Brexit deal agreed by cabinet after ‘impassioned’ five-hour meeting

first_img Owen Bennett Brexit deal agreed by cabinet after ‘impassioned’ five-hour meeting Theresa May squeaked her Brexit deal through a divided Cabinet on Wednesday in an historic moment for the UK.After a five-hour meeting the Prime Minister emerged from Downing Street at just after 7pm to declare her ministers had backed her controversial proposals on how to withdraw the UK from the EU. Share The marathon meeting saw every member of the cabinet give their views on the draft deal, which will see the UK commit to staying in the EU’s custom union until a trade deal that resolves the Irish border issue can be implemented.The cabinet was split on the proposal, with sources telling City A.M. that home secretary Sajid Javid pleaded to know if any further concessions could be squeezed from Brussels.International development minister Penny Mordaunt argued for ministers to be given a ‘free vote’ on the deal when it hits Parliament, a move which would enable them to vote against the plan without quitting the cabinet.A Downing Street source said no one threatened to resign during the meeting, but tensions last night remained high.The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier described the signing off of the proposal as a “decisive and crucial step”, while EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker gave the go-ahead for a special summit of European leaders to rubber stamp the exit deal later this month. whatsapp As the cabinet locked horns in Downing Streets, disgruntled Tory MPs plotted their next move, with one Brexiter telling City A.M. they had now put in a letter calling for vote of no confidence in their party leader.Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs, urged his colleagues to vote down the deal when it comes to Parliament, but he stopped short of calling for May to be toppled.Business and City groups welcomed the draft withdrawal agreement, hailing the progress it represents while cautioning that the PM isn’t over the line yet.The PM will face her MPs in parliament on Thursday when she gives an update on the negotiations, having already been told by Tory Brexiter Peter Bone that she “will lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country” by agreeing to the UK-wide customs backstop.Speaking outside 10 Downing Street at just after 7pm, May described the cabinet meeting as “long, detailed and impassioned” before confirming that ministers had backed her plan. At just after 5.30pm, police minister Nick Hurd told MPs: “There will be no press statement this evening.”This was then contradicted by Downing Street, who clarified there would be no press conference, but May would indeed make a statement. center_img She said: ‘The collective decision of Cabinet was that the Government should agree the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Outline Political Declaration – this is a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalise the deal in the days ahead.“These decisions were not taken lightly – but I believe it is a decision that is firmly in the national interest.”In a sign of the concerns May has about getting the deal through parliament, she was locked in debate last last night with Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP which props up her government.May’s statement came after a day of confusion over how the PM would announce whether cabinet had backed her deal.After rumours she would be making a statement to journalists before addressing parliament, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn joined with other opposition party leaders to demand May update MPs ahead of speaking to the press. Wednesday 14 November 2018 8:07 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi whatsapp Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn People Theresa Maylast_img read more

Internet research boosts pay as Londoners turn to online learning

first_img Just under a third of the UK working population has used internet-based learning to help raise their pay, according to the research. This resulted in a median pay rise of £2 per hour — equivalent to £3,640 per year for a 35-hour week. (Getty Images) Also Read: Internet research boosts pay as Londoners turn to online learning (Getty Images) Also Read: Internet research boosts pay as Londoners turn to online learning whatsapp Wednesday 26 February 2020 12:01 am Internet research drives as much as 10 per cent of the UK’s economic output, new figures have revealed, as proactive Londoners use online resources to learn new skills and boost their efficiency. Share Show Comments ▼ (Getty Images) Internet research boosts pay as Londoners turn to online learning In addition, one in three respondents said they had used internet research to help them land a new job.center_img More than 80 per cent of the capital’s workforce use online learning to help with work at least once a month, while 70 per cent of Londoners say the practice makes them more efficient, according to new research by Google and think tank Demos. Just 18 per cent of people said they have carried out online learning at the suggestion or requirement of their employer, suggesting that businesses could benefit from encouraging proactive behaviour from staff. James Warrington “Skills and productivity are vital to the growth of the UK economy,” said Ronan Harris, managing director of Google UK & Ireland. The report revealed that workers’ hunger for knowledge and self-improvement is directly impacting salaries and professional progression. “Given the ubiquitous nature of internet access, we are continuously taking on board and sharing knowledge with those around us and it’s important that we continue to do so to fully harness the benefits of online learning throughout the UK.” whatsapp Online research, which is predominantly carried out through search engines and video, also remains largely the preserve of self-motivated employees.last_img read more

