The vote-winning power of tax cuts

first_imgAll of these received landslide support, among voters of all types. There was also strong support, though less utterly one-sided, for reducing corporation tax rates to 12.5 per cent to match Ireland’s, and cutting fuel duty and road tax to make driving cheaper.  The vote-winning power of tax cuts Tuesday 12 November 2019 4:14 am What comes through extremely strongly is that there are indeed taxes people would like to see cut — and they tend to be taxes of a very particular kind. Namely, those that punish aspiration and enterprise, that stop people — especially those with small businesses or small incomes, struggling to get by and get on — from fulfilling their potential. A mug making a claim regarding the opposition Labour Party’s tax policy is seen at the venue on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, on September 30, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images) Closely allied to this, of course, is the question of what the voters want. There has been some brisk debate on this point between various policy wonks.  On this score, the TaxPayers’ Alliance think tank has carried out an invaluable polling exercise, testing a huge range of policy options on voters of all kinds. Main image credit: Getty On the Tory side, however, there is more uncertainty. Sajid Javid’s new fiscal rules allow him significant space for extra infrastructure investment, but still require relative restraint when it comes to day-to-day spending — reportedly a source of tension with others involved in the campaign, who wanted to loosen the purse strings more significantly. The chancellor does, however, have room for a few election goodies. And the question that looms largest is whether these will take the form of extra spending, or whether there might be some room for a few tax cuts as well. They also, incidentally, think that Margaret Thatcher was comfortably the best Prime Minister of the last 30 years. Indeed, most people would apparently like to see a new 50p band for those on £80,000 or more (though in separate polling, they told our think tank that everyone should be able to keep at least half of what they earn, which would no longer be the case with a 50p tax band once National Insurance was factored in).  whatsapp The Tories put out a dossier at the weekend costing the opposition’s pledges at a jaw-dropping £1.2 trillion.  We will find out soon enough what the Conservatives will be promising the voters in their manifesto. Let’s hope that this time — unlike in 2017 — it includes addressing at least some of these concerns, and giving voters a bit more of their own money to spend in the process. whatsapp Opinioncenter_img Robert Colvile But that’s only the start of it.  More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years But more interesting than the question of whether people want tax cuts, in many ways, is the question of what taxes they want to cut. Share Likewise, voters of all stripes favoured thumping taxes on second homes, and spending more on council housing. For example, the idea of Opportunity Zones (also proposed by our own think tank) gets a thumping endorsement. This is the proposal to give deprived areas of the country the chance to cut taxes and take other measures to boost their prosperity. You can quibble with the detail, but it’s pretty clear that under John McDonnell’s guidance, the British state would become the fiscal equivalent of Monty Python’s Mr Creosote — a wobbling, quivering leviathan attempting to stuff billion after billion down its rapacious maw. And, as the TaxPayers’ Alliance points out, traditional working-class Labour voters were just as likely to embrace these ideas as affluent Tories. In fact, support for ideas like corporation tax holidays for new firms was markedly higher towards the bottom of the income scale. As theGeneral Election clunks into gear, it’s already clear what Labour’s approach will be: promise to spend literally all the money. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistatebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef Pick Essentially, most polling shows that people prioritise spending on public services over tax cuts, and that the level of taxation (and even the state of the economy) isn’t a pressing concern. The rebuttal to this is that people also say cite the cost of living as the most important issue they face — and tax plays a huge part in that. Voters, in other words, are solid and pragmatic types. They want taxes cut where they are an obstacle to making work or effort pay. They are happy for the rich to get on — but they want to make sure that they pay their fair share and stop hogging all the houses.  Other popular policies include stamp duty exemptions for small firms and hiking the threshold to £1 million for everyone, three-year corporation tax holidays for startups, cutting business rates on the high street, capping council tax rises, cutting tax on the self-employed and small businesses, dropping the basic rate of income tax, reducing PAYE to encourage employment, abolishing the TV licence, linking tax thresholds to inflation or wage growth, and ensuring that people aren’t taxed on the profits when they sell their family home. It’s also instructive to see which tax cuts voters don’t support. Disappointingly for many City A.M. readers, cutting the top rate of tax to 40p appears to be a non-starter, at least in terms of the popular reception.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. 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As new oil spill response vessels arrive, Alyeska argues Prince William Sound is safer than ever

