A NAMA report with many questions to be answered – Fleming

first_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest WhatsApp Community WhatsApp Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Sean Fleming has commented on the housing targets in the Second Progress Report into NAMA published by the Comptroller and Auditor General yesterday.The Laois TD said, “This is a useful report as NAMA enters its final stages. It outlines that they are on target to achieve a surplus of approximately of €3.5bn. Much focus in recent times will have centred on NAMA’s contribution to dealing with the housing crisis. The report highlights that up to the end of 2016 NAMA was only involved in delivering 4,647 housing units nationally.”“NAMA have an ambitious target to deliver 23,334 housing units by the end of 2020. NAMA will now need to confirm that they are on target to achieve this. There has been much debate in relation to some of the sites offered by NAMA to Local Authorities as in many cases they were not suitable for sustainable housing development,” said Deputy Fleming.The cost of NAMAThe Fianna Fáil TD added, “Attention now also focuses on the overall operating costs of NAMA since its inception. These may top €1bn by 2020. €741m has been incurred in costs up to the end of 2016 and substantial costs will inevitably be incurred from 2017 to 2020.“Staff costs may reach approximately €250m (€231m incurred up to the end of 2016) and legal fees could well exceed €50m. In addition to this, NAMA has paid vast sums to other organisations who service the loans and debtors.“NAMA officials are due before the PAC on the first meeting following the resumption of the Dáil in September. I will be asking NAMA to give a full up to date report on their current financial position of their final projections to completing their work,” added the Laois TD.SEE ALSO – Application made for massive housing development in Laois Facebook Rugby By Siun Lennon – 25th July 2018 Twitter Twitter Previous articleCaravans being used for anti-social behavior around the countyNext articleIs this Laois man the oldest ever club championship debutant? 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. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Home News A NAMA report with many questions to be answered – Fleming NewsPolitics TAGSSean Fleming TD Community A NAMA report with many questions to be answered – Fleminglast_img read more

Decision to move Laois audiology services to Tullamore branded ‘regressive’

first_img Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Decision to move Laois audiology services to Tullamore branded ‘regressive’ Previous articleDates and venues confirmed for Laois’s Leinster senior and underage championship gamesNext articleAdopted Laois business owner claims national marketing award 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. Facebook St Fintan’s Hospital Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has branded the decision to move audiology services from Portlaoise to Tullamore ‘regressive’.The Laois TD says that this will have a significant effect on the elderly in the county.This service is expected to move from St Fintan’s in Portlaoise to Tullamore Hospital in early June for a period between six months to two years while the existing building is being renovated.He said: “While I very much welcome the renovation works to this building at St. Fintan’s but the HSE should have provided another premises in County Laois while these works are ongoing.“The Audiology service is located in one room and that is what’s required.“It is mainly elderly people who use this service, and they will now have to travel from places as far away as Vicarstown, Graiguecullen, Errill and Cullohill to name a few.“Some patients will have a round trip of 100 miles. The only income many of these people have is their old age pension.“As there is no public transport available in these rural areas these people will have to get a taxi or pay a neighbour to get there.“Some constituents have already complained to me about the difficulties this will cause.”Mr Stanley also highlighted the high number of people on the waiting list and expressed his fear that the service may not return to Laois if it goes to Tullamore.He said: “Currently there is a waiting time of 2 years to receive an appointment in Laois, as there is only 1 part time Audiologist for the county.“Laois is expanding with a population of 85,000 people.“Also there is a fear that once the Audiology Service is located in Tullamore it may not return to Laois.“This is a worry for the people in Laois as there are more and more services being taken from the county.“I have written to both the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD and the Chief Officer in the HSE to express my concerns about the move.“I have also sought a guarantee that the service will return once the facilities in St Fintan’s have been completed.”SEE ALSO – New to the Area: Tennessee woman calls Portlaoise her ‘Forever Home’ By Alan Hartnett – 25th May 2021 WhatsApp Home News Community Decision to move Laois audiology services to Tullamore branded ‘regressive’ NewsCommunity Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSaudiologyBrian StanleySt Fintan’s Hospital Pinterest Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Council Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