UK GDP: Analysts say worst yet to come as lockdown persists

first_img Harry Robertson She added that food and accommodation posted a 31.1 per cent month-on-month fall. “Within that, accommodation was down by a huge 45.7 per cent.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday extended the job retention scheme, which is paying millions of workers’ wages, until October. Share “The government’s announcement that workers in the manufacturing and construction sector should return to work this week where safe, as well as opening the housing market, could mitigate some of the disruption to business activity in the current quarter,” she said. In the first quarter as a whole GDP contracted by two per cent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today. This was its worst performance since the financial crisis. Ruth Gregory, senior UK economist at Capital Economics, said GDP could fall by 20 per cent in April alone month on month. She said UK GDP is likely to fall by 25 per cent “peak to trough”. The UK economy was pummelled in April by the coronavirus lockdown, economists say (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: UK GDP shrinks: Economists warn worst yet to come as lockdown persists Yet she said a second wave of infections could derail any recovery. This could “necessitate the reimposition of these measures later on in the year”. James Smith, ING’s developed markets economist, said the drastic nature of the economic collapse means a swift recovery is unlikely. Rain Newton-Smith, CBI chief economist, said: “Ultimately, keeping health at the heart of a recovery plan will be key to sustaining an economic revival.” whatsapp “The economic damage from roughly only a week of lockdown is striking,” said Melanie Baker, senior economist at Royal London Asset Management. But she added: “Activity growth in April will be much worse.” The future path of the economy now depends largely on the government’s decisions about the lockdown itself and its support packages, analysts said. Although all but one of the UK’s economic sectors suffered in March, not all were hit equally badly. The Bank of England is even more pessimistic. It has pencilled in a 30 per cent contraction of the economy in the first half of the year. The UK economy was pummelled in April by the coronavirus lockdown, economists say (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: UK GDP shrinks: Economists warn worst yet to come as lockdown persists However, economists have said much worse is yet to come. April’s GDP reading will be truly dire, as the economy was in lockdown for the entire month. How fast can the economy recover? UK GDP shrinks: Economists warn worst yet to come as lockdown persists She pointed out that service sectors that rely on face-to-face interaction and travel bore the brunt of the pain. “Travel agencies registered a whopping 50.1 per cent month-on-month decline and air transport dropped by 44 per cent month on month.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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The UK economy was pummelled in April by the coronavirus lockdown, economists say (AFP via Getty Images) Analysts also pointed out that some sectors were much more badly hit by the slowdown than others. Travel, accommodation and other similar service industries were battered during the March slump. The UK economy shrank by a record 5.8 per cent in March, thanks almost entirely to just over a week of coronavirus lockdown that began on the 23rd. Gregory said: “Only the government sector managed a rise in output in March – and a paltry 0.1 per cent month on month at that.” Although the 5.8 per cent month-on-month drop in March was dire, economists have said that it does not tell the whole story about the dismal state of the UK economy. Jing Teow, senior economist at PwC, said that even these tentative steps should mean that April represents the peak of the economic damage. Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Yael Selfin, chief UK economist at KPMG, said that the outlook for sectors was equally patchy.  “We should expect sectors’ performance to alter significantly for the rest of this year,” she said, “with those that cannot function during the lockdown or are heavily affected by social distancing measures afterwards are most at risk.” The UK economy was pummelled in April by the coronavirus lockdown, economists say (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: UK GDP shrinks: Economists warn worst yet to come as lockdown persists “Until businesses and households are confident that the virus poses little danger to lives and livelihoods, the recovery is likely to lag and activity levels will struggle to return to pre-crisis norms,” she said. The worst is yet to come Chancellor Rishi Sunak was frank in his admission today that it “is now very likely that the UK is facing a significant recession”. The fall in GDP was uneven “The period between April and June will see a much steeper decline,” he said. “It’s now very hard to imagine a rapid ‘V-shape’ recovery, and we don’t expect a return to pre-virus levels of activity until 2022 at the earliest.” The government on Sunday unveiled its “roadmap” out of the coronavirus lockdown. Those who cannot work from home have been told to enquire about returning to work. But non-essential shops will not be open for another month at least. Baker of Royal London Asset Management said she is also doubtful about a quick rebound, largely because of the psychological effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  Wednesday 13 May 2020 10:38 am “These include the hospitality and travel industries, which could shrink by between 40 per cent and 50 per cent this year according to our analysis.” Economists say that how and when such schemes are withdrawn will be crucial to the UK’s economic recovery. whatsapp Government support will be key Show Comments ▼last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: Porter Decorators seeking to hire painter

