Boris campaigned with a promise to “get Brexit done”; on 31 January 2020, the UK duly left the EU. He assured Tory voters that he would win an election; on 12 December 2019, the Conservatives won their biggest majority in over 30 years. He presented himself as a step-change from the monotonous inertia of Theresa May’s government — and say what you like about the man, but no one can accuse him of being dull. Boris Johnson is allergic to giving bad news and seems to value popularity over leadership (Getty Images) Also Read: After a year in the job, Boris Johnson is a disappointment to even his biggest fans Opinion Main image credit: Getty We may never fully understand the thinking in Whitehall leading up to lockdown on 23 March, but from the leaks and reports so far, it appears that the government was unwilling to acknowledge how severe this crisis would be — both in terms of potential deaths (with the notorious Imperial study finally moving the dial), and with regards to trade-offs. Even if comprehensive discussions were taking place behind closed doors, there were few public signs that the government was taking the risks seriously. But even allowing for a standing start and for the Prime Minister’s grave illness in the midst of the crisis, the dissatisfaction on the panel was palpable. Fiscal hawks were up in arms about the seemingly endless spending splurges promised by the government’s newfound magic money tree, while loyal Conservatives raised concerns about Downing Street’s lack of action in February, before the pandemic had hit Britain, with warning signs missed in a fog of complacency. On the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Live With Littlewood show this week, I was asked to score Boris Johnson’s first year as Tory leader. As one former cabinet minister recently lamented, “the hard facts are that Boris is a good-time Prime Minister” . These are not good times. The PM has the majority and the mandate to make difficult decisions that are unpopular in the moment but crucial for the country’s future — yet he obfuscates, preferring instead to follow the polls and chase public approval. whatsapp What unites both these criticisms is a sense that the government is led by a man who is allergic to giving bad news and values popularity over leadership. Share When lockdown was introduced, simplistic sloganeering urged us to “stay at home, save lives, protect the NHS”. There was no acknowledgement that this endeavour might have its own costs: in the form of mass job losses, collapsing tax receipts, spiralling debt, damage to childhood development as millions were taken out of school, and indeed risk to life itself, with hundreds of thousands of excess deaths projected due to missed cancer diagnoses, increased domestic violence, and worsening mental health. It may well be that such costs were necessary to avert a healthcare catastrophe, and that the long-term harms to health, education, public and private finances that are only just becoming apparent were a price worth paying to get the pandemic under control. But a government that refused to acknowledge the risks and trade-offs at the time and continues to play them down today looks either dishonest or incompetent. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Boris Johnson is allergic to giving bad news and seems to value popularity over leadership (Getty Images) At some point, there will be tough questions about tax rises or public service cuts — questions a responsible Prime Minister would be getting out in front of now, preparing the public and being honest about the state of nation’s finances. In fact, I wasn’t far off from the undoubtedly more Conservative members of the panel — ranging from two to eight, the average score from a team of commentators who supported Boris for PM at some point was just 5.05, barely in positive territory. Friday 24 July 2020 5:48 am More hardship is to come. As the furlough scheme is wound up, entire sectors are at risk of going under. The Treasury’s support schemes cannot save every job, and will have to be paid for by generations of future taxpayers. Interest rates are low enough for the government to borrow its way through now, but they won’t be forever. Boris Johnson is allergic to giving bad news and seems to value popularity over leadership (Getty Images) Also Read: After a year in the job, Boris Johnson is a disappointment to even his biggest fans I am accustomed to being the token left-winger (relatively speaking) on the IEA’s show, which tends to feature economists and journalists who identify firmly on the Conservative right. I was therefore expecting my answer — a mere four out of 10 — to be the lowest by far. That is his failing. And it’s why, even to his staunchest supporters, his first year as leader has been a disappointment. Coronavirus has obviously thrown the government off course. A pandemic of a strange new virus sparking twin health and economic crises was going to be a challenge for any Prime Minister. Every world leader has struggled to balance slashing the infection rate with avoiding