General Election 2015: Row over tax on business erupts between Labour and the Tories

first_img Share Express KCS whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles Skillzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekFinancial 10See The Wife Of The World’s Richest BillionairesFinancial 10ComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyInteresticleMan Finds Wierd Cave In Scottsdale, Enters And Drops To His KneesInteresticle General Election 2015: Row over tax on business erupts between Labour and the Tories Monday 30 March 2015 9:02 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Labour and the Conservatives will today lock horns over the levels of tax imposed on companies, as business takes centre stage in the fiercely contested General Election campaign.Labour will announce today that, if elected, the party’s first Budget will cut business rates, in a move they say will be worth an average of £400 for 1.5m small businesses. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls will also announce that his party will not cut the level of corporation tax.  During a visit to a small business, Balls will say: “Under the Tories, higher business rates have cost firms an average of £1,500 a year and are an ever bigger part of their tax burden. So instead of another corporation tax cut for large comp­anies which helps fewer than one in 10 firms, we will cut and then freeze business rates for small firms instead.”  Yet the Tories argue that such a move would equate to a one per cent rise in corporation tax, as it would mean reversing a cut from 21 per cent to 20 per cent that will come into force tomorrow. Treasury minister David Gauke said: “You have it now in black and white – Ed Miliband and Ed Balls will whack up corporation tax in their first budget. This would be the first time corporation tax has risen in over 40 years.” Labour says a business rates cut will benefit 17 businesses for every one business helped by a corporation tax cut. Tory sources pointed out that the party’s policy is to have the lowest corporation tax rate in the G20, which is 20 per cent in Russia, while Labour has committed to having the lowest rate in the G7, which is 26.5 per cent in Canada.  Responding to the row, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “The Liberal Democrats’ fiscal plans have no increase in headline rates of corporation tax, income tax, VAT or National Insurance.” ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFFDavid Cameron visited the Queen, officially starting the election campaign (far left), while Nick Clegg hopes his party can stay above water. Demonstrators greeted Ed Miliband, while Nigel Farage faced the cameras. Meanwhile, the Common Cryer and Sergeant at Arms for London (left) read out a proclamation of the election outside the Royal Exchange in the City.  Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table’

