Laois County Council unveils completion of two new housing developments

first_img TAGSCourt ViewKilnacourtLaois County CouncilPortarlingtonStradbally Laois County Council unveils completion of two new housing developments Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleLaois County Council announce resumption of parking charges in three townsNext articleThis day two years ago: Leinster football final and Old Fort Festival 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 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Alan Hartnett – 24th June 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Facebookcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Laois County Council has welcomed the completion of two new housing developments in Portarlington and Stradbally over the last two weeks.These homes are a key part of the council’s programme for the delivery of over 420 new social homes in Laois over a three year period to 2021.The Portarlington development is located at The Glen, Kilnacourt and consists of 18 units of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.The approved housing body Cooperative Housing Ireland will own and manage the scheme with tenants nominated by Laois County Council from its housing waiting list.Funding for this development was provided by Capital Advance Leasing Facility monies. The CALF funding is capital support provided to Approved Housing Bodies under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme to facilitate the funding of construction, acquisition or refurbishment of new social units.The Stradbally development is located on Main Street and will be known as Court View. It is 16 units of two bedroom bungalows in a cul-de-sac development.The approved housing body in this instance is North and East Housing Association who will also own and manage the scheme.Funding for this development was also provided by Capital Advance Leasing Facility monies under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme.It is envisaged that residents will be moving in in the near future. News Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise dad Electric Picnic Home News Laois County Council unveils completion of two new housing developments Newslast_img read more

Electric bike transport services popular in Pyongyang

first_img Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders NewsEconomy News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE AvatarKim Song Il Pyongyang resident with an electric bike. Image: Pyongyang Press Corps PoolElectric bicycles, also known as e-bikes, are becoming popular in North Korea as a means of earning money, sources in the capital report.“Pyongyang has seen a sharp increase in people using e-bikes to earn money. Most E-bike drivers are selling rides to people who are traveling distances that are too far to walk,” a source in Pyongyang told Daily NK in a phone interview on October 23.“However, giving people rides on the back of a bike is illegal in North Korea, so most e-bike drivers are operating on the outskirts of Pyongyang where law enforcement is a little more lax. There have been several instances of e-bike drivers having their bikes confiscated by the authorities in urban Pyongyang.”According to the source, the cost for a 12 km ride on an e-bike works out to be around 10,000 KPW.Pyongyangites with electric bikes and scooters. Image: Pyongyang Press Corps PoolWhen compared to the relatively more expensive taxis whose base fares alone amount to 2-3 USD and trolley-buses that rarely show up on time, e-bikes are quickly becoming a popular transportation and package delivery service alternative in North Korea.In addition, e-bike batteries have become easier to charge thanks to improvements in Pyongyang’s electricity supply, according a separate source in Pyongyang, who explained that this has led to the emergence of vendors that recharge and exchange batteries.Daily NK recently reported that the authorities have been restricting e-bike usage in some areas of the country as part of broader efforts to limit electricity usage.“E-bikes have been popular in Pyongyang for a long time now. Even the working class have started buying them. Due to the capital city having a much better electricity situation than rural areas, using these bikes as a means to make money can almost be seen as a no-brainer,” the additional source said.Despite the majority of e-bikes in North Korea being Chinese made and costing around 300-500 dollars, a price three times more expensive than a regular bicycle, they are seen as a valuable investment due to the poor public transport infrastructure. Electric bike transport services popular in Pyongyangcenter_img Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Kim Song Il – 2018.11.02 5:12pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News News last_img read more

Stricter U.S bank liquidity rules to affect profitability: Fitch

The proposed new liquidity requirements for large U.S. banks will negatively affect profitability, says Fitch Ratings in a new report. The rating agency notes that it sees the rule, which was proposed by U.S. banking regulators yesterday, “as generally positive for bank credit ratings. However, the push for additional liquidity will negatively affect bank profitability if the proposal is implemented.” (See Investment Executive, Fed proposes new liquidity rules for big banks, Oct. 24, 2013.) G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work Fitch says that the proposed rule would impose a tougher standard on large U.S. banks than the Basel III international framework contemplates. For one, it proposes a tighter definition of assets that qualify as liquid assets, excluding things such as private label mortgage-backed securities, covered bonds and municipal securities. Fitch estimates that roughly 25% of bank investment portfolios could be excluded based on second-quarter data. To comply with the proposed rule, Fitch says that it believes “banks would likely need to derisk their investment portfolios and move towards very liquid lower-yielding government and agency securities.” Alternatively, it suggests that banks could achieve compliance by pursuing longer, term-funding structures that would reduce deposit outflow risk. “Nevertheless, Fitch views either derisking investment portfolios or longer, term-funding structures as a drag on profitability for most banks,” it says. The U.S. proposal also takes a stricter approach to the implementation timeline, by requiring banks to achieve 80% compliance by 2015, and full implementation by 2017. The international standard only requires 60% compliance in 2015, and full implementation in 2019. Fitch says that liquid asset levels are currently approximately $200 billion below the targeted level for compliance. “However, we believe the two-year window for compliance will provide adequate time for banks to boost liquid assets where needed,” it says. High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Keywords Banking industry Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Government Advances Legislation to Tackle Corruption

