After Adoption’s first 10K run raises £15,000

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 November 2009 | News After Adoption’s first 10K run raises £15,000 Tagged with: Eventscenter_img The 10K run was organised by charity event specialists Tall Stories, and attracted commercial sponsorship from DST Global Solutions; Up and Running;; Vitamin Water; and Eat  33 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis After Adoption raised £15,000 with its first self-branded 10K run, which took place in Hyde Park, London last Sunday.The event, which was held at the end of National Adoption Week 2009, saw 500 runners complete the route, with British Olympic triathlete Will Clarke taking first place in the men’s race and Meriel Holden winning the women’s race.Louise Magill, Fundraising Manager for After Adoption, said that the event would become part of the charity’s fundraising calendar. Advertisementlast_img read more

First-year commuter students’ experiences at TCU

first_imgCOVID-19 cases prompt TCU to postpone home opener against football rival SMU Facebook Twitter Community Commons gives students place to go to leave their rooms Black, Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 ReddIt Twitter Cristian Arguetasoto Website| + posts Cristian Arguetasoto Cristian Arguetasoto Linkedin printFirst-year students who live off campus often face unique challenges as they adjust to college life.Foster Hall is one of the many residence halls on campus. (Photo Credit: TCU Maps)While staying home allows students to save about $13,000 in room and dining charges, there is a social cost. “I knew it [the commuter experience] would be a challenge,” said first-year nursing major Alexia Sanchez. “I thought it would become easier, but I was wrong.”According to the Campus Housing License for the Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Academic Year, TCU students that have been out of high school for less than two years are required to live on campus unless they meet one of the following criteria: he or she is 21 years or older by the first day of classes, he or she is living with a parents or guardian in Fort Worth, he or she is married and has children living with them, he or she is a veteran or he or she is enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours.A first-year commuter student needs to have a signed letter from his or her legal guardian stating that the student will be living at home with them submitted to TCU Housing and Residence Life. Unlike upper-class students who commute, first-year commuters do not have the luxuries of living in housing near campus or having an established group of friends to spend time with between classes.“I definitely expected to be able to make tons of friends easily,” first-year kinesiology major Anthony Gallardo said. “But since I’m at home and can’t spend as much time with people, the amount of friends I have is small compared to hall residents.”Some first-year students said they feel left out of campus events and conversations. For example, entertainment sponsored by theEnd is often advertised through lawn signs, but students driving to and from campus don’t have as many opportunities to see the signs. The programs are usually scheduled late at night.Andy Grammer performing at TCU on January 22, 2016. Grammer performed at TCU again on Friday, February 8.“Typically, if there’s an event late in the day, I ask my friends to see if one of them will let me stay in their room until it starts,” said sophomore film-TV-digital media major Madison Olmo. Commuting students can also find themselves with a lot of downtime between classes.  “I probably spend more time on campus than I do at home some days,” Gallardo said. “I expected to spend a few hours at school then go home, but not all classes are back-to-back, so I spend most of my day on campus.”TCU has implemented spaces on campus for commuting students to spend time between classes. There are study and relaxing spaces in the GrandMarc, the Wright Media Center, the Carter Tech Center and spaces in the University Recreation Center.“Just because you commute doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on campus,” Sanchez said. “There are great things to do at TCU, and you will want to be a part of it all.”First-year commuter students have also voiced their concerns about parking. “TCU could improve the commuter experience by making more lots,” Gallardo said. “It’s insane that I have to walk to the rec from the Sandage lot.”Problems may get worse for commuting students on campus. Three thousand one hundred sixty-eight students registered for a commuter parking pass for Fall of 2019, Assistant Chief of Police at TCU Robert Rangel said.Overall, first-year students commuting to campus have a unique experience with campus life.“I recommend finding a balance between home and school that fits you,” Gallardo said to incoming students who will commute to campus. “I’d recommend sticking to a schedule for the week.”center_img TCU to research its history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy Cristian Arguetasoto Facebook Cristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Previous articleBane’s basketball journey takes the scenic route to Big 12 Player of the WeekNext articleEquestrian looks to make strong spring push Cristian Arguetasoto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Cristian Arguetasoto last_img read more