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSLaois SHC ‘A’ 2018Portlaoise GAAPortlaoise v The Harps Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleState of Raheen cemetery comes to the fore once againNext articleLaois clubs change focus as Leinster campaigns next up LaoisToday Reporter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening ‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table’ By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st October 2018 The Portlaoise hurlers before their 2009 Laois SHC final – one of four finals they appeared in five seasons from 2007 to 2011 The Portlaoise hurlers are in the Laois SHC ‘A’ final next Sunday when they take on The Harps. For two traditionally strong hurling clubs, it’s not the level they want to be at – and the demise of Portlaoise as a hurling stronghold was something that came up on one of our recent podcasts.Portlaoise have 11 senior hurling titles – seven of which were won in a golden era from 1981 to 1991, including a four-in-a-row from ’81-’84.They also came close to winning a Leinster club title in 1987, when they were denied by a late comeback in the Leinster final by Rathnure from Wexford.Times have changed though and after losing finals four senior finals in the five years from 2007 to 2011, they were relegated from senior to senior ‘A’ in 2014.They bounced straight back up in 2015, however, they were relegated again last season and that was followed by relegation from Division 1 of the league earlier this year.They then lost their first two games of this year’s championship and while they secured their place in the knockout stages thanks to a win over Trumera, they only barely scraped past Shanahoe Gaels in the quarter-final.It led to a discussion on our podcast after that quarter-final about hurling in Portlaoise.“As a hurling man it’s a pity to see Portlaoise hurling where it is,” said our regular podcast guest Tommy Buggy from Castlecomer, who has managed a number of teams in Laois and Kilkenny, including Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton.“I’m old enough to remember when they were nearly unbeatable. They were brilliant hurlers. Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table.”“I’ll keep saying it and I might sound repetitive but Laois needs Portlaoise hurling club. It’s needed. Whatever it takes to get them back up there, they have to get back up.”“Them getting back to senior is one thing but I think the thing with Portlaoise is much more longer term. I don’t think them getting back to senior is the cure, I think there needs to be a complete new life and energy in Portlaoise hurling,” added LaoisToday’s Steven Miller.“There is a lot of hard work going on – with the likes of Pat Critchley and Colm Clear – but the Portlaoise project needs to be bigger than just their senior team, it needs to be like the Dublin hurling project of the last 20 years or so.“As Tommy says, it is where the main population base is and there has to be a strong hurling club in Portlaoise.”“I’m not saying that they need to get back this year,” added Tommy. “But Laois hurling needs Portlaoise at the top table. A really good five-year strategic plan for hurling for the Town is badly wanted – and what’s more resources are wanted for that. It doesn’t happen overnight.“You can make the argument that this should be for hurling in Laois. Put the money in, put the work in, put the resources in and there’s no hoping about it, it would pay dividends. There’s nothing surer.“There is such a gra for hurling in the south of the county. People who I’ve met here over the years have such a love for hurling. They love hurling as much as any county in the country. Give them the resources, give them the backing and I guarantee you they’d make a success of it.”“We were out in Ollie Plunketts last week recording a Podcast about the Mere Mortals band,” added Steven.“They mentioned their first gig was the night of the 1987 Leinster club hurling final that Rathnure absolutely robbed Portlaoise in.“But that was the level that Portlaoise hurling was at – robbed in a Leinster club final. They could very well have gone out at the quarter-final stage of the second tier championship last weekend.“It’s some fall. They had a glorious era of players back then – John Taylor, Pat Critchley, the Bohans, the Rigneys. There’s some of the next generation of those playing now – Cormac Rigney, Cian Taylor, Cathal Duggan came on as a sub. You often hear it at county board meetings that Portlaoise need to be contributing more – and you’d love to see it.”Portlaoise have since beaten Clonaslee to book a place in the SHC ‘A’ final against The Harps. That final takes place this Sunday, October 7, in O’Moore Park.SEE ALSO – ‘We will benefit from JP McManus money’ insists Laois Ladies football spokesperson Home Sport GAA ‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the… SportGAAHurling Community Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Council last_img read more

Fear over Upcoming Starvation in North Korea, Is It Unfounded?