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Fisheries | OceansAs new oil spill response vessels arrive, Alyeska argues Prince William Sound is safer than everApril 5, 2018 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:The Commander, a new tugboat operated by Edison Chouest, in Port Valdez. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On a picture-perfect April day in Port Valdez, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline, took a small band of reporters and camera crews on a tugboat ride.During a spin around the Port Monday — during which reporters were encouraged to wander around, chat with the captain and take photos — Alyeska staff and the boat’s crew eagerly showed off the Commander, a sparkling new, blue tug built by the Louisiana-based company Edison Chouest Offshore.The tugboats, barges and crews now arriving in Port Valdez are the most visible sign of a huge transition taking place in Prince William Sound. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is bringing on Edison Chouest as a new contractor responsible for oil spill prevention and response. The switch has drawn scrutiny and criticism, so Alyeska is trying hard to reassure Alaskans that Prince William Sound — the site of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill — will be safer than ever before.Nine new tugboats like the Commander will help guide oil tankers. Four new custom-designed response barges are outfitted and crewed to respond to an oil spill.Alyeska’s Mike Day (center) speaks to reporters on one of Edison Chouest’s new oil spill response barges. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Earlier, on board one of the new barges, Alyeska’s Mike Day guided reporters to the new oil spill cleanup equipment. Pointing at the underside of a skimmer, where there was a line of fuzzy white discs designed to collect oil, Day explained how they’re a big improvement from the old ones.“The existing skimmers pick up about 22 percent oil and about 78 percent water, these skimmers are roughly twice that efficient,” Day said.That theme continued throughout the tour. Alyeska and Edison Chouest staff highlighted upgrade after upgrade, from the tugboat’s more powerful engines to the toilets in the living quarters.When it comes to the transition to Edison Chouest, that’s the message Alyeska wants to hit home: “It’s an improvement — we’re roundly convinced that it’s an improvement,” said Day.There’s a reason Alyeska is working so hard to make this case. The contractor that Edison Chouest is replacing, Crowley Marine Services, has had a long, successful history in Prince William Sound. When Alyeska said in 2016 it was ending its contract with Crowley, it drew a lot of skepticism. Day said that’s understandable.“We knew that this would receive a lot of scrutiny. And we welcome that,” said Day. “So no, there was no illusion that this was going to be a matter of swapping out some tugboats and some people and continuing business.”Some of the loudest criticism has come from unions; Crowley’s workers are union members and Edison Chouest’s are not.“It’s quite frankly a disgrace. That’s how we feel about it,” said Don Marcus, president of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots.Marcus branded Edison Chouest as “exceedingly anti-union;” it’s not clear if the company will hire Crowley workers once its contract ends, although the company won’t rule out the possibility.“Edison Chouest said that they intend to hire Alaskans over time but that for mariners, they will likely draw from their existing workforce of experienced captains and crew,” Alyeska spokesperson Michelle Egan said in an email, adding, “Every applicant will be considered as positions become available.”Marcus argued that by bringing in crews new to Alaska waters, Edison Chouest is putting Prince William Sound at risk. Alyeska disagrees. It says Edison Chouest’s captains have an average of 26 years of sailing experience and that they’re undergoing extensive training to prepare for the Sound’s conditions.But training is also an issue for another group, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC). Amanda Bauer is president of the RCAC board, and for over a decade, she’s also captained a tour boat in Valdez.“Working in the Sound like I do, I don’t see a whole lot of winter weather, but I see enough in the fall to know what it can do, how different it can be and how even the smallest conditions — even six to nine foot seas — can sometimes be the worst,” said Bauer.Amanda Bauer on board one of the tour boats she captains in Prince William Sound (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)In January, the RCAC unanimously passed a resolution stating Alyeska should require Edison Chouest’s crews to train in all weather conditions they’re expected to operate in. Alyeska flatly rejected this request — its position is that training in rough weather would put crews in danger unnecessarily.Bauer said that’s a big reason why she still has reservations.“There’s ways to get rid of the skepticism… but until something is done in some heavy seas, I’m always going to be skeptical,” Bauer said.Still, Bauer said she’s “cautiously optimistic” about Edison Chouest’s arrival. She said the new tugs and barges are a huge investment for Alyeska, and from her perspective, that shows commitment.In a harbor near where Edison Chouest’s new tugs are docked, Bauer is getting her tour boats ready for the season: big, white catamarans that seat about 150 tourists. Standing by the captain’s seat, Bauer said the visitors come to see glaciers and whales.But also, “Every year, I think this is the year I’m not going to talk about the Exxon Valdez anymore — it’s been 29 years,” Bauer said. “But it’s always the first question that somebody asks when they get on the boat: ‘Where was the Exxon Valdez? What happened?’ And so we still talk about it, we still narrate the whole thing.”“I don’t know if that’s ever going to change. I don’t know when we’ll ever get away from that,” Bauer added.The lasting memory of the Exxon Valdez disaster is why regulators require Alyeska to put so many resources into preventing an oil spill. It’s why there are two tugboats guiding every oil tanker and it’s why barges with boom and skimmers are constantly standing by.And it’s why Alaskans like Bauer will be watching very closely when Edison Chouest officially takes over the job on July 1.Share this story:last_img read more

