HMRC to receive powers to enforce disclosure of assets

first_imgSaturday 19 September 2020 11:59 am (Getty Images) Also Read: HMRC to receive powers to enforce disclosure of assets whatsapp HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will be given new powers that will allow it to force financial institutions to provide information about people’s assets. (Getty Images) The government’s proposal could come into effect as soon as next year. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp HMRC said it was important in the battle against tax evasion and avoidance and would help them deal with it in “an appropriate and effective way”. Michael Searles Tags: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) The thinking behind the idea is that it will make it quicker and easier for HMRC to share information with foreign tax authorities as part of a global crackdown on tax evasion. However, the move has caused concern in some quarters.center_img The Chartered Institute of Taxation said it was “concerned about the loss of independent tribunal oversight, particularly in cases which involve requests for information about UK taxpayers”. Meanwhile, UK Finance said the measures signified a “watering down [of] safeguards”. (Getty Images) Also Read: HMRC to receive powers to enforce disclosure of assets The firms will be required to pass on customer information if served with a “financial institution notice” by HMRC under new measures proposed in the next finance bill. The financial institutions covered include banks, investment advisers, fund managers, credit unions, insurance companies and credit card issuers. Share HMRC to receive powers to enforce disclosure of assets by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workoutbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast Factory It will mean a court or the individual’s approval is no longer required. Currently consent is provided by the individual or a tax tribunal must approve the request. “The new notice will contain numerous safeguards for taxpayers, in line with practice in all other G20 countries, and the power can only be used in specific circumstances where the information is reasonably required for the purposes of checking a taxpayer’s tax position,” the tax authority said.last_img read more

Draghi and easyJet help to boost FTSE to 2pc single-day gain – London Report

first_img Share whatsapp Express KCS Tags: Company FTSE 100 Mario Draghi People Draghi and easyJet help to boost FTSE to 2pc single-day gain – London Report UK SHARES had their biggest one-day gain in a week yesterday, buoyed by a commitment by ECB chief Mario Draghi to boost the central bank’s asset-purchase programme if needed to offset the effects of a riskier economic backdrop.The FTSE 100 blue chip index was up 1.8 per cent at 6,183.09 points at its close.EasyJet was up 5.4 per cent, having hit its highest level since May, after the airline raised its full-year profit outlook to forecast growth of up to 21 per cent. “EasyJet’s numbers were good, this is a good market rebound,” said Mark Ward, head of execution trading at Sanlam Securities in Lon­don. “Overall sentiment is a bit better today.”Morrison supermarkets was up 4.7 per cent after a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper signalled South African billionaire Christo Wiese, who recently bought Virgin Active and New Look, is training his sights on Britain’s struggling supermarket industry.Miners Anglo American and Glencore staged a rebound, rising around six per cent, even after Standard & Poor’s cut its outlook for Glencore to “negative” from “stable”. center_img Friday 4 September 2015 5:41 am whatsapp More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeslast_img read more

US health care relies heavily on foreign workers. Trump’s immigration ban is raising alarms

