.“There are questions and they’re being resolved and the division seems to be taking the appropriate scrutiny to make sure those questions are answered,” Stone said. Listen to Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove discuss this news with Alaska’s Energy Desk’s Nat Herz on Monday:Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180827-01.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/10/ann-20181025-04.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.COOMBS: Different volcanoes have different characters, or you could even say personalities. There are broad categories of volcanoes, though. The ones in Hawaii are hot spot volcanoes. They’re caused by a mantle plume that brings up really very hot, runny magma to the Earth’s surface that tends to make long-travel lava flows.In Alaska, our volcanoes are caused by subduction of one of the Earth’s plates under another plate, and that tends to produce magmas that are wet and sticky and erupt very explosively. So produce many more ash clouds than what we see say at Kilauea other Hawaiian volcanoes.So Redoubt is one that yeah, it erupts pretty often historically and it poses hazards to local populations primarily from both airborne ash clouds that can interact with aircraft or from ash fall.GROVE: Looking at the list of volcanoes that are included here, it kind of looks like one of those BuzzFeed lists, like, “The Top 18 Volcanoes That Could Get You.”So the top, you know, “very high threat level volcanoes are 1 through 18. What are the factors that lead to a volcano being included in one group as opposed to another, and why is it like 18 here and then 19 through 57 is the next group. Why is that?COOMBS: So I mentioned there were 24 different kind of components to the threat number If you have volcanoes that tend to erupt explosively make lahars or mudflows other hazardous volcanic phenomena, those are going to get you higher scores in the hazard side of things. And then if those volcanoes tend to be near local populations, like Rainier is a great example. It’s got you know, several hundred thousand people downstream of it that could be affected by mudflows, so that gives you a high exposure ranking.Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii is the top of the very high threat category. That’s because it has people living on it. In Alaska, we don’t have a lot of volcanoes like that. Most of our communities are away from volcanoes. Another hazard that plays into the ranking is aviation hazard and that’s one that in Alaska is a huge concern for us.We have people flying over our volcanoes everyday, and as most of the listeners know volcanic ash and aircraft don’t mix very well.GROVE: This report includes a piece about kind of a new volcano that’s been included, then a couple others that were sort of demoted from from the list, and I wonder if you could tell me about that. It made me feel a little bit like when Pluto got demoted from planet status.COOMBS: Yeah, well the main players, so the very high threat volcanoes, those have stayed the same. We have five very high threat volcanoes in our state. Three are in the Cook Inlet and two are down Akutan and the cushioned down by Dutch Harbor and Akutan. Those haven’t changed in the vast majority of the high-threat ones didn’t change either partly.That’s because they’re more active, more reported activity, and we already knew about about them and they’re better studied and better monitored. It’s the ones on the lower half of the list where there was some shuffling. Part of that is just we live in a big state. We have a ton of volcanoes many of them we know very little about.And so the initial report in 2005 some some of the information we had to put into those metrics was pretty sparse and not very well documented. And so in the interim, better information came out in some cases and so I think we had six drop off the list altogether, and that’s because it was determined that they have not been active in the last 12,000 years ago, a period of time geologist call the Holocene, or post-glacial time. And that’s kind of our cutoff to be on the list, and so six of them got off the list and the final one I’ll mention is Four Peaked Volcano, which is down south of Augustine in lower Cook Inlet, and in 2006, out of the blue, that had an explosive eruption, just kind of a one-off, what we call a phreatic blast, and that caught our attention. We didn’t think that volcano was historically active or even potentially active but that put it on the radar so to speak.GROVE: Do you have a favorite volcano? Like do you like the ones that are explosive and active and on the watch list or you more like into the slow roll beautiful-looking volcanoes?COOMBS: Well, I’m a geologist, so I have a few favorite volcanoes. I’ve spent a lot of time working on Augustine Volcano and some of the ones in the Aleutians. Redoubt. I really like Redoubt.But I would say the other ones that are fascinating, and part of the reason why I love living and working in Alaska is because there are these places we know almost nothing about. And so, to go out to the Western Aleutians and go to an island where maybe one or no other geologist has ever been and just sort of explore and be the first person to study and figure out what’s going on out there, that’s really fascinating as well. So I kind of like some of the obscure mysterious ones.Share this story: EnvironmentYes, Alaska’s volcanoes still dominate in updated threat assessmentOctober 28, 2018 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:A plume rises from Mt. Redoubt in 2009. (Photo courtesy USGS/Alaska Volcano Observatory)The U.S. Geological Survey released an update this week to its volcano threat assessment, first published in 2005. It’s a look at every volcano in the United States and a ranking based on the hazards they pose.This recent update has five Alaska volcanoes in the “very high threat” category, more than any other state.Michelle Coombs, scientist in charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, said the level of threat depends on the type of volcano, and factors like proximity to people or flight paths, as well as the level of volcanic activity.Coombs spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove.last_img read more

