DEBATE: Is transport secretary Chris Grayling right to blame the unions for rail fare hikes?

first_img DEBATE: Is transport secretary Chris Grayling right to blame the unions for rail fare hikes? Is transport secretary Chris Grayling right to blame the unions for rail fare hikes?Duncan Simpson, policy analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says YES.This week’s fare rise is, quite understandably, infuriating for many commuters. But passenger outrage is being misdirected. Opinion Friday 4 January 2019 8:03 am Duncan Simpson and Andy McDonald whatsapp 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. Huge progress has been made since privatisation: passenger numbers and overall satisfaction are up, and the people who actually use the trains are paying for their commutes, rather than the taxpayers who don’t.The chief barrier to further progress – as the transport secretary has pointed out – is the railway unions.Take Christmas 2017. Aslef, a train drivers’ union, stopped 18 months of strikes after concerns about passenger safety were addressed and Southern Rail backed down from introducing driverless trains. Yet it also accepted a 28 per cent pay rise. A curious coincidence, or selective memory about the true reasons for the strikes?Automation and other improvements will not happen overnight. But the sooner we stop the unions putting a gun to the head of commuters and taxpayers with their infantile strikes, the better. And if fares seem out of line with service improvements, we know who to blame.Andy McDonald, Labour MP and shadow transport secretary, says NO.It is telling that Chris Grayling wants to shift the blame for his shambolic policy decisions onto the staff who run the railway, but makes no mention of the billions of pounds dished out in salaries and dividends to private train company executives. Our economy and wider society benefit from the rail network. Roads, for example, would be much more congested without our rail system. And yet the chancellor has frozen fuel duty for more than eight years, at a cost of more than £50bn, while bus and rail fares have soared.This year’s rail fare hikes are nothing to do with the unions. This is a deliberate political choice from a discredited government to push the cost of our railways onto passengers, and it is bad news for the economy and the environment.In contrast, the next Labour government will prioritise public transport and take our railways back into public ownership. Share whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Bell Pottinger partners could face legal action over disgraced PR firm’s collapse

first_img Bell Pottinger partners could face legal action over disgraced PR firm’s collapse 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!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Share More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Wednesday 17 April 2019 12:11 pm BDO could also sue Bell Pottinger’s co-founder Lord Bell over comments he made on the BBC’s Newsnight shortly before the company’s collapse.Lord Bell said the company would “almost certainly” fail to recover but that it was “nothing to do with me.”It is also reported chasing more than 40 former partners for a total of £4m in profits.While working for the Gupta family, Bell Pottinger was accused of leading a campaign using fake social media accounts which stirred up racial tensions and provoked anger about “white monopoly capital” to divert attention from the family and their strong links to South African president Jacob Zuma through the family’s Oakbay Investments firm.Read more: Demise of a PR giant: The inside story of Bell Pottinger’s collapse center_img Tags: Trading Archive Callum Keown whatsapp Read more: Insolvency Service launches probe into disgraced PR firm Bell PottingerBDO could now bring lawsuits against partners involved in the controversial contract on the grounds they breached partnership agreements, The Times reported.The accountancy firm said it would approach creditors, owed a combined £14m, to discuss launching claims.In an administrators’ report BDO said: “Certain members [of Bell Pottinger] failed in their duty to act in good faith and in accordance with applicable standards of corporate governance.“The relationship between the actions of these members and the financial failure of the limited liability partnership appears strongly correlated.” Former partners of the disgraced PR firm Bell Pottinger could face legal action over its collapse, administrators BDO have warned.The PR company collapsed in 2017 following a scandal over its work for the Gupta family in South Africa, where it was accused of deliberately inciting racial hatred. Following the scandal, Bell Pottinger’s chief executive James Henderson was forced to resign, before the company became only the second City firm to be chucked out of industry trade body the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).The company lost a number of important clients and entered into administration in September 2017. last_img read more

