whatsapp Stephanie Flanders, chief UK and European market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management and chair of the commission, said: “The way the economy and public services are run in the UK has failed.Read more: We need a new devolution deal to protect London’s economy from Brexit risks“We need to empower all levels of government to deliver a more inclusive vision of prosperity across the UK – otherwise there is a real risk that the country will become more divided outside the EU than it ever was within it,” she said.[custom id=”218″]The UK’s productivity has lagged behind peers (source: OECD) Redirect £76bn from former EU budget to fuel inclusive growth says RSA commission whatsapp Councillor Claire Kober, chair of London Councils, said: “I could not agree more with the need to move away from the centralised form of government that currently exists, to a model where our cities and regions are able to direct investment and resources in a way that best fits their local ambitions.”Priorities for a more powerful London government could be tackling housing costs, the report says. Housing accounts for up to 37 per cent of average household income in parts of inner London.Read more: Economists want an industrial strategy – can it solve productivity puzzle?Devolution should be accompanied by higher investments in “social infrastructure” such as skills education, and public health spending. This would have the knock-on effect of boosting productivity and moving workers up the value chain, to more complex jobs that are more resilient to automation.This could also bring political dividends. Despite the fact the UK economy has fared well relative to peers since the financial crisis, productivity has lagged and low-skilled, insecure work has proliferated. Tuesday 7 March 2017 1:00 am The government should reroute billions of pounds that currently goes to the EU budget to support inclusive growth after Brexit, according to a commission set up by businesses, local government and non-profit groups.A new £76bn fund would deliver growth across the whole of the UK, lowering inequality and raising overall productivity, the report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Inclusive Growth Commission says. Jasper Jolly by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFactableNot Every “Family Ties” Cast Member Lived Happily Ever AfterFactableArticles VallyListing Down The Most Beautiful Women In The WorldArticles VallyPaws ZillaThe Terrifying Reason Why You Should Never Try To Outrun An Aggressive BearPaws ZillacarammelloWhat are the top 10 most expensive cat breeds in the world ? – CarammellocarammelloTravelerDreamsAfter a retired teacher helped out a stranger with no cash, she unsuspectingly asked him if people ever said that he looks like Keith Urban. Then the shopper told her that he was the country singer.TravelerDreamsLawyers BlvdLeonardo DiCaprio Reveals His New Girlfriend & You Will Easily Recognize HerLawyers Blvd33minutosDiscover the importance of the fruit in your beauty33minutosJobs in Germany | Search AdsAre You from United States? Germany Work Visa Options Might Surprise YouJobs in Germany | Search AdsBuzznFun20 Diet Foods That Are Acutally NotBuzznFun In 2014 the UK’s productivity grew by 0.3 per cent, below the G7 average, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).The slow growth of UK productivity is intimately tied to regional inequality. The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, pointed in January to a “fat tail” of less productive firms dragging on the UK’s total performance. Share The report finds successive governments have targeted headline GDP growth at the expense of broader prosperity. The commission recommends the Office for National Statistics release a new quarterly measure of inclusive growth alongside the heavily scrutinised GDP figures.The move towards inclusive growth should involve more devolution of spending powers and economic policy to local governments, the report finds.Read more: New mayoralties “as important as Brexit” says former Treasury ministerMayoral elections will be held this year in Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands. However, the report by the RSA recommends extending this approach further.Such an approach would also have major implications for London, where the mayor already has significant powers over spending in areas such as transport. read more

first_img“An element of this is inevitable, and we think this will prevent a return to the economy’s pre-virus size this year or indeed, most likely, for most of 2022.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldEliteSinglesThis Is Where the Majority of Divorced Over 40 Are Finding Love Again in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week GDP will take less of a hit in third lockdown: ING whatsapp Figures from the British Chambers of Commerce released this week revealed the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions “weighed heavily on the key drivers of growth”.  Thursday 7 January 2021 4:08 pm More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.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.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Share After nearly a year of coronavirus restrictions the effect of a third lockdown on the UK economy will be less severe than the initial shock last March, in part because companies are far better prepared.  