first_imgHospitalsUS health care relies heavily on foreign workers. Trump’s immigration ban is raising alarms Related: Even with the supply of foreign-born workers, providers are stretched thin by the demands of an aging population and the high percentage of Americans struggling with chronic diseases. Before Trump’s order, many industry leaders had been pushing to bring in more workers, arguing for the elimination of barriers such as complex accreditation requirements.Beyond the impact on hospitals, Nazem, the founder of Nomad Health, said the executive order stands to undercut the broader principle that America is a melting pot whose success is built on its willingness to welcome talented workers, regardless of their backgrounds.“I would hate to see us lose our position as a leader in the world of science and medicine because we are unwilling to accept the best and brightest due to an irrational fear,” he said. “I know a lot of the people affected by this ban, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that they are decent people who America would be proud to have.”  Kate Sheridan contributed reporting. CLEVELAND — President Trump’s temporary immigration ban could quickly undermine American health care, which relies heavily on foreign-born labor — including many workers from the Middle East — to fill critical gaps in care, industry specialists say.As many as 25 percent of physicians practicing in the US were born in another country. Rural clinics and public safety-net hospitals, in particular, rely on foreign medical school graduates to take care of isolated and vulnerable populations. They often serve as primary care doctors, filling a vital need as more American-born MDs gravitate toward high-paying specialties.And it’s not just foreign doctors who are needed: A STAT review of visa requests found that employers seek to bring in thousands of occupational and physical therapists, dentists, pharmacists, and other health professionals each year. In 2014, the last year for which data is available, more than 15,ooo foreign health care workers, nearly half of them physicians and surgeons, received H-1B visas, which are designed to bring skilled labor into the US.advertisement @caseymross “If you go to almost any hospital, a community hospital or a teaching hospital, you will find a very substantial number of people from the Middle East,” he said. “This is just mind-blowing.” About the Authors Reprints As Trump worked on his immigration ban, Hillary Clinton showed her support for immigrant cancer researchers Trump’s immigration order could stop medical careers before they begin By Casey Ross and Max Blau Jan. 30, 2017 Reprints The travel ban could also disrupt training programs at hospitals and medical schools and undermine patient care.“We have huge concerns about this,” said Dr. Bruce Siegel, chief executive of America’s Essential Hospitals, which represents safety-net providers across the US. “In many of our underserved communities, people from overseas are the backbone of the health care workforce.”Siegel said the percentage of foreign-trained doctors tops 25 percent in states such as New York and New Jersey.“It’s early to tell, but this could have implications for decades to come,” Siegel said. “We could be shutting down a big part of the physician pipeline. … We’re going to lose people in areas we need the most. Often, the American grads get into specialty residencies, while international residents meet the needs of primary care.” [email protected] Darren Hauck/Getty Images The data don’t indicate how many foreign health care professionals come from the seven predominantly Muslim nations targeted by Trump’s executive order, but health care executives say the Middle East is a crucial pipeline.“I had trouble sleeping last night, to tell you the truth,” said J.B. Silvers, a trustee of The MetroHealth System here in Cleveland and a professor of health care finance at Case Western Reserve University.advertisement Casey Ross Related: The travel ban is meant as a temporary measure, in place for 90 days. But Trump has pledged to institute “extreme vetting” to more tightly control immigration from those nations after the ban is lifted. He has also talked about making major changes to the H-1B visa program that lets hospitals bring in so many foreign workers.The uncertainty is creating a sense of crisis in some hospitals — especially those that have seen some of their workers ensnared by the order, held in airports or sent back overseas when trying to return to the US from trips abroad. Hospitals are also scrambling to figure out how to help foreign patients who had been scheduled to come to the US for surgery in the coming weeks.  “Everyone is sort of in a state of paralysis,” said Dr. Alexi Nazem, an internist at NewYork-Presbyterian and founder of Nomad Health, an online physician staffing firm. “We don’t know how to interpret the order that was issued on Friday or what the long-term version of it is going to be.”Nazem was born in the US, but some of his relatives are Iranian immigrants now working in health care in the United States. “These are hardworking doctors providing care to Americans,” he said. “They have done absolutely nothing wrong and love this country, and now they may be kicked out of it. That’s a travesty for them personally, but also for the people who depend on them.”A Cleveland Clinic doctor was prevented from reentering the US on Saturday because she was carrying a passport from Sudan, one of the seven nations affected by Trump’s order. She was flown to Saudi Arabia, and the clinic said it is trying to secure her safe return.Foreigners’ role in US health care has steadily grown. The foreign-born share of health care workers jumped as high as 30 percent in the 1990s, up from 5 percent in the 1960s, according to a 2014 study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Health care now has the largest percentage of foreign-born and foreign-trained workers of any industry in the country, the study found.The visa applications underscore that reality: The Cleveland Clinic last year certified applications to bring in just under 200 foreign workers, mostly doctors and clinical associates. Other major employers seeking to bring in health care workers include Emory University, the Mayo Clinic, and William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.Federal legislation has encouraged the trend. For example, the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999 created a special visa classification to encourage more foreign-born nurses to come to the US to deliver care in rural communities.Trump’s order also stands to undermine hospital IT staffs that rely heavily on foreign talent to develop software and digital health products, and to manage reams of sensitive internal data. Many leaders in the health IT field criticized Trump’s order, including athenahealth chief executive Jonathan Bush, who posted several scathing tweets.  Feeling like man w/o country. Forget buffoon Trump. He was lost from hello. How can @PRyan support this? Wtf?? https://t.co/KzxXEUS3qG— Jonathan Bush (@Jonathan_Bush) January 28, 2017 National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. 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In Pictures: Mountrath CS students hold Santa Dash for Pieta House

