New London restrictions are ‘highly likely’, Sadiq Khan says

first_img Show Comments ▼ “We are at a very serious tipping point. The virus is accelerating in every part of London”, the Mayor of London said today, warning further restrictions were “inevitable”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLama And those in the first tier will be expected to follow the rule of six and maintain social distancing. Khan’s warning comes ahead of a trailed “tiered” lockdown system which could see further measures imposed on London. Friday 9 October 2020 2:54 pm Pubs, bars and restaurants across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and parts of West Yorkshire could be forced to close from next week amid the region’s soaring infection rate. The capital has now been placed on the coronavirus “watch list”. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: New London restrictions are ‘highly likely’, Sadiq Khan says Sadiq Khan has said it is “highly likely” that London will introduce coronavirus restrictions soon as cases across the capital continue to rise. whatsapp Writing in City A.M. this week, Khan said that the virus is spreading across the capital but warned that there is no “accurate picture” due to government failings. The second tier will ban household mixing in homes or gardens, as well as in hospitality settings, as is already the case in the North East and Merseyside. Share England is expected to be carved into three different lockdown tiers from next week. Under the proposals, people living in the strictest tier will be expected to be ordered to limit all social contact outside of the household. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: New London restrictions are ‘highly likely’, Sadiq Khan says New London restrictions are ‘highly likely’, Sadiq Khan says As of yesterday the latest coronavirus statistics show there are 58,271 confirmed cases in London. Brent and Barnet are the worst affected areas with 2,649 and 2,753 cases respectively. Angharad Carrick whatsapp In a further attack on the government, the mayor wrote: “The only way London’s businesses will be able to survive this crisis is if the Government takes the right measures to stop the spread of the virus now, and provides the full financial support needed to prop up the economy and protect jobs.” His warning comes as confirmed cases in the capital neared 60,000 and the rest of the country braces itself for a tightening of restrictions which could see pubs and restaurants close. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

An end to school bond debt reimbursement could hike local property taxes

first_imgEducation | Local Government | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentAn end to school bond debt reimbursement could hike local property taxesApril 10, 2019 by Kavitha George, KMXT-Kodiak Share:The bonds that helped pay for construction of Kodiak High School are at risk of losing state reimbursement. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT)The recent House Finance Committee vote to end school bond debt reimbursement could have major implications for property owners in some municipalities.In Kodiak, the reimbursement program provides state assistance to the local borough to pay off debts associated with school building expenses. Without it, the island is looking at shouldering that outstanding debt alone.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/04/09BONDDEBT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kodiak Island Borough currently has $89,500,000 in outstanding school bond debt. That’s split over 11 series dating back to 2004.Each series of bonds was approved by borough voters and by the state of Alaska to fund a number of school district projects over the years, including building Kodiak High School and getting regular maintenance and repairs done.According to the reimbursement agreements, the state signed on to cover 60%-70% of each bond series. That’s a significant chunk when you consider that a single series might be $10 million. Without the program, the state passes that expense to the borough — and in Kodiak’s case, quite likely to property owners.If the amendment to end the reimbursement program makes it into the final state budget, the borough is looking at shouldering $5.2 million of additional debt payments for the 2019 fiscal year. That’s on top of the $2.5 million it’s already paying using borough property taxes.“If in fact funding for that whole program is cut, there’s not particularly a whole lot of options,” said Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer. “The borough assembly would need to decide what to do, but there’s not a tremendous amount of options in front of them, given that the borough’s general fund budget is $6.7 million. ($5.2 million) is not something we can just cut out of our general fund.”And that has Kodiak residents concerned about major property tax hikes.“You raised something like $14 million in property taxes last year. You’re not just going to raise property taxes, what, 38% to come up with another $5 million?” longtime Kodiak resident and former assembly member Mel Stephens said at last week’s assembly meeting. “It’s a big, big deal.”Rohrer estimates that to cover the additional $5.2 million through property taxes alone, the borough would have to raise the rate four mills, or approximately 37%. On a $300,000 house, that would translate to a $1,200 tax hike. While the decision would ultimately be up to the assembly, it’s important to note that there is no set limit to the mill rate for taxes being collected for school bond debt.While the state did commit to paying its share when each bond series was established, it’s actually not under any kind of legal obligation to continue doing so. And that’s something that was made clear to voters when they approved each series, Rohrer said.Alaska Gov. Bill Walker talks about the state’s budget on June 1, 2016, during a press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Two years ago, he remembers, then-Gov. Bill Walker opted to cut 25% from the pool of reimbursement money.“That year what we did was, we basically worked really, really, really hard to cut borough budget and not change the borough property tax rate at all,” he said.But with that exception, Rohrer said voters were generally willing to go along with the reimbursement program, because the state had been consistently paying its share over the years.“You gotta remember, historically the program has been 100% funded with the exception of the one time from Gov. Walker. So you know, I think people relied really heavily on the past actions of the Legislature to fund commitments they had made to the public.”Assembly members at last week’s regular meeting expressed their deep concern at the prospect of paying off school bond debts without help from the state. In her comments, assembly member Julie Kavanaugh said she was concerned from the start that projects like the new high school weren’t guaranteed state funding.“Unfortunately that’s come true. Now we’re faced with the reality of people thinking that money was gonna be there, that it was promised to us,” Kavanaugh said. “But it was only promised for a short period of time.”Rohrer said both he and Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson are willing to go to Juneau to argue their case for continuing the reimbursement program. With or without it, he added, the borough’s school bond debt is scheduled to be paid off by 2036.Share this story:last_img read more