first_imgGovernment Advances Legislation to Tackle Corruption UncategorizedDecember 21, 2007 RelatedGovernment Advances Legislation to Tackle Corruption RelatedGovernment Advances Legislation to Tackle Corruption Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government took action during its first 100 days in office to advance several pieces of legislation to tackle corruption.In November, Cabinet gave the go-head for legislation to be drafted for the creation of the Office of Special Prosecutor, to investigate high-level acts of corruption in the public and private sectors.Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, explained that the Office of Special Prosecutor will subsume the current Corruption Prevention Commission “That Commission mainly deals with public officers.and has really concentrated on public bodies. This new body will be a wider body; it will look at corruption, not only public but private as well, right across the board”.She noted that while the Special Prosecutor will have the power to investigate and prosecute persons, who are found guilty of engaging in corrupt practices, he/she will, however, not be involved in the seizure of assets.The Special Prosecutor, who will be appointed by the Governor-Governor, will be an attorney-at-law by profession, with experience as a high court judge or a Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. The appointee will also be required to submit quarterly reports to Parliament.Also in November, Cabinet issued instructions for a Bill to be drafted for an independent Commission to be established to investigate the excessive use of force and instances of abuse by members of the security forces.Senator Lightbourne said that the establishment of this Commission is part of the Government’s response to the national outcry over allegations of police excesses and is expected to increase public confidence into the whole process of police investigations.The proposed body will have powers similar to the Police Public Complaints Authority, and will be a Commission of Parliament.Senator Lightbourne said the body will also have offices islandwide in five police areas and will operate on a 24-hour basis. Members of the public will be able to make complaints to the body using a 24-hour toll free number.The Attorney-General further explained that once the investigations are completed, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will either prosecute the guilty party, carry out internal disciplinary procures, while mediation will be suggested for minor infractions.The Commission will be chaired by an Attorney-at-Law and its members will be appointed by the Governor-General. The body will be required to give frequent reports to the public on on-going investigations, as well as submit a quarterly report to Parliament. In the meantime, a Bill to amend the Pensions (Prime Minister’s) Act to allow current and future Prime Ministers an entitlement to pension at an annual rate that is equivalent to two-thirds of the annual salary of the Prime Minister, instead of the current 100 per cent, was also tabled in the House of Representatives.Cabinet issued drafting instructions to amend the Pensions Superannuation and Retirement Funds Act of 2004, which is the second phase of the pensions reform project. The drafting instructions concern the mandatory vesting period in pension schemes; the portability of pension rights; the indexation of funds; and the distribution of surplus.A submission for the whistle-blower legislation to be drafted is now before Cabinet. The legislation is intended to protect persons, who provide information on wrongdoing on the part of public officials.A submission has also been made to Cabinet for legislation to be drafted to amend the Constitution to include fixed election dates, as well as to impose a two-year term limit on any person holding the office of the Prime Minister.Additionally, the government made a submission to Cabinet for a special coroner to be appointed, who will among other things, speedily conduct inquests in incidences where citizens die in circumstances involving agents of the states. RelatedGovernment Advances Legislation to Tackle Corruptionlast_img read more

Landing Mishap at NMIA, No Fatalities

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An American Airlines Flight, Number AA 331, was involved in a landing mishap last night (December 22), after it presumably overshot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), in Kingston, Jamaica.The incident took place during heavy rains, which have been affecting the island for the past two days.Speaking with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who visited the scene, reported that there were no fatalities and that of the 145 passengers and 6 crew members on board, 90 were being treated for injuries. “Full emergency deployment took place,” he said.And, a press release from the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), said that at approximately 10:25 p.m. American Airlines (AA 331), while on its final approach to landing, overshot the runway resulting in an accident. The injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Kingston. No fatality has been reported.Thirty eight persons were treated at the Kingston Public Hospital; 35 at the University Hospital of the West Indies; 12 at Andrews Memorial Hospital, and five at Medical Associates.The release also noted that emergency response was activated, with support from emergency units in the Municipality. The aircraft and crash site have been secured and the areas cordoned off by the security forces. Preliminary investigation is ongoing.Vice President of Commercial Development and Marketing at the Norman Manley International Airport, Mr. Mark Williams, told JIS News in an interview that the airport is opened and that the first flight left at 6:45 a.m. this morning.Access to and from Port Royal will be denied (except for emergency purposes) until 12 noon today. Landing Mishap at NMIA, No Fatalities Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 23, 2009 Advertisements RelatedLanding Mishap at NMIA, No Fatalitiescenter_img RelatedLanding Mishap at NMIA, No Fatalities RelatedLanding Mishap at NMIA, No Fatalitieslast_img read more

