London’s financial services can thrive says EU commissioner – but only if we work together

He also said the EU is “sensitive to talk of unpicking financial legislation” such as the Dodd Frank regulations in the US, which Trump has promised to abolish.Read more: Germany says Brexit will end UK’s “gateway to Europe” for banks“Europe is entitled to gently suggest international cooperation on financial governance is in everyone’s interest,” said Dombrovskis. London’s financial services can thrive says EU commissioner – but only if we work together whatsapp Friday 10 February 2017 12:45 pm London’s financial services can continue to thrive after Brexit but only if it works with the EU on regulation, according to a top EU diplomat.In a speech in the capital Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU’s commissioner for financial services, called for a more harmonised international regulatory system, in which the UK can play a central part. Dombrovskis said: “All these agreements are mutually beneficial because properly managed financial integration makes our system stronger, keeps our companies competitive, and supports investment and high quality service across different markets.”Read more: Top EU envoy jets into town for talks with chancellor and City chiefsHowever, the comments come after a member of the German central bank, Andreas Dombret, warned that equivalence would not be sufficient to stop financial services firms moving some operations to Europe.Dombrovskis also criticised the deregulatory agenda of US President Donald Trump, and issued a veiled warning that the UK should not follow the same path.“We should be ready to defend longstanding European values when they are threatened or when evidence based policy is assaulted by alternative facts,” he said, referencing the infamous description of easily disprovable comments by Trump’s spokesperson. Jasper Jolly He said: “Regardless of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, London will only continue to thrive on the basis of a strong international system.”Read more: “Our aim certainly is not to punish the UK,” insists EU commissionerDombrovskis previously told City A.M. the EU would not look to “punish” the UK’s financial services after Brexit. He is in London to discuss Brexit with the chancellor, Philip Hammond, as well as City leaders.He pointed to existing initiatives with the US and countries in the Asia-Pacific region as examples of forums for “effective multilateral and bilateral regulatory cooperation.”Multiple agreements with other countries already allow regulatory equivalence for financial services firms in various sectors, including clearing, asset management, and insurance. Share whatsapp read more

Philip Hammond’s self-employment tax hike marred a refreshingly mundane Budget

John O’ConnellJohn O’Connell is chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance But we shouldn’t forget that there is still some way to go before the public finances are repaired. Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs pointed out yesterday that the chancellor now seems to be counting on growth to do the work of deficit reduction for him, so that he doesn’t have to make any new spending cuts.Read more: Consumer-led growth is unsustainable says Sir Charlie BeanYet there are still big-ticket items that can and should be scrapped so that we can enter the negotiations with the EU on a sounder footing. Take HS2 – that £56bn (and counting) monstrosity should be ditched for smaller, more targeted infrastructure projects that deliver better value for money and save taxpayers’ cash. We could also save £6bn a year by getting rid of the state pension triple lock – which, given the wriggle room we now seem to have with manifesto commitments, is doable. Hammond also spent a lot of the statement talking about the need to adequately fund social care, so this seems like an even more sensible move.The other thorny policy area he had to deal with was business rates. While some trade groups responded badly to the specific relief measures, it was actually very encouraging to hear that the chancellor appreciates that the business rates revaluation process must be more regular and much smoother. That will head off the kind of political storm he faced in the past few weeks where some small businesses received devastating hikes in their bills. We have argued for this before, suggesting he should take a look at annual and digitised revaluations to give businesses certainty.Read more: The real business rates scandal: The government is abolishing accuracy Philip Hammond’s self-employment tax hike marred a refreshingly mundane Budget Much less palatable was watching Hammond deal with Osborne’s promise to spend the proceeds of the sugar tax on school sports. Revenue from the tax has come in much lower than forecast, so now the chancellor has to find the money from somewhere else to pay for the pledge. If today has taught him anything, it’s that misguided, fiddly interventions like this are a distraction, so he should seek to comprehensively rid the tax system of such needless gimmicks at November’s Budget.Next time round, we’d like to see him deal with Stamp Duty too. It gums up the housing market, means that young families can’t get on the housing ladder and prevents older couples from downsizing when they would like to.Let’s remember the big picture: the national debt is still astronomical and growing. That will have to be paid off by future generations of taxpayers, so even outside of these economic statements, tougher action on the long-term challenges we face is vital. That means dealing with public sector pensions, state pensions and the funding model for the NHS and social care. It took just a couple of hours for the chancellor’s Budget to come under heavy fire.He set out changes to Class Four National Insurance contributions, increasing them from 9 per cent to 11 per cent over a couple of years. 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Aren’t the Conservatives supposed to be the party of small business, enterprise, opportunity and growth? Why slap taxes on entrepreneurs? Furious journalists – whose readers make up this electorally potent group – gave Number 10 and Treasury press teams a pretty hard time of it yesterday afternoon.To tax specialists, it was thought that Hammond was attempting to equalise the NI treatment of the self-employed and “regular” employees. That in itself is a sensible thing to do. First, it is right to ensure that the tax system does not discriminate against certain types of work. Second, the self-employed can now qualify for the same state pensions as employees and are possibly going to be conferred with more statutory benefits like holiday and maternity/paternity pay as politicians get to grips with the gig economy.Read more: Was the Budget bad news for entrepreneurs?But yesterday, Hammond didn’t actually say that is what he wants to do. So it simply looks like a tax hike on the self-employed – hence the hammering he took from the media. In any case, if he wants to equalise these rates, he should be cutting employee rates, not hiking those for the self-employed.The fuss engulfed what was otherwise a fairly mundane economic statement. In a welcome change from the big set-pieces of Gordon Brown and George Osborne, there was a refreshing move away from a bewildering array of gimmicks designed only to play political games. 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City jobs drop to seven-year low as Brexit stunts recruitment