first_imgSEE ALSO – GAA By Alan Hartnett – 16th December 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TAGSMountrath CS Home News In Pictures: Mountrath CS students hold Santa Dash for Pieta House News Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin In Pictures: Mountrath CS students hold Santa Dash for Pieta House Previous articleBrand new nightclub in Laois set to be open in time for ChristmasNext articleYoung guns leading the way in Quirke’s Laois squad heading into the New Year 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. Pinterest The students of Mountrath Community School took part in their annual Festive Santa Dash recently.This was all done to raise funds for the incredible work of Pieta House.The Transition Year students organized a fun and festive track around the grounds of the school, with sweets and water tables to line the route.Student Amber Cuddy said that it was a really fun opportunity, on Christmas Jumper day, to have the Santa Dash as a fundraiser.Amber said: “There was a huge entry, as so many people really understand the idea of the life saving work of Pieta House.”The students recently took Part in a well being workshop with Pieta House.Mary Gannon, the TY coordinator, said: “The festive fun filled day provided students with a great opportunity for the kids to raise funds for this great work.”Check out some great pictures below: GAA WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Downey’s Autostop Car of the Week: 191 Ford Ka for €14,400

first_img TAGSDowney’s Auto StopFord Ka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th December 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results This week’s Car of the Week in Downey’s Autostop is a 191 Ford Ka which is available to buy for €14,400.This 1.2 litre petrol car has 10,470 miles/16,849 km. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLaois intermediate football club opt for player-managers ahead of 2020 seasonNext articleChristmas Spirit leads the way as local community raise funds for the ‘Help Jamie Walk’ campaign LaoisToday Reporter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Downey’s Autostop Car of the Week: 191 Ford Ka for €14,400 Twitter GAA SEE ALSO – Check out more great offers from Downey’s Autostop here GAA Pinterest GAA Additional InfoABSDriver AirbagPassenger AirbagAir ConditioningAlloy WheelsBluetooth PhoneCruise ControlElectric MirrorsElectric WindowsImmobilizerMetallic PaintParking AssistanceRemote Central LockingMultiple AirbagsFront Fog LightsTraction ControlFoglightslast_img read more

Coronavirus: 35 further deaths and 1,047 new cases – 15 of them in Laois – as Russian vaccine hailed

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Russian vaccine hailed European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has hailed the success of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, and said he hopes it could be certified for use in the bloc.Mr Borrell was in Moscow for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on what was the first visit of a senior EU envoy to Russia since 2017.“It’s good news for the whole of mankind because it means we will have more tools to fight the pandemic,” Mr Borrell told journalists after the talks.He said he hoped the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would certify the jab for use in EU member states.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois residential facility take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge There have been a further 35 Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,047 new cases announced this evening by the health authorities.Of the new cases, 15 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate rises to 288.1 from 277.5 yesterday.29 of these deaths occurred in February, 6 occurred in January. The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 63-96 years. Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic WhatsApp February 4 – February 3 – 235February 2 – 261February 1 – 295January 31 – 325January 30 – 321January 29 – 357January 28 – 394January 27 – 427January 26 – 472January 25 – 501January 24 – 532January 23 – 570January 22 –  658January 21 – 647 Facebook TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 New Cases in LaoisFebruary 4 – 15February 3 – 19February 2 – 6February 1 – 16January 31 – 27January 30 – 22January 29 – 11January 28 – 18January 27 – 15January 26 – 16January 25 – 9January 24 – 25January 23 – 17January 22 – 17January 21 – 17January 20 – 4514-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationFebruary 4 – February 3 – 277.5February 2 – 308.2February 1 – 348.3January 31 – 383.7January 30 – 379January 29 – 421.5January 28 – 465.2January 27 – 504.2January 26 – 557January 25 – 591January 24 – 628.1January 23 – 673January 22 – 776.9January 21 – 763.9January 20 – 807.6New cases in Laois during past 14 days Previous articleNew Facebook Live Abbeyleix Almanc TV set to launch on SaturdayNext articleLaois County Council launch #SplashIntoSpringChallenge campaign 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. Of the cases notified today:505 are men / 540 are women58% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 38 years old292 are in Dublin, 119 in Cork, 76 in Wexford, 60 in Limerick, 47 in Kildare and the remaining 453 cases are spread across all other counties.As of 2pm today, 1,221 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 181 are in ICU. 51 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “No single intervention is perfect at preventing the spread of COVID-19, it takes many different individual actions to slow down the spread of the disease.“Every action you take is another layer of protection between you and the virus – the more layers you have the more protection you have.”“Public health measures are based on this principle. Keep physical distance from others, wash hands regularly, avoid crowds, wear face coverings and vaccines all provide you with layers of defence against COVID-19.” By Alan Hartnett – 5th February 2021 Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Coronavirus: 35 further deaths and 1,047 new cases – 15 of them in Laois – as Russian vaccine hailed Twitter Home News Community Coronavirus: 35 further deaths and 1,047 new cases – 15 of them… NewsCommunity Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Electric Picnic last_img read more

