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Landmark post-Brexit immigration bill returns to parliament

first_imgMonday 18 May 2020 12:40 pm “Frankly, it’s rank hypocrisy to over 180,000 NHS and care workers to clap for them on a Thursday night and say they’re not welcome here today”. Details of the nature of the new system will be released later in the year in the government’s immigration rules. (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Landmark post-Brexit immigration bill returns to parliament However, the controversial legislation has met with added scrutiny, coming as it does in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, which has seen the nation’s NHS staff and other care workers, many of whom are immigrants, lauded for their tireless efforts. Show Comments ▼ The legislation was first introduced during Theresa May’s premiership, but suffered a string of defeats due to her minority government. The government’s landmark post-Brexit immigration bill will return to parliament today for its second reading before MPs. Home secretary Priti Patel said that the bill would “give the UK full control of our immigration system for the first time in decades and the power to determine who comes to this country”. (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However, with new prime minister Boris Johnson now commanding a comfortable 80-seat majority after December’s landslide electoral victory, the bill is likely to pass.center_img (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Landmark post-Brexit immigration bill returns to parliament In a statement, the Home Office acknowledged the efforts of the NHS workers, saying: “Our new immigration system will make it easier and quicker for medical professionals around the world to work in the NHS through a new fast-track NHS visa”. According to a YouGov poll conducted on behalf of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, attitudes have to immigration have changed due to the crisis, with 54 per cent of respondents now in favour of looser controls. whatsapp Share Under the new legislation, freedom of movement for EU citizens will cease, and will be replaced by a so-called points-based immigration system. Landmark post-Brexit immigration bill returns to parliament Edward Thicknesse whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniorszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitioninvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted: “The Tories rushing this bill through is a huge risk to our NHS and care sector during the coronavirus crisis. last_img read more

Moment in Time: Launch of Portarlington French Festival in 2004

first_img Rugby Moment in Time: Launch of Portarlington French Festival in 2004 WhatsApp Pinterest Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Launch of Portarlington French Festival in 2004 We Are LaoisMoment in Time Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Launch of Durrow Howya Festival in 2010 Community Twitter Twitter Previous articleSeven Talking Points as Laois football season ends with defeat to Monaghan in NavanNext articleThe Twitter reaction as Laois lose out to Monaghan and season ends David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community By David Power – 8th July 2018 TAGSMoment in Timeportarlington french festival WhatsApp Facebook Our Moment in Time this week takes a look back to the launch of the Portarlington French Festival, when the town celebrated the 310th anniversary of the arrival of the French settlers, known as the Hugenots, to the town.Photographer Alf Harvey was on hand to capture the moment as the town which straddles Laois and Offaly prepared for another great event.It was a different scenario to the one that greeted the first French settlers over 300 years previously.Then, the Hugenots arrived to find the town largely deserted by the English.The town was reportedly in a bad state of repair and the settlers set about creating a French oasis in the middle of the Bog of Allen.The festival in 2004 looked forward to events in the People’s Park, in addition to a French Market and a host of entertainment for the young and not so old.McCormack Carnival was due the town over the weekend. Events to look forward to included the annual boat race, tug ‘o’ war and the ever popular snail eating competition.Unfortunately, this year’s event was cancelled due to a number of issues, including rising costs.“We genuinely hope that the festival can return in the not too distant future but this will be dependent on obtaining the necessary volunteers to organise and run the weekend, to agree suitable locations and to secure the required funding that will enable us to run a festival our town deserves,” a statement from the festival organisers outlined.Certainly the popularity of the event was evident on the faces of those who attended the launch in 2004. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Beet Ireland abandon plans to restore industry