Families plug in as districts flip the switch on online learning

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | Family | SouthcentralFamilies plug in as districts flip the switch on online learningApril 8, 2020 by Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Share:Bailey Fuller (left), 15, and Willow Fuller (right), 12, of Palmer work on online assignments in their family’s living room on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy of Andrea Fuller)For many students in Alaska, Tuesday, March 31, marked the first day of school … all over again. In the state’s largest district, thousands of teachers and students logged on to give online learning a try.And like any syllabus week or transition to something new, right now many are just focusing on getting on the right page – er, portal.Sitting at a table in the living room with his headphones in and his teacher on the computer screen, Jeffery Hanson, who’s in the 7th grade, checked in for his first class of the day – math.“Today, what’s going on is my son is learning how to use the two programs, with his math teacher,” said Tiffany Hanson, Jeffery’s mom. “They’re doing a Zoom kind of orientation today. So he is on, right now, learning how he’s going to be graded.”According to the Anchorage School District’s website, middle school students’ official grade of record will be the final grades they received at the end of the third quarter, just before spring break. Although, students will receive grades on their assignments this quarter for the purpose of getting feedback from their teachers.“Because we cannot ensure that all middle school students have the technology access and support they need we will not issue formal fourth-quarter grades for cumulative records,” according to the website.High school students will receive grades on their assignments as they normally would, and at the elementary level the district’s website says grades are “not a factor.”“It’s been a little strange for them,” Hanson said. “I’m definitely grateful that Anchorage School District is making the effort to try to get the kids on Zoom and start classes back up because I feel like they need that normalcy.”For kindergartner Abigail Hanson, online classes can be live Zoom chats with her teacher and a few other students or a pre-recorded video like one she received from her Russian immersion teacher with songs to help her practice the alphabet.“She was so happy to receive that video,” Hanson said. “It wasn’t a live feed, so she can actually watch the video over and over again. It was so adorable to see her light up and she was so happy to be connected with her teacher once again.”Abigail Hanson, 5, completes her first homework assignment drawing letters and singing along with a pre-recorded video her kindergarten teacher sent her on March 30, 2020. Her mom isn’t concerned as much about her academic progression as she is about her older child and mainly just wants to take care of her mental and emotional health. (Courtesy of Tiffany Hanson)Juggling her kids’ schedules is made a little bit more complicated because they share a computer right now. But, for the Hansons in Anchorage, this is the first day of what will be several weeks of online schooling designed to help keep students on track academically in the midst of a pandemic.As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, independent news organization EdWeek estimates over 50 million students have been impacted by school closures.Some states like Virginia, Vermont and New Mexico have decided to close school buildings through the end of the academic year and move entirely to remote-learning. But others, like Alaska, are, transitioning to online and distance-learning models before making that decision.During a special school board meeting held via Zoom, Mark Stock, the school district’s deputy superintendent, said some districts in other parts of the country chose not to move to try an alternative educational model because they were unable to ensure that they could provide an equal education to every student in the district. Other districts, he said, were able to provide every student with a device and wi-fi access. Anchorage School District falls somewhere in the middle.“We staggered equity,” Stock said. “We wanted to guarantee that every senior and every high school student had a device [and] had access.”From there, the goal was to ensure as much equity as possible downward through the different grade levels.While Anchorage’s online learning initiative is just getting up and running, the Matanuska-Susitna Brough School District transitioned to online learning about a week ago.Now that they’ve gone through the orientation period, Andrea Fuller and her family are settling in to a routine.“Every morning we get up the kids eat breakfast, they have to be sitting at their table by 9:00,” Fuller said. “They have to tell us what assignments are due for that day, if they have any Zooms – they have to write everything down on a piece of paper for us. And then we kind of just let them go.”Fuller’s kids are older: 15-year-old Bailey is a freshman and 12-year-old Willow is in 6th grade. And Fuller said they are pretty self-reliant. The family has set up a table in-front of the living room window and each child has their own computer. She said they access their assignments online through a platform called Google classroom and keep in touch with their teachers through email or Zoom video chats.“Personally, I think it’s working very well. I honestly feel like we’re not getting as much push back from our kids because we’re here with them throughout the day,” Fuller said. “I feel like we’re a little bit more in touch with what’s going on with the online system.”She said she expects to maintain this set up through the end of the school year.All public schools in Alaska are physically closed until at least May 1st so families like the Fullers and Hansons will have to adjust to their living room and kitchen table classrooms.Andrea Fuller, who owns a small business in Palmer, has been able to continue to work from home and watch the kids. But, Tiffany Hanson is a little more concerned about the future. She just got a job as an aid in an operating room and will be returning to full-time work soon. And with her husband also working full-time, albeit from home, she’s not sure how online schooling will go in the coming weeks.“I think given the context, it’s gonna have to be sufficient. I’ve never wanted to be a homeschool mom. I never thought that I was qualified to be a teacher,” she said. “Unfortunately, in the near future, I will not be able to be very involved at all. But you know, we’ll power through it. And it’s what we got to do to keep our community safe, so that’s what we’ll do.”Share this story:last_img read more