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion [imText1]Expectation of mass starvation this spring in North Korea is increasing as the country is under UN Security Council-ratified sanctions and last year’s crop fell sharply due to flood. Some even speculate on worst case scenario- worse than that happened in mid 90s. Whatever occurs in this spring, it would follow the epidemic that has hit the country since last autumn. Seoul’s Buddhist aid organization ‘Good Friends’ released estimation of last year’s crop production in North Korea, and concluded 2007 might be the most disastrous year for many North Koreans. Some scholars expected death toll could reach up to 6 million. However, others reputed such extreme number because of different socio-economic circumstance in North Korea. They argued that more than 70% of North Korean residents were living off private markets and had already figured out how to survive through shortage of food. North Korea’s food situation is determined by annual total consumption of food over total supply. Since there is no reliable official data, annual total consumption could only be calculated by annual (minimum) consumption per person multiplied by total population. A forty-six years old former official from food distribution office in Hamheung, Choi, told the Daily NK in a recent telephone interview that “given daily food consumption as 550g per person, average daily consumption for 22 million North Koreans is 12,100 metric ton and annual average is roughly 4 million ton.” ‘Person’ includes adult laborer, senior residents and children. Yet, since early 80s, North Korean government has deducted 8-days amount of food per every month for ‘wartime ration.’ In other words, the whole North Korean population receives 3,255,000 tons of food, rather than 4 million, each year. Of course, the figure hardly reflects reality. North Korea’s official food distribution standard prior to 1992제목 없음Children under 12Senior citizens (male over 60, female over 55)From 17 to 60 (to 55 for female):LaborersMiddle school students (13-17)Soldiers and mine workersStandard amount:300gStandard amount:700g Standard amount:500gStandard amount:900gReduced actual amount: 250gReduced actual amount: 500gReduced actual amount:400gReduced actual amount:700g Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2007.02.09 7:37pm Fear over Upcoming Starvation in North Korea, Is It Unfounded? SHARE Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Until 1992, North Korean people were rationed as above. Despite deduction, food production was enough to feed 22-million population. Another former food distribution office employee from North Korea, Lee, a forty-one years old, confirmed the estimate. “Everyone in North Korea knows that ten thousands ton of food per day can feed the whole population.” Lee continued, “Only if the authorities kept distributing the pre-1992 amount of food, no North Koreans would have crossed the border.”The late Kim Il-sung also stated “If (we) produce five million tones of cereal, we can provide not only enough food, but also enough snacks and candies, to the people.” Indeed, 3.5 million ton, if evenly dispersed, seems a minimum limit to prevent starvation. Then, how much cereal did North Korea harvest last year?Estimates vary. South Korea’s Agrarian Development Office assumed the harvest reached 4.48 million ton, and the World Food Programme’s number was 4.3 million, similar to that of South Korean government agency. However, an aid organization in Seoul, ‘Good Friends’ had gloomier number: 2.8 million ton. According to the information gathered by the NGO, cereal production in South Hwanghae, Pyongan, Kangwon provinces in 2006 was diminished by 40%. The gap between highest and lowest estimate is 1.5 million ton, due to lack of direct research inside North Korea. If last year’s food production was actually 2.8 million ton, given annual average consumption amount of 3.5 million, prospect of mass starvation is darkening. Nonetheless, since there is no clear-cut estimate of cereal production, another important factor must be analyzed, instead. It is the cereal price. In 1995, the year March of Tribulation started, price of rice and corn skyrocketed. In October 1995, corn price almost doubled from 15 NK won per kg to more than 30 won/kg (the price after 7.1 Reform is 350 won now). That was during harvest season. If North Korea is really suffering food shortage, the rice price must show a sign of increase by now, four months after harvest. However, the price of rice and corn in private market indicates no big difference with that before the nuclear test on October 9. Since last summer, rice price has been stable from 1000 won to 1200/kg, and corn price 300~350 won/kg. Another noteworthy fact is that, although during the March of Tribulation corn price had remained sixty percent of that of rice, now it is less than 35% of rice’s. (Rice is the main cereal, while corn is regarded as inferior, less-preferable food source that rice, in Korea). Given such numbers, it is reasonable to assume WFP and South Korean government agency’s estimate, though not accurate, is closer to North Korea’s actual cereal output last year. Annual cereal production in North Korea by UN’s FAO and WFP (in million ton)제목 없음Annual cereal production in North Korea by UN’s FAO and WFP (in million ton)1995(WFP)1996(FAO)1997(FAO)1998(FAO)1999(FAO)2000(FAO)2001(FAO)2002(FAO)2004(FAO)2006(WFP)2.502.872.833.783.422.573.653.964.154.30Nevertheless, the UN data from 1995 to 1999 could be inaccurate. Former Korean People’s Party secretary Hwang Jang-yeob testified that, told by then agriculture secretary Seo Kwan-hee, 1996’s crop was less than 2 million ton. Based on data and testimonies, North Korea would be in danger if yearly food production is less than 3 million ton and would barely escape mass starvation with more than 3.5 million ton-crop. The more fundamental difference from now and then is people’s adaptation to situation. Market is widespread and more North Koreans are ready to import cereal from China incase of food shortage. In mid-90s, loyal North Koreans followed the party’s direction blindly and died, which could never happen now. In conclusion, North Korea’s cereal output is likely to be more than 3.5 million ton and many residents know how to survive through food shortage. Therefore mass starvation could be unfounded fear. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