long-term damage to the economy and other public services. Some have fared better than others, but certain unavoidable factors — such as an ageing population, a large number of care home residents, and a hub airport that was serving over 200,000 international travellers every day before lockdown — were always going to place the UK at a disadvantage. In short, his first year as leader — an anniversary celebrated yesterday — has been a success on the terms by which he was elected. So why the disappointment? Instead, Boris tells us that normality will be restored by Christmas. The Prime Minister’s televised address on 12 March where he sombrely warned the public to prepare to “lose loved ones” was glaringly out of step with his previous upbeat messaging — Pollyanna-esque talk of “squashing the sombrero” and singing Happy Birthday. Looking back, it is no wonder some have doubts about Downing Street’s grasp at the time of the looming crisis. Instead of planning and preparation, there is a sense that the aim was not to upset people. Rachel Cunliffe After a year in the job, Boris Johnson is a disappointment to even his biggest fans City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. 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Southwest | TransportationForestry plane with four aboard crashes at takeoff in AniakMay 29, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Aerial view of Aniak. (Photo from Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library.)An Alaska Division of Forestry plane taking off from Aniak crashed on Thursday evening, injuring all four passengers.Division of Forestry Spokesperson Tim Mowry said that the plane went down around 4 p.m. in Aniak, a village of about 500 on the Kuskokwim River. A statement on the Division of Forestry blog stated that the injuries were “serious but not life-threatening,” and that the individuals had been transported to hospitals in Anchorage. “The seriousness of the injuries is unknown at this time,” read the statement.According to the statement, the plane, an Aero Commander 500 Shrike, was transporting a crew of firefighters from two villages to Soldotna to help support initial attacks crews in the area. The Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch that the plane landed in a gravel pit filled with water near the runway.The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified of the accident.Alaska Public Media’s Lex Treinen contributed to this storyShare this story:
Coronavirus | State GovernmentWatch: Dunleavy’s administration to talk about financial assistance for Alaskans struggling with housing costsJune 10, 2020 by KTOO News Department Share:Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. today.Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks about the state’s COVID-19 response from the Atwood Building in Anchorage on March 20, 2020. Also pictured: Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, and an unidentified sign language interpreter. (Creative Commons photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)The governor, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner John MacKinnon and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Executive Director Bryan Butcher will give an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and rental and mortgage assistance.Members of Dunleavy’s administration have been giving these briefings since mid-March. They’ve shared updates on the number of people in the state with confirmed cases, announced public health mandates and explained the administration’s strategy and rationale.State health officials announced Wednesday that another 20 Alaskans have tested positive for coronavirus, plus two more non-residents. The 20 residents include nine from Anchorage, nine from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, one from Sitka and one from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.The state also reported a sharp increase in the number of people in the hospital who have COVID-19 or who have signs of it. Three of those people are on ventilators.That brings the total number of confirmed cases among Alaskans to 593. The majority — about 66 percent — of Alaskans who have gotten sick with COVID-19 have recovered. Eleven people have died. Dunleavy’s administration has imposed and modified several public health mandates that have reshaped daily life across Alaska to combat the spread of the virus. Those mandates and other Alaska-specific COVID-19 resources and information are available at coronavirus.alaska.gov.You can watch today’s press conference live on this post, the governor’s Facebook or Livestream pages, or on 360 North television.Share this story:
Crime & Courts | Public Safety | Southwest | State GovernmentFor years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Alaska’s new cold case office aims to helpSeptember 9, 2020 by Tyler Thompson & Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham Share:Amber Webb drew portraits of missing and murdered Alaska Native women on a handmade qaspeq to call attention to the high rate of death by homicide among Alaska Native and Native American women.Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state’s first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s from Sand Point, where she’s worked as an educator and tribal court chief judge for 30 years.“I came to this job because I was concerned about what was happening in rural Alaska,” Cumberlidge says. “In my community, we’ve had people go missing from the community as well, later to be found after they passed away. Some real concerns about that. I’m concerned about what’s happening in Bristol Bay.”There are no official statistics for missing people in Bristol Bay. The Urban Indian Health Institute, a tribal epidemiology center based in Seattle, reports that 52 Indigenous women and girls are listed as missing or murdered in Alaska — the fourth highest of all states. But a failure of state and federal agencies to collect that data means it’s impossible to know the scope of the epidemic.In her new role, Cumberlidge will work to change that. She’s developing resources like a database for tracking missing and murdered Indigenous people for communities across the state.Cumberlidge says she’s also putting together a small working group of victim service personnel, tribal representation and local law enforcement.“The reason that we kept it small was to make sure that we could get some good communication going and work on some of the initiatives,” she says. “Improving communication when something happens, making sure that the data is getting recorded at the local, state and federal level. Also, that the response for any event is as thorough as can be.”Ingrid Cumberlidge, a former tribal judge and educator, is Alaska’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Cumberlidge is working to establish protocols for local responders to follow when they have to wait for state troopers to arrive. Those troopers will be responsible for individual cases.“They’re going to be joining the task force,” Cumberlidge says. “The objective is just to kind of review what we’re doing, how they’re doing things. But also how we’re doing things in tribal villages and villages that don’t have enforcement.”Seven Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons offices are opening around the country, demonstrating that there is growing federal attention to the epidemic.In November, the U.S. Senate agreed to spend $6.5 million to address the epidemic. President Donald Trump formed the Operation Lady Justice Task Force, which is conducting tribal consultation meetings across the country. Alaska’s sessions are scheduled virtually for Sept. 10 and Sept. 14. But advocates have also voiced frustrations about the failure of the Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which created federal legislation classifying domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, and has been up for renewal since 2018.But communities have been grappling with missing and murdered Indigenous peoples epidemic on the ground for decades.“The amount of trauma and loss in our community from missing and murdered Indigenous women is so apparent,” says Gregg Marxmiller, the education outreach coordinator at Safe and Fear-free Environment, a local domestic violence and sexual assault response agency in Dillingham. “The fact that everybody here has dealt with it one way or another means it’s all our issue to deal with.”SAFE has organized public speaking events at the Dillingham schools, marches to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence and talking circles in communities across Bristol Bay.People are also using art to address structural barriers.“I got into missing and murdered Indigenous women advocacy work three years ago when I started a qaspeq project,” says Amber Webb, an artist and activist who grew up in Dillingham and has worked to shed light on MMIW in Alaska and in Bristol Bay.In 2018, Webb hand-stitched a giant qaspeq and drew on it the faces of missing and murdered women from around Alaska. She says she wanted to honor the women who were lost and bring awareness to the underlying causes of MMIW.“Originally, that project started because I couldn’t even find data that reflected accurate numbers for Alaska,” Webb says. “And just kind of realizing how little was being done — it’s the kind of problem where you try to do anything you can when you realize how grave the situation is.”Webb has since been collecting data from families, local news reports and police reports. She says a lot of this data collection has been happening on a grassroots level. The Sovereign Bodies Institute is one of the organizations that compiles such data.“In 2018 Annita Lucchesi, who started the Sovereign Bodies Institute, unveiled the very first Indigenous-led database where she was collecting the names of murdered and missing Indigenous women,” Webb says. “Since then, there’s been a lot more research work around this issue, but we still can’t give a really accurate picture of those numbers, even within our own region.”Webb says that along with state and federal efforts to address the MMIW epidemic, institutions and individuals need to examine sexism and racism in their own operations and in everyday life. Then, they need to take concrete steps to change.If a woman in your family has been killed or gone missing, you can contact the Sovereign Bodies Institute at [email protected] or Data for Indigenous Justice at [email protected] this story:
By Alessandro Pasetti 28/08/2015 www.GregorSchlaeger.de Back to black was the headline for Hanjin Shipping’s second-quarter (Q2) results this month — but just how good were they, really?On the face of it, the earnings profile of South Korea’s biggest ocean cargo carrier was much better than in 2014. Yet it’s a long path to recovery, and my biggest concern is the maturity profile of the debt pile that sits on Hanjin’s books.The group has about KRW2tr ($1.6bn) of bonds outstanding, with KRW1.8tr maturing by the end of 2017, according to its 2014 results.Hanjin’s top line is unlikely to receive a fillip from the business cycle: revenues were down 7.5% in Q2 vs Q1, and fell 6.3% year-on-year. The outlook isn’t any brighter for the reminder of 2015.Hence, it must keep focus on its operating cost base in order to deliver the rising profitability and cash flows essential to guarantee debt repayments are made on time.Its financials aren’t particularly clear, but we can present a back-of-envelope calculation of how some of its key financial metrics could look like at the end of 2015, based on its first-half (H1) year results.More profits looming?If Hanjin continues to deliver Ebit in line with its H1 results, it will generate between $350m and $400m of core operating earnings this year. Assuming roughly $100m of non-cash items on top of that, with no working capital changes during the period, while excluding interest costs, its adjusted operating cash flow will likely hover around $500m. Interest costs in H1 stood at $115m, or about $230m annualised.Assuming a tax rate in line with H1, Hanjin’s annual income could end up being between $100m and $145m if it repeats its H1 performance.Its gross cash position, including short-term securities, is about $400m, which yields a resulting net debt position of $1.2bn, for an implied forward net leverage of about 2x. That level of leverage isn’t prohibitive, but then most of its debts are due over the next 30 months.Tiny operational issues could have dramatic consequences on its financial performance, and that could be a stressful experience, as Hanjin will have to find a way to refinance part of its maturing debts between now and 2017, while convincing investors that it has actually turned the corner.Although container, bulk, and terminal sales are likely to remain sluggish, its projected Ebit margin could grow above 5% on the back of lower bunker prices and efficiency measures, so the group should be able to generate the amount of free cash flow that is necessary to meet the majority of its debt repayments, according to our estimates.That said, it will unlikely be able to expand its fleet and its mega-ship capacity to stand in the league of the majors, which could yield a loss of competitiveness.Difficult times Martin Song, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities, pointed out earlier this year that, while earnings at the container business were “expected to remain in the black,” those in the bulk carrier business were “likely to stay soft” for some time. Its bulk operations were still in the red indeed in Q2, although quarterly trends were mildly encouraging.Shareholders have gone through tough times in the last couple of years. The previous chief executive, Kim Young Min, resigned at the end of 2013, taking “responsibility for two successive years of losses (…) and a delay in getting financial support from creditors”, Bloomberg noted in November 2013.Back then, Q4 13 brought bankruptcies at such chaebol groups such as Tongyang and Woongjin, which meant that “in 2014, the most urgent and critical task at hand was improving our financial status,” Hanjin said in its annual results – adding that it reduced debt by more “than KRW1tr and secured KRW300bn through (the) liquidation of long-term contract based bulk & LNG business.”Now it doesn’t look too bad compared with last year, although any exogenous shocks could hinder its recovery.Similarly, press coverage from World Maritime News, according to which the headquarters of Hanjin Group – which controls Hanjin and Korean Air – and its affiliates had “been raided (…) by the Seoul prosecutors amid corruption allegations” earlier this summer, could be a big blow for its reputation.That’s something the company could do without, given that it will need to receive the long-term backing of institutional equity and bond investors if it aims to stay in business.
