Brits snub EU countries for summer holidays amid prolonged Brexit uncertainty, Thomas Cook reveals

first_img Brits snub EU countries for summer holidays amid prolonged Brexit uncertainty, Thomas Cook reveals More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Read more: Britons to get visa-free EU travel in no-deal BrexitWill Waggott, chief of tour operating, said that Brits’ desire to holiday abroad is “clear”, but warned: “The political turmoil is having an impact in other ways, revealing itself in a clear shift to non-EU countries.” Monday 29 April 2019 8:34 am Both Turkey and Tunisia have benefited from dwindling interest in the EU, the travel agent said today as it revealed close to half of its summer bookings are for countries outside the bloc.Thomas Cook blamed “political turmoil” from the Brexit negotiations for Brits snubbing traditional holiday hotspots, with non-EU destinations up 10 percentage points to account for 48 per cent of bookings.The travel firm said it was “clear that the prolonged uncertainty around the manner and timing of Britain’s exit from the European Union has led many to delay their decision on when and where they book for their summer holidays”.However, Spain remained Thomas Cook customers’ favourite country to visit, followed by Turkey, Greece, the US and Cyprus.Meanwhile most of the 3,422 survey respondents said they were still more likely to take a trip abroad than they were last year. Tunisia was also “faring well” as package holidays doubled year on year, after tourism to the country plummeted following the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, which claimed the lives of 38 people.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifted a travel ban against the country last year.Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said it was not yet clear how the latest delay to Brexit, bringing the UK’s departure to 31 October, could affect holidaymakers’ appetite for trips abroad.“It is too early to say what impact this will now have on consumer confidence,” he said, adding: “There is little doubt that the prolonged uncertainty around the manner and timing of Britain’s exit from the European Union has led many customers to press pause on their holiday plans for this summer.”Thomas Cook has suffered two profit warnings in the last six months as it experiences falls in holiday bookings. whatsapp Share Tags: Brexit Joe Curtis whatsapp Fewer Brits are travelling to EU countries for their summer holidays as the UK’s prolonged Brexit process has encouraged holidaymakers to expand their horizons, according to Thomas Cook.Read more: Tory party chairman hints at another Brexit votelast_img read more

Britain’s political landscape has shifted, but think tanks are struggling to adapt

first_imgThis week, Smart Thinking published the first survey conducted among leading UK think tanks, looking at the changes and challenges they are facing. Most significant is a fundamental shift in the environment in which they operate.  There is more of a readiness from parties to source ideas from a wider range of organisations, including at a grassroots level, as well as directly from their members. In the run-up to the recent election, only 28 per cent of the think tanks surveyed engaged with any political party on their plans, and a majority did not think well-informed policy fed into the manifestos. This is concerning, not only for the long-term health of the think tank sector, but also because it suggests a wider malaise in public policy discussion in the UK.  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. From interviews, this seemed to derive from a wish to plot a “safe” course through a difficult political climate. Focusing on research rather than recommendations is less likely to be seen as partisan.  whatsapp (Getty Images) More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Main image credit: Getty Thursday 27 February 2020 5:26 am Think tanks have been a major voice in that policy conversation for a century now. Adapting to changes in who and how they influence will be crucial, not only to the think tanks themselves, but to the future development of UK public policy. Think tanks occupy a unique place in the policy world. It is difficult to overstate the risk to the long-term influence of these institutions posed by the decreasing trust in experts. To be a part of the policy conversation, think tanks need to be able to influence policymakers. Typically, their direct audience would be politicians, but there are increasing concerns that the politicians — of any party — are no longer listening.  Britain’s political landscape has shifted, but think tanks are struggling to adapt Share Neither academic institutions nor the parties tasked with policy implementation, their role has traditionally been as independent “policy labs”, growing ideas for politicians to use when in power. Yet, as we are all aware, the political landscape has shifted in recent years. And think tanks are having to adapt. Perhaps that means holding more events or making their work more accessible to a general readership. Indeed, 92 per cent of respondents thought that think tanks had a role to play in educating the public, particularly in an age of fake news, although there is debate over how to do that effectively. Opinion And yet, the role of think tanks as producers of public policy ideas is still crucial, and the sector must look at how it can innovate and increase its influence. Well-evidenced policy ideas, rooted in practicalities as well as academic research and unconstrained by political ideology, are needed now more than ever.  whatsapp A staggering 85 per cent of those surveyed believed the current political climate to have had a negative impact on public policy discussions, while 64 per cent also agreed that the rise in fake news and distrust in experts was a direct risk to think tanks. But in a world where politicians are looking over the heads of the “experts” they once turned to in order to craft policy, think tanks need to reinvent their role. Interestingly, when asked what their think tank’s most valuable contribution was, 49 per cent listed producing evidence-based research, with just 30 per cent saying making policy recommendations. Emily ReddingEmily Redding is director of smartthinking.org.uk, the first platform for UK think tanks. Brexit is a big factor behind this, most notably because of the political climate the debate has created.  Show Comments ▼ While think tanks are aware that they need to engage both with their traditional (politician) audience and with those the politicians are listening to more, the majority (58 per cent) still ranked politicians as their number one audience, with just 14 per cent believing it to be the general public. last_img read more