Anti Dog Fouling campaign launched in Portlaoise this week

first_img Facebook Anti Dog Fouling campaign launched in Portlaoise this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Home News Community Anti Dog Fouling campaign launched in Portlaoise this week NewsCommunity Twitter By Steven Miller – 3rd May 2021 WhatsApp It is estimated that as little as a gram of dog waste can contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria, which can cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.  Dog poo can also contain nasty bacteria such as E-coli, salmonella and parasites like round worm, the larvae of which can cause loss of vision. People who don’t clean up after their dogs put other persons at risk. Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald welcomed the campaign to highlight the ongoing issue of dog fouling on footpaths, in parks and open spaces and to encourage dog owners and dog walkers to act responsibly and to pick up after their dog.  Cllr Fitzgerald acknowledged the ongoing assistance and partnership approach of the Council and Tidy Towns groups in providing and installing the Mutt Mitts dispensers and restocking the units. Pictured at Portlaoise Town Park are Wes Wilkinson, Area Engineer, Roads Dept. LCC; Gerry Browne, Portlaoise Tidy Towns; Catherine Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of LCC; Ann Carroll, Administrative Officer, Environment Section LCC with Lola; John Ging, John Rogers and Emily Doyle, Litter Wardens Environment Section LCC. Picture: Alf HarveySeventy Mutt Mitt dispensers have been distributed to Tidy Town groups around the county.  Portlaoise Tidy Towns committee, along with other Tidy Towns groups in the county will ensure the Mutt Mitts dispensers are refilled regularly so that dog owners can help to keep towns and their environs clean of dog waste.   Gerry Browne, from Portlaoise Tidy Towns also welcomed the campaign to raise awareness.  He said that dog fouling is a real menace and that there is no excuse for it. Pictured at Portlaoise Town Park are John Ging, John Rogers and Emily Doyle, Litter Wardens Environment Section Laois County Coucil. Picture: Alf HarveyHe said that Portlaoise Tidy Towns were pleased to be involved with the campaign.  He encouraged dog owners to be responsible for their pets, to clean up after them and to dispose of the waste in a proper manner, not to leave them hanging from railings or a tree.Laois County Council is urging dog owners to always pick up after their dog using their own scooping device or bag, or one of the Mutt Mitts bags, before disposing of it in the nearest litter bin or taking it home and placing it in their own general household bin.  Laois County Council promotes an “any bag, any bin” philosophy and reminds dog owners that they are legally obliged to clean up after their pets if they go to the toilet in public places e.g. on the street, in an open green space in a housing estate or in a park.  Failure to do so may result in the offender being issued with an on-the-spot fine of €150 or on summary conviction to a fine of up to €3,000, under Litter Pollution Act 1997.  Members of the public are also reminded that if you see someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning up after them, they can call the Laois Litter Hotline, in confidence, on 1800 32 32 30.SEE ALSO – #LoveLaois: Oaghaval Woods near Stradbally – spectacular forestry, great trails, picnic area and on site coffee van TAGSAnti Dog FoulingLaois County Council Facebook Council center_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Pinterest Previous articleSporting Memories: John O’Sullivan on Castletown, Laois and his favourite momentsNext article#LoveLaois: ‘Glamping under the Stars’ – an experience to be recommended Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pictured at Portlaoise Town Park for the Anti Dog Fouling campaign are Gerry Browne, Portlaoise Tidy Towns; Catherine Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of LCC and Ann Carroll, Administrative Officer, Environment Section Laois County Council with Lola.Picture: Alf Harvey Laois County Council, in partnership with local Tidy Towns groups, this week announced the launch of an Anti Dog Fouling campaign for the county. The campaign aims to promote responsible dog ownership and encourage dog owners to clean up after their dogs, through various mediums.  Ann Carroll, Administrative Officer, Environment Section said that the issue of dog fouling was an ongoing and escalating problem on footpaths, parks and open spaces in Portlaoise and around the county, as people are out walking more due to Covid 19 restrictions.  She further noted that some people are at greater risk of coming into contact with dog waste and putting their health in danger.These include wheelchair users, visually impaired people, babies, toddlers, children and sports field players.  Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApplast_img read more