ING predicts economic activity will drop to around 15 per cent below its pre-pandemic level, compared to the staggering 25 per cent drop seen at the start of the outbreak.  “That said, the dip is unlikely to be as bad as the first lockdown. Sectors that are able to operate, even partially, are better geared up. And a wider range of industries, including construction/manufacturing, are able to continue operating.”  whatsapp Angharad Carrick center_img Once Brits are allowed out ING anticipates pent-up demand given the savings that have reportedly been built up during three lockdowns. But, as was the story for much of 2020, a lot of this will depend on what happens to government support, namely wage subsidies.  News of a mutant Covid strain that is more transmissible and has sent cases skyrocketing will see GDP dip around three per cent in the third quarter, according to James Smith, ING’s Developed Markets Economist.  Show Comments ▼ Even with this confidence, the UK is bracing itself for a double-dip recession after the sharpest decline in history in the second quarter last year.  The collision of lockdown and Brexit meant January took a “double hit”, chief economist at KPMG UK, Yael Selfin has said. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: GDP will take less of a hit in third lockdown: ING Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the furlough scheme until April but sectors most affected by the restrictions, such as leisure and travel, may need to be weaned off gradually, or unemployment could once again surge.  The collision of lockdown and Brexit meant January took a “double hit”, chief economist at KPMG UK, Yael Selfin has said. (AFP via Getty Images) ING remains optimistic: “Our base case is that most, if not all, restrictions will have largely gone by the summer months,” Smith says.  The collision of lockdown and Brexit meant January took a “double hit”, chief economist at KPMG UK, Yael Selfin has said. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: GDP will take less of a hit in third lockdown: ING Hopes of a recovery by spring rest largely on how successful the government’s vaccine rollout is as it will enable the removal of restrictions. While the government has announced plans for seven large-scale vaccination centres there are still concerns of a bottleneck in the delivery system.  last_img read more

first_imgWednesday 14 April 2021 12:15 pm Halifax: UK house prices near ‘pre-financial crash levels’ Tags: London London house prices UK house prices However, Codling advised home buyers not to worry, “because at the moment mortgage supply is increasing, whereas, in the credit crunch, mortgage supply fell off a cliff edge.” The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher year on year. Also Read: Halifax: UK house prices near ‘pre-financial crash levels’ The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher in comparison to 2020. The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher year on year. Also Read: Halifax: UK house prices near ‘pre-financial crash levels’ The difference between the 2007 financial crash and today, is that mortgage rates are considerably lower. whatsapp Despite slowing their ascent in the first quarter of 2021, inflation has risen by 5.7 per cent, as the standard house price a year ago sat at £252,030. The 5.7 per cent jump was down from a nearly five year high of seven per cent last year, the lender reported. The London property market showed slower gains in house prices over the start of this year, the “strongest” since the 2016 EU referendum, Halifax said. UK house prices have hit a record high despite rising at a slower rate than a year ago, according to the Halifax house price index this morning. whatsapp With low-interest rates and “highly accommodative” government policy, the housing market has a strong supply and demand dynamic, Khalaf added. Show Comments ▼ “While there might be a few bumps along the way, particularly at the end of the stamp duty…the property market has proved itself to be unbelievably resilient. And in large part, that comes down to the efforts the government and the Bank of England have made to make mortgage borrowing incredibly easy and cheap.”center_img “There is a risk that when the extended holiday ends, the UK housing market will wake up with a hangover.” The lender said that the affordability of houses was “close to pre-financial crisis levels”, as house prices remained historically high at an average of £252,765. “The spring and summer selling seasons will be strong, but as the stamp duty holiday ends in September, concerns about another cliff edge will start to be voiced and this may soften house prices in the autumn.” The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher year on year. Also Read: Halifax: UK house prices near ‘pre-financial crash levels’ Share Financial analyst at AJ Bell, Laith Khalaf agreed that a looming financial crash is unlikely, because “the housing market has repeatedly confounded economists expectations, and it keeps going from strength to strength.” The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher year on year. Also Read: Halifax: UK house prices near ‘pre-financial crash levels’ Prices lifted only 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year, smaller than the 2.5 per cent jump in the final quarter of 2020. The standard house price in Greater London sat at £505,359, down 2.5 per cent from the final quarter of last year, however, has edged 2.1 per cent higher year on year. Millie Turner Are we due another crash? Demand for larger properties carried through from last year, while existing houses were hit by rising inflation 6.2 per cent more than new builds. The outlook for the next six months appears to be bright, particularly with the help of the “ongoing government support,” CEO of property platform Twindig, Anthony Codling said. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepedialast_img read more