Sky High Rents Make Housing Hotel Homeless Near Impossible

first_imgSky High Rents Make Housing Hotel Homeless Near Impossible Rod Barton MPRod Barton believes more needs to be done to find permanent housing for those facing insecure housing and sleeping rough.It is reported only 10 per cent of the homeless Victorians who were put up in hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic have found permanent homes.Mr Barton is concerned by the skyrocketing rents in regional areas that have meant vacancies in some communities are at a mere 1 per cent. This makes finding housing for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in regional areas incredibly difficult.“The ‘From Homelessness to a Home package’ is a great initiative, but we needed more affordable housing yesterday. Homelessness in Victoria is a crisis and these projects must be fast-tracked.’ he says.“This is happening as the federal government made Victorian homelessness services aware that they would be facing funding cuts of $20 million a year for the next 4 years. These cuts will mean fewer frontline workers, fewer beds and more people sleeping rough.”Mr Barton began the homelessness inquiry that delivered their final report in April of this year.“I will continue to advocate the government to better address homelessness in Victoria and adopt the recommendations suggested in the homelessness inquiry report.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordable housing, covid-19, crisis, federal government, frontline workers, Government, homeless, homelessness, hotel, housing, pandemic, Victorialast_img read more

Canada uses Volkswagen fine money for emissions reduction fund

first_img Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Canadian government has launched a fund to invest in tech-industry- and community-based projects to curb emissions, with most of the money coming from the “Dieselgate” fine that Volkswagen had to pay back in January.The $206-million fund is part of the government’s new Climate Action and Awareness Fund, reports Reuters, and will tap the $196.5-million fine that VW had to pay for breaking Canada’s diesel emissions rules.According to prosecutors, the fine was the largest environmental penalty in Canadian history, by far. The company pleaded guilty to dozens of diesel emissions violations. ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. “The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund will create jobs for Canadians in science and technology, academia, and at the grassroots community level,” said minister of environment and climate change Johnathan Wilkinson. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Trending in Canada See More Videos RELATED TAGSVolkswagenNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Wilkinson also announced a $50-million investment over three years that would support research to bring the country’s emissions to net-zero. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan  Nadine Filion last_img read more