JP Morgan makes Linklaters partner its co-head of UK investment banking

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyMoneyWise.comThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoneyWise.comDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Jacobs will co-lead the investment banking operations with David Lomer. Jacobs, who is one of the city’s major players in the M&A space, will replace Ed Byers who has been promoted to Vice Chair of UK Investment Banking. It is an unusual step for an investment bank to hire from other industries, particularly at such a senior level. Charlie Jacobs, senior partner at magic circle law firm Linklaters, will join JP Morgan as co-head of UK investment banking. Tags: Company JP Morgan Chase Wednesday 17 February 2021 8:48 pm whatsapp JP Morgan makes Linklaters partner its co-head of UK investment banking whatsapp According to a memo seen by City A.M., Ed Byers approached JP Morgan last year about the possibility of transferring to a purely client-focused role. The J P Morgan building at Canary Wharf (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Tom Saunders Share Last week JP Morgan announced it had hired Chuka Umunna as its head of ESG in EMEA. The J P Morgan building at Canary Wharf (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Also Read: JP Morgan makes Linklaters partner its co-head of UK investment banking Show Comments ▼ The J P Morgan building at Canary Wharf (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Also Read: JP Morgan makes Linklaters partner its co-head of UK investment banking last_img read more

Tobacco firms take the puff out of FTSE amid merger talks – London Report

first_img whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 31 March 2015 8:23 pm whatsapp Tobacco firms take the puff out of FTSE amid merger talks – London Report center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealthyTed Health Magazine10 Surprising Benefits of Bananas You Possibly Didn’t Know AboutHealthyTed Health MagazineAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinancezenherald.comArchie Issued New Birth Certificate After Harry’s Title Revokedzenherald.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory Share WEAKER tobacco and com­m­o­d­ity company stocks hit Britain’s leading share index yesterday – but the FTSE 100 still managed to make its biggest quarterly gain since 2013.The FTSE was down 118.39 points, or 1.7 per cent, at 6,773.04 by the close, but is up 3.2 per cent this year.Consumer staple stocks were responsible for nearly 25 points of the blue-chip index’s losses. Imperial Tobacco fell 3.4 per cent and British American Tobacco 2.9 per cent on fears that a merger of U.S. peers Reynolds and Lorillard might fall through.Mining, oil and other commodity-related stocks took nearly 35 points off the index, as commodity prices were pressured by a stronger dollar.Despite its quarterly rise, the FTSE has lagged its Eurozone counterparts, which were boosted by European Central Bank stimulus measures and are less exposed to commodity stocks.The index was nevertheless supported by shares in B&Q owner Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvement retailer, which rose 4.3 per cent to be the top FTSE 100 riser. Tags: Company FTSE 100 Mergers and acquisitions Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