first_img More From Our Partners Brave 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.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Show Comments ▼ Jeff Misenti whatsapp George Osborne has conceded he made an error not reforming the state-owned bank RBS when the coalition took power in 2010.Speaking to the Financial Times Weekend Magazine the chancellor said he hopes to move forward “as quickly as we can to get rid of it”. He added that he regretted acquiescing to the view that RBS could maintain its standing as investment banking giant with a presence all over the world. “I certainly regret that” he said.The government retains a massive 80 per cent stake in the bank, that was bailed out to the tune of £45bn in 2008. “When I say ‘get rid of it’, I mean put it into the good hands of the private sector” Osborne told the FT.The chancellor emphasised the scale of the task by adding “it’s not an exact science, but on some measures it’s bigger than all the privatisations of the 1980s put together”. It could take years until the taxpayer is fully rid of RBS.Osborne is determined though that the bank will not the taxpayer will not lose out. “I think people want to see they get their money back. The British taxpayer wants to feel they haven’t suffered some enormous loss” he said.It hasn’t all been bad news for RBS of late. While the bank did recently report a £3.5bn loss, it was primarily thanks to one-off items. The loss was also significantly down from last year’s £8.2bn.The bank’s share price gradually been edging up and breached 400p in January. The government would need to sell up at 455p per share to protect the taxpayer from a loss.The bank is preparing to exit a further 25 countries, bringing the total number down to 13. Tags: Company George Osborne People Royal Bank of Scotland Group George Osborne regrets mistakes over RBS and looks to sell up quick center_img Share Thursday 5 March 2015 5:53 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealth Gut BoostRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthHealth Gut BoostMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Heart Surgeon: This Simple Trick Helps Empty Your Bowels Every MorningGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom Nationzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley whatsapplast_img read more

first_imgFirst OpinionA week of living anxiously: Maureen Dowd in a Zika hot zone (This story originally was published in September, before Congress voted on Zika response funding.)Blame it on Trump.I used to blame everything on Dick Cheney. Now I blame everything on Donald Trump.advertisement The women I talked to in San Juan were torn. They hadn’t heard of enough cases to be in a panic. One said she knew someone who got dengue fever at the beach and suffered considerably. Another said she knew someone who got Zika and was hit with a low-grade fever and rash for a few days. These mothers seemed more worried about the consequences of using DEET every day on themselves and their children.One man told me that one of his employees got chikungunya and his fingers were still swollen a year later.Another mother said that her college-age son had a girlfriend whose own mother had insisted that he be tested for Zika before returning to Princeton — and her daughter — this fall.A transplanted American woman from Georgia was worry-free — viruses are part of life, she said. But she did feel sad that her friends, who used to love coming to visit Puerto Rico, had now crossed it off their list.A Puerto Rican judge told me dryly that Zika is spread only by female mosquitoes — “aggressive females.” I hadn’t heard that so I looked it up. It turns out that the males of the species are vegetarians who stick to eating fruit, leaving human meat alone.I talked to people in the tourism business on the beautiful island — already in a decade-long economic slump and exodus of residents — who were distraught about the economic consequences of Zika. Some news reports calculate that $28 million in tourism will be lost through 2018, with hotels and restaurants awash in cancellations from conventions and Major League Baseball.One top hotel manager I talked to was worried that the losses might be almost twice that much.“This was a big place for weddings and honeymoons,” he grimaced. “Not as much any more.” He said his hotel had to tighten its budget while still maintaining a high level of service.He paused and then concluded wistfully, “I think it’s OK because we have a lot of wind. And mosquitoes fly slowly so they can’t attack in the wind.” (The vampire flies do coast at only 1 to 1.5 miles an hour, so some people use house fans to shoo them off rather than insecticides.) By Maureen Dowd Sept. 12, 2016 Reprints I was so absorbed covering our national high-chair king, who manages to dominate more news cycles than the Kardashians, that I wasn’t focused on those other dangerous, blitzkrieging ectoparasites, mosquitoes.I had a political talk scheduled last week in Puerto Rico with my colleague Carl Hulse, the New York Times’s chief Washington correspondent. It wasn’t until a friend said, “Aren’t you scared of Zika?” that I realized the island was a hot zone for the horror-inducing virus. (I had followed the travails of a fellow Times reporter going to cover the Olympics in Rio; he asked the editors if they would pay for his sperm to be frozen but they declined.)advertisement “Well,” I replied, “I’m not pregnant and I’m not planning on hooking up with anyone down there, so it won’t be a problem.”My friend, who views the outdoors with the same antipathy as Woody Allen, wasn’t convinced.