Defence secretary threatens editor and journalist on Daily Mirror

first_img News Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is urging Pope Benedict XVI to intervene in support of press freedom at a 20 April meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse, after the Defence Secretary (see photo), who is also the president’s brother, made death threats against the editor of the Daily Mirror and to “exterminate” one of its journalists over articles about the plight of civilians caught up in the country’s civil conflict. Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned threats made by Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, younger brother of the president, against the editor of the Daily Mirror, Champika Liyanaarachchi. The minister also threatened to “exterminate” a journalist on the newspaper, for writing articles about the plight of civilian victims of the war.Calling on the scretary to apologise to Champika Liyanaarachchi and Uditha Jayasinghe, the worldwide press freedom organisation said it had written to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to intervene with President Mahinda Rajapakse at their meeting in Italy, in support of press freedom in the country and in particular about the latest threats.The secretary called the editor on her mobile phone on 17 April to complain about the Daily Mirror’s editorial stance on the civil war, citing in particular an article it carried on 16 April which he saw as hostile to the government. He told her that the pro-government Tamil militia, “Karuna faction”, could take revenge on her over the article, in which case, he told her, the government would not be able to protect her.The secretary called on her to resign so as to avoid being targeted for reprisals. He told her he would put pressure on the paper’s management to obtain her dismissal. Finally, he said he would “exterminate” journalist Uditha Jayasinghe. She had written a number of articles on the plight of civilians displaced by the conflict in the east of the country. April 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defence secretary threatens editor and journalist on Daily Mirror Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out more President Rajapakse contacted Liyanaarachchi hours later to assure her that he was going to order an investigation. The following day, the British High Commissioner in Colombo, Dominick Chilcott, went to the Daily Mirror offices to express his solidarity. This gesture angered the defence secretary who summoned the diplomat to a meeting in his office in Colombo.”Making such vicious threats against two journalists, one of whom is the first female editor of a daily newspaper in the history of the Sri Lankan press, is unworthy of a Defence secretary and a danger to the entire profession,” Reporters Without Borders said.Harassing independent journalists also damages the credibility of the head of state,” it added. to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalistslast_img read more

Saint Felicitas & Perpetua Church: Building the Future!

first_imgFaith & Youth Saint Felicitas & Perpetua Church: Building the Future! Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 3:25 pm 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Saint Felicitas & Perpetua Church wishes to thank its parishioners to their generous response. The Capital Campaign has raised sufficient funds to begin construction of its Preschool and Science Laboratory.As the church moves through the construction phase and beyond, there will be more opportunities to support its educational efforts, so it is not too late to build on this new foundation for future generations. The church anticipates completing construction, August 15th, the Solemnity of theAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick urge the church parishioners to continue to keep their efforts in their prayers.Saint Felicitas & Perpetua Church, 1190 Palomar Road, San Marino, (626) 796-0432 or visit Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

JPC told Letterkenny crime is down over 40% this year

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleMan shot in both legs in StrabaneNext article€100 million investment in Donegal water and sewerage schemes News Highland By News Highland – April 20, 2010 WhatsApp Crime levels have fallen substantially in the Letterkenny Garda District this year, with crime down between 40 and 45% across the board.Superintendent Vincent O’Brien told a public meeting of the local Joint Policing Committee this is partly due to the success of the CCTV system in the town. He said he would like to see 10 more cameras, spread out across a wider area.Superintendent O’Brien says the fall in crime is particularly evident in areas such as burglary and theft.Members of the committee expressed disappointment after less than ten members of the public attended. It was the first public consultation to be called since November 2007.Members agreed that the next meeting of the JPC should be held in public. center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter JPC told Letterkenny crime is down over 40% this year Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Rebooting Tribunals And Recalibrating Delivery Of Justice