Farmers Benefiting from Irrigation System in Pedro Plains

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Since the commissioning of the Pedro Plains Irrigation system in June 2007, many farmers in South St. Elizabeth have been benefiting from the facility, which has provided well needed water for their crops.Steve Lawrence, Programme Director of the National Irrigation Development Programme tells JIS News that the constraining factor in that region of St. Elizabeth has always been the unavailability of water.He adds that with the provision of water for almost 500 hectares of land, farmers for the first time know that they have a guaranteed source.“They know what it is like to lose a crop because the rains don’t come, and to put in a system where, whether the rains come or not, there will be a guaranteed supply of water, has stimulated them and they have responded quite vigorously to it,” Mr. Lawrence adds.He also points out that persons in adjoining areas who have always been accustomed to water shortage are “a little jealous of them and are clamouring for more water.”“Water is a constraint in this region and we are examining how best to assist the rest, but it’s not on the cards for everybody at this time. But we do recognise that it is a region that produces well and we should do our best to help them when we can,” the Programme Director says.Mr. Lawrence explains that an irrigation system requires almost a change in the way the farmer operates, with some training in respect of the use of irrigated water.“What we have recommended is that most of them use drip irrigation and the others have the option of using sprinkler irrigation. But essentially, what has happened is we try to do some training in the use of the water, because if it is not efficiently used, the cost is going to be prohibitive. The efficient use of the water will make sure that their bills are manageable and of course the production will be a profitable endeavour,” he says.The Pedro Plains irrigation system is the first flagship project to be delivered under the government’s National Irrigation Development Master Plan, which is being piloted by the NIC, with a view to increasing farmer participation in the agricultural sector.This project complements the government’s long-term agricultural development strategy up to the year 2015, by which time it is projected that some 6,900 farming families will have benefited directly from three major flagship projects being undertaken by the NIC and its partners in various sections of the island.The Project Director notes that the NIC at some stage will hand over the management of the system to the farmers themselves. They will be responsible for their own harnessing, distribution, the setting of rates and collection. “They are not there yet, we don’t expect to turn farmers into engineers to run pumps. We think that at some stage when they acquire the business skills and the understanding of the running of the delivery of water in a profitable way, they may be able to outsource that and the skills may not be employed by the NIC, but at least they will be doing the same function,” he tells JIS News.“But our eventual aim is to hand over to them. It’s a long process, we are working with them, continuing with training and we will from time to time hand over smaller functions to them, but it is really in a transitory period. But it will be gradually handed over to them and then the role of the NIC will be more of monitoring and regulating the irrigation sector and being a supplier of water,” he adds.Thomas Lewis, a farmer who is one of the many beneficiaries of the newly commissioned irrigation system, plants melon, cucumber and peanut.He says before the irrigation system was put in place, “the water system was very bad and very expensive.”“Since the system has been turned on, it has been more comfortable and easy now, but still the bill is a little high. I don’t know if we are not using the water properly. I use the sprinkler system, I don’t know if I overuse it or what, but the bill is a bit high now,” Mr. Lewis says.He tells JIS News that since the implementation of the irrigation system, production has increased. However, he notes that they are having some difficulty with markets for their produce.Elton Bent, Parish Manager for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in St. Elizabeth, explains that one of the major reasons for the poor market is the high availability of fruits.“I think one of the major reasons is the amount of fruits that are presently on the market (such as) mango, naseberry and guava, and as such, the demand for watermelon has reduced significantly,” Mr. Bent says.In addition, he points out that most of the farmers do not inform RADA that they are planting a particular crop until they are ready to reap.“When they call us and tell us that the crop is ready, it creates a problem to identify markets immediately. So at our training sessions we always ask the farmer to tell us in advance, give us two or three weeks, so that we can inform our marketing unit as to when to expect these things to come on the market,” the Parish Manager says.He also informs that extension officers are doing a number of farm visits, but the number is limited.“Although they are out there five days per week visiting these farms, there are still farms that they probably do not know about. Bear in mind that there are farmers who work at 10 different farms, so they might know two or three, but they don’t know the rest,” Mr. Bent says.Meanwhile, Mr Lawrence informs that since the NIC officially began providing water for the farmers in December, it has been “heart rendering to go to the location and observe how the farmers have responded to the new found water.”“They are so thrilled with the water that they will overuse it and as a result of that, we are trying to make sure that efficiency is high on their list. The fact is the more efficient they are, the further the water can go and then we will have more beneficiaries that can use this water,” he tells JIS News.So far, more than 130 farmers have been contracted by the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) Commercial Department to be supplied with water, with 90 farmers currently receiving the commodity from the irrigation system. Advertisements RelatedFarmers Benefiting from Irrigation System in Pedro Plains RelatedFarmers Benefiting from Irrigation System in Pedro Plainscenter_img Farmers Benefiting from Irrigation System in Pedro Plains UncategorizedJuly 1, 2008 RelatedFarmers Benefiting from Irrigation System in Pedro Plainslast_img read more

