Why the Chancellor must give young Brits a fighting chance in the Budget

first_imgThe Kickstart scheme is one part of the Treasury’s arsenal already employed – but the issues around long-term impacts will need addressing. (Photo by Daniel leal-Olivas – WPA Pool/Getty Images) The UK, simply put, does not build enough houses in the right places. That’s particularly true in London which, despite some dampened demand during the pandemic will maintain its gravitational pull as the place successful people want to live and work. And the IEA favour reform of the student loan scheme – and funding for universities as a whole. To govern, the saying goes, is to choose. In public spending – and there is at least a consensus that borrowing £400bn a year is probably not, all told, ideal policy outside of a global pandemic – that means taking from one to give to another. The Chancellor should, he said, “abolish or significant reduce national insurance contributions for 16-24 year-olds for a two-year period.” “Additional support for retraining would help prevent a Covid generation being scarred by long-term unemployment,” said Henehan. Deaths have hit hardest amongst the elderly – but shielding individuals, disabled Brits and others have had a tougher time of it than even those unable to hug their family or stuck with Netflix ennui. Others take a more radical approach. Both the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) and the TaxPayers’ Alliance reckon a temporary tax cut is the way forward. An economic leg-up The costs of Covid-19 have fallen on all parts of society. A zero-sum game whatsapp At the same time, property prices have continued to grow, by an average of 7.5 per cent according to the closely-watched Nationwide tracker, significantly outstripping earnings growth and bad news for those pushed even further away from the prospect of getting onto the property ladder. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Also Read: A catch-up strategy? How Government can give young Brits a boost in Budget 2021 They have a point. Making development pay for those around new homes could turn NIMBYs into hod-carrying cheerleaders. And crucially it could help put houses in places where people want to be – strengthening the urban fabric of the capital, which needs exactly that after the ravages of the year just gone. Read more: Squeamish ministers must include casual sex exemption in lockdown roadmap A catch-up strategy? How Government can give young Brits a boost in Budget 2021 Tags: Budget 2021 Coronavirus The statistics don’t lie: 99 per cent of Covid-19 deaths in the UK have been amongst those over 44. No death affects a single person – families, friends, communities are of course affected by every tragic loss. Share But that local level still means you end up with development proposals being met with restrained local resistance from so-called NIMBYs, versus only abstract benefits that are unlikely to get anybody riled up. Residents see no benefit from new housing; a view ruined can take twenty grand off the price of their property, and increased traffic is a pain. Other schemes cooked by Westminster’s brainboxes are more directly in the Chancellor’s gift. And in the long term, the vast increase in public debt will saddle many of today’s youngsters with a higher tax burden (or less cash for public services) for decades to come. But the economic consequences, in the short-, medium- and long-term, are most likely to be felt by those at the start of their working lives. Len Shackleton, editorial and research fellow at the IEA, said such a move would slightly redress the ‘generation gap.’ John O’Connell, chief executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, goes further. Read more: Labour’s Anneliese Dodds paints government as too London-centric in pre-Budget speech “Over the longer term,” O’Connell said, “the triple lock on state pension must be addressed to tackle intergenerational unfairness.” Read more: UK Covid alert level downgraded as hospital pressure eases The latter move would be controversial, but as a generational book-balancer, it has its merits. A grand total of 35,959 ‘new additional dwellings’ were started in the 32 boroughs of the capital in 2018/19 – the Government reckons 72,000 were required. Short-term salvation So what can be done? Chancellor Rishi Sunak has an early chance to add a ‘catch-up’ strategy to the Government’s levelling-up agenda in next week’s Budget. But what would that look like? Add all of this up and combine it with career development issues and it’s obvious why the economic wonks at the Institute of Fiscal Studies say the “pandemic has severely dented the career prospects of young people and threatens to have a prolonged negative impact on them as a result.” That, unsurprisingly, increases the price of property; good for the property-owning, not so for the property-less. “Decades of falling home ownership and an economic shock focused on social sectors like hospitality and leisure has meant that young people today are at the heart of both a rent arrears crisis, and worklessness crisis,” Kathleen Henehan, senior policy analyst at think-tank the Resolution Foundation, told City A.M. But the biggest issue may well be one that has been on policymakers’ agenda from long before the pandemic hit. Whereas Warwick Lightfoot, head of economics at Policy Exchange, thought the Covid-19 crisis was a chance to put rocket boosters under the entrepreneurship economy. The Centre for Policy Studies took a similar tack, proposing a liberalisation of the rules around the nighttime economy. “Young people could be helped if those with a viable business idea and access to £2,000 of start-up capital were given a fixed allowance of £100 per week for 12 months, business mentoring, and access to start-up loans,” he told City A.M. Many of the worst impacts of the economic bomb dropped on those at the start of their careers will not be felt for a while.center_img It falls