How a New Batch of Apps Is Boosting the Profiles—and Fortunes—of…

first_imgCelebrityTechnologyHow a New Batch of Apps Is Boosting the Profiles—and Fortunes—of Unlikely CelebsEveryone from the Real Housewives to the U.S. President’s ex-wife are raking in dough making short, personalized videos for fansBy Hailey Eber – July 2, 20194278ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItJason Shapiro has a strangely amusing new hobby. For the past few months, the 33-year-old has been booking C-list celebs through the Cameo app to make short videos in which they say random things he comes up with. He estimates that he’s spent $50 to $75, paying people, most of whom he’s never heard of, $2 to $5 a pop.“It just makes me happy,” enthuses Shapiro, who lives near the Beverly Center and works in social media. When fantasy football season starts, he has plans to hire James White ($200) from the New England Patriots to trash-talk some of his friends. “The accessibility is really cool,” he says.A-list celebs have long made themselves available to perform for the very rich and famous—and sometimes morally dubious— for a steep price. Beyoncé reportedly made millions putting on a show for Muammar Gaddafi’s son, while Kanye raked it in performing at the wedding of the Kazakhstan president’s grandson. Cardi B took home an estimated $500,000 for werking it at a New York bar mitzvah. But even far-lesser luminaries are now enjoying a brisk business on celebrity-for-hire platforms like Cameo, Charitybuzz, and Starsona.“People who aren’t getting in front of their fans all the time are falling behind and are not as relevant,” says Cameo’s 31-year-old cofounder and CEO, Steven Galanis. “It’s not enough to just be in Entertainment Weekly.” In late 2018 the company, which has offices in Chicago and Venice, raised $12.5 million, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, which also funded Snapchat. It now has roughly 80 employees, up from 22 at the start of 2019. “We’re growing really quickly,” says Galanis.Cameo launched in 2017 with a focus on lesser-known professional athletes. Now it has roughly 10,000 talents on offer, an eclectic assortment of athletes, Real Housewives, influencers, drag queens, Insta-famous pets, and lower-wattage Game of Thrones actors. Nearly everyone—from Ken Bone ($20) to Vladimir Furdik, who plays the Night King on GoT ($100), to Piglet, the deaf, blind, pink puppy ($25)—can be had for a price.Celebs typically sign up on their own, and they set their own rate. “We tell people to charge a price where they can do as many of them as they want to do without getting overloaded,” says Galanis. “Most of these people could probably charge far more on a one-off basis.”Users submit requests for what they want the talents to say, and roughly 85 percent are completed, according to Galanis. Requests often refused are typically small businesses gunning for an ad on the cheap. Some of the most popular hires include Caitlyn Jenner ($2,500), Snoop Dogg ($500), and actor Michael Rapaport ($150). “We’ve had some people do 500 videos in a day,” says Galanis, who claims that there are dozens making six figures on the platform, and some are on track to make more than $1 million. “They’re really getting paid to become more popular.” And they’re having fun doing it.“I genuinely enjoy making these videos,” says blogger Perez Hilton, who charges $28.99 and has made over 2,500 messages. Maples ($84) also appears to be having a good time. She recently delivered a cheery-but-winking message to Shane Bouvet, the Illinois man who worked on Donald Trump’s campaign and received $10,000 from the president for his cancer-stricken father. “I’m really looking forward to reading more about how you came to spend time with my daughter’s daddy,” she says saccharinely.Some of the stars and their videos have a whiff of good-natured desperation about them. A rough-looking Andy Dick appears in Christmas PJs, asking fans—“if I still have any”—to hit him up. Another Cameo talent, Charlie Sheen, once made $1.25 million an episode on Two and a Half Men; more recently he did a Mother’s Day message for Mama Bad Knee aka Linda for $250.The site logs searches to keep track of nonparticipating stars that users are looking for. David Dobrik, a 22-year-old YouTube personality whose vlogs showcase his friends’ shenanigans, is the most requested person Cameo hasn’t secured. But Galanis thinks Dobrik, who was born in Slovakia and is now based in L.A., will join at some point. Other people he’d love to sign up include Elon Musk and Barack Obama. “[He’d] be amazing,” he says of the 44th president.While Cameo is the buzziest of the celeb marketplaces, it’s not the only one. Ironically Galanis says his company initially saw Fyre—the celebrity-booking app that led to the ill-fated Fyre Festival—as its main rival, though Fyre was focused on bigger stars.