In Pictures: Serious craic at ‘I’m a Celeb’ fundraiser in Killeshin

first_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste In Pictures: Serious craic at ‘I’m a Celeb’ fundraiser in Killeshin All of the contestants at the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here fundraiser Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter Previous articleLevel of local cocaine use is ‘mind-boggling’Next articleGardai launch appeal after substantial robbery from Portlaoise house 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. The contestants took on nine trials and were tested to the last with snakes, scorpions and various vermin all involved.There were also your standard eating and drinking tasks which had to be completed.In the end, Sarah Kelly was crowned Queen of the Jungle.Treasurer Ian McDonald: “The Club would like to thank everyone who helped to make our 2018 fundraiser “I’m a celeb, get me out of here” such a huge success.“Thank you to Netwatch for once again being our main sponsor. Thanks to Keith, Ross, Michaella & all the staff at Empower & Fundraising Events, Woodford Dolmen Hotel and staff, all the local businesses who sponsored our event, Michael Brennan Homes, Kehoe Auctioneers, Avoca Bathrooms, Craigaaron, 12 Acres, Tile & Style, Farrell McElwee Solicitors, Adrenaline Gym, Scats.“Thank you to Breda & Siobhan McDonald for such huge enthusiastic commitment. Thanks to Ray Purcell, Brownshill Press, The Glenside, The Mall, Laoistoday.ie, The Nationalist, and all who supported our fundraisers, bought tickets for the night, sponsored spot prizes or bought adds in our programme.“Your generosity has brought us so much closer to our goal of a new Clubhouse for soccer in our community and is gratefully appreciated.“Finally thanks to all the contestants for their tireless work in fundraising and wholeheartedly giving up so much of their time.”The club, which play in the Carlow league, have 14 affiliated teams with over 240 registerd players. The club bought their own pitches in 2008 and developed two sand-carpet pitches and a training pitch as Phase 1 of their development plan.They have been playing on those pitches for the last three seasons and are now keen to push on with Phase 2.“In February 2017 we were granted full planning permission for a Dormer 4 dressing room club house, club lounge and first floor gym, kitchen etc,” added McDonald.They were awarded €78,000 in the recent 2017 Government Sports Capital Scheme (which was more than any other sports club in the county) towards the construction cost and to fund the balance they have run a series of fundraisers, including a Lip Sync last year which drew a crowd of 650 to the Woodford Dolmen. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 9th April 2018 1 of 18 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Community Home Lifestyle Entertainment In Pictures: Serious craic at ‘I’m a Celeb’ fundraiser in Killeshin LifestyleEntertainment WhatsApp Pinterest SEE ALSO – UPDATED: Warning over ‘scam call’ using Laois number TAGSI’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of HereKilleshin FC Council Rugby All of the contestants at the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here fundraiser I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here came to Killeshin at the weekend and it was a night of serious entertainment.Killeshin FC hosted the event at the Dolmen Hotel in front of a crowd of in excess 650 people.Killeshin and Laois footballer Eoin Lowry was among the contestants on the night as 16 of them went head-to-head to be crowned King or Queen of the jungle. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

SEC proposes to increase retail access to private markets

first_imgUpset confused businessman looking at laptop screen at workplace in modern office. Stressed young CEO at work desk looking at computer in disbelief about failing report statistics, bad mistake made. 123RF Related news Keywords Exempt marketCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission “The current test for individual accredited investor status takes a binary approach to who does and does not qualify based only a person’s income or net worth,” said SEC chairman Jay Clayton.“Modernization of this approach is long overdue. The proposal would add additional means for individuals to qualify to participate in our private capital markets based on established, clear measures of financial sophistication.”In a dissenting statement, commissioner Robert Jackson said the proposal “does not take seriously the investor protection concerns present in private markets.”He pointed to evidence of higher incidence of sales practices complaints and broker misconduct in the private markets.“If investors are already struggling to sort good brokers from bad in these markets, it’s far from clear why we should expose even more investors to those risks,” he said.The proposal, which will go out for a 60-day comment period, would also expand the list of entities that can qualify as accredited investors. James Langton New exemption aimed at savvy investors in Alberta, Saskatchewan The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to expand the definition of accredited investors, widening access to its exempt markets.The SEC said Wednesday that the proposed amendments would allow more retail investors to participate in private offerings by allowing investors to qualify as accredited investors based on their professional knowledge, experience, or certifications, not just their income or wealth. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Youth unemployment could have long-term consequences: StatsCan