to the TaxPayers’ Alliance to say that the pensions triple lock needs to be looked at. Currently it guarantees the state pension will go up by inflation, average earnings or 2.5 per cent – whichever is the highest. “By giving local residents control over the development they see, including the architecture and design, and by giving them a share in the wealth created… we can create more beautiful, walkable, and sustainable neighbourhoods,” the abstract to their recent report on reviving suburbs reads. “A longer-term idea would be to scrap the existing studdent loans scheme and substitute a system where graduates finance study by contracting to pay a proportion of future earnings above a minimal level to their universities,” Shackleton told me. However, Policy Exchange reckon that taking planning decisions to an even more local level , for developments of a relatively minor nature, could actually spur more building. So why don’t we build houses? The Resolution Fountain meanwhile want a targeted wage subsidy scheme as well as an extension to the Kickstart scheme. The latter has ben much-touted by the Chancellor and after a slow start is beginning to show some fruits; it allows firms to offer six-month placements to youngsters with the taxpayer picking up the tab. Urban theorists beginning with Jane Jacobs have consistently made the point that cities in particular are ecosystems – and a mix of housing stock is vital to their continued economic resilience. Spring and summer last year saw many young people criticised for pushing the boundaries of lockdown by spending time in parks (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Of the job losses recorded since the start of the pandemic, more than four in five have been amongst those under 35. That number will almost certainly rise – a further 1.75m are still enrolled on the furlough scheme. Most economists and analysts hope that support for the younger generation will come in two parts – short-term measures that can alleviate the worst of the financial pressure on twenty-somethings today, and then more longer-term structural measures which can pay off in the longer run. In particular the think-tank put making life easier for bars and pubs to stay open later will have positive consequences on pay cheques for early-career bartenders and chefs. The CPS mirror the TPA’s proposal to exempt employers from National Insurance contributions for those staff under-25. State Pension spend in the UK in 2021/22 tops £100bn; had the State Pension only been tied to earnings growth since 2011 rather than the Triple Lock, the Treasury would be spending just shy of £8bn less. Earnings have been depressed for years, with real wages only catching up with pre-2008 levels in February 2020. Inflation, like interest rates, has been marginal in the grand scheme of things. Friday 26 February 2021 12:03 am They would then “have an incentive only to admit those who could be expected to gain from university study, and to make sure they were adequately prepared for the labour market,” he continued. Too many ‘housing schemes’ announced by too many of the Chancellor’s predecessors either have seen either too few houses built, or built in the wrong place. There’s a variety of reasons, but the planning system is one. Today – as we know from the entertainment offered by the Handforth Parish Council Planning Committee – decision-making sits at local level, but with varying interactions all the way up to the Housing Secretary. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) So, locked out of the property market, more likely to have been made unemployed and unlikely to keep more of their money even when they manage to make it. No wonder some ask if today’s younger generations will be the first to be less wealthy than their parents. Building long-term remedies Historically low interest-rates and cheap money have exacerbated the problem, with those able to remortgage from a higher base taking advantage. Those saving for that elusive first deposit, meanwhile, get only a miniscule reward for their efforts to squirrel away a few quid; that, inevitably, makes things even harder. Bureaucracy around the scheme has so far, though, hindered its progress – but there is some positive movement. “Rishi Sunak could revive the economy by scrapping employer’s National Insurance and replacing it with a temporary payroll tax. This could cut the salary bill for a company with 50 employees by £70,000,” he tells me. The elephant in the room To alleviate the former, they propose a tenant loan system so that debts can be repaid in a way that avoids mass evictions. “Getting rid of the 2.5 per cent guarantee would mean it could only rise with earnings or inflation, giving younger taxpayers a break and saving billions in the process.” Can Government still justify it? Especially when demographics suggest that the cost will only go up and many people earlier in their career are already writing off the idea of receiving a state pension altogether? “This would increase their take-home pay and/or improve their job chances. This could be offset by imposing National Insurance on those past state pension age.” Show Comments ▼ Meanwhile, briefings out of HM Treasury suggest that the pensions triple lock – ensuring payouts to pensioners’ go up each year at the highest of three measures – will remain in place. So the Chancellor may have more to think about than just the numbers when he assesses his Treasury scorecard. The other element of the political calculation for Rishi Sunak and his Cabinet colleagues is to judge whether – to borrow a phrase from erstwhile Budget-botherer George Osborne – have we all truly been “in it together” through the pandemic? 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It would be a start. But more innovative thinking such as that from Policy Exchange would be welcome. Read more: London house prices: What £500k gets you in tube zones 1 to 6 Andy Silvester last_img read more

