Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram on Trump ban

first_imgTwitter, Trump’s preferred social media network, has removed three tweets from the President in the last 24 hours. Rioters successfully breached the doors of the Capitol building, breaking windows and causing carnage. Four people died because of the chaos and more than 50 were arrested. Also Read: Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” The decisions follow riots at Capitol Hill yesterday, when Trump supporters descended on Washington DC where they broke into the Capitol. Four died as a result of the chaos.  Show Comments ▼ This morning the certification process continued, confirming Joe Biden as the next President. Trump still refused to accept defeat, but appeared to accept that there would be an orderly transition. Yesterday Congress was forced to pause the voter certification process – a process to confirm the winner of the Presidential election – because a mob descended on Capitol Hill. Also Read: Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban Also Read: Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Instagram until the presidential transition is completed, Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed – and the ban could go on for longer.  whatsapp Today Shopify took down stores on its e-commerce platform affiliated with Trump. Shopify said the recent events determined that Trump’s actions violated its policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organisations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause.  Mob at the Capitol whatsapp Hannah Godfrey center_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden 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.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Trump did little to calm the protestors, instead doubling down on his fraudulent election claims. He later tweeted his supporters should “stay peaceful”. Zuckerberg said: “[Trump’s] decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect – and likely intent – would be to provoke further violence. Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, which owns Instagram, confirmed the current US President would be banned from posting on the platforms for the remaining days before Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Biden won the election by 306-232 in the state-by-state Electoral College and by more than 7 million ballots in the national popular vote, but Trump continued to falsely claim there was widespread fraud and that he was the victor. Since November’s election Donald Trump has baselessly insisted he was the election’s victor, despite failing to win more Electoral College votes than his Democrat rival Joe Biden. Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” he said. Share “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Also Read: Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban “Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms. Thousands of Trump supporters marched from the White House, having listened to a speech from Trump that instructed supporters to “fight” for him. Also Read: Shopify joins Facebook and Instagram Trump ban Tags: Donald Trump Thursday 7 January 2021 4:19 pmlast_img read more