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter U.S. jobless claims drop to new pandemic low The unemployment rate for young people has soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, from 10.3% in February to a historical high of 29.4% in May. A study from Statistics Canada says the consequences for this year’s graduating class could be long term.If this year’s annual unemployment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds reaches 28%, the study released Tuesday said, students who graduated high school, college and university undergraduate programs could lose between $23,000 and $44,000 over the next five years. That’s the equivalent of $4,600 to $8,800 per year. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords Employment,  Earnings The historical high for youth unemployment was 19.2%, set in 1983. If this year’s rate reaches 19%, the study said, earnings losses would be about $8,000 to $15,000 over the next five years, or about $1,600 to $3,000 per year.StatsCan also examined a scenario where the youth labour market recovers quickly. If the youth unemployment rate hits 16% this year, five-year losses could be less than $6,000 for all groups, or less than $1,200 per year.Under any scenario, the study warned that women who graduated from university this year may face larger earnings losses over five years than men.“For example, if this year’s youth unemployment rate is 28.0%, female bachelor’s degree graduates may lose $43,674 over a five-year period, compared with $27,887 among their male counterparts,” the study said.The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women of all ages. An RBC Economics report released earlier this month said the pandemic has reduced women’s participation in the workforce from an all-time high to its lowest level in more than 30 years.On Tuesday, YWCA Canada and the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management released a report calling for a “feminist economic recovery plan.”While the discussion around economic recovery has been focused on the so-called new normal, the authors said Canada should not return to “normal” policies if those policies perpetuated inequality.For example, the report noted that in the midst of the pandemic, the employment rate declined twice as much for Canadian women in the 25-to-54 age range compared with men.The report also said that Black, racialized and immigrant women are more likely to be personal support workers, cleaners, and work in other “essential but low-paid occupations” that lack leave policies.The report urged governments and, to a lesser extent, businesses and charities to consider eight policy goals that address systemic racism, emphasize good jobs, protect victims of domestic violence, improve funding for small businesses, and promote diversity in the decision-making process.Those measures will in turn stimulate the economy, the report said. Contributing to post-secondary tuition builds confidence: poll U.S. employers added a modest 559k jobs in May IE staff, with files from Canadian Press last_img read more

Delivering better, faster training for mining sector

first_imgDelivering better, faster training for mining sector Three new skills project hubs will deliver better training and faster assessment to ensure the mining sector has access to the skills, training and workforce it needs to continue playing a key role in Australia’s economic future.The hubs are an initiative of the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot, which is helping improve Australia’s training system to respond to industry skills needs.The Mining Skills Organisation Pilot is comprised of employers and skills experts working to respond to the existing and emerging workforce challenges identified by the mining industry.Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the pilot will help new and existing workers to upskill and reskill, so they can have a rewarding career.“Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector will play a crucial role in our economic future, ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers is available to industry,” Minister Cash said.Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprentices, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said our mining industry is critical and the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot is working hard to address the future workforce challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the sector.“The pilot and new skills project hubs will help to modernise apprenticeships and respond to the changing skills needs of the mining industry, which is part of our plan to deliver a more responsive and flexible VET system,” Assistant Minister Irons said.The three project hubs are:An apprenticeships hub with an initial goal of accelerating new apprenticeships to modernise trades training, education and development.A digital transformation hub for faster delivery of training products for automation and the application of digital technologies, with the goal of integrating existing automation training products into Australia’s training package framework.An attraction and retention hub to identify and test strategies that make a career in the industry attractive to those with partial or transferable skills and qualifications. Interim chair of the pilot and CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia, Tania Constable, said they are working closely with the VET system, so it is better aligned with industry needs.“This will ensure the industry has access to the skilled talent it needs to continue creating highly skilled, highly paid jobs and making a significant contribution to the national economy,” Ms Constable said.The Australian Government has allocated $50.8 million to support implementation of Skills Organisations pilots in mining, digital and human services.More details about the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot can be found at https://www.employment.gov.au/mining. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, business, council, digital, Economy, education, employment, future, Government, industry, Minerals Council of Australia, Minister, pipeline, projectlast_img read more