first_img The recruitment firm’s employment monitor also showed that job-seekers fell 40 per cent month-on-month, with the lowest number of applicants in six years.It added that January had begun in similar quiet fashion.“In 2018 we saw job numbers fall off a cliff,” Morgan McKinley UK managing director Hakan Enver said.“We haven’t seen this few applicants to market in December since 2012 and we’ve seen January get off to a sluggish start on this front.“After two years of navigating the impossible task of preparing for an unknown Brexit scenario, people are fatigued,” he added. City jobs drop to seven-year low as Brexit stunts recruitment whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFinance Wealth PostTom Selleck’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman To Ever ExistFinance Wealth PostGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Pastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10 Tuesday 15 January 2019 6:16 pm The average salary jump for those moving from company to another also fell to 15 per cent – its second lowest level of 2018 and down on the 27 per cent peak reached in May.The recruitment firm expected this to increase in the coming months as companies try to attract and commit talented individuals into their businesses.A surge in job applicants in the summer had sparked hopes of a turnaround in the employment market but the year ended in with a “timid hiring environment” in the Square Mile.“There was a sense over the summer that the tables might be turning, as candidates demonstrated increased confidence in the jobs market.“But the weight of Brexit proved too much to just shake off, given its immense implications for individual livelihoods and business viability.” Callum Keown City jobs dropped to a seven-year low in December and the number of job-seekers also plummeted as Brexit uncertainty continued to stunt recruitment.The number of jobs available fell 52 per cent last month – the worst end to a year since December 2011, according to Morgan McKinley, which said 2019 had also got off to a sluggish start. whatsapp More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA 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.comInside 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.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best