East Gippsland Land To Be Haven For Endangered Animals

first_imgEast Gippsland Land To Be Haven For Endangered Animals VIC PremierAn ecologically significant area of land in far East Gippsland – equivalent to more than 70 MCGs worth of land – is now permanently protected thanks to Trust for Nature project funded by the Andrews Labor Government.The area protected is home to various endangered and threatened plants and animals such as the Long-nosed Potoroo, Glossy-black Cockatoos and Coast Grey-box. The area contains a range of depleted forest types and also borders part of the Genoa River.Property owners Virginia and Rob Fitzclarence have covenanted 146ha of their 208ha property in the wake of last summer’s fires to protect the precious habitat. The bushfires confirming to them the importance of looking after old forest areas and the animals within them.The new covenant was secured through Trust for Nature’s Iconic Estates, Eastern Forests project, which works with landholders in East Gippsland to protect a range of forest types with conservation covenants, giving the habitat of native animals long term security. The three-year project has protected more than 250ha of land so far.This Iconic Estates Eastern Forests project is funded by the Labor Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that our natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.Many of the large, old Coast Grey-box trees on the East Gippsland property were burnt and lost however some still remain and regeneration and recovery is progressing slowly.Conservation covenants are voluntary, on title agreements allowing private landowners to conserve natural habitat on their properties in perpetuity protecting our heritage through successive generations.Working with landholders, Trust for Nature has covenants in place with approximately 1,450 landholders covering over 70,000 hectares across Victoria.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“Protecting the habitats and the endangered animals and plants within them, is of vital importance. I’d like to thank Virginia and Rob Fitzclarence for this significant gift to the East Gippsland community and environment.” “It’s vital we look after these diverse and environmentally rich habitats now and for future generations.”As stated by Robyn Edwards, Trust for Nature’s Gippsland Area Manager“The covenanted property is very diverse and rich, with a high number of threatened species, and provides an important link between state forest and the Genoa River. “Due to the fires this land is in a vulnerable state for the next few years. Having a covenant on the property means more protection for plants and animals while the slow recovery process takes place.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, bushfires, climate, climate change, community, conservation, East Gippsland, environment, future generation, Government, Minister, planning, project, property, security, Victoria, Virginialast_img read more

Prize Catch Of Golden Tag Fish At Tullaroop Reservoir

first_imgPrize Catch Of Golden Tag Fish At Tullaroop Reservoir VIC PremierTullaroop Reservoir is a fishery on the rise and it’s now a favourite place to cast a line for one lucky man who landed a $10,000 golden perch.Four recreational fishers have now caught tagged fish worth $10,000 each since the Andrews Labor Government’s Golden Tag competition recommenced in June 2020.Nick Jenkins from Eltham was targeting trout at Tullaroop Reservoir when his lure was taken by a 48cm golden perch carrying a $10,000 Golden Tag.The competition began in February 2020 to encourage visitors back to Gippsland and the northeast where regional communities were in the early stages of recovering from summer bushfires.The competition was paused due to pandemic travel restrictions, then relaunched in June 2020 with extra tagged fish released throughout Victoria.There are still hundreds of fish out there with Golden Tags, some worth $10,000 and others $2,000.To find out more visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/goldentagAs stated by Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne“The Golden Tag competition has been a wonderful success, supporting regional businesses that depend on tourism and getting Victorians outside and active again after a challenging year.”As stated by Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford“Nick’s story is a great example of someone who’s travelled to go fishing a few hours from home, spent money in small town businesses along the way, then been rewarded with the ultimate prize – a big fish and a big cheque.”As stated by Golden Tag winner Nick Jenkins“When I saw the golden tag, I just couldn’t believe it. That was until I called the phone number, which confirmed I had won!” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, bushfires, Eltham, fish:, fishing, Government, Minister, money, pandemic, tourism, travel, Victoria, visit, winnerlast_img read more

CU Biochemistry Professor Recognized For Research

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 25, 2001 James Hynes, professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, an honor bestowed annually to only a select few members of the organization. Only half of 1 percent of all APS members are elected to fellowship status each year. “I was pleased to have our research recognized through election to this very select and high-quality group,” Hynes said. Founded in 1899, the APS is dedicated to the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. Of the society’s 41,570 members, about 3,200 have received fellowship status and only 194 fellows were elected in the past year, according to Alan Chodos, the society’s associate executive officer. Hynes was elected to fellowship status “for his original contributions to the theory of reactions in solutions and on ice surfaces,” according to the APS Certificate of Fellowship. Hynes has done research on the theory of reactions in solutions for many years. “The award recognizes our extensive and significant research over the years in creating powerful theories for the rates of chemical reactions in solutions,” he said.last_img read more