first_imgColumnsRebooting Tribunals And Recalibrating Delivery Of Justice Justice Virender Singh & Major Navdeep Singh28 Jun 2020 5:14 AMShare This – xOne of the lesser realised aftershocks of the Emergency was tribunalisation as it exists today. A blow so hard that despite multiple efforts by our High Courts and the Supreme Court, including Constitution Benches, to wipe out the deleterious consequences, the ruinous scars remain. Tribunals in the present form were introduced through the 42nd Constitutional Amendment when…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOne of the lesser realised aftershocks of the Emergency was tribunalisation as it exists today. A blow so hard that despite multiple efforts by our High Courts and the Supreme Court, including Constitution Benches, to wipe out the deleterious consequences, the ruinous scars remain. Tribunals in the present form were introduced through the 42nd Constitutional Amendment when the concept was employed as a tool by the executive of the day to blunt-out judicial functioning and it was probably thought that by creating such bodies some of the subjects of litigation could be taken out of the purview of the independent judiciary with the said bodies functioning under and manned by the executive. Though the Supreme Court put its judicial weight against such blatant attempts through various landmark decisions such as RK Jain Vs Union of India 1993 AIR 1769, L Chandra Kumar Vs Union of India (1997) 3 SCC 26, Union of India Vs R Gandhi (2010) 11 SCC 1, Madras Bar Association Vs Union of India (2014) 10 SCC 1 and Rojer Mathew Vs South Indian Bank Limited 2019 SCC Online SC 1456, yet, despite such heavy dicta favouring independence of tribunals and streamlining of their functioning, the practical situation remains almost the same as it did without these judicial milestones. In the latest Constitution Bench decision in Rojer Mathew (supra), the Supreme Court set aside the Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017 promulgated by the Government which gave the Government unbridled power in the functioning and control of tribunals. The Court directed the Government to institute fresh rules in line with its decisions pertaining to independence of tribunals. New rules were then framed earlier this year by the Central Government but these carry out only superficial changes to the earlier rules and directly contravene law laid down by the Supreme Court. Let us scan a few examples. The new rules do not correct the current dispensation of tribunals functioning under parent administrative ministries against which they have to pass orders. This contravenes the Seven Judge Bench decision in L Chandra Kumar as well as the Five Judge Bench in R Gandhi wherein it was held that tribunals must not function under the ministries against which they have to pass orders and neither should the Members be granted facilities by such ministries. Hence, for example, the Armed Forces Tribunal today functions under the Ministry of Defence which is the first party in all litigation before it and against which it has to pass all orders. But reflecting a complete conflict of interest, the Ministry also happens to control its infrastructure, finances and staffing. Ditto is the case with the National Green Tribunal and other tribunals which have to pass orders against the Government and its instrumentalities. To top it all, complaints against Members of tribunals are also to be routed through the same Ministries. Even if it is taken only as a perception, the visible and invisible strings in such a scenario and the impact on the psyche of litigants can hardly be ignored. The new rules also provide for the Secretary of the Ministry/Department to sit in the Selection Committee for Members of tribunals. Therefore, the person against whom orders are to be passed, also selects his/her adjudicators. This arrangement was deprecated and called “mockery of the Constitution” in Madras Bar Association. In fact, the Selection Committee has been incorporated in such a manner that it can function even in the absence of judicial representation whereas the Supreme Court has repeatedly called for primacy to judicial representatives in such selections. In R Gandhi, the Constitution Bench had called for a minimum tenure of 5 to 7 years for Members of tribunals, however under the new rules, the tenure prescribed is 4 years with an upper age of 65 years, which also is theoretical. In case a retired High Court Judge is to be appointed, he or she gets a maximum of 3 years in chair since the retirement from the High Court is at 62 years. Practically, the tenure would be even lesser since only in rare circumstances is a Judge appointed soon after retirement. In such a situation, the non-judicial members get a longer tenure in comparison since they join tribunals at an earlier age. Interestingly, under these rules, the prohibition imposed on Members for further employment with the State and Central Governments has been removed. Again in R Gandhi, vague qualification criterion for Members such as experience in economics, business, commerce, finance, management etc was eschewed and struck down. Still, in the new rules, the said criterion has strangely again been introduced for tribunals such as the Armed Forces Tribunal and the TDSAT, the logic and legality both of which is suspect. For efficient delivery of justice, tribunals cannot function as stand-alone entities in vacuum without being configured with an efficient countrywide justice delivery system and our Constitutional Courts. Time and again the Supreme Court has emphasized on reducing the burden on the highest Court of the land but there seems to be no end to routine, innocuous and sometimes frivolous litigation reaching its gates. A Constitution Bench in Bihar Legal Service Society Vs Chief Justice of India 1987 AIR 38 had observed that the Supreme Court was only meant for exceptional cases and in most matters the High Court must remain the final arbiter. It was repeated thereafter in many decisions that the highest Court of the land must only