Q&A: DNR commissioner talks about background, Alaska’s resource issues

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Outdoors | TimberQ&A: DNR commissioner talks about background, Alaska’s resource issuesAugust 18, 2016 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack at a press conference in Anchorage on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Graelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The state’s newest Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Andy Mack, is one of several new additions to Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet. Here are a few questions that couldn’t be included in the Alaska’s Energy Desk profile of him that ran earlier this week. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Alaska’s Energy Desk: The Governor just appointed John Hendrix as the oil and gas advisor, which is a role historically played by the DNR commissioner. What’s the division of responsibility between you, Hendrix and Keith Meyer at the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation?Mack: I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the fact that the role of oil and gas advisor is historically the DNR commissioner. Every governor has the prerogative and the ability to rearrange their staff how they feel will best suit the needs of the state of Alaska. The DNR commissioner has very specific regulatory obligations. I think that people shouldn’t forget that there’s some history there and there’s a fairly long history of having people in the Governor’s office with specific oil and gas experience. Now, with respect to John Hendrix I think, number one, he’s got some incredibly valuable experience that  is very valuable to the Governor.  He has more flexibility than I do though in the sense that he can talk very broadly about policy without worrying as much about the regulatory functions of DNR. So, the distinctions in the roles between myself and John Hendrix are that he doesn’t have a specific regulatory function.Now, on important decisions, let’s be clear, everybody in the State of Alaska, I think would agree, that the DNR commissioner should be in full consultation with the folks in the Governor’s office.The second part of the question was on the role and the relationship between the new head of AGDC. It has been discussed quite a bit in the press that the work in the pre-FEED process has been moving along and that that process is, people can see the finish line there and they can see the conclusion of that process. Then really the question is raised well what do we do next?There was a stage-gate approach which basically said we’re going to walk through this process we’re going to try to work together in an aligned manner and after pre-FEED there are subsequent steps and decisions to be made by the participants in AKLNG. It’s no secret that not only are there economic headwinds in the oil industry,  but there’s significant economic headwinds in the gas industry too.There’s been certainly pretty open statements by all of the parties involved and a fairly open discussion about the concerns with being able to move some of the future stages in the AKLNG process. I think Keith Meyer has been tasked with is ensuring that timing wise the state’s interests are protected. And that we, to the extent possible, move that process along, that project along.Alaska’s Energy Desk: You’re originally from Soldotna, can you tell me what that experience growing up in Cook Inlet has taught you about resource development there?Mack: I was born in 1964 in Soldotna and, as a young kid, I had many friends whose families were engaged in the oil and gas industry either as direct employees or as service-side providers. Nikiski and Kenai and Soldotna and the surrounding areas — it was this incredibly vibrant community and it really was full of hope and a big part of that hope was fueled by this engine, which was driving the local economy. As I grew up and graduated from Soldotna High School and then went to college, things started to slow down as production waned in Cook Inlet and it got to the point in the 1990s where the economy and production levels were way down the price was was up and down in the 90s. It was actually, for me personally, hard to drive out past Kenai in a sense because there were lots of buildings that had been abandoned where businesses had once operated. People were very uncertain about their economic future and what has been kind of heartening is that a lot of that optimism and a lot of that economy has come back.But again we’re now in a down-cycle on price so the ability and the willingness of folks to come in and invest in that region again is in question. And I think, I absolutely have personal experiences with that whole region, it’s a little personal to me and it’s very important that we simply understand that as a state what we do financially makes a huge difference. Alaska’s Energy Desk: DNR identifies a lot of resources, like timber and oil, that the state has available to it for extraction. Are you having these discussions about resources that could be identified in the state that could be used specifically for environmental conservation and not necessarily for resource extraction purposes?Mack: I think the question is, is there something that’s important enough for the state where they would say this is where we want to go on an issue like that?So, that would probably have to be an organic conversation among Alaskans. I think at the end of the day, the administration and the Governor’s going to say what’s in the best interests of Alaska and and that would be kind of the bedrock principle and there’d have to be a very, very forthright conversation about what Alaskans feel is best. Do they want to extract resources or do they want to extract part of the resource and set aside some of it and that’s really a question for Alaskans.Historically, the vast majority of Alaskans have come down on the side of – at this point we’d like to extract the resource — but that’s part of the ongoing discussion.  Alaska’s Energy Desk: What is your vision for oil and gas exploration in the state?Mack: The ability of the state of Alaska to continue to generate income from oil and gas will be created by our ability to maximize access. We’ve had fairly good access to the areas that we own and we have the ability to lease. I think Alaskans should be very proud of the work we’ve done since oil production began. As a general rule — it’s not a perfect record — but as a general rule I think we should be very proud of the work we’ve done and the standards we’ve insisted upon as a state in protecting the environment and also ensuring that we maximize production. There’s tensions between pace and standards but generally speaking in the areas where we’ve had access, we’ve done a good job. I think the challenge for Alaska is how to approach areas where we historically have not had access or the access is controlled by the federal government and I think part of my experience lends itself very well to ensuring that we can generate access.I think access in federal areas is going to be driven by a number of factors. A big part and probably one of the principal facts is going to be whether or not local stakeholders, whether or not they support going into areas which are managed by the federal government. I think that there’s a number of things that you have to take into account. But certainly areas and local communities always have an interest in big development projects. Doesn’t matter whether it’s building a highway, whether it’s building a mine, whether it’s drilling for oil or gas. Alaska’s Energy Desk: So when you say access to areas that are controlled by the federal government, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Are you thinking the petroleum reserve?  What are those areas and what’s your strategy?Mack: The answer is yes ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf , and the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska up in the Arctic area, certainly all oil plays that are very important. Some of those areas are prolific and also economic in the sense that they’re companies that are willing to go out and do the work.For example, there’s been lots and lots of discussion about what Shell has proposed and what they were doing in their exploration effort and that’s very expensive and very ambitious and very much a play where they were looking for a large field. That’s what their project required is that they find a large bunch of oil. But, there’s other smaller plays along the North Slope there’s lots of activity.  There’s a number of those more discreet probably lower profile plays/investments/projects that make sense. My work both prior to Pt Capital and then at Pt Capital was really drilling down on, fundamentally what it would take to do those types of projects and do them in a matter which would result in a program that could actually lead to production but also in a  manner that the stakeholders along the Arctic coast for instance could live with and support. I think those two are compatible concepts. But, it doesn’t have to be that you have to go out and try to capture a basin, it can be a more graduated series of proposals which are smaller in nature but keep the economy of Alaska ticking along and ultimately do lead to production. Share this story:last_img read more