first_imgThursday 11 July 2019 6:18 pm Now, we know that well-intentioned policies such as the sugar tax can have unforeseen consequences. The producers can still make high sugar drinks and pass the extra cost onto the customers, but over 50 per cent of them seem to have responded by reformulating and cutting back the sugar content of their products. whatsapp The growth in obesity (and with it, diabetes) in America has been both rapid and frightening.  Similarly, I published a paper last December in Palgrave Communications with Alex Bentley and Damian Ruck, two anthropologists at the University of Tennessee, looking at obesity and diabetes rates over time in the American states and counties (the subdivisions of the states). But in the case of sugar, nanny sometimes does know best. Was he right to question the levy, or does it serve a purpose? 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. In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best There’s also the – admittedly less firmly based – anecdotal evidence of a rise in shoplifting in Scotland after the minimum pricing law on alcohol was introduced last year. The incentive to steal has certainly been created: a two-litre bottle of strong cider that could be bought for just £2.50 now costs at least £7.50. A 2013 study published in the well-regarded PLOS ONE journal found a clear positive relationship – using evidence across 175 countries – between sugar consumption and national diabetes rates. They found that the higher the tax, the fewer cigarettes were bought. But smokers compensated by both switching to brands with higher tar content and by smoking further down the stub.  For instance, an important paper in the American Economic Review in 2006 by Jerome Adda and Francesca Cornaglia, then at UCL, examined the impact of the different tax rates on cigarettes imposed across various American states.  In 1990, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate of any state, at 15 per cent of the population. But by 2015, such a population would have looked exceptionally svelte – the lowest obesity rate was 22 per cent in Colorado, and several states had rates over 35 per cent. SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 16: Bottles of Coca-Cola are seen on the shelf at Tower Market January 16, 2004 in San Francisco, California. Coca-Cola is being investigated by U.S. regulators over allegations raised by a former employee that it had inflated its earnings. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) center_img Introduced in April 2018, manufacturers now have to pay more tax if their drinks contain a high amount of sugar.  whatsapp If anything, higher taxes led to a more damaging health outcome. The emergence of so-called food deserts – areas where the population has difficulty in accessing affordable and nutritious food – is an important determinant. The evidence also suggests that the growth of high fructose corn syrup in the food economy is another. Opinion Of course, the negative link between obesity and income suggests that relatively modest gains in alleviating poverty could yield substantial reductions in obesity and diabetes rates, and the temptation to mock the nanny state is always strong.  There is a definite role for public policy in combating obesity and diabetes. Both the products on the shelves of supermarkets and the content of those products are legitimate concerns. On the sugar tax, however, Boris is not on such strong ground. Main image credit: Getty Boris Johnson created a furore last week by announcing that he was considering getting rid of the so-called sugar tax.  Share Paul OrmerodPaul Ormerod is an economist at Volterra Partners LLP, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and author of Against the Grain: Insights of an Economic Contrarian, published by the IEA in conjunction with City A.M. In 1990, there was no correlation between household income and obesity or diabetes rates. Yet by 2015, a strong negative correlation existed both across the states and across the counties within each state. Poor people had become hugely and disproportionately fat.last_img read more

European stock markets cheered by soothing words from China on trade war

first_img Harry Robertson European stock markets cheered by soothing words from China on trade war whatsapp Share whatsapp Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman, said China was opposed to further escalations of the trade war and that both sides should “create necessary conditions” to restart official meetings aimed at ending trade tensions. European investors were buoyed by the news after a middling day yesterday. Germany’s Dax index was one per cent higher this morning, France’s CAC 40 was up 1.2 per cent and the pan-European Euronext 100 was 1.2 per cent higher. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (L), Central Bank Governor Yi Gang (2nd L) and other Chinese vice ministers and senior officials sit down with Trump Administration officials for negotiations in the Diplomatic Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The top trade officials are beginning two days of face-to-face trade talks to end a months-long trade war between the world’s two largest economies. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) China’s announcement of its willingness to reenter talks came just under a week after US President Donald Trump said he would ratchet up tariffs even further on around $550bn (£448bn) of Chinese goods. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed higher after a weak start to the day, but the Shanghai composite and Japan’s Nikkei 225 both closed down 0.1 per cent.center_img His words were not all soothing, however. Gao wanted China had “ample” means to retaliate should Washington apply the tariffs. Read more: China announces measures to tackle trade war-driven slowdown Read more: UBS turns bearish on stocks due to US-China trade war (Image credit: Getty) European stock markets have been boosted this morning after the Chinese commerce ministry said it was in talks with the US over the two sides’ raging trade war. The UK’s FTSE 100 was up by one per cent despite the pound falling for a second consecutive day as fears over a no-deal Brexit mount. Thursday 29 August 2019 10:24 am Gao said today: “The most important thing at the moment is to create necessary conditions for both sides to continue negotiations.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia 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 Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.commaternityweek.comWilliam and Kate Have Been Told Their Fate Once Charles Finally Becomes Kingmaternityweek.comlast_img read more