New education strategy puts regional students front and centre

first_imgNew education strategy puts regional students front and centre Deputy PremierThe NSW Government has today launched a new strategy to ensure regional students have access to all the education opportunities NSW can offer.The strategy focuses on attracting more high-quality teachers to the bush, support for their professional development, improved digital access and wellbeing support for rural and remote public schools.Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell today announced the Rural and Remote Education Strategy which will support the Economic Vision for Regional NSW.“The NSW Government is committed to turning our country towns into thriving hubs and that starts with our young people,” Mr Barilaro said.“As a regionally based MP I know that historically schools in the bush haven’t had the same level of access to facilities and quality education as their peers in the city. This government is changing that by putting country kids front and centre.”Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell also announced today her decision to create the Regional, Rural and Remote Policy Unit.Ms Mitchell said the new unit will be devoted to raising regional, rural and remote students’ educational outcomes, and implementing the government’s ambitious reform agenda in regional, rural and remote schools.“I want every student to enjoy the same educational opportunities no matter where they live,” Ms Mitchell said.“Kids in the regions need a team that can drive reforms and implement programs to eliminate the equity gap that exists between the bush and the city.“When we talk about drought proofing, growing the economy and revitalising regional NSW, we are talking about quality education in the bush.“The regions need doctors, artists, scientists, teachers, business people and skilled workers, all career paths we can provide for our students in regional NSW.”From increased infrastructure spending, digital intervention, nurturing gifted and talented students, VET integration in senior years and tailored school support through the School Success Model the regional strategy will target government support where it is most needed.The strategy coordinates:Delivering more high-quality teachers with an ability to address local needs.Providing training and support for teachers and principals to ensure they always have access to the best professional development relevant to them.Helping schools connect with their communities to ensure student wellbeing is being addressed.Creating pathways through partnerships with local industry, higher education providers and other post-school opportunities. /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, business, childhood, digital, education, Government, industry, infrastructure, Minister, Mitchell, New South Wales, NSW, outcomes, professional development, Scientists, spending, students, wellbeinglast_img read more

State-Federal Government cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed

first_imgState-Federal Government cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed The National Farmers Federation has welcomed recent announcements on the roll-out of the Future Drought Fund’s (FDF) Farm Business Resilience Program, a program that will provide practical training for farms on strategic business management, natural resource management, and personal and social resilience.“This program will be crucial in building our farmers fundamental business and strategic planning skills with respect to resilience and preparedness,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.The program will run across all states and territories, via a partnership between federal, state and territory governments.“It is pleasing to see federal and state governments working together and pooling resources to deliver resilience and preparedness measures to farmers. The NFF would like to see this type of joint delivery model rolled out across more drought-related measures.”Farmers and their employees will have access to education workshops that will upskill their business management and planning approaches, make use of data to understand farm-related strategic risks and learn about innovation and diversification options alongside a range of other tools.“These workshops will be a great opportunity for farmers to take their business to the next level from a risk management, resilience and preparedness perspective,” Mr Mahar said.Information on the Program and how to register can be found at:https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund/farm-business-resilience-program /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:Agriculture, Australia, building, business, drought, education, Employees, farmers, Farming, future, Government, innovation, National Farmers Federation, resilience, resourceslast_img read more