Interior: Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Crime & Courts | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | North Slope | PoliticsInterior: Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019May 31, 2019 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Tussock tundra on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)The Trump administration remains on track to hold an oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year, a top U.S. Interior Department official confirmed Thursday.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/05/ann-20190530-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Interior is working on a final draft of an environmental impact statement for its oil leasing plan in the refuge’s coastal plain.Speaking at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference in Anchorage, Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash said he expected that document to be released by August.“Once we have a final EIS, we will be in a position to issue a record of decision and notice of lease sale,” Balash said. “And that lease sale will happen in 2019.”Congress legalized drilling in the refuge in 2017, as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation required Interior to hold the first Coastal Plain lease sale within four years of its passage.Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash, a former Alaska Department of Natural Resources commissioner, answers questions from the Alaska Senate Resources Committee on Feb. 28, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Balash said Interior received over one million comments on its draft plan for leasing in the refuge.Also at the conference, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said the state aims to hold its annual oil lease sale on the same day as the Arctic Refuge oil lease sale.In his remarks, Balash also commented on a recent court ruling that blocked the Trump administration’s move to reopen large portions of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil leasing, calling it “really unfortunate.”The Trump administration appealed the ruling this week. But Balash indicated he had reservations about how the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which has ruled against the Trump administration on several key cases — will respond.“We have to go through the 9th Circuit, since it was Judge (Sharon) Gleason’s decision. Everybody in this room knows what kind of a hurdle that is,” Balash said. “We have a lot of work in front of us before we are going to know exactly what the future holds for the Arctic OCS.”Share this story:last_img read more

Here’s a First Look at h.Club LA, the Private Social Club…

first_imgBusinessNightlifeFilmThe IndustryHere’s a First Look at h.Club LA, the Private Social Club Coming to Hollywood and VineThe members-only London import will open next summerBy Lisa Beebe – July 12, 20172340ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe Hospital Club, a members-only social club in London’s Covent Garden neighborhood, is opening a second location in the former Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. The original club, cofounded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul Allen and musician Dave Stewart, was named for its location in a former hospital. The Hollywood spin-off, first announced in January, will be called h.Club LA.The five-story club will open in Summer 2018 as a place for entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators to connect and collaborate. At this communal workspace, the amenities are a bit more glamorous than the free wifi and coffee offered at most co-working spaces. Members and guests will have access to h.Club LA’s gym and wellness facilities, outdoor pool, recording studio, screening room, and live performance space. On the roof you’ll find a restaurant with views of Hollywood, and a desert garden inspired by the gardens of English filmmaker and gay rights activist Derek Jarman. In addition to lounges and bars, the club features a tea room, pictured below.Tea Room at h.Club LACourtesy of h.Club LAThe tea room, designed by Russell Sage, takes inspiration from traditional English tea rooms as well as the aesthetic of the Japanese tea ceremony.The club, now accepting applications, has a charitable twist: A portion of each member’s joining fee is directed to the club’s philanthropic activities in support of arts access and education.RELATED: The Rise of Silicon Beach TAGSh ClubPrivate clubSoho HousePrevious articleHow Does L.A. Decide Which Intersections Get Left-Turn Lights?Next articleSunday is National Ice Cream Day, and This Is The Place to BeLisa Beebe RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORCan L.A.’s Private Social Clubs Adjust to the Era of Social Distancing?The New Soho House in DTLA Is Seeking “Creative Souls”Russiagate Convict George Papadopoulos Is at the Center of a Twitter War Between His Wife and Momlast_img read more