University regents decide to put the brakes on campus merger plan for UAS

first_imgEconomy | Education | Juneau | Southeast | University of AlaskaUniversity regents decide to put the brakes on campus merger plan for UASJune 5, 2020 by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Share:University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)University of Alaska regents have put the brakes on a plan to merge University of Alaska Southeast programs in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka into either the Anchorage or Fairbanks operations.The cost saving proposal has drawn major criticism since being introduced by President Jim Johnsen last week. University of Alaska spokesperson Robbie Graham says during a meeting Thursday regents voted to delay action, in favor of a motion by regent Dale Anderson of Juneau to instead conduct an in-depth analysis of merging UAS and University of Alaska Fairbanks programs, while “maintaining the unique identity and environment of each institution.”Graham said that investigation will include looking at the proposals they’ve received from organizations, most notably an idea from the Sealaska Corporation to transfer the University of Alaska Southeast to a regional tribal college.Graham says the review, which will take place over the next 4 to 6 months, will involve input from a wide range of on and off campus stakeholders.Regents also approved a budget for the upcoming new fiscal year, a spending plan which includes staff layoffs, and executive furloughs, suspends pay increases, and eliminates 50 academic programs.Graham says the $832 million budget is $25 million less than the current year, the same amount state funding is being reduced, under a compact between regents and Governor Mike Dunleavy. The budget also includes $24 million in COVID-19 related costs, a hit Graham says is being covered with a draw from savings.Graham says regents spent two hours of Thursday’s meeting in executive session to talk about the possible departure of President Jim Johnsen, who is the sole finalist to become president of the University of Wisconsin.Regents meet again Friday, and Graham says one of the agenda items is the 50 academic programs slated for elimination. She says regents will be going over motions made by the academic and student affairs committee and could rescind some of the deletions.Share this story:last_img read more


Turmoil in the oil market and merger costs harm Amec Foster Wheeler’s bottom line

first_img More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com whatsapp Share Express KCS ENERGY-focused engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler failed to escape the ongoing rout in oil unscathed, as results released yesterday showed profits tumbling. The company said it faced significant currency headwinds in 2014, but growth in emerging markets and its clean energy sector saw revenues up two per cent to £3.9bn. But success in these areas was not enough for the company to offset the costs of a $3.2bn (£2.1bn) merger between UK’s Amec and Swiss Foster Wheeler and a 13 per cent decline in oil and gas revenues. In addition, the firm said it exp­ect­ed trading margins to weaken in the coming year as clients continue to press for lower prices in the face of the ongoing volatility in oil markets. The result was a 39 per cent slump in profits to £155m compared to the previous year. Chief executive Samir Brikho commenting on the results said: “I am pleased to report that we have delivered 2014 results in line with expectations. Looking ahead, I believe our low-risk, multi-market model is a strong platform from which to create long-term value for shareholders.”Although the results were in line, investors were left disappointed, with shares closing down 2.31 per cent at 950.50p per share. Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Turmoil in the oil market and merger costs harm Amec Foster Wheeler’s bottom line Thursday 26 March 2015 9:50 pm whatsapplast_img read more