Grizzly Saviors

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email In the summer of 1993, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured a 2-year-old female grizzly bear in British Columbia, along the North Fork Flathead River about 10 miles from the U.S.-Canada border, northwest of Glacier National Park.Before loading the 80-pound sub-adult onto a truck and spiriting her 150 miles away to the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana, the crew assigned her an official designation — Bear 286.Biologist Wayne Kasworm affectionately called her Irene.As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grizzly bear recovery coordinator in Libby, Kasworm held lofty expectations for her future, and for the future of the dwindling grizzly bear population she was about to join.The crew fitted Irene with a radio collar and an ear tag and, with a whisper and a prayer, turned her loose near Lost Girl Creek, on the west side of the Cabinet Mountains, a rugged expanse of snow-marbled peaks and lush forests sprawled out between the Kootenai and Clark Fork rivers.Without knowing it, Irene was taking her first steps toward becoming an unlikely savior of the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, one of six designated grizzly bear recovery zones in the Lower 48 where the federal government aims to protect or boost the threatened species.Grizzly bears were listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1975, and isolated populations like the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem were in especially bad shape. Researchers were desperately trying to determine how to revitalize populations on the brink of collapse.At the time of Irene’s release, Kasworm estimated that the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet Mountains had dropped to single digits, and was plummeting toward extinction.The only way to save the remote Cabinet-Yaak population, Kasworm reasoned, was to supplement it with additional grizzly bears, a controversial and largely untested conservation strategy that he first proposed in 1987.It wasn’t until 1990 that Kasworm began augmenting the sparse population with transplanted bears, and three years after that he introduced Irene to the region, the third grizzly transplant of a program now in its 26th year. In that time, Kasworm has introduced nearly 20 grizzlies.Today, due in large part to Irene, he believes the conservation effort has finally started to take hold, and he uses the sow to illustrate the program’s bright spots, as well as its challenges.Irene produced 10 first-generation offspring, and those cubs have gone on to produce 13 second-generation offspring.“She was the matriarch of this population,” Kasworm said. “Through our genetic monitoring, we are hopeful that in the next couple of years we can document the third generation of offspring from Irene.”In 2009, shortly after a trail camera captured a photograph of Irene with two yearlings, a hunter killed the bear in self-defense. And while the mortality was unfortunate, Kasworm said the yearlings survived, and Irene’s contributions remain significant for the burgeoning Cabinet-Yaak population.The Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem is a 2,600-square-mile region on the Montana-Idaho border abutting Canada, and by Kasworm’s population estimates it now holds roughly 50 grizzlies, with a projected rate of growth of 1.4 percent annually. Once on the verge of collapse, the population is nearly halfway to 100 — the threshold at which it would be deemed recovered, or no longer at risk.Still, it pales in comparison to the robust grizzly populations of the much-larger Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which each have more than 1,000 bears, and are growing at an annual rate of roughly 3 percent.But the tenacity of the bears in the Cabinet-Yaak gives scientists hope that the population could function on its own in the years to come, while also serving as a point of connection for isolated grizzly populations throughout the Rockies.The optimism is diminished by serious challenges cropping up on a landscape scored with roads and encroached upon by humans, with bear-human conflicts often leading to grizzly bear mortalities.While some recovery zones, like the lands around Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, are protected, the Cabinet-Yaak is a multiple-use landscape, and it is also considerably smaller.“We don’t have a large national park like Glacier or Yellowstone to anchor this recovery area, or a large wilderness area like the Bob Marshall to anchor this recovery area, so the population is much smaller,” Kasworm said. “Our recovery area is approximately a quarter of the size of the NCDE or the Yellowstone zones, so on the basis of the size alone we are not expecting near the population of bears.”Every lost bear is a blow to the Cabinet-Yaak contingent, highlighting the need to curb human-caused mortalities, many of which are caused by hunters who mistake the threatened grizzly for a black bear, whose population numbers are dense in this corner of the state.Since 1986, researchers have identified 176 individuals in the study area, with 147 bears captured or genotyped and 29 unmarked individuals observed. Sixty-four of the animals are known or suspected to have died, with human causes linked to 45 of the mortalities. Eighteen were believed to have died of natural causes.“We are certainly hopeful that this population is going to rebound, and we are in the positive territory as far as the growth rate for the first time,” Kasworm said. “We’re moving more slowly than the other recovery zones, but our increase has been improving over the last several years, and as long as we can diminish the level of human-caused mortalities we expect to reach our recovery goal.”Last year was an especially bad year for bear-human conflicts, and therefore a bad year for bear mortalities.Kim Annis, a bear management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Libby, said on average she responds to about 150 conflict calls annually that require her to respond.“Last year, I took 500 calls,” she said, noting that a poor year of food production drove bears toward unnatural food sources. “I usually capture eight bears in a season, and last year I captured 40 bears. And I probably could have captured three times that. It was a level that we had never seen in the past.”Of those 40 bears, about a dozen were killed.But her efforts to educate the public about securing attractants and protecting chicken coops with electric fencing are beginning to show promise, and with this summer’s better-than-average berry crop, Annis says she’s cautiously optimistic that there will be fewer conflicts.“A lot of good things happened as a result of last year,” she said. “A lot of folks who I had spoken to in years past were finally interested in doing things like clearing fruit trees, electrifying fences and securing their livestock feed.”Late last month, a 3-year-old male grizzly bear was captured in an area along the South Fork Flathead River and transplanted to the Cabinets, near the Spark Lake area of the Kootenai National Forest. Kasworm and his crew began introducing males to increase the potential for genetic diversity, but he’s still holding out hope that a female grizzly will be trapped in the next month or so as part of the Cabinet-Yaak augmentation program.Because who knows? She could be the next Irene.last_img read more

Travel as we knew it could be some time off

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – November 11, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleConsumers fearful of falling victim to online fraudNext articleSome businesses in north won’t reopen, even if given green light News Highland A travel expert says we’re a long way off air travel as we used to know it, despite the introduction of the EU traffic light system. It will come into effect on November 29th and will mean people won’t have to self isolate once they pass a covid test, five days after their arrival.Editor of Air and Travel magazine Eoghan Corry says this will be a game changer for the business community but less so for people who want to go on holidays;Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/travel10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Travel as we knew it could be some time off Facebookcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more