IMF cuts world growth forecast to 3.5%

first_img Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies International Monetary Fund OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE StaffAssociated Press Unveiling its forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the fund left its prediction for U.S. growth this year unchanged at 2.5%.For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9%, down from a forecast in October for growth of 2.0%.The IMF’s view is more positive than an assessment by the Bank of Canada issued Jan. 9. The central bank forecast growth of 1.7%, down from its October prediction of 2.1%.In a report released today, Desjardins splits the difference, forecasting Canada’s GDP at 1.8%.The IMF’s growth outlook for the 19 countries that use the euro currency has been reduced to 1.6% from 1.8%. Desjardins’ forecast is slightly dimmer at 1.5%.Growth in emerging-market countries is forecast to slow to 4.5% from 4.6% in 2018, says the IMF. It expects the Chinese economy—the world’s second biggest—to grow 6.2% this year, down from 6.6% in 2018 and the slowest since 1990. For emerging markets and China, Desjardins forecasts growth of 4.6% and 6.3%, respectively.Rising trade tensions pose a major risk to the world economy. Under President Donald Trump, the United States has imposed import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products, drawing retaliation from China and other U.S. trading partners.“Higher trade uncertainty will further dampen investment and disrupt global supply chains,” said IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath.In its report, Desjardins says escalating protectionism is “intensifying” uncertainty worldwide. It also says significant tightening of financial conditions could have a negative impact on markets. Further, inflation that is stronger or weaker than forecast would have “major consequences,” especially for the bond market.Rising interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere are pinching emerging-market governments and companies that borrowed heavily when rates were ultra-low in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.As the debts roll over, those borrowers have to refinance at higher rates. A rising dollar is also making things harder for emerging-market borrowers who took out loans denominated in the U.S. currency.Separately, the United Nations is forecasting that the global economy will grow by around 3% in 2019 and 2020, but says waning support for multilateralism, escalating trade disputes, increasing debt and rising climate risks are clouding prospects.The U.N.’s report on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019 also stresses that economic growth is uneven and often doesn’t reach countries that need it most.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in the forward of the report launched Monday that while economic indicators remain “largely favourable,” the report “raises concerns over the sustainability of global economic growth in the face of rising financial, social and environmental challenges.: world map, emerging markets and international global businesses kentoh/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its forecast for world economic growth this year, citing heightened trade tensions and rising U.S. interest rates.The IMF said Monday that it expects global growth this year of 3.5%, down from 3.7% in 2018 and from the 3.7% it had forecast for 2019 back in October. last_img read more

Rising from ashes: construction underway on Thomas Foods’ state-of-the-art meat processing plant

first_imgRising from ashes: construction underway on Thomas Foods’ state-of-the-art meat processing plant Construction has officially started on Thomas Foods International’s new state-of-the-art meat processing plant near Murray Bridge today, set to bolster the state’s regional economy, exports and jobs.The new plant is expected to create around 2,000 jobs, once fully operational, with an estimated 500 required for the initial stage of production.Stage one includes development of the company’s beef processing facilities, to hold an initial capacity of up to 600 head a day. Stages to follow will include sheep and lamb processing facilities and further expansion of the beef facilities, taking the plant’s total processing capacity to 1,200 head of beef and up to 15,000 head of sheep and lamb per day.Turning the first sod at the site, Premier Steven Marshall said today is a huge step towards creating more jobs for South Australians as well as strengthening South Australia’s meat exports, which will have a significant impact on the state’s economy.“It is fantastic to be here today to mark the start of construction of Thomas Foods International’s new state-of-the-art meat processing – a factory which will create 2000 jobs,” Premier Marshall said.“In addition to the massive influx of jobs for the State – the estimated gross production impact of developing an expanded new plant on a Greenfield site will increase gross state product by an estimated $1.05 billion over the first 10 years of its operation.“The new plant will ultimately grow our meat exports into the future, which is a crucial pillar of South Australia’s food, wine and agribusiness sector.Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the Marshall Government was proud to contribute to public roadworks leading to the new facility.“The Marshall Government has worked closely with the Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Commonwealth to complete the link road between Mannum Road and the new plant,” Minister Wingard said.“The new $14 million access road will help facilitate TFI’s massive private investment in our state which will support our economy and local jobs.”Thomas Foods International CEO Darren Thomas said whilst the 2018 fire was disruptive, it provided the company a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something bigger and better.“The new plant will set the industry benchmark for technology, efficiency, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and workplace safety,” Mr Thomas said.“Today marks an exciting milestone for the company, and we look forward to working alongside BADGE, our recently appointed Adelaide-based construction company, in creating what will become a global showcase of advanced food manufacturing.”“We made a commitment to rebuild and we’re doing just that.”For more information on Thomas Foods International visit: thomasfoods.comFor further information on how the Department for Trade and Investment can support companies looking to expand or invest in South Australia visit: invest.sa.gov.au /Public News. 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:animal welfare, AusPol, Australia, commonwealth, efficiency, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Murray Bridge, operation, production, SA Government, South Australia, sustainability, technology, Transportlast_img read more