Home Builder Extension Giant Leap Toward Economic Recovery

first_imgHome Builder Extension Giant Leap Toward Economic Recovery Master Builders Australia“The Government’s extension of HomeBuilder shows its ironclad determination to achieve economic recovery,” said Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia.“The Morrison Government knows all to well that a strong building industry means a strong economy. That’s why they are making our industry the accelerators of recovery and why they are backing in more than 360,000 home builder and tradie businesses with today’s announcement,” she said.“Extending HomeBuilder is a giant leap forward towards economic recovery. It will generate billions in economic activity, help save thousands of builder and tradie businesses from going under and protect thousands more jobs in the building supply chain,” Denita Wawn said.“Today’s announcement is reflection of the Morrison Government’s willingness to listen and act resolutely in the community’s interest,” she said.“Master Builders has been calling for HomeBuilder to be extended for months. Our forecasts show that despite the hugely positive impact of HomeBuilder Mark I the housing sector still faces a devastatingly steep decline putting thousands of businesses and jobs in jeopardy. We particularly recognise the efforts of the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing who has been an unceasing advocate for our industry and game-changing effectiveness of the HomeBuilder,” Denita Wawn said.“Importantly, this move will help create a pipeline of work for commercial construction businesses that build high rise apartments and other medium density dwellings. Our forecasts show that their forward work is about to fall off a cliff with apartment construction activity facing a massive 40% drop,” she said.“The HomeBuilder grants are also the leg up that thousands of Aussies need to help them overcome the daunting deposit gap and get themselves into the housing market,” Denita Wawn said.“We know that owning your own home is one of the most effective ways for people to build household wealth to provide financial security during their working lives and their retirement. So extending HomeBuilder also provides huge long term benefits,” Denita Wawn said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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, building, community, Economy, Government, housing, Impact, industry, jobs, market, Minister, Morrison, Morrison Government, pipeline, retirement, securitylast_img read more

SIA publishes response to consultation on code of conduct

first_imgSIA publishes response to consultation on code of conduct The proposal is that the code would set out the behaviour that is expected of licence holders and applicants.The consultation was held between 09 January and 23 February 2020. It sought views of licence holders and other interested parties on the content of the draft, and on the potential impacts of introducing it.The SIA received 3,853 responses to the online consultation, with over 4,200 comments made in response to the free text (i.e., open) questions. A vast majority of responses (98%) were made by existing SIA licence holders.The responses provided a wide range of views and comments about the draft code of conduct and the form it might take if introduced.The SIA would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this consultation. Introducing a code of conduct would be a significant step for both the industry and the SIA. The publication of the analysis has taken the SIA longer than it would have liked due to the volume of responses and the impact resulting from the ongoing situation with Covid-19.The SIA will now consider in more detail whether a code of conduct is a proportionate regulatory approach, and what impact it might have on the private security industry. It will also consider how, if introduced it would work in practice. Ongoing dialogue with the industry will be critical to the thinking on these issues and the SIA will provide an update on its progress in due course.View the summary. /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:code of conduct, coronavirus, covid-19, dialogue, Government, Impact, industry, Internet, licence, online, security, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