first_img JOB VACANCY: Porter Decorators seeking to hire painter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Porter Decorators are looking to hire an experienced painter based in Laois.Full-time positionRate negotiableMust be able to work on own initiativeMust have good organisational skillsSafe Pass desirableTo ApplyCall Eamonn on 087 275 8611 for more info or email [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th September 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Pinterest TAGSPorter Decorators Previous articleDunamaise delighted to open their doors and lift the curtains againNext articlePreviewing tonight’s Laois minor ‘A’ and ‘B’ football championship finals LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Facebook Electric Picnic Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: Porter Decorators seeking to hire painter JobsSponsored Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

FCA seeks input on “RegTech”

first_img FCA proposals aim to improve competition in the investment platform market Since the financial crisis, firms are facing greater reporting requirements and higher regulatory standards, the FCA notes. “In order to enable effective competition and promote innovation, it is important that technologies that help firms better manage regulatory requirements and reduce compliance costs are supported,” the FCA says in a statement. As well, the U.K. government has called on financial regulators to facilitate the growth of this industry segment. The FCA consultation paper calls for feedback on: the sorts of ways that RegTech can improve efficiency and transparency; where the FCA should focus its efforts to support the development of RegTech; and the risks and challenges faced by firms providing RegTech to the financial industry, and by financial firms in adopting these sorts of technologies. The consultation paper also asks for input on whether existing rules, policies and guidance are restricting innovation, of the adoption of RegTech solutions. With regulatory expectations on the rise for the financial industry, regulators in the United Kingdom are looking for ways to support the introduction of technology designed to help firms meet their compliance obligations. The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Monday issued a consultation paper seeking feedback on how the regulator can help support the development and adoption of new technology that aims to help financial firms meet their regulatory obligations — an emerging sector that FCA refers to as “RegTech”. UK CMA proposes pension investment reforms Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FCA consults on duty of care requirement Keywords United KingdomCompanies Financial Conduct Authority Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Culture secretary and sports minister lead roundtable discussion on future of football

first_imgCulture secretary and sports minister lead roundtable discussion on future of football The Culture Secretary and Sports Minister have led a roundtable discussion today with current and former players from the Premier League, English Football League (EFL), Women’s Super League (WSL) and Women’s Championship, to get the players’ perspective on tackling discrimination and abuse in the game, as part of their series of discussions on the “Future of Football”.Players who shared their views included Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Rinsola Babajide, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Watford’s Troy Deeney, alongside former players including Karen Carney and Anton Ferdinand.Many of those joining the call shared their powerful experiences of the abuse they or their fellow footballers have faced, and the action they would like to see to tackle this problem. The meeting was called by Ministers ahead of them introducing new laws to hold social media companies to account for online harms, and a fan-led review of football governance.Ministers listened to players talk about their direct experiences of discrimination in the men’s and women’s game, and the challenges in reporting and getting help with this. Representatives from the game also talked about the need to drive forward diversity in leadership in the game, and welcomed recent steps taken by clubs to support this.MInisters in turn shared the plans for changing the law to tackle online harms. The Bill, due to come before Parliament in 2021, will require tech firms to take action so that what is unacceptable in the street and in stands, is unacceptable online too.The Government is taking soundings from a variety of figures in football, prior to formally launching a fan led governance review, as committed to in the 2019 manifesto which will shape reform of the national game. Ministers opened the series in November bringing together leaders from across football where they discussed financial sustainability and governance, diversity and growing the women’s game. Following the meeting a financial package was agreed between the Premier League and the EFL, and the Government announced funding for National League and women’s football clubs.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:“To hear players talk about the level of abuse they have faced was humbling. Their input today has strengthened my resolve to bring in new laws to ensure there is much greater accountability from the social media platforms for dealing with such problems.“As we shape the “Future of Football” and look towards our football governance review, we must tackle issues around discrimination and lack of equality of opportunity head on. I am grateful to this group of players for sharing their experiences and expertise to help the Government’s work.”Liverpool FC player and captain Jordan Henderson said:“The meeting was very important and I’m pleased that those with power and authority to enact change realise the seriousness of the abuse towards players.”Aston Villa FC player Tyrone Mings said:I was pleased that the Secretary of State wanted to engage with, and listen to, the thoughts of us as players and ex players. Hopefully this adds context when he attempts to deliver change on behalf of us.Chair of the Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board Paul Elliott said:Just like the stakeholders and clubs have shown by signing up to the diversity code the Secretary of State, DCMS and the Government has evidenced genuine appetite and leadership for change.Notes:List of attendees:Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and SportNigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism and HeritageRinsola Babajide, Liverpool FC playerKaren Carney, broadcaster and former footballerTroy Deeney, Watford FC player and captainPaul Elliott, Chair of Inclusion Advisory Board, The Football AssociationAnton Ferdinand, Broadcaster and former footballerRenee Hector, Watford FC playerJordan Henderson, Liverpool FC player and captainShaka Hislop, Honorary President, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), broadcaster and former footballerTyrone Mings, Aston Villa FC playerSimone Pound, Head of Equalities, The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) /Public Release. 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Tester Introduces CSKT Water Compact in Senate