Security camera captures moment 2 Charlotte County burglars realized they were on tape June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Charlotte CountyIllegal dumpinglittering CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– Charlotte County deputies do not tolerate littering, if you are caught they will make you clean up your mess before the handcuffs go on. Michael Halas is accused of dumping more than 500 pounds of packaging supplies from furniture he delivered through his moving company.“We have an environmental deputy who is dedicated to eradicating illegal dumping in our community,” Claudette Bennett said, from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. “Through that investigation he was able to under cover that trash had identifying features on it that led him to the suspect.” Advertisement DNA identifies long-unknown victim found during Hog Trail Killer investigation June 13, 2021 FOOTAGE: Casual candle thieves nab $1,200 in merchandise June 14, 2021 One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary June 16, 2021 “I think it’s unbelievable. I don’t know why they’d do that because they can just go up to the recycling plant to dump it,” Charles Rhodes said. Rhodes lives less than a mile from the park. He said the recycling plant is only three miles up the way, and it doesn’t cost a dime. “Yeah I don’t understand that, I think he’s just being lazy or something,” Ryan Henyecz said. Henyecz said there was previously more dumping in the area but since the addition of the park it has been cleaned up. Charlotte County says there is no tolerance for this kind of illegal dumping.“Our community is too beautiful to be trashing it, especially when there’s options to get rid of this trash. There’s no reason for it, there’s no point, and we will hold you accountable,” Bennett said. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office says if you see illegal dumping or something suspicious at all, you can always call their anonymous tip line. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementProduct labels identified Halas. The deputy tracked the boxes all back to ‘Big Mikes Moving’, a company owned by Halas. More than 500 pounds of cardboard boxes, styrofoam and packaging materials were dumped behind the fence at Tippecanoe Environmental Park. Halas is now paying the price with a felony littering charge.
Community Council Family raising vital funds for Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Previous articleJobs on the way to Laois as multi-national company announces new storeNext articleCalls to enforce sanctions to tackle illegal dumping in Laois 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. By Siun Lennon – 3rd January 2019 TAGSPortlaoise HospitalSpecial Care Baby Unit Two parents are hosting a vital fundraiser for a cause very close to their hearts, the Special Care Baby Unit in the Midlands Regional Portlaoise hospital.Sarah Clare and Brian Pearson are hosting a coffee day and raffle in Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory on Saturday January 5.Thirty amazing prizes are up for grabs on a coffee day with a raffle including a night away in the Bridal Suite at Tullamore Court Hotel.Tickets for the raffle are being sold in Bernies SuperValu Roscrea on Friday 4 January 4 and at the coffee day in Ballaghmore.Fundraising for the Special Baby Care Unit is a cause close to Sarah Clare and Brian’s hearts.Two of their little boys, Ben and Alex, were looked after in the unit and both parents described it as ‘amazing’.“We are only privileged to try and help this amazing unit. It is where our boys Ben, now nearly six and Alex now three spent the first four-six weeks of their life there after being born at 32 weeks.“Even though our third child Matt, now 19 months old, was born at 36 weeks we were lucky that he was healthy enough to stay with me and not go to SCBU.“It is very scary and daunting to have a tiny fragile baby born and then to face a unit we knew nothing about.“All the machines, tubes, incubator and the medical terminology but the staff there took us under their wings and guided, supported and helped us so much.“They don’t just give round the clock care to our babies but they are there for the parents too. It is very difficult to go home and leave your baby behind but knowing they are getting the best care and helping hand they require to help them on the road home.Like many others, Sarah Clare thought the Special Care Baby Unit would receive all of their funding from the HSE, but it does not.“We would have presumed that they get all their funding from the HSE but unfortunately not. They are hoping for extra equipment such as cubical screens, heated cots, breast pumps and other items,” she concluded.They also have a go fund me page set up which you will find under Sarah Clare Special Care Baby Unit Portlaoise Hospital if you would like to donate.SEE ALSO – 19 Laois people to watch out for in 2019 Community WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Home News Community Family raising vital funds for Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise NewsCommunity Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 3rd January 2019 Twitter 19 Laois people to watch out for in 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Community There’s any amount of talented young Laois people making strides