“We were trying to get long-tail creators and bench-player athletes to make 30-second video messages,” Galanis says. “They were trying to get A-plus-listers to show up places.”Fyre is, of course, no longer, but Ja Rule, who cofounded it with notorious huckster Billy McFarland, recently launched a seemingly similar platform called Ice Connect, or ICONN for short, with participating stars like Ashanti and Blac Chyna. (A statement on the website vehemently denies any connection to Fyre.)Then there’s Starsona, which launched in mid-2018 and operates in a very similar manner to Cameo. “Obviously the concepts are identical,” concedes Starsona’s head of marketing, Brian Fagan, who says development began before the launch of Cameo. Cofounder Randy Kessler is a high-profile Atlanta divorce lawyer, and a number of the people on offer are athletes from that area, such as retired boxer Evander Holyfield. The one key difference from Cameo is that users can send talent a video question to respond to, like asking Holyfield how to perfect their jab. platforms focus on the charitable potential of celeb hookups. Charitybuzz, founded in 2005, auctions off various experiences with A-listers, such as an acting lesson with Amy Adams or lunch with Jon Hamm, with the money going to various causes. Its sister site, Prizeo, functions more like a raffle, with users paying relatively small amounts for a chance at an experience, say $50 to be entered to win a selfie with Steve Carrell or $10 for a shot at meeting Third Eye Blind in Las Vegas.“A lot of [charitable] organizations who have access or relationships with celebrities turn to us … to really take advantage and capitalize on these relationships,” says Charitybuzz president Ben Erwin. “They’re sitting on so much gold.”It’s not only movie stars that rake in the cash. Apple’s Tim Cook is a top earner. In 2013 a coffee date with him went for $610,000, and in the years since, other Cook encounters have raked in similar amounts. “At that time we weren’t aware that business leaders could command such a high dollar amount,” Erwin says. Now the “business experiences” vertical is the company’s top performing category.While founders of these platforms speak of them as win-win propositions, things can go wrong. A number of Cameo stars, including Brett Favre and Soulja Boy, have reportedly been duped into recording coded anti-Semitic messages for white supremacists.Hollywood talent reps, meanwhile, are divided as to whether these services are entirely beneficial. Mark Pogachefsky, the president of MPRM Communications, has some reservations about what it might do to a star’s image. “Maybe it’s old-school, but there’s still something to be said for a bit of mystique,” he says.Another industry publicist, who asked to remain anonymous, is more gung-ho. “It’s another great way to make money,” says the publicist, who mentions a Broadway client who was able to generate significant income between shows. And she’s not really concerned about how it might affect someone’s public image, saying, “It’s exciting to see where this will lead.”Galanis is also enthusiastic about the future. Cameo is making plans to expand around the globe in a bid to attract international talent. “Imagine what this could look like in Bollywood or South Korea,” he gushes. “Our only competitor right now is inertia and the old Hollywood mind-set of limiting exposure. We fundamentally believe that the more content you are putting out there, the more popular you become.”RELATED: From John Legend to Dave Matthews, These Celeb Wine Makers Want You Saying “Yes Way Rosé”Stay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSCameoCharitybuzzMarla MaplesSnoop DoggStarsonaPrevious articlePlease, for The Love of God, Break Down the Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun Drama for MeNext articleMeet the Guy Bringing Japanese Dance Music and Hip-Hop to an L.A. AudienceZoie Matthew RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Wines, from SJP to Post MaloneSnoop’s Pal Martha Stewart Wants in on That Cannabiz CheeseSnoop Dogg Is So Disappointed By the Lakers He’s Offering His Seats for $5last_img read more