News / WiseTech to acquire Swedish messaging integration specialist Xware

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 30/04/2019 Swedish solutions provider Xware is to be acquired by Australian freight tech firm WiseTech Global for A$23.2m (US$16.3m).The deal will see A$12m paid upfront in cash and the remaining A$11.2m paid as earn-outs “relating to business integration, strategic objectives and revenue performance”.Last year messaging integration specialist Xware posted revenues of A$3.5m and an ebitda of A$1.4m, and counts Scandinavian freight forwarder Greencarrier Freight Services among a client list that also includes Sweden’s armed forces and Stockholm City Council.WiseTech founder and chief executive Richard White (pictured above, far right) said Xware’s Xtrade messaging solution was critical for transmitting real-time messaging and data integration between different platforms.“We are acquiring Xware to enhance our messaging gateway and ensure we have greater control over the future development, quality and scalability of this key messaging technology.“This is part of our digital straight-through processing strategy to accelerate adoption, reduce risks and costs and encourage wider digitisation within the logistics industry. This adjacency acquisition will also expand our innovation resources, deliver benefits to our customers and improve partner channel capacity for integrations to CargoWise platforms.“We will together further expand the speed and ease with which organisations can interconnect their myriad information systems with our CargoWise One global logistics execution platform.”He added: “Xware will also play a part in our CargoWise Nexus platform, currently in development, designed to enable our customers to rapidly, reliably and securely connect digitally with their own customers and trading partners.”WiseTech said the management structure of Xware would remain unchanged, with managing director Jonas Ericsson (pictured above, centre right) and founder Anders Lyckosköld (centre left) continuing in their rolesMr Ericsson said: “Joining the WiseTech Global group brings Xware to a new phase, with extensive new technical and commercial opportunities such as access to the global market and their very advanced and innovative development resources.“While we remain committed to delivering the best messaging integration solutions and support to our customers across Sweden, we will now be able to help more organisations which operate outside the Nordics.”last_img read more


Triple injury blow for Sugrue ahead of Leinster championship opener

first_img Pinterest Triple injury blow for Sugrue ahead of Leinster championship opener By Alan Hartnett – 8th May 2018 Facebook Sugrue said: “Evan O’Carroll and Eoin Lowry are both out, with a hamstring and an ankle, and obviously Dicey (Daniel O’Reilly) is unavailable for the mid-term future.“We have one or two other niggles, fellas who should come through. Twitter WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Triple injury blow for Sugrue ahead of Leinster championship opener SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “Brendan (Quigley) has struggled to get control of his situation. He had a number of different injuries over the past two or three years and it has come to a head with Brendan because he is struggling quite seriously at the moment.”Looking ahead to the Wexford game, Sugrue says it is hard to gauge exactly where his team is at because they have not met anyone of the calibre of the South Easterners yet.He said: “We got out of 4 anyway. The right direction is hard to gauge at the moment, We had one or two sticky games but we weren’t firmly put back on our arse by a team. And until such time that this happens and you’ve to get up and dress yourself down and get back into a game, we don’t know where we are yet.“So it is looking out into the great beyond as to where we are, I can’t say because I don’t know yet. But we’re going to take one good run at Wexford and we’ll see where we are. And they will definitely provide us with a better idea of where we are than what we have got to date.“We seen Wexford and they are lively we are very good forward unit but they work hard defensively too. They are quick, fit and very lively up front. They are going to be a step above what we have played so far.“If you look at our league results, there were two or three games where we had close shaves. Carlow, London away and we didn’t play one of the top three teams in Antrim. So we were good enough to get out of Division 4 but that is what we are at the moment. So we will find out what we are like when we come up against a Division 3 team in Wexford.”The manager has blooded a number of new players this year like Benny Carroll, Finbarr Crowley and David Holland and he says he is very happy with themHe said: “There is some great young fellas with great attitudes in Laois. They have come in and they have challenged. They are hungry and they are mad to get a jersey.“They are not backing down from some of the senior fellas and likewise, in the start, there was probably a small level of comfort with some fellas. But that gets broken down when these younger fellas are biting at them and gaining ground. So now it is a nice competitive environment in there with young and old going toe-to-toe.“The point I made after the league final was that it was a ‘start again scenario’ for me. The league was over and we played our way through it. Fellas needed to refocus themselves if they were comfortable in the 15 but I don’t think any were because the starting 15 changes game by game.“We want players who are able to adapt and play in different positions. This squad is well balanced. There is not a whole pile of difference between fellas who are starting and the ones who are not.“Lads have different attributes and we will use them on different days. To my mind if we have clarity of thought on what we are trying to do, and have a real focus on doing it, some of those inexperienced fellas might look comfortable in a championship game.“So we will see how clear our thoughts are and how clear our focus is against Wexford when we go toe-to-toe with them and that will show what value experience has.”Laois must go to the newly refurbished Wexford Park and Sugrue says that is certainly an advantage for the home team.He said: “It is always nice to get your opening game of a campaign at home. You know how the wind blows and where the posts are.“We’ve got to be on our guard and have our eyes and ears open, ready to absorb elements as they throw themselves up.“If we are alive to that we can soak that up quickly and turn it into less of an advantage for them.”As this is Sugrue’s first year in charge, it is also his first time to manage Laois in a championship game – something he says he is honoured to do.He said: “There is trepidation because we are forming and developing. Until we are put firmly backwards once in a game, we don’t know how we are going to get back up and get moving forward again.“I’m honoured to get the chance to manage the Laois footballers. This is my adopted county now and I take great pride in this bunch of players doing what they are capable of doing.“I followed them the last couple of years and I’m not sure they were where they wanted to be at or were capable of being at. So this my go at trying to get Laois fellas walking around with a bit of pride again.“I said at the start of the league that you could throw a blanket over Division 2 to 4 and the team with their focus clean and their house in order will win most games irrespective of what division they are in.“I firmly believe that so now is the time for us to back it up and see how we are or where we are in terms or organisation and focus.”SEE ALSO – Exclusive ‘sex party’ planned for country house in Laois Pinterest Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Council WhatsApp Community Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Laois manager John Sugrue Laois senior football manager John Sugrue is set to be without three key players for the first round of the Leinster championship this Saturday.Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, Sugrue revealed that Evan O’Carroll, Eoin Lowry and Paul Cahillane are all out.This is a further blow for Laois as they already lost Portarlington duo of Colm Murphy and Robbie Pigott who have gone to America while Timahoe’s Brendan Quigley remains on the long term injury list along with Danny O’Reilly of Graiguecullen who will not play again this year after he sustained serious head injuries following an incident on Easter Monday. Twitter Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleLaois minor manager Phelan pleased with first competitive outingNext articleLaois country house rules itself out to host ‘sex party’ as mystery continues Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. TAGSColm MurphyLaois senior footballersLaois v WexfordLeinster SFC 2018Robbie Pigott last_img read more