Laois Councillor laments section of Barrow Blueway that didn’t go ahead

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Home News Community Laois Councillor laments section of Barrow Blueway that didn’t go ahead NewsCommunity Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months By Alan Hartnett – 30th March 2021 TAGSAisling MoranBarrow Blueway Facebook Twitter Council Facebook Previous articleGardai dealing with ‘large gathering’ at popular Laois lakeNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 31, 2021 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. WhatsApp Laois Councillor laments section of Barrow Blueway that didn’t go ahead RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival A Laois County Councillor has lamented a 19km stretch between Athy and Graiguecullen that was not included in the Barrow Blueway project.The €5 million Blueway project will run from Lowtown in Kildare, through the towns of Rathangan, Monasterevin and Vicarstown to Athy.The planned upgrade is to provide a multi-use shared 46km off-road, flat accessible, public space and leisure route.It had originally been planned to complete a 19km stretch between Athy and Graiguecullen but that did not happen and according to Cllr Aisling Moran, this was down to a lack of public representatives on the decision making body.She said: “I believe that an elected public representative should be on every decision making committee that has to deal with projects from a tourism or infrastructure point.“Projects like the Barrow Blueway for example. Anything pertaining to Laois should have a public representative on it.“The Barrow Blueway is a fantastic project, one that will continue to bring lots of revenue to any county that it passes through for many years to come through amp sites, restaurants, cafes, bars, Bike rental, Kayak and boat rental, fishing, activity centres and so much more.“We had an opportunity to bring this to a sizeable section of Laois but due to a lack of public representation at planning and decision making stages, the section from Athy to the Carlow border, (19km of this in Laois) did not go ahead.“Kildare who now will have the Royal Canal Blueway and the Barrow Blueway, while Laois, who accommodated Kildare, by allowing only the part that connects the two sides of Kildare, so now they can avail of the huge tourist market coming their way.“I have been continuously asking about this project and I’m told that Waterways Ireland might look at it again if Carlow agree. We don’t need Carlow to agree to bring it up to the Carlow border.”She now wishes to find a way for this project to actually take place and bring benefits to the area.Cllr Moran said: “Instead of being told reasons why the Blueway can’t continue from Athy to Graiguecullen, lets start looking at ways that will get that 19km of track done.“That stretch of the Barrow passes many beautiful old lifting bridges and old mills before it ever reaches Carlow town.“When I was running for election in 2019 I was putting myself forward to be elected by the public to represent the public, but unfortunately we don’t get to represent them on everything.“We are the ones living in the area, we speak and listen to be people on the ground. We have an interest in making things happen in our constituency.“We want local businesses to thrive. Look at the amount of Heritage that is in that area, having a link to the Blueway would increase tourism and employment. We should be listened too and what we have to say should be taken on board.“While we are talking about the Blueway, we need to have walking and cycle trails from the Blueway in Vicarstown out to Stradbally, this will ensure Stradbally will get its fair share of the pie.“A route from Stradbally out the Athy road, through Garrans and into Vicarstown.”In reply, Angela McEvoy, Senior Planner of Laois County Council said: “The Elected Members are involved in the process for preparing the County Development Plan, local areas plans and masterplans as they relate to their area.“Ongoing briefing sessions with elected members are held through these processes to ensure the policies and objectives are in place to support all county development and tourism projects put forward and to ensure that they align with these processes.”SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: Meet the brothers who traded The Heath for Bulgaria to follow their dreams Electric Picnic last_img read more

