Will London pay the cost of levelling up the UK regions?

first_img Level up: Boosting the regions might mean levelling down London Share This belief is shared by almost all demographic groups — men, women, working-class, middle-class, white, black and minority ethnic, and those living within inner and outer London. There is some difference by age: younger Londoners are less sure that the city will lose out, older ones more sure. But even among the young, more think London will suffer than not.  And yet, we have to admit, albeit through gritted teeth, it is quite clever. It conveys the impression that things are great in most parts of the country, and that all that’s needed to ensure the milk and honey flows to each and every corner of the land is a bit of long-overdue TLC from a government that, unlike its predecessors, really “gets it”. Except for updates on the coronavirus, no ministerial appearance these days is complete without mention of the government’s professed intention to “level up”.  whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Voters, though, may be more sceptical. Most of us tend to be wary of the idea that you can get something for nothing. Indeed, after being told for years — especially by the Tories — to think of the government’s accounts in terms of household finances, it would hardly be surprising if people see spending in zero-sum terms.  This seems to mean a desire to do something — usually something to do with infrastructure spending — for the so-called “left-behind” places that voted Leave in 2016, and especially those “red wall” seats that flipped to the Conservatives at last year’s General Election. As a concept, it might be wonderful. As a phrase, it can grate a little — especially after its near constant repetition.  Thursday 12 March 2020 5:24 am And yet, people don’t seem overly concerned about this. When we asked whether it would be a problem if London lost out on government funding, a full 43 per cent said that it would be acceptable, compared to just 31 per cent who thought not.  But what do Londoners think? At the Mile End Institute, part of Queen Mary University of London, we decided to test whether that assumption is shared by the city’s inhabitants — and whether they thought that London losing out as a result of levelling up was or wasn’t acceptable. Our survey ran just last week and involved a representative sample of 1,002 Londoners. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org (Getty Images) center_img Main image credit: Getty A third of them (33 per cent) confess that they don’t know, but that leaves almost half (44 per cent) who believe London will lose out — twice as many as the 22 per cent who believe it won’t.  Again, this view — call it altruism, call it simple resignation, call it what you will — is widely shared regardless of demographic differences, although older voters are less keen.   Of course, it’s one thing to say that you think you might lose out on something and that you don’t mind too much if you do, and quite another to know how you will actually feel about it when it happens. As Joni Mitchell famously put it, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?”  But for the moment, if the Johnson government feels that it needs to spend less on London in order to help poorer parts of the country, then it doesn’t look like it will face too much resistance. Professors Tim Bale and Philip Cowley conduct polling for Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Institute. That, at least, is the fear of many of London’s council leaders and politicians — hence the recent cries of pain from London Councils, the body representing the capital’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, and the think tank Centre for London. Peter John, chair of London Councils, even warned that ambitions to level up the country could easily descend into what he called “a crude ‘level London down’ agenda”. Tags: Boris Johnson London house prices whatsapp If you’re not raising taxes, and you say that you don’t want to borrow too much more, then additional spending in one area presumably has to come at the expense of spending in another. And that area may well be London, given that we’ve also been told for years how much better funded Britain’s biggest city is than other parts of the country, especially in terms of transport and other infrastructure, than other parts of the country. Any sustained effort to reduce regional inequalities may well cost the capital some of the alleged government largesse that it has been used to recently.  On the whole, the capital’s residents can see what is coming. They are fairly (some would say surprisingly) resigned to the fact that levelling up will indeed see London receive less government money than in the past.  Tim BaleProfessor Tim Bale is a co-director of Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London. and Philip CowleyProfessor Philip Cowley is a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London. last_img read more

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PM vows to end ‘bogus’ UK discrimination against further education