CicLAvia Rolls Out Its 2014 Events

first_imgUncategorizedOutdoorsBikingCicLAvia Rolls Out Its 2014 EventsBy Marielle Wakim – January 23, 2014595ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItGood news for bikers and walkers, bad news for drivers: CicLAvia has announced its 2014 lineup, and Angelenos can count on navigating three of the organization’s car-free events over the course of the year—be it via walking, biking, or Google mapping an alternate route.RelatedMeet The Man Who Brought Ciclavia to L.A.The institution, which encourages Angelenos to cast their cars aside so as to experience the city’s neighborhoods in a new way, will be bringing back two classic courses (Iconic Wilshire Boulevard and Heart of LA) and inaugurating a third: one that winds through South Los Angeles, connecting Leimert park to the Central Avenue corridor. As in past years, each event will run from 9a.m.-4p.m. and will subsequently shut down miles of city streets. Get the full rundown of the three functions below:Iconic Wilshire BoulevardWhen: April 6th, 9a.m.-4p.m.Where it goes: From DTLA to Museum RowWhy you should do it: In light of construction on the Purple Line subway extension, this is the last year CicLAvia will be able to run this particular route until the Metro’s work is done (the projected completion date is sometime in 2023—just saying). If Iconic Wilshire piques your interest, it’s now or probably never.Heart of LAWhen: October 5th, 9a.m.-4p.m.Where it goes: Echo Park, East Los Angeles, Grand Park, and the length of Broadway (from 9th to Chinatown)Why you should do it: Downtown Los Angeles is the metropolitan equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence: laid back, on the rise, and in the news for all the right reasons. What with the opening of the new Ace Hotel, a slew of new restaurants, and myriad stylish boutiques, perusing the area on foot is sure to be an adventure.South Los AngelesWhen: December 7th, 9a.m.-4p.m.Where it goes: From Leimert Park to the Central Avenue corridorWhy you should do it: As this year’s only new route (we’ll have to wait until 2015 for another newbie that will explore the San Fernando Valley), the novelty should be enough cause to give it a whirl. Besides, while the above courses are surely crowd pleasers, CicLAvia-philes have likely completed them in years past. Forego the familiar and try South L.A. on for size—after all, Leimert Park was one of the city’s first planned communities. TAGSL.A CulturePrevious articleCounter Programming: Meryl Streep’s Silly Side and a Tribute to a TV ProNext articleThe Five Snacks You Need at Your Superbowl PartyMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

SWFL food pantries busier than usual ahead of Thanksgiving

first_imgAdvertisementWhen it’s all said and done, the Cooperative will give out 6,000 turkeys to community members in need for Thanksgiving alone. The Co-op has already served 48,000 emergency meals throughout 2020.“We’ve had so many people who started out as contributors and came to us during the early part of the coronavirus shutdown needing help,” said Galloway.The Cape Coral Police Department also helped feed families in need around Cape Coral Tuesday by giving away 40 boxed thanksgiving day meals to families needing a Thanksgiving dinner. Clewiston man robs elderly woman’s home on Thanksgiving December 17, 2020 Don’t let your unused food go to waste — Here’s how to help hungry local families March 23, 2021 COVID-19 cases surge in SWFL after Thanksgiving December 8, 2020 Gladiolus Food Pantry needs your help stocking up for summer June 6, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Food PantryThanksgiving 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 Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Food pantries and other charitable organizations around Lee County are scrambling to put food on as many tables as possible before a busier than usual Thanksgiving holiday.The Community Cooperative in Fort Myers has 50 volunteers feverishly working to provide meals to an ever-growing amount of people that are food insecure in the county. Tracey Galloway is the Cooperatives CEO, she says the pandemic has already increased the number of people in need of food this year and the holiday’s are compounding that issue.“We get people from every edge of the County come and get assistance from us,” said Galloway.   RELATEDTOPICS Interim Cape Coral Police Chief Anthony Sizemore said officers notice the need around the community almost daily.“We’re making contact with people in their everyday life and we’re finding food insecurity is an issue,” says SizemoreHe says the department noticed a spike in food insecurity since the pandemic began 10 months ago but the need for food is being ramped up this time of year.“This was present prior to the times we’re in but it’s been exasperated and we’re finding a growing number of people in need,” said Sizemore.    In addition to thousands more Thanksgiving dinners, the Community Cooperative says they plan on delivering 750 meals on wheels to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving day. 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois country roads described as being ‘like a jungle’