interfere in Constitutional matters of general public importance or ones with pan India implication, however the Court is on the contrary burdened by mundane appeals and issues such as consumer and matrimonial disputes and direct appeals from tribunals which should not otherwise find themselves at the entrance invoking the majesty of the highest Court of the largest democracy. Today, the term “Special” in “Special Leave Petition” itself has become almost otiose and redundant. Even otherwise, access to the Supreme Court remains difficult and unaffordable for most litigants as also observed in RK Jain, L Chandra Kumar and recently again in Rojer Mathew. There could be a few suggested practical solutions to the conundrum: (a) In line with the original thought behind the availability of Special Leave to Appeal under Article 136, the matters reaching the Supreme Court by their very nature must be very rare, involving points of law of general public importance or interpretation of the Constitution, pan nation implication or where there is a major conflict on a point of law between two or more High Courts. The Division Benches of the jurisdictional High Court, an equally efficacious Constitutional Court, must be the final arbiter as observed in Bihar Legal Service Society, L Chandra Kumar and Rojer Mathew. Of course, jurisdictions such as the exclusive and advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court cannot be exercised by any other Court. (b) Tribunals must function only under the Ministry of Law & Justice and not under parent administrative ministries and with the best possible facilities to Members to attract the optimum talent, with a sufficiently long tenure and under the aegis of an overarching body such as the National Tribunals Commission as suggested by jurists like Mr Arvind Datar and also observed by Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Deepak Gupta in their separate observations in Rojer Mathew. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal is a shining and successful example of a Tribunal functioning under the Ministry of Law & Justice. (c) Excessive tribunalisation must be avoided except in highly technical areas since litigants are known to express more faith in the regular judiciary. Whenever instituted, tribunals must not be laden with vague eligibility criteria such as experience in economics, business, commerce, finance, management etc thereby making all and sundry eligible. Rather than creating more tribunals, the High Courts need to be strengthened. Giving stable rosters to High Court Judges can also bring in more understanding in various specialised branches of law. (d) Tribunals can also be created within the regular judicial system with existing judges since there is a view prevalent, and not without valid basis, that non-judicial ‘experts’ appointed as Members carry over to the tribunal with them a certain over-familiarity with the subjects which can breed subjectivity. Calling specialized bodies a cause of decadence and decay, American jurist Judge Simon Rifkind, way back in 1951, stated that it “intensifies the seclusion of that branch of law and further immunizes it against the refreshment of new ideas, suggestions, adjustments and compromises which constitute the very tissue of any living system of law”. There is yet another reason for the regular Court system being more robust, and that is that Courts never stop functioning even when facing critical shortage of judges, while tribunals and other quasi-judicial bodies come to a complete standstill because of non-appointment of Members or retirements. Interestingly, in certain classes of litigation, the pendency has rather increased after creation of tribunals. (e) Widening of the intra-court appellate jurisdiction of the High Courts for appeals from Single Bench decisions to Division Benches, thereby giving finality within the same High Court in more subject matters, must be given due thought so as to provide an affordable and accessible remedy and to unburden the Supreme Court from hackneyed cases. This could be more practical than deliberating upon a ‘Court of Appeal’ sandwiched between High Courts and the Supreme Court. The issues concerning tribunalisation and interconnected delivery of justice are not ones which cannot be tackled. It seems that though the political will to harmonise these issues was never lacking, due to some reason or the other, and want of consensus amongst stakeholders including opposition by various ministries, we remain stuck in a whirlwind of total chaos. As back as on 2nd August 2001, the then Law Minister, late Mr Arun Jaitley, had stated in Parliament that the Government was moving towards implementation of the decision in L Chandra Kumar by creating a separate Central Tribunals Division. Something that has not fructified. More recently, the current Law Minister had also appreciably alluded to the decisions of the Supreme Court dealing with tribunals in his opinion piece for the Indian Express on 20th April 2017. The Prime Minister had also red-flagged issues related to tribunals in a speech rendered on 4th April 2015. With the political executive having shown its willingness to tackle these vexed issues, and on the strength of existing dicta of the Supreme Court, there should be no reason why these matters should not be resolved to the full satisfaction of all stakeholders, including the litigating public, at the earliest. It would rather be in the fitness of things to robustly overrule opposing voices that are not letting the vision of the political executive, the spirit of the Constitution and the decisions of Constitutional Courts take full effect and shape.Views are personal only. (Justice Virender Singh is Former Chief Justice, High Court of Jharkhand & Former Chairperson, Armed Forces Tribunal,Major Navdeep Singh is a lawyer at the Punjab & Haryana High Court & Member of the International Society of Military Law and the Law of War) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Minister Ryan says further restrictions are a possibility as cases rise

