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Theresa May hopeful of more EU reassurances over backstop as MPs vote looms

first_imgDuring an urgent question in the Commons on Monday, MPs repeatedly asked Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay when they would be told what new assurances the government had received on the temporary nature of the backstop.Barclay said: “Securing the additional reassurance that Parliament needs remains our priority and leaders remain in contact. Leaving the EU with the deal that has been agreed is in the interests of both sides.“When the debate begins on Wednesday the Government will be clear with the House what has been achieved since the vote was deferred last year.”May is set to hold meetings with MPs this week in a bid to win support for her deal, and she will be hoping they are more productive than those held with DUP MPs over the Christmas break.The Northern Ireland party, whose 10 MPs provide the Conservatives with a majority in parliament, are opposed to the agreement as they do not support the backstop in any form. However, Brussels has repeatedly said the deal is not up for renegotiation, and there is debate over whether any assurances given outside of the agreement would be legally enforceable.Speaking on Monday, May said there was “some further movement from the EU” after a summit in December, and added:”In the coming days what we’ll set out is not just about the EU but also about what we can do domestically, so we will be setting out measures which will be specific to Northern Ireland; we will be setting out proposals for a greater role for Parliament as we move into the next stage of negotiations.”And we’re continuing to work on further assurances, on further undertakings from the European Union in relation to the concern that’s been expressed by Parliamentarians.”MPs will resume the debate on the Brexit deal on Wednesday, with a vote likely to take place on Tuesday January 15. Many MPs are opposed to the backstop as there is no way for the UK to unilaterally leave it.It would only come into force if a UK/EU trade deal was not ready to be implemented after the post-Brext transition period came to an end – which could be as late as December 2022.May pulled a vote on the deal last month after more than 100 Conservative MPs indicated they would not support the government, and she vowed to get further assurances from the EU that the UK would not be locked into the backstop indefinitely.The Prime Minister spoke to European leaders over the Christmas break – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk – in an attempt to secure a breakthrough.She has also been “in contact” with Irish leader Leo Varadkar, Downing Street confirmed. whatsapp Theresa May is hoping to get further reassurances from the EU over her Brexit deal as time ticks down to a crunch vote in Parliament.The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday she is continuing to work with Brussels to secure a guarantee the so-called ‘backstop’ – which effectively keeps the UK in the EU’s customs union – will only ever be a temporary arrangement if it comes into force. Theresa May hopeful of more EU reassurances over backstop as MPs vote looms by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldScientific MirrorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonScientific MirrorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.combonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.com Owen Bennett center_img In a statement after a lunch in Downing Street last Thursday, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said his party’s “principled objections” to the deal still remain.If May loses the vote, the government will have 21 days to return to parliament to tell MPs what it plans to do next.If no breakthrough is reached it is possible the UK will leave the EU without a trade deal on March 29. Monday 7 January 2019 5:34 pm whatsapp Share Tags: Angela Merkel Brexit Donald Tusk People Theresa Maylast_img read more