UNSW joins industry to develop technology to convert 100,000 tonnes of waste

first_imgUNSW joins industry to develop technology to convert 100,000 tonnes of waste A joint UNSW project will receive $3m to convert paper and plastic landfill waste into construction materials.Professor Nasser Khalili says the project will address a gap in Australia’s current recycling infrastructure by developing technology to recycle landfill waste. Photo: Kurt DouglasA collaborative project involving UNSW Sydney researchers will develop technology to divert up to 10,000 tonnes of paper and plastic waste in Australia into construction materials used to build roads.UNSW, in partnership with State Asphalts, Closed Loop, Primaplas and Asphaltech, will work to convert mixed plastic and paper waste into value-added additives for use in asphalt. The project will aim to recover 3000 tonnes of material per year which would otherwise be exported as waste or landfilled.The partnership received $2.98 million in federal funding through a Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) grant to develop the technology which will help transform the recycling sector in Australia.Professor Nasser Khalili from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering said UNSW will conduct important research to address the lack of commercial technologies available to recycle paper and plastic.“Australia disposes more than 4 million tonnes of plastic and paper waste each year at a cost of $600 million. Our current recycling infrastructure lacks capability and capacity, and instead relies on landfill and exporting waste,” he said.“This project directly addresses the gap by developing technology to recycle these materials into materials which also have tremendous potential for commercialisation and international exportation.”State Asphalts and Asphaltech will use the products for construction projects, while distribution partners Closed Loop and Primaplas will source waste materials and distribute recycled products.Professor Khalili will lead the UNSW research on the project along with Dr Ailar Hajimohammdi and Dr Babak Shahbodagh from the School. He said the work will create technical leadership in the recycling sector, improve competitiveness through reduced infrastructure costs and create environmental benefits.“The project will advance new pathways to addressing Australia’s recycling capability and capacity through developing value-added products to the competitive advantage of Australian road construction industry. The solutions developed will accelerate the transformation of plastic and polymer-coated paper waste to high-end, safe and marketable products with enhanced engineering properties,” he said.The CRC-P program is an Australian federal government initiative to support collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It is a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development for practical use and commercialisation. /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, Australian, community, construction industry, Engineering, federal government, Government, infrastructure, leadership, Professor, recycling, research, Sydney, technology, university, University of New South Wales, UNSW, UNSW Sydneylast_img read more

CBSA investigation into alleged smuggling leads to 27 charges

first_imgCBSA investigation into alleged smuggling leads to 27 charges From: Canada Border Services AgencyA Kawartha Lakes resident is facing charges following the interception of prohibited firearm suppressors.Ottawa, Ontario A Kawartha Lakes resident is facing charges following the interception of prohibited firearm suppressors.Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that Lawrence Brazeau, from Kawartha Lakes, has been charged with weapons-related offences following the completion of an alleged smuggling investigation.On January 15, 2021, CBSA officers from the Vancouver International Mail Centre examined a package declared as a fuel filter. The package contained three firearm suppressors and the matter was referred to the CBSA’s Northern Ontario Region Criminal Investigation Division.On February 17, 2021, with the support of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, and the OPP Community Street Crime Unit, the CBSA executed a search warrant at the residence in the Kawartha Lakes.The search resulted in the seizure of the following: one restricted handgun, one replica handgun, one shot gun, two rifles, one Taser, one stun gun-flashlight, one set of brass knuckles, one butterfly knife, two switchblades, three nunchakus, twenty-one throwing stars and one blow gun.The CBSA has charged Brazeau with 27 charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Customs Act:s. 88 Criminal Code – possession of weapons for dangerous purposes X 3;s. 91(2) Criminal Code – unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon X 11;s. 94(1) Criminal Code – unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle X 5;s. 91(1) Criminal Code – unauthorized possession of a firearm x 1;s. 86(2) Criminal Code – unsafe storage X 1;s. 104(1) Criminal Code – unauthorized importation of prohibited weapon X 3;s. 159(1) Customs Act – smuggling X 3The first court appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice is on March 17, 2021.This seizure and arrest attest to the ongoing commitment and cooperation between law enforcement partners to keep Canadian communities safe.Quotes“This demonstrates the hard work and diligence of CBSA border services officers and CBSA investigators to keep firearms and prohibited devices out of Canada. This seizure is a great example of how our close partnership with the OPP prevents illegal activity and protects our communities.” – Stephanie Chenier Acting Regional Director General, CBSAQuick factsCBSA investigators play a key role in protecting the safety and security of Canadians across the country.Travellers, mail, courier, and commercial shipments continue to be subject to the Customs Act and may undergo further examination by the CBSA. /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:Border, Canada, community, Criminal, Customs, director, Firearm, Government, investigation, justice, Lawrence, Ottawa, police, security, vehicle, warrant, Weaponlast_img read more

Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts

first_imgTaskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts A Pet Theft Taskforce has been launched today to investigate the recent reported rise in pet theft since the start of lockdown, Environment Secretary George Eustice has announced.Sales platforms have reported a considerable rise in puppy and kitten prices over the course of the past year following more people deciding to buy or adopt a pet. Recent reports have suggested that this may be leading to a rise in pet thefts.According to DogsTrust, the price for five of the UK’s most sought after breeds grew significantly during the first lockdown with the price of some breeds rising by as much as 89%. Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increased by 166% in the months between March and August following the start of lockdown last year. Recent police investigations into dog theft have also resulted in numerous raids and arrests on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty.The new taskforce has been set up to gather evidence to understand the factors that may be contributing to any perceived rise in thefts and to recommend any necessary measures to tackle the problem. The Taskforce will learn lessons from successes in tackling other types of theft, such as mobile phone or metal theft, and how to clamp down most effectively on this illegal market and those engaged in it.Stealing a pet is already a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968, with offenders facing a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. If someone causes an animal to suffer in the cause of stealing it from its owner, then they are also liable to prosecution for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.The taskforce will be made up of government officials from Defra, Home Office and Ministry of Justice as well as operational partners such as the police. It will also seek input from animal welfare groups and experts in relevant fields.The Pet Theft Taskforce will:work with police, law enforcement, and experts to understand and tackle pet theftconsider the issue from end to end, including causes, prevention, reporting, enforcement and prosecution.make clear and timely recommendations on ways to reduce pet theft.Environment Secretary George Eustice said:Pets are much loved members of the family, and these reports will be distressing for all pet owners.Pet owners shouldn’t live in fear so we’ve set up this Taskforce to thoroughly investigate the issue and ensure that we have the measures in place to stop these criminals in their tracks.Home Secretary Priti Patel said:Having callous thieves steal a much-loved pet is heart-breaking for families and it is deplorable that criminals seek to profit from this cruel crime.We are already taking action to combat such lawlessness by bolstering the police with 20,000 extra officers but this new taskforce will ensure we know how best to combat the driving forces behind this distressing crime and clamp down on the perpetrators.The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, said:We are a nation of animal lovers and many of us have sought the companionship of pets during the pandemic, which makes the reported spike in thefts especially cruel and shocking to many people.This taskforce will examine every option available to protect families from this appalling crime and make sure perpetrators feel the full force of the law.Taskforce partner, Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said:Dog theft is a very emotive issue which has a huge impact on families or individuals and we are aware of a growing concern around this issue. The taskforce will support us in understanding this risk and also identifying trends involving serious and organised crime.The taskforce will enable us to gather intelligence across the country and tackle groups who work across geographical boundaries. We hope that this is a step forward in providing reassurance that we are committed to understanding any risks fully, and challenging related criminal behaviour.The police have advised that dog owners should avoid leaving their pet unattended while out in public, vary their routines when walking their dogs and should take basic security steps at home such as checking locks on doors and garden gates.The Blue Cross has also published detailed guidance for pet owners on how they can protect their animals from theft.The taskforce will include representatives from operational partners to provide knowledge, experience and guidance on the practical aspects of reducing pet theft. It will also seek the input from stakeholders and experts in relevant fields, such as campaign groups and animal welfare organisations to gather any evidence they may hold and seek their views on the issue.The taskforce will aim to report on the findings and publish its recommendations in the autumn this year. The full Terms of Reference for the Taskforce can be accessed here.The plans are part of the Government’s commitment to further strengthening the UK’s position as a global leader in animal welfare standards and come alongside other measures including taking steps to end live animal exports and crack down on the illegal smuggling of dogs and puppies, with further proposals to improve standards and eradicate cruel practices to be set out later this month. /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:Animal cruelty, animal welfare, campaign, Criminal, environment, Google, Government, intelligence, mobile phone, prevention, prosecution, Secretary, security, terms of reference, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Rematch set for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District