How the IRS was gutted

first_imgFederal Government | National NewsHow the IRS was guttedDecember 22, 2018 by Paul Kiel and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica Share:The Internal Revenue Service. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)In the summer of 2008, William Pfeil made a startling discovery: Hundreds of foreign companies that operated in the U.S. weren’t paying U.S. taxes, and his employer, the Internal Revenue Service, had no idea. Under U.S. law, companies that do business in the Gulf of Mexico owe the American government a piece of what they make drilling for oil there or helping those that do. But the vast majority of the foreign companies weren’t paying anything, and taxpaying American companies were upset, arguing that it unfairly allowed the foreign rivals to underbid for contracts.Pfeil and the IRS started pursuing the non-U.S. entities. Ultimately, he figures he brought in more than $50 million in previously unpaid taxes over the course of about five years. It was an example of how the tax-collecting agency is supposed to work.But then Congress began regularly reducing the IRS budget. After 43 years with the agency, Pfeil — who had hoped to reach his 50th anniversary — was angry about the “steady decrease in budget and resources” the agency had seen. He retired in 2013 at 68.After Pfeil left, he heard that his program was being shut down. “I don’t blame the IRS,” Pfeil said. “I blame the Congress for not giving us the budget to do the job.”Had the billions in budget reductions occurred all at once, with tens of thousands of auditors, collectors and customer service representatives streaming out of government buildings in a single day, the collapse of the IRS might have gotten more attention. But there have been no mass layoffs or dramatic announcements. Instead, it’s taken eight years to bring the agency that funds the government this low. Over time, the IRS has slowly transformed, one employee departure at a time.The result is a bureaucracy on life support and tens of billions in lost government revenue. ProPublica estimates a toll of at least $18 billion every year, but the true cost could easily run tens of billions of dollars higher.The cuts are depleting the staff members who help ensure that taxpayers pay what they owe. As of last year, the IRS had 9,510 auditors. That’s down a third from 2010. The last time the IRS had fewer than 10,000 revenue agents was 1953, when the economy was a seventh of its current size. And the IRS is still shrinking. Almost a third of its remaining employees will be eligible to retire in the next year, and with morale plummeting, many of them will.The IRS conducted 675,000 fewer audits in 2017 than it did in 2010, a drop in the audit rate of 42 percent. But even those stark numbers don’t tell the whole story, say current and former IRS employees: Auditors are stretched thin, and they’re often forced to limit their investigations and move on to the next audit as quickly as they can.Without enough staff, the IRS has slashed even basic functions. It has drastically pulled back from pursuing people who don’t bother filing their tax returns. New investigations of “nonfilers,” as they’re called, dropped from 2.4 million in 2011 to 362,000 last year. According to the inspector general for the IRS, the reduction results in at least $3 billion in lost revenue each year. Meanwhile, collections from people who do file but don’t pay have plummeted. Tax obligations expire after 10 years if the IRS doesn’t pursue them. Such expirations were relatively infrequent before the budget cuts began. In 2010, $482 million in tax debts lapsed. By 2017, according to internal IRS collection reports, that figure had risen to $8.3 billion, 17 times as much as in 2010. The IRS’ ability to investigate criminals has atrophied as well.Corporations and the wealthy are the biggest beneficiaries of the IRS’ decay. Most Americans’ interaction with the IRS is largely automated. But it takes specialized, well-trained personnel to audit a business or a billionaire or to unravel a tax scheme — and those employees are leaving in droves and taking their expertise with them. For the country’s largest corporations, the danger of being hit with a billion-dollar tax bill has greatly diminished. For the rich, who research shows evade taxes the most, the IRS has become less and less of a force to be feared.The story has been different for poor taxpayers. The IRS oversees one of the government’s largest anti-poverty programs, the earned income tax credit, which provides cash to the working poor. Under continued pressure from Republicans, the IRS has long made a priority of auditing people who receive that money, and as the IRS has shrunk, those audits have consumed even more resources, accounting for 36 percent of audits last year. The credit’s recipients — whose annual income is typically less than $20,000 — are now examined at rates similar to those who make $500,000 to $1 million a year. Only people with incomes above $1 million are examined much more frequently.We submitted a detailed list of questions to the IRS and asked about the budget cuts’ effects on the agency’s enforcement efforts. The agency replied with a brief statement. “The IRS has substantial resources to identify and audit noncompliant taxpayers and continues to deter those attempting to evade their legal obligations,” it said.In ProPublica’s interviews with dozens of tax professionals and more than 50 former and current IRS employees — part of an ongoing series on the state of tax enforcement — many agency veterans wondered whether the damage of the past several years will ever be undone. And they had a greater worry: that the American public will inevitably realize how weak the IRS has become.The effects of an explosion in tax cheating would be dire. The nation’s already soaring budget deficit would surge by hundreds of billions of dollars more, pushing it well past $1 trillion. Commissioners of the IRS, starting with President George W. Bush’s appointee, Douglas Shulman, have warned Congress about a crisis like this since the budget cuts began, in 2011. But after eight years, Republican lawmakers, who are chiefly responsible for the reductions, show no signs that they think the danger is urgent. By the time the danger becomes indisputable, immense harm will already have been done.“In the last few years, it was really frustrating,” said Pam Reicks, a former manager at the IRS who, until she retired at the end of last year, oversaw a program to audit wealthy taxpayers with undeclared offshore bank accounts. “It’s like in the fall when you bob for apples,” she told us. “You’ve got a tub of apples and can’t use your hands to grab them. You can see all this abuse and fraud, and people not paying their taxes, but can’t use your hands to get it.”The IRS has never been a popular cause on Capitol Hill. But Democrats and Republicans long shared a grudging consensus that the agency’s basic work of tax collection deserved protection.That changed when the Republican Party came into power in 1994 and Newt Gingrich became the speaker of the House. The new majority’s main priority was tax cuts, and vilifying the IRS helped its case. Some conservatives favored a “fair tax,” a consumption tax based on purchases. Proponents said that this simplified approach to taxation would allow them to “abolish” the IRS.The notion wasn’t a fringe position within the party. Former Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected mainstream Republican, ran for president in 1996 on a platform of abolishing the IRS. A Republican congressman in 1998 introduced a bill to repeal the Internal Revenue Code by 2002. “Abolish the IRS” remains a potent talking point. Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, campaigned on the slogan when he ran for president in 2016.In 1997 and 1998, the Republican-controlled Senate held a series of dramatic hearings on alleged abuses by the IRS. Agency employees testified behind black curtains with their voices disguised, like Mafia snitches, to protect their identity. The testimony depicted an organization run amok, with claims of biased examiners and lurid tales of agents in flak jackets storming establishments. One restaurant owner told of a raid to seize business records at the home of an employee, during which agents forced a teenage boy to the floor at gunpoint and made a group of teenage girls at a slumber party get dressed “under the watchful eyes of male agents.” A USA Today headline read: “Witnesses Accuse IRS Investigators of ‘Gestapo-like’ Raids.”Congress followed the hearings with a sweeping overhaul of the agency, limiting the IRS’ collection powers and independence and giving taxpayers new protections. In the Senate, the reform bill passed 97–0, and President Bill Clinton signed it.It was only afterward that the Government Accountability Office debunked the allegations of IRS abuses. “Generally, we found no corroborating evidence that the criminal investigations described at the hearing were retaliatory against the specific taxpayer,” the report stated. “In addition, we could not independently substantiate that IRS employees had vendettas against these taxpayers.”By then it was too late. Reeling from the new law and the public attacks, IRS audits and collections tumbled to historic lows.Recovery took years, but because the IRS wasn’t a locus of partisan warfare during the presidency of George W. Bush, it did happen. By 2010, under the administration of Barack Obama, the IRS’ budget hit its high point: $14 billion in today’s dollars, about $2.5 billion above where it is today. Collections rebounded.But that spring, over unified Republican opposition, Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act. The sprawling health care bill was also, indirectly, a sprawling tax bill, since it relied on the IRS to help administer many of its provisions.In the midterm elections that followed, Republicans took the House of Representatives in a wave similar to that of 1994. The first bill introduced by House Republicans in 2011 was a budget that slashed funding across the government and took special aim at the IRS. In addition to calling for a cut to its budget of $600 million, the bill prohibited the IRS from using any of its funding to carry out key parts of the Affordable Care Act. It didn’t pass.Since then, Republicans have cited the ACA as a reason to withhold funding from the IRS. In 2013, in response to an IRS request for a budget increase, former Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Florida Republican who then sat on the House Appropriations Committee, said: “Any kind of increase of this magnitude was going to be a challenge for some very basic reasons. There are a lot of objections to the Affordable Health Care Act, a lot of objections to Obamacare.”The agency faces a structural political problem. On one side are anti-tax Republicans, while on the other are Democrats who fear publicly supporting the taxman. “This is an agency that doesn’t have any friends,” said James Dyer, a Republican who worked for years on the House Appropriations Committee staff. “There’s no advocacy on the Hill for them except what they do for themselves.”In 2013, the IRS’ bulwarks collapsed. First, as part of a budget deal with Obama’s administration, Republicans got what they had previously sought: a $600 million cut, which came on top of cuts in the previous two years. Then things got even worse. In May, an IRS inspector general reported that the agency had targeted right-leaning nonprofits for scrutiny, igniting what came to be known as the Lois Lerner scandal, named for the manager who had overseen the effort. Shortly thereafter, another report criticized the IRS for loose spending on its conferences. Republicans seized on both scandals, calling hearings and launching investigations.To head an agency that was now devastated by budget cuts and scandal, Obama appointed John Koskinen. He was a turnaround specialist, a Mr. Fix-It who, at 74, emerged from retirement for one last job. Most recently, he’d led Freddie Mac after the mortgage giant was taken over by the government during the 2008 financial crisis. Fifteen years before, the Clinton White House tapped him to oversee preparations to avert the Y2K crisis. He was a Washington version of Winston Wolfe from “Pulp Fiction,” if Wolfe were unfailingly polite and liked working with large bureaucracies.A pragmatist, Koskinen is someone who, by his own description, almost never gets angry. To deal with the crisis, he embarked on a morale-boosting cross-country tour, starting in Cincinnati, the center of the nonprofit scandal. He toured two cities a week for three and a half months. Ultimately, he spoke with more than 22,000 IRS employees. They didn’t gripe, he told us; they were focused on getting the resources to do their job. “This was as good a workforce as I have ever worked with.”Cutting the IRS budget didn’t make sense to him. It was one of the few areas of government that had a positive return on investment. Koskinen told the Senate, “I don’t know any organization in my 20 years of experience in the private sector that has said, ‘I think I’ll take my revenue operation and starve it for funds.’”When that argument failed, Koskinen tried to ease the vitriol through a personal connection. In 2014, he contacted Hal Rogers, who was then the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Koskinen had grown up in Ashland, Kentucky, not far from Rogers’ district. He requested a meeting, couldn’t get in and kept at it. After a few calls, he threatened Rogers’ staff that he would come and sit in their offices until Rogers met with him. They capitulated. When Koskinen and Rogers finally sat down together, sure enough, they knew folks in common. One of Koskinen’s good friends had gone to college with Rogers. The two had a friendly meeting.The next time Koskinen went to the Hill to testify, Rogers welcomed him warmly: “It is always good to see someone with strong Kentucky roots in the hearing room, particularly during basketball season.” He added, “I think much of you personally, Mr. Commissioner.” Then Rogers launched into a litany of criticisms: The IRS was trying to implement the Affordable Care Act against Congress’ wishes; it was spending too much, wasting too much, resisting reforms and letting the poor commit too much fraud. By that time, the Republican narrative had taken hold: The IRS had to be “held accountable” for wasting millions on lavish conferences and persecuting conservative nonprofits for their political beliefs.These charges ignored inconvenient facts. The IRS conference spending had already plummeted, from $38 million in 2010 to $5 million in 2012 — before the Republicans first criticized the agency for overspending. And inspector general reports later pointed out that the IRS division that oversaw tax-exempt organizations had also targeted progressive groups and concluded that the IRS had taken prompt action to address the previously identified problems in the nonprofit unit.Nevertheless, the scandals provided the rationale for ongoing budget cuts. The IRS lacked the “moral authority” to appeal for a budget increase, said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, then the chair of the House Budget Committee, in 2013.The cuts also forced discipline, Republicans argued. “We deliberately lowered the IRS funding to a level that would make the IRS think twice about what you are doing and why you are doing it,” Crenshaw told Koskinen in a hearing, “because you don’t have a single dime to spare on anything frivolous or foolhardy or even mediocre.”Neither Crenshaw nor any other current or former Republican member of Congress agreed to speak with ProPublica about the IRS. Some staffers talked on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press on the record and acknowledged that the budget cuts were a mistake. Asked about the cuts, a Hill Republican staffer said, “It was punishment,” adding that the IRS clearly “needs more money and needs more people.”The lowest point for Koskinen — and for the IRS — came when, a few weeks before Christmas in 2014, after four years of consistent cuts, Congress slashed an additional $350 million from the agency’s budget. Because the cut came three months into the fiscal year, and only a few months before filing season began, it sent the agency scrambling. Desperate, Koskinen even considered briefly shutting down the IRS. Koskinen’s deputy said that this was the only time he saw his boss angry. “That night, I had trouble getting to sleep,” Koskinen said. “Normally I go to sleep in about 22 seconds. It drives my wife crazy.”The sudden cut meant that the IRS couldn’t hire enough seasonal employees to answer taxpayer questions. As a result, almost two-thirds of the tens of millions of taxpayer calls would go unanswered that year.Koskinen was outspoken about the cause of the poor service. He liked to counter the constant urging to do “more with less” with a dose of realism. In fact, he said, the IRS would do “less with less”: answer fewer calls and do fewer audits.That upset Republicans, who charged in a contentious 2015 hearing that IRS mismanagement, not the budget cuts, was causing the decline in service. Mike Kelly, a Republican representative from Pennsylvania, attacked Koskinen, the ever-optimistic turnaround specialist, for being too negative. “I would encourage you to be a little more upbeat,” Kelly told Koskinen. “It is spring! Let’s talk about the good side of it.” The congressman also didn’t like Koskinen’s frequent quip that the budget cuts were really a “tax cut for tax cheats.”“I don’t think that I would want to be a cheerleader, telling those people that don’t want to pay their taxes: ‘Hey, you know what? We are not going to be able to come after you,’” said Kelly, adding that “those comments are better kept internally.”Koskinen replied with a speech he’d given many times before and would give again. A collapse in tax compliance was really possible, he said. People will catch on. He worried about the U.S. becoming Italy or Greece. “What I don’t want to do is have somebody later on say, ‘You never warned us,’” he told Congress. “This is your warning.”It’s a decision that everyone who works at the IRS has to make: How will you respond when someone asks, “So what do you do?” Answer forthrightly, and you’re bound to be met with either iciness or open hostility. Over her 30-year career, Pam Reicks, the former IRS manager, adopted a solution that’s common for IRS lifers. “I work for the government,” she’d say.Not that she was the least bit embarrassed by what she did. She was proud to play a role in making sure that the tax system was fair and that the rich paid their share. The walls of her home office are covered with family pictures, awards from the IRS and an American flag. Get her started on the topic of auditing, and her large eyes will grow wide as she excitedly tells you why it’s such tricky, interesting detective work.When Reicks joined the IRS in 1987, she saw it as an exciting way to expand her world. Born and raised in Red Cloud, Nebraska (population 1,000), she was curious and eager to learn. She began her career in Waterloo, Iowa, first auditing individuals and then working her way up to businesses. She preferred auditing businesses, because poring over the books of companies taught her how they really worked.Reicks moved to Des Moines and climbed her way to management. She tried to inspire agents with her enthusiasm. “I’m, Go, IRS!, you know?” she said with a laugh. “Go team!”By 2011, she had shifted to a new job, one that offered plenty to satisfy her curiosity. At the time, the IRS was cracking down on Americans hiding money in tax havens. The Justice Department, with the help of whistleblowers, had pierced the veil of secrecy that shielded Switzerland’s bank accounts. Banks sent lists showing thousands of account holders — many of them probable tax cheats — to U.S. authorities. But the scope of the problem was too big. The IRS simply couldn’t audit everybody who had an offshore account.One solution was to allow people to turn themselves in. The IRS launched programs that offered reduced penalties to those who came forward voluntarily, before an audit was opened. Tens of thousands did. But, of course, an unknown number of tax dodgers did not. Reicks’ new job, as a senior manager in the offshore program, was to help the IRS figure out how many of those people it could audit.Auditing taxpayers with accounts in tax havens is hard. Revenue agents have to investigate the scope of any cheating and figure out whether it was intentional. Tracking down the necessary documents from foreign countries can add frustrating delays. The average time to complete an offshore audit, Reicks remembered, was close to three years.Part of her task was to make sure that managers and revenue agents, who feel pressure to show productivity, did not cut these audits short. Some of the cases involved huge amounts of money. But IRS employees aren’t supposed to think about that. Since the IRS-reform bill in 1998, the agency is prohibited from evaluating agents based on how much money they bring in. Instead, they are evaluated on how efficiently they open and close audits. “You have to account for your time,” Reicks said, “and if you’re not churning out the exams, you have to explain why you’re not.”The budget cuts meant agents had to trudge through these jungles without a map. Not only were there fewer agents every year to do these audits, but many of the ones who remained were less experienced. Training and travel budgets had been slashed along with everything else. The agents conducting these audits were scattered across the country, as was Reicks’ team of 11 experts, who were supposed to guide them. In-person training became a rare luxury. Instead, most instruction was done online: PowerPoint slides appeared on a screen while someone talked. “But this stuff is so complicated that without somebody sitting in front of you, you don’t know if they’re getting what you’re saying,” Reicks said.The entire IRS has seen a similar shift. As a result, training has become less effective, IRS employees told ProPublica, and the thoroughness of audits has diminished. It’s also made the IRS a worse place to work.“The last time I was aware of hiring,” said Marie Allen, who retired in 2016 after a 32-year career at the IRS that included time auditing wealthy taxpayers, “I saw the young, angel, baby-faced agents coming in. They were told to sit down in a cubicle, given a computer and told, ‘This is your training.’” A couple of trainees decided to quit rather than suffer through weeks more of this, she said. “So we lost young talent by basically boring them to death.”Even established employees can feel themselves falling behind, making it harder to match up against sophisticated opponents. “We’re staying stagnant in what we know,” said an IRS employee who works on audits of corporations. Add to that the pressure to close audits as quickly as possible, and auditors often feel like they are rushing past signs of suspicious activity. “All I have time for is low-hanging fruit, basically,” the employee said. “It’s not only not fair to American taxpayers, it’s not very satisfying for me, either.”As time went on, Reicks said, the IRS was able to undertake fewer and fewer audits of offshore accounts. Given a list of American accounts in a tax haven, the IRS would often be able to audit only 10 to 15 percent of them, she remembered. That meant the agency was not able to adequately pursue tens of thousands of people who had kept their bank accounts secret from the U.S. government.In 2015, shortly after congressional Republicans forced the sudden $350 million cut that so upset Koskinen, Reicks began a new stage of her career. To prepare its managers for possible elevation to the executive level, the IRS puts them in temporary assignments. Over the course of a couple years, Reicks would get a different job every three to six months. But while the type of work changed at each assignment, the basic problem she faced did not: There weren’t enough people to do the work.Her final assignment put her in charge of exam activities at two of the IRS’ “campuses” in the Northeast. At the campuses, in row upon row of cubicles, thousands of tax examiners and customer service reps review correspondence and answer phone calls from taxpayers.Employees, Reicks said, constantly asked whether the IRS was going to hire more workers. With no good news to report, the best Reicks could do was assure them that they were responsible only for the work assigned to them, not for the work the IRS should be doing. “I get that the four desks around you are all empty,” she remembered saying. “This is what we have. We will adjust the workload accordingly.”Lacking staff, the IRS has shrunk programs — even those that brought in billions. One such casualty: pursuing taxpayers who do not bother to file tax returns. Tracking those people and businesses down, determining what they owe and then reviewing what they submit in response is time-consuming. “Why generate new work when we don’t have the resources to do the work we have right now?” asked Shantelle Kitchen-Nelson, who managed a collections campus in Philadelphia in 2017 and recently retired.As the IRS has fallen further and further behind on collecting the debts of those who filed a return but didn’t pay their taxes, many of those obligations have been allowed to surpass the 10-year statute of limitations. “For our customers,” said Jay Freeborne, a tax professional in Seattle who advises clients with tax debts, “those are touchdowns. When debts expire, we high-five them.”“This is a great time for not being compliant with paying taxes,” said Richard Schickel, a former IRS collection agent who now counsels taxpayers. “I have 11 clients who owe more than $1 million who are not being worked at all.”As Reicks toured different parts of the IRS, she was impressed by her colleagues. But she was working 80-hour weeks, often advising on offshore issues in addition to her current assignment, and living for chunks of time in hotels. On top of all that, her mother and brother had died in the same month.She decided not to put herself up for promotion and moved back to Nebraska, to live in Omaha, near her sister. She returned to her old job of supervising offshore audits full time. But by then, in 2017, things had grown noticeably worse.Reicks looked forward to the end of the year, when she’d reach 30 years of service and be eligible to retire with full retirement benefits. She’d always thought she’d stay longer than that. But she realized that she couldn’t.“I got tired,” she said.It’s unclear when — or whether — Congress might begin to reinvest in the IRS. The best that can be said is that it’s been a few years since the last deep cut.In 2015, when the IRS ability to answer taxpayer phone calls hit a low point, the budget discussions on Capitol Hill took a turn. Republicans agreed to boost the agency’s funding — but only part of it. The “taxpayer services” portion, which goes toward hiring seasonal employees to answer the phones, got bumped up. The “enforcement” portion of the budget continued to be pared: Today, adjusting for inflation, it’s $1.5 billion lower than it was in 2010, a decrease of 23 percent.This year, Republicans again selectively increased IRS funding. The massive new tax cut law has dumped loads of extra work on the IRS, which now has to write rules interpreting the legislation, reprogram aged computer systems and retrain its employees. Republicans understand that if the IRS fails to roll out their tax overhaul well, they might feel the political consequences. To help the agency cope, Congress handed it an extra $320 million, with the instruction that the money be used solely to implement the new law.The budget for 2019 is likely to be more of the same. When asked whether lawmakers might eventually provide increased funds to hire auditors and collectors, Republican Hill staffers told ProPublica that the members of Congress they work for will follow the lead of the new IRS commissioner, Charles Rettig. If Rettig, who was confirmed in September, asks for more money for the 2020 budget, Congress might support it, they said.Rettig, a tax lawyer with decades of experience defending wealthy clients against the IRS, has been publicly noncommittal so far. Pressed by Democratic senators at his confirmation hearing, all he would say was that “one of [his] top priorities would be to analyze the budget.” This was a stark contrast to Koskinen’s outspoken advocacy.In the meantime, the IRS continues to shrink. Annual revenue from audits is down by about $10 billion, adjusted for inflation, since 2010, and billions more have been lost by not pursuing nonfilers and other sources of unpaid tax debts. If the IRS had maintained a level of enforcement similar to that of the years from 2004 to 2010, it would have collected about $18 billion more than it did last year, ProPublica estimates. The total shortfall since 2011 has been about $95 billion.The true cost is likely much larger, since IRS enforcement has a magnifying effect. People who undergo audits are less likely to evade taxes in the future, just as nonfilers who are caught are more likely to file voluntarily, studies have shown. Take away enforcement, and evaders are emboldened and grow in number.One factor that has helped obscure this deterioration is the growth of the U.S. economy, which has pushed up tax receipts since the Great Recession. The IRS took in $3 trillion in 2017, up from $2 trillion in 2011. Republicans have pointed to this as proof that nothing is amiss: “You could argue,” Crenshaw said to Koskinen in a 2016 hearing, “if you collect more revenue with less money, then maybe if you had even less money you would collect even more revenue.”But the increase in receipts is misleading. During that period, for example, the top marginal tax rate went up, so the richest taxpayers were paying more. More important, in 2011, Americans had deep losses from the 2008 financial crisis that were still depressing tax obligations. In the following years, receipts outpaced economic growth, a typical phenomenon during recoveries. Still, that increase was weaker than government analysts expected. Even before last year’s tax cuts, tax receipts as a percentage of GDP never reached the levels of the late 1990s or mid-2000s.It will be years before we know whether tax cheating has in fact increased. The last IRS report to assess what it calls the “tax gap,” issued in 2016, analyzed the period from 2008 to 2010. It found that taxpayers had paid about 82 percent of the taxes they truly owed. If the rate of compliance in 2017 was the same, that would translate to $667 billion in missing taxes.Even the tiniest drop in compliance would cost billions more. But no one we spoke with who has worked at the IRS thinks the drop is likely to have been small. “One day it will be clear,” Koskinen said, “but by that time, you’re in deep yogurt.” ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsAlaska congressman explains why he voted ‘no’ on rules for Trump impeachment inquiryNovember 1, 2019 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Don Young in his Washington, D.C., office. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/11/31Young.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Alaska Congressman Don Young, like nearly all Republicans, voted “no” on the rules the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Thursday, opening the doors on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.For one, he said the rules don’t give the Republican minority enough authority in the process.“What’s it allow the minority to do? Nothing,” Young said. “Anytime I’d have to clear with the chairman for me to subpoena witnesses before he could OK it, that’s wrong.”The rules direct six committees to continue their impeachment inquiry. Young isn’t on those committees, but other Republicans are. (If a chairman says no to a Republican subpoena request, the rules provide one more option: Republicans can try to override him with a vote of the committee. That’s pretty hard, since Democrats outnumber Republicans on each panel.)Young also objects to the list of committees assigned to the job. He said it’s missing an important player.“They won’t have the Foreign Affairs Committee in it,” he said. “They should’ve, because most of the witnesses, in secret, have been from the State Department, and that’s wrong. So it’s a bad deal, and I voted ‘no,’ and I’m saying I’m dead-right on it.”Actually, Foreign Affairs is one of the committees that has been taking depositions behind closed doors in the basement of the Capitol, jointly with the House Intelligence and Oversight committees, and it’s among the committees assigned to continue the probe.Beyond those specific process complaints, Young said the inquiry is politically driven, and he doesn’t see any factual basis for it.“This has been a political sham from the very beginning. When you think about it, three years, all they’ve ever tried to do is get rid of Trump,” he said.Headbutt or head nudge? MoveOn gets a rise out of Alaska Congressman Young.At the heart of the inquiry is a July phone conversation between Trump and the president of Ukraine. According to a rough transcript from the White House, Trump asked that Ukraine “look into” former Vice President Joe Biden. Supporters of impeachment say Trump was asking a foreign government to help him win reelection by digging up dirt on a political opponent.Young said he believes Trump was conducting the nation’s business in that call. He said he doesn’t know why Trump discussed Biden with the president of Ukraine, or even which Biden he was referring to.“An investigation — he did say that,” Young said of the president. “Into … Biden or into his son?”It wasn’t a question Young was interested in discussing. Three minutes into the interview, he ended it.“That’s enough,” he said. “Get out of here.”In the rough transcript of the call, Trump did not use first names, but referred to “Biden’s son” and “Biden.” Trump has since made it clear he wants Ukraine — and also China — to investigate more than one member of that family.“If it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump told reporters Oct. 3.Critics say Trump, with statements like that, invites foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election.The House resolution passed easily, with only two Democrats voting no. It allows for future House proceedings to be public and for the release of transcripts of what’s already taken place.Murkowski is 1 of 3 Senate Republicans who didn’t back an anti-impeachment resolution. Here’s why.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsMurkowski, whose Alaska supporters run the spectrum, has angered the leftFebruary 3, 2020 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, answers questions in a studio at KTOO on August 13, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Jennifer Meyer, an Anchorage mom and professor, says she won’t forgive Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting against witnesses Friday, Jan. 31, in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.“I’m a disappointed recovering supporter of Lisa Murkowski,” proclaims Meyer, a Democrat who says she voted for Murkowski several times. “I won’t make the same mistake.”As a moderate, Murkowski has enjoyed support from Alaska’s right and left. But that also means, on high-profile votes as partisan as this one, she’s sure to disappoint a lot of her base no matter how she votes. That’s how it goes when you’re a moderate in a polarized era. And this time, it’s the left’s turn to be angry.Meyer used to admire Murkowski for her support for rural health care and education. But she says she doesn’t like the direction Murkowski has gone since Trump became president.“In the last three years, there’s nothing I can (point to and) say, ‘Well, I’m proud she’s my senator’,” Meyer said. “I can’t say that anymore. And that’s disappointing.”Meyer doesn’t accept Murkowski’s explanation that the impeachment process is too partisan to be repaired in the Senate with the admission of new evidence.“It seems to me if you were trying to get to the facts and make the process less partisan, you would want to see witnesses and documents,” Meyer said. “So I’m not quite sure why she wants to make the process less fair by having less facts.”Robin Phillips, on the other hand, says she’s ready for the country to put impeachment in the rear-view mirror.“We have already brought this so far and so long,” said Phillips, president of the Midnight Sun Republican Women. “It’s the only thing that news is talking about and there’s so much other, more important things in the world that we need to focus on.”Phillips said she was rooting for Murkowski to reject the call for witnesses, though she respects the senator’s process.“Lisa tends to really think about things. She puts a lot of time and knowledge behind her decisions,” Phillips said.The impeachment trial is likely to end Wednesday, Feb. 5.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgEconomyAlaskans to get PFD on July 1, Dunleavy saysMay 20, 2020 by Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media Share:(Rachel Waldholz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will pay Permanent Fund Dividends on  July 1st, three months ahead of schedule. The announcement comes just hours after the Alaska Legislature approved the spending of more than a billion dollars in federal coronavirus relief aid. “We’re in extraordinary times,” Dunleavy said. “We need to make sure that people in Alaska have cash in their hands to help with this economy, I can’t think of a better time to do it than now.”Dunleavy made the announcement at the end of a Wednesday’s press briefing that primarily focused on education and plans for reopening the state’s schools in the fall. According to state day, as of Wednesday/yesterday (May 20), 671,364 people had applied for dividends. The Permanent Fund Dividend Division expects to send out nearly 600,000 payments on July 1. Last month, the Legislature set the dividend amount at $1,000.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | Science & Tech | SoutheastIn a quest for cheaper energy, Kake turns to biomass heatingOctober 26, 2020 by Erin McKinstry, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Sitka Share:Sawdust and wood scraps at Mud Bay Lumber Company in Haines. Haines is one of dozens of communities around Alaska that have looked into biomass technology. (Photo provided by Clay Good/REAP)Alaskans spend nearly 60% more on energy than the national average, and in some rural communities, that number is much higher. The Kupreanof Island village of Kake is trying to bring down the high cost of energy by transitioning to renewables. They’ve looked at solar, wind, hydro and now biomass heating, an old technology with a new design.When Gary Williams retired after 30 years as executive director of Kake’s Tribe, the Organized Village of Kake, he decided to turn his attention to energy.“The cost of energy here is high, so if we can come up with some more affordable energy, it’s always a good thing to pursue,” he said.He worked on a successful solar project and helped conduct feasibility studies for wind energy. And now, he’s working to replace the tens of thousands of gallons of non-renewable heating oil used to heat the town’s school and other large facilities with a renewable and readily available resource: wood.“We’ve got a fuel supply that’s literally in our backyard. We’re in the middle of the Tongass,” Williams said. “So it would reduce the need for imported fuels and also at the same time as we harvested our local fuels, it would create jobs and put money into our local economy.”Burning wood to stay warm is an ancient technology, but the system Williams and other energy stakeholders in Kake are hoping to implement is high-tech. Special sensors and multiple chambers mean it burns hot and efficiently. The impact on air quality is the same or less than a system that uses heating oil.It’s called a biomass district heating system.“Biomass means a lot of things,” said Clay Good, who works for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. He’s been involved with several of Kake’s renewable energy projects. “It can mean food waste or fish waste or anything that’s biological, any carbonaceous material that can be utilized for some kind of energy source.”In this case, it means wood that’s leftover from thinning of second growth forests or from timber operations.“It’s not a big leap to think, well, if that’s just left there, it’s gonna be burned. Let’s use that material,” Good said. “We’ll just grind it up into chips and feed it into our industrial boiler here.”If Kake’s system becomes a reality, it could heat the school, senior center, health center, community center and other public buildings while saving the community nearly $100,000 a year on energy costs.And Kake’s not the only community looking into biomass. Dozens of places around the state are already using it. The interior town of Tok also uses their system to produce electricity through steam for their school. Local school district Superintendent Scott MacManus said it’s saved them money and created jobs since they first implemented it a decade ago.“Besides just a couple jobs running the plant, we are able to hire counselors that we didn’t have before and for a while we had a music program,” MacManus said. “It was because of the funding that we were able to save with the school.”He admits there were challenges, like finding people knowledgeable enough to work on the technology or convincing community members that it was a good idea. And, he said, it’s not the right fit for everyone.“One of the things about renewable and sustainable energy is that it’s got to be specific to where you are. You have to look at what’s available locally,” he said.But Gary Williams thinks it is the right technology for Kake. And one more step toward energy independence, energy affordability and sustainability.Besides making this work for our community today, we want to make sure we leave a good world for our grandchildren too,” Williams said.Kake was awarded a USDA grant to design their biomass system. They received the design plans back earlier this summer. Now they just have to find the funding to build it.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgBooksUncategorizedThe Reading List: January ’11Every month LAmag.com highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here’s what’s newBy Wendy Witherspoon – January 1, 2011328ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt Democracy Burning?: Urban Fire Departments and the Limits of Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1914 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, hardcover, $95) By Nigel Raab With cities built of wood, Russia’s nineteenth-century firefighters were a visible presence, and they cooperated with the authoritarian state in surprising ways according to the LMU professor.Out: Jan. 1 The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on their Epiphanies in the Dark (Chicago Review Press, paperback, $17) By Robert ElderRebel Without a Cause inspired John Woo, Raging Bull lit the fire for Richard Linklater, and Apocalypse Now did it for Danny Boyle.Out: Jan. 1  Skintervention: The Personalized Solution for Healthier, Younger, and Flawless-Looking Skin (HCI, paperback, $15) By Scott-Vincent Borba The celebrity esthetician shows you how to glow. Out: Jan. 1  Tales from the Yoga Studio (Plume, paperback, $15) By Rain Mitchell The owner of a Silverlake yoga studio and four of her devoted students grapple with life’s dilemmas in this first novel in the author’s planned yoga series.Out: Jan. 1  365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life (Hyperion, hardcover, $23) By John Kralik At the age of 52, the author found himself going through a divorce, living in a crappy apartment, and on the verge of bankruptcy. Instead of whining, he decided to be grateful for what he had.Out: Jan. 1  The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn, who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles II (Berkley, paperback, $15) By Gillian Bagwell Restoration-era buffs will delight in this debut historical novel from the founder of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company.Out: Jan. 4  The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life (Times Books, hardcover, $26) By John Sharp The Harvard and UCLA medical school professor explains how moods can be triggered by the weather — and also by memories of specific holidays – and describes what to do about it.Out: Jan. 4 Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage, and Transform (Harmony, hardcover, $23) Edited by Elise Ballard The L.A.-based filmmaker interviewed both famous people (Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Ali MacGraw, and Barry Manilow) and personal acquaintances to discover how lives are changed through moments of realization.Out: Jan. 4 Soul Trapper (Atria Books, hardcover, $25) By F.J. Lennon In 2008, the L.A.-based author and entertainment software designer created the IPhone app, “Soul Trapper,” featuring ghost hunter Kane Pryce. Now, fans can read about the adventures of their favorite detective of the paranormal.Out: Jan. 4 Exploiting My Baby, Because It’s Exploiting Me: A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth (New American Library, paperback, $15) By Teresa Strasser The L.A. media personality says she took a cue from other actresses cashing in on their babies and got herself (and baby) a book deal. Out: Jan. 4 Fallout: The True Story of the CIA’s Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking (Free Press, hardcover, $26) By Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz The investigative journalists (Frantz is the former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times) expand on their previous book, The Nuclear Jihadist (2007), to show how the CIA concealed its failure to shut down a known proliferation ring.Out: Jan. 4 The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Basic Books, hardcover, $195) By Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands This New Millenium Edition is a three-volume boxed set of the lectures from the Nobel Prize winner and former Caltech professor who popularized physics through his fascinating and accessible approach.Out: Jan. 4  The Law of Happiness: How Spiritual Wisdom and Modern Science Can Change Your Life (Howard Books, hardcover, $20) By Henry Cloud The L.A.-based Christian radio host describes his pathway to joy.Out: Jan. 4  Mr. Monk On the Road (Obsidian/NAL, hardcover, $23) By Lee Goldberg Adrian drugs his agoraphobic brother and takes him on a road trip in this 11th book in the tie-in series to the television show.Out: Jan. 4  Nocturne (Vanguard Press, hardcover, $20) By Syrie James A handsome stranger saves a woman whose car plummets off a mountain in this latest from the L.A. author of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.Out: Jan. 4  The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (Free Press, hardcover, $30) By Daniel Treisman The UCLA professor explores the paradoxes in Russian history and culture – from politicians like Putin, to the Chechen wars, to its sacred Vodka – and argues that Russia’s cooperation is key to solving many of today’s international problems.Out: Jan. 4 Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm (Gallery, hardcover, $26) By Roseanne Barr The comedienne unleashes her observations about menopause, pharmaceuticals, and her grandkids.Out: Jan. 4 The Solution: Conquer Your Fear, Control Your Future (Sterling, hardcover, $23) By Lucinda Bassett Learn how to chill this year with the L.A. author’s 21-day emotional makeover.Out: Jan. 4 Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz (Stanford University Press, hardcover, $45) By Barbara Babcock L.A.’s Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center is named after the woman who became the country’s first female deputy district attorney when she was appointed to the L.A. office in 1910. Foltz also was an active suffragist and raised five children, mostly as a single mother.Out: Jan. 7 Gideon’s War (Touchstone, hardcover, $25) By Howard Gordon A special envoy battles Islamic terrorists on a deep sea oil rig in this debut novel from the executive producer of the television show 24. Out: Jan. 11 Girlvert: A Porno Memoir (A Barnacle Book, paperback, $18) By Oriana Small The L.A. artist and self-proclaimed “girl-pervert” describes her experiences in the adult film industry and her surreal life. Out: Jan. 11 The Sentry (Putnam, hardcover, $27) By Robert Crais Former cop Joe Pike gets himself in a pickle in more ways than one in a Southern California sandwich shop. Out: Jan. 11 Veganize This! (Da Capo Lifelong, paperback, $19) By Jenn Shagrin Accustomed to snacking on butter and beef? The actress (Reno 911) serves up some sass while showing you satisfying substitutes. Out: Jan. 11 Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy (Pegasus, hardcover, $28) By Debra Ann Pawlak In 1927, a group of 36 viciously competitive Hollywood moguls gathered to create the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Out: Jan. 15 The Poetics of Sovereignty: On Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty ( Harvard University Asia Center, hardcover, $50) By Jack W. Chen The UCLA professor explores notions of the self and dynastic identity in a Chinese emperor’s poetry. Out: Jan. 15 My Father at 100 (Viking, hardcover, $26) By Ron Reagan As the 100 th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth approaches next month, his son offers a portrait of the enigmatic man with whom he played touch football and went for horseback rides. Out: Jan. 18 Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward (HarperBusiness, hardcover, $26) By Henry Cloud The L.A.-based psychologist and leadership consultant advises pruning away elements in your life and career that aren’t working.Out: Jan. 18 The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness (Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $26) By Michael Reagan and Jim Denney The former President’s eldest son, who lives in L.A., explores the similarities between the Reagan era and today.Out: Jan. 18 Photography as Fiction (J. Paul Getty Museum, hardcover, $25) By Erin Garcia Photography is a surprisingly theatrical medium, and the museum’s former photography curator illustrates her point with 76 color plates from the museum’s collection.Out: Jan. 18 The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” Recipes That Pack a Punch (Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $17) By Randy Clemens The L.A.-based food writer shows you how use your favorite Southeast Asian sauce in all kinds of unexpected culinary spots – from a spicy ceviche to a Sriracha burger and a peach-Sriracha sorbet.Out: Jan. 18 Surviving a Shark Attack (On Land): Overcoming Betrayal and Dealing with Revenge (Harper, hardcover, $26) By Laura Schlessinger The L.A.-based radio talk-show host has written books about kids, whining, and tending to your marriage, among other topics; in her latest she tackles traitors and backstabbers.Out: Jan. 18 Vice: One Cop’s Story of Patrolling America’s Most Dangerous City (St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $26) By John Baker and Stephen Rivele The highly-decorated former Compton police officer (Baker) remembers his harrowing experiences in one of the most violent and crime-ridden cities in the country.Out: Jan. 18 The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy (Hudson Street Press, $26) By Liz Weston If the financial crash left you anxious and confused, the L.A.-based finance columnist provides understandable tips for planning and investing.Out: Jan. 20 The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover: Four Weeks to a Sexier You (Harper, paperback, $15) By Dana Myers Forget dieting in the new year and try on this resolution: get sexier with tips from the L.A. lifestyle expert.Out: Jan. 25 House Divided (Grand Central Publishing, paperback, $14) By Raul Ramos y Sanchez The Cuban-born host of MyImmigrationStory.com and author of America Libre (2009) again imagines an L.A. torn by racial strife in his latest about a father’s complicated struggle for justice.Out: Jan. 28  TAGSReading ListL.A Culture2011January 2011Previous articleBorn With a Silver SpoonNext articleShow of ForceWendy Witherspoon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. 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first_img Tags: Uber Ashton Kutcher weighs into Uber spying debacle Carly Steven whatsapp Share Thursday 20 November 2014 5:30 am whatsapp Actor-turned-Demi Moore toyboy-turned-tech investor, Ashton Kutcher gave his tuppence worth to the Uber spying story yesterday. The Dude, Where’s My Car star tweeted, “What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist?”The reaction from the twittersphere was swift, and it was hard. “Dude Where’s My Orwell,” was one particularly good retort. Having received a significant backlash, Kutcher backed down. “U r all right and I’m on the wrong side of this ultimately. I just wish journalists were held to the same standards as public figures,” he said.What spurred him to give such an impassioned (and morally questionable) defence of Uber? Well, he’s an investor. Shame he forgot he’s chairman of a media company, too. Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndolast_img read more