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Minister Ryan says further restrictions are a possibility as cases rise Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleIreland’s Hospitals will be overrun by Covid-19 – Chief Clinical OfficerNext article4,962 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the Republic, 194 in Donegal News Highland Facebook Google+ By News Highland – January 3, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Transport Minister says reducing the exercise limit from 5 kilometres to 2 is among the possibilities if Level 5 restrictions don’t work this month.However Eamon Ryan says government will wait to see if the current measures stem rising infection rates.Almost 3,400 Covid-19 cases were recorded here yesterday – a figure that includes some of the 9,000 cases backlogged by an IT systems failure.Minister Ryan says further restrictions are a possibility:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Florida woman jailed after video of her kicking and choking dog goes viral

first_imgFacebook/Vincent Minutello(TAMPA, Fla.) — A woman has been arrested and jailed after she was filmed kicking and choking her dog near her trailer in Pinellas County, Florida.Michelle A. Sieber, 26, is facing one count of felony animal cruelty after a man named Vincent Minutello posted a video to Facebook of the woman abusing her dog. The video has received almost 3,000 comments since he posted it on Friday. Sieber can be seen walking slowly towards her trailer in a parking lot with the dog on a leash before she swiftly kicks the animal in its rib cage. She then shortens the leash and pulls up on it so hard that the dog’s front legs come up off the ground as it gasps for air.As she begins walking again, the dog can be seen bracing itself before she pulls up even harder on the leash and choking the dog to the point where it can be seen gagging.Minutello, who filmed the incident from his car, then drives up to Sieber and asks her to stop treating her dog so poorly.“Hey, can you go a little easy on that dog, please,” Minutello then says to Sieber from his car. “You can’t do what you’re doing.”Sieber laughs and responds, “Pull on his collar?”“You are choking him. You are hanging your dog. He is sitting there by his neck and he can’t breathe if you watch him,” says Minutello in response to her question.“You can have him if you want him,” Sieber then says in the video.According to an arrest report obtained by ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate station WFTS, Sieber told police that she was training the dog. Sieber is allegedly transient and lives in her trailer with two dogs.The dog seen in the video, along with another dog that was not filmed, have been taken into custody by animal control and Sieber has been jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail as she awaits trial.Minutello has thanked the public for their assistance after he posted the video on Friday.“Thank you for all the support! For those who would have choose the violent route I understand your frustration. However documenting is key to a habitual offender,” he says before imploring people not to resort to violence. “Please don’t incriminate yourselves with violence. That is a short term reaction to what seems to be a long term problem. With this video hopefully we can put a stop to it.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Watershed Budget as Brown focuses on productivity gap