first_imgTuesday 29 September 2020 12:32 pm Stefan Boscia Jane Gratton, head of people policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the changes represented “an important step toward a more agile adult skills system”. Only 10 per cent of Britons hold a Higher Technical Qualification, while 34 per cent of Canadians and 20 per cent of Germans hold equivalent qualifications. Boris Johnson has vowed to end the “bogus distinction” between further and higher education by providing £2.5bn in skills training and increasing access to loans for technical courses. Boris Johnson vows to end ‘bogus’ UK discrimination against further education Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he talks with students during his visit to Exeter College in Exeter, southwest England on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FINNBARR WEBSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson vows to end ‘bogus’ UK discrimination against further education The Prime Minister said the UK needed “radical change” to encourage more people to take up further education. Johnson also said in his speech – delivered at an Exeter further education college – that his changes would make it just as easy to get a loan for a technical course than for a university degree. Further education colleges will receive £1.5bn to upgrade facilities and make repairs as a part of the increased funding. “The government’s renewed focus on further education, greater investment in technical and digital skills and a more flexible skills system must go hand in hand with high quality local delivery that responds quickly to the growth aspirations of business.” Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data “Our economy has been shaken by covid, and in the hand-to-mouth scrabblings of the pandemic the shortcomings of our labour market – and our educational system – have been painfully apparent,” he said. whatsapp “A growing minority of people leave university and work in a non-graduate job and wonder if they did the right thing,” he said. The Prime Minister said that the post-Covid economy in particular will need more people able to work in jobs that do not require university education. “We seem on the one hand to have too few of the right skills for the jobs our economy creates, and on the other hand too many graduates with degrees which don’t get them the jobs that they want.” “Business isn’t happy, the economy is underproductive and many working adults are stuck in jobs without much future when they’re hungry for new opportunities.” He also said that the UK needed to end its “pointless, snooty, and frankly vacuous” distinction between further education and higher education. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he talks with students during his visit to Exeter College in Exeter, southwest England on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FINNBARR WEBSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) “We’ve got to end the pointless, nonsensical gulf that has been fixed for generations – more than 100 years – between the so-called academic and the so-called practical varieties of education,” he said. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he talks with students during his visit to Exeter College in Exeter, southwest England on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FINNBARR WEBSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson vows to end ‘bogus’ UK discrimination against further education “Apprenticeships will remain crucial to solving the skills crisis and employers need support to recruit and retain apprentices throughout the pandemic as cashflow restrictions force firms to make difficult choices,” she said. Share whatsapp Johnson said that the UK needed to get more people into further education training like in other western countries. This will include free courses to any adult that does not have an A-level, or similar, qualification from April and increased funding to SMEs to take on apprentices as a part of a previously announced multi-billion pound skills fund. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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China sets new growth target above six per cent

first_img“A target of over 6 per cent will enable all of us to devote full energy to promoting reform, innovation, and high-quality development,” he added. China sets new growth target above six per cent whatsapp In 2020 the economy only grew 2.3 per cent, the weakest result in decades, though it was the only large economy in the world to see growth. Share The prime minister also set a target for urban unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent, aiming to create more than 11 million new jobs in cities, up from 9 million last year. Clara DijkstraStaff writer At the opening of this year’s meeting of parliament, Li Keqiang said: “In setting this target, we have taken into account the recovery of economic activity. whatsapp This prompted China to drop a GDP growth goal from the premier’s work report for the first time since 2002. “In 2021 China will continue to face many development risks and challenges but the economic fundamentals that will sustain long-term growth remain unchanged.” Tags: Chinese economy The six per cent target falls well below the International Monetary Fund’s estimate of 8.1 per cent growth for China’s economy. Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced the new six per cent economic target today at the opening of this year’s National People’s Congress, and pledged to create more jobs in China’s cities. Friday 5 March 2021 11:02 am Read more: Budget: OBR forecasts stronger than expected UK economic recovery This marks a return to strong economic growth after China’s economy was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.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.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Read more: PM must pull G7 back from the dusty halls of diplomatic irrelevancy to tackle Covid, China & climate changelast_img read more

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Kids learn folk songs, instruments in elementary school class

first_imgArts & Culture | Education | Juneau | SyndicatedKids learn folk songs, instruments in elementary school classDecember 10, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Gastineau Elementary School music teacher Patrick Murphy leads his class in song. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos are common enough at bars, coffee houses and folk festivals. But one Juneau music teacher has made them the standard for his elementary students at Gastineau School in Douglas, which is part of Juneau.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/12/09KidMusic-L.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gastineau student Derrick Price sings and plays mandolin during Patrick Murphy’s class. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)Patrick Murphy leads a group of energetic third-graders through a folk standard, pointing out chord changes and strumming styles.He weaves his way around the classroom, checking that instruments are tuned and the right lyric sheets are out. The kids quickly become focused.“This is silly, but the most difficult thing as a teacher is to get them to sit down. If I can get them seated with their gear, then in 30 seconds, we’re making music,” he said.These kids pick up instruments pretty soon after the school year starts. That’s because Murphy wants them to get a feel for the songs before they get to the technical side.“I do that later. I kind of have this belief that if they can make music first – sing and play – then that reference will help them when they start reading stuff on the staff and on the clef, which we do,” he said.Students focus on guitar the first year. But the classroom walls are hung with other stringed instruments. By the end of third grade, many are ready for something new.“In fourth or fifth grade, I kind of just let them grab an instrument. And they turn to the chord chart and they teach it to themselves. And then I teach them their role in a string band. The banjos have the thumb picking and the mandolins and ukuleles kind of chop with the snare drum and that sort of thing,” he said.All this is very different from Murphy’s own schooling, which was mostly classical.“I was a trained bass player. I went through the conservatory system. And it just about taught the music out of me. … And I met a bunch of guys who were cowboys. They liked to sit around campfires and play guitar,” he said.Patrick Murphy works with students Quinn Andel, Eric Holberg and Andrew William during a class at Gastineau School. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“And I asked one of my friends to teach me. And he said, ‘I’ll teach you how to play guitar. Two rules: You can’t write anything down and you can’t ask me any questions.’”Those rules forced him to figure things out. Pretty soon, he was teaching himself.Murphy grew up going to a church that had lots of acoustic music. That included songs in the folk tradition, some from decades ago.So, how does he interest students in old folk songs in 2016?“Kids like history. They like to hear stories that are bizarre. The story of John Henry, the third-graders love that. Why would he bother to compete with a machine? The absurdness of the human spirit sometimes to a young kid is really entertaining,” he said.Still, some come to him with more recent songs. It’s not so much Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga, but pop classics, such as “Yellow Submarine” or “Lean on Me.”Some end up in the class songbook, which he updates every year.Murphy used to teach middle-school band. This and other schools where he’s worked have had many years of stand-up student choirs. He’s not critical at all.“That kind of approach is great. That high-art music takes a certain discipline to play and work on that. But I guess, from my perspective, I want them to have fun and I want them to do it on their own,” he said.And they do. Murphy starts some days with a full musical assembly in the school commons, where everybody gets a chance to play and sing.It’s a cacophony and it’s not always pretty. But the kids – and teachers — have smiles on their faces.Ruby Rivas and Mila Hargrove discuss a song as teacher Patrick Murphy leads a music class at Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)Share this story:last_img read more