Kim: Miniaturization May Have Succeeded

first_img By Kim Tae Hong – 2011.06.14 3:22pm Kim Kwang Jin, the South Korean Minister of National Defense, told lawmakers yesterday that the administration believes North Korea has successfully miniaturized its nuclear weapons.Speaking at a meeting of the National Assembly National Defense Committee, Kim explained, “Since it has been a long time (since the last nuclear test), we judge that North Korea may have had time to succeed in miniaturization and/or reducing the weight of its nuclear weapons.” Asked about verifiable evidence to back his assertion, however, Kim went on, “We cannot get precise evidence, so cannot confirm it.”“We do not have any evidence, it is an estimate,” he continued, saying, however, “If we look at other countries, we believe the chances of success are high.”Kim also confirmed prior reports indicating that North Korea had completed the construction of its second missile test site in Cheolsan County, North Pyongyan Province, saying of an AP report on the subject, “That report is a fact.” AvatarKim Tae Hong Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News Kim: Miniaturization May Have Succeeded Newscenter_img Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

N. Korea’s first female supersonic jet pilot dies in accident

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% News Kim Jong Un took a photograph with female pilots Rim Sol and Jo Kum Hyang in 2014. / Image: Rodong Shinmun Rim Sol, North Korea’s first female supersonic jet pilot, died during a training accident in mid-November, Daily NK learned on Monday.The North Korean air force has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash, but no details have been disclosed. Daily NK sources said that North Korea has not officially announced the jet pilot’s death and that only officials in the country’s air force have been informed. Rim Sol, along with jet pilot Jo Kum Hyang, had performed demonstration flights for Kim Jong Un in 2014 and 2015. Jo, who was given the nickname “Phoenix” by Kim, was covered extensively by North Korea propaganda outlets at the time. Meeting with the two pilots, Kim said at the time that, “I gave orders to train female fighter pilots only a few months ago, so seeing the excellently developed [sic] female pilots training today gives me great satisfaction and joy.”After taking photographs with the two jet pilots, Kim sent the Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) air force commander to the parents of the two pilots to congratulate them on their children. A PILOT WITH “INDOMITABLE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT”Upon receiving news of Rim’s death, Kim said that he was “deeply pained” to have lost his favorite pilot, sources told Daily NK. Kim has reportedly ordered Rim’s body to be buried in the Patriotic Martyrs’ cemetery to honor her patriotism and accomplishments, sources added.“Rim Sol’s death has inspired a slogan within the air force: ‘Let us learn from Rim Sol, who sacrificed her youth to immortalize a do-or-die attitude and an indomitable revolutionary spirit,’” one of the sources told Daily NK. Rim’s family was given a luxurious apartment in Pyongyang, and received a special supply of goods and provisions, the sources added. One source suggested that North Korea has not officially announced Rim’s death because “they have not yet identified the cause of the accident” and may “need time to properly prepare propaganda materials about her.” North Korean authorities are likely to make Rim’s death public and begin the process of eulogizing her memory once this process is complete, he added. *Translated by Violet KimPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] AvatarJong So YongJong So Yong is one of Daily NK’s freelance reporters. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News By Jong So Yong – 2020.01.08 2:00pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SHARE News N. Korea’s first female supersonic jet pilot dies in accident Air force officials are still investigating the accident, which may explain why her death hasn’t been announced publicly North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store last_img read more