Ploughing Championships could return to Laois in 2019 as four-day world event in sight in 2021

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Home News Farming Ploughing Championships could return to Laois in 2019 as four-day world event… NewsFarming Community Previous articleA look towards the Ladies football finals this weekendNext articleHuge queues line Main Street as Electric Picnic tickets go on sale Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Ploughing Championships could return to Laois in 2019 as four-day world event in sight in 2021 New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter This year’s National Ploughing Championships will be held in Screggan outside Tullamore in two week’s time – but the massive annual event could be set for a return to Laois in 2019.For the third year running, it will take place in Offaly but the organisers have said that this is the last year it will be at that venue and they are now seeking out new sites for 2019.Speaking at the official launch of this year’s championship in Screggan this week, Anna May McHugh said they haven’t confirmed where it will be in 2019.But they have written to land owners in Ratheniska in recent weeks about a possible return to the site that hosted it from 2013 to 2015.The site in Athy that hosted it from 2009 to 2011 is believed to be in the mix as well while Carlow and Thurles have also been mentioned.Should it return to Ratheniska and the policy of continuing at the same site for three years continue, it could also mean that the World Ploughing Championships are hosted there in 2021, when Ireland host that again.That would mean a four-day event for the first time since 2006 in Tullow.Irish ploughmen Eamon Tracey and John Whelan recently claimed first and second prize at this year’s World event in Germany.This year’s Ploughing Championship takes place from September 18-20 in Screggan.SEE ALSO – Your guide to what’s on this weekend in Laois Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Steven Miller – 7th September 2018 Facebook TAGSNational Ploughing ChampionshipsRatheniska WhatsApp Community Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more