first_img WhatsApp Roads near Ballybrittas are “like a jungle” and may become a safety risk due to overhanging trees, according to one local councillor.Cllr Tom Mulhall has asked Coillte to cut the trees at the Derries, Ballybrittas and on the R419 at Coolaghey between Kennell’s Cross and Kilbride.Cllr Mulhall said the road surfaces are especially dangerous in the winter, as shaded areas stay frozen all day. Previous articleTwo championships for Laois camogie clubs this yearNext articleReferendum watch: Laois Offaly backs Equal Marriage LaoisToday Reporter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Pinterest Laois country roads described as being ‘like a jungle’ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th May 2018 “It is gone like a jungle down there. There seems to be no maintenance done and a lot of it is neglected and in a dilapidated state,” cllr Mulhall said at a recent Graiguecullen-Portarlington municipal district meeting.Headlines for all the wrong reasons“We made headlines for all the wrong reasons in terms of tourism and we need to have our county looking well,” he added.He also said that Coillte should manage both traffic management and tree-cutting on roads, instead of the county council looking after traffic management.Area engineer John Ormond said he contacted Coillte in relation to the areas and was told that the works were being priced by tree surgeons. He expected to receive an update in the coming weeks.Cllr Ben Brennan asked the council to contact Coillte about rubbish dumping at forest entrances.“We are on the map for all the wrong reasons as ‘Dirty Laois’. Coillte are opening entrances 10 or 15 metres back from the road, which makes it easier for people to dump rubbish without being seen,” said cllr Brennan.He added that he wants the council to erect fences further out.Head of finance Gerry Murphy said the matter was already brought up with Coillte, which looked for a list of locations where concealed entrances were causing litter problems. When the list is completed, it will be then brought to Coillte.SEE ALSO – Late bus service announced for areas of Laois Community center_img Twitter Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest TAGSCllr Ben BrennanCllr Tom MulhallGraiguecullen/Portarlington Municipal Authority WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home News Community Laois country roads described as being ‘like a jungle’ NewsCommunity Rugby last_img read more

Lee Backs Regular China Trips

first_imgNews News SHARE South Korean President Lee Myung Bak backed the premises behind Kim Jong Il’s trip to China today, stating, “By going often to see and learn, and with Chinese help, these things can bring change.” President Lee, speaking at a meeting of the National Unification Advisory Council at the Blue House, went on, “Many people wonder whether they rely too much on China, but I do not think so.” Noting his conversation with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao last weekend, President Lee said the two leaders agreed on the benefits of meeting regularly with the North Korean leadership to demonstrate the best way forward.“The unification of our country may take decades,” President Lee said, but added that “as we saw in the unification of Germany, we must prepare as if it will come tomorrow.”He continued, “Now, after last year’s Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island incidents, North Korea is at quite a distance. So now they must now come out in a more responsible posture.”“We cannot know if we will find ourselves in a conflict, but since we are one people, there will always be an opportunity to get on good terms again at some point,” he said. “We believe that the two Koreas can engage in conversation in the name of the future and of development.”“North Korea must increase its economic self-reliance in such a way that its people can enjoy the basic rights that every human should have. We must work out of the earnest affection of being one people to make the North Korean people more self-reliant.” Facebook Twitter News AvatarKim Tae Hong News center_img Lee Backs Regular China Trips By Kim Tae Hong – 2011.05.26 6:13pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Mercer launches pension risk exchange tool for DB pension plan sponsors

first_img Keywords Pensions Toronto-based Mercer (Canada) Ltd. has launched the Mercer pension risk exchange in Canada, an online marketplace that provides real-time monitoring of annuities pricing to defined-benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors looking to transfer pension liabilities to an insurance provider. Mercer estimates that DB plans in Canada have pension plan obligations of $1.4 trillion. The exchange is targeted to organizations that are looking to transfer the risk within their DB plans but lack clear information about the true cost of a buy-in or buyout and worry about the fluctuation of market rates, says Jean-Philippe Provost, leader of Mercer’s retirement practice in Canada, in a statement released on Monday. Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Tessie Sanci Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump Related news “The Mercer pension risk exchange empowers sponsoring employers to be more strategic and sophisticated in their approach, allowing them to execute a buy-in or a buyout at the best time for them and at a competitive price,” he adds. The platform, which is also available in the U.S and the U.K., will allow DB pension plan sponsors to monitor annuities pricing and financial metrics for their pension plans easily, from onboarding to execution, the announcement states. “This new technology platform is the only solution that provides real-time and simultaneous annuities pricing monitoring in Canada,” says Jacques Goulet, president of Mercer’s retirement, health and benefits business globally. “This will help clients understand market pricing and, importantly, the best time to execute a transaction.”last_img read more

ESAs consult on money laundering and terrorist financing risk management standards