Custos law to go to Parliament

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Cabinet has approved the introduction of the Custos Rotulorum Bill in the Houses of Parliament, which will establish a legal framework for the operation of the island’s custodies. This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, on Wednesday June 8 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House. Mr. Vaz said this legal framework will create a formal structure within which custodes are to operate, and to standardise, promote and preserve the integrity and status of the office. The Bill provides a legislative basis and authority by which a person may qualify for appointment as custos; the mode of appointment; as well as the tenure and functions of the office. “It also dictates the matters relating to the removal or resignation of a custos and the penalties that may be imposed where the holder of such (an) office fails to perform the prescribed functions and responsibilities,” he said. By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter RelatedCustos law to go to Parliament Advertisements Custos law to go to Parliament Office of the Prime MinisterJune 10, 2011 RelatedCustos law to go to Parliament RelatedCustos law to go to Parliamentlast_img read more

GG Calls for Jamaicans to Form a United Front to Protect Children

first_imgGG Calls for Jamaicans to Form a United Front to Protect Children Governor GeneralMay 15, 2015Written by: Rochelle Williams FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail GG Calls for Jamaicans to Form a United Front to Protect ChildrenJIS 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 RelatedGG Declares April Wellness Month Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is calling on Jamaicans to form a united front with the security forces to protect the nation’s children and promote a culture of peace in the country.“The sexual exploitation and brutal murder of our children have been sending shock waves across the island. Just standing up and condemning this evil is not enough, we have to form a united front in support of the security and law enforcement authorities to defeat this enemy,” he emphasised.“All of us want our people to live in greater security. This is the time when all Jamaicans who want the best for our country will need to come together to take Jamaica back from the crime, mediocrity and negativity which have become all to pervasive,” he added.The Governor-General was addressing Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the St. Andrew region, at the Stella Maris Church Hall, on Shortwood Road, on May 14.He reminded the gathering that the title of Justice of the Peace signifies that persons in the position are charged with the responsibility of playing a key role in ensuring public peace.“We were commissioned to be the peace makers. We were commissioned to make the difference. At a time when Jamaica is at its greatest need, it is the time when our bulwarks and our strong towers, our JPs, need to stand up and be counted,” he urged.The Governor-General stressed the need for JPs to be more proactively involved in the communities that they were sworn to serve and act as a collective force for change.Meanwhile,  Her Worship the Mayor, Senator, Councillor, Dr. Angella Brown Burke, JP, and Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), said that the KSAC remains steadfast in its commitment to promote an environment of public order and civil obedience.“We are in fact creating a modern city;  we are in fact looking at a Jamaica down the road that (is welcoming to) visitors, which our children and grandchildren can grow up in and feel comfortable and proud of the Jamaica that they are building,” she said.The Mayor urged persons to participate in the restructuring process by joining in the discussion and voicing their concerns. She pointed out that the process involves making difficult decisions, and invited stakeholders to participate in the process.“These are some hard choices that we have to make in governance, but we have to talk about them. If they were easy choices to make, it would have been done already. The reason they have not been done already is because they are difficult. We are ready to engage. It is time that we take that conversation and place it on the table, because we all have a responsibility,” she emphasised. Related4-H Movement Celebrates Significant Milestonecenter_img Advertisements Story HighlightsGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is calling on Jamaicans to form a united front with the security forces to protect the nation’s children and promote a culture of peace in the country.The Governor-General was addressing Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the St. Andrew region, at the Stella Maris Church Hall, on Shortwood Road, on May 14.He reminded the gathering that the title of Justice of the Peace signifies that persons in the position are charged with the responsibility of playing a key role in ensuring public peace. RelatedGG Calls on Responsible Adults to Ensure the Safety of Children Photo: Michael ShawGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), addresses a meeting with Justices of the Peace for the parish of St. Andrew on Thursday, May 14, at the Stella Maris Church Hall on Shortwood Road. Listening are National Coordinator for the Governor General’s Programme for Excellence, Major Effiom Whyte and Custos Rotulorum of St. Andrew, Hon. Donna Parchment Brown.last_img read more