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: Autumn Statement 2015 George Osborne NHS People Chancellor George Osborne is expected use his Autumn statement on Wednesday to announce an extra £2bn funding for frontline NHS services. It is anticipated that Osborne will pledge extra funding from April next year, according to the BBC.  In a speech to parliament on Wednesday, when he will deliver exact details on its spending plans, Osborne will claim that due to a “growing economy” and a “tight control over finances” the government can afford the £2bn funding. Osborne will say: Here’s a simple truth: you can’t have a strong NHS without a strong economy to pay for it. If you don’t have a long term plan for the economy, you don’t have a plan for the future of the NHS. We have both. It is because our economy is growing, and we’ve kept a tight control on the finances, that we can do more for the NHS. I can confirm that we will invest an extra £2bn next year in our frontline NHS, across the UK. This will support the day-to-day work of our incredible nurses, doctors and other NHS staff; but it is also a down-payment on the future of our health service. The chancellor is also expected to use his speech to back a five-year plan put together by six national health bodies to eradicate the NHS’ £30bn deficit. The NHS Forward View report has put forward a number of measures designed to make the NHS better equipped to deal with a UK that lives longer, cut costs and curb the rise in hospital admissions. The report had argued its existing budget of £100bn was not enough to meet costs, and that the future of the NHS depended on improved efficiency. Osborne will say: I endorse this Forward View as the way to deliver a world class and universal NHS that is sustainable for the long term. Labour has pledged to increase the NHS budget by £2.5bn a year if it gains power at the next election, a move which would be part-funded by its controversial mansion tax. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Joe Hall Share Sunday 30 November 2014 6:20 am whatsapp NHS: George Osborne to promise an extra £2bn of funding last_img read more

first_imgTuesday 16 December 2014 9:08 pm More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Russia’s economic situation spiralled out of control yesterday as its central bank’s shock decision to raise interest rates to 17 per cent failed to prevent a further collapse in the rouble.The currency’s extreme volatility was reflected in a decision late last night by Apple – the world’s largest company – to suspend online sales to Russia. During the day, companies with exposure to the Russian market saw their share prices tumble.“Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the rouble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Apple said last night. The rouble began the day at 64 roubles to the dollar. It strengthened marginally to below 60 against the dollar before rocketing up to 78 against the dollar. It had fallen back to 68 by late last night.When asked about capital controls yesterday, economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev insisted: “No they aren’t being discussed.”Shares retailer Magnit PAO dropped 7.15 per cent in London while X5 retail group – another retailer in Russia – saw its share price fall 11.07 per cent. In the financial sector, Sberbank lost 11.76 per cent in Moscow.Carlsberg’s share price dived 6.52 per cent in Copenhagen – a significant slice of the brewer’s profits comes from Russia. Nordea bank’s share price fell 1.9 per cent in Stockholm, OTP bank’s dropped 11.40 per cent and Raiffesien bank’s dipped 9.41 per cent in Vienna. According to researchers at Citigroup they are all more exposed to Russia than other European banks.Deputy governor of the Rusian central bank Sergey Shvetsov admitted that the situation in Russian foreign exchange and stock markets was “critical”. Russia is suffering from accelerating inflation, a plummeting exchange rate, low growth, and economic sanctions. whatsapp Express KCS Tags: Applecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorElvenarIf You Need to Kill Time on Your Computer, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenar Share Rouble takes a beating as Apple halts sales in Russia Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

first_imgTHE EUROZONE continued to stagnate at the end of 2014, survey data suggests.The services purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.6 in December from 51.1 in November, according to figures released by Markit yesterday.Any number above 50 indicates growth but 51.6 is very weak growth. The Eurozone composite PMI which includes manufacturing and construction as well as services climbed marginally to 51.4 in December from November’s 51.1.Despite the growth economists still expect the Eurozone economy to have stagnated in the final three months of the year. Economists at Barclays expect the economy to have grown by just 0.1 per cent over that time. However, the malaise in the currency union has not stopped Ireland from staging a remarkable recovery. Ireland’s composite PMI scored 61.Spain also continued its recovery registering a PMI f 54.3.Italy and France, two of the largest Eurozone economies, both scored below 50.The PMI for global growth suggest it slowed at the end of 2014. It dropped to 52.3 in December from 53.1 in November. Ireland and the UK lead the world in terms of service sector activity growth in December. whatsapp Eurozone ends the year with a whimper Share whatsapp Express KCS Tuesday 6 January 2015 8:44 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img N Brown sounds alarm as move away from catalogues hits profit Share whatsapp ONLINE, catalogue and store retailer N Brown has issued its second profit warning in six months following a challenging autumn trading period.The retailer said it was disappointed by the slower profit growth, but remained optimistic that its recent restructuring would ensure future growth.“The company is transitioning from a traditional model: we are changing our emphasis away from catalogue titles to a digital platform,” said Angela Spindler, chief executive of N Brown. Spindler believes this “necessary transformation” is the reason why the plus-sized fashion retailer now expects pre-tax profit to be slightly below the current market consensus of £88m. “The mail order model is a declining market so we have to step back a bit to step forwards,” said Spindler.Full-year sales for N Brown, whose brands include Simply Be, JD Williams and Jacamo, were flat. but like-for-like sales increased 3.6 per cent for the 13 weeks to 28 February, the only quarter to record year-on-year growth. Online sales penetration rose to 62 per cent in the most recent quarter, up from 59 per cent last year. Show Comments ▼ Express KCS More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom Nationzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyArticles SkillHe Left Wife For Her Sister, Then She Wins It AllArticles SkillMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedy whatsapp Wednesday 11 March 2015 10:06 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_imgMonday 23 March 2015 7:34 am Here’s why Britain shouldn’t worry about deflation just yet Plumper pay-packets, and falling prices, are making people much better off. But they’re just still not spending. This is curbing sales, squeezing businesses’ earnings, and leading to wage cuts and layoffs. This is what a dreaded deflationary spiral looks like. Luckily, it’s not something we have to worry about just yet. Official figures which are due to be released tomorrow will show the rate of inflation has dropped to almost zero, and it’s expected to turn negative in the coming months, according to official estimates from the Bank of England.Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has repeatedly stressed the bout of low prices will be short-lived. While tumbling global oil prices are largely to blame for low prices, this is something that will eventually subside.But in the meantime, the recovery in wages will start to boost domestic demand, and in turn drive up prices.There are two sides to every story, and when it comes to deflation, Britain is likely experiencing the rosier one. So-called “benign deflation” is primarily due to technological progress as well as productivity improvements. These flood markets with products, and as the surplus drives down prices, people reap the benefits of low prices while shielding them from the nastier side-effects such as falling wages, layoffs etc. This makes it markedly different from its more sinister sounding counterpart, known as “malevolent deflation”.Threadneedle Street’s most recent quarterly survey showed inflation expectations had fallen to a 13-year low, slumping to just 1.9 per cent, which was down from 2.5 per cent in November.Nonetheless Howard Archer, Chief UK & European Economist IHS Global Insight, said that they were not “hugely weak and there is crucially no evidence that deflation … is considered a possibility.”Meanwhile, retail sales continue to grow, and figures due out this week are expected to show they grew 0.3 per cent month-on-month in February.”[They] dipped 0.3% month-on-month in January, but this was actually a relatively resilient performance after sales volumes had previously jumped 2.2% quarter-on-quarter in the fourth quarter of 2014.” whatsapp whatsapp Share Jessica Morris Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Show Comments ▼ last_img read more

first_img whatsapp Tags: Greek debt crisis People Vladimir Putin Hanging on the telephone: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arranges call with Vladimir Putin Friday 5 June 2015 6:42 am Share Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ As the chances of Greece ever unlocking that €7.2bn emergency loan look increasingly bleak, the country’s embattled Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has taken a step towards a decidedly nuclear option.The FT reported that Tsipras has arranged a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today. Apparently there isn’t much information on what will be discussed – but lest we forget, the two leaders have already met, back in April, when they got together ostensibly to “boost ties” – but also (apparently) discussed the small matter of a €5bn loan. Given Europe’s current views of Russia, it’s unlikely to endear the likes of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with whom Tsipras had an awkward-sounding dinner on Wednesday night. As Open Europe policy analyst Nina Schick told City A.M. at the time of Tsipras’ last conversation with Putin, “on substance there is little Tsipras and Putin can offer one another”.“[But] symbolically, the summit sends a message to the EU, and is about both Putin and Tsipras posturing as though they have other options. Greece’s aim is to create something it hopes to use as a bargaining chip in its ongoing negotiations with its creditors.”  Considering Greece’s current stalemate with its creditors over primary budget surplus targets, “posturing” may be the best weapon in its arsenal.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express whatsapplast_img read more

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Tomorrow the Greek people will go to the polls to cast their vote on who will lead their country, after months of negotiations with international creditors that resulted in a bailout, further austerity and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calling the snap election.The backstoryOn joining the Euro some nine years prior in 2001, and spending a lot of the new cheap money, Greece had to ask international creditors for help paying its bills in 2010. As time went on, billions of euros were lent to Greece. But in exchange, hard austerity programmes were enforced. In 2014 unemployment reached 26.5 per cent and GDP contracted by 25 per cent since 2010, pushing the country to discontent.Read more: Syriza ahead in latest poll by fine marginEnter Alexis Tsipras. In January Syriza, a left wing party, won an election to take over from New Democracy, under the stewardship of Tspiras, given his pledge to negotiate a better deal with Europe.The plot thickensA coalition built under his leadership, Tsipras dispatched economist Yanis Varoufakis to negotiations on behalf of Greece, which dragged on for months and appeared at times to be at breaking point.Then, in a fairly shocking turn of events, Tsipras called a referendum on the bailout conditions, which the country rejected with a “No” vote. Of course, not everyone cared about this result and at one point European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker even dismissed the referendum as an “irrelevant circus”.After all the bickering, in the end, Varoufakis resigned, pledging to wear the international creditors’ contempt for him with pride, and Tsipras had to accept austerity to unlock a third bailout deal worth €86bn.This austerity included VAT rises and pension cuts that Tsipras had previously said he would not accept.And so the Greek Prime Minister, after 206 turbulent days in office, called snap elections in August, in an effort to shore up support and gain a fresh mandate.What next?When the election was called, Syriza had a comfortable lead in the polls, but has seen that simmer away recently.And now the polls are neck and neck between Tsipras’ Syriza and the party which it replaced, New Democracy.Up to 9.8m Greeks could turn out to vote, and parties need to reach a threshold of three per cent of the vote to enter the 300 seat parliament on a four year term.Read more: Poll puts Syriza in second place just behind New Democracy for first time since JanuaryThe party which gains the most votes takes 50 seats, and the other 250 are elected through proportional representation.If no party wins an outright majority, the leader of the largest party gets given a mandate to form a coalition. Failing that, the second party will be given a chance to form a coalition, then the third.Based on polling, it is likely that Syriza will be given the opportunity to build a coalition, most likely with some of the smaller parties such as To Potami or Pasok.But, as many incidents in this Greek drama have shown, no one can say for sure what will happen. Sharelast_img read more

first_img The larger union representing Cargolux staff, OGBL, is to attempt to push through a new Collective Work Agreement without input from the smaller LCGB.Last week, LCGB, the more militant of the two unions, announced it would ask its members to vote on industrial action. But OGBL secretary Hubert Hollerich told local media his union could unilaterally sign off the new CWA when the existing agreement expires on December 1.“It would not be optimal, but we will do so as a last resort,” he said. “We are the majority in the staff delegation, so we can.”This, however, is disputed by the LCGB and the Luxembourg Airline Pilots’ Association. Its executive secretary, Dirk Becker, told The Loadstar: “The OGBL cannot unilaterally sign a collective work agreement. This has been confirmed by legal advice and by Luxembourg’s l’Inspection du Travail et des Mines (ITM) the Inspectorate of Labour and Mines, which is the governmental body in Luxembourg directly linked to the ministry of labour. By Alex Lennane 02/11/2015 “The deciding factor if a collective work agreement could be signed by only the OGBL is not the number of delegates in the staff delegation affiliated with the OGBL, but the number of votes received in the last valid delegation election. In order for the labour minister to approve the signing of a CWA only by the OGBL, the OGBL would be required to have received at least 50% of the votes in the last delegation election, which took place in August 2011.“This is not the case as it has been confirmed recently by the ITM. So the labour minister cannot legally approve the signing of a new collective agreement only by the OGBL.” Meanwhile, the LCGB continues to be frustrated by the growth of Cargolux Italia, which it accuses of “social dumping”.Noting that three of the four Italian-registered and piloted aircraft are “routinely dispatched within the Luxembourg route network”, the union said the government was losing $5m in taxes and that management was not acting in the interests of the country.Cargolux, however, said its Luxembourg operation had grown faster than its Italian one, adding two new aircraft this year and leasing a third.“We are still hiring staff – crews as well as ground staff – here in Luxembourg and have ambitious plans to increase staff and crew levels in 2016, all of which would be jeopardised by adverse industrial actions,” said the carrier in a statement to media.“While Cargolux Italia has increased its activities, it should not be forgotten that Cargolux also profits from Cargolux Italia’s expansion, as we are able to open up new markets due to the traffic rights that Cargolux Italia has; commercial traffic rights, for instance to Japan (Osaka and Tokyo) and Russia (Novosibirsk), that Cargolux does not have from Luxembourg.“With a current market share of 14%, Cargolux Italia’s position as the number-one home carrier in the Italian market shows the importance of developing both airlines in parallel.“Its low cost and highly efficient production allows Cargolux to continue to fly to financially challenging regions such as Africa with all the positive impact on our global network.”It argued: “Every single job at Cargolux Italia secures three additional jobs at Cargolux in Luxembourg.”It did not address LCGB’s claim that Italian aircraft regularly fly on the Luxembourg network.While LCGB admits that it is “well aware” of the consequences of industrial action, it has been angered by the rejection of its plans for cost-savings of some $10m a year. Saying it had lost faith in the negotiations, LCGB said a strike, which it believes its members would support, “remains the last option to convince Cargolux senior management to return to a constructive negotiating style in good faith”.Negotiations are due to resume on November 11, and it will hold the vote on any action beforehand.last_img read more

first_img DB Schenker has appointed Oliver Seidl (pictured) as its new chief financial officer, with him due to take up the post “at the earliest possible availability” and incumbent Lutz Freytag set to depart in November.Mr Seidel, 53,  is currently CFO of Media-Saturn-Holding, and DB Schenker said in a statement that he “brings many years of experience in diverse finance-related management positions”.From 2010 to 2013, he was chairman of German electronics manufacturer Loewe, while prior to that “he looked after management accounting, strategy and M&A at medium-sized companies”.From 1990 to 2001, he worked in a variety of roles for Daimler in Bremen and Stuttgart, having studied business at the universities of Göttingen and Marburg. By Gavin van Marle 27/07/2016 DB Schenker chairman Richard Lutz said: “We are bringing a proven expert on board with relevant experience as the CFO of internationally active businesses.”Meanwhile, Dr Freytag, CFO for nine years, is leaving “to tackle new challenges and dedicate more time to his personal pursuits”.DB Schenker chief executive Jochen Thewes said: “He has achieved a great deal for Schenker. We would like to thank Lutz for the great personal dedication he has shown throughout his years at DB Schenker and wish him all the best for the future.”last_img read more