National Farmers Federation welcomes EPBC Act final report

first_imgNational Farmers Federation welcomes EPBC Act final report The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the release of the final report of the second Independent Statutory Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC.“The NFF has been seeking reform of the Act for more than a decade and the final report provides a pathway for the farm sector,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.“Interim standards will need to assure the farm sector that they reflect no more than the requirements of the Act. The NFF will engage in continued discussions on the detail and implementation of environmental data, assurance data and any other standards the reform proposes.”The government will now proceed to wider consultation.The NFF continues to test the national environmental standards (NES) process against the following principles:Clear understanding of how jurisdictions, acting in concert with the NES process, would adjust their own legislations and incorporate the implementation mechanisms and how the devolution would work;Data, biodiversity and other indicators, consultation and strategic implementation are designed into a regional level process;The impact of the full reform package is transparently communicated to the sector and it is clear that farmers will not be worse off than the status quo as a consequence of the reform process, and preferably have an improved engagement and understanding;Ensuring draft NESs are able to be tested via a case study approach by user groups prior to them becoming enshrined via a legislative instrument.Demonstration that scope creep has not been embedded in the NES;Satisfaction that measures that balance economic and social indicators are afforded equal footing with environmental priorities; andFarmers can conduct themselves under continuing use provisions (Section 43 A and B of the EPBC Act) that do not compromise standard and accepted farm practice.“Reform of the EPBC Act and consistency in delivery are key outcomes for the farm sector. Farmers must not be left worse off under this reform process,” Mr Mahar said.“Professor Samuel appears to have made recommendations including the establishment of an Office of Compliance, regional and national planning regime, and public investment in environmental restoration, building on his interim report.“These recommendations and the broader 200-page final report will be subject to scrutiny and detailed analysis by the NFF and we will continue to consult closely with members and other stakeholders.” /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, biodiversity, building, conservation, demonstration, environment, environment protection, Farming, Government, Impact, Investment, National Farmers Federation, outcomes, Professor, reform, studylast_img read more

$112 million to provide high-speed Internet access to more than 18,000 households in Outaouais region by