People / CHEP Aerospace Solutions strengthens its management team

first_img In August 2010, Brambles Ltd, an Australian-listed supply chain logistics company, acquired Unitpool AG, a leader in aviation container and pallet pooling services, as part of its long term plan to bring its proven asset management and pooling expertise to the airline sector, launching CHEP Aerospace Solutions.The further acquisitions of JMI Aerospace, Driessen Services and Airworld, three of the leading ULD and galley cart repair providers, created the only global MRO service centre network in addition to CHEP’s ULD pooling and management solutions.Over the past five years, CHEP Aerospace Solutions has worked closely with its customers to develop a portfolio of smarter solutions including full ULD pooling and management, asset tracking – including the award-winning CanTrackTM system, 3rd party MRO operations for galley carts and ULDs, all of which are available to both major passenger and all-cargo carriers, alongside smaller regional and leisure airlines.Today, CHEP Aerospace Solutions is the proud partner to over 80 airlines including Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.The company said: “To ensure that CHEP Aerospace Solutions continues to create customer-focused solutions, we are pleased to announce changes for the executive leadership team.“Don Jacobs will join CHEP Aerospace Solutions as Director, Sales, Marketing and Key Account Management, as of 1st October 2015. Mr Jacobs brings over 25 years of international experience from his senior management positions in logistics, supply chain management as well as general aviation, air cargo and ULD management at Deutsche Post, DHL Express, DHL Global Mail, Aberdeen Airport, and most recently, Jettainer.“David Harman, presently Director, Sales, Marketing and Key Account Management, after a thorough handover period, will move into a new role focused on customer on-boarding and leading the development of new solutions, such as catering galley cart asset management.” By LoadstarEditorial 20/08/2015 © Khunaspix Dreamstime.last_img read more

Foreign Buses & Dirt Roads… A Mismatch In North Korea

first_img News [imText1]The DailyNK recently obtained photos from Russian photographers who were visiting the district of Nasun (Najin-Sunbong City) North Korea, last July. This is the 4th and last series of photos taken by the photographers.The photos below were taken while touring on the hotel bus.In December 1991, the district of Nasun was initiated as a (Free) Economic Trade Zone (decision 74 made under the state of affairs) and thus this area experienced a period of rapid growth. However, as North Korean authorities violated contract duties such as inspection and consultation, foreign companies began withdrawing investment and ultimately the village was never complete.However, through the (Free) Economic Trade Zone Nasun district was able to attract tourists, export seafood and revitalize markets, and is therefore comparably better off than other districts in North Korea.[imText2][imText3][imText4][imText5][imText6][imText7][imText8] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Foreign Buses & Dirt Roads… A Mismatch In North Korea By Daily NK – 2006.08.13 1:22pm News center_img News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‚Reis bedeutet Tränen in Nordkorea’ – eine geflohene Poetin