Elders and Youth conference kicks off today in Fairbanks

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Arts & Culture | Government | Interior | SubsistenceElders and Youth conference kicks off today in FairbanksOctober 17, 2016 by Jennifer Canfield, KTOO Share:Marjorie Tahbone shows a crowd how to properly butcher a seal during a workshop at the 33rd annual Elders and Youth conference in Fairbanks. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield)More than a thousand Alaska Natives, young and old, from across the state are met today at the 33rd annual Elders and Youth conference. The event, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute, is usually an opportunity for 13 to 18 year olds to learn about leadership, civic engagement and consensus building alongside their elders. This year’s conference theme is Ancestral Imperative: Adapt. Unite. Achieve. and it runs through Wednesday morning. Attendees are encouraged to talk seriously about issues facing their communities, and there are many afternoon workshops focused on language, culture, subsistence and policy. One of the first orders of business requires regional groups to elect new members to the Statewide Elders and Youth Council.The day began with a welcome and blessing from the Rev. Luke Titus and the Rev. Anna Frank, both are Tanana Athabascan from Interior Alaska. The custom is typical of Alaska Native gatherings in which many of the attendees are not from the surrounding area. When the conference is held in Anchorage, for example, the group is welcomed by representatives from the Dena’ina Athabascan community. Liz Medicine Crow, president and CEO of First Alaskans Institute, and board chair Willie Hensley give opening remarks at the 33rd annual Elders and Youth conference in Fairbanks. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield)Liz Medicine Crow, the institute’s president and CEO, addressed the crowd along with former state lawmaker Willie Hensley, who serves as the organization’s board chair. Hensley talked about how the Elders and Youth conference first started as an opportunity for Alaska Native youth who spent most of the year at boarding school, away from their home communities.“We didn’t have the opportunity to interface with our parents, aunts and uncles, our communities, we were away from our language, we were away from our stories. There were a lot things about the culture that we missed out on because we were gone for years at a time,” Hensley said.The conference took on a more solemn tone briefly when Medicine Crow advised the gathering about an ongoing manhunt in Fairbanks. Just after midnight on Sunday, a Fairbanks police officer was shot and seriously injured. The suspect in that shooting is yet to be apprehended. Fairbanks police say they’re looking for an Alaska Native man in his 20s. Medicine Crow said the organization has talked to Fairbanks police.“They are aware of all of our visitors coming in and they want to make sure that you have a good experience as well, but it just requires a little more awareness of what’s happening around you when you go out and about,” Medicine Crow said. “Remind our men, remind our brothers to keep their heads up and to be safe.”Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is scheduled to address the conference Tuesday afternoon.Joan Inga Barnowski, 11, gives the youth keynote speech at the 33rd annual Elders and Youth conference in Fairbanks. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield)This year’s youth keynote address was given by Joan Inga Barnowski, 11, who is Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) from Old Harbor, a city in the Kodiak Island Borough. As part of a science project she worked on earlier this year, the 6th grader tested homes in her community for radon, a known carcinogen. Based on her initial work, potential issues were identified in several homes. In her speech, Barnowski advocated for youth to be aware of the environment and to be good stewards.Raphael and Vivian Jimmy, both Yup’ik from Mountain Village, will give the elder keynote address Tuesday. The couple now lives in Anchorage where they lead the Kuigpagmiut Dance Group. Raphael is 91 and Vivian is 87.Some of the workshops listed on the conference agenda include Food Sovereignty: Working on Seal, The Return from Carlisle, Social Justice Issues: An Alaska Native Perspective and Spoken Roots: Writing Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Histories.This year’s conference theme is Ancestral Imperative: Adapt. Unite. Achieve. The conference is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.The conference runs through Wednesday morning and will be broadcast live on 360 North.Share this story:last_img read more

Senate votes down state income tax

first_imgEconomy | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State Government | WesternSenate votes down state income taxMay 12, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Senate Finance Co-Chair Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, speaks during budget deliberations in April. He said Friday the state will likely need an income tax, but not this year. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Senate voted against a state income tax Friday.Bethel Sen. Lyman Hoffman was one of 15 who voted no. He said he believes the state will eventually require an income tax. But he said it shouldn’t happen this year.“We need to work on the things we can work on, the things that we can agree upon,” he said, adding that senators should “take reassessment next year and see what needs to be done – and what level of income tax may be needed, if (any).”Hoffman is a Democrat who caucuses with the Senate’s Republican majority.Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello said the vote allows the Legislature to move on. She said she’s concerned about the effect the tax would have on the economy while the state is in a recession.“What we saw today was a strong vote that says that this is off the table,” she said. “We will be moving forward, as Sen. Hoffman mentioned, in a spirit of ‘Where can we agree?’”Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan was one of four senators in the minority caucus who voted for the tax.“Many in my community and district support it because they’re willing … to make a contribution,” he said. “We’ll contribute to schools, troopers, fish biologists and transportation. The state has stuff it has to do, but doing it costs something.”The income tax would have closed a little more than a quarter of the state’s $2.5 billion dollar spending gap. Senators say rising oil production and budget cuts can close the part of the gap that’s not covered by the Permanent Fund draw. The House budget plan would keep PFDs at a higher level than the Senate, $1,250 compared to $1,000. A conference committee has been formed to work out the differences between the Senate and House Permanent Fund bills.Anchorage Democrat Bill Wielechowski was the only senator to cross caucus lines. He opposed the tax, saying the state should first overhaul the taxes paid by oil and gas companies.Share this story:last_img read more