first_img$112 million to provide high-speed Internet access to more than 18,000 households in Outaouais region by From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaThanks to a joint investment of $81.36 million made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, 18,200 households in the Outaouais region will have access to high-speed Internet services by September 2022. The projects, totalling $112.09 million, will be implemented by Cogeco and Xplornet.Thanks to a joint investment of $81.36 million made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, 18,200 households in the Outaouais region will have access to high-speed Internet services by September 2022. The projects, totalling $112.09 million, will be implemented by Cogeco and Xplornet.The announcement was made today by Will Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science) and Member of Parliament for Pontiac; Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation; Mathieu Lacombe, Quebec Minister of Families, Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region and Member of the National Assembly for Papineau; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford; Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau; Johanne Hinse, General Manager for Quebec and Vice-President of Programming and Community Relations at Cogeco; and Charles Beaudet, Vice-President, Quebec at Xplornet.For the deployment of high-speed Internet services in the Outaouais, Cogeco will receive $23.8 million to provide coverage to 2,890 households, while Xplornet will receive $57.5 million to connect 15,310 households. The investments announced will accelerate the deployment of reliable, high-performance infrastructure in the targeted municipalities listed in the annex. Over the next few months, Cogeco and Xplornet will take an inventory of the target areas to ensure that no household will be left without service.Today, high-speed Internet services are considered essential in a modern society like Quebec’s. Access to high-performance, reliable and affordable Internet services is at the core of communities’ socio-economic development. The projects funded under Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed are a key part of the digital shift in Quebec and will promote access to telemedicine, distance learning, entertainment, online shopping and telework.Quotes“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that connecting all Quebecers to high-speed Internet has never been more important. That’s why our government is investing to connect Outaouais households and businesses by fall 2022. With this historic announcement, and thanks to our good collaboration with the Government of Quebec, we’re increasing the potential for economic growth and helping improve the quality of life of Quebecers in rural communities.”– Will Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science) and Member of Parliament for Pontiac“This is excellent news for the Outaouais region and for rural Quebec as a whole. The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed Internet access has become for our communities, not only for bringing people together virtually but also for working, studying and doing business. The Government of Canada understands that it is urgent and vital to connect communities in Quebec and Canada. We are proud to participate in this important project and will continue to invest and partner with the Government of Quebec to ensure each household and business has access to high-speed Internet.”– Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation“The announcement of the deployment of high-speed Internet services by Cogeco and Xplornet is excellent news for our region. The investments announced are unprecedented and demonstrate the extent to which the deployment of high-speed Internet services in the regions is a priority for the Quebec government. This service has clearly become essential, not only to ensure the economic development of the regions but also to support the vitality of our communities. And the need has become even more critical during the pandemic. I am proud of our government’s progress.”– Mathieu Lacombe, Quebec Minister of Families, Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region and Member of the National Assembly for Papineau“Our ambitious goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to the entire Quebec population by September 2022. The partnership agreement with Cogeco and Xplornet will allow for the deployment of high-quality infrastructure in the Outaouais. We are investing heavily to make Quebec a leader in connectivity.”– Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford“With the pandemic, high-speed Internet has become essential in our everyday lives. The investments announced are unprecedented and demonstrate that the Quebec government has made this file a major priority. Reliable, high-performing services are a key element of our region’s economic development and vitality.”– Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau“For Cogeco, this is an unequivocal commitment to the Outaouais region, and we are pleased to make an even greater impact in our communities. We are delighted to participate in this major project that will leave its mark on the history of Quebec and its citizens in the regions.”– Johanne Hinse, General Manager for Quebec and Vice-President of Programming and Community Relations, Cogeco“Xplornet is proud to have been chosen to carry out three separate projects in the region. This reflects our strong ability to deliver large-scale rural projects quickly. We thank the governments of Canada and Quebec for their vote of confidence, and we look forward to starting the work in the Outaouais.”– Charles Beaudet, Vice-President, Quebec, XplornetQuick factsOperation High Speed will give Quebec the highest connectivity rate in Canada, at 99%.Some 150,000 households will be connected thanks to Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, in addition to the 66,000 households already covered by other Government of Canada and Government of Quebec programs.The Government of Canada has allocated billions of dollars to Internet infrastructure in rural and remote regions, including $2.75 billion as part of the Universal Broadband Fund, of which $1 billion comes from Budget 2021.To date, the Quebec government alone has invested more than $1 billion to accelerate the connection of the entire Quebec population to high-speed Internet by fall 2022.To reach the goal of optimal connectivity across the province in 2022, approximately 36,000 households will still need to be connected. These households are in areas that are particularly difficult to reach and sparsely populated. Technological solutions are currently being considered, and the strategy chosen to reach these households by 2022 will be announced at a later date. /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:agreement, broadband, Canada, Economic Development, Government, infrastructure, innovation, internet infrastructure, Investment, operation, Orford, parliament, Secretary, Seniors, speed, telemedicinelast_img read more