in various fields and we’ve picked out 19 of them to keep an eye on in 2019.Gaelic Football – Mark BarryMark Barry celebrates with his family and girlfriend following O’Dempsey’s Division 1A winMark Barry has been making waves at juvenile level for a number of years and he translated that form into the adult ranks when he made the step up in 2018.He has since been drafted into the Laois senior set-up. The O’Dempsey’s forward is eligible to play for the U-20s for the next two years but he may end up leap-frogging that grade like Finbarr Crowley did last year.Hurling – Aaron Dunphy Aaron DunphyIt seems like Aaron Dunphy has been around for a long time but he is still only 21.He played for the Laois seniors under Cheddar Plunkett but did not play for the last two years. He is back now under Eddie Brennan and we expect the Borris-Kilcotton man to become one of the main forwards.Basketball – Liam Kinsella Pinterest TAGSOnes to Watch Previous articleThat was My Year: Renowned Laois author Helen CullenNext article‘Light at the end of tunnel’ fading for family of Laois woman missing 25 years LaoisToday Reporter Facebook WhatsApp Community The Portlaoise Panthers Men’s team are going through a rebuilding phase at the moment with a number of young players coming through.One of those who is really shining is Liam Kinsella. The multi-talented teenager from The Heath, is also part of Billy O’Loughlin’s U-20 football squad. He also happens to have one of the coolest hairstyles in Laois.Camogie – Kirsten KeenanKirsten Keenan in action for Camross in this years Laois club championship final against O Moores. Photo: J OsborneKirsten Keenan was part of the Laois U-16 camogie team that won an All-Ireland ‘B’ title in 2017 and she will be hoping to repeat the trick at minor level in 2019.Keenan made her debut for the Laois senior camogie team last year and will hopefully continue her progress in that sphere next year.Music – Kean Kavanagh Laois has a very strong base of musicians and one young man who continues to make great strides is Portlaoise native Kean Kavanagh.He performed with Kojaque at the Electric Picnic in 2018 and also released his own song ‘Coca Cola Sky’. We expect to see a lot more from him in 2019.Politics – Veronica Wheatley Veronica Wheatley, Laois Macra’s representative in the 2018 International Miss Macra Festival.There are a number of up and coming Laois women involved in politics at present but we’ve gone for one who is set to contest a big role in 2019.Veronica Wheatley, from Doonane near Crettyard, is the current Laois county chairperson and a prominent member of East Laois Macra. She will seek nominations to challenge for the position of Leinster vice-president.Ladies Rugby – Emma Hooban Emma Hooban with her dad PatThe end of 2018 saw Laois’s Ladies Rugby Irish Internationals rise from one to two as Emma Hooban played in two Test games at the end of the season.It was a huge achievement for the Portlaoise hooker. Her next goal will surely be to make the Six Nations squad where she will most likely be joined by Arles winger Alison Miller who has recovered from a horrific leg injury.Men’s Rugby – Sean Masterson Sean MastersonInjury ravaged much of 2018 for Sean Masterson but we are hoping for much better things for the Ratheniska native this year.The powerful back-row damaged his shoulder at the end of 2018 but should be back to full fitness this year and ready to push into the Connacht set-up.Soccer – Kelvin BurkeSoccer is another sport that is on the up in Laois. Garry Comerford (Cork City) and Niall Corbet (Bohemians) are both playing in the League of Ireland while Colin Conroy (Bohemians) captained the Republic of Ireland at U-16 level in 2018.And we will be monitoring the progress of Kelvin Burke very closely too. The St Aengus youngster signed for St Patrick’s Athletic a few months ago and will feature for them in the U-15 League of Ireland this year.Athletics – Ava O’Connor Ava O’ConnorEmo teenager Ava O’Connor is a rising star in the world of athletics.She ran in the 1,500m at the Tailteann Games in Santry in the summer and took away a silver medal. Her achievement made all the more incredible by the fact she is eligible to run at that grade again this year!Actor – Micheal FlemingSwanDive Productions is a company spear-headed by Micheal Fleming of The Swan.His movie ‘Vegetable’ managed to scoop three awards at the eclectic Underground cinema Short Film festival in 2018 and he also showed he is as good in front of the camera as he is behind it when he starred in the Christmas ad for eir. We certainly look forward to what 2019 has in store for him.Influencer – Jamie McNamara We hear all the time about ‘influencers’ now and they really are a thing. Last year, we chose Dylan Brennan in this category and he has now amassed over 36,000 followers on Instagram.This year we are going for Jamie McNamara from Portlaoise. If you are into fitness and personal training, the UL student is worth following.Make-Up – Ciara Dooley Ciara has continued to impress with her makeup artistry throughout the year. Not only did