“You can get Epstein-Barr,” she warned.Ordinarily, I’m not a hypochondriac. But after the three-day trip to Puerto Rico, I was starting a publicity tour for my new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” so the specter of any rogue virus was frightening.The author at the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carl HulseI got in touch with my dermatologist, Tina Alster, who explained that Zika doesn’t cause Epstein-Barr. But the same mosquitoes that carry Zika also carry the dengue fever virus and the chikungunya virus, which has been linked to the paralysis-inducing Guillain-Barré syndrome. If I got Zika, it would probably only lead to a few days of fever and muscle aches. But you don’t want to go on Fox News to talk about Hillary Clinton with a fever and rash; trust me.I began Googling.I read that mosquitoes were linked to roughly 500,000 deaths in 2015, mostly from malaria. They kill so many people that Bill Gates is backing plans for a gene editing technology that could wipe out the entire species as a moral duty.“Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing,” one Times story blared, noting: “The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is sputtering out in failure. … In Puerto Rico, officials believe thousands of residents — including up to 50 pregnant women — are infected each day.”The story, written by Donald McNeil, reported that many Puerto Ricans do not protect themselves against mosquito bites because they think the threat is exaggerated. Feuds had broken out between federal and local health officials over the response, with the governor’s special adviser quitting in a huff.Dr. Alster advised getting mosquito repellent with DEET and “bathing” in it, focusing especially on the ankles. She also suggested spraying a scarf with DEET and wearing it at all times.I asked if I could just wear long sleeves and stockings.“Not sure that stockings would prevent hungry mosquitoes,” she replied. “DEET is an acronym for N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide. If used at concentrations of 10 to 30 percent, it poses no problems when used on intact skin. I use it when I travel.”I checked at the drugstore and online and most of the products seemed to proudly proclaim they were DEET-free.I was going to ask Dr. Alster about some of the non-DEET lemon eucalyptus repellants for sale online. But I’ve known her long enough to know her motto is “Natural Schmatural.”Was DEET scarier than Zika, I wondered, as I read about incidents of seizures, impaired cognitive function, and death associated with the repellent, developed for jungle warfare during World War II and used in Vietnam.“There’s no doubt that if you used DEET every day for a long period of time, it would not be good,” Dr. Alster emailed me after I pestered her. “But in the short term, there is NO BETTER mosquito repellent. So if you want to minimize your risk of Zika or Chikungunya, use it!”I did get nervous, however, when she told me that DEET would melt my nail polish. She also said not to use it on my face, because the increased blood flow on the face and the mouth/eye/nose openings enhances DEET absorption.But Alster is an excellent doctor. So I went online and ordered Sawyer’s insect repellent with 30 percent DEET. I got one for Carl, too, but he refused to use it. He figured Zika would eventually make its way to the nation’s capital and he may as well get a jump on it. Then he headed for the pool.He had begun mocking me as “Mosquito Lady.”My anxiety amped up on the JetBlue flight, when gnats kept landing on my arms. “We’re in the insect version of ‘Snakes on a Plane,’” I hissed at Carl, who ignored me and stuck with Jack Reacher on his Kindle.When we got to the San Juan airport, there were signs up warning that Zika infection could cause infants to be born with microcephaly, shrinking the head and damaging the brain. Related: Tags Puerto RicovirusesZika Virus What the world has learned about Zika — and what it still needs to know center_img @NYTimesDowd Maureen Dowd Related: About the Author Reprints I followed Dr. Alster’s advice and doused my scarf and skin in DEET. It was disturbing to see it eat away my red nail polish and turn it mushy, staining my nails in a weird way. And the smell was so bad that humans, as well as bugs, did not want to come near me. No amount of jasmine perfume could cover it up.I showered and scrubbed the DEET off as soon as I got back to the hotel every night.Even though my room at the Condado Plaza Hilton had a gorgeous view, with a balcony perched over the Atlantic, I was too much of a scaredy-fraidy to open the doors and venture out.All three days, I felt like things were crawling on my skin —a mosquito version of the movie “Arachnophobia.” But it was just an overactive imagination.When I got back to D.C., Joe Biden was on the steps of the Capitol proclaiming Zika a national emergency and urging Congress to stop stonewalling a bill to fight the spread of the pathogen and develop a vaccine.