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 16/02/2017 Hunter Harrison CEO speaks as CP held its annual meetin in the Royal York Hotel in Toronto today May 1st 2013 unlike last year there were no fireworks where the CEO,Fred Green was forced into early retirement….COLIN MCCONNELL TORONTO STAR) Colin McConnell/Toronto Star North America rail turnaround king Hunter Harrison has moved a step closer to taking the top job at CSX.The carrier’s board called a meeting to discuss his potential appointment as chief executive, along with activist investor fund Mantle Ridge taking a 5% share of the company.Mantle Ridge has an exclusive contract with Mr Harrison after he resigned as chief executive of Canadian Pacific and has been promoting his appointment to CSX.CSX has been planning the succession of 39-year company veteran chairman and chief executive Michael Ward, a process that may have been accelerated by Mr Harrison’s availability.Last week, the CSX board held a five-hour meeting with Mantle Ridge and Mr Harrison, during which the fund made two demands: that it gets substantial representation on the CSX board; and Mr Harrison becomes CEO.In a statement this week, the carrier said: “It became apparent that CSX would be unable to retain Mr Harrison unless it acceded to Mantle Ridge’s requests with respect to the composition of the CSX board and the governance of CSX, in addition to agreeing to Mr Harrison’s terms of employment at a total cost which CSX estimates to exceed $300m.”CSX’s initial proposals included: Mr Harrison’s appointment as chief executive, with “suitable compensation”; the appointment of Mantle Ridge chief executive Paul Hilal and three other mutually agreed individuals to its board; the retirement of four CSX directors over the next three years; board chair and committee composition to be determined by the newly constituted board; and no standstill agreement between CSX and Mantle Ridge.Mantle Ridge and Mr Harrison turned these down, however, and CSX returned with another set of proposals.These include a four-year contract for Mr Harrison, with a package totalling of $300m and a 1% share of CSX’s common stock; the immediate retirement of Mr Ward; the appointment of four additional Mantle Ridge employees to the CSX board, alongside Mr Hilal and Mr Harrison; the retirement of three CSX directors in 2017, followed by the retirement of presiding director Edward Kelly in 2018; director John Breaux to be ineligible to stand for re-election following 2018’s annual general meeting; Mr Hilal to succeed Mr Kelly as chairman after a year as vice chairman; the chairs of the carrier’s compensation and governance committees to be selected by Mantle Ridge, with “heavy” representation on both bodies.However, CSX also had concerns over these conditions, namely that they would grant effective control to a shareholder that actually holds less than 5% of its stock, and that Mr Harrison’s remuneration was largely in the form of an upfront payment with only a portion based on performance.A statement said: “The CSX board believes such an employment arrangement for an incoming chief executive is exceptionally unusual, if not unprecedented.”A special meeting will be held on 16 March with a vote on the proposals.Mr Harrison resigned from Canadian Pacific at the beginning of the month, handing back $90m in benefits in the process to free himself from any non-compete clauses in his contract.The shock decision buoyed CSX investors, with heightened speculation that he would be joining the carrier, replacing Mr Ward.Renowned as the man that turned around the post-privatisation fortunes of Canadian National, Mr Harrison joined CP in 2012 after an approach from activist investor Bill Ackman. Current CP chairman Andrew Reardon said he had left the carrier with a strong foundation for future success.Should Mr Harrison’s move to CSX be confirmed, this would not be the first time he has flirted with the US railroad, having placed an unsuccessful bid to merge CP with CSX in 2014.That move launched a quest to create a transcontinental carrier that then led to a $28bn bid for Norfolk Southern in 2015, which, had it succeeded, would have been the largest railroad merger ever.However, a combination of NS’s dissatisfaction with the proposed offer and its insistence that the US Surface Transportation Board would never greenlight the move led to it being aborted last April.last_img read more

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 16/05/2017 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has calmed the waters that led it to the brink of bankruptcy with first-quarter results showing a reduction in operating losses and an upturn in volumes handled.The heir-apparent to Hanjin as South Korea’s de facto flag-carrier, HMM reduced its operating loss to $117m in the three months to March, compared with $144m last year.Volumes were up 37%, year on year, to 958,000 teu, with spikes of 41.4% and 62.4% on shipments to the Americas and Asia.HMM chief executive Yoo Chang-kuen told the media he expects a further improvement in company performance over the third and fourth quarters of the year.Over the first quarter, sales increased 7%, year on year, to $1.1bn, and expects continued freight rate improvements as the year progresses.Mr Chang-yuen said wanted improved business conditions, reduced costs and realigned routes to lead to stable profits by next year.The volume increase would suggest HMM benefited from Hanjin’s collapse last August by having space available. In December, Alphaliner reported HMM’s transpacific market share rose 2.2%, to 6.6%, with the carrier handling 80,376 teu in November compared with 58,742 in August.The analyst questioned whether HMM could maintain this share of the market, but by January reports emerged that its market share had climbed again, to 7.5%.While HMM hasn’t so far increased its fleet, it is set to cull short-term capacity, with six 10,000 teu and three13,000 teu vessels due for charter, the latter destined for its 2M partners.This forms part of the agreement reached with Maersk and MSC that allowed it become part of the alliance, albeit as a junior member.HMM would need to considerably expand its fleet to meet long-term plans unveiled in December for global market share to rise 5% by 2021 – an ambition described by Alphaliner as “far-fetched”.According to the analyst, HMM would need to add 650,000 teu of capacity to its fleet, while noting that the carrier had said it would not “be engaged in overly active fleet expansion”.last_img read more

first_img By Mike Wackett 24/04/2018 © Ekachai Lohacamonchai Despite overcapacity fears from a flood of newbuild ultra-large ships, as well as recent container spot rate erosion, analysts have a surprisingly positive outlook on profitability for container shipping this year.In fact, Drewry said: “The reality of supply growth in 2018 is far less frightening than it was previously.”It said that due to a number of deferrals and slippage of newbuild tonnage, the “real world” of an influx of between 1m and 1.2m teu will be “largely manageable” and would not damage the supply-demand balance.“If our forecast is correct, the annual delivery total for 2018 will be broadly unchanged from 2016 and 2017, which marked a significant slowdown compared with the previous six years,” said Drewry.“Crucially, the new supply growth forecast for the current year is lower than demand, meaning we expect the global supply-demand index to nudge upwards this year. The market will still be over-supplied, but not catastrophically so.”However, Drewry said the “top-heavy” delivery schedule in the first half of the year will have created a negative sentiment for the annual Asia-Europe and transpacific contracting seasons.Indeed, the all-important container spot rates between Asia and North Europe are currently at approximately $580 per teu, compared with some $900 per teu 12 months ago.And between Asia and the US west coast, spot rates have stubbornly refused to nudge upwards and remain about 12% below rates of a year ago, at around $1,150 per 40ft.Translating Drewry’s more upbeat take into pure financial analysis, investment banker Jefferies told clients today: “We continue to believe the container shipping sector is set to benefit from a rapidly improving market balance.”Although container lines on the major east-west tradelanes now carry about 50% of their containers on a spot or short-term contract basis, which is reflected in the weekly SCFI (Shanghai Containerized Freight Index), Jeffries points to the much broader CCFI (China Containerized Freight Index), based on the price of containers from all major ports in China and is a composite of contract rates and spot rates, as being “relatively stable”.Moreover, Jeffries has noted remarks from executives at Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd advising that newly agreed contract rates have “more than compensated for higher bunker prices”.It added: “With capacity expected to tighten from H2, we believe the outlook for container freight rates is favourable”.However, the liners are facing a number of inflationary pressures this year, not least a charter market that has shifted back in favour of owners and will add some significant extra operating costs to the P&L account.Nevertheless, analysts at Jeffries are projecting “strong earnings momentum” from both Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line for the first quarter, ahead of their results due on 14 May and 17 May, respectively.Analysts have been wrong before, but the German and Danish carriers’ Q1 results and outlook will provide some concrete guidance for the industry.last_img read more

first_img MOL has made a double announcement: it is to launch a new NVOCC business; and it has appointed Michael Goh deputy director general of its Product Transport business.The new division, which will operate under the MOL Worldwide Logistics brand, will centralise marketing, procurement, network operations, and account management.Set to launch in July, Worldwide Logistics will use MOL’s cloud-based freight forwarding system to control and manage all aspects of shipments from origins to destinations and “aggressively” enhance services with new IT infrastructure, including Robotic Process Automation (RPA).Under RPA, the company will look to streamline routine data input, improve data accuracy, boost labour efficiency, reduce cost and provide real-time container tracking.Mr Goh’s appointment sees him move from his role as chief executive of MOL Consolidation Services, which he joined from the Asia division.Prior to joining MOL in 2002, Mr Goh was chief executive of Trans Pacific Lines for two year, having previously works for FHTK Holdings and APL, where he began his career in 1969. By Alexander Whiteman 26/04/2018last_img read more

first_img Forgotten your password? Please click here The extent to which capital markets can end up being a casino for supply chain actors has been fully shown by Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and its share price action in recent weeks.Nothing new?From stock to bond market woes, before its dismal equity performance the spotlight was on the fall and rise of its bigger rival, CMA CGM – for more background, please check out the first chart here, in case you missed the French carrier’s rollercoaster.But Hapag-Lloyd, like a turtle either … Reset Your Password Email* By Alessandro Pasetti 04/08/2020 Please Login New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Password* Reset Email* << Go backlast_img read more

first_img Despite the containership orderbook at an historic low, the top carriers have a backlog of 86 ships of over 10,000 teu stemmed for delivery over the next two to three years.The orders were placed before the pandemic stunted global growth, but with considerable uncertainty over the speed of a recovery against the recessionary background, the deployment of 1.47 million teu of capacity on the newbuild ULCVs could prove challenging.And Alphaliner notes that the outstanding orders are “unequally spread among the three big alliances”.“The two carriers with the largest orders, CMA CGM and Evergreen, belong to the Ocean Alliance, which already has a market share of 39.5% on the transpacific and 38.7% on the Asia-Europe trade,” said the consultant.Along with Cosco (OOCL) the alliance has 57 ships under construction with a total capacity of 1m teu.THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Yang Ming and HMM have 24 ships on order, with a capacity of 349,000 teu, while 2M partners Maersk and MSC have five 23,650 teu vessels still to be delivered, all ordered by the latter.Alphaliner says the deployment of 57 extra ships within the Ocean Alliance network will be “a challenging task in times of expected low growth demand”.To mitigate the influx of new tonnage it said CMA CGM and Cosco (OOCL) had the option of returning around 15 8,000-10,000 teu chartered-in vessels by the end of next year. But, it added, the redelivery prospects for Evergreen were “marginal”, given the length of the Taiwanese carrier’s charters.“The 2M is in a much more comfortable position, with Maersk having no outstanding orders and MSC having only five ‘megamax 24’ ships under construction,” said Alphaliner.Indeed, Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou said yesterday the carrier had “no plans” to order any new ships, given the “material uncertainties” and “lack of visibility related to global demand”, and was focused on reducing capital expenditure.Alphaliner said the delivery of the 86 newbuild vessels was “expected to put extra pressure on the Asia to Europe trade, as the biggest ships are expected to be deployed there”.For example, CMA CGM is scheduled to take delivery of nine LNG-powered 23,000 teu vessels from next month, which it will deploy on its FAL1 loop – dubbed the NEU4 string of the Ocean Alliance – which will replace the 16,000-18,000 teu units currently deployed.The arrival of this additional capacity as the industry hits its seasonal slack season will test the resolve of the carriers to continue with their successful blanking programmes.In order to fill the extra slots, and assuming growth remains lethargic, the Ocean Alliance members may decide to try to increase their market share. Maersk’s CEO said yesterday the carrier was not looking to increase its market share, but the top-ranked liner will no doubt want to protect the share of the trades it currently commands. By Mike Wackett 20/08/2020last_img read more

first_img Please Login By Alessandro Pasetti 28/09/2020 Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Premium subscriber LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset The recent bolt-on sale of non-core contract logistics (CL) assets (and people) in Argentina confirms without bias the broader Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) job cuts versus divestment narrative we previously highlighted, which makes a lot of sense and spells continuity in strategic terms. Or does it?And why?Findings“K+N is a military organisation that simply marches on” was the top weekly reminder recently shared in our marketplace when arguing in favour of the Swiss 3PL as far as its ability to adapt to and … Email* Password* Reset Your Password New Premium subscriber REGISTER Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back LOGINlast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Patent Office denied a patent for the Xtandi prostate cancer drug, paving the way for a generic version, the Economic Times reports. The patent was opposed on grounds of “lack of inventive step, lack of novelty, and lack of clarity and sufficiency.” The drug is the subject of a battle in the US, where consumer groups are urging federal officials to allow lower-cost versions to be made and exported to other markets.The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is recommending Novartis’s Afinitor for certain breast cancer patients and Pfizer’s Xalkori lung cancer treatment after the drug makers offered undisclosed larger discounts, PMLive writes. The move comes as NICE reappraises all drugs covered by the Cancer Drugs Fund, which was overhauled earlier this year.Valeant Pharmaceuticals received an investigative subpoena from the California Department of Insurance in September over its ties to pharmacies and marketing, Reuters informs us.US public health programs will use lower-dose vaccines administered over longer periods from 2017 if President elect Donald Trump adheres to a plan he outlined last year, inPharma-Technologist says.The Senate plan to pass its version of the 21st Century Cures Act and speed new drugs and devices to market may get derailed now that President-elect Donald Trump is entering the White House, STAT writes.All India Drug Action Network went to court to block a government plan to dismantle the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority and remove or dilute price controls on essential medicines, the Economic Times reports.Chinese regulators released guidance for the investigational new drug review process that is expected to speed approvals, according to FDA News.The UK’s NICE rejected Amgen’s Kyprolis in second line multiple myeloma treatment in first draft guidance, citing uncertainties over long-term survival benefits, Pharmaphorum tells us.An experimental HIV vaccine from Johnson & Johnson combined with an immune system booster from Gilead Sciences showed promise at keeping the virus at bay in monkeys even after treatments had stopped, Reuters says. PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Pfizer may sell or spin off its consumer business Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. And on page 57, Mylan also disclosed receiving a document request last month from the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking communications with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and documents concerning products sold to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. The company recently agreed to pay $465 million for shortchanging Medicaid over rebates for its EpiPen emergency allergy device.Meanwhile, Mylan also reported that it is working to finalize that settlement with the Justice Department. The deal, which some lawmakers say is insufficient, took a toll on Mylan finances. The drug maker booked a quarterly loss due to a charge related to the settlement. And wholesalers are buying fewer EpiPens as they anticipate the arrival of an authorized generic version that Mylan plans to sell at half the price.advertisement Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] About the Author Reprintscenter_img Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Nov. 10, 2016 Reprints @Pharmalot Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? Have you begun adjusting to the new realities that await? We hope so. To help us along, though, we are quaffing more cups of stimulation and enjoying the sunny view of the Pharmalot campus. Whether the glass is half full or half empty, we must persevere. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest. Hope your day goes well and do keep us in mind when something intriguing occurs. We accept secret documents …Pfizer is evaluating the potential sale or spin-off of its consumer health division that could value the unit at as much as $14 billion, Reuters reports. The possibility comes less than two months after the drug maker decided against splitting itself into two companies — one for its patent-protected drug business and one containing its generics business. However, Pfizer did say at the time that still other operations may be shed at some point.Mylan Pharmaceuticals disclosed that, as part of a Department of Justice investigation, “certain employees and a member of senior management” received subpoenas seeking additional information about the marketing, pricing, and sale of four drugs — “generic Cidofovir, Glipizide-metformin, Propranolol and Verapamil products” — and any communications with competitors, according to page 58 of a regulatory filing.advertisement Tags EpiPenMylanPfizerlast_img read more

first_img [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Greek prosecutor resigns from Novartis probe, claiming she was targeted Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images A Greek government probe into alleged bribes paid by Novartis to government officials took an unexpected twist late last week when the corruption prosecutor reportedly resigned and claimed she was being targeted due to her investigation into the drug maker.In a letter to the Supreme Court chief prosecutor, Eleni Raikou claimed she was the victim of a campaign by “unofficial power centers” after a negative newspaper article was published about her, and that she was not given “institutional protection,” according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags financelegalpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included? @Pharmalot center_img Pharmalot GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What is it? About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman March 27, 2017 Reprints Log In | Learn More last_img read more

first_img Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. In the Lab STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags agingdementiapediatricspolicyresearchSTAT+ The 10 scientists who got the biggest federal research grants this year By Sharon Begley July 5, 2017 Reprints @sxbegle What’s included? [email protected] About the Author Reprints Sharon Begley What is it? Log In | Learn More The National Institutes of Health, the country’s primary funder of biomedical research, got $34.6 billion from taxpayers this year and doled out big chunks of that to scientists at universities, hospitals, and companies across the country. Curious where that money goes? We’ve compiled a list of the 10 individual labs getting the most funding this year from the NIH. Only one of the top grants went to to a project led by a woman, a reflection of women’s historic underrepresentation in NIH grants.You’ll note that many of the top projects involve Alzheimer’s disease. That’s no coincidence: Congress boosted the NIH’s budget by $2 billion this year (bucking President Trump, who wanted to cut the budget). Of that extra funding, $400 million was earmarked for research on this form of dementia. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.last_img read more

first_imgPharmalot [email protected] Alex Hogan/STAT And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is particularly modest. We plan to indulge in several naps in anticipation of some jet lag, catch up on our reading, hang with the short person, and frolic with the official mascots. And what about you? Those of you in the “snow-challenged”  portions of the U.S. hopefully will have power restored, which means you could vegetate in the front of the telly. Or you could keep warm by visiting establishments that serve cups of stimulation. Perhaps this is an opportunity to connect with someone special or wager your bets on a trade war. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …The Department of Justice is accelerating use of the False Claims Act to crack down on unnecessary opioid prescribing, as part of a broader effort to fight opioid abuse, according to Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox, who spoke at a Federal Bar Association conference. “It is particularly important to preserve independent medical decision-making in the context of controlled substances, such as opioids,” he told the crowd. Last year, the feds settled a case with Galena Biopharma for allegedly paying kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe the Abstral opioid. What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Pharmalittle: J&J says average prices paid for its drugs declined; feds will use false claims to crack down on opioid abuse About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img GET STARTED @Pharmalot Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? By Ed Silverman March 9, 2018 Reprints Tags drug pricingMedicareopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

first_img Embedded in a lung cancer tumor, scientists have found a gastrointestinal tract in miniature.Duke University researchers have observed rudimentary, but functional, stomachs, small intestines, and duodenums growing inside cancerous lungs — illustrating how varied and plastic these metastatic cells can be.Cancerous cells, after all, use the very same developmental mechanisms as healthy cells do to adapt and survive. So scientists are observing an example of some cells mutating into their developmental cousins.advertisement Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. Leave this field empty if you’re human: “We’ve been most interested in how cells maintain their identity, and what goes wrong in tumor cells so they change their behavior,” Tata said.This mechanism likely contributes to drug resistance, Tata said. Cancer cells, after all, will do just about anything to survive — and in this instance, lung cells will pick up the characteristics of gut cells to help evade treatment.Tata was able to reproduce his findings in animal models: When he knocked out the NKX2-1 gene in the lung tissue of mice, he found that tissues that typically only appear in the gut began growing in their lungs. These structures actually excreted digestive enzymes.The work, while interesting, is “not entirely surprising,” said Deborah Caswell, a researcher at the Francis Crick Institute who studies tumor heterogeneity, particularly in lung cancer. What she finds particularly intriguing, however, is that distinct regions within a single tumor can differentiate in unique ways.“This finding should improve our ability to model and predict how individual tumor cells will evolve as tumors progress,” Caswell said. It helps illustrate how tumor plasticity and heterogeneity work, she said — and could help scientists develop better therapies to combat drug resistance.Tata’s group now plans to test new drug combinations in miniaturized tumor models.“We haven’t tested it yet, but based on our findings here, we’re hypothesizing that colon cancer drugs might help treat some lung cancers,” Tata said. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprints Tata’s group found that a large proportion of human lung cancer cells lack a developmental gene called NKX2-1, which helps stem cells morph into lung cells. So these cancer cells defaulted to another developmental pathway — instead of taking advantage of the coding that turns stem cells into gut. Indeed, Tata found that many lung cancer cells expressed genes associated with gastrointestinal organs. Lung tumors have been found to morph into developmentally related neighboring organs, namely the gut. Tata Lab/Duke University Please enter a valid email address. @megkesh center_img Privacy Policy By Meghana Keshavan March 29, 2018 Reprints In the LabScientists find mini gastrointestinal tract growing inside tumor “During development, the lung and the esophagus all come from the same endodermal progenitor cells,” said Purushothama Rao Tata, lead author of a study about the research and an assistant professor of cell biology at Duke University.  “What we think is that these cancer cells in the lung slide into the nearest developmental neighborhood.”The work was published this week in the journal Developmental Cell.advertisement [email protected] Meghana Keshavan Tags cancerresearchlast_img read more

first_imgFirst OpinionDoctors and medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction: a survey By Patrick Skerrett July 5, 2018 Reprints Approximately how many patients with opioid use disorder do you prescribe buprenorphine for? Adobe Privacy Policy If yes, why did you decide to do this? Do you have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid addiction?Yes If you haven’t applied for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, why haven’t you chosen to do this? @PJSkerrett No Tags addictionopioidsphysicians [email protected] About the Author Reprints Only about 1 in 20 U.S. physicians prescribe medication-assisted therapy to their patients with opioid use disorder, even though it’s the standard of care for them. Through this survey, STAT hopes to better understand why so few doctors are prescribing methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, or combinations of these to their patients who need them.We would appreciate your taking a couple minutes to complete this survey. We will publish the aggregate results, but will keep individual responses private. What do you think would help get more physicians to prescribe medication-assisted therapy for their patients with opioid use disorder? Editor, First Opinion Patrick Skerrett is the editor of First Opinion, STAT’s platform for perspective and opinion on the life sciences writ large, and the host of the First Opinion Podcast. Patrick Skerrett Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Do you prescribe naltrexone (Vivitrol) for your patients with opioid use disorder?Yes If not, why not? Nolast_img read more

first_imgPolitics Tags drug pricingSTAT+ Log In | Learn More By Lev Facher July 16, 2018 Reprints @levfacher Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin Mel Evans/AP What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. WASHINGTON — The drug industry has officially taken center stage in an increasingly bitter Senate race in New Jersey between incumbent Bob Menendez and former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin.Last week, an ad campaign excoriated Hugin for allowing Celgene to raise prices on drugs under his leadership. Now the Republican is striking back with a pharma-focused ad of his own. center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints Lev Facher Drug industry takes center stage in Senate race, as Hugin punches back against Menendez [email protected] Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. GET STARTED What’s included?last_img read more