Sitka officials make the case for a secondary water source

first_imgEconomy | Health | Local Government | SoutheastSitka officials make the case for a secondary water sourceDecember 10, 2018 by Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka Share:Blue Lake in Sitka. (Creative Commons photo by Damian Manda)Sitka gets 100 percent of its drinking water from Blue Lake unfiltered. If that sounds too good to be true, the city of Sitka worries it is — and wants a secondary source of drinking water.High turbidity events have city officials worried Sitka will lose its special filtration waiver. Combined with an upcoming federal inspection of the dam, city staff are pushing the Sitka Assembly to approve the construction of a secondary water source. They presented their plan during an Assembly work session last Tuesday night.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/12/04SecWater.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To understand why the city of Sitka is pushing for a secondary water source, we’re going to have to roll back the clock to 2014.The project to expand the Blue Lake Dam was in full swing, and for two months Sitka was cut off from its potable water supply. The city built a backup system: They spent $4 million on a temporary filtration plant at Indian River.The water met tightened federal regulations, but it wasn’t great. Public Works Director Michael Harmon remembers the city got complaints about the color and the taste. “You’d hold it up and you’d smell rotten fish. It would look like apple juice or had a golden brown color to it,” Harmon told KCAW in a recent interview.Now, a new set of conditions are pressuring the city to once again figure out a secondary water source. There are two reasons for this — the first is a big inspection.In 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, will inspect the penstock tunnel system. Picture a mile of tunnel, seven-to-10 feet in diameter, far below the ground. “That penstock and tunnel provides city drinking water, it provides fire water, it provides electric power, water for (Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association), and it’s also the source of bulk water when bulk water does get sold,” said Utility Director Bryan Bertacchi.To keep Sitka’s FERC permit, Bertacchi said the tunnel has to be drained completely, and the intake gate must be closed. That’s the nail biter for him. The gate weighs 26,000 lbs. Were it to fail in some way, as happened at Green Lake in 2016, the community would lose its source of drinking water. A boil water notice would take effect. The impact for the local economy and public health would be significant.Fixing a failed intake gate at Blue Lake would take two weeks minimum, which Bertacchi described as a “disaster” in the spring with tourism and fishing about to start.Winter is tough too. “If we did that test in the winter and something goes wrong, we’d need a very large crane that’s not available in this town. We’d have to get the crane all the way up Blue Lake Road to the dam,” he said.To avoid this whole scenario when the penstock is unavailable — due to maintenance or emergencies — the city wants a secondary water source.That’s the first reason. The second reason has to do with water quality.A schematic of the design for the secondary water source, which includes a river intake system that moves water from Sawmill Creek to a brand new filter plant. The system would bypass the penstock tunnel entirely, in the event it is closed for maintenance or emergency. (Schematic courtesy of City and Borough of Sitka)The city is always monitoring the turbidity of Blue Lake, a measure of the amount of particles in the water. Harmon is worried that turbidity has been too high for Sitka to keep its federal filtration avoidance waiver, allowing the community to forgo filtering Blue Lake Water. To keep the waiver, Sitka cannot exceed five high-turbidity events in ten years. Since the dam was expanded, there have already been four — one as recently as last month.“We’re seeing this new trend of turbidity events that’s leading us to believe we will likely lose our waiver in 10 years, if we have four (high-turbidity events) in four years,” Harmon said. He added, “That really homes us in on the best solution for secondary water is a filtration system and a permanent one. We can use it any time a FERC inspection needs to happen. We can use it any time we’re having a turbidity event. We can turn it on and avoid losing service to the customer.”Harmon doesn’t want to use Indian River again. After doing a study up and down the road system, city officials decided the most cost-efficient option would be a brand new filtration unit drawing water from Sawmill Creek. It would cost $18 million.The previous Assembly largely supported this plan, approving an application for a low interest loan from the state and raising water rates this year to pay for it.The current Assembly, however, has their doubts and expressed as much during a work session last Tuesday night.Assembly member Aaron Bean wanted to know, “Why the elevated turbidity?”Harmon said staff are investigating. “The most obvious one is the raising of the dam has changed the lake dynamics. We hope that that will stabilize over time,” Harmon said.Calling in over the phone, Assembly member Richard Wein described the secondary water source is an “added cost” of raising the Blue Lake Dam and said that this project needed further vetting.Assembly member Kevin Mosher worried about the project staying within the $18 million budget. City staff assured him it would and that the project would grow more expensive with time only due to inflation, by about $1 million every year.City attorney Brian Hanson said building the secondary water source now would mitigate risk in the future. “Whether or not you talk dollars or cents, that is a primary reason that you should go forward, but don’t forget the health and safety of our community. You can’t ignore that. And to delay, I think, has a considerable risk in that regard,” Hanson told the Assembly.The Sitka Assembly heard from city staff about their proposal for a secondary water source on Dec. 4, 2018. From left to right is Utility Director Bryan Bertacchi, Environmental Superintendent Shilo Williams, City Clerk Sara Peterson, and Public Works Director Michael Harmon. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)This notion — that Sitka needs a secondary water source sooner rather than later — seemed to shift the conversation. While seeing the logic of the project, Mosher wondered whether there would truly be enough money within the water fund to pay for it.Right now, water rates are not expected to rise. But what if they have to to pay for this project?“We may not have as much as we think we’re going to have,” Mosher said. He wondered, “What’s going to happen if this project does go over and then we’re wanting more rate increases? I just really hope this project stays within budget.”Mosher is narrating what some on the Assembly have described as a “rate death spiral,” which is exactly what happened with the Blue Lake Dam expansion. The project went over budget. Rates went up to pay for it, but electric usage went down. The echoes of that deficit — which the city is actively working to close — are all over this conversation about a secondary water source in Sitka.But if there is common ground, it’s in the desire to provide clean drinking water and reliable electricity to Sitkans.The previous Assembly put the decision-making power for this project in the hands of the current Assembly. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, they’ll vote on whether to enter into a compliance order by consent with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation — accepting that $18 million loan and moving ahead with the secondary water source.The vote will be on first and final reading. Should it pass, Bertacchi said he will ask FERC to delay their inspection until that secondary water source can be built.Share this story:last_img read more