The BBC news website is down

first_imgSaturday 14 March 2015 10:16 am The BBC news website is down The BBC News website buckled today, and users were instead greeted with this rather scary error message.The “Error 500” message says that fault could be due to “abnormal traffic” or the sites’ servers being unavailable. There’s also a rather creepy looking clown standing in-front of a chalk board, as well as what looks like a fireball. The BBC has since tweeted an apology for the outage, saying it’s working to get the site back up again, nonetheless it’s yet to reveal what’s behind the problem. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com whatsapp Share Tags: BBC Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

A dramatic Top 4 weekend comes to a close as Portlaoise Panthers claim three titles

first_img WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook TAGSBasketballMidlands BasketballPortlaoise PanthersTop 4 Weekend Noel O’Hara scored 5 points for the White’s as well as scores from Walsh, Rody McEvoy and Sean O’Neill but it PLB had the edge and kept their lead thanks to 3 pointers from Evan Maher, Vilimas and scores from Benny Carroll, Jack Dooley and Kyle Burke.PLB lead by 30-18 at half time and Portlaoise White had a lot of work to do if they were to pull off their second heroic comeback in 24 hours.Despite scores from Greg and Donal Dunne, Panthers Black went full steam ahead with 5 points from Dooley while Carroll, Tiernan Dempsey and Burke all had their say.The Whites side fought until the end introducing young players Tom Genoba and Sam Wynne who both got their name on the score board but it wasn’t to be as Portlaoise Panthers Black took the Division 2 title.Portlaoise WhiteSCORERS – PLB: Mantis Villimas; 12, Jack Dooley; 10, David Glynn; 10, Jack Scully; 10, Benny Carroll; 8, Evan Maher; 5, Peter Duignan; 4, Kyle Burke; 4, Peter O’Sullivan; 3, Tiernan Dempsey; 2. PLW: Noel O’Hara; 9, Tom Genoba; 6, Eugene Walsh; 6, Greg Dunne; 4, Sam Wynne; 4, Ger Egan; 2, Sean O’Neill; 2, Rody McEvoy; 2, Glenn Comerford; 2, David Keane; 2, Donal Dunne; 2PORTLAOISE BLACK: Peter Duignan, Jack Dooley, Jamie Dooley, Jack Scully, Benny Carroll, Kyle Burke, Mantis Vilimas, Evan Maher, David Glynn, Shane O’Neill, Tiernan Dempsey, Peter O’Sullivan PORTLAOISE WHITE:  Rody McEvoy, Greg Dunne, Anthony Dunne, Donal Dunne, Ger Egan, Noel O’Hara, David Keane, Sean O’Neill, Glenn Comerford, Sam Wynne, Tom Genoba, Eugene WalshWomen’s Division 1 winnersPortlaoise Panthers 99 Tullamore Orange 52MABB Women’s Division 1 Final The women were next up in St Mary’s Hall and it was a game that saw Panthers ooze class and come away with a massive 47 point victory.This team are no strangers to victory with players such as Sarah Fleming, Ciara Byrne, Claire Melia all leading the way.Top scorer Melia, who racked up 37 points, was outstanding and showed incredible leadership and class on the court, complimented by a talented team which included the expertise of Sarah Fleming who scored 24 points.International player Ciara Byrne got the first score of the game and Panthers were off to a strong start with scores also coming from Fleming, Melia, Ciara Wheeler and Hannah Collins.Panthers took the early lead going ahead by 10 points with 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The girls kept a strong lead from early on and all throughout the game and Tullamore struggled to pull back within 10 points.Claire Melia’s 11 points in the second quarter was could not be cancelled out by Tullamore despite their best efforts. A strong performance by Fleming and Collins added to the lead to leave the half time score at 51-29.Fleming stormed into the second half with back to back 3 pointers before Melia sank another 6 points. Collins, Jasmine Burke and Byrne all assisted lead which extended to 32 points heading into the last quarter.Ciara Wheeler and Ciara Byrne showed great leadership in the final 10 minutes. Melia added another 10 points to her name while Amy Byrne, Jade Burke and Fleming all sealed the deal to be crowned Division 1 champions.SCORERS – Claire Melia; 37, Sarah Fleming; 24, Hannah Collins; 12, Ciara Byrne; 11, Ciara Wheeler; 4, Jasmine Burke; 4, Amy Byrne; 3, Jade Burke; 2, Shauna Mulhall; 2PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Jade Burke, Shauna Mulhall, Ciara Byrne, Amy Byrne, Emma Wheeler, Jasmine Burke, Hannah Collins, Claire Melia, Ciara Wheeler, Sarah Fleming, Shauna Dooley, Gillian WheelerMen’s division 1 winner Portlaoise GreenPortlaoise Panthers 72 Litpol 70MABB Men’s Division 1 Final This game had it all. Slam dunks, drama, overtime, technical fouls, multiple players fouled out – you name it. Basketball fans were on the edge of their seats.Panthers had their work