The SNP wants 16 year olds to vote in EU referendum, says party’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson

first_img The SNP wants 16 year olds to vote in EU referendum, says party’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson Sunday 24 May 2015 9:58 am Billy Ehrenberg Young people aged 16 and 17 years old should be given the chance to vote in a EU referendum, according to the SNP.Angus Robertson, the party’s leader in Westminster, wrote in the Guardian that the SNP would fight for an amendment to the EU referendum bill allowing youngsters the same chance to vote as they had in the Scottish independence referendum. Robertson wrote: Best practice from the independence referendum must be followed – and that includes extending the vote in an EU referendum to 16- and 17-year-olds across the UK. Scotland’s 56 SNP MPs will certainly seek to amend the legislation to ensure that young people are able to take part in the vote.The SNP will also argue that, given the Conservatives have only one seat north of the border, any mandate to remove Scotland from the EU without its voters’ consent would be dubious.Read more: Labour has U-turned on the EU membership referendumThe idea that all parts of the UK should have to vote for independence before the union could be pulled from the EU was dismissed out of hand by Cameron last year, but the SNP aims to push the change through regardless.We will propose a ‘double majority’ rule – meaning that unless England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland each vote to leave the EU, as well as the UK as a whole, Britain would remain a member state. Tags: Brexit whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend

first_imgThe play is on this coming Friday and Saturday nights, 23rd and 24th of March, in Mountmellick Arts Centre at 7:30 PM.The production has been grant aided by Laois County Council and sponsored by Ballyfin Hotel. Tickets are available at Horan’s, Mountmellick, the Deadman’s Ballyfin and Ballyfin primary school.SEE ALSO – Laois people sought for next season of First Dates Ireland Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Twitter A local play ‘The Inspector’ is set to prove to be a huge hit in the local community and also raise much needed funds for the Ballyfin parish and local clubs.Frances Harney is a Ballyfin woman who has been writing and producing plays with children and teenage for many years.For the last seven years she has written and directed full-length plays for adult actors specifically to raise funds for her local parish and sports clubs. Her productions are much anticipated on the annual calendar of theatre events and have been selling out year-on-year. The identity of the inspector is a source of much speculation and concern, not just for the Dooleys but locals and farmers alike.AnxietyThis together with leaky pipes and a burst boiler, as well as unexpected guests, throw the proprietors and regular patrons into a state of acute anxiety. Community TAGSBallyfinFrances HarneyMountmellick Arts CentreThe Inspector Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend This year’s play is called ‘The Inspector’. She is not revealing too much about the plot except to say that it’s set in a small rural hotel in the Midlands.Two bachelor brothers Timmy and Willie Dooley employ a French interior designer to renovate the hotel ahead of the annual County IFA conference. Little do they know that Paddy McKenna, the local post man, is about to deliver the most unwelcome letter to arrive through any post box … the dreaded harp heralding the imminent arrival an inspector. Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, March 22, 2018Next articleOur guide to What’s On at the Weekend David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty By David Power – 22nd March 2018 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Rugby WhatsApp Home Lifestyle Entertainment Much anticipated play ‘The Inspector’ on this weekend LifestyleEntertainmentlast_img read more

Expropriation by Redenomination

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Yang Jung A – 2009.12.08 2:55pm News AvatarYang Jung A SHARE News News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Expropriation by Redenomination There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Hwang Jang Yop, the President of the Committee for Democratization of North Korea spoke on Monday about how he views the recent currency redenomination, agreeing with the view of most experts: the redenomination was done for the purposes of expropriating the property of the new middle class.In addition, Hwang asserts, the changeover was quite easy to implement due to the nature of the North Korean system. Hwang, speaking on the “Democracy Lecture” radio program put out by Free North Korea Broadcasting (Free NK), explained the backdrop to the move, “There were many people who were earning much more than the regime wanted through the black market. Such people do not tend to follow the regulations of the regime.” He explained the North Korean regime’s principles, “Do not eat more food than is distributed by the authorities, and do not earn more money than their salaries.” “Due to the black market,” Hwang went on, “numbers of consumers and wealthy people, both of which can be easily seen in a free market society, have constantly increased. This redenomination was to restrict them and, moreover, to take away their property.” However, Hwang also cautioned against placing too much significance on the redenomination, as some commentators have done, pointing out that mass unrest in the North is still highly unlikely, “We don’t need to consider this a big deal,” Hwang told listeners, “There have been several previous examples of currency redenomination in North Korea, and South Korea does not need to feel anxious.”Hwang finally explained why, despite the obvious logistical difficulties of a currency changeover in such a poor country, North Korea had a relatively easy time implementing the redenomination, “There was no difficulty implementing it. When you look at the traits of the North Korean system, it is easy to understand. Expropriating the people’s money is all it is; one day in advance the authorities just made cadres get ready for it.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

New Mackenzie fund invests in small- and mid-cap stocks

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Small and mid cap stocks have historically offered higher absolute returns relative to large caps,” Kristi Ashcroft, Mackenzie’s senior vice-president and head of product, said in a statement. “We believe that gaining exposure to smaller and mid-sized global companies will diversify [investors’] portfolios and provide the potential for solid returns.”The fund is managed by Phil Taller, Kalle Huhdanmaki and Bryan Mattei. Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Keywords Fund launches,  Mutual funds,  Small-cap funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Grand opening, cutting red ribbon 123RF IG Wealth amends product shelf Toronto-based Mackenzie Investments introduced the Mackenzie Global Small-Mid Cap Fund on Wednesday. The mutual fund is designed to provide investors with access to small- and mid-cap companies from around the world, according to a release. IE Staff Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Related newslast_img read more