first_img Twitter Beet Ireland abandon plans to restore industry Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Twitter Beet Ireland Beet Ireland, an orgainsation who sought to bring back to production of beet in the country, has abandoned plans to do so.It had been mooted in January that the organisation were a step closer to confirming plans to revive the industry.However, in a statement issued to Agriland, Beet Ireland confirmed it has decided to “postpone any further involvement in this project”.They said: “It has always been our firmly-held view that the return of the sugar beet industry must be grower-led, in order to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated into the future.“Sugar beet growing was an integral part of tillage farming life, particularly in the south and south-east of the country – going right back to the 1920s. Sugar beet growers enjoyed excellent crop yields and returns for many years; it served as an important break crop.“We view this industry as being the missing pillar in the Irish agricultural industry.“Sugar has many other uses in today’s global economy, other than as a food product. These uses will continue to be successfully exploited by the main sugar producers around the world for many years to come.“It is clear from our engagement process in recent months that there remains a strong desire to re-establish a sugar beet processing industry in Ireland. However, it is our view that the level of interest is not sufficiently strong enough to deliver a sugar industry of sufficient scale that is necessary to be competitive at a European or global level.”The group concluded by saying: “Beet Ireland has been working tirelessly over the past eight years to re-establish a sugar industry on this island – an industry that we still believe can play a key role in import substitution, climate change and innovation in the agri-food sector.“These priorities remain strategically important for the Irish economy and, in particular, for rural development in our country. We remain hopeful that this industry will be re-established at some point in the future.”The Irish sugar industry as a whole has been at a standstill since the last of Ireland’s sugar factories, in Mallow in Co. Cork, closed in 2006.Beet Ireland held a series of meetings around the country last year – each of which attracted big crowds.The meetings were told that it will cost €300m to revive the Irish sugar industry, and that the commitment of farmers to grow beet will also be required.The purpose of the meetings was to entice farmers to invest €1,000 each in a newly formed beet grower’s co-op.The initiative is based on getting 1,000 growers to produce 1.4 million tonnes of beet per year, which equates to 50,000ac or an average of 50ac per grower.Beet Ireland was established in 2011 to develop a new sugar and bioethanol industry in the southeast.Following a feasibility study and the abolition of EU sugar quotas in 2017, the company purchased a site in Ballyburn, near Castledermot, Co Kildare.SEE ALSO – Two businesses on Portlaoise Main Street close in recent weeks GAA Facebook Previous articleTwo businesses on Portlaoise Main Street close in recent weeksNext articlePortlaoise hit by vandalism and litter days after best ever cleanliness ranking LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest TAGSBeet Ireland Home News Beet Ireland abandon plans to restore industry News Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th June 2019 Pinterest GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Laois Councillor ‘scalded’ and running around like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ over lights