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Jan. 2, 2019 Reprints @Pharmalot What’s included? GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Tags Biosimilarsdrug pricinglegalMedicarepharmaceuticalsSTAT+Vaccinescenter_img Pharmalittle: A new year brings rising drug prices; Democratic presidential contenders target drug prices Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Hello, everyone, and nice to see you again after a long holiday break. We hope the respite was relaxing and invigorating, and the new year has gotten off to a good start. Now, of course, the time has come to resume the usual routine of meetings, deadlines, and the like. You knew this would happen, yes? Before we continue, though, we are sorry to report that one of our official mascots, Rosie the Beagle, passed away the other day. No longer will she snooze in a nearby corner or, displaying uncanny timing, bark vociferously during our phone calls. Rest in peace, little one. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope your day goes well and please do keep in touch …With the new year, drug makers will have to pay far more into Medicare — nearly $12 billion over the next decade — in a policy change that the powerful industry lobbying group did not see coming, STAT explains. The effort to combat the higher payments illustrated how flat-footed PhRMA was caught by the policy, how it spun together multiple lobbying strategies to advance its “fix,” and how close it came to getting its way. “This might well be the biggest political loss that PhRMA has suffered in a decade,” says Daniel Carpenter, a professor of government at Harvard. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] Alex Hogan/STAT Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

first_img Adobe About the Author Reprints Related: An ICU staple has exponentially spiked in price. Can compounding solve that problem? Now the courts will decide By Andrew L. Yarrow July 15, 2019 Reprints @alyarrow Andrew L. Yarrow Because the 2013 law still does not sufficiently protect patient safety, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued interim guidelines in 2018 to increase oversight. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, a trade association, recently alleged that the FDA had “overreached,” and was “circumventing” the federal rule-making process requiring stakeholder input. In fact, the agency established a public comment docket on its proposed guidelines and held a public meeting in May. State pharmacy boards currently have primary oversight of pharmacies that are not registered with the FDA as outsourcing facilities, but only 22 states and the District of Columbia do routine inspections of compounding pharmacies. The FDA, which regulates prescription and over-the-counter drugs, oversees outsourcing facilities but does not test or approve drugs created in compounding pharmacies for safety or effectiveness. As a result, there is a greater risk that unsafe compounds will be produced in unsanitary conditions — as happened at the New England Compounding Center — and by pharmacies seeking to profit from illegal bulk sales.The list of unnecessary tragedies is long. In 2017, more than 60 people in Texas lost all or some of their eyesight due to a contaminated compounded steroid injected into the eye. The year before, 17 New York cancer patients developed fungal infections due to a contaminated compounded intravenous medication. A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts identified more than 50 instances of compounding problems between 2001 and 2017.In addition to creating public health problems, some compounders are defrauding and over-billing government programs like Medicare, the Office of Workers’ Compensation, and Tricare, as well as insurers.center_img Related: As Gottlieb said last year when announcing the 2018 Compounding Policy Priorities Plan, “a growing number of enterprises [have been] acting as large-scale drug manufacturers seeking to operate outside of the purview of FDA oversight by operating under the guise of a pharmacy license. These outfits often created substantial risk … by manufacturing and shipping large quantities of purportedly sterile drugs and not adhering to good manufacturing practices.”advertisement Earlier this year, a Mississippi compounder and a marketer for the company pled guilty to defrauding Tricare, the armed services’ health-insurance program, of as much as $192 million. Last year, a South Florida compounding pharmacist and his assistant were found guilty of a scheme involving pharmacies, physicians, and marketers who defrauded Tricare of tens of millions of dollars. In a 2017 case awaiting trial, eight people associated with three pharmacies were charged with a scheme to cheat the Office of Workers’ Compensation to the tune of $158 million by obtaining reimbursements for up to $28,000 per container of compounded pain-relief creams.Taxpayers appear to be getting cheated in other ways, as compounders’ reimbursement claims to federal programs have skyrocketed. Medicare Part D spending on compounded topical creams rose by more than 3,400% between 2006 and 2015.The compounding pharmacists’ trade association has lobbied to leave most oversight to states and to those who prescribe and produce compounded drugs. Although there are good arguments for local control of many government functions, health care and medications know no state boundaries. And industry self-regulation smacks of the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.Compounding pharmacies are not bartenders mixing a gin and tonic. They produce essentially new drugs, and ensuring drug safety and effectiveness is the FDA’s mission. States must do a better job, but the regulatory loophole that allows compounders to avoid necessary federal scrutiny must be closed.Andrew L. Yarrow is a former New York Times reporter and affiliate faculty member at George Mason University who frequently writes about health policy. FDA’s overreach will harm compounding pharmacies and the patients they serve Millions of Americans use compounded drugs created by a pharmacist or physician who combines, mixes, or changes a drug’s ingredients to meet individuals’ needs. They trust the 7,500 or so compounding pharmacies that do this work.That trust is sometimes misplaced. In 2012, for example, contaminated steroid painkillers mass-produced by the now-defunct New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., killed more than 100 people and sickened more than 750 others in 20 states. Barry Cadden, the center’s president, and Glenn Chin, a pharmacist, were sentenced to prison for their roles in the tainted-drug scandal.As a result of the 2012 outbreak, the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 was enacted, creating 77 “outsourcing facilities” that are permitted produce compounded drugs in bulk.advertisement Tags pharmaceuticals First OpinionCompounding pharmacies need stricter federal oversight last_img read more

first_img Log In | Learn More What is it? What’s included? Adobe Tags biotechnologySTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Biotech enters an era of ‘platform’ dominance STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Biotech There was a time, back in biotech’s leaner years, when any company hoping to raise even a dollar needed a clear path to get a single drug through clinical trials.Now, in today’s gilded age of VC largesse, companies can raise nine-figure funding rounds without so much as deciding on a discrete disease area.center_img About the Author Reprints By Damian Garde July 19, 2019 Reprints National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Damian Garde [email protected] @damiangarde last_img read more

first_img Elizabeth Cooney By Elizabeth Cooney Jan. 15, 2020 Reprints Not so fast: 5 reasons to view declining cancer death rates with a dash of skepticism Talking about cancer is hard. Talking about your chances of surviving cancer is even harder.Now one of the entrepreneurs behind the drug-pricing information site GoodRx wants to make conversations about cancer easier with a new site called CancerSurvivalRates.com. Launched this month, its mission is to make information about cancer prognoses more accessible to patients and families. The idea is to improve on what people can find on the internet or even sometimes in their doctors’ offices, co-founder and drug supply chain veteran Stephen Buck said.Oncologists may be leery of their patients’ relying on the web for cancer survival rates or estimates of how long a patient might live, particularly given how many factors come into play for any individual. But Buck, along with oncologists and other experts who have served as  advisers on the project, say such information can be the basis for a deeper discussion with clinicians about what the future might hold.advertisement Adobe General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Please enter a valid email address. “We designed this site to be extremely simple for people to understand. People aren’t versed in odds and survival rates. We wanted to say out of 10 people, how many are alive after one, two, or five years,” Buck said. “We want this to be a conversation starter, for someone to take this information and ask their physician, what do you think about my prognosis?” Health‘How long do I have?’ A website on cancer survival rates, from the co-founder of GoodRx, seeks to provide clarity Leave this field empty if you’re human: Dr. Jim Murphy, a radiation oncologist at the University of California, San Diego, who is an adviser to the site, said any individual case will be nuanced, but the tool can give patients a big-picture view of their cancer, allowing them to later discuss issues with their doctors.“I think prognosis can be difficult for patients to hear and for physicians to effectively relay this information,” Murphy said.  Broaching survival estimates can be challenging for doctors, too. Ungerleider cites a study from 2016 showing that only 29% of doctors had received training in how to discuss end-of-life care with their Medicare patients.Making information easier to find and understand falls into Buck’s technology wheelhouse from his time at GoodRx. “What you learn after working in Silicon Valley for a long time is you win on the interface and the user experience,” he said. “There are other sites out there that have survival information. They’re difficult to use. Even the tools on the government website, they have a lot of data. But you have to be somewhat of a sophisticated user to manipulate the data.”CancerSurvivalRates.com is hosted by Courage Health, a public benefit corporation, the legal term for an entity whose mission is to serve the public interest. Buck and his co-founder, technology expert Omar Mehmood, funded the  2 1/2-year-old project out of their own pockets.  Buck is committed to keeping the tool free for patients and health care professionals, while also considering a variety of income sources: sponsorships, inclusion in electronic medical records, adoption as a tool in training programs in communications. And it could be sold. “To be honest, we’d love to sell the company and site to Google,” he said. “It would be ideal to maintain as a free public resource that comes up when someone searches on Google.” The need for clear and simple information stems in part from the shock patients and families may feel when they first hear the word “cancer,” Buck and his team said. Reeling from the diagnosis, patients may not be able to take in more than that one word. But once they get home, they — or their loved ones — may turn to Google to find out more about a particular cancer, treatments for it, and in the case of advanced or more serious cancers, how much time they may have.“For patients and families, it can be pretty hard to track down accurate information about prognosis. It can get pretty technical pretty quickly,” said Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, an internist at Sutter Health in California who focuses on end-of-life care. She also served as an adviser on the project. “What I love about the product Stephen has created is patients can really be proactive if they want and say, well, I have just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I do want to know what the future may hold for me.”That’s where the conversation with an oncologist ideally comes in, proponents of the site say. Dr. Jennifer Temel, a thoracic oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who also studies doctor-patient communication, said she worries in general about online tools that provide prognoses. She said she and her team use the first few visits with patients to help them and their families understand the diagnosis, then later talk about treatments and their goals. She might explain that chemotherapy, for example, could help some patients live longer but won’t cure their cancer.“As a thoracic oncologist, many of my patients have a prognosis of months or a year and that is not something you want to find out on the internet without communication with a clinician, support from your oncology clinician, maybe support from social work and palliative care,” she said, speaking generally about websites offering information on cancer survival but not CancerSurvivalRates.com in particular. “I worry that some of those objective tools don’t take into account some of those things about a patient’s health status or well-being,” she said. “From my perspective, more importantly, we just want to be there for our patients and families when they are getting information like this.” The tool, which is free, asks users to enter information about their age and gender, then more details about their cancer diagnosis. Stage, grade, time since diagnosis, and histology can be entered to compute how many people survive for up to five years. The answers are based on public data gathered by the National Cancer Institute. advertisement About the Author Reprints Tags cancerpatients Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. Privacy Policy [email protected] @cooney_liz Related:last_img read more

first_imgThe procedure described in the paper was initially tried on four patients, and the researchers report that the implant worked well in these volunteers for up to 300 days, which is how long the patients were observed. The patients were able to pick up small toy blocks and food cans and make a fist or pinch fingers together. The technology will need to be miniaturized and made wireless.Joe Hamilton, a participant in the study, uses his prosthetic hand to pick up a small block. Courtesy Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering This is not the first such attempt to improve the state of prosthetics. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MIT, for instance, have developed a new amputation method — thus far tested in people requiring below- and above-knee injuries — to help preserve patients’ sense of proprioception; the team has reported that patients who have undergone the experimental surgery feel as though the advanced prosthetics they wear are a natural extension of their body.advertisement Surgeons stitch up the arm of Karen Sussex, a participant in the University of Michigan study, after implanting electrodes to enable intuitive brain control of an advanced prosthetic hand. Courtesy Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering In the LabSurgery and AI give amputees more precise control of a prosthetic hand, study shows Tags Artificial Intelligencemedical devicesresearch People with limb injuries severe enough to require an amputation have few options to regain meaningful function in their arms or legs. Commercial prostheses, even modern ones, don’t come close to what nature created, enabling movement that feels disjointed and artificial.In a new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine, a team of University of Michigan surgeons and computational scientists report a new procedure that captures electrical signals from nerves in the arm severed during an amputation and uses them to guide fine movements of a prosthetic hand. The work is one of a number of efforts underway to better integrate human physiology with robotics to improve the functioning of artificial limbs.In the new technique, a flap of muscle is wrapped around the severed nerves to allow the nerves to grow and fire electrical signals. The signals are then picked up by an implant placed in patients — the implant serves as a connection between the nervous system and a computer that patients are later hooked up to. Finally, a machine learning program interprets those nerve signals to allow patients to move a prosthetic hand seamlessly.advertisement @scchak Reporter, Morning Rounds Writer, Intern Coordinator Shraddha writes the Morning Rounds newsletter and covers health and medicine.center_img By Shraddha Chakradhar March 4, 2020 Reprints STAT spoke with Cynthia Chestek, a biomedical engineer at the University of Michigan and an author of the new study, to learn more. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed.Why is it difficult to integrate prosthetic control interfaces with nerves?During amputation, a nerve is cut and while that nerve continues to carry signals about intended movements, it’s really hard to get those signals out. People for many, many years have tried to get prosthetic control down from a nerve, but the physics is just terrible. It’s very hard to record these very small [nerve] signals, and it’s hard to put anything inside the nerve because it causes a lot of scarring. The state of the art right now is to record from whatever muscles are left at the skin, and that both gives you a very small signal and usually it’s not the signal that you want. So, for example, you’re often using an elbow signal to make a hand open and close or operating a foot switch to make a hand open and close.What is the advancement here?Our surgeon developed a technique where he takes a very small piece of muscle and he wraps it around the end of the amputated nerve. And then the nerve goes into that piece of muscle, and then what would have been an extremely small signal becomes a large electrical signal.What happens next?So, then my team takes these electrical signals … and we apply a variety of machine learning algorithms to them. And this enables our study participants to then control a prosthetic hand in real time. And these are the largest ever nerve signals ever recorded from a human being, and we’re showing what that enables us to do with a prosthetic hand. If you’re trying to get a signal from a nerve, you’re actually closer to 10 to 20 microvolts, whereas we get hundreds of microvolts and sometimes more.Why does just wrapping a piece of muscle lead to this expanded nerve signal?The nerve is looking for a target to regrow into. And the nerve keeps growing until it finds something. Another major benefit of the surgery is as the nerve is growing into the muscle, it prevents a lot of pain [in a condition known as neuroma]. But now the nerve is happy, it’s found its muscle and the reason the signals get larger is because as muscles fire, they create this big electric field around them. So one nerve might be controlling a whole piece of muscle and that’s going to create a much bigger signal.What do you ask the volunteers in the study to do, and how do they feel about the prosthetic?We just ask the person to move as they normally would. We calibrate the machine learning [to these movements]. But we learn from that information and then use those signals to control the hand. So if the volunteers want to move the thumb across the hand, they just have to imagine it because the learning is in our algorithm, and not in the person. And importantly, after this surgery, they have so far all felt like they can move their fingers when they’re flexing that small muscle graft.Does it take long for people to get used to it?It works on the first try. We were able to just ask people to make a bunch of movements that we’re showing them on the screen and then they’re able to replicate that with the hand. We’ve increased the difficulty [of the movements] over the last couple of years.What’s new about the algorithm?We’re using a lot of the same sort of algorithms that are under the hood of autonomous vehicles. But what’s new that patients are able to do is they’re able to control the position of their fingers better. There’s no commercially available system in which [they] can precisely control the location of the end of [their] thumb. So I think probably the coolest thing that we were able to show is our few participants positioning the point of their thumbs in two dimensions, and that’s really useful if you’re trying to pick up things. If you can’t orient your thumb around an object, it’s very hard to grasp anything. And I’m not aware of any other way of doing that because it really requires nerve signals since so much of your thumb muscles are in the hand.What’s next?The cool thing about this surgery is it works on any type of amputation. That’s the good news. To take this [technology] home, this is still a report of the pilot study — this still needs to be replicated to work in more people moving forward.We are trying to figure out how to get people off the computer cart. Everything that we’ve done so far has been six feet away from a computer cart [and people come in once or twice a week for the trial]. We want people to be able to do this with an implantable device so we can move away from the cart. We hope that, however many years it takes, this is something that one day enables people to control the fingers of the prosthetic hand at home and in their daily lives. [email protected] Shraddha Chakradhar About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

first_img Scott Kirsner — Boston Globe With coronavirus pandemic, venture capitalists are taking extra precautions STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags STAT+ What is it? What’s included? Log In | Learn More By Scott Kirsner — Boston Globe May 4, 2020 Reprints GET STARTED Adobe Biotech About the Author Reprints Venture capital firms have billions of bucks in their bank accounts. In just the past month, two Boston-area firms, General Catalyst Partners and Flagship Pioneering, announced that they had collected an additional $3.4 billion in fresh capital, which they plan to use to back fast-growing companies.Could VC firms like these be players in an emergency stimulus program, pouring some of those billions into the local economy to give it a boost? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more