Workers return to Sydney CBD as ‘new normal’ takes shape

first_imgWorkers return to Sydney CBD as ‘new normal’ takes shape NSW Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Jane Fitzgerald said that the Sydney CBD was starting to get its mojo back with a surge in occupancy of the city’s offices according to survey data released today.“The ‘new normal’ is emerging as we approach 12 months since Sydney came out of lockdown. Workers are re-embracing face-to-face engagement with their colleagues and clients and valuing human connection and interaction that just can’t be replicated through online meetings,” Ms Fitzgerald said.Property Council data for Sydney shows a nine-point increase over the past month, rising from 50 in March to 59 percent in April. Sydney is closing the gap on other states such as Brisbane and Canberra, who each have 63 percent of their workforce back in city offices.“Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been proactively working to encourage people back into the city, including holding an Ideas Summit last month and there is no doubt that the State Government, and the City of Sydney, are stepping up to the plate to ensure the engine room of the State’s economy fires up again,” Ms Fitzgerald said.“Simply put, it is critical that we continue to prioritise re-enlivening the Sydney CBD to drive the State’s economic rebuild following the pandemic.“City vibrancy relies on workers being able to return to their offices and re-engage with their peers, frequent retail and hospitality venues in the CBD and attend networking events. Attendees at our recent events have never been more eager to enjoy networking with their industry colleagues and build relationships that will take our great State forward.“We look forward to the outcome from the Treasurer’s summit which should include a strong emphasis on the public service leading the way.”Ms Fitzgerald said that at the Treasurer’s summit there was much discussion about the 1.5m distancing guidelines and the impact they have on offices (including lifts) and the one person per 2sqm rule around business events.“As soon as the health advice allows, these should be reconsidered”, Ms Fitzgerald said.Recently the Property Council proposed a six-point plan CBD activation plan including:Global-focussed media pitch through imagery for business, tourism and capital attraction showcasing the cities offerings and gatherings, demonstrating that Sydney is open for business.Social and business lunch culture being promoted, setting the scene for the extended campaign and supporting local restaurants and cafes to promote their wares, with attendees able to leverage their ‘Dine and Discover’ vouchers, and the expansion of the vouchers to focus on Friday spending in the Sydney CBD.Providing an enticing event that encourages workers to commute to the city on a Friday through providing a sought after and exciting opportunity.Leading by example by enticing the public sector workforce back with a commitment to at least three days in the office, prioritising Fridays and Mondays.Forming a CBD activation taskforce consisting of key industry bodies to work together to mobilise business within the CBD to work on a collaborative campaign and invest in CBD activation and workers experience, attracting workers back to the CBD.Figures are based on responses from Property Council members who own or manage CBD office buildings and cover occupancy for the period from 26 to 30 April 2021.In addition to the survey data, according to local advice and information gathered:· Parramatta: Parramatta is experiencing a “bottom-up return” to commercial offices with small and medium enterprises leading the charge. The areas of traditionally high pedestrian levels are the busiest they have been since March 2020. The public service and a number of large corporates have had a sluggish return to their offices.· Wollongong: Government tenants in Wollongong are back to work in office spaces close to 100 percent, with staff opting for flexible arrangements of one day per week from home. Other businesses in the region are largely all back in the office, except for some call centres.· Newcastle: Private industry has shown a strong return to office trend in 2021, with most businesses operating on an office-first principle, with flexibility negotiated rather than a default standard. For government tenants the picture is mixed with a slower return to office for white collar workers. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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:Australia, Brisbane, campaign, Canberra, City of Sydney, director, Government, industry, Newcastle, Parramatta, Pedestrian, property, Property Council of Australia, real estate, Sydney, Wollongong, workforcelast_img read more

New, simpler pro se eviction forms heading to Supreme Court

first_imgNew, simpler pro se eviction forms heading to Supreme Court Feb 07, 2020 Top Stories Simpler forms to help pro se parties in landlord/tenant eviction cases have been favorably reviewed by the Bar Board of Governors.The board at its January 31 meeting reviewed three forms prepared by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee at the request of the Supreme Court.The forms include:Form 1.923(a), which would be deleted and replaced by Form 7 and is an eviction summons form;Form 1.923(b), which includes a new Form 8 and informs the tenant of the requirement to file written defenses within 20 days if contesting the eviction; andNew Form 1947(b), which is an answer to eviction proceedings and is formatted “to be user friendly and help with greater access to justice for pro se parties.”The board recommended approval of the revised forms 40-0. They now go to the Supreme Court.last_img read more