The Essential Movie Library #74: Sexy Beast (2000)

first_imgFilmUncategorizedThe Essential Movie Library #74: Sexy Beast (2000)This film tells the story of a retired gangster living the dream in Spain, sunbathing by his pool when an unexpected disruption from his criminal past comes rolling throughBy Steve Erickson – April 15, 20142989ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWith pictures like Snatch and In Bruges, Britain invented a 21st-century noir that so tipped the scale between glamour and nihilism to the dark side that sometimes all you could do is laugh. The enigmatic title might refer to the story’s protagonist or villain, or to the ex-porn star wife played by Amanda Redman (the film’s true hero, if there is one); in any case Sexy Beast is the greatest of these pictures. Making his debut as director, Jonathan Glazer has the eye of a surrealist—as further evidenced by subsequent pictures like Birth and the new Under the Skin—whether he’s shooting the Spanish badlands or the mean streets of London.He also has assembled a flawless cast. Besides Redman, Ray Winstone is the retired gangster living the dream in Spain, sunbathing by his pool when there comes rolling down the hill above him a boulder that portends the arrival—from Winstone’s previous criminal life—of the psychotic Ben Kingsley, who is as original, funny, and scary as the rest of the movie he threatens to swallow whole. Cannily playing off the saintly mien he had gathered 20 years earlier as Gandhi and a stature no one found intimidating before this, Kingsley reportedly based his character on his grandmother and so freaked out the other actors with his ferocity as to have struck them speechless, a complete stupefaction that you can see in the scenes. It’s one of the most electrifying performances of its decade. Read them all:The Essential Movie Library #73: Groundhog DayThe Essential Movie Library #72: Rear WindowThe Essential Movie Library #71: The 400 BlowsThe Essential Movie Library #70: Blue VelvetThe Essential Movie Library #69: Dr. StrangeloveThe Essential Movie Library #68: The Bicycle ThievesThe Essential Movie Library #67: Pulp FictionThe Essential Movie Library #66: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!The Essential Movie Library #65: CachéThe Essential Movie Library #64: A Hard Day’s NightThe Essential Movie Library #63: The SearchersThe Essential Movie Library #62: The ConformistThe Essential Movie Library #61: Bonnie & ClydeThe Essential Movie Library #60: Sweet Smell of SuccessThe Essential Movie Library #59: MelancholiaThe Essential Movie Library #58: La Dolce VitaThe Essential Movie Library #57: Pat Garrett and Billy the KidThe Essential Movie Library #56: ContemptThe Essential Movie Library #55: Sunset BoulevardThe Essential Movie Library #54: MetropolisThe Essential Movie Library #53: In A Lonely PlaceThe Essential Movie Library #52: Talk to HerThe Essential Movie LIbrary #51: To Be or Not To BeThe Essential Movie Library #50: The Battle of AlgiersThe Essential Movie Library #49: NotoriousThe Essential Movie Library #48: Wings of DesireThe Essential Movie Library #47: L’AvventuraThe Essential Movie Library #46: Malcolm XThe Essential Movie Library #45: In the Mood for LoveThe Essential Movie Library #44: Touch of EvilThe Essential Movie Library #43: Once Upon A Time in the WestThe Essential Movie Library #42: Belle de JourThe Essential Movie Library #41: Apocalypse NowThe Essential Movie Library #40: Out of the PastThe Essential Movie Library #39: Branded to KillThe Essential Movie Library #38: The GeneralThe Essential Movie Library #37: Lord of the RingsThe Essential Movie Library #36: Aguirre, the Wrath of GodThe Essential Movie Library #35: Raging BullThe Essential Movie Library #34: The Rules of the GameThe Essential Movie Library #33: Chinatown The Essential Movie Library #32: StalkerThe Essential Movie Library #31: WeekendThe Essential Movie Library #30: Some Like It Hot The Essential Movie Library #29: Red RiverThe Essential Movie Library #28: The PassengerThe Essential Movie Library #27: Singin’ in the RainThe Essential Movie Library #26: HeatThe Essential Movie Library #25: L’AtalanteThe Essential Movie Library #24: SunriseThe Essential Movie Library #23: His Girl FridayThe Essential Movie Library #22: Black NarcissusThe Essential Movie Library #21: Blade RunnerThe Essential Movie Library #20: PersonaThe Essential Movie Library #19: The Shop Around the CornerThe Essential Movie Library #18: Lost HighwayThe Essential Movie Library #17: Tokyo StoryThe Essential Movie Library #16: 8 1/2The Essential Movie Library #15: City LightsThe Essential Movie Library #14: Seven SamuraiThe Essential Movie Library #13: Lawrence of ArabiaThe Essential Movie Library #12: Citizen KaneThe Essential Movie Library #11: Jules and JimThe Essential Movie Library #10: My Darling Clementine The Essential Movie Library #9: Double Indemnity The Essential Movie Library #8: That Obscure Object of Desire The Essential Movie Library #7: 2001: A Space Odyssey The Essential Movie Library #6: CasablancaThe Essential Movie Library #5: The Lady EveThe Essential Movie Library #4: The Third Man The Essential Movie Library #3: The Passion of Joan of Arc The Essential Movie Library #2: Vertigo The Essential Movie Library #1: The Godfather Trilogy TAGSEssential Movie LibraryL.A CultureMoviesSexy BeastPrevious articleSonic Boon: De Lux’s Genre-Bending Rise to GreatnessNext articleEssential T: Torta Ahogada de Camaron at Los TriponesSteve Erickson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres Are Permanently Shutting DownL.A. 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News / Forwarder confusion likely after US TSA issues new air freight security rules