first_imgRematch set for Washington’s 3rd Congressional DistrictPosted by Chris BrownDate: Wednesday, August 5, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will foe Carolyn Long as she attempts to win a fifth term in Washington DCCLARK COUNTY — New race, same contestants.That’s been pretty much a foregone conclusion since Carolyn Long announced in July of last year that she would be trying again to unseat Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long are shown here during a debate at the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in 2018. The two will square off again this November in the 3rd Congressional District race. Photo by Mike SchultzCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long are shown here during a debate at the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in 2018. The two will square off again this November in the 3rd Congressional District race. Photo by Mike SchultzLong, a political science professor at Washington State University Vancouver, came within 4.5 percentage points of beating the incumbent Republican after a hotly contested race in 2018.After the initial returns from Tuesday’s primary election, Long trailed Herrera Beutler 48.9 to 47.35 percent, for a difference of nearly 1,300 ballots in Clark County.District-wide, Herrera Beutler’s lead is much larger, with a 13.4 percent cushion, based on initial returns. Three other candidates, Independent Martin Hash and Democrats Davy Ray and Devin Gray, pulled in just under 4 percent of the vote.“I am truly very humbled,” Herrera Beutler told CVTV.org on election night, “and I’m energized … You never take any election for granted.”The primary results were closer in 2018, when Long finished just 7 percentage points behind the fourth-term Republican, but Long said she’s not putting much stock in the primary, especially in such an exceptional election season.WSU Professor Carolyn Long is shown here at a Woodland Chamber of Commerce debate in 2018. This year she will again face off against Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler for the 3rd Congressional District. Photo by Mike SchultzWSU Professor Carolyn Long is shown here at a Woodland Chamber of Commerce debate in 2018. This year she will again face off against Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler for the 3rd Congressional District. Photo by Mike Schultz“I see this as the first act in the play,” Long told CVTV. “It’s a scrimmage before the big game. And it shows us that we’ve got some work to do in some parts of the district to make sure that everybody hears our message.”The race is expected to be among the most expensive in the state, possibly in the country. The two candidates combined to spend nearly $7 million dollars in 2018. As of this week, Herrera Beutler’s campaign is reporting $1.95 million in cash reserves, with Long’s camp reporting just under $1.6 million on hand.“I have never taken any election for granted,” Herrera Beutler said. “To see the returns right now, to me, is an affirmation that I’m working on the right issues and hitting the sweet spot that folks recognize my whole goal is to serve the people in this region. And right now it looks like they’re telling me I’m on track.”Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler speaks during a debate in 2018. She will be facing off against Carolyn Long again this year. Photo by Mike SchultzCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler speaks during a debate in 2018. She will be facing off against Carolyn Long again this year. Photo by Mike SchultzLong said she’s hopeful that having a chance to focus on getting her message out ahead of the November general election will convince voters in the 3rd District that it’s time for a change.“We’re going to continue to be as present, accountable and committed to reaching every Southwest Washingtonian,” Long said, “to talk about our message about affordable access to health care, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and smart investment in our infrastructure.”With the ongoing debate in Washington, DC over a second stimulus package and the extension of Federal unemployment benefits, Herrera Beutler said she hasn’t had time for a normal campaign as of yet.“I cancelled my kickoff, and I literally stopped doing political style events,” she said. “I put my entire focus on meeting the needs of people in this region, making sure small businesses have a lifeline, making sure that workers have the relief that they need.”Asked how she’s handling the pandemic, Herrera Beutler didn’t miss the chance to take a slight jab at her opponent.“When it’s smooth sailing, anybody can do this,” she said of her position as an elected official. “2020 has felt like the most unhinged year we’ve had in a long time. So, I actually am energized.”Asked how she would address the economic hardships introduced by the pandemic, Long said Southwest Washington has been hit “differently,” compared to other parts of the state or the country.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long during a debate at the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in 2018. The two will square off again this November in a race for the 3rd Congressional District. Photo by Mike SchultzRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long during a debate at the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in 2018. The two will square off again this November in a race for the 3rd Congressional District. Photo by Mike Schultz“If you are fortunate enough to to replace your meetings with Zoom or you can do things online, you’ve not been affected,” she said. “But many people work with their hands, or cannot do their tasks electronically. So it’s recognizing that any economic recovery has to touch all people in the district and be tailored to the wide diversity of folks who work in different types of jobs.”The race is sure to be one watched closely across much of the country, as Democrats hope to increase their majority in the US House of Representatives, while Republicans hope to hold onto a seat that has been seen as increasingly vulnerable in recent years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Next : New research on Alzheimer’s prevention and cure happening here at homeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more