“Give us an up or down vote, straight, on Zika,” the vice president said. “People’s health, the well-being of unborn children, the health of the country at large, is at stake. Act.”As was true with Ebola, we can be slow on the uptake with viruses. We often don’t take them seriously enough, especially when they first hit in disadvantaged parts of the world like Africa and the Caribbean. Look at the increase in yellow fever now.Puerto Rico is pushing through the crisis, even as Congress dithers.But Vice President Biden is right. The battle over a terrifying virus should not be a political football.Congress, act.Maureen Dowd is a columnist for the New York Times. Puerto Rico is being pummeled by Zika, with hundreds of cases of birth defects feared Hyacinth Empinado/STATlast_img read more

first_img By Steven Miller – 24th February 2018 Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Home News Woman (48) killed in Laois road accident overnight News Woman (48) killed in Laois road accident overnight Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Previous articleFr Paddy: World Meeting of Families….Next articleRemember the Game: Portlaoise CBS fight their way to 2010 South Leinster Senior B glory 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. Council WhatsApp The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was taken by ambulance to Tullamore Hospital with serious injuries.The N80 will be closed between Ballickmoyler and the townland of Coolhenry until late on Saturday morning to allow Gardai carry out their investigations. Local diversions are in place and Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash scene this morning. Pinterest Community TAGSBallickmoylerN80 Twitter A person has been killed following a car crash near Ballickmoyler – on the N80 road between Stradbally and Carlow – late last night.The two-car collision happened at about 10pm and Gardai and ambulance services attended the scene.A 48-year-old woman and driver of one of the cars died at the scene. WhatsApp The local coroner has been notified. Anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, the Garda Confidential line or any Garda Station.SEE ALSO – Snowfall of up to 30cm forecast for Laois next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twitter Rugby Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img This incredibly impressive effort at a recent Tractor Run should get a prize GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th July 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA “We wouldn’t have been able to achieve such a personally, amazing design without the help of CoCo’s salon in Stradbally, a successful business set up by Claire Flynn.“Any bits and pieces we used on the tractor were donated, we had at home or else spent very little money on, as we wanted to keep as much money for the charity itself.“We put a lot of time, effort and personality into our tractor in an effort to promote fisherstown tractor run because it donates to such a worthy cause. We are a small village but once a year we make a huge difference.”Well done to all concerned!SEE ALSO – Our guide to what’s on in Laois this weekend Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img GAA TAGSBallybrittasClare FlynnCoCo’s Hair SalonFisherstown Tractor RunStradbally Tractor Runs have become hugely popular fundraisers in recent times and they pulled out all the stops in Ballybrittas recently for the 11th annual Fisherstown Tractor and Truck run.They’ve raised thousands of euro over the years for charity and this year they changed their base from the Fisherman’s Inn in Fisherstown to the Final Furlong in nearby Ballybrittas.A large number of tractors and trucks drove the route and while there was plenty to admire, arguably the most impressive effort was a tractor belonging to Paddy Flynn, which was dolled up to the last and sponsored by Clare Flynn from CoCo’s Hair Salon in Stradbally.Paddy’s daughter Ciara explained how it all came together.“For the frame of the tractor dad used some steel bars and welded them together that we used quell plex pipe, wood, piping and cable ties to secure the base.“We then used taurpalin for the carriage which was given to us at a discount because of the charity we were working for. We decorated it with flowers, chair ties, surgical wrap, ribbon, paper decorations and sticky back jewels.“We trimmed it with gold and pink tape and added images of some of the local ladies and gents as princes and princesses to add the personal touch.“It took three full days between planning, collecting the necessities, preparing the tractor and adding the features. Health and safety was a huge priority, so it had to be mobile, fully functional and have total visibility, which was one of the hardest parts as we needed to make sure it was safe to drive on the road. Home News Community This incredibly impressive effort at a recent Tractor Run should get a… NewsCommunity Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLaois couple like ‘prisoners’ in their home following years of ‘abuse’ from youthsNext articleMoment in Time: Some classic photos from the Castletown Vintage Rally in 2009 LaoisToday Reporter last_img read more