first_imgU.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced Thursday that he is introducing legislation to ratify the water rights compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and while he acknowledged that it is the first step in a long process toward full congressional approval – further complicated by a $2.3 billion price tag – he said “we have to move forward.”The bill would ratify a water rights deal between federal and state governments and the CSKT that took more than a decade to negotiate. The complex measure quantifies and defines the federally reserved water rights for the Tribe and includes protections for those with existing rights, affecting water use on the Flathead Indian Reservation and throughout western Montana.In addition to the endorsement of state lawmakers, which the contentious measure received at the end of the 2015 Montana Legislative Session, the Flathead water compact must also gain congressional approval, and the timeframe for navigating that process is unclear.“This is the beginning of the process,” Tester, D-Montana, said. “If we wait for it to be a perfect storm before we move forward, it will never ever happen.”“This is a piece of legislation that has a lot of components to it, and the sooner we can start talking about it the sooner we can get it done,” he added.Speaking to reporters during a media conference call, Tester said he would be “very surprised” if the compact received approval from the current Congress, whose session ends Jan. 3, 2017, but is hopeful that the bill’s introduction before the U.S. Senate is the first step toward gaining a “critical mass” of support and moving it across the finish line.In order to achieve that bipartisan support, Tester said Montana’s full congressional delegation would have to be on board.That includes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who in the past has stopped short of pledging his full support of the compact, saying that funding water compacts in the current fiscal climate presents a challenging task, and that due to budgetary constraints requires a high degree of scrutiny.And if history is any precursor, the CSKT compact’s path to final endorsement promises to be a drawn-out process.It took 11 years for a compact with the Crow Tribe to pass Congress after the Montana Legislature approved it in 1999, and its final passage came only after it was attached to legislation through the Cobell Settlement, the upshot of a sprawling class-action lawsuit by Native Americans against the U.S. government.Meanwhile, the water compact with the Blackfeet Tribe still has not received congressional approval since its introduction in 2010, while a compact with the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation, ratified by the state Legislature in 2001, lingered for a decade before the deal was introduced in Congress, where it has yet to be decided.Tester has introduced the Blackfeet measure four times – in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016 – and introduced the Fort Belknap compact in 2012 and 2013. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, said a recent House Natural Resource Committee’s hearing on the Blackfeet compact signified progress for the beleaguered bill.Tester, a farmer from Big Sandy, said finding the money to pay for the CSKT compact poses the greatest challenge, and is actively seeking ways to offset the price tag using money from other areas of the federal budget, such as a pool of money from the Bureau of Reclamation.“That is some serious dough,” Tester said of the $2.3 billion cost. “The vast majority of this money goes to infrastructure, but that is still a big check. And I am confident we can identify how we will pay for this compact.”CSKT Chairman Vernon Finley applauded Tester’s effort to advance the compact, saying the Tribes have worked in earnest through on-the-ground collaboration to craft a fair measure.“This is a resolution that was developed in Montana among neighbors, and we look forward to the federal government confirming for us the compromises and the discussions that have taken place to put this compact forward,” Finley said.Susan Lake, a non-tribal water user whose family owns Lake Farms near Ronan, said she was skeptical about the compact when negotiations began, but has grown to support the agreement as the tribes found solutions to make it viable for her business.“They made sure that we had enough water to grow the crops that we needed to grow,” she said. “This is a fair resolution to a complicated problem.”Proponents of the Flathead compact include Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, Republican state Attorney General Tim Fox and several of the state’s major agriculture groups, such as the Montana Farmers Union and Montana Stockgrowers Association.At the Montana Legislature’s 2015 session, the CSKT water compact stood out as one of the most prominent and divisive measures, which state lawmakers passed into law only after a series of heated debates.Less than a week after the Legislature passed the bill ratifying the compact, the opponents filed a complaint challenging the validity of the legislative action. The plaintiffs are irrigators on the Flathead Joint Board of Control, which oversees irrigation districts on the Flathead Indian Reservation.The lawsuit contends that the state constitution requires a two-thirds majority vote from the House and Senate in order for the state to receive sovereign immunity from litigation. The House passed the bill on a simple majority.The Flathead water compact is the last of seven tribal water rights compacts passed by the state. It joins both the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap compacts in the wait for federal approval.The CSKT compact was by far the most difficult to negotiate because it also addresses tribal rights outside the boundaries of the reservation. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Concern over huge number of people with disabilities unemployed