Roadside Breakdowns: Here’s when to pull a MacGyver

first_img Trending Videos Nothing ruins any road trip (whether family vacation or work-day commute) faster than a road-side breakdown. But with all the technology and electronics packed in today’s autos, is there really anything we can do ourselves to get back on our way? Here are a few of the more common scenarios with some tips to keep you moving.Overheating engine: With the abundance of aluminum and lightweight alloys being used under modern hoods, ignoring a temp gauge in the red zone or a temp warning light for anything more than a few minutes of driving can mean some astronomical repair bills (cylinder head and/or gasket damage is the most common) – but on crowded highways, it’s often hard to find a safe escape route or place to pull over.Turning the cabin heater on full hot with the fan set on high may get you a few extra kilometres of driving. The heater unit behind the dash contains a miniature radiator, and directing hot coolant into this, combined with the speed of the HVAC fan, can act as a secondary cooling source for the engine, bringing the temps down. Once you find a safe landing spot, turn off the ignition and pop the hood to let ambient air help cool things down. Never, ever try to remove a pressurized radiator or reservoir cap on a hot or even warm engine; the resulting volcanic hot eruption of coolant will cause severe burns. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Roadside breakdown. RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew Vehiclesand Air ConditioningCaliforniaHeatingScience and TechnologyTechnologyUnited StatesVentilation PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Often an electric fuel pump will fail because of sticking brushes on its motor; a few solid slaps on the bottom of the fuel tank with something non-lethal like a snow brush or flat stick can often bring the pump back to life to let you get safely off the road.Power window stuck down? Great thing to have happen in a driving rain storm, but the same CPR technique that can bring fuel pumps back to life may work on a defunct power window motor. The best place to slap/rap is on the flat steel portion of the metal door bottom. Hitting the plastic inner trim panel is useless because the motor isn’t mounted to it, and you may crack an expensive panel. A rubber mallet works best, but few motorists ever carry this in their gloveboxes so the heel of a shoe is a great substitute (as long as it’s not a stiletto). Rap the bottom of the door with the key in the on position and the window switch being held in the up position.     ‹ Previous Next › Out of gas? Feeling that ominous engine sputter while trying to merge onto a multi-lane highway can cause even the sturdiest heart to sink. A gentle (and safe) swerve back and forth on the steering wheel can slosh enough of the remaining dregs of fuel into the pump’s pickup point to keep you going for more than a few hundred metres with most vehicles.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement Your Corner Wrench: ‘Little’ mistakes that can endanger you Trending in Canada Flat tire rim stuck to the hub? Alloy rims mounted to steel wheel hubs might be a great idea in California, but they leave a lot to be desired on this side of the 49th; often, technicians have to resort to 10-lb. sledgehammers to break them loose when doing a seasonal service. This is not something recommended when trying to free a stuck wheel while the vehicle is on a jack at the side of the road. Instead, use the vehicle’s weight to do the work for you. With all the wheel nuts loose and backed off a few turns, lower the vehicle off the jack and rock it gently from side to side; usually on the first push, the wheel will pop loose, then you can re-raise it, install the spare and be on your way. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

Show some love to your research data this Valentine’s Day

first_img Published: Feb. 14, 2017 Managing, archiving and providing public access to research data have become increasingly important concerns for research funders, journal publishers and universities. When someone looks at your data months or years from now, will they be able to understand how you created it or what it means?Now through Friday, Feb. 17, celebrate Love Your Data Week, a five-day international event aimed at helping researchers take better care of their data. University Libraries will be posting and tweeting about various data themes all week long.Today’s theme—fitting for Valentine’s Day—is data documentation, or metadata, which has been described as a “love note to the future.” Check out this data management video from University of Wisconsin Data Services for tips on how to document your data so that other people will love it as much as you do.The remainder of the week will feature themes such as good data examples (Feb. 15), finding the right data (Feb. 16) and rescuing unloved data (Feb. 17).Follow all of the great data conversations on Twitter at #LYD17 and #loveyourdata. If you need help with your data, contact your data librarian at [email protected]:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Education Minister doesn’t realise impact of cuts on guidance Counselors

first_imgNews WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleOmagh man appears in court charged with kidnapping and blackmailNext article‘Riverine Autumn School’ to bring Lifford and Strabane communities together News Highland By News Highland – October 12, 2012 Google+ A Donegal TD says Education Minister Ruairí Quinn is refusing to recognise the impact of cuts to guidance counselors in schools across the country.Schools no longer get a special allocation, and must fund guidance services from their standard teaching allocation.When the TUI president was in Donegal this week, he identified this as one of the key concerns for the union.Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue, the Fianna Fail Education Sportsperson says Minster Quinn should be carrying out an audit to ensure that funding cuts do not impact on the guidance and counselling services available in schools.He pointed to an incident in Wexford where a student was hospitalised after failing to see a counselor, and the school subsequently got more money.Deputy Mc Conalogue says it’s not acceptable that a reactive approach is being taken……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/charlfri.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twittercenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Education Minister doesn’t realise impact of cuts on guidance Counselors Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more