first_imgAffected companies may notify the TSA if they are unable to implement the updates in time, but this could lead to further confusion in the industry, said one source in the US.“One carrier may apply for a delay to implementation, but another may not. This will make life more difficult for forwarders who will have to tender cargo under different rules for different carriers.”While TIACA members had received the news, the source said that the TSA does not publicise updates, but expects relevant companies to check the secure website where changes are announced.It is not the first time the TSA has introduced rule changes with very little time for industry to implement them. However, TIACA’s closer association with the TSA was intended to give the air cargo industry a stronger voice at the table, and both the timing of the notice and the fact that the security rules themselves “do not address the risk-based approach” that TIACA had called for, has cast some doubt over how strong the relationship is.But Doug Brittin, secretary general of TIACA, argued: “We are in a good position with the TSA. We are co-chair of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee. But despite all our combined efforts, if the TSA wants to implement something, that is its prerogative.“We believe we are making progress.”Mr Brittin noted that the new rules are likely to be interim measures. “The last full programme for the industry was issued in 2008. A new programme went out for comment in the third quarter of 2013, and the industry has suggested changes. In the meantime, the TSA felt interim measures were needed.“Everybody was a bit surprised by the timing – 60 days is more typical for implementation.”He said the industry was trying to help the TSA standardise the new full programme, which could be completed in a year or so.TIACA has been calling for the reinstatement of an air cargo division at the TSA, which disbanded the previous one some 18 months ago to focus on different activities, and due to funding requirements.While Mr Brittin said it thought it was unlikely the TSA would set up a division that was “as large and robust” as previously, it was “not unlikely” it may reinstate some form of air freight arm.And in a statement he reiterated his call for a “risk-based approach” to security.“TIACA will continue to work closely with the TSA on these and other security issues, with the goal of building a risk-based, rather than ‘one size fits all’, approach to global air cargo security measures which impact all segments of our industry,” he added. By Alex Lennane 20/01/2015 New security rules issued by the TSA are likely to cause confusion for forwarders tendering cargo for freighter flights.TIACA said it was “disappointed” with the timing of the new “interim” security measure, but has denied it has insufficient influence at the Administration.Last week TIACA warned the market that the TSA had updated its Security Program for all-cargo aircraft travelling from, to or within the US. The update was posted on 29 December, during the holiday period, and gave freighter operators and forwarders just 32 working days to make the change.While the exact rule changes cannot be publicised, they relate to procedures for tendering cargo for freighter flights, and the onus is on carriers to inform relevant parties.last_img read more

Election Diary: International Women’s Day, school visit and calls for electoral reform

first_img Facebook Election Diary: International Women’s Day, school visit and calls for electoral reform Twitter Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interview Twitter Home News Election Diary: International Women’s Day, school visit and calls for electoral reform News By Siun Lennon – 7th March 2019 Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, March 7, 2019Next articleIn Pictures: Remembering Laois’s famous league quarter-final win over Kilkenny in 1996 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS2019 Local ElectionsAisling MoranCharlie FlanaganElection DiaryNaeem IqbalVivienne Phelan It is less than three months until the Elections and our third Election Diary is now here.We look at the latest political pieces as the countdown continues to this year’s Local Elections.Minister for Justice and Local Election candidate visit local schoolMinister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Aisling Moran Local Election