first_img Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Choi Ju Hal, president of the Association of North Korean Defectors. Image: Daily NK Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center SHARE Kim Yong Chol was recently promoted to director of the United Front Department in North Korea. He has a reputation forbeing an intelligent and cunning strategist. Before rising to his currentposition, Kim Yong Chol served a long career in the Reconnaissance Bureau,where he used alliances and cunning to climb his way to the top despite comingfrom lowly origins. We got the chance to sit down with Choi Ju Hal, president of the Association of North Korean Defectors, an NGO based in Seoul which is dedicated to thedemocratization of North Korea. Because he got the chance to meet Kim Yong Cholon countless occasions before he defected to the South, Choi Ju Hal hasunparalleled insights into the mind and backstory of Kim Yong Chol, as well assome insight into what changes might come with his new appointment, including apotential power struggle with the military.     Q. How did you come to meet Kim Yong Chol? I spent time around Kim Yong Chol from themiddle of the 1980s until 1995. I came to know a man named Ro Sung Il who wasin the same division as Kim Yong Chol for ten years. After ten years of workingtogether, Ro Sung Il was transferred over to the the external affairs divisionwithin the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, where I was stationed. Ro Sung Il and Kim Yong Chol were in the Reconnaissance Bureau stationed in SouthPyongan Province’s Hoechang County. They graduated from a foreign languageschool there in 1966. This training school was intended to produce spies whocould use their foreign language abilities to gather intel for theReconnaissance Bureau. Kim Yong Chol learned Chinese there. After he rose inthe ranks in the Reconnaissance Bureau–eventually to the top– he would stopby the foreign affairs division within the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces tochat with his old pal, Ro Sung Il. I was able to listen in to a lot of theirconversations and generally just observe his behavior when he came by. Q. Can you tell us a bit about what kind ofperson Kim Yong Chol is in your experience? He is a very intelligent person. He’s thekind of guy that knows how to accomplish the task no matter what obstacles comehis way. However, he did have a fatal flaw: less than ideal songbun [loyaltyranking determined by family pedigree, loyalty, etc]. He even had somerelatives go over to China. Therefore, after graduation, many of the studentsfrom the language training school at the Reconnaissance Bureau were dispatchedoverseas to do work, but Kim Yong Chol was never given that prestigiousopportunity. That was why he came to my former workplace so frequently. He waslooking for opportunities to get sent abroad. But he never got that chance. From that point on, he changed hisstrategy. He was determined to win through sheer skill alone. He began to seethe fruits of this labor around 1980. At that time, there were bi-weeklylectures scheduled for Saturdays. The lectures targeted two groups split byrank: the first comprised Party secretaries and military generals; the second,officers at the colonel level or higher and Cabinet directors. At that time, KimYong Chol was not in a head position; however, he gave lectures at the higherlevel meetings. The lectures normally lasted from one to two hours. Withoutlooking at his script even a single time, Kim Yong Chol would speak at lengthabout South Korean politics, the military situation, etc. All without missing abeat. He knew the name and rank of all the relevant South Korean militarycommanders, the locations of Southern units, and strategy estimates. Q. Do you think that this intelligence iswhat enabled Kim Yong Chol to quickly move upwards through the ranks despitehis poor songbun? I think that that is the case. However,there was another important factor that explains the upwards trajectory of KimYong Chol’s career. That factor is Jang Song Thaek’s older brother, Jang SungWoo. He was serving as chief of the Reconnaissance Bureau at the time. He usedKim Yong Chol as his right hand man and assistant. He helped Kim Yong Chol tomove up in the world. In order to gain the confidence of Kim Il Sung and KimJong Il, Kim Yong Chol began to appear as a reserve for high level North-Southsummits in February of 1989 and appeared in the support delegation for theSeptember 1990 High Level Summit meeting with the South. At the summit, Kim IlSung was reported to say about Kim Yong Chol, “He’s a very bright guy.” Kim Yong Chol was promoted quickly afterthat point. In 1991, he moved up to deputy director at the ReconnaissanceBureau. I think he took the name ‘Kim Yong Chol’ around that time as well. Hisreal name is Kim Dong Su. Kim Il Sung was supposed to have used many falsenames in his younger days as a resistance fighter. Kim Il Sung supposedlythought it might be nice to use the name ‘Kim Yong Chol,’ according to what KimYong Chol told Ro Sung Il who later informed me. Q. It’s interesting that Jang Sung Wooassisted Kim Yong Chol. We know that Jang Sung Woo wasn’t always on good termswith his brother. Did the acrimony of their relationship affect Kim Yong Cholat all? Even if that wasn’t the case, Jang Sung Woogot demoted in 1988. At that time, Kim Yong Chol’s position must have been atrisk as well, given their close connection. But Kim Yong Chol was capable ofconducting himself well despite this. For example, even though he was empoweredby supporters around him, he earned compliments from Kim Il