first_imgBrothers arrested after reckless driving and threatening a woman’s life at RSW May 24, 2021 RSW sees near-record passenger count in April May 19, 2021 Thursday was busiest day of air travel since start of pandemic May 9, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Between the people flying in and others heading out, it’s slowly getting busier and looking a little more like normal at the Southwest Florida International Airport.In reality, it’s a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. There’s plexiglass at the counters, hand sanitizer at entrances, and signs encouraging passengers to practice social distancing.“It’s kind of a pain in the butt,” Susan Cook said of the added precautions, like mandatory masks on planes. “But you gotta do what you gotta do.”“As long as you’re following the guidelines and doing what you’re supposed to do, there should be no reason to be scared or afraid,” Joe Roth, a Cincinnati native, said. AdvertisementTags: airportsRSW RSW named fastest growing airport in the country May 12, 2021center_img From March to September of last year, there were 5.46 million passengers at RSW. The same time period this year saw just 2 million passengers.Jase Ramsey, an associate professor of international business at FGCU, argues that airports and airlines are not doing enough for customers.He’s been studying air travel for years. His latest research found people were highly stressed while flying — before COVID-19.Now, that stress is even higher. And Ramsey believes the industry can do better. “It’s not uniform. So not all airlines are doing the same thing,” he explained. “Some airlines are selling middle seats, some aren’t.”“I took a flight out of here recently and they stacked up the back of the plane. Every seat in the back of the plane was full,” he continued. “And so I’m passing row after row in the first half of the plane – empty – and I’m thinking, ‘Why are you doing this?’” Siegel believes RSW is doing all it can to get people back in the air. It launched a program to take special sanitary measures and said its airlines have done the same. Siegel also pointed to a Harvard study that found if proper precautions are taken, flying can actually be safer than going to a grocery store. “Some people, I believe, won’t ever really have the confidence,” Siegel said. “But there’s a lot of people who are on the fence and should feel really good about traveling again.” Still, some airlines and airports are taking drastic measures to get people through the gates. In September, Tampa International Airport became the first in the nation to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing, though passengers do have to pay for it. Siegel said they don’t plan on bringing testing to RSW – at least not yet. “Right now, Lee County has the opportunity — at no cost — for people to really get that peace of mind,” he said. “The Tampa model, I believe it’s working okay, but it’s not cheap either.”While questions remain over if the industry can do more, many agree the biggest key is actually out of their hands: The development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Ramsey doesn’t expect a strong rebound in passengers until one is available.“Not as the COVID cases continue to rise,” he said. “I can’t think of anything bigger than that.” RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementThat’s the message the industry itself wants to get out to people. It desperately needs a holiday bounce-back after the pandemic all but grounded air travel this spring. “We were doing phenomenal. And then everything fell off the cliff,” Ben Siegel, the acting executive director of the Lee County Port Authority, said. “We have been down anywhere from 95 percent to as little as maybe 30 percent since the pandemic hit in March.”The NBC2 Investigators crunched the numbers. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: footballsoccer AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Inaugural Zach Martin memorial game held at Dunbar June 1, 2021 Diego Maradona, considered to be one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has passed away at 60 years old.Maradona’s lawyer and agent Matias Morla confirmed his death.Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and played for Barcelona at club level as well as Napoli.The former World Cup winner was recently hospitalized and underwent brain surgery, but was released on Nov. 11. Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen stable after collapsing during Euro 2020 match June 14, 2021 Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Naples United FC continues to grow game in SWFL June 7, 2021 Advertisement Gateway football laying building blocks for future success May 14, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementMankin died at the scene, Britney, who was pregnant, and Maria both died at the hospital a short time later, officials said. The baby did not survive.Locals said they are sad to see this SWFL staple go. “Kinda sad that they’re closing because this place I love to go to. One of the best fries in the city,” said Tony Truesdale, a regular at Burgerque. “It’s very unfortunate. You know with COVID-19 and everything there are a lot of unfortunate things that happened this year.” FORT MYERS, Fla. – A popular Fort Myers restaurant will be closing its doors after the owner died in a crash, employees said.The Burgerque restaurant owner and two others died Dec. 9 in a horrific car crash with an 18-wheeler in Orange County, Texas. The employees at Burgerque said they are just trying to hold it together and remember the owner and father for his love of making food.Burgerque Owner Tim Mankin, General Manager Brittney Triglia and Maria Triglia all lost their lives in the crash, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Burgerque will be closing the week of Christmas, but it’s not yet clear if the restaurant will stay closed permanently. Brewery pays tribute to late BurgerQue owners after tragic death March 9, 2021center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Burgerquelast_img read more

first_imgCDC panel recommends older adults & front-line essential workers get COVID-19 vaccine next December 21, 2020 RELATEDTOPICS White House formally declares teachers essential workers August 23, 2020 AdvertisementTags: Essential workers Advertisement Kyle, along with McKenzie and Uhrich, delivered their cookies to essential workers before launching the Cookies for Caregivers Facebook group and inviting others in the community to get involved, according to CNN. Within a week, the team welcomed 50 volunteers.The way their movement works is simple: four volunteers are chosen every week to bake cookies, ranging from chocolate chip and sugar to butterscotch and snickerdoodle. Uhrich, who is a middle school English teacher, and his sons then pack the cookies into containers before he and McKenzie deliver them to essential workers.“That’s the most meaningful day of our week, delivering to people, talking to them, thanking them, seeing their reactions that go from tears to smiles to shock and surprise, like, ‘Why? ‘Why are you thinking of us’?” Uhrich said. “It’s our way to recognize people and let them know we’re thinking of them and recognizing that their work is valuable and that they are a part of our community.”The duo, who call themselves “Cookie Dads” and have been friends for over 15 years, have delivered cookies to Penn Highlands Huntingdon Hospital every week since the beginning of their drive.“I want to sincerely thank Scott and Jeremy for what they started here in Huntingdon,” said Joe Myers, president of Penn Highlands Huntingdon Hospital. “Our staff is working so hard, sacrificing so much, and they take comfort in knowing the community is thinking of them.”Now the pair — and their baker volunteers — hope to inspire people across the country to start their own group of cookie lovers to bake treats for their own essential workers.“According to Andy Warhol, we all get 15 minutes of fame,” McKenzie said. “We just hope we can use ours to better the days of people who go to work every day to provide for others. If this can make them feel seen, then we have had success.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisement“The competitor in Jeremy said to the competitor in Scott, ‘I bet my cookies are better than yours,’ and heck, that’s all it took,” McKenzie said.And so the bake-off began. The pair, ready to bake dozens upon dozens of cookies, decided to donate the treats to frontline workers, including nurses, firefighters, and local grocery store employees, CNN reports.Rachael Kyle, one of Uhrich’s former student-athletes during his time as a girls’ basketball coach, decided to join the competition, judged by Huntingdon Borough Mayor David Wessels. Armed with her grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe, Kyle ended up winning — but her efforts didn’t stop there. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments A cookie competition between two dads turned into a heartwarming effort that has resulted in over 18,000 cookies being delivered to essential workers across Pennsylvania.The effort, now known as “Cookies for Caregivers,” began in April when Scott McKenzie was furloughed from his job as an athletic director in Huntingdon because of the coronavirus pandemic.“I had to decide if I was going to sit at the kitchen table and eat Twinkies for the rest of the year or get up, dust myself off, and do something,” McKenzie told CNN. “I made a commitment to myself that I was going to learn something new every week, and the first thing I did was bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies.”To his surprise, the cookies were delicious. Proud of his newest talent, McKenzie shared photos of his dessert on Facebook. That caught the attention of his long-time friend Jeremy Uhrich, who had also taken to baking cookies with his two sons during the pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 AdvertisementNBC2’s story about Rita and Dave gained momentum Wednesday and reporter, Nicolette Perdomo, went back to help Harris book an appointment Friday when Publix opened up availability again. Harris was finally able to successfully book an appointment Friday morning.center_img Lee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccineregistration NAPLES, Fla. – A Naples woman has finally secured a vaccine appointment after trying for weeks. Rita Harris, 80, spent 9 hours trying four different avenues Wednesday with the hopes of booking an appointment for her boyfriend, David Brackman. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in August. Harris had been trying for weeks before to book an appointment. NBC2 followed her story as she never gave up hope. Thanks to an NBC2 viewer, Stephanie Stadler, Rita was able to secure an appointment for her boyfriend earlier this week, but not for herself. Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021last_img read more

first_imgCAPE CORAL, Fla.– There has been a rise in unemployment fraud, during the pandemic. According to Cape Coral Police Department, criminals are stealing personal information and using it to file false unemployment claims.Some of these claims are having the payments sent to different states. Cape Coral PD said victims can file fraud reports here. AdvertisementIf the claim was made in another state, victims must report the unemployment fraud to both states. The police department advises that victims check their credit report for any discrepancies since their information has been compromised. For Tax season, the IRS is offering a PIN system for victims of identity theft. The PIN will protect victims from any fraudulent claims filed under their names. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Mosquitoes swarming Collier County, crews trap 25,000 in two nights June 17, 2021center_img Forecast: More clouds and rain Thursday June 17, 2021 The PIN program can be found here. Cape Coral canal levels remain low even after recent rains June 17, 2021 Driver slams into parked cars in Lehigh Acres, deputies blame foul weather June 17, 2021last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Man yells antisemitic remarks, dumps feces outside Florida synagogue May 25, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Sikh boys harassed, attacked by older teens at mall June 6, 2021 Religious flag burned, mosque vandalized with pro-Trump graffiti May 23, 2021 AdvertisementWright has been charged with criminal mischief, tampering with a victim and battery with prejudice, under the state’s hate crime law.The doctor was arrested on Friday and later posted bond. Court records do not yet list a defense attorney. Several online listings show her affiliated with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Antisemitic message found painted on the Florida Holocaust Museum May 28, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS MIAMI (AP) — A Florida anesthesiologist has been arrested and charged with a hate crime for assaulting a Hispanic man outside a supermarket, according to news outlets citing police reports.The Miami Herald reports that Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright, 58, of Miami had become enraged after the man asked her in Spanish to keep her distance due to COVID-19 guidelines while waiting in line at a supermarket in Hialeah, a heavily Hispanic suburb of Miami.Wright ignored him, so he repeated it in English. She responded by “mumbling bad words,” the newspaper said, citing an arrest report. Wright then walked up to him in the parking lot and – after he asked her to back up – she hurled racial and other insults at him.The arrest report said Wright also proceeded “to stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys while saying he needed to go back to his country” and punched and kicked the man. Officials said the attack took place Jan. 20, when President Joe Biden took office. AdvertisementTags: hate crime Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Lee Health saw a 6% drop in ICU bed availability FORT MYERS, Fla.– Lee Health currently has 76 COVID-19 patients isolated in their hospitals. On Monday, Lee Health admitted 10 new COVID patients and discharged 16. A total of 5,158 COVID-19 patients have been discharged since the beginning of the pandemic.Of the tests processed through their labs, Lee Health is reporting a 16.2% positivity rate.Seventy-three percent of ventilators and 18% of ICU rooms are available for use. Six COVID patients are currently on ventilators and 16 are in the intensive care unit. Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totalsCovid-19Lee Health RELATEDTOPICS Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021 AdvertisementLee Health is at 90% bed capacity with 5.8% being COVID patients. Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLima reportedly swerved to miss a dog, which he ultimately killed. That’s when he lost control, slamming into Sahadat’s Nissan Altima parked in his driveway. “My car has totally moved to my lawn from my driveway,” said Sahadat. “I was shocked. I’m like ‘how in the world can that happen in a residential area?’ Imagine, to me, the speed that he was coming that he could take my car from my driveway and end up on my lawn.”Lima’s father said that the 18-year-old was back on an ATV the next day.“He said he had whiplash, his neck was bothering him,” Wilbert Lima said. A passerby found Brandon unresponsive on the side of the road. He was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was intubated. “Yesterday he was unresponsive,” Lima said. On Thursday, his condition slightly improved. “I grabbed his hand and started talking to him and he started moving around,” Lima said. “He squeezed my hand too. So, obviously, he can hear me talking to him. It’s kind of hard to see your son in that condition.”Wilbert thinks his son’s car crash on Tuesday may have played a factor in what happened on Wednesday. “I don’t think he got into a four wheeler accident,” said Wilbert Lima. “I’m thinking he fell off because he might of passed out while he was on the four wheeler.”Neighbors were shocked at what happened, but said that speeding on this Lehigh Acres street has become a major issue. “Lately it’s been getting worse and worse,” said Kenneth Clark, who lives on 52nd Street SW. “Maybe people need to start waking up.”This accident left Sahadat’s family nervous to venture far out into their front yard. “Seeing this here, I don’t think I’m going to cross my garage coming out to my driveway.”As of Thursday, Lima remains sedated at Lee Memorial. His father said that doctors are unsure if his son will make a full recovery.  AdvertisementThis crash happened just down the road from where he was found unconscious and across the street from where his father lives. “We were sitting in my living room watching TV and next thing you know we heard this big bang,” said Hazrat Sahadat, who’s car was struck on Tuesday. Sahadat’s security cameras captured the crash.  Advertisement Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 North Fort Myers man sentenced to over 2 years in prison for counterfeiting money June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: ATVLee County Sheriff’s OfficeLehigh Acres Traffic Homicide Unit investigates Sanibel crash that left one man dead June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — A Lehigh Acres teen remains medically sedated after he was found unresponsive along a roadway Wednesday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Brandon Lima was riding an ATV on 52nd Street SW. Then all of a sudden, he was on the ground, unconscious and far away from his ATV. This wasn’t his first accident this past week. Less than 24 hours earlier, Lima slammed into a car parked in a driveway on Tuesday evening. last_img read more

first_imgWoman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: alligatornaples Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 Advertisement Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 NAPLES, Fla. – A man was driving home along Airport Road in Naples when he came across a large gator “sitting in the middle of the road like a deer in the headlights.”Taylor Armstrong saw the gator outside Tiburon Golf Club around 1 a.m. Video footage shows the hefty gator sitting still in the road before hoisting itself up and slinking off into the night. Armstrong said he was able to use his car’s “menacing V4 engine” to encourage the reptile to return to the water safely. Nuisance alligator? Contact FWC here. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Home News Council Over 400 names have dropped off the Laois County Council housing list NewsCouncil Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Facebook WhatsApp Community Previous articlePortlaoise Community Games holding meeting to seek volunteersNext articleRecalling the legacy of the businessman behind Butler’s Engineering Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! TAGSHousing crisisHousing listLaois County Council Pinterest Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby By Sean Hennessy – 7th February 2018 The Laois County Council housing waiting list has seen a drop of over 400 names in the past four months according to housing officer Michael Rainey.He said there was various reasons as to why the numbers have seen a decrease, but not all have left the list because they have been allocated a house by the council.Other reasons why people have left include: transferring on to another waiting list, applicants no longer in need to be on the waiting list, or applicants who failed to respond to contact from the council.The council do expect to meet the target set by the Government which was to provide 123 new homes in 2018, along with the 2021 target of 684 new houses.Mr Rainey told local media that the figure may seem big but that with a combination of different types of housing, the council expects to surpass it.Over 90 homes have been acquired by the council since 2015, in towns such as Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick, Rathdowney, Arles, Abbeyleix, Ballylinan, Graiguecullen and Killeshin.At the moment the council are exploring the market for houses that will need some work to make them liveable, to add to the level of houses available to the housing list applicants.SEE ALSO –  Shock as homeless Laois man forced to cook on street Over 400 names have dropped off the Laois County Council housing list Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Lots of style at Pippa’s Fashion Factory over the weekend LifestyleOut and About Ladies from all over the country travelled to the Midlands Park Hotel this weekend for the ever so popular Pippa’s Fashion Factory.The event took place over three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with nearly 1000 tickets sold.Tickets for the event went on sale last November and sold out within weeks.Almost 1,000 people travelled to The Midlands Park hotel over the three days as the blogger and businesswoman held discussion and demonstrations with some industry leaders.Former model Pippa O’Connor was the lady of the hour as hundreds queued every day after the event to get their photo taken with her.Pippa and her team travel all over the country for the Fashion Factory events, however this was the first time it was hosted in Laois.Tickets were sold at €100 each which included afternoon tea, lunch, a goody bag filled with different cosmetics and a full day of fashion, style and glamour.LaoisToday popped in to take in all the excitement and madness that was going on.Check out some of these great photos from Sunday’s event below: Previous articleKelly looking forward to Offaly after welcome win for Laois hurlersNext articleOutrage in the Laois farming community as sheep killed in different farms over the weekend Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! Rugby WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest By Julie Anne Miller – 19th February 2018 Facebook Twitter SEE ALSO –  Our Wedding Story: Clare Coleman and Kevin Flynn Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Community TAGSMidlands Park HotelPippa O’Connor 1 of 18 Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest In Pictures: Lots of style at Pippa’s Fashion Factory over the weekendlast_img read more

first_imgHome Sport GAA All Sunday’s Laois GAA results SportGAA By Alan Hartnett – 13th May 2018 Previous articleCarlow Cup glory for Crettyard and all today’s soccer resultsNext articleIn Pictures: Official opening of Killanure Primary School Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Community Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In Division 2 of the ACFL, St Joseph’s have joined Courtwood at the summit of the table after a big win over Kilcavan.Jimmy Langton scored a hat-trick for Park-Ratheniska tonight but it wasn’t enough for them to maintain their winning start.Damien McCaul kicked seven points for Annanough while Elliot Scully notched 2-2 and Fergal Scully got the other goal in a 3-15 to 4-9 win.See that and all the other results we have to hand below:Joe McDonagh Cup Round 2Laois 0-17 Kerry 3-20 – Report hereLadies Leinster Minor ‘C’ Football Championship FinalLaois 5-14 Wexford 7-6 – Report HereLaois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2 Round 5St Joseph’s 3-16 Kilcavan 2-5Graiguecullen 1-9 Barrowhouse 0-11O’Dempseys 4-13 Ballyfin 3-12Annanough 3-15 Park Ratheniska 4-9Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 4 Round 4Rosenallis 3-19 Crettyard 1-12Emo 2-9 Spink 4-14Camross 2-20 The Rock 1-11Arles/Kilcruise 1-13 The Harps 2-9Midlands Park Hotel U-13 Football League Division 1Kilcavan 5-12 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-4Midlands Park Hotel U-15 Hurling League Division 1Clough-Ballacolla 4-15 The Harps 4-7SEE ALSO – Our pick of the top stories of the week Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community All the sports results There were a number of GAA games down for decision today.In the Joe McDonagh Cup, Laois lost again but this time to Kerry.While the Laois Ladies minor footballers were crowned Leinster ‘C’ champions following a dramatic win over Wexford. All Sunday’s Laois GAA resultscenter_img Pinterest TAGSGAA results Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

first_img Community By Siun Lennon – 31st May 2018 Barrowhouse and Killeen are gearing up for their annual tractor run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ “As well as locals from the area who love bringing the kids down to see all the tractors.”SEE ALSO – In Pictures: St Abban’s women finish fourth in Europe Community Pinterest TAGSBarrowhouseKilleen center_img Twitter Previous articleClough-Ballacolla’s annual Golf Classic is back this bank holiday weekendNext articleThe 80s are returning to Laois for one night only Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Rugby WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Facebook The people of Barrowhouse and Killeen will certainly be hoping for the warm weather to stay as their sixth annual Tractor Run gets underway on Sunday June 3.This year’s chosen charity is the Irish Heart Foundation and there are new additions to this year’s event.Mini farmer runKids or ‘mini farmers’ will also have their own run before the adults get their tractors on the road.Brendan McDonald is on the organising committee for the run.He said: “The Tractor Run has been running for a number of years now and is always well supported by the local agricultural community. Home News Community Barrowhouse and Killeen are gearing up for their annual tractor run NewsCommunitylast_img read more

first_imgHome News Business Laois woman declared the ‘coolest businesswoman in Ireland’ NewsBusiness Laois woman declared the ‘coolest businesswoman in Ireland’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Community Rugby Community Facebook TAGSAlison RitchieDragon’s DenPolar IcePortarlingtonSean Gallagher Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By David Power – 10th June 2018 Previous articleJob Alert: This week’s job vacancies in LaoisNext articleLaois Abroad: From running the roads of Ballyfin to the tracks of Kenya David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Alison Ritchie A Laois woman has been declared the “coolest businesswoman in Ireland” by a former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur. Sean Gallagher, who also ran in the last Irish presidential election, has written a book, Secrets to Success – Inspiring Stories from Leading Entrepreneurs.The book features a chapter on Laois-based Alison Ritchie, managing director of Ireland’s leading manufacturer of dry ice, Polar Ice – a company that she set up in 1996 along with her father and his two brothers. Based in Portarlington, the company employs 17 staff and has an annual turnover of over €2 million. Among the company’s many customers is Aer Lingus, who use dry ice in their on-board catering storage units.The business opportunity came by chance when a then 15-year-old Alison went to visit a friend who had just gotten a job in a company that made ice cubes. Her dad, Colm, came to collect her and they ended up being given a tour of the factory. During conversation it emerged that the owner was looking to exit the business. Colm’s interest was piqued when he learned that no-one else was making dry ice in the country. The business cost £45,000. Colm who worked as a prison officer at the time, approached two of his brothers: Enda, who worked for the ESB and Brendan, a garda, and each agreed to contribute £15,000.Alison was encouraged to join the company with the carrot of a 25 per cent stake if she committed to work part-time there and study business. She completed a degree in business studies in DCU and joined the business full-time in 2002. In the book, Alison outlines the challenges they faced. “By far the biggest of these was trying to raise the €2 million we needed to buy the specialist manufacturing plant,” she said. They managed to raise €1.5 million with their equipment sitting in the US as they were short €500,000. Alison said she was introduced to an “angel investor” who handed her a cheque for €500,000. The Portarlington businesswoman continued her own professional development, qualifying as an accountant in 2011. In 2013, she expanded the business further by investing another €500,000 to upgrade the facility to food grade standard, which enabled the company to supply dry ice to the country’s leading food producers and meat processors.In recent months there have been changes in the ownership of the business, with Alison’s father and uncles retiring, and her brother, Robert, joining her as a shareholder. While, the author Sean Gallagher describes the Portarlington native as an amiable individual, he adds: “behind her charm is a shrewd entrepreneur who possessed a steely determination to succeed”.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year By Siun Lennon and Alan Hartnett – 2nd November 2018 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Home Sport GAA BREAKING: Laois Ladies football announce new managers and backroom teams SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team Previous articleIn Pictures: Ballinakill Classic Indoor Car Show a huge successNext articleTwo Laois men announced on the Joe McDonagh Team of the Year Siun Lennon and Alan Hartnett Facebook Community Laois Ladies have a new manager The new Laois Ladies football manager has been confirmed.Kildare man David Gibson has been announced as the new Laois Ladies manager.Gibson has been involved in training both men’s and women’s teams in Dublin and Meath, and was most recently involved in Dunshaughlin ladies team in Meath. Twittercenter_img LaoisToday understands that the Dublin-based Garda will be joined by Ballyfin’s Stephen Duff as assistant manager, Portlaoise native Danny O’Shea as trainer and Teddy McCormack as selector – although these have not been officially sanctioned as of yet.Duff has managed the Ballyfin Ladies for the last number of years and led them to two Junior finals.This year, he took the reigns of the Ballyfin Gaels senior team who ended up in the relegation final in the SFC but managed to defeat Clonaslee Gaels to preserve their status.Former Laois ladies player and minor manager Linda Hooban also joins as selector and female liaison officer.Nigel Pearson and Donnagh Flannery will be over the Strength and Conditioning during Gibson’s term.Pearson owns his own gym in Portlaoise and has been heavily involved with the Laois GAA mens teams in recent years.Flannery worked with the Laois minor footballers under Donncha Phelan this year.Gibson takes over from Graiguecullen native Kevin Doogue as the Laois Ladies manager for the upcoming year.Doogue was over the intercounty side for the last three years, and was recently appointed as the Leinster interprovincial manager in October.Under him, Laois were relegated from senior to intermediate but retained their Division 2 league status in the last two years.They won the Leinster Intermediate championship this year but went out in the quarter final stage of the All-Ireland championship against Roscommon.Taking over the Laois Ladies minor team is Timahoe’s Tom  McKittrick.McKittrick was a selector on the Laois senior football team under Peter Creedon and has trained both Timahoe men’s and women’s teams.McKittrick takes over from another Graiguecullen man, Joe Nolan, for the role.Joining him as a selector is Laois LGFA treasurer and Barrowhouse woman Martina Phelan.This minor team will be made up of members of the U16 Laois ladies side, who reached the All-Ireland ‘B’ final last year, were they were eventually defeated by Mayo.The minors begin training on Sunday, November 18 at 11.30am. All are welcome to attend.SEE ALSO – One of Laois’s longest serving politicians announces plans to retire WhatsApp Twitter TAGSDavid GibsonLaois Ladies FootballLaois Ladies Gaelic Football Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community BREAKING: Laois Ladies football announce new managers and backroom teamslast_img read more