cut out for them facing the 2018 champions Litpol but the team showed great character and hunger and came out on top.Huge performances came from James Gormley, Sean Condon and Liam Kinsella, to name a few. Rian O’Connell stepped up for hus side and was on hand to land the winning basket for the home side.It was a tight game from start to finish with both teams responding to eachothers scores withing seconds. Trevor Swayne got Panthers up and running with a 3 pointer and no more than 40 seconds later we were treated to the first of James Gormley’s dunks.Panthers went head by 6 points after 3 minutes with Litpol’s first score coming heading into the 4th minute. Sean Condon and Liam Kinsella scored 7 points between them.The game was tied with 5 minutes to go in the quarter before Litpol took the lead for the first time. Gary Morrissey drew the game for Panthers yet again before another Gormley dunk put Panthers ahead at the end of the quarter.It was neck and neck for the beginning of the second quarter. Gormely, Dylan Dunne, James Phelan, Kinsella and Swayne all found the net but Litpol took the lead by 6 points which left the half time score at 33-39.The second half had spectators in St Mary’s Hall nervously biting nails and covering their eyes. Gormley was on hand to pop another score as well as Condon and Kinsella.Swayne drew the game again with a minute to go in the quarter. Litpol had a quick reply but a buzzer shot from James Phelan meant Panthers would be heading to the final quarter leading by a point.The drama was at its peak in the final quarter. It was basket for basket and…limb for limb! Litpol took the lead again with a 3 pointer after 4 minutes.Their two point lead was cancelled out by Gormley who tied the game with 2:18 minutes to go in the game. Morrissey stepped up to the free throw line to put Portlaoise back in the lead by a point.Another free throw from Gormley put Panthers up by 2 points with 55 seconds to go but Litpol refused to step off and had their say and the game was sent to over time.Swayne and Rian O’Connell were the scorers in the extra 5 minutes to put Panther up by 2 points. Litpol had multiple chances to either level the game or come out on top with a 3 pointer but 4 missed chances in the final 30 seconds meant the title was going to Portlaoise Panthers.SCORERS – James Gormley; 22, Liam Kinsella; 11, Sean Condon; 11, Trevor Swayne; 11, Rian O’Connell; 9, James Phelan; 4, Dylan Dunne; 2, Gary Morrissey; 2PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Rian O’Connell, Liam Kinsella, Gary Morrissey, James Gormley, Sean Condon, James Phelan, Trevor Swayne, Shane Buggie, Dylan Dunne, Pierce Bolger-Hinds, Conor ByrneSEE ALSO – Cup glory for Stradbally Town and all today’s soccer results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIn Pictures: Leinster final winners Laois U16 camogie players celebrate sweet successNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, May 6, 2019 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. GAA By Aedín Dunne – 5th May 2019 Portlaoise Panthers BlackPortlaoise Panthers Black 68 Portlaoise Panthers White 41MABB Men’s Division 2 Final It was derby day in the Men’s Division 2 Final as Portlaoise Black (PLB) took on Portlaoise White (PLW). Mantis Vilimas was the game’s top scorer as PLB took the lead and ran with it as early as the second quarter. Peter O’Sullivan got the game up and running with a three pointer but Ger Egan had a response in the form of 2 points. Baskets for the Black side came from Jack Dooley and David Glynn while the White’s Noel O’Hara and Eugene Walsh left the score at 14-8 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw PLB go ahead by over 15 points following multiple missed chances from under the basket by PLW. However, this team were not to be overlooked at this stage following their semi final win Saturday night where they overturned a 14 point deficit to go win by 5.  Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results A dramatic Top 4 weekend comes to a close as Portlaoise Panthers claim three titles WhatsApp Home Sport Basketball A dramatic Top 4 weekend comes to a close as Portlaoise Panthers… SportBasketball Twitter Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook It was a busy weekend in St Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise as it played host to the Midland Area Basketball Top 4 final from Friday to Sunday.The weekend saw much drama from a Panthers derby, a 47 point win for the women and a breathtaking Division 1 Men’s final which went into over time.Panthers claimed the Men’s Division 2 title, Women’s Division 1 title and the Men’s Division 1 title showing how this club continue to go from strength to strength.last_img read more