first_imgIch habe nie einen gesehen, weder von einemgeschrieben Meine Familie, wir kochen Wasser um unsere Mägenzu füllen Es war teuer Ich bin aufgebrochen und habe meine Haareabgeschnitten um einen Vater zu kaufen AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Wir füllen leere Säcke mit unseren Fingern. Im Reisbehälter wurden sie beerdigt Diese Passage der Poetin Lee Ga Yeon „SSal (roherReis) Bin,“ stammt aus der Gedichtsammlung „Der Abend, Sehnsucht nach Bap“(„The Evening, Longing for Bap“), welche kürzlich von Maeul veröffentlichwurde. Ein Reisbehälter beschriftet mit ihren Namen By Daily NK – 2014.09.24 8:28am DNK: Das oben genannte Gedicht trägt den Titel„Das beste Geschenk in der Welt“ und ist deshalb sehr berührend. Was hat Siedazu inspiriert? Während ihrer Kindheit träumte Lee öftersdavon in einer Wohnung mit Terrasse zu leben, wo sie genügend zu Essen hätteund Pflanzen anbauen könnte. Nachdem sie jedoch realisierte, dass ein solcherTraum in Norden niemals Realität werden kann, flüchtete sie im Alter von 28Jahren. Sie lief so lange bis ihre Schuhsohlen komplett ausgefranzt waren, inder Hoffnung eventuell den Tumen zu überqueren, der Fluss, welcher als Grenzezwischen Nordkorea und China dient. Auch wenn sie von Zeit zu Zeit von Gefühlenwie Depression und Verbitterung eingeholt wurde, war Lee stets in der Lage einGedicht nach dem Anderen zu verfassen, in der sie ihren verzweifelten Wunschbeschrieb, eine Schlüssel Reis in Nordkorea essen zu können. Lees Traum ist es eine „Reispoetin“ zu werden.Sie will solange über Reis schreiben bis es auf der Welt keine einzige Personmehr gibt die Hungern muss. Vor kurzem sprach Lee mit Daily NK underzählte, dass sie „die Menschen mit Gedichten über Reis auf dieSchwierigkeiten der Wiedervereinigung aufmerksam machen möchte.“ Sie fügtehinzu, dass sie „’Der Abend, Sehnsucht nach Bap’ nicht lesen sollen um die Gedichteaufzugliedern oder zu analysieren, sondern sie eher mit ihren Herzen lesensollen.“ Als ich älter wurde, realisierte ich, dass dierichtige Armut davon kam keinen Vater zu haben. Es gab keinen richtigen Vater,der auf das Land achtete. Die Figur, die als Vater der Nation verehrt wurde,war jemand der mir noch nicht mal dabei helfen konnte meinen Magen zu füllen. Lee erzählt, dass sie oft mit derherzzerreißenden Erinnerung kämpfen muss, in der ihre Mutter und Geschwistersich nach einer Schüssel voll Reis sehnen. Vor ihrer Flucht hatte sie keineMöglichkeit sich von ihrer Familie zu verabschieden. Die Einsamkeit verarbeitetsie in ihren Gedichten. Ironischerweise bringt das Gefühl von Freude im Südendes Landes, mehr Erinnerungen von den vielen Nächten im Norden zurück, in denensie zu hungern hatte. Lee Ga Yeon ist aus Nordkorea geflohen.Geboren wurde sie in Haeju, Süd-Hwanghae Provinz. Nach Südkorea ist sie 2011geflohen. Lee begann ihre dichterische Karriere im Dezember 2012 durch einenkoreanischen Literaturwettbewerb, woraufhin sie im Jahr darauf den Preis desMinisteriums für Wiedervereinigung verliehen bekam. News Dankbarkeit ist ein wundervoller Anfang fürdich und für mich. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest DNK: Gibt es etwas das Sie gerne anderenFlüchtlingen im Süden mitteilen möchten? Deswegen fühle ich mich vor allem während desAbends an meine Heimat erinnert. Ich versuchte das Gefühl von Heimweh, wo ichverzweifelt einfach nur eine Schüssel Reis wollte, genau als ein solches Gefühlzu sehen. Das Gefühl zu haben, in die Heimatstadt zu gehen. Im Nebenhaus verhungerte Yeon Hees Familie Daily NK (DNK): Warum  der Titel „Der Abend, Sehnsucht nachBap“? LEE: Viele Menschen gehen das Problem derWiedervereinigung von einer politischen, wirtschaftlichen, kulturellen undsozialen Perspektive an. Aber ich möchte die Dinge einfach halten. Bap ist unserGrundnahrungsmittel. Ich gehe davon aus, dass wenn ich Bap als eine Art vonAnsatz verwende, wird es jeder im Süden und Norden einfach verstehen. EinBeispiel: Wenn man alleine kalten übriggebliebenen Reis ist, dann ist dastraurig. Aber es ist köstlich sobald man es zusammen mit anderen isst. Ichmöchte einfache Konzepte kreieren, die den Leuten hilft eine Wiedervereinigungzu akzeptieren und darüber schreiben. Durch die Geschichte von Bap möchte ichdie Flüchtlinge im Süden und die Menschen im Norden erreichen. Lee Ga Yeon (LEE):  Mein Traum war es als Kind eine volle Schüssel voll Reis zuessen. Das ist eine ganz normale Sache. Sobald es Abend wird, bedeutet es, dasssich der heutige Tag in den morgigen Tag überleitet, aber ich hasste daswirklich sehr. Die Tatsache, dass es ein Morgen gibt bedeutet auch, dass sichdie Angst nicht genug Essen zu haben fortführt. Die Abende haben mir geholfenals Kind viel erwachsener zu sein. center_img News ‚Reis bedeutet Tränen in Nordkorea’ – eine geflohene Poetin DNK: Was bedeutet für Sie Bap im Norden sowieim Süden? Es lässt unsere kalten Herzen schmelzen DNK: In welche Richtung sollen Ihre zukünftigenGedichte gehen? Von da kommt auch meine Ambition. Ich wollteeinen „richtigen Vater“ für mein Land kaufen. Jemand der das Leiden und denSchmerz seines Volkes kennt. Ich dachte, wenn ich alles tun könnte was inmeiner Macht steht und einen guten Vater in den Norden bringe, dann würde diesdas beste Geschenk der Welt für die Menschen dort sein. LEE: Meine Familie war arm. Als ich siebenJahre alt war, starb mein Vater. Ich erinnere mich an den Behälter voll Löffelden er zurückließ. Es waren zwar ein paar Löffel darin, aber wir aßen niemalsReis damit. Ich dachte immer, dass wenn wir einen Vater hätten, dann wäre allesnicht so schlimm. Lee: In Nordkorea bedeutet Bap nicht Reis. Esbedeutet Tränen. Um von Tag zu Tag zu kommen, mussten wir die Rinde von Bäumenabpellen, Gras ausgraben und es verkaufen, um dann davon Reis zu kaufen.  Wir wussten, wenn wir das aßen was wirhatten, würden wir uns am nächsten Tag wieder Sorgen machen. Deshalb haben wirab und zu absichtlich etwas Brei aufgehoben. Bap war immer etwas, dass wirunbedingt wollten, aber wovor wir uns auch fürchteten. Wenn du weißt was Dankbarkeit ist, dann bistdu eine erfolgreiche Person. Wenn du diese Wertschätzung beibehältst, dannbist du ebenfalls eine erfolgreiche Person. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Wenn es uns besser gehen sollte, ist ein Vaterdas erste was ich will. Versuche Dankbarkeit nicht anderen Menschen inden Kopf zu setzen. Facebook Twitter Und, versuche Wertschätzung nicht anderenMenschen in den Kopf zu setzen. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Bap (gekochter Reis) oder Ssal (roher Reis)scheinen nicht gerade die typischsten Themen für Gedichte zu sein, dennochzeigt es das starke Verlangen der Autorin, einfach nur eine Schüssel voll Reiszu genießen. SHARE Angst davor wieder zu hungern, sind sie hierdaran verhungert News LEE: Ich hoffe, dass jeder dankbar für jedeneinzelnen Tag ist. Ich bin dankbar, dass ich Reis essenkann und ich bin dankbar am Leben zu sein. Ich würde deswegen gerne das Gedicht„Anfang“ mit ihnen teilen. Aber im Süden bedeutet Bap Dankbarkeit. Es istetwas, dass ich beruhigt essen kann. Es ist eine Form von Leben, die ich als eine Geste von Liebe jemand anderenanbieten kann. Darüber hinaus ist es im Süden ein unerschöpflicher Zirkel derLiebe, der einen immer wieder mit Unterstützung und Energie versorgt. Auchjetzt, wenn ich vor einer Schüssel voll heißem Reis sitze, denke ich zurück andie Menschen im Norden. Wir hatten keine Löffel zu Hause. News last_img read more