Sung and Kim JongIl through his own hard work. I think that Kim Jong Un probably takes note ofKim Yong Chol’s abilities. There isn’t a single person who could fill hisshoes. After rising to the deputy directorposition at the Reconnaissance Bureau, he worked there for ten years. Then hegot promoted again to director. Even if you thoroughly go through North Koreanhistory, I don’t think you’ll find another person working for this long attheir post. It just doesn’t happen. I think this is the biggest indicator ofjust how well received and supported he is by the Kim family. Q. Kim Yong Chol is known to have a toughstance towards South Korea. We also know that he butts heads with Kim Yang Gon,who served as the head of the United Front Department. Now that Kim Yong Cholhas been promoted to director of the United Front Department, what do you thinkis going to happen? Because Kim Yong Chol is not only thedirector of the United Front Department, but also the Secretary of Relationswith the South, there is a strong possibility that he will have outsizedinfluence. Normally the director of the United Front Department has the rightto carry out the strategy that has been laid out by the Party. Normally, theUnited Front Department and the Reconnaissance Bureau do not fully understandwhat sort of work the other departments do. But Kim Young has experience in theReconnaissance Bureau. I think this means that as he transitions over to theUnited Front Department, he will also continue to use the strategies andorganizational methods he used at the Reconnaissance Bureau. He will take thelessons from the planning and research departments of his old job with him intohis new role. Of course, in doing so, there is the riskthat he might run into conflict with the military. But this is a bright andclever person we’re talking about. He might be able to leverage Kim Jong Un’ssupport for him in order to totally change the way that the United FrontDepartment works. In that scenario, we will see a shift away from the methodsand style of former Director Kim Yang Gon and towards the style of Kim YongChol.   Q. Can you give us an example of this? When I was in North Korea, the United FrontDepartment worked to incite revolution through the use of the pro-PyongyangGeneral Association of Korean Residents in Japan, better known as Chochongnyon,and other Koreans living abroad. They tried to instigate the South and set up aspy network here through those methods. Because Kim Yong Chol comes from amilitary background, there is a chance he might use military provocations toachieve these goals. But such actions are traditionally in the purview ofthe military, so we’ll have to see how Kim Yong Chol works that out.  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2016.02.04 2:18pm Former colleague offers personal insights into Kim Yong Chol’s rise to the top brass Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies British Columbia Securities Commission The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is extending its exemption from dealer registration requirements for trading in mortgage investment entities (MIEs) for another year. Earlier this year, the BCSC proposed to scrap the both the exemption for trades in MIEs and the so-called Northwest exemption, which allows firms to trade in the exempt market without registering, amid rampant non-compliance with disclosure requirements. It reported that it found 90% non-compliance with disclosure obligations by MIE issuers. Now, however, the BCSC says that its extending the MIE dealer registration exemption to June 30, 2014. In its notice, the commission says it “proposes to evaluate the impact of the dealer registration requirements on mortgage investment entities”, and that the “limited relief from the dealer registration requirements for mortgage investment entities would not be prejudicial to the public interest.” read more

first_img According to the decision, Primerica alleges that FSCO breached its commitment to “consult and communicate with course providers” before making changes to curriculum or exams required to licence life insurance agents. It also seeks a declaration that FSCO acted without authority when entering certain agreements. The allegations have not been proven. However, the court ruled that the case can go ahead. The court found that, without assessing the merits of the case, what the firm is seeking is declaratory relief, which it is entitled to do. “In my view, the analysis need go no further,” the decision says. “The applicant is entitled to proceed given the nature of the relief sought and this motion is dismissed.” Declaratory relief is typically sought to clarify legal status, it does not involve awarding damages. Investor sues advisor for not taking enough risk The Ontario Superior Court of Justice court has rejected a bid by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to dismiss a case brought against the regulator by Primerica Life Insurance Co. of Canada. In Primerica Life Insurance Company of Canada v Financial Service Commission of Ontario, the court rejected FSCO’s motion to dismiss an application from Primerica, which seeks declaratory relief from the court. Closet indexing class action gets the go-ahead Related news James Langton center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords LawsuitsCompanies Financial Services Commission of Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Court dismisses suit against BCSClast_img read more