CANCELLED: 11th annual Tri-Laois event scheduled for April falls victim to Coronavirus

first_img WhatsApp CANCELLED: 11th annual Tri-Laois event scheduled for April falls victim to Coronavirus Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleLaois school participate in prestigious music eventNext articleGoing to the mart, watching out for each other and sick pay – farm bodies issue advice during Coronavirus outbreak 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. With colleges, schools and pre-schools closed from today, Friday, March 13, until March 29 and restrictions placed on public gatherings due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, a long list of events locally have also been canceled.The Government has banned public gatherings of over 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.Yesterday, we posted a full list of all the events in Laois that had been cancelled – and now we can add another to the list.The Tri-Laois, held in April by Trilogy Triathlon Club in Portlaoise, has been cancelled.They confirmed the news in a statement: “Trilogy Triathlon Club take all matters associated with COVID-19 very seriously.“We have taken the decision that for the safety of our members, their families and the wider local community that Tri-Laois will not take place on April 4 2020.“We feel we have a moral and social responsibility to our town and our club and therefore the event is now cancelled.“This decision was not taken lightly but based on the recent instructions from Triathlon Ireland and national governing bodies.”The group also sets out what will happen next for competitors:“What to do next?“A email will be sent to all paid participants from [email protected] outlining options available to you. Please ensure this email address is in your contacts list to avoid being directed to your spam or junk folders.“You will be instructed to choose from one of the following two options:– A full refund of €45.00– Deferral of payment for Tri-Laois 2021 (Entry into next years race)“On behalf of our race committee we wish good health to you and your families.“Stay safe and train safe over the coming weeks.”SEE ALSO – Laois woman in complete lockdown in China Home Sport Other Sport CANCELLED: 11th annual Tri-Laois event scheduled for April falls victim to Coronavirus SportOther Sport WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 13th March 2020 TAGSTri LaoisTrilogy Triathlon Club Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Canaccord Genuity completes acquisition of Hargreave Hale