candidate for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington paid a visit to Killeen National school recently to see some of the much-needed repairs on the original school building.They spoke with Sean Ó Dubhlaing, the new principle of the school, about past and current efforts to upgrade the older classrooms.This part of the school is nearly 70 years old and is in need of a major revamp due to dampness, single glaze windows, raised and cracked floor boards.Minister Flanagan offered his advice and help to Killeen School Board of management, Parents council, Staff and Students.Minister Flanagan and Aisling Moran, who is a past pupil of the school, visited each classroom and spoke to all the children about topics such as Climate change, Brexit and Pancake Tuesday. Pinterestcenter_img Community Podcasts Pinterest WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Rugby They were very enthused by the childrens engagement, knowledge and questions on the current issues affecting Killeen and Laois.One of the pupils, Eoghan Kelly from Cullenagh, inquired of the Minister if he could ask the Taoiseach to drop in some day if he is in the area, just to say hello!Staff and parents are hopeful after the Ministers visits that all efforts will be made to revamp the old class rooms in the near future.Of Aisling Morans local election campaign, Charlie Flanagan said “Aisling Moran is no stranger to politics, she has been involved in campaigns for her Dad John Moran for many many years.“Her experience at national level in politics will keep her in good stead, involved as she is in research, polling trends and analysis; it gives her great insight into the working of politics.“She is prioritising health, housing and education and I wish her a very good campaign.”Local candidate encourages electorate to get involved for International Women’s DayVivienne Phelan, a Fine Gael candidate in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District has called on those who would like to see increased female participation in politics to actively support candidates for the upcoming local elections.She said: “I believe lots of people agree with the notion that we need more women in politics in Ireland.“However on this important occasion of International Women’s Day, I would encourage as many people as possible to turn this noble aspiration into concrete support for candidates on the ground.“Many candidates, myself included, would be only thrilled to hear from individuals who would like to help out with their campaigns. There is a job for everyone and no experience is required.”The young Stradbally woman has been an avid supporter of women in politics for sometime. She attended Women for Election INSPIRE training last year where she had an opportunity to develop her campaigning skills and network with like-minded individuals.In addition, Vivienne previously interned at the American Association of University Women, in Washington D.C., one of America’s leading voices promoting gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy, and lobbied at Capitol Hill as a result.She said: ‘I’m so fortunate to have received great support over the years from friends and family, neighbours, and colleagues within the Fine Gael party. Nobody gets elected on their own – it’s a real team effort.“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contest this election and I hope I will be an example for other young women in County Laois who might be considering a leadership role of some sort, be it in politics, their local youth club, sports team, school or parish, to push ahead with their ambition and give it their best shot.”Modernisation of the Electoral Registration ProcessThe modernisation of the electoral registration process is a well-needed step in the right direction.Naeem Iqbal, who is running for election in the Portlaoise elections, fully supports the proposal of using Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSNs) and some limited data exchange between the local authorities for the verification purposes.He said: “The proposed reforms in the electoral registration process will encourage the wider population to play its due part which in result will further strengthen the democracy in theRepublic of Ireland.”SEE ALSO – The confirmed list of candidates in this year’s Local Elections Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebooklast_img read more