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp A Laois County Councillor has said he is being ‘scalded’ on the phone on a daily basis over the installation of new LED lights in Portlaoise.Cllr Willie Aird says he has been left running around like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ and reckons there would be much light coming from the lamp that the nursery rhyme character carries than from the bulbs the council are currently erecting.Cllr Aird raised the issue at the Portlaoise Municipal District last month and on Monday in the Dunmaise Arts Centre, he brought it up in from of the full Council.According to Council engineer Farhan Nasiem, 40% of the 2,563 public lights in Portlaoise will be irreplaceable in the next 12 months as the fittings for them are no longer being made.That is one of the reasons for the switch to LED while other reasons given include climate change and the quest to make Portlaoise a Low Carbon town.It currently costs €180,000 per year to power the existing lights but as LED is more efficient, this is set to drop to €120,000 per year once replacement is completed.The cost of the replacement project is €1.3 million but Laois County Council have secured this money through URDM funding.According to Mr Nasiem, these LED lights take a targeted approach to fully illuminate the street and footpath. Twitter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘scalded’ and running around like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ over lights And he said that people who previously would have had their driveways illuminated through spillage from the old lights may unfortunately have been getting lighting that they were not supposed to be getting.But speaking yesterday, Cllr Aird and Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald said they would expect most of this saving to be wiped up in having to install additional lights.Cllr Aird said: “I am being absolutely scalded on the phone every day over lights and I’m running around like Wee Willie Winkie.“My phone rings every day over these new LED lights and we were in Fairgreen the other night and parts of it are just pitch dark.“We can’t have people living in fear of the dark in areas where they once had light.”Cllr Fitzgerald, agreeing with Cllr Aird, told how she had fallen over a bicycle that was parked on a path in Fairgreen because it was so dark that she simply did not see it.She said: “The amount of new lights that will need to be erected in Fairgreen is incredible – we estimated that at least 40 more will be needed.“I actually fell over a bicycle that was parked on a footpath in the estate because it was so dark that I couldn’t see it.“It is pitch dark in places and it was honestly one of the worst things I have ever witnessed in my time as a public representative.”Cllr Ollie Clooney, who warned of these problems back in March when the replacement began in Durrow, said that the issue of lack of light is a serious one and that people were angry.Director of Services Simon Walton once again acknowledged that some estates in Portlaoise were not getting the same quality of light from these new bulbs as from the old ones.He said that in some instances, trees would have to be pruned or else extra lights would be erected.But following a request from Catherine Fitzgerald he agreed to meet with a delegation of Councillors to discuss the ongoing problems that these lights are causing and look at a cost-benefit analysis.SEE ALSO – Laois soccer club and special school to benefit from lease of County Council landcenter_img TAGSCatherine FitzgeraldFairgreenFarhan NasiemLaois County CouncilLED lightsOllie ClooneySimon WaltonWillie Aird By Alan Hartnett – 1st December 2020 Previous articleLaois GAA chiefs defend fixtures and decision not to tighten 2020 scheduleNext articleTalking Sport Podcast: Laois GAA accounts, convention battles plus the Laois man in All Ireland camogie final 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 Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home News Council Laois Councillor ‘scalded’ and running around like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ over lights NewsCouncil RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Lee Claims People’s Welfare at Heart

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarPark Seong Guk Facebook Twitter Lee Seok Gi, the United Progressive Party (UPP) number two proportional representative who is refusing to stand down as a lawmaker-elect despite being accused of taking part in a fraudulent election told YTN Radio today, “Wanting to live for the good of the people has always been the essence of my ideology. Both in the past and still now I have no connection with North Korea.”“Rather than being defined by certain thoughts or ideologies, the better focus is on producing good policy for the interests of the people who work hard,” he added.Regarding lawmaker Lee Chung Ho’s claim that Lee has been providing the logic behind the East Gyeonggi Coalition for ten years, he responded, “It is a fiction, very different from the truth. It is disrespectful to (UPP) members and the masses to say that the UPP has two faces. It is an insult to the UPP and has been made up by Cho-Joong-Dong (the three main newspaper in South Korea: Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo and Donga Ilbo).” In another interview on the 8th, Lee claimed that the East Gyeonggi Coalition no longer even exists, and added that even when it did exist he was not active in it. However, in the past Lee was sentenced to two years and six months in jail for his role in Minhyukdang, an organization run by supporters of North Korea’s Juche ideology.In Lee’s March 2003 high court judgment, it stated that he was a member of the South Gyeonggi Committee of Minhyukdang and its Seongnam area head. He supposedly reported to Minhyukdang Central Committee member Ha Young Ok (50).Looking at the May 12th violence in a UPP Central Committee meeting, he avoided giving comment, saying, “Such expressions, without estimation or evidence, are also very violent,” adding that the emergency policy committee organized by the UPP but led by an alternate faction to that which supports Lee “is half complete.”He also stuck to his guns on the subject of his own resignation, saying, “If I do that, it will not solve the problem but only make the situation more extreme.” SHARE Lee Claims People’s Welfare at Heart There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News News By Park Seong Guk – 2012.05.17 4:53pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