News / Frank Appel claims DP-DHL is not creating ‘low-wage’ jobs as unions protest

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 28/05/2015 Deutsche Post-DHL Group chief executive Frank Appel yesterday hit back at trade union claims that it has abandoned collective bargaining practises and is forcing workers to accept a 30% pay cut by transferring their employment to a new postal delivery company.The claims centre on the creation of DHL Delivery GmbH, which involves transferring up to 10,000 workers who are currently on temporary contracts with Deutsche Post into the new organisation and conferring permanent employment status upon them.However, German trade union Verdi, which represents postal workers in the country, said that the company is “circumventing” the existing collective agreement between the two entities, while workers taking employment with DHL Delivery are set to lose as much as €3,500 a year in wages and are being “physically segregated from co-workers who have decent working conditions”.Frank Appel speaking at DP-DHL’s AGM in Frankfurt yesterday A Verdi spokesperson said: “With the spin-off of part of the delivery operation, Deutsche Post is smashing its highly efficient delivery network. This is not the right step into the future mail and parcel market.”International Transport Workers Federation general secretary Steve Cotton added: “DP-DHL has let down its workers, its shareholders and the people of Germany. It is undercutting, undermining and underperforming. It has tried to play off its own personnel against each other and to sidestep and avoid not just its own responsibilities but also its own claimed values.”Since DHL Delivery was established earlier this year, DP-DHL says that 6,000 employees have signed permanent contracts with it, of which over 2,000 have been recruited externally. It aims to have 8,500 employees by the end of 2015.And while the union activists protested outside the company’s annual general meeting in Frankfurt yesterday, inside Mr Appel defended DHL Delivery’s employment terms, calling them “in accordance with the collectively agreed rates for the freight forwarding and logistics industry”.He added: “However, our wages are in fact much higher than those of our competition. Our personnel expenses are not competitive over the long term. Our longstanding pay scale goes back to the time before privatisation. It is now outdated and not in line with the market standard. We are changing this at our new companies. This will enable us to remain competitive in the future.“In recent weeks, we have been the subject of negative press reports,” he continued. “Some of the accusations are quite serious, and many are inaccurate. We are not breaking any contracts or abandoning collective pay scales. We are not restricting employees’ co-determination rights.“And we are most certainly not creating low-wage jobs. What we are doing is securing the future of the existing jobs at our company. In addition, we are creating thousands of new positions in Germany.”Verdi has staged several bouts of industrial action this year and has not ruled out further strikes.Meanwhile, for employees of DHL’s embattled forwarding division, Mr Appel stressed that the IT transformation would continue, as “we need better IT systems to simplify and standardise our processes”, but was short on details in terms of how he intends to reorganise the business itself.“We do not wish to alter the essence of our forwarding business. But we will be changing key aspects of the way in which we organise the business. Naturally, we intend for the necessary changes to affect business operations and the quality provided to customers as little as possible.“It’s possible that we have not succeeded in this sufficiently of late. For that reason, we will now take sufficient time to make sure we’re on the right track,” he said.last_img read more