Liberals pitch middle class savings

first_imgCampaign-trail discussion largely shifted back to meat-and-potatoes policy after a steady diet of fallout from Trudeau’s blackface scandal.Recently discovered images showing Trudeau in black or brown makeup at costume events before he entered politics had dominated the last few days of the campaign — offending many, raising questions about the Liberal leader’s judgment and throwing his party’s re-election efforts into disarray.Trudeau trekked to a residential neighbourhood in the ethnically diverse Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ont., to announce he would make the first $15,000 of income tax-free for most Canadians if given a new mandate.The Liberals would raise the basic personal amount by almost $2,000 over four years for people earning under $147,000 a year. It would save the average family $585 a year, Trudeau said.The announcement follows a pledge from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to cut the tax rate on the lowest federal income bracket (up to $47,630) to 13.75% from 15% over four years, which the party says would save a two-income couple earning average salaries about $850 a year.Trudeau contrasted his plan with Scheer’s by emphasizing Canada’s wealthiest 1% would not benefit at all from the Liberal tax cut.“Our plan lowers taxes the most for people who make less, gives the middle class some breathing room and ensures that the wealthy don’t get an extra hand up,” Trudeau said.The Liberal leader also promised to cut cellphone bills by 25%. He said he would encourage companies to reduce their bills by that amount over the next two years, and if they are unable to meet that target, the Liberals would introduce further competition.“Right now, Canadian cellphone plans are among the most expensive in the G7,” Trudeau said.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has promised a price cap on cellphone and internet services as well as a telecom consumers’ bill of rights, chided Trudeau for promising to work with telecom firms.“Again and again, Justin Trudeau says one thing to Canadians before the election but refuses to take on big corporations afterwards,” Singh said.Scheer, meanwhile. ventured to Prince Edward Island to promise more support for veterans, hoping to reset the relationship between his party and the ex-military community after more than a decade of tensions with previous governments of all political stripes.The Conservative leader said as prime minister he would clear a backlog of veterans’ benefit applications within two years and create a reliable pension system.Scheer also promised to strengthen post-service transition supports, help more veterans get service dogs, enshrine in legislation a guarantee that every veteran is treated with respect and gets services in a timely manner and support commemoration projects such as the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan.“As prime minister I will take a personal interest in ensuring the commitments we made today are followed through on,” he said.During a stop in Gatineau, Que., Singh pledged to add $2.5 billion to the federal government’s disaster mitigation fund. He said the idea is to help people — like those in west Quebec who recently faced severe flooding — avoid disasters and be able to stay in their current homes.The national Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund has already set aside $2 billion to support large-scale infrastructure programs that help communities better manage such risks.The federal government says an increasing number of Canadian communities have experienced significant weather-related events and disasters triggered by natural hazards such as floods, wildland fires and droughts — calamities that are becoming more frequent due to climate change.Singh said “we can’t just close our eyes” to the prospect of more weather-related disasters.Green Leader Elizabeth May had no big plans Sunday other than a fundraiser in Victoria.May was in Winnipeg on Saturday to talk up her party’s plans to combat the opioid crisis by decriminalizing drug possession and improving social supports for people who use drugs.Asked about the proposal Sunday, Scheer said while he would not recriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the Conservatives think making other drugs legal is a bad idea. New rules for employee stock option deductions likely to move forward Related news boomer couple signing contract with financial planner goodluz/123RF Minority Liberal government has tax, pension implications Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Jim BronskillCanadian Press Will a minority government revisit small business taxation? How will the new government handle economic challenges? Advisors’ reactions mixed following federal election Keywords Federal election,  Taxes The Liberals tried to turn the page on Justin Trudeau’s blackface controversy — and one-up their main rivals — with policy announcements Sunday again aimed squarely at middle-class Canadian wallets.The Conservatives promised more robust support for Canada’s veterans, while the NDP pledged billions in funding to curb the effects of natural disasters on communities. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Your student government: Preliminary election results announced

first_img Published: April 10, 2015 By the University of Colorado Student Government The University of Colorado Student Government is pleased to announce the preliminary results of the spring 2015 elections for your student government. Your CUSG Tri-Executives, who will lead the executive branch of CUSG: Boneth Ahaneku, John Lurquin, Joseph Soto (UNITE)Your CUSG Representatives at Large, who will represent the entire student body in Legislative Council: Austin McCleery (UNITE) Austin Rugh (UNITE) Bea Lacombe (UNITE) Gabby Hawkins (UNITE)Study Abroad Student Question: Not passed (vote threshold not passed):Yes 839 (90 percent)No 95 (10 percent)Your Arts and Sciences Student Government Representatives, who will represent the College of Arts and Sciences: Reatea Kifletsion (UNITE) Luna Ly (UNITE) Danny Rosenstein (UNITE) Subada Soti (UNITE)Your Arts and Sciences Student Government Co-Senators, who will represent the Arts and Sciences Student Government in Legislative Council: Madalena DeAndrea & Samantha Webster (UNITE)Your University of Colorado Engineering Council President, who will lead the Engineering Council: Hoang Dinh (UNITE)Your University of Colorado Engineering Council Vice Presidents, who will assist in leading the Engineering Council: Lea Connors (UNITE) Samantha Guillies (UNITE)Your University of Colorado Engineering Council Representatives, who will represent the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Owen Brown (UNITE) Ben Cloud (UNITE) Katherine Mosley (UNITE) Ashley Nelson (UNITE) Samantha Privett (UNITE) Bridger Ruyle (UNITE) Aleka Stevens (UNITE) Apurva Subramanian (UNITE) Matthew Thompson (UNITE)Your University of Colorado Engineering Council Co-Senators, who will represent the Engineering Council in Legislative Council: Royce Brosseau and Moon Yin (UNITE)Infractions must be filled by Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 5 p.m. via Election Commissioner KJ Larson at [email protected] The infraction hearing will be Wednesday April 15, 2015.If there are no infractions filled these results will become official April 23.For more information about the elections in general, visit the CUSG elections website.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