first_img Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. announced Monday that Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (CGWM), its U.K. and Europe-based wealth management firm, has completed the acquisition of Hargreave Hale Ltd. Hargreave Hale is considered one of the U.K.’s leading independent investment and wealth management businesses, the firm says, with more than C$13.5 billion in assets under administration, management and management contract. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Leah Golob Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Wealth managementCompanies Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. center_img Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning The acquisition advances CGWM with a strong growth potential from a base of over C$38 billion in assets under management and administration. Canaccord Genuity believes the transaction will be immediately accretive to its adjusted earnings. “I continue to be impressed by the exceptional quality and commitment of our new colleagues and the strong complement between our businesses,” says David Esfandi, CEO of CGWM in the U.K. and Europe, in a statement. “As we embark on a carefully orchestrated transition plan, we look forward to unlocking greater opportunities for our businesses and our clients, as we bring together the vast resources, capabilities and talented professionals of our two organizations,” he adds. The integration process of the two firms is expected to continue through 2019. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY studylast_img read more

Boeing’s autonomous tech flies at new North West drone range

first_imgBoeing’s autonomous tech flies at new North West drone range Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning The Honourable Dr Steven MilesOne of the world’s largest aerospace companies, Boeing, has tested its latest autonomy technology at Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing facility at Cloncurry Airport, thanks to a $14.5 million investment from the Palaszczuk Government. The $14.5 million investment has delivered design, construction and support for the foundation stage of the drone test facility at Cloncurry Airport.Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said establishing the Queensland Flight Test Range was a key part of government’s strategy to support a diverse economy and bring high-technology industry and more jobs to the region. “Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing centre is officially open for business at Cloncurry Airport,” Mr Miles said. “The construction phase of this state-of-the-art testing facility for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) supported more than 100 direct jobs in the region including five new apprenticeships. “The facility is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and includes a hangar, buildings for office space and monitoring equipment, range control systems, a surveillance radar and amenities.“The centre has now hosted its first test flights, by aerospace giant Boeing.“Boeing Australia tested their advanced autonomy project including brain-on-board technology over 10 days in Cloncurry, flying up to five high performance test aircraft in a team for the first time. “To enable instrumented testing of this calibre to occur right here in Queensland is something that makes us extremely proud.” Global defence technology company QinetiQ was appointed to design and construct the facility, establish the flight test range and manage this foundation stage of the drone testing facility. QinetiQ Australia Managing Director Greg Barsby said the flight test range will support all weight classes of UAS for routine flying operations, demonstration activities and test and evaluation trials. “It will be a critical component in the overall drone ecosystem, as an enabler and connector of high-technology UAS programs and initiatives,” Mr Barsby said.Director of Boeing Phantom Works International Emily Hughes said the company was proud to be the first user of the site and would take the opportunity to continue flight trials on key autonomous projects. “The facility will provide excellent conditions to test a range of airborne test beds, which is part of an autonomy R&D program that’s heading toward new autonomous product and prototypes,” Ms Hughes said.The Deputy Premier said Queensland was leading the way in UAS, with the Queensland Government proud to be the first in Australia to launch a drone strategy and the state being the primary assembly location of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System, pending production orders. “Boeing employs 1,700 staff in Queensland, and 400 local businesses are involved in the supply chain,” Mr Miles said. “We’re continuing to unlock global defence and aerospace opportunities for Queensland, and this means more jobs.” /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:Aerospace, Australia, business, Cloncurry, demonstration, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Local Government, miles, Palaszczuk, planning, production, QLD, Queensland, surveillance, technologylast_img read more