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Watershed Budget as Brown focuses on productivity gapOn 29 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Perhaps there is more to Gordon Brown’s recent Budget than first meets theeye. Far from being mediocre or dull, the detail suggests the chancellor haslaid down a real productivity challenge to employers‘Brown’s Boring Budget.’ ‘Brown’sgamble.’ ‘Brown’s Budget bombshell.’ ‘Growth forecasts too optimistic – he’llhave to raise taxes.’ ‘The Budget was so dull that the FTSE 100 hardly moved.’Such have been the responses to Gordon Brown’s seventh Budget, that theTreasury and the chancellor must be wondering what on earth they can do toraise the level of economic debate in this country. Yet for the first time, Gordon Brown has shown real economic leadership andhas laid down a real productivity challenge to UK business and the UKworkforce. At last, the Treasury has taken on board the idea that supply-sidemeasures alone do not adequately address some of the deep-seated issues of theeconomy. Finally, some understanding – if we are to raise our competitive game,we need to change our behaviour. As individuals we need to take chances, our banks and financiers need to beencouraged into riskier segments of the investment market, excluded groups needto be encouraged into the workforce and, above all, responsibility for ensuringthat jobs and innovation are responsive to local and regional labour marketsshould be devolved to policy makers at this level and not be determined bycentral government. And where the risks are too high for individuals orbusinesses to bear them by themselves, government resources should be madeavailable to bridge the gap between risk and return. Every measure the chancellor proposed in the Budget took a risk-sharing,demand-side approach. For example, a long overdue and much-needed consultation on the concept ofSmall Business Investment Companies (SBICs) was announced. Under such a system,state funds are managed by local fund managers and are used to provide parallelinvestments and guarantees to private sector investors to back early-stageentrepreneurial businesses with little track record. Our favoured American cousins have been using this type of risk guaranteemechanism for 50 years, and the Nordic countries, Germany, France, Singapore,Israel, the Republic of Ireland and The Netherlands have all taken similarapproaches in the past five years. SBICs have an undisputed positive impact onencouraging investment into the high risk, uncertain return end of the market. The expanded remit of the small firms loan guarantee scheme is also to bewelcomed. Banks have been able to provide riskier loans to entrepreneurssupported by guarantees from the Government for years now, but there has been avery low take-up of the scheme, despite the fact that it has been used as arole model for structures in the EU and individual member states such asDenmark. The low take-up of these schemes or their European equivalents, haseffectively starved some of our small businesses of cash when they most needit. The changes to housing benefits and an ethnic minority jobs fund, along withthe abolition of late payment fines, the release from audit requirements andthe increase of the VAT threshold for small businesses, will go a long waytowards encouraging productivity through entrepreneurship and innovation.Alongside this, the scope now for local authorities to share the receipts fromnew business creation with the Treasury from 2005, greater focus on regionalscience centres, Enterprise Areas, community investment tax relief and thedevolution of power to allow job centres to fill local vacancies lays down agauntlet to policy makers to face the challenge of local and regional autonomy.And one final challenge. The endemic carping by the business lobby about theregulatory burden facing small businesses has become part of the mood musicaccompanying every post-Budget party. Yet the Organisation for EconomicCo-operation and Development says the UK is the least regulated market forsetting up a business in Europe and the changes announced by the chancellorwill only serve to make it even more favourable. More importantly, he has alsostarted a process of removing the 24-month regulatory hurdle that smallbusinesses face by announcing a review of all red tape to be led by those whoshout the loudest – the CBI and the Institute of Directors. Touché. This was a Budget about productivity and micro-economic performance. Thechancellor proclaimed an improvement in productivity relative to our G7competitors that was impressive to hear – the productivity gap with Japan nolonger exists, with Germany the gap has been reduced to 4 per cent and withFrance to 16 per cent. This is clever national income accounting and can beexplained entirely in terms of the past year’s higher GDP growth rate. As we are finding through our Work and Enterprise Panel of Inquiry at TheWork Foundation, the driver of productivity improvements over the long-termcomes from the innovation base of the economy – the men and women from allwalks of life and all backgrounds who take chances, find new ways of doingthings or new products and services with a viable market, and, critically, whoare prepared to take risks to follow through their ideas. It is about the largebusinesses that allow their employees to be creative and innovative and, hence,stay ahead of the game. Raising productivity is about raising all of ouraspirations so that we can adapt flexibly, dynamically and inclusively to theprocesses of change. The chancellor has started the process of raising our aspirations and,hence, productivity. The challenge now is to work together towards meeting thatchallenge. By Rebecca Harding, Chief economist, The WorkFoundation Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Quickest and slowest selling areas of UK revealed

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Quickest and slowest selling areas of UK revealed previous nextHousing MarketQuickest and slowest selling areas of UK revealedSurvey reviews all regions of the UK and shows Hertfordshire as the quickest area to sell a home and Devon as the slowest – at more than a year.Richard Reed17th March 202001,256 Views A big regional variation has been revealed between the quickest and slowest parts of the UK to sell your home.The slowest selling time from sale to completion was more than a year, with Devon clocking up 397 days, while the quickest-selling area was Hertfordshire at 161 days.The figures were exposed in a survey by house sale comparison site Ready Steady Sell, based on its own data.The quickest selling areas after Hertfordshire were Norfolk at 180 days,and Durham and North Yorkshire at around the 210-day mark.Other quick areas included Lincolnshire, West Sussex, the Western Isles and Northumberland.In Wales, the quickest selling area found was Llandyrnog, with sales generally taking well below 250 days and the average number being roughly 190 days to completion.Slow SurreyThe slowest areas included leafy, affluent Surrey at 374 days, and Oxfordshire, Somerset and Cumbria on 324, 356 and 349 days respectively.Other areas that took longer than the average time to sell were Essex, Pembrokeshire, Barnsley, Stirling, Fife, Cornwall, Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Man.The slowest market in Wales was Bari Island, home to the much loved TV series Gavin and Stacey, where it took properties an average of 335 days to sell.With the list being such a mixed bag up and down the country, it begs the question is there a reason for the variations, and is there any correlation between the areas and/or the timing of the sale?“Very simply, no,” said a spokesman for Ready, Steady, Sell. “Although it’s apparent the place can affect the time of sale, that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with where it is on the map. Each individual town, city and region has its own property market that varies widely.” houses to sell ready steady sell slowest houses to sell house prices March 17, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more