The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days

first_img Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Megan Shiel – 13th June 2020 TAGSThe Week that Was The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Miguel House in Castletown is looking to hire part-time cookNext articleCertainty must be given to hairdressers, barbers and their customers, says Laois TD Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Facebook News Home We Are Laois The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven… We Are Laois WhatsApp 1 – In Pictures: First mass celebrated as beautiful Laois church undergoes restorationBishop Denis Nulty was on hand to do the honours for a special mass of re-dedication as the brand new Church of the Assumption in The Heath was officially unveiled.2 – Two juveniles charged in relation to fire at Mountmellick farmTwo juveniles have been arrested and charged following a burglary and fire at a farm in Mountmellick this week.3 – Baby Dan Donoher set for blood tests next weekBaby Dan Donoher is set for blood tests next week to determine the status of his treatment.4 – Main Street in Portlaoise could be pedestrianised sooner rather than later – can it work?It’s a topic that has raised its head many times over the years but has never come anywhere close to consensus.5 – Laois GAA propose slight change to senior club hurling championship but football format to remain the sameLaois GAA have outlined a proposed fixture schedule for the local club championships for when play is allowed to resume on July 31.6 – New Supermac’s Plaza outside Portlaoise set to open at end of JulyThe new Supermac’s outside Portlaoise is set to open on Friday, July 31. Owner Pat McDonagh announced the opening date on a Zoom call with Laois Chamber of Commerce.7 – County Final Memory: Portlaoise hurlers end famine in 1981No matter what happened in the 1981 Laois senior hurling final, history was going to be made.8 – Laois woman wins prestigious bursary award for artsLimerick School of Art and Design, LIT, has announced its three recipients of the 2020 Printmakers Bursary – and a young Laois woman is among them.9 – Mothercare in Portlaoise to close as company announces liquidationRetail chain Mothercare – which sells a range of maternity products and items for babies and young children – is to close its 14 stores in Ireland, including its outlet in Portlaoise.10 – Makeup Artist Ruth Bergin on finding her passion, meeting a hero and silver liningsMakeup artistry is just that – an art – and Abbeyleix native Ruth Bergin has put her background in fine art to great use building a massive fan base in her career so far. Twitter Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

My Club & I: Laois Masters footballer and Clonaslee-St Manman’s PRO – Michael O’Brien