Arts funding is getting show on road

first_imgArts funding is getting show on road Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne EnochA new approach to arts touring in Queensland will make it easier to take incredible arts experiences on the road and support access to diverse arts and cultural experiences for audiences and communities across the state.Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the arts are key to delivering our plan for economic recovery, each year injecting $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders.“Arts touring in Queensland is one of the primary ways for regional communities to have access to an increased number of exciting and high-quality arts experiences,” Minister Enoch said.“Following extensive consultation with Arts organisations, the new Touring Queensland Fund (TQF) and Touring Queensland Fund Quick (TQFQuick), will open today, replacing the Playing Queensland Fund (PQF).“The two touring funds will invest in touring performing and visual arts projects throughout the state, providing a range of performances, exhibitions, workshops and arts in education programming including artist-in-residence programs in regional areas; and will also support regionally based artists to tour to Brisbane.“These new funds are designed to be more responsive, flexible and adaptable, giving communities across the state the opportunity to engage with more first-class arts experiences.“The Touring Queensland Fund will support multi-tour applications, digital engagement that supplements live touring and also expands eligibility to support artists and arts workers.Touring Queensland Fund Quick is designed to build on the success of the short-term funding programs Creative to Go and Play Local that were created as part of the $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package in response to the impact of COVID-19.“This funding will provide a quick turnaround for applicants and will be responsive to the many great touring opportunities as they become available,” Minister Enoch said.“As an example, Creative to Go supported 38 projects and 468 artists with funding of $592,165 to offset the costs of delivering live performances and engagement activities in regional venues.“In addition, Play Local provided funding of $864,385 to 55 live music and performing arts venues throughout the state to host performances by Queensland acts and artists.Ozpix Entertainment received Creative to Go funding of $20,000 to present their production of Put on your Dancing Shoes featuring Humphrey B Bear with performances in Winton, Stonehenge, Jundah, Windorah, Eulo, Cunnamulla, Tambo, Blackall and Longreach.Ozpix Entertainment CEO Director Craig A Kocinski said that without funding from the Queensland Government, the company would not have been able to make the show affordable for some of the smallest communities in Queensland.“The feedback we’ve received is that the show is absolutely amazing. In Winton, twenty-five per cent of the entire shire turned up to see Humphrey live!”The new funds will contribute to a robust touring framework and align with the regional priorities highlighted in Creative Together 2020 – 2030 to deliver arts experiences, drive new creative work and employ Queensland artists and arts workers. /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, Blackall, Brisbane, Cunnamulla, director, education, Entertainment, Eulo, Government, Jundah, Longreach, production, QLD, Queensland, Stonehenge, Tambo, Windorah, Wintonlast_img read more