Car dealership thefts becoming a trend

first_img Comments are closed. HomeNewsCrimeCar dealership thefts becoming a trend Mar. 06, 2019 at 5:00 amCrimeFeaturedNewsCar dealership thefts becoming a trendMadeleine Pauker2 years agocrimeCrime WatchNewsSanta Monica A man and a woman stole two luxury cars from a dealership Feb. 24 and Santa Monica’s chief of police said such thefts have become more frequent.The pair were caught on surveillance camera jumping over a fence around a West Los Angeles storage lot of Major Motors, a Santa Monica car dealership, and driving off in a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz worth a combined $150,000. They had visited the dealership a few days earlier to test drive one of the cars.Jason Yorker, the dealership’s vice president of sales, told KTLA the man said he came from Colorado, had just signed a record deal and wanted to buy a sports car. He displayed about $10,000 in cash and said he would return in a few days to buy a BMW.The man left a stolen Honda with a Colorado license plate across the street from the dealership after stealing the luxury cars, Yorker said.The pair drove the car to Arizona and local police pursued the vehicle into Utah, according to SMPD. They crashed the vehicle and Utah police pursued them on foot and took them into custody.SMPD police chief Cynthia Renaud said at a Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. board meeting last Thursday that the theft of cars from dealership lots has become more common since she stepped into the role last May. The department has not seen such an uptick in dealership thefts since the 1990s, she said.Several cars have been stolen from dealerships because they were left unlocked, Renaud said, and SMPD is urging dealers to secure their inventory. Cars that have been recovered have not been stripped, she added.“We’re reaching out to dealerships to let them know not to leave keys to their cars readily accessible and change their practice of how people access their vehicles, with the understanding that they’re trying to run a business where people test drive cars,” said SMPD Lt. Saul [email protected] December 25, 2019 at 2:42 PM Tags :crimeCrime WatchNewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment What about the theft committed every day by car dealership employees? It’s perpetuated by the same greed that drives criminals like those you featured. That’s my own experience, at least (beware of Santa Monica dealership!)center_img 1 Comment m says: Public comment sought for new parks planCourt ruling would vacate entire council without new district electionsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

EC moves on Apple with competition probes

first_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Related App StoreAppleApple PaycompetitionEuropean Commission Home EC moves on Apple with competition probes UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple Author Previous ArticleFacebook moves on payments plan with Brazil launchNext ArticleFCC probes T-Mobile outage Tags center_img Apps Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Google taps retail with NYC store Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more European officials added to growing scrutiny of Apple’s business practices, opening probes exploring whether its App Store and Apple Pay services breach competition rules.In statements, the European Commission explained it was exploring whether Apple effectively shut out competitors by mandating the use of its own in-app purchasing set-up in the App Store, while also investigating the terms and conditions imposed on integrating Apple Pay.The App Store probe is a follow up to “separate complaints” by Spotify, and a distributor of e- and audio-books: it will explore whether Apple restricted the ability of developers to let iPhone and iPad users know of “alternative cheaper purchasing possibilities outside of apps”.Concerns raised by a preliminary investigation lie behind the Apple Pay move, and will explore allegations Apple refused access to the service and limited access to NFC on iPhones.Competition Commissioner and EC VP Margrethe Vestager said Apple had apparently established a “gatekeeper role when it comes to the distribution of apps and content to users of Apple’s popular devices”.“We need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers.”ContributionApple yesterday (15 June) released figures highlighting the economic contribution of the App Store, as it reportedly draws increased scrutiny from US authorities.Citing fresh research by Analysis Group, Apple stated the ecosystem generated $519 billion in “billings and sales” globally in 2019, $413 billion of which covered physical products and services; $61 billion from digital; and $45 billion from in-app advertising sales.Apple noted it only received commission from digital goods and services, meaning more than 85 per cent of the total went to third-party developers and businesses. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JUN 2020 last_img read more

‘Concrete commitment’ given on A5 project

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – September 8, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction ‘Concrete commitment’ given on A5 project DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img The Infrastructure Minister has given reassurances that the A5 remains a top priority for her. The A5 project, which has faced a decade of delays, has long been regarded as a critical piece of infrastructure that would help deliver local jobs, increase connectivity and effectively save lives.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan had an in-depth conversation this week about the project with Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon.He says he was given a concrete commitment that the project will be delivered in the near future:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/daniecfgfgdfgdfl10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Previous articleMairead McGuinness selected as Ireland’s new EU CommissionerNext articleGardai reissue appeal over fatal crash at Creeslough News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more