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – November 3, 2017 Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The latest census report has revealed that there are double the amount of people with disabilities unemployed compared to the rest of the population.Disability and Equality Trainer, Frank Larkin says the Census 2016 report is disappointing but not surprising.The unemployment rate amongst persons with a disability was 26.3% according to Census 2016, more than double the 12.9% rate for the population as a whole.Mr Larkin says, infrastructure is a major concern:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Concern over huge number of people with disabilities unemployed Previous articleCalls for reopening of short stay ward at LUHNext articleIrish Water confirm completion of upgrading works in Churchill News Highland Google+center_img Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

NPHET to consider whether to recommend the wearing of masks

first_img Pinterest Previous articleDonegal Minor Ladies aiming for 5K in 5 Million stepsNext articleStormont to be briefed on “roadmap to a new normality” News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – May 12, 2020 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning to discuss if now is the time to recommend wearing masks in public.It’s expected they’ll issue formal guidance shortly on when people should start wearing facial coverings, and how they should find, make and use them.The death toll from the virus stands at 1,467, after a further 15 patients died, while there are now 23,135 confirmed cases. Three extra cases were confirmed in Donegal, bringing the total in the county to 472.Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says any recommendation on the wearing of masks would be optional………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. NPHET to consider whether to recommend the wearing of masks Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Atlanta’s Daffodil Project: A Call To Action To Help Children

Share 9:01 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings 9:01After an unusually mild winter, Georgia’s own groundhog General Beauregard Lee predicted an early spring. While his prediction has proven correct – so far – a more reliable sign of spring is the sight of daffodils blooming after a months-long hibernation.If you’ve been downtown in the past couple of weeks, you may have seen thousands of these bright yellow flowers blooming from Woodruff Park to the campus greens of Georgia State University.This is not the work of a master gardener – it is a call to action. Dr. Andrea Videlefsky, a physician and philanthropist, started The Daffodil Project here in Atlanta in 2010. The Daffodil Project is a project of Am Yisrael Chai!, a nonprofit Holocaust education and awareness organization.Videlefsky said in an interview with Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” that the project “aspires to build a worldwide living holocaust memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust, and in support for children who continue to suffer in genocides and other humanitarian crises around the world today.”Videlefsky explained that the idea for the project came from the daffodil itself, a yellow flower “which is symbolic of the yellow star that the Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust … Yellow is also the color of remembrance, and the daffodils are resilient, because they return each year after a dark winter … giving us a sense of hope for the future.”Since 2010, it has become a worldwide project that’s grown exponentially – as well as geographically – with gardens planted in Germany, Israel, the Netherlands and beyond. Each planting around the world includes a plaque explaining the project.Videlefsky estimates that about 390,000 daffodils have been planted to date, with 250,000 right here in Atlanta, many of them downtown.Laura Voisinet, First Lady of Georgia State University, took note. Under her leadership, the Daffodil Project and GSU formed a partnership and in November, students planted 5,000 bulbs at the University’s Centennial Hall.You can learn more about the Daffodil Project on their website.Like us on Facebook Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility read more