Jen Williams appointed new Queensland Executive Director

first_imgJen Williams appointed new Queensland Executive Director The Property Council of Australia is pleased to announce Jen Williams as its new Queensland Executive Director.Ms Williams has been the Property Council’s Queensland Deputy Executive Director for the past six years. Prior to the Property Council, she held policy roles in Brisbane City Council and the federal government and had a career in teaching. Ms Williams will take over from Chris Mountford, who will take on the position of Chief Executive of Independent Schools Queensland next month.Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison said he was delighted to be able to promote Ms Williams into the role.“Jen has the policy smarts, leadership skills, government networks and industry respect that will make her a huge success in the role,” Mr Morrison said.“Most recently Jen has led our Fridays in the City initiative, partnering with Brisbane City Council, business groups and property owners to activate Brisbane CBD following the COVID-19 pandemic.”Ms Williams said she was excited by the opportunities ahead for Queensland.“With the Olympic Games hopefully on the horizon, this should be a golden decade for Queensland,” Ms Williams said.“Hosting the Games is about far more than a sporting event- it will provide the catalyst our state needs to commit to major infrastructure projects and tackle much-needed policy reform in areas ranging from housing supply through to attracting foreign investment.“City-shaping projects already underway, like Cross River Rail and Queens Wharf, combined with a boost in interstate migration and positive industry sentiment, provide a solid foundation for the industry to leverage.“Property has a critical role to play in shaping the future of our state. I am excited to be taking on a position to help set the agenda and influence the policy settings that will allow our industry to thrive.Ms Williams will commence in the role on 21 June 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Brisbane, director, federal government, foreign investment, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, leadership, migration, Morrison, property, Property Council of Australia, Queensland, real estate, Williamslast_img read more

Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant return

first_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, July 22, 2019in: Peopleshare 0 Despite leadership changes and the speculation of many skeptics, Battle Ground’s annual festival is alive and well BATTLE GROUND — The Harvest Days are back, and it would appear that this time, they are back for good. After administrative changes last year resulted in some significant changes to the scope and scale of the long-running community festival, many Battle Ground residents wondered if the annual celebration might be on its way out. But this year, with a new, citizen-led organization at the helm, seems to be returning to its former glory. Kendra Laratta currently serves as a committee member with the Battle Ground Festival Association (BGFA), an organization formed in the wake of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce’s merger with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of commerce. “That left an empty spot for these types of activities, so a new group was formed just from people in the community,” Laratta explains, noting that what makes this year’s Harvest Days especially impressive is that, without the Chamber of Commerce to organize the event, the community has stepped up to make sure it lives on.Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnThis year’s Harvest Days celebration was organized entirely by citizen efforts, united under the nonprofit Battle Ground Festivals Association. Photo by Mike SchultzAnd live on, it has. Although last year’s festivities were cut a day shorter than usual, this year the Harvest Days were back to a full three-day, weekend long celebration, beginning on Fri., July 19, and ending on Sun., July 21. Kicking off the weekend with a trove of classic cars and trucks was the “Cruzz-In,” which stood in the place of the Harvest Nights Car Cruise after the latter was cancelled by the organizers. When the BGFA caught wind that a few cruise regulars were planning to hold their own unofficial cruise in, the committee decided it would be best to put on their own version for the sake of safety.“We saw a lot of response that people were going to come and cruise anyway, and thought maybe we would be better off being proactive rather than waiting for the chaos to come,” Laratta says. “And judging by how many people are out here, it’s probably a good thing we did that.” Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnThe Battle Ground Cruzz-In, organized this year in place of the Harvest Nights Car Cruise, saw hundreds of classic trucks, hot rods, and muscle cars on the Main Street Strip in Battle Ground. Photo by Michael McCormicWith hundreds of classic trucks, sports cars, muscle cars, and hot rods on the Main Street strip, it would be safe to say that the additional effort to make the event official paid off for the community. Aaron Knisley, who brought his 1972 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS to the cruise for the second time, explains that he comes to this event because, “It’s a good time. You meet really cool people.” Spectators at the cruise may have noticed a 1929 Ford Model A, which former middle school teacher and classic car enthusiast John Earnest bought and restored as a hobby project.“It came to us, and we took it all apart and restored it back to the original, the way Henry Ford sold them. They were called station wagons back then, going from the train station to people’s houses,” Earnest explains. Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnAfter spending over $150,000 to restore it, car collector Greagg Long (driver’s seat) took his 1966 Stingray Corvette out for its public debut at the Battle Ground Cruzz-In. Photo by Michael McCormicOne restored 1966 Stingray Corvette even made its public debut at the Cruzz-In, after being disassembled, refurbished, and rebuilt by mechanic and car collector Greagg Long, who has spent several months and no small amount of cash to restore the American classic to pristine condition.  “We found this car online, back east in Maine, and had it shipped over here,” Long recalls, going on to explain that many different people had their hands in this restoration. “It’s a collaboration of a lot of people and several shops. Everybody does their own thing, and now here it is today, out for its first trip.”All in all, Long claims the restoration cost over $150,000. Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant return Dollars Corner resident John Earnest (driver’s seat) is shown here with his restored 1929 “Woody Wagon” Model A. Photo by Michael McCormicWhile the engines sputtered and rubber burned on the asphalt, the familiar sounds of children’s laughter and screams of excitement emanated from the southeast lawn of Battle Ground High School, where a handful of carnival rides and games — which had been absent from last year’s festivities — were in full operation. “This has gone really well so far this year. It’s great to see everybody here. The carnival’s going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We were finally able to bring that back, too, which was a labor of love,” Laratta says. Festivities continued early on Saturday morning, with a pancake feed organized by the firefighters of Clark County Fire District 3 at 7 a.m. The Harvest Days Parade followed at 10 a.m., with businesses, charitable organizations, churches, and school bands represented in the procession entries. Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnBattle Ground local Emma Libby enjoys breakfast, courtesy of Fire District 3’s Pancake Feed.) Photo by Mike SchultzHarvest Days saw some new events this year, one of which was the Firefighter Combat Challenge Competition, in which over 25 firefighters from Battle Ground and the surrounding area participated in an obstacle course comprised of tasks that they regularly encounter in their line of work. These actions range from squirting fire hoses to dragging rescue dummies, and are specifically chosen to give the public a feel for what their firefighters do on a daily basis. Captain Mel Hall from Fire District 3 explains the process of the competition, stating, “So, you pit one firefighter against the other, and we had firefighters from around Clark County come to participate. They go through this course, and we time it, and so each round, one beats the other, of course, and we keep track of time for the final score.” Battle Ground Harvest Days’ triumphant returnFirefighter Zack Helms sprays a firehose in front of onlooking crowds for Fire District 3’s Firefighter Combat Challenge. Photo by Mike SchultzWhile the firefighters ran their obstacle course in front of cheering spectators, a separate obstacle course was set up for children to try their hand at being a firefighter alongside the professionals. “Hopefully we got some future firefighters out there who are going to kind of like it and learn more about what firefighters do. So it’s an interactive education thing with the community,” says Hall. Home-grown entertainment was in no short supply either, with a dad joke contest and a lip-sync battle both taking place on the community stage on Saturday. Courtney Dawson competed in the lip-sync battle with her 6-year-old daughter, Harper. Fully costumed as characters from the franchise, the Dawsons performed the Pokemon Theme Song in a choreographed mother-daughter act. “We were like, ‘We gotta do it!’” Dawson says. “We thought about what we would do for a minute, and then we decided, she likes Pokemon.”Beyond their fun stage act, the Dawsons have also been Harvest Days regulars for the past several years, and Courtney Dawson believes this community celebration is something special. “It’s such a fun event. It’s taking it back down to the small town, trying to get away from the bigger city, bringing it back to your roots, and just coming together and having a good time with our small, big town,” she says. According to Kendra Laratta, planning for the 2020 Harvest Days begins this August, so community members looking to get involved won’t have to wait long. While the Battle Ground Festival Association is still in their early years of community festival planning, if this year is a sign of things to come, then Battle Ground Harvest Days has a lot to look forward to.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Arrest made in car-vs.-motorcycle collision in Battle Ground July 8 Next : International basketball: Local athlete wins gold for American SamoaAdvertisementThis is placeholder text I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreecenter_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Shelby introduces Series 2 roadster based on ’90s sports car

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