Digitalization transforming the ways that Canadians buy and sell goods and services

first_img Central banks are embracing the concept of digital currencies: survey Increasing digitization is affecting the way Canadians pay for the goods and services they buy and sell, according to a recent report of the digital economy from Statistics Canada.In the 12 months to June, 76% of total personal spending by Canadians aged 18 and older was done using digital payment methods, including debit and credit cards, preauthorized payments or online banking, states the report. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Hackathon targets global payments system NFC - Near field communication mobile payment 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Report assesses opportunities for digital transformation in cross-border payments IE Staff Keywords Payments system Related news At the same time, cash or cheque were used for 21% of all personal spending, while other payment methods, such as reward points and gift cards, accounted for the remainder.On average, Canadians 65 years of age and older used cash for 30% of their total personal spending, while those aged 35 to 44 years used digital methods for 80% of all their spending.The survey is the government agency’s first to focus on Canadians’ use and purchases of digital products. It also collected information on the types of payment methods Canadians use for all their personal spending, as well as ways of making money through digital platforms.According to the report, more than one-quarter of Canadians make money through online platforms. In the 12 months to June, 28% of Canadians aged 18 and older reported making money through online platforms.Also readGig economy increasingly important to post-retirement clientsThe most common method of earning money was by selling new or used products through online services such as Kijiji, eBay and Etsy. Other ways of making money included providing online freelance services, posting creative content online, as well as offering ride sharing, delivery or accommodation services.last_img read more

Wirecard scandal claims head of BaFin

first_img The head of Germany’s financial regulator BaFin is being replaced after the regulator charged one of its own employees with insider trading in connection with the failed mobile payment firm Wirecard AG.The German finance ministry announced that it’s replacing the president of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Felix Hufeld, in the wake of the Wirecard accounting scandal. James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case In a release, the government said the scandal has “revealed that the German financial supervisory authority needs a reorganization in order to be able to fulfil its supervisory function more effectively.”The results of an investigation into the regulator’s handling of the Wirecard affair will be published in the coming week, the Ministry of Finance said. Following a meeting on Friday with Hufeld, they “came to the mutual decision” that the top personnel at the regulator should be changed, the ministry said.The move comes in the wake of the regulator announcing that an employee who worked in its securities supervision division allegedly sold structured products that included Wirecard shares on June 17, 2020, the day before the company publicly revealed it was missing €1.9 billion.BaFin said it uncovered a suspected case of insider trading in a special internal investigation. As a result, it filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors in Stuttgart against an unnamed employee.It also noted that the employee was immediately suspended and that it initiated disciplinary proceedings against them.Last October, BaFin introduced stricter compliance rules for personal trading by its staff, including prohibition on speculative trading. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale stock market iStockphoto Keywords Enforcement,  Insider trading Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Some Public Sector Entities to be Merged

first_imgRelatedCabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Some Public Sector Entities to be Merged Finance & Public ServiceApril 23, 2013 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A number of government departments and agencies will be merged this financial year to enable greater cost-efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector. This was disclosed by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, during his opening presentation in the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 18. The Minister informed that plans are in place to merge the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission with the Jamaica Racing Commission. Also, the University Council of Jamaica will be joined with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica to form the Jamaica Tertiary Commission. As part of the public sector transformation, the Fiscal Services Limited will be merged with the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) to create a new technical office to drive E-government. Dr. Phillips also informed that the research facilities are being integrated to form the National Institute of Science and Technology. “All of this represents just one aspect of what is being pursued, and there are other agencies which are currently being reviewed with a view to reducing the cost and size of their operations,” the Finance Minister said. In the meantime, he informed that Cabinet has taken the decision to establish a Strategic Human Resource Management Unit to serve the entire government. The unit will provide policy direction across government and technical guidance to the human resource management departments. “The expectation is that the work of this unit will make way for a public sector, which is cohesive and performance-based,” Dr. Philips stated. Intrinsic to this effort, he noted, is the completion of an Employee Census System (E-Census), which will record the entire listing of public sector employees in order to compile an effective Human Resource Management System. The Finance Minister informed that in a further effort to reduce public sector costs, the government will be placing energy conservation and new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems within departments and agencies. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter RelatedNHT’s Contribution Will Not Affect Its Operations – Finance Ministerlast_img read more