BMO Capital Markets exec honoured

first_img Keywords Awards,  DiversityCompanies BMO Capital Markets Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Nasdaq seeks mandatory rule on board diversity for companies The selection committee noted that Noble “has shown exceptional ability in terms of leadership, business excellence and vision and noted that he is publicly recognized as a role model for the LGBTQA community.” According to the bank, Noble is a member of BMO’s Diversity Renewal Council, a member of the bank’s LGBT affinity group in Canada, and was formerly on the executive advisory council for BMO’s LGBT affinity group in the U.S. He is also a participant in Out on Bay Street and BMO career diversity workshops and is a patron of the Casey House Foundation capital campaign. “Paul is an exemplar of the qualities we look for in a leader at BMO Financial Group.” said Simon Fish, general counsel and executive diversity champion at BMO, who nominated Noble for the award. “He is a highly skilled lawyer who has successfully managed large, complex lines of business and teams in Canada and internationally. He encourages an open and inclusive culture that develops talent and brings out the best in the people who work for him. He actively champions diversity in the bank and community and inspires other professionals to embrace diversity while pursuing their goals,” Fish added. James Langton Related newscenter_img FP Canada names Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Paul Noble, vice president and deputy general counsel at BMO Capital Markets, is being recognized for his service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community. Noble was named the winner of the 2014 Deloitte Leaders To Be Proud Of Professional Leadership Award, the bank said Monday. The award will be presented at the Out On Bay Street’s awards ceremony on September 11 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. Joseph Bakish named 2020 winner of IIAC Top Under 40 awardlast_img read more