she make our list of top makeup artists but also top Instagrammers for 2018.Honing her skills at Vanity X Makeup in Dublin, Ciara has set up a makeup studio based in her home. She even worked with us on creating that go-to festival look for the Electric Picnic. The glow Gods are shining brightly on this young Portlaoise woman and we expect more of the same in 2019.Ladies Football – Sarah LarkinA young Stradbally woman with a bright future ahead of her. Timahoe Ladies midfielder Sarah Larkin has all the attributes to become something special.She excelled on the U-16 Laois team which reached the All-Ireland final last year and will be a valuable asset to the minors this year.Golf – Niall HearnsMountrath native Niall Hearns broke records galore in 2018 and we’re tipping him for further success this year.He equalled the Mountrath Golf course record and also put in a number of fine performances on the national stage. Something we should see more of in 2019.Swimming – Sean Scannell Seán Scannell, pictured with his coach John Duffy, after the Irish Open swim eventPortlaoise teenager Sean Scannell is making serious waves in the water – excuse the pun.The St Mary’s CBS Leaving Cert student swam at the European Youth Olympics in 2017 and will be aiming for a place on the Ireland team for the World and European Junior Championships in 2019. The qualifiers for these take place in March and Scannell will hope to compete in the 50, 100 and 200 metres.Hockey – Elva KerrKilkenny College won the school and the South East region’s first Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Hockey Championship since 1994 last year.Young Ballyfin student Elva was on that team and she will be a big part of the team this year that will try to defend it. Elva’s twin brother Luke is also on the school’s rugby team. A dynamic duo.Boxing – Michael Nevin Michael NevinBack in February last year, Michael Nevin became the 75kg Middleweight Irish champion after defeating Derry man Brett McGinty.He went on to compete in the EU Championships in November where his medal hopes were dashed in the quarter final after a facial cut he received in the last 16 win reopened and couldn’t be stopped. But we expect the Portlaoise man to put that behind him and power on in 2019.Producer – Aisling CaltAisling Calt directed ‘Capsule’ by Areaman Productions and filmed an episode of the series in The Store Yard, Kea-Lew Business & Retail Park in Portlaoise – and it is currently on the RTE Player.The Portlaoise native is really up and coming in this sphere and we’ll be keeping an eye out on her next production in 2019.SEE ALSO – LaoisToday’s top 25 Tweets of the Year Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home We Are Laois 19 Laois people to watch out for in 2019 We Are Laois Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year
Previous articleYour guide to Laois Ladies v Armagh in the first round of the national leagueNext articleJobs in Laois: All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Pinterest Twitter Home News Business New car sales slump in Laois NewsBusiness RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Council Motor industry insiders are attributing the shaky start to the new year for their sector to the ongoing uncertainty around a potential hard Brexit, a weaker Sterling and the continuing trend in favour of second hand imports, which is eating into the Irish market share for local dealers.The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) issued the official 191 new vehicle registration figures for January along with their final SIMI Quarterly Motor Industry Review of 2018. TAGSCar Sales Facebook Community Car sales figures for the month of January show that 191 registrations are down 12.6% (32,374) when compared to January 2018 (37,023).It’s a similar story for Light Commercials which are down 16.3% (5,650) compared to January last year (6,753), and HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also down 11.4% (356) in comparison to January 2018 (402).The SIMI Report highlights Ireland’s strong economic performance last year but despite the steady levels of growth, the Motor Industry faced a significant and uncertain year with monthly declines in new car registrations figures, reflecting the substantial impact of Brexit.Used car imports in 2018 reached the highest level on record at 100,755 accounting for 44.5% of the total car market in 2018. Used car imports for January 2019 (9,006) have seen a very slight decrease 0.6% on January 2018 (9,061).New car registrations 2018, totalled 125,422 down 4.4% on 2017, with 2019 now accentuating that trend as the uncertainty around Brexit looms large.The only category to buck the trend are electric vehicle registrations which have increased significantly with 811 registrations in January 2019, which is more than for the whole of 2017 and over 60% of the total for the whole of last year.While Electric vehicle numbers are still relatively low, they are showing strong growth having increased from less than 1% of the market last year to 2.6% market share in January this year which is an encouraging increase in the right direction.Diesel continues to be the market leader in 2019 with a 49% share despite an 8% decline on the previous January 2018. Petrol has grown to 40% and Hybrids currently account for 7% of the new car market.Brian Cooke, Director General Designate, SIMI commented: “New Vehicle Registrations in January are clearly disappointing but not surprising. With Brexit fast approaching adding to business uncertainty, the weakness of Sterling is continuing to drive down used car values which is increasing the cost to change.