first_img Pinterest ‘Nowhere to bury the dead’ as rural cemetery reaches capacity Facebook By Siun Lennon – 16th November 2018 Council Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleRenowned Laois doctor joins Operation Transformation crewNext articleIn Pictures: Laois competitors soar at Leinster Irish dancing championships Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Twitter Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCllr Seamus McDonaldSt Mary’s cemetery Clonaghadoo ‘There’s nowhere to bury the dead,’ said one local councillor as he asked Laois County County to acquire land to extend the cemetery at Clonaghadoo.Cllr Seamus McDonald’s motion was met by the fact that St Mary’s cemetery is a private cemeterary and, ‘not under the management of Laois County Council.’“Should the local community wish to extend the cemetery at Clonaghadoo they may do so through the normal development and planning process.”Cllr McDonald said that one landowner in Clonaghadoo would sell land for the cemetery, but that the small community had no funds to buy a cemetery themselves.Seconding the motion was cllr Paddy Bracken, who said: “It’s a small community. There are no funds there. Surely Laois County Council could acquire an acre.”“Surely there’s an onus on us as local council,” added cllr Bracken.Both cllrs McDonald and Bracken said that they were approached by the parish priest and local parishioners about the situation with the cemetery.Director of Services Donal Brennan commended cllr McDonald for raising the issue and said that they have to appreciate the needs of the community in this.He stated that he has worked in areas previously which took charge of cemeteries and said that there could be a policy developed and put to the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).However, he stated that a site assessment test would have been be carried out for this happen He added, ‘if half of those fail I would be optimistic in that number’.Mr Brennan stated that no water could be present in the ground as it would affect the plot spaces for graves.He added that in his position he has to officially say that the cemetery is not under the management of the county council.SEE ALSO – John Sugrue: Farcical nature of ruling against us – as GAA create culture of rule bending Community Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home News Council ‘Nowhere to bury the dead’ as rural cemetery reaches capacity NewsCouncil Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Peadar Tóibín to hold public meeting in Portlaoise for his new political party this week WhatsApp Previous articleLaois town being considered for new Aldi store and jobsNext articleCANCELLED: Popular St Patrick’s Day parade in Laois will not go ahead this year LaoisToday Reporter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Facebook Council Community Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 22nd January 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGSPeadar Toibin Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home Sponsored Peadar Tóibín to hold public meeting in Portlaoise for his new political… Sponsored Community Peadar Tóibín, the Meath TD who left Sinn Fein following the fallout surrounding the Abortion Referendum, is to hold a meeting in Portlaoise this coming Tuesday, January 29, as he seeks to establish a new political party.Mr Tóibín is holding his meeting in the Midlands Park Hotel this Tuesday, January 29, at 7.30pm.It is the latest in a series of public meetings in which he is holding around the country. Over 300 attended the meeting in his native Navan and he has also held meetings in Kilkenny, Kildare, Kerry and Dublin.Mr Tóibín is aiming to set up a new political party – the name of which has not yet been released.He has said the new party will prioritise the creation of a united Ireland and has focused largely on economic issues.Mr Tóibín has been critical of vulture funds, inadequate support for small businesses, tax breaks for property investment trusts and the over-concentration of investment in Dublin.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ielast_img read more

first_img GAA Join Michael Creagh and guests in Rathdowney Library for a night of story and song.  Sausages and Colcannon will also be served. The event begins at 8pm and is free but booking is recommended as places are limited.  ]To book call 0505 46852 FRIDAY May 3Table Quiz – Portarlington Friends Together Portarlington is holding a table quiz in the Anvil Inn. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a raffle will also be run on the night with lots of great prizes.  The quiz begins at 9.30pm. What’s The Story Rory? This is social media star ‘Rory’s Stories’ debut theatre tour. Rory’s Stories takes a hilarious and frank look at every aspect of Irish life, from the GAA to the Guards and everything in between. Not to be missed. Running in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 8pm. Tickets are €20/€18. To book see dunamaise.ie or call 057 86 63355Golf Classic in aid of Kolbe Special SchoolThe golf classic is running Friday and Saturday in Rathdowney Golf Club with prizes and presentations at 9.30pm on Saturday. It costs €100 for team of 4 and all proceeds go to Klobe Special School. There are a limited number of tee times still available. To book a slot contact Alan 085 2804020 or Jason 086 8380843The Lonesome West Clodlagh Players in association with Mullingar Theatre Lab present the award winning comedy by Martin McDonagh.  This black comedy is funny and bitter sweet and an excellent production. It runs Friday and Saturday night in Clonaslee Parish Hall at 8pm and tickets are €10.  SATURDAY MAY 11Darkness Into Light The annual Darkness Into Light walks are taking place in The Swan, Mountmellick and Rathdowney.  The walk, in aid of Peta House, starts at 4am with walkers crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking. Come along and support a great cause.  The cost of entry is Adult (18+) €25.00 Student (18+) €20.00 Job-seeker €20.00 Senior (65+) €20.00 Child (6-17 yrs.) €5.00 Child (0-5 yrs.) FreeEP Launch – Chasing Black RainbowsPart of the Bealtaine Festival. Come and hear a new collection of songs by Ballylinan songwriter Paul Hickey along with his band ‘Soakin’ Rope’. The evening will also feature Luggacurren traditional group ‘Ól, Ceol agus Craic’. The evening is supported by the Arts Office and the Bealtaine festival.  This will be a small intimate event with a warm welcome for all who attend. So come along to Luggacurren Community Hall from 8.30pm-10.30pm and tickets are just €5 and are available at the door. For more information see here. The ValvesThe Valves play Kavanaghs Bar & Venue on Saturday night. They are always a Portlaoise favourite and there is no cover charge. The gig begins at 9.30pm. SUNDAY MAY 12 5km Colour Run -Togher WoodsThis is a great fun way to have some fun and get a run in at the same time.  The Colour run is in aid of Portlaoise Camogie Club and begins at 12 noon. Adults are €15 and children are €10 with a family ticket costing €40. Early bird tickets available on Eventbrite.ieSlieve Bloom Guided WalkThe Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is the Kinnitty Bluebell Walk.  This walk is a Grade A  10km walk and takes 4 hours so is suited for those with a good level of fitness.  Meeting point is at Kinnitty Community Centre at 11am. €5 per walk or €20 annual membership (€30 for family). For more information see www.slievebloom.ie.Aedeen O’Hagan Ballet- Alice in WonderlandAedeen O’Hagan Ballet School are hosting their show Alice in Wonderland where Children from 3.5 years to 18 will perform in this wonderful adventure. The show promises great music, dancing and costumes. A feast for the senses! There are 2 performances in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost €18, €12 /Family ticket for 4 €50. To book see phone 057 86 63355.The Jury Wrap up the weekend with The Jury playing in Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue at 7pm and there is no cover charge. If you would like to have something included in our What’s On Guide email us on [email protected] or call 057 8670722.SEE ALSO – Knowles family see ‘massive difference’ in little Mary-Claire since life-saving treatment began Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Brought to you by Laois Tourism  It’s that time of the week again when we start to plan our weekends and as usual Laois doesn’t disappoint. Rory’s Stories brings his hilarious show to Dunamaise Arts Centre. There are a number of runs and walks with the biggest one being Darkness into Light which is happening in Mountmellick, The Swan and Rathdowney and is a great one to support if you can. The Bealtaine festival continues through the month of May with a number of lovely events. There truely is something for everyone. THURSDAY 9 May Watercolour Cards Workshop with artist Caroline KeanePart of the Bealtaine Festival. Participants will learn some simple watercolour techniques to create simple and elegant cards or postcards.The event takes place in Portarlington Library from 10.15am to 11.30am and is free. Booking is required as places are limited. To book call 057 8643751 or see here. Spuds & Spakes TAGSWhat’s On Facebook Previous articleKnowles family see ‘massive difference’ in little Mary-Claire since life-saving treatment beganNext articleLaois hurling manager provides injury update ahead of Joe McDonagh opener Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. GAA Facebook Twittercenter_img By Siun Lennon – 9th May 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Our guide to what’s on at the weekend Home What’s On Our guide to what’s on at the weekend What’s On GAA WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp TAGSCumann na mBunscol 2019 Facebook The Rock Girls Ballyadams 2-8 The Rock 6-9Roinn 2 Girls Champ FinalThe Rock were rampant as they defeated Ballyadams to claim the Division 2 Girls title in style this afternoon.After a slow start, a Aoibhe Foyle goal got them into their grove and after that they never really looked back to run out convincing winners.Neither side scored in the opening seven minutes and although The Rock dominated proceedings, it was actually Ballyadams who opened the scoring thanks to an Abby O’Brien free. Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Home GAA Cumann na mBunscol The Rock on top as they claim Division 2 Girls glory GAACumann na mBunscolSport By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th October 2019 GAA The Rock on top as they claim Division 2 Girls glory Previous articleDouble up for five-star Portarlington as they claim Division 1 Boys ShieldNext articleHat-tricks and five-goal wonders help Scoil Bhríde Knockmay to win the Roinn 3 Girls Final LaoisToday Reporter center_img GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook But the concession of that score seemed to spark The Rock into life as Aoibhe Foyle blasted home a goal a minute later to give them a lead they would never relinquish.Points soon followed from Foyle, Lorna Cronin and Naoise Delaney before Rachel Heffernan fired over three in a row and then added a brilliant goal.Ballyadams ended the half with points from Abbey O’Brien and Reiltin Hooney but they trailed 2-6 to 0-3 at half time.Ballyadams needed to start the second half well to have ant chance and they got an early point through Hannah Rainey but that was instantly wiped out by Lorna Cronin.But Ballyadams kept going and a goal and a point in quick succession by O’Brien left the score 2-7 to 1-5 as we approached the midpoint of the half.Lorna Cronin responded with a goal for The Rock but Abby O’Brien kept Ballyadams in touch with her fourth point.But The Rock got back on top after that and they saw out the win in style. Lorna Cronin helped herself to a hat-trick while Rachel Heffernan landed two more points.Ballyadams kept going right to the end with Abby O’Brien continuing to score but The Rock were worthy winners.SCORERS – Ballyadams: Abby O’Brien 1-6 (two frees), Reiltin Hooney 1-2 (one free), Hannah Rainey 0-1 The Rock: Aoibhe Foyle 1-1, Lorna Cronin 3-2, Rachel Heffernan 2-5, Naoise Delaney 0-1 (one free)Ballyadams GirlsBallyadams: Maya Lynch; Sinead Byrne, Clare Ramsbottom, Rachel Nolan, Hannah Rainey, Reiltin Hooney, Abbey O’Brien, Katy Rowan, Anna Delahunty. Subs: Rachel Nolan, Anna Joyce, Sadhb Power, Lillie Whelan, Lucy FitzgibbonThe Rock : Isabel Connolly, Leah White, Emer Conroy, Ellie Boland, Nicole Matthews, Aoibhe Foyle, Lorna Cronin, Rachel Heffernan, Naoise Delaney Subs: Olivia Wall, Mai Li Culliton, Niamh McEvoy, Katlyn ReddinSEE ALSO – The fixtures for Cumann na mBunscol Football finals 2019 have been announced Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory last_img read more

first_img Facebook Funeral details confirmed for Laois brothers following tragic passing The funeral details of two Laois brothers who tragically died following a diving accident have been confirmed.Fergus and Philip Brophy will both be reposing at the family home in Lough Portarlington (eircode R32 VW65) on Wednesday from 2pm until 8pm.A private removal will then take place on Thursday arriving at St John’s Church in Killenard for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment will follow afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.For those who wish, the funeral mass will be streamed live also.The loss of the two brothers, Fergus (42) and Philip (34), following the diving accident in Portroe in Tipperary on Sunday afternoon, has left the community in Killenard in a state of shock.The two men are survived by their parents Dinah and Seamus, their brothers James and Patrick, sister Emma, and Fergus’s wife Michelle.Fergus and Michelle lived in nearby Ballybrittas, while Philip lived in the family home in Lough.Both men worked as engineers for Vodafone while their local GAA club, O’Dempsey’s, also paid a lovely tribute.They said: “It is with deep regret that we learned of the tragic deaths of Fergus & Philip Brophy of Lough.“Everyone at O’Dempsey’s GFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to their family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.“Both Fergus and Philip played football for a number of years of O’Dempseys GFC.“They both had a great love for their native county and were loyal Laois supporters over the years.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.”Fergus and Philip’s father Seamus was well known through his role working on the farm in Emo Court.“It’s an awful tragedy for the family and the area and I’d like to pass on my sincere sympathies,” said local Councillor Tom Mulhall.“It’s dreadful news for any family to get and thoughts and prayers with them at this terrible time.”May they Rest in Peace.SEE ALSO – Residents of Laois housing estates raise concerns over entrance and walkway for 155 new homes Pinterest Twitter Previous article‘Teenagers hit very hard’ as details emerge of ‘shed parties’Next articleTributes paid to the late Betty Peters who showed ‘great dignity’ after ‘terrible tragedy’ LaoisToday Reporter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic News Pinterest WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th July 2020 Facebook Home News Funeral details confirmed for Laois brothers following tragic passing News Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSFergus BrophyPhilip Brophy Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

first_img TAGSProperty Price Register Home News Number of properties sold in Laois in June way down – but… NewsProperty By Steven Miller – 13th July 2020 Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Number of properties sold in Laois in June way down – but a couple of big sales nonetheless Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleAll the latest local CCFL soccer fixtures as season poised to resumeNext articleExpectant Laois parents voice frustration at HSE maternity regulations Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp News This house in Droimnin, Stradbally, sold for €575,000 in June, making it the second most expensive house sold in Laois in 2020 The number of properties sold in Laois in the first six months of 2020 is over 30% lower than the same period 12 months ago.In all there have been 292 recorded house sales in Laois from January to June this year, according to figures from the Property Price Register. That compares to 419 sold in the first six months of 2020.It means that the six-month period for 2020 is at its lowest points since 2014.The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown has had an effect on the sales recorded with just 42 transactions in June of this year, compared to 78 in June of 2019 and 86 in June of 2018. It is the lowest figure in June since 2013.Of the 43 transactions however, there is one instance of 18 properties in Kilnacourt Woods being sold together for €3.225 million.After the highest individual sale was for a 4,500 square foot property on three acres at Droimnin near Stradbally which sold for €575,000. Sold by Hume Auctioneers, it is only the second property in Laois this year to break the €500,000 mark.The most expensive house sold in the county this year was in Kilbride in Portarlington for €625,000 in January.There was also a home in Rossmore near Killeshin sold for €470,000, making it the third most expensive property sold in Laois this year.At the other end of the scale, a property in Ballycoolid in Rathdowney sold for €50,000.While there may be some anomalies in the Property Price Register it is seen as the most reliable gauge of residentials sales activity.The figures quoted do not include VAT on new builds while properties sold that include some land are calculated to exclude the value of the land.‘An Tigin’ in Rossmore, Killeshin, which sold for €470,000The full list of properties sold in Laois in June is as follows:€3,225,000 – 170-187 The Glen, Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington – 08/06/2020€575,000 – Droimnin, Stradbally – 05/06/2020€470,000 – An Tigin, Rossmore, Killeshin – 26/06/2020€360,000 – Coolnabaul West, Rathdowney – 19/06/2020€355,000 – Rappa, Hollymount – 17/06/2020€325,000 – Bawn Hill, Stradbally – 08/06/2020€280,000 – Hilltop, O’Moore’s Forest, Mountmellick – 10/06/2020€244,315 – 58 Ashewood Walk, Summerhill Lane, Portlaoise – 08/06/2020€240,000 – 35 Pine Villa, Portarlington – 10/06/2020€240,000 – 243 The Orchard, Maryborough Village, Portlaoise – 05/06/2020€236,000 – 56 The Grange, Borris Road, Portlaoise – 10/06/2020€226,453.74 – 292 Bellingham, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise – 12/06/2020€210,573 – 11 Rathillion, Killeshin – 12/06/2020€210,000 – Pond Lane, Mountmellick – 26/06/2020€206,735 – 15 Rathillion, Killeshin – 23/06/2020€200,000 – 57 Esker Gate, Mountmellick – 26/06/2020€195,000 – 24 Castle Avenue, Kilminchy, Portlaoise – 29/06/2020€195,000 – 33 Railway Mews, Station Road, Portarlington – 29/06/2020€190,000 – 301 Maryborough Village, Portlaoise – 04/06/2020€185,000 – 24 Lake Glade, Kilminchy, Portlaoise – 26/06/2020€182,000 – Kyletalesha Woods, Portlaoise – 12/06/2020€181,000 – 42 Hawthorn Way, Esker Hills, Portlaoise- 19/06/2020€180,616.74 – 4 Derryounce, Edenderry Road, Portarlington – 12/06/2020€180,616 – 3 Derryounce, Edenderry Road – 12/06/2020€180,000 – 36 Mell Street, Kilminchy, Portlaoise – 26/06/2020€175,330.39 – 8 Glenall, Borris-in-Ossory – 11/06/2020€162,687.21 – 24 Cilleithne Gardens, Bellingham, Mountrath Road – 26/06/2020€157,000 – 26 Buttercup Avenue, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 22/06/2020€154,185 – 36 Derryounce, Edenderry Road, Portarlington – 12/06/2020€150,000 –  18 Rahin Wood, Ballylinan – 04/06/2020€145,000 – Apartment 33, Block B, Parkside, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise – 24/06/2020€141,300 – 9 Primrose Avenue, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 10/06/2020€140,000 – Apt 28, Bridle Walk, Kilminchy Village, Portlaoise – 08/06/2020€138,000 – 80 De Vesci Court, Fairgreen, Portlaoise – 26/06/2020€133,072 – 71 Loughgate, Portarlington – 19/06/2020€130,000 – 24 Lawlor Way, Fairgreen, Portlaoise – 10/06/2020€120,000 – 1 Ossory Terrace, Rathdowney – 19/06/2020€117,000 – 5 Cloghane, Errill – 29/06/2020€115,000 – 34 Lakeglen, Portlaoise – 12/06/2020€100,000 – Main Street, Ballylinan – 19/06/2020€85,000 – Old Pound, Ballybrittas – 25/06/2020€65,000 – 11 Wolfe Tone Street, Mountmellick – 12/06/2020€50,000 – Ballycoolid, Rathdowney- 23/06/2020SEE ALSO – Number properties sold in May falls again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHome Sport GAA Colm Parkinson issues apology to Eddie Brennan and Laois GAA over off… SportGAA Pinterest TAGSColm ParkinsonEddie BrennanGAA HourLaois GAA Twitter WhatsApp News Previous articleLaois farmers told to apply for new €8 billion EU Covid 19 recovery fundNext articleCoronavirus: One more death and 395 new cases as plight of young people ‘unable to get the shift’ raised Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 12th November 2020 Facebookcenter_img Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook “I also want to apologise to the Laois County Board. The idea that Laois GAA has been put in the spotlight all this week because of a mistake made on my show makes me sick to my stomach if I’m being honest.“Eddie Brennan is a brilliant manager and he is clearly a player’s manager and Laois GAA are very, very lucky to have him.”It comes after we revealed that Laois GAA officials are set to meet county hurling manager Eddie Brennan early next week following his controversial comments.The Laois GAA executive met on Wednesday night where they discussed at length Brennan’s highly-critical but off-the-record remarks.It is understood that Brennan has made contact and apologised to members of the board and that a meeting has been set for next week.SEE ALSO – Laois GAA to meet Eddie Brennan next week as fallout continues from controversial interview Pinterest Colm Parkinson issues apology to Eddie Brennan and Laois GAA over off the record interview Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Joe.ie GAA Hour host Colm Parkinson has issued an apology to both Eddie Brennan and Laois GAA over the airing of an off the record chat between himself and the Laois hurling manager on Monday.The candid exchange involved Brennan being highly critical of the workings of the County Board and also specifically towards some individual members.Up to now, none of Laois GAA, Eddie Brennan or Joe.ie had addressed the matter publicly since.However, speaking at the start of today’s episode, Portlaoise host Parkinson issued the following apology.Parkinson said: “Before we start the show today I want to apologise publicly to Eddie Brennan.“I have apologised to him many times in private since the show made that terrible mistake on Monday.“I have done hundreds of interviews on the show over the last four and a half years and nothing like that has ever happened before.“Managers and players know that when they come on the show they will be treated with respect and that didn’t happen on Monday and we have to take responsibility for that. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