17th District legislators to hold virtual town hall on Monday

first_imgReps. Paul Harris and Vicki Kraft and Sen. Lynda Wilson will discuss the many issues of the 2021 legislative sessionRep. Vicki Kraft, Rep. Paul Harris, and Sen. Lynda Wilson, all Republicans from Vancouver, are inviting 17th District citizens to join them for a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the many issues of the 2021 legislative session.Rep. Vicki Kraft, Rep. Paul Harris, and Sen. Lynda Wilson, all Republicans from Vancouver, are inviting 17th District citizens to join them for a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the many issues of the 2021 legislative session. Photos courtesy of Washington State House Republican CommunicationsRep. Vicki Kraft, Rep. Paul Harris, and Sen. Lynda Wilson, all Republicans from Vancouver, are inviting 17th District citizens to join them for a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the many issues of the 2021 legislative session. Photos courtesy of Washington State House Republican Communications“We are now more than halfway into the 2021 legislative session, debating and voting on major issues that will undoubtedly affect families in the 17th District and throughout the state. It’s important we hear from citizens, inform them about moving legislation, and receive their questions, comments and input about the session,” said Kraft. “The town hall is being conducted virtually online, so people can conveniently participate from the comfort of their homes.”The remote town hall meeting will be conducted using the Zoom platform on Mon., March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Those who would like to participate in the hour-long event must pre-register in advance for the conference by going to any of the three legislators’ websites:RepresentativeVickiKraft.comRepresentativePaulHarris.comSenatorLyndaWilson.com“I look forward to meeting with the people of the 17th District again, albeit remotely,” said Harris. “This will be a great opportunity for us as legislators to listen to our constituents and get a sense of what they are going through and what matters to them the most right now. I’m excited to hear from them and ready to listen and learn.”“I’ll be ready to update our constituents about the state budget situation, because the majority has put a long list of tax proposals on the table even though there’s no budget deficit, and a huge amount of federal money is likely to be coming to our state. On top of that, Republicans have already proposed budgets that do all sorts of good things without a need for more taxes,” said Wilson, who is the Senate Republican budget leader. “Also, this meeting is even more timely now that the Senate majority has approved an income-tax bill. Our constituents need to know what that means for them and why I opposed it.”The conference can only accommodate the first 500 attendees, so participants should register early. Participants can also register online at tinyurl.com/17th-town-hall.The 2021 legislative session began Jan. 11 and is scheduled to end April 25.Information provided by Washington State House Republican Communications, houserepublicans.wa.govAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:17th District2021 legislative sessionClark CountyClark County WashingtonLatestLegislative Town Halllocal newsRep. Paul HarrisRep. Vicki KraftRepublicansSen. Lynda WilsonVancouverVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Jaime Herrera Beutler presses for more transparency in COVID vaccine allocations to Southwest Washington Next : Sen. Lynda Wilson glad to see governor (finally) support move to Phase 3AdvertisementThis is placeholder text 17th District legislators to hold virtual town hall on MondayPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, March 12, 2021in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Brian Lindoerfer named AVC for facilities operations and services

first_imgAssistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations and Services Brian LindoerferLindoerfer, a CU Boulder alumnus, takes over a 400-person operation that includes grounds and building maintenance, utility and energy services, and custodial and recycling operations for most of the campus. Transportation Services will also soon transition to Facilities Operations and Services and report to Lindoerfer.The first day at CU for Lindoerfer, the current building services division manager for Boulder County, will be March 12. He replaces David Danielson, who retired in December.“Facilities operations and services plays an integral role in empowering the university’s mission of education and research,” Kang said. “Brian’s expertise in facilities, energy, sustainability and resiliency make him a great fit to expand upon the work that is already being done to provide world-class facilities and services that enable our students and faculty to explore our solar system, conduct impactful research and learn in a safe, comfortable environment.”Lindoerfer has spent the past two years at Boulder County, where he oversaw facilities management efforts, development of a strategic facilities master plan and negotiation of a power purchase agreement that helped the county achieve its goal of sourcing more than 50 percent of the power for its facilities from renewables.  Prior to joining the county, he spent 20 years as an officer in the Navy, retiring with the rank of commander. Most of his time in the Navy was spent with the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and included a stint at the Pentagon as financial program manager and congressional liaison, as well as time as director of public works at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Lindoerfer holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from CU Boulder and an MBA from DePaul University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Colorado and a Certified Energy Manager.“I certainly have a passion for CU Boulder, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the institution in a role that so greatly impacts the success of all students, faculty and staff,” Lindoerfer said. “I am also excited to be able to continue to work with the Boulder community in many areas where we have common goals and interests.”Categories:AdministrationCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 22, 2018 Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability David Kang has named Brian Lindoerfer assistant vice chancellor for facilities operations and services for the CU Boulder campus.last_img read more