Low oil puts Alberta on track for record $10.4 billion deficit in 2016-17

first_img OPEC and allies to slowly turn on the taps Dean Beeby Three quarters of oil and gas sector could be displaced in move to cut emissions Related news Keywords Alberta,  Oil Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the prolonged cratering of world oil prices is expected to saddle his province with a $10.4-billion deficit in the next budget. “It’s a lot. It’s a helluva lot of money,” Ceci admitted at a legislature news conference Wednesday. Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “That is simply the reality of our circumstances.” In last fall’s budget, the province projected a $5.4-billion deficit for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Ceci said the new $5-billion figure would be on top of that. “This is the steepest and most prolonged slide in oil prices in recent history, dropping more than 70% in the last year and half,” he said. “Projections for a quick recovery have proven wrong. This is a once-in-a-generation challenge.” Oil and gas have long been the mainspring of Alberta’s economy, delivering multibillion-dollar surpluses earlier this decade. But the benchmark price for oil has fallen from a high of more than $US100 a barrel in June 2014 to around US$30 today. Every $1 drop in the average price of oil over the course of a year drains $170 million from Alberta’s coffers. Ceci also said he can no longer promise to balance the books by 2020 and added he can’t set a new target date for when that might happen. He emphasized the province will stick to its plans to avoid cuts in front-line jobs and critical services, to find savings where possible and to take on debt to create jobs in the construction of roads, schools, and hospitals. “We won’t respond with knee-jerk cuts to make a bad situation even worse.” The government won’t create new taxes, increase existing ones or introduce a provincial sales tax, he said. Nor are there plans to use any of the $19-billion in the Heritage Savings Trust Fund to reduce some of the red ink. Alberta is now almost $19 billion in debt. Most of that money is being used for capital projects. The plan is to continue borrowing in the coming years to pay for capital and, if necessary, operating costs. The debt by decade’s end had already been projected to hit almost $48 billion, but that was before Ceci’s $5-billion bombshell Wednesday. Ceci said the 2016-17 budget is to be introduced in early April, but he wouldn’t give a date. Opposition Wildrose critic Prasad Panda said no one blames the NDP for the collapse in oil prices, but the government is not dealing with it. “Their plan is not working,” said Panda. “How they’ve responded to the situation is hurting Alberta’s economy.” Ceci’s third-quarter update Wednesday for 2015-16 shows the government expects to run a $6.3-billion deficit this fiscal year, which ends March 31. That’s almost $200 million more than was forecast in the fall. The update shows that the cash crunch is burrowing deeper into Alberta’s economy. Personal income tax revenue is down, while housing starts and car and truck sales are expected to continue to drop. Oil and gas investment is expected to slow by 20% in 2016. Alberta also expects to see a net population outflow of 6,000 to other parts of Canada this year — the first such decline since 2010. last_img read more