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) began a public consultation Wednesday on standards setting out how financial firms should manage money laundering and terrorist financing risks that may arise from their global operations. In particular, the consultation addresses issues that arise where a particular country’s domestic laws prevent a firm from adopting policies and procedures on a group-wide basis. James Langton For example, the consultation notes that the sharing of customer information within the firm may conflict with local laws on data protection, or bank secrecy requirements; which could limit a firm’s ability to understand who their customers are. “Restrictions on obtaining and processing customer data can also facilitate tax crimes, as highlighted in the context of the ‘Panama Papers’,” the Joint Committee says in its announcement. In these sorts of cases, the ESAs stress that financial institutions must take steps to handle the resulting risk of being exposed to money laundering, or bring used as a conduit for terrorist financing. These steps include: > obtaining consent from customers to overcome restrictions on the ability to share their data; > carrying out enhanced reviews to ensure that the firm is adequately managing these risks; and > restricting the ability of the firm to rely on the due diligence carried out in countries that have laws that may hinder compliance with firm-wide policies and procedures to guard against money laundering risks. The deadline for the consultation is July 11. The ESAs are planning to hold a public hearing on the draft standards for June 23 in London. FINTRAC fines money services firmcenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSFI reviewing its anti-money laundering rules Keywords Money laundering B.C.’s anti-money laundering effort flawed: C.D. Howelast_img read more

Tourism Arrivals and Remitances Still Looking Positive….Says PM

first_imgTourism Arrivals and Remitances Still Looking Positive….Says PM UncategorizedOctober 31, 2008 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, says that although the Jamaican economy is faced with many challenges, the country is doing reasonably well in terms of tourism, as the latest figures for October show a 5% (five percent) increase in visitor arrivals, compared to the same period last year.Mr. Golding made this disclosure while speaking on his monthly call-in programme, “Jamaica House Live” last night (Oct. 29). He cautioned however, that because most of our tourists come from the United States, Canada and Europe, they are less likely to want to take a holiday since their own economic circumstances were tightening around them, as a result of the present global financial crisis.Turning to remittances, the Prime Minister said that up to the end of September, remittances were up by 7.7% (seven-point-seven-percent) above last year’s figures. He, however, pointed out that no one knows what will happen in the next couple of months because many Jamaicans who reside in the USA, Britain and Canada, who usually send their remittances to Jamaica, are also being affected by the economic fallout.Mr. Golding said the challenge is to manage our way through these challenging times and he is confident that an opening will be found to move the country forward. RelatedTourism Arrivals and Remitances Still Looking Positive….Says PMcenter_img RelatedTourism Arrivals and Remitances Still Looking Positive….Says PM RelatedTourism Arrivals and Remitances Still Looking Positive….Says PMlast_img read more

Government welcomes undertaking to improve intensive winter grazing practices

first_imgGovernment welcomes undertaking to improve intensive winter grazing practices The farming sector has agreed to make immediate improvements to intensive winter grazing practices for the coming season and the Government will help them achieve this.Intensive winter grazing (IWG) is a farming practice where stock are confined to outdoor feeding areas planted with fodder crops.“If done poorly, IWG has serious negative effects on animal welfare and the environment, particularly freshwater health and estuaries. Farming leaders accept that these practices need to improve and they want to be part of the solution,” Environment Minister David Parker said.In return for the farming sector’s commitment, the Government has deferred the introduction of IWG practice regulations for a year until May 2022, while these improvements are made. However, rules preventing the expansion of IWG will still apply.The Government will work with the farming sector to improve on-the-ground IWG practices for the benefit of freshwater quality and animal welfare.“The one year deferment will enable an IWG farm plan ‘module’ to be rapidly developed, tested and deployed ready for formal incorporation into wider certified freshwater farm plans in 2022,” David Parker said.David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have always seen the freshwater farm plan regime as the key to achieving improvements in IWG practices.The Ministers thanked Beef + Lamb, Dairy NZ and the entire Southland Advisory Group for working cooperatively with the Government on effective and practical solutions to manage the impacts of winter grazing on the environment and animal welfare.Damien O’Connor said the direction of travel is known to all involved.“This decision provides certainty of direction and timeframe. We can get on and put farm plans into place as quickly as possible across all farming operations,” Damien O’Connor said.“Immediate improvements in IWG practices this season are required, and I have set out my expectations to both councils and industry bodies,” David Parker said.“Increased monitoring and reporting by councils will also ensure measurable improvements in IWG by May 2022. This will include quarterly reports to me.”A draft IWG farm plan module has been developed by the Southland Advisory Group, which included Environment Southland, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb, Fish and Game and Federated Farmers, with input from iwi and Local Government NZ.“The draft module will give councils and the farming sector a head start in meeting their commitments to us,” David Parker said.The Government is determined to stop further degradation of our waterways and estuaries and to improve water quality for all New Zealanders. That is part of our commitment to lay the foundations for a better future for the generations of New Zealanders to come. /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:Agriculture, animal, animal welfare, environment, Farming, future, Government, industry, Local Government, Minister, New Zealand, NZ, quality, season, travel, water qualitylast_img read more