“While we hope the EU and UK’s negotiations result in agreement that allows for free trade, the likelihood of no deal is increasing by the day. While the Industry is ramping up its preparations for a no deal BREXIT, in the context of the potential impact on a sector whose activity will be in the region of €5billion between now and the end of the year, it is crucial that the State fully clarifies the trading conditions in the event of no agreement being reached.Car buffs will also be interested in knowing that the top seller car brands across the country at the start of 2019 are: 1 – Hyundai; 2 – Volkswagen; 3 – Ford; 4 – Toyota; 5 – Nissan with the five top selling car models for January: 1 – Hyundai Tucson; 2 – Nissan Qashqai; 3 – Ford Focus; 4 – Toyota Yaris; 5 – Skoda Octavia.SEE ALSO – Over €12 million in funding allocated to regional and local roads in Laois Traditionally seen as a barometer of economic buoyancy and consumer confidence new car sales for January 2019 are down by over 12% on 2018.The downward trend, for the second year in succession is reflected in new car sales in Laois for January which registered at 460, down from 544 in 2018, a drop of over 15%.Neighbouring counties didn’t fare any better with car sales for January down across the board in Carlow from 499 to 410 (17%); Kildare 1401 from 1703 (17%); Kilkenny 720 down from 858 (16%) and Offaly worst of all, registering 418 new car sales compared with 547 from the same month last year a drop of over 23%. WhatsApp New car sales slump in Laois Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Community By LaoisToday Reporter – 3rd February 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda has said that members of the Diaspora have played a very significant role in the development of the economy, and pointed out that for the year 2007, Jamaicans living overseas contributed US$1.8 billion to the economy.“What does US$1.8 billion coming into our economy mean? It is in fact US$300 million per annum more than the contribution of the tourism sector in terms of foreign exchange inflows. It is US$400 million more than our traditional exports, which include bauxite and alumina, bananas and sugar,” Mr. Samuda said.The Minister was speaking at the Third Biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conference, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on June 17.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda informed that the Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) has put together packages that would allow Jamaicans overseas who wish to invest in the country, to do so much easier.“The new thrust of JTI is to put packages together; packages of opportunity, that is how I would like to phrase it. Concrete packages that you can understand precisely at what level you can become involved in terms of an investment opportunity,” the Minister told members of the diaspora.Mr. Samuda explained that in putting these packages together, it would become necessary to compile a data bank of the Diaspora throughout the world, so that the Government could know the skill levels and talents of persons.“We would certainly have an idea of how to go in search of Jamaicans who are highly qualified to come back to help us to build the economy,” the Minister said.He also pointed out that the government, through the JTI, was opening offices in different parts of the world to interact with overseas Jamaicans.“We in that particular agency deal with encouraging investments to the country, and strengthening the existing ones. We opened offices in London recently, which will handle all of Europe, and they have already commenced the process of interacting with the Diaspora in that part of the world,” the Minister said.He noted that the government has appointed an Honorary Trade Commissioner in Toronto, “and we will be opening up office there fairly soon, and we want to have a permanent office opened shortly in New York.”Mr. Samuda also reiterated that government would be seeking to reduce the red tape as it relates to the turn-around time for imports and exports, adding that the time that it took to achieve these tasks was unacceptable at present, as the lengthy delays resulted in loss of valuable time and money. RelatedSamuda Highlights Contribution of Diaspora Members Samuda Highlights Contribution of Diaspora Members UncategorizedJune 19, 2008 RelatedSamuda Highlights Contribution of Diaspora Members RelatedSamuda Highlights Contribution of Diaspora Members Advertisements