first_img Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 25th June 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest The Coronavirus pandemic means that while we should be in the middle of GAA action – we’ve yet to get started.Around now, Laois clubs would be nearing the end of their league campaigns while the county teams should be battling in their respective championships.Instead, all action has been halted but we now have a roadmap to a return to action. Home We Are Laois My Club and I My Club & I: Laois Masters footballer and Clonaslee-St Manman’s PRO –… We Are LaoisMy Club and I Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp My Club & I: Laois Masters footballer and Clonaslee-St Manman’s PRO – Michael O’Brien What’s your earliest GAA Memory?My earliest GAA memories would be of travelling to games with my late father. We went to a lot of club games and inter county games around the country.On a club front I can just about remember Clonaslee winning the intermediate hurling final in 1987.Tell us a bit about the club?The club was founded in 1888 as a hurling club only. In 1974 St. Manmans was founded as a football club. The two clubs then amalgamated in 2001 to become Clonaslee St. Manmans.We are very lucky to have had plenty of success in both codes and had some unbelievably talented players right down through the lifespan of both clubs.We are a small rural club on the Offaly border. While we would have a relatively small membership we have a tremendously tight knit GAA community. Many of our current players have inherited their love of GAA from their parents who were also active in the club.There is great pride in the club and a great will to succeed and be the best we can be both on the field and in the local community.What are the facilities like?Currently we are preparing a huge revamp and development of our grounds. We have a fine pitch which is kept in pristine condition by two great clubmen in Eugene Young and Declan Callaghan and two dressing rooms which cater for our current needs.In January we held “A Night at the OsKaRs” fundraiser which was truly an outstanding community driven night. The whole parish, and indeed people from outside the parish became involved and we raised a substantial sum which is for the redevelopment of our facilities.We have an outstanding development committee and the lads are constantly busy planning for the next phase. We hope to develop a juvenile pitch first and continue to push forward from there.Can you remember the first time you got involved in an official capacity?My first involvement outside of playing was as a selector with our senior footballers when I was out long term injured. Mick Lawlor was our manager that year and I really enjoyed working with Mick and staying involved even though I was unable to play.I was a committee member a couple of times but always wanted to continue playing as nothing beats playing. Unfortunately now the heart says I want to keep playing at any level but the body is arguing that idea!! So this is really my first active involvement as an official club officer.What is your favourite memory while being involved?On the field I have been very lucky to play on some great teams and be involved with some great managers but my favourite memory was when the club won our first u21 hurling title defeating Clough/Ballacolla.We had such a great bunch of friends playing together and an added bonus for me was my late father was a selector. The celebrations were brilliant and our house was buzzing for weeks afterwards.As PRO I would say that our “A Night at the OsKaRs” fundraiser in January was a special night for all of us who were involved in the organisation of it.To see the crowd from the parish and the enjoyment the night brought to so many was really unbelievable. It will live long in the memory.How has the Coronavirus pandemic affected your role currently?As the year had started on such a high and we were just preparing to get things going on the pitch the pandemic really took the wind out of the sails. As PRO I had to ensure that we informed people of things like the closure of our grounds which as A GAA club we never want to do.In the middle of it all the “Do it For Dan” fundraiser took off so I was trying to keep our page updated in conjunction with Niall Corbet who had set up the fundraising page.Now as we prepare to return to play I am trying to ensure that all the relative return to play information is being relayed on our pages. So during the pandemic I had some very busy times and a lot of not so busy times!What young Player in your club would you say is one to watch out for?While we haven’t got huge numbers we are very lucky with some of the young players we have coming through. In hurling we have the likes of Cian Conroy, while in football Darragh Scully and Cathal Lee. I think these three lads will be big players for our club going forward.If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?Win the lotto!! On a serious note as we have plans in the pipeline securing some much needed funding would be brilliant. I would really love to try and encourage more involvement from outside the current membership.The GAA is such a fantastic organisation to be involved in and we welcome everyone into the club and we would really like our membership to grow. Currently we have some brilliant underage mentors but they always need help so the more people involved the better!What’s the best and worst thing about being involved?The best thing about being involved is just that, being involved! The camaraderie and friendships that are in Clonaslee St. Manmans are second to none.There is a great bunch of players and officers in the club and we have a fantastic community spirit. There is a great support network there and some unbelievably hard working people behind the scenes who never look for recognition but the club wouldn’t run without them.There is some great craic and banter after games in our sponsors “Fallon’s” after games and we are all hoping we can get back to this ASAP!!The worst thing about being involved even as PRO is definitely when we lose a big game, actually any game!! No one likes losing, do they?SEE ALSO – My Club & I: St Paul’s ladies footballer and Emo secretary – Anne Lawlor Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, June 25, 2020Next articleCONFIRMED: Laois GAA finalise fixtures and structure of football and hurling championships 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. GAA pitches reopened yesterday with club championships scheduled to get underway at the end of next month.And ahead of that, we are continuing with our My Club & I segment which has got a new focus – club officials.While the action on the pitch has stopped – the work off of it hasn’t and up next is Clonaslee-St Manman’s Michael O’Brien.A Laois Masters footballer, Michael is the current PRO of Clonaslee.Take it away Michael: Pinterest TAGSClonasleeMichael O’BrienMy Club & I Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp News Electric Picnic Facebooklast_img read more

Water still rising in Chigwell, Hanover

first_imgWater still rising in Chigwell, Hanover Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 3, 2010 RelatedWater still rising in Chigwell, Hanover RelatedWater still rising in Chigwell, Hanover RelatedWater still rising in Chigwell, Hanovercenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Flood waters in the district of Chigwell, eastern Hanover, continued to rise Tuesday (November 2), even as disaster preparedness coordinators go on full alert, in preparation for the bad weather conditions likely to result from the latest weather system, Tomas.Disaster Preparedness Coordinator in Hanover, Olga Fae Headley, told JIS News that the flood water levels in the districts of Pearces Village and Forrest are subsiding, but continue to rise in Chigwell. She added that, while it was heartening to see that the water recede in Pearces Village and Forrest, there is still a great deal of land area covered by water.“Chigwell continues to rise at an alarming pace so, I guess, as the others go down, Chigwell goes up,” she stated.She posited the view that the situation is due to the fact that Chigwell is part of a land basin which is at a lower altitude than the other villages, and the underground drainage from those villages filters into Chigwell.Turning to the number of persons still displaced by flooding in the three districts, Mrs. Headley said that approximately 49 families are unable to return home.“There are 23 families in Forrest that are out of their homes, there are seven families in Pearces Village; so nobody has returned to their houses yet. They cannot return, even though the water is going down, and there are 19 families in Chigwell that, right now, are having problems,” she pointed out.Of the displaced families, only two are staying in an emergency shelter in Chigwell. The others are staying with friends and relatives in their respective districts.She said that a cooperative effort between the Hanover Parish Council, Hanover Health Department and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) should provide monitoring and control of the health situation in all three districts. Fish is being added to the flood waters as a means of vector control, and fogging is also being carried out.“I must warn the people in the area again, that they are not to swim in the water there are lots of bacteria in the water. The bodies of water are contaminated, so they should not be swimming in it,” she insisted.Mrs. Headley said that all shelter managers in the parish have been put on high alert, in preparation for the Tropical System Tomas. An emergency meeting, with all relevant agencies, will be held in the Lucea Town Hall on Wednesday (November 3), 2010. Advertisementslast_img read more