Dartmoor line rail services will be restored for first time in half a century

first_imgDartmoor line rail services will be restored for first time in half a century first Restoring Your Railway scheme delivered, with rail passengers to benefit from return of daily services between Okehampton and Exeter later this yearscheme will reconnect communities across Devon, reinvigorating local economies, boosting tourism to Dartmoor National Park, and improving access to jobs and educationmore than a third of a billion pounds-worth of government investment in the south-west, including £37.4 million for upgrades of the coastal rail line between Holcombe and DawlishRegular passenger services are set to be restored on a popular railway line in the south-west of England for the first time in almost 50 years, thanks to £40.5 million of investment, the government has announced today (19 March 2021).The Department for Transport, Network Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR) are working together to reopen the line between Exeter and Okehampton to passengers all year round. Since 1997, the line has only been open during the summer after a regular service was withdrawn in 1972.A service will initially run every 2 hours later this year, with the expectation it will increase to an hourly service towards the end of 2022. This will benefit students heading to colleges in Exeter as well as tourists travelling in the other direction towards Okehampton for Dartmoor, easing congestion on local roads.This is the first project to see services restored under the government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund, launched in January 2020 to reinstate axed local services and restore closed stations. The fund is focused on delivering schemes that can level up the country, reinvigorating high streets, reconnecting cut-off communities and boosting opportunity across the country.The government has also announced £37.4 million of funding for the critical third phase of works to improve resilience on the coastal railway between Holcombe and Dawlish. This is in addition to a £341 million package of rail enhancements already committed across the south-west.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:Restoring the connections between our communities and building new ones is key to unlocking our nation’s potential and levelling up across the UK.The massive investment we are making into the railways of the south-west will quite literally lay the tracks to more jobs, tourism and opportunities across the region.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:The return of all-year services to the picturesque Dartmoor line for the first time in half a century is a milestone moment in our efforts to restore our railways.Reversing lost railway connections breathes new life into our high streets, drives tourism and investment in businesses and housing, and opens new opportunities for work and education.Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:Building on vital new investment to protect the coastal railway between Holcombe and Dawlish and a host of upgrades and new stations, we’re delivering on our ambitious plans in Devon and Cornwall.This funding will provide passengers with reliable, punctual journeys, and improve connections between communities as we build back better from coronavirus (COVID-19).Network Rail is set to begin work later this summer on a rockfall shelter and netting to address instability on an area of steep, high cliffs to the north of Parson’s Tunnel between Holcombe and Dawlish.This is part of the South West Rail Resilience Programme to create a more resilient railway after storms caused significant damage to the line in 2014, closing the railway for 8 weeks and severing the south-west peninsula from the rest of the network.Phase 1 of the programme – to build a new £80 million seawall on the seafront west of Dawlish station to protect 360m of railway and homes behind it – was completed in July 2020 and opened by the Rail Minister in September.Work on the second phase of the new seawall – to extend it a further 415m eastwards from Colonnades to Coastguards – began in November 2020 with support from an innovative 8-legged jack-up barge, known as a ‘Wavewalker’. Work is ongoing and is expected to be completed by 2023.Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy CBE said:The return of the Okehampton to Exeter rail line full-time is great news for the region as we look to build connectivity across the south-west. As we all know, enhanced connectivity is a key driver for productivity and this development will open up new opportunities to support the growth of our economy within this area.We have students study with us from across the south-west region and another rail route into the heart of Exeter can only be a good thing, not only for learners themselves but also for the city of Exeter.Pamela Woods, Chair of Dartmoor National Park Authority, said,Opening up the line to Dartmoor with a regular train service is very much welcome as we celebrate our 70th year as a national park. Providing a sustainable route to access Dartmoor via regular rail links supports our green travel strategy, reduces congestion and provides a more accessible way for all to enjoy the national park.We are looking forward to working with GWR to provide visitor information at Okehampton station, to make the most of the opportunities this presents to support our tourism businesses and the local economy.Today’s news comes on top of £341 million of rail enhancements already announced in the south-west, including:the development of a new £53 million depot in Exeter, providing enhanced servicing facilities for trains and improving the availability of trains in the region, including for the Dartmoor line ongoing capacity upgrades at Bristol East Junction, worth £132 million, and £60 million station improvements at Bristol Temple Meads as part of the Bristol Rail Regeneration Programmecontribution of £7.8 million for Edginswell station in Torbay from the third round of the New Stations Fund – the station is planned to be opened in 2024investment of more than £8.48 million for improvements at a number of stations across the region including:£1.7 million for delivery of accessibility and car parking improvements at Castle Cary station, with construction to start in spring 2021£6.6 million for station improvements and new car parking at Taunton station, with construction to finish in spring 2021£183,000 to upgrade the previously derelict station building at Saltash stationcontractual support through the GWR franchise agreement for the Plymouth station scheme, with construction ongoing until 2029Learn more about the Dartmoor line. /Public Release. 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Service For Former Student Set At CU-Boulder Oct. 5

first_imgA memorial service for University of Colorado student Katherine McCaughey, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident July 8, is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Varsity Pond on the Boulder campus. In case of bad weather, the service will be moved into Old Main Chapel across from Varsity Pond. McCaughey, who would have been a sophomore this fall, was killed in Arcata, Calif., as she was crossing the street. She was living with her mother for the summer but had planned to return to CU this fall, according to classmate Katie Livingston. McCaughey was 19. McCaughey had not yet declared a major but was considering an international affairs and environmental studies double major, Livingston said. “Kat was active in California in environmental issues and had worked on the ‘Save the Eel River’ project in the redwood forest while she was in high school,” Livingston said. “She was also very athletic and was on CU’s triathalon team,” she said. McCaughey had planned to room with Livingston and another friend this fall when she returned to CU, Livingston said. The memorial service is open to all of McCaughey’s friends and relatives. Her father, Joseph McCaughey of Boulder, will speak at the service. Close friends are invited to meet with McCaughey’s mother Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Livingston at 544-0605. Published: Sept. 29, 1997 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more