GG stresses partnership for social and economic transformation

GG stresses partnership for social and economic transformation Governor GeneralApril 18, 2011 By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter RelatedGG stresses partnership for social and economic transformation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has underscored the need for partnership between the Government and other critical stakeholders, to enable Jamaica to achieve economic transformation and improvements in the social environment. Delivering the Throne Speech entitled ‘From Stabilisation to Growth’ during the 2011/12 State Opening of Parliament at Gordon House on Thursday April 14, Sir Patrick said that the administration has sought, through the Partnership for Transformation initiative, to establish a forum, incorporating representatives of the Government, private sector, trade unions and, more recently, civil society, to facilitate dialogue and consensus. “The success of the partnership will always depend on the willingness and commitment of each of the parties to utilise this forum, not only for determining what must be done to achieve our common goals, but as a means of resolving issues on which disagreement may arise. Let the dialogue proceed and mature, for we are all in this boat together and none of us can reach the shore before the other,” he stated. Sir Patrick urged members of both Houses of Parliament to be mindful of their responsibilities as representatives of the people, as the new legislative year progresses, reminding them to be acutely aware of the demands that are made of them and the “hopes and aspirations that the people expect you to fulfill.” He noted that the difficulties that the country faces, including the scarcity of resources and the unfriendliness of the international economic environment, are real issues from which one cannot escape, but it is the duty of those who sit in Parliament, “to navigate the ship of state.” “We have been through the worst, but there are still waves that must be ridden and storm clouds that must be watched.  It is your decisions and actions that will determine whether it sails out of the turbulent seas, to safe harbour.  “You will need to exercise responsibility, care and sound judgment, remembering that we are all in this boat together and none can reach the shore without the other,” Sir Patrick stated. RelatedGG stresses partnership for social and economic transformation RelatedGG stresses partnership for social and economic transformation Advertisements read more

JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General

first_imgRelatedCrime Stop is Safe; No Compromise to its Network RelatedDouble Digit Reduction in Major Crimes JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director GeneralJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting (left), converses with Colonel Desmond Edwards of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), who will oversee and coordinate the merger of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Occasion was a press conference at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Monday, August 4, to announce the merger. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedMinister Bunting Responds to Amnesty International Story HighlightsColonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.Colonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002. JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General National SecurityAugust 4, 2014Written by: Ministry of National Security, Communications & Public Affairs Colonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.During his military service Colonel Edwards held appointments of Infantry Platoon Commander, Battalion Intelligence Officer, Support Platoon Commander, Training Officer (JDF Training Depot now Military Training Wing), Infantry Company Second in Command, and Infantry Company Commander. His most recent appointment was Commanding Officer Support and Services Battalion. He also served for over fifteen years (1993 to 2008) in the HQ JDF Intelligence Unit, where he has held various appointments, including Desk Officer, Unit Second in Command and Commanding Officer.Colonel Edwards is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning Georgia USA, Defence Intelligence and Security School at Ashford in Kent, UK; and the International Security Management Course at the Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University), Shrivenham, UK. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto Canada, where he successfully completed the inaugural National Security Programme.He holds a Certificate in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Security Management from Cranfield University, and a Master of Art Degree in Defence and Security Management and Policy from the Royal Military College of CanadaColonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002.Colonel Edwards was instrumental in the establishment of the Counter Narcotics and Major Crimes Task Force (Operation Kingfish) and was the Chief of Staff of the Task Force from its inception in October 2004 until September 2006. Colonel Edwards teaches part-time on the MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies at the University of the West Indies where he lectures on ‘Security Concepts and Models’ and contemporary security issues. Colonel Edwards was awarded the medal of honour for meritorious service in 2002. His interests and hobbies are scuba diving, photography and sailing.last_img read more