Venice leads Westside in homeless population

first_imgLA Opera Camp gives kids a stage to learn about lifeE-cigarette giant Juul’s campaign donations favor DemocratsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours ago Comments are closed. rfeldman @mts.net says: August 6, 2019 at 5:04 PM HomeFeaturedVenice leads Westside in homeless population Aug. 02, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsParkingVenice leads Westside in homeless populationAngel Carreras2 years agohomelessnesshomlessliving in vehiclesLos Angeleslos angeles county homeless services authorityMalibuparkingVenice The number of people experiencing homelessness is rising steeply across the Westside and stabilizing in Santa Monica, although the city still has the second-largest homeless population in the area.The Westside’s homeless population rose about 20% this year to 3,050, the highest growth of any area in Los Angeles County, according to a January point-in-time count organized by the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority. The 20% increase in the homeless population reverses a 19% decrease in 2018.The homeless population of both Santa Monica and the county rose dramatically between 2014 and 2017. The trend showed signs of slowing or reversing in 2018, when the county reported a 3% decrease and Santa Monica’s population grew by 4% after jumping 26% the previous year.But the county’s homeless population increased by 12% this year and the number of people experiencing homelessness on the Westside, excluding Santa Monica, rose about 31%.Of the 15 neighborhoods and cities on the Westside, Venice led the pack with 1,128 people experiencing homelessness, an increase of 33% since 2018. Santa Monica came close behind with 985 people, but the city’s homeless population grew by only 3% this year. The nature of homelessness in the adjacent communities differs in some noticeable ways. In Venice, where 40% of homeless people live in their vehicles, vans and RVs are a fixture of both residential and commercial streets. Santa Monica has stricter rules on overnight parking and just 11% of its homeless population lives in vehicles.Venice also has more homeless people per capita than Santa Monica. Venice’s total population is roughly 40,000, less than half the size of Santa Monica’s, and people experiencing homelessness make up 3% of its population. Only 1% of Santa Monica’s 92,000 residents are homeless.The third-largest homeless population on the Westside is in West Los Angeles. The number of people experiencing homelessness grew 69% this year to 480 people. 39% of the population live in vehicles.Most communities near Santa Monica also saw sharp increases, except Brentwood, where the population plunged from 62 to 16, and Pacific Palisades, where the number of people experiencing homelessness dropped to 81 from 107. Increases in the population of people living in vehicles drove overall population growth in many areas.Malibu’s population more than quadrupled from 30 to 154. About 65% of the city’s new homeless residents live in vehicles.Mar Vista’s population climbed a modest 9% to 147, while neighboring Palms almost doubled to 168 people. 60% of people experiencing homelessness in Mar Vista live in vehicles. In Palms, the proportion is 48%.Further east, Culver City’s population doubled to 236, with 38% living in vehicles. To the south, Marina Del Rey’s population also doubled but only to 24 people, three of whom live in [email protected] :homelessnesshomlessliving in vehiclesLos Angeleslos angeles county homeless services authorityMalibuparkingVeniceshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment 1 Comment What is contributing to the large increase in homelessness.. perhaps drugs??,unemployment etc, high cost of living. Amazing, the richest country in the world and all these homeless people. Perhaps someone should find out why??last_img read more