Parish Council Proposes Revenue Centre at Junction

first_imgRelatedParish Council Proposes Revenue Centre at Junction RelatedParish Council Proposes Revenue Centre at Junction Parish Council Proposes Revenue Centre at Junction UncategorizedOctober 17, 2008 RelatedParish Council Proposes Revenue Centre at Junctioncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Elizabeth Parish Council, has passed a Resolution to have a Revenue Centre established at Junction, to make it easier for persons to pay their property and motor vehicle taxes.This Resolution was moved by Councillor for the Junction Division, Cetany Holness, at the recent monthly meeting of the Council.He pointed out that persons in and around Junction travel to other parishes to pay their taxes, and this could prevent them from paying their taxes on time.“Junction is one of the fastest growing towns in the parish, and with more businesses operating in the area, we must make it easy for them to do their returns and especially land and motor vehicle taxes, which come to the Council for many of the services we provide. It is important that these taxes are paid in the parish,” he stressed.Supporting the Resolution, Councillor for the Braes River Division, Donovan Pagon, argued that the Council has been losing much revenue, as persons from the parish were utilising other revenue centres outside St. Elizabeth.“Junction and its environs need a Revenue Centre. Most of the motor vehicle and land owners go to other parishes to pay their taxes, and we don’t have an effective system where when you pay elsewhere the fees come back to St. Elizabeth. Come September, the Council will be on its own to earn its funding, and we are encouraging people to pay their taxes and we have to help them with centres near to where they live and operate,” Mr. Pagon said. Advertisementslast_img read more

Rubbish dumpers in national parks are on notice

first_imgRubbish dumpers in national parks are on notice The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has put would-be wrongdoers on notice, warning that illegal dumping in national parks will not be tolerated and promising ramped up patrolling to catch dumpers. NPWS is also issuing a call to action for visitors to report illegal dumping and help protect their national parks.NPWS Executive Director Park Operations, Deon Rensberg, said “National parks and public parklands should be vibrant natural spaces for families and friends to enjoy quality time in the outdoors.New surveillance cameras, signage, and barriers are being rolled out in hot spots to catch illegal dumpers. Regional Illegal Dumping Squads (RIDs) will also be actively patrolling and investigating cases.”Compliance efforts have also been boosted by a recent NPWS study into illegal dumping, completed with the support of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.The study has identified problem areas and will make it easier to target and prevent dumpers. It also highlights the cost that dumping has on the environment and community.Mr Rensburg said: “Cleaning up after illegal dumpers costs hundreds of thousands of dollars – money that could be spent on conservation and park visitors. On top of the waste that is left behind, dumpers cut fencing, vandalise gates, and create illegal tracks in bushland to hide their waste.”New signs at parks and updated website messaging will make it easier for visitors to report illegal dumping incidents using RID online. The community can also make a report by telephoning 131 555.Recent RID investigations have resulted in two men being fined thousands of dollars for dumping waste in Sydney’s Heathcote National Park. Another offender has been issued a fine for illegally dumping in Garawarra State Conservation Area.“The message to illegal dumpers is clear – dump waste and expect to be caught. The penalties far exceed the cost of disposing of your waste appropriately,” Mr Rensburg 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. 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, community, conservation, director, environment, environment protection, Government, Heathcote, money, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, online, quality, study, surveillance, Sydney, website, wildlifelast_img read more