HPE to offer cut-price IoT deployment

first_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Home HPE to offer cut-price IoT deployment Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to launch an IoT-specific MVNE, and associated product range, which it believes will drastically lower the cost of providing M2M connectivity for specialist MVNOs and largescale enterprises.Separately, the US firm announced an IoT partnership with Nokia to target users in the the smart city and industrial sectors. Joint products are set to be announced in early 2017.The companies are currently working on a proof-of-concept for smart cities, combining Nokia’s routing capabilities with HPE’s hybrid IT capabilities for joint project delivery models.  The IoT partnership extends existing collaboration between the two firms, which includes end-to-end deals with 25 enterprise and service provider customers, and more than 30 proof-of-concepts.On the subject of IoT-based MVNE, Chris Kozup, VP Marketing, HP Aruba, told Mobile World Live the outfit will reduce connectivity costs per device by around 80 per cent compared to standard tariffs currently on offer.“A standard data device will cost a carrier around $16 to provision and get it connected on the network,” Kozup said. “If you bring that into the IoT domain and look at those costs, it very quickly strips out the dynamics of what’s achievable. Our MVNE was developed to get that price-point down to a level much more in-line with the economics of a wide-area device offering.”These reductions come from HPE’s development of IoT-specific provisioning, configuration, administration and billing services – supported by operator coverage. The solution, Kozup states, will drive initiatives across the world with an initial focus on areas where smart city programmes are already reasonably advanced.The availability of the HPE MVNE was announced alongside a suite of products aimed at enterprises reluctant to ramp up adoption of IoT technology due to security or interoperability fears. Included in the range is an enhancement to its universal IoT platform, which allows devices using LoRa, Sigfox and new M2M low power protocols to work with each other, in addition to those using cellular, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.Securing the enterpriseAlongside addressing connectivity issues, HPE’s Aruba business unit has developed a range of IoT security systems primarily aimed at retail companies and higher education institutions.These services offer organisations the ability to identify, verify and audit all devices accessing the network. This, Kozup believes, will drive IoT adoption in these environments and ensure the integrity of network resources.“Most enterprises don’t know what’s connecting in their environment. They have no visibility and there’s no consistent audit,” he said. “We are offering peace of mind that everything is secured, especially in venues such as retail or educational facilities where there are a lot of transient people and devices.”HPE’s new connectivity range was officially unveiled earlier today at the vendor’s Discover event in London and will be made available to its enterprise customers later this year. Chris Donkin Tags Author Facebook taps HP for new CMO Previous ArticleIntel nabs ARM exec for IoT effort; unveils car unitNext ArticleTecno aims to be developing market leader by 2021 center_img Operators named for Qualcomm PC push HP Related Devices Qualcomm expands Always Connected PC operator list AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 NOV 2016 last_img read more

Vodafone warns against Indian termination fee cut

first_img Jio profit soars on subscriber gains Previous ArticleSmartwatch leads Fitbit portfolio refreshNext ArticleAirtel Payments Bank reaches 2M card milestone Jio to acquire 800MHz spectrum from Airtel for $204M Tags Author Chris Donkin Reliance jioVittorio ColaoVodafone Group Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more center_img Asia Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao (pictured) warned cutting mobile termination fees in India would unfairly benefit Reliance Jio over operators which had made long-term investments to develop the country’s infrastructure.In a letter to India’s minister of communication Manoj Sinha, reported by Financial Times, Colao urged the government to resist pressure from Reliance Jio to cut the charges below the current level – which he said already stood below the cost of processing incoming calls.Market newcomer Reliance Jio frequently hit out at the policies of India’s largest operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular over what the company perceives as unfair business practices. In recent months the company made a number of statements proposing the scrapping of termination charges within the country.Following an event hosted by regulator TRAI in July, news website Live Mint reported the newcomer outlined its case for eliminating the charge as – it said – the cost of connecting the calls was almost zero. It added eliminating the fee would allow operators to reduce consumer prices.At the same meeting, its rivals said reducing the fee would result in a decline in investment and instead proposed increasing the charge. HomeAsiaNews Vodafone warns against Indian termination fee cut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 AUG 2017 India research company bullish on operator ARPU Relatedlast_img read more

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