first_img Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 14th January 2021 Pinterest Scheme for people to sell excess renewable energy to the national grid to be established The Scheme will ensure that there is equity in what supports are offered and how the cost of support is distributed.As part of the design, micro-generators must have first met minimum energy efficiency requirements for their properties.Local Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett, welcomed the development.She said: “An exciting opportunity is coming up for individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups to sell renewable electricity into the grid.“I would encourage any interested person or group to give their views on how such a scheme would work.”While Minister Eamonn Ryan said: “This scheme will allow people and communities to become active participants in the energy transition.“By producing and selling their own electricity citizens, farmers, business owners and community organisations can save on their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.“I urge interested parties to get involved and have their say.”Minister Ryan is inviting the public to take part in a consultation on how the scheme will operate.The consultation is part of a broader movement towards greater citizen involvement in energy policy, committed to in the 2020 Programme for Government.This public consultation will remain open until 5.30pm on February 18.All responses should be submitted to [email protected] or in writing to MSS Consultation, Electricity Policy Division, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, Ireland. D02X285.SEE ALSO – Tributes paid following sad passing of young Laois man who was a member of the Defence Forces WhatsApp Individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups will be able to sell renewable electricity into the grid under a scheme being developed by the government.A new Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS) is being designed by Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan to provide a route to market for citizens and communities.This will allow them to generate their own renewable electricity, e.g. from solar panels on their roofs, and receive a fair price when they sell the excess into the grid.The Scheme design also seeks to establish the ‘renewables self-consumer’ model of energy generation and consumption in Ireland; to support community and citizen participation in the transition to a net-zero carbon economy; and to contribute to achieving our 2030 targets for renewable energy.Micro-generators will primarily serve their own consumption needs but will be able to receive a payment for excess electricity exported back to the grid. TAGSEamon Ryanenergy gridPippa Hackett Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Community Scheme for people to sell excess renewable energy to the national grid… NewsCommunitycenter_img Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Previous articleCoronavirus: 28 further deaths and 3,955 new cases – 60 of them in Laois – as special schools set to reopenNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 15, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic last_img read more

first_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic Former Clare goalkeeper transfers to Killeshin ahead of 2021 season Pinterest Facebook By Steven Miller – 23rd February 2021 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The Killeshin footballers have been boosted ahead of the 2021 season with the news that a former Clare senior goalkeeper has transferred to the club.Killian Roche, who has played minor and U-21 championship for the Banner County as well as with the seniors in the National League, has transferred to Killeshin from his home club of Cooraclare.Roche was a student in IT Carlow and was the goalkeeper on the team that reached last year’s Sigerson Cup final.He is now working locally and has opted to move to Killeshin where he will link up with his IT Carlow team-mate Evan Lowry.Incidentally Roche is the second goalkeeper in recent weeks to transfer to Killeshin following the decision of former Ballinteer St John’s player Isaac Tallant to move to the club.Tallant was also in IT Carlow and has been playing in goals for the Killeshin soccer team in the Carlow league.And Killeshin have already one of the most highly-rated club goalkeepers in the county in Shane Coakley so there will no doubt be keen competition for the Number 1 jersey, whenever the 2021 championship actually gets played.Killeshin will be managed by former Carlow and Eire Og player Christy Bolger who was over the Carlow minors last year. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Some of the other inter-county transfers to be granted recently saw Cahir Healy’s switch from Portlaoise to St Brendan’s in London approved and Pakie Flynn from The Harps to Sydney Shamrocks.Players transferring within Laois are dealt with by Laois GAA while players going to another Leinster county are administered by Leinster GAA and by the GAA at central level if they are going to a non-Leinster county.Other recent intercounty transfers involving Laois clubsIan Corcoran – Courtwood to Clondegad (Clare)Nigel Boyhan – Clough-Ballacolla to Kildysart (Clare)Jamie White – Rathdowney-Errill to Eire Og Greystones (Wicklow)Eoin O’Sullivan – Laune Rangers (Kerry) to MountrathAidan Cullen – Ballykelly (Kildare) to CourtwoodSEE ALSO – 13 transfers granted by Laois GAA ahead of 2021 seasoncenter_img TAGSClareKilleshinKillian Roche Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleAn Tánaiste announces Local Enterprise Week events for Laois businessesNext article‘It’s amazing the impact that teachers have’ says Laois man set to have his first books published Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic Home Sport GAA Former Clare goalkeeper transfers to Killeshin ahead of 2021 season SportGAAGaelic Football Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Council Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Pinterest Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Christine Maher (née Molloy)28 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, LaoisBeloved wife of Joseph. Deeply regretted by her sons & daughters, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sister, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives & friends.Funeral Arrangements Later.Seamus (Jim) FahyFr. O’Connor Crescent, Mountrath, LaoisSeamus (Jim) Fahy, Fr. O Connor Crescent, Mountrath, Co. Laois. – Died 10th April 2021 at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise, (peacefully), after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his wife Eileen, sadly missed by his children Mary, Siobhan, Jack, Lourda and Martin, grandchildren James, Maeve, Laura, Patrick, Shane, Jake and David, daughters-in-law Geraldine and Lisa, brother Stephen, sister Rita, brother-in-law, partner Patricia, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.Due to government advice regarding public gatherings, a private funeral Mass will take place for family (maximum 10 persons) on Tuesday morning in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath, at 10 o’clock, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.Seamus’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on the Parish Website: –www.mountrathparish.ie – link to Webcam on Home Page.The family would like to thank you for your help, support and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Eugene ByrneKilleens, Wexford Town, Wexford/Portlaoise, LaoisByrne (Killeens, Wexford and late of Portlaoise, Co. Laois), April 10, 2021, Eugene (Retired member of An Garda Siochana), beloved husband of Marie and loving father of Owen, Clare, Colm and the late Barry, brother of Maureen (Rogers) and the late Catherine; sadly missed by his family, Colm’s partner Claire Ryan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, granddaughter Ella, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Mary (Jo) Young (née Garry)Clonminch, Tullamore, Offaly/Mountmellick, LaoisFormerly of Clonaghadoo, Co. Laois. Died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Eamon, her son Nathan, her daughters Charlotte, Wendy and Amanda, her daughter-in-law Siobhan, her son-in-law Nico, grandchildren Abigale, Kian, Margot, Alex and Charlie, her brother Jimmy, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew Mary, a private family Funeral Service, will take place at 11am on Tuesday, 13th of April, in St Mary’s Church, Clonaghadoo. Burial will follow in St Mary’s cemetery, Clonaghadoo.The funeral cortège will travel from Moloney’s Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 10.15am to St Mary’s Church, Clonaghdoo . Those who wish to come out to pay their respects can do so along the route, maintaining a safe social distance.Donations, if desired, to The Irish Cancer Society.William (Billy) CaseBallycarroll, Portarlington, LaoisWilliam passed away, peacefully at his home, in the company of his loving family. Sadly missed by his wife Marie and his family Sam, Alan, Pearl, Hazel, Emily, Geraldine and Eric, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters in law, sons in law, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a private family funeral will take place. Removal from his residence on Sunday at 2pm to arrive at the Church of the Ascension, Rathdaire, Ballybrittas, for Service at 2.30pm. Interment to follow in the adjoining churchyard.Family flowers only, please.Sympathisers are welcome to stand along the route to the church and in the precincts of the church grounds. Social distancing to be observed at all times, please. The Case family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support during this sad, sensitive and difficult time.William’s funeral Service and Interment will be live streamed on https://www.whelehanfunerals.com/billycaseJames (Jimmy) ByrneKnockanina, Mountrath, LaoisJames (Jimmy) Byrne, Knockanina, Mountrath, Co. Laois. (Ex Eircom). April 9. 2021 (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by his wife Mary, brother Billy, sisters Biddy, Nancy and Mary-Kate.Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving sons Anthony, James and Thomas, daughters Mary and Paula, son in law. daughters in law, grandchildren, great – grandchildren, sister in law, brothers in law, partners, nieces, nephews, extended family relatives neighbours and a large circle of friends.Due to Government & HSE advice and to insure the safety of all a Private funeral will take place (Max 10 people) you are asked not to congregate in the church yard or the cemetery to ensure the safety of all.Jimmy’s Funeral Mass will take place on Monday (12th. April) in St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown at 10 am, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown Facebook page.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 11, 2021 Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, April 12, 2021 Deaths Previous articleCentrepoint Carpets open to the public again from Tuesday, April 13Next articleGames, games, games – advice for coaches of young players as restrictions on underage sport set to lift Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point.center_img WhatsApp Twitter By Steven Miller – 12th April 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Deaths in Laois – Monday, April 12, 2021 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? By Daily NK – 2005.07.11 10:49am Analysis & Opinion S. Korea, U.S. call for progress at nuclear talks Facebook Twittercenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE [imText1]After succeeding in coaxing North Korea back to the dialogue table, South Korea and the United States swiftly shifted their focus onto how to make progress once the long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks resume.On Saturday night, North Korea said it would rejoin negotiations on its nuclear program in the final week of July, a breakthrough that ended a yearlong impasse in the process of resolving the most critical security concern in Northeast Asia.South Korea, the United States and other concerned countries welcomed the North’s decision, but they also stressed that the real task still lies ahead.U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a trip to Beijing, said the North’s decision is “only the first step” and the “real issue is to make progress in the talks.” She said her Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, agreed with that view.“It is not the goal of the talks to have talks, it is the goal of the talks to make progress,” Rice was quoted as saying.On Sunday, North Korea issued a backup statement, with an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman saying that his country is firmly committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.The remark contrasted with an earlier North Korean demand that the six-party talks should be turned into arms reduction talks since the country already possesses atomic bombs.The demand has been considered a major hurdle for progress in the nuclear negotiations. Given Sunday’s statement, however, North Korea is believed to have withdrawn the demand.“The resumption of six-way talks is important itself but the key is to make substantial progress by holding in-depth discussions in realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” the spokesman said.South Korea also welcomed the North’s decision to return to the dialogue table and stressed the need for “substantial progress.”“Once the talks resume, participants in the six-party talks should conduct serious and earnest talks so as to achieve substantial progress in resolving the nuclear issue and making the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons,” the Foreign Ministry said.A senior Seoul official was more specific about how to try to move the sensitive negotiations forward, saying that a change in the format of negotiations can be an option.So far, the six countries — the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia — have held three rounds of talks, but the discussions ended up confirming that the participants’ positions were far apart. Experts have blamed the lack of progress on the ineffective format of negotiations.“(Concerned countries) have talked a lot about this (changing the negotiation format), and it will be discussed when finalizing the date of the talks,” the senior Foreign Ministry official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity during a background briefing.Each of the three rounds of talks, which lasted about three days, consisted of several large-scale plenary sessions that brought about 100-200 delegates from the six countries together in a large conference hall.Earnest negotiations cannot take place in that kind of setting, experts and critics have said, calling for smaller, more effective settings.Amb. Cho Tae-yong, the South’s No. 2 negotiator for the nuclear talks, is one of the advocates for changing the format. At a U.S. seminar earlier this year, he stressed that an intensive format of negotiations, such as the one used to elect a new pope, is necessary to help the nuclear talks move forward.North Korea announced the decision to come back to the dialogue table after its chief nuclear negotiator, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, held talks with his U.S. counterpart, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, in Beijing on Saturday.Hill reiterated during the meeting that the U.S. recognizes North Korea as a sovereign state, has no intention to invade it and will hold bilateral talks with the North within the framework of the six-party talks.North Korea, which had demanded a U.S. apology for calling it an “outpost of tyranny,” said it took Hill’s remarks as a retraction of that statement.The shift in the North’s position had been anticipated since mid-June when its paramount leader, Kim Jong-il, told visiting South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-young that his country could return to the table as early as July if it gets respect from the U.S. as a dialogue partner.At that time, Chung said he briefed the North’s leader on an “important proposal” that the South is preparing to formally offer when a fresh round of negotiations take place.No details of the South Korean proposal have been officially known, but insiders said it is similar to the Marshall Plan that helped lift Europe from the ruins of World War II.In addition to 200,000 tons of free fertilizer already sent to the North in June, South Korea is in the process of sending 150,000 tons more.The North’s request for 500,000 tons of rice aid is a key agenda item for inter-Korean economic talks that opened in Seoul on Saturday.The nuclear row erupted in 2002 when U.S. officials said North Korea had admitted to having a secret uranium enrichment program, in addition to its acknowledged plutonium-based one, a claim denied by the North.The issue gained a new degree of urgency after the North said in February that it had nuclear weapons and was making more. It halted the operation of its key nuclear reactor in April, a move believed to be aimed at collecting more plutonium to make bombs.North Korea, which fears that it might come under attack by the U.S., is demanding a security guarantee and economic incentives from the U.S. in return for freezing its nuclear weapons program.But Washington insists that Pyongyang move first to verifiably scrap its nuclear weapons programs before any concessions are granted. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NK Blames GNP to Influence the Presidential Election Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2006.09.26 6:00pm [imText1]Aimed at South Korea’s next presidential election in 2007, North Korea embarks on anti-Grand National Party (GNP), a leading conservative party in Seoul, propaganda. On Sunday, the Rodong Shinmun, a North Korean state media, publicized a series of articles criticizing GNP through Fatherland Reunification and Democracy Front (FRDF) spokesperson’s statement, commentary and supplementary article. The spokesperson abruptly blamed the possibility of ‘revival of fascist dictatorship in South Korea if the shameless and heinous traitors return to power.’ Also, the state media’s representative denounced the GNP of South Korea as a ‘forerunner of dirty politics,’ and ‘garbage can of outdated politicians.’ # Summary– It is as clear as daylight that there would be revival of fascist dictatorship in South Korea if the shameless and heinous traitors return to power (FRDF spokesperson statement)– The so called ‘leading candidates (referring to former mayor of Seoul Lee Myung Bak and former party president Park Geun Hye)’ are blaming each other in their websites in order to destroy their enemy. How can we expect something good from such forerunners of dirty politics in the garbage can of outdated politicians? (FRDF commentary ‘unrealistic political ambition’)– GNP gang is begging the American imperialist army to stay in South Korea, while rashly worrying about breakdown of South Korean-American alliance. We can enter into reunification unless eradicating South Korea’s pro-American faction’s childish behaviors. (Supplementary article ‘To destroy the guides of American invasion’)# CommentBefore last May’s regional election, the Rodong Shimun and other North Korean state-run websites threatened South Korean voters if the vote for GNP then ‘SK would be engulfed by fire.’ Having been silent since the GNP’s landslide in the regional election, Pyongyang resumed its criticism against the GNP, aiming at influencing next year’s presidential election. North Korea has blamed the party against its interest during election periods. This year, however, differs from previous election years since the North Korean authorities harshly attacked the GNP before, somewhat relatively less significant, the regional election on May 31. So it can be anticipated that Pyongyang will gradually increase its level of denounce against GNP until 2007 presidential election. The core of North Korea’s S. Korean strategy is stimulating conflict within SK; between the Uri Party and the GNP, and progressive and conservative groups. For example, wartime command issue, which is dividing the South Korean society now, is a useful target. North Korean propaganda wing is blaming that ‘the U.S. is directing GNP presidential candidates to gather pro-American conservative factions and to steal the next president election.’ N Korean regime needs an advocate of ‘unrestricted aids to NK’ in South Korean government in the future, as well as now. Traditionally, NK authorities have never praised a South Koran party or government of their interest; rather they have attacked a party against their will. However, if next presidential election develops in favor of a GNP candidate, NK might blunder while clumsily trying to help lagging Uri party candidate. Pyongyang regime often miscomprehends that its bulling actually works in Seoul. An argument such as ‘South Korea is benefited from NK’s military first policy’ is in a sense what they really believe, rather than an entire threat.center_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

first_img AvatarJeong Jae Sung News By Jeong Jae Sung – 2007.09.22 1:37pm SHARE Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Roh Moo Hyun, if Views Arirang, Same as Supporting the Mistreatment of North Korean Childrencenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak [imText1]With Lee Jae Jung’s, the Minister of Unification, affirmative comment in response to a North Korean proposal to view the Arirang Performance on the 18th, resistance of political powers and human rights organizations have been increasing. Minister Lee said that “If we receive an invitation, we plan to follow up. The performance is one of a kind performance which North Korea highly takes pride in, so we will look at it from that perspective.” The possibility of viewing the Arirang Performance has been proposed since the announcement of the Inter-Korea Summit Talks, but the government has avoided a response. Minister Lee, who came out to send-off the 1st-round delegation of the Summit, gave the response to reporters’ questions. “Arirang,” a large-scale gymnastics performance, active since 2005, has mobilized several hundred children. Their months-long military-style training has been known throughout international society, of course, and voices of criticism from the South Korean human rights NGOs, academia, and politicians have been rising. Youth and Students Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea revealed their plan to hold a meeting denouncing Minister Lee’s speech on the 19th. Huh Man Ho, Asia Human Rights Center’s Head, criticized, “Minister Lee is a priest who holds the utmost principle of ‘Love other human beings,’ but his agreement to view the Arirang Performance is a thoughtless act. This is an act of the Minister of Unification, who has done nothing regarding North Korean human rights in the last 10 years.” Huh expressed, “In underdeveloped countries, vicious circus business and commerce are individually being cultivated, but the North Korean Arirang Performance, from a national and political perspective, is the prime example of a human rights violation which extracts out child labor. I am speechless when such a worst case scenario is promoted as a ‘worthy performance.’”He stressed, “In particular, although South Korean government should to point out out North Korean inferior human rights situation at the Summit, viewing the Arirang Performance is not much different from trying to prolong the human rights violations and oppression of North Korean civilians.” The Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights’ Secretary General Kim Yun Tae denounced, “North Korea has entered the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but has mobilized 10,000s of children at the Arirang Performance every year. Agreeing to view Arirang, which is the site of this human rights violations, implies that they are sympathizing with Kim Jong Il’s human rights suppression.” Kim also criticized, “At the upcoming Summit Talks, if President Roh and Minister Lee show themselves at the Arirang stadium, they will be confronted with civilian criticism.” “Arirang is a masterpiece?” “A dangerous utterance.” Kang Won Chul, representative of the Young Defectors’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, emphasized, “From the outside, the Arirang Performance looks impressive, but our brothers who prepare for the event shed tears of blood. They are forced to practice for several months and are being deprived of rights of children who should be running around and playing.” The experts on North Korea and the Grand National Party criticized that the Summit have not even begun yet, so there is no need to take on a “benevolent” attitude. Grand National Party member Chun Yu Ok, in a phone conversation with DailyNK, roared, “North Korea’s Arirang uses humans as tools. How is using that as a ‘such and such’ masterpiece different from calling the North Korean regime as a ‘democratic government?’”Jun criticized, “The Minister of Unification review of whether or not to watch the Arirang Performance crosses the line of denying South Korea’s identity and is a very dangerous act.” Kim Tae Hyo, a Professor at Sungkyunkwan University, observed, “The Arirang has a stronger political aim than an artistic one. With the upcoming Summit Talks led by North Korea, an actively-responsive speech is an inappropriate act as the Minister.” Professor Kim said, “The possibility is low that the decision to review watching the performance will raise the pre-atmosphere of the Summit or will make the talks more harmonious. It could just be a gesture which shows that we like what the North Korean authorities like.” North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

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