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Meggitt targets expansion with $44m purchase

first_imgTuesday 6 January 2015 8:29 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap ENGINEERING firm Meggitt yesterday bought Precision Engine Controls Corporation (Pecc) from United Tech­no­logies Corporation for $44.2m (£29.1m).The deal, funded from existing resources, will see San Diego-based Pecc integrate into Meggitt’s control systems division.Pecc supplies actuation, or motor, systems and fuel metering valves to manufacturers of small-frame gas turbines used predominantly in the oil and gas and power generation industries.According to Bournemouth-based Meggitt, Pecc’s products are complementary to its existing technology and will help to expand the firm’s capabilities. The company also stated that Pecc’s “substantial level of intellectual property and sole-source market positions” fit with Meggitt’s strategy of investing in components and systems for use in extreme environments in its core aerospace, defence and energy markets.Stephen Young, the chief executive of Meggitt, said: “The acquisition of Pecc is a key step in broadening our industrial valve capability. The very strong product and customer portfolio and the exceptional calibre of the employee base make the business a great fit with Meggitt.”Following the announcement, the company’s shares closed down 0.88 per cent at 509p. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Meggitt targets expansion with $44m purchase Express KCS whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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Aldermore confirms plans to IPO (again)

first_img Tuesday 24 February 2015 3:08 am Challenger bank Aldermore has dusted off its IPO plans, which it scrapped in October, confirming its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. The bank, which specialises in lending to small businesses, is thought to be gearing up to raise £75m through the flotation, representing approximately 40 per cent of the issued share capital of the company. In a statement this morning, the bank said it had grown from 50 employees, with £76m of lending to “a multi-product asset-based lender” with £5.6bn of assets, 160,000 customers and 875 employees.Having announced its intention to float in September, Aldermore scrapped its plans in October, as investors shied away from volatile markets. Aldermore wasn’t the only casualty: fellow challenger bank Virgin Money also cancelled plans to IPO, as did webuyanycar.com owner BCA.But in November, Virgin Money pressed ahead with its plans, raising £500m and valuing the business at £1.25bn.Last week Aldermore published figures showing it had more than doubled underlying profit before tax to £56m in 2014, with return on equity increasing 15 per cent and net loans rising 42 per cent to £4.8bn.This morning, chief executive Philip Monks said now is the right time for the business to pursue a listing.We have consistently delivered on our ambitious targets and we have proven our ability to grow organically and profitably. In 2014, underlying profit before tax more than doubled, driven by strong balance sheet growth, with net lending to small businesses and homeowners higher than ever before. whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Aldermore confirms plans to IPO (again) Tags: Aldermore More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.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.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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Premium / On the wires: Expeditors feels the hurt, sheds $1.4bn value in three days

first_img Password* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Let’s keep it nice and short: the Expeditors (EXPD) plunge on the stock market on Friday when the profit warning emerged was not surprising at all. I am with you, we all knew at Premium it would come.Nonetheless, it’s a been a long time since it missed consensus estimates, and that might be why so many of you have wondered in the past few days why investors had suddenly lost appetite for its shares.Its troubles have passed unnoticed to many others, … Please either REGISTER or login below to continue By Alessandro Pasetti 22/01/2020 Email* Premium subscriber LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back Reset Your Password Please Login Resetlast_img read more

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UK teen emerges from nearly year-long coma with no knowledge of the pandemic

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement“When we say to him ‘Joseph, we can’t be with you, but you are safe, this is not going to be forever,’ he understands, he hears you, he just can’t communicate,” she said, adding that he now signaled ‘yes’ with a blink and ‘no’ with two blinks.“I don’t know how Joseph will ever understand our stories of this lockdown,” his aunt said, adding that he was still very ill and faced a “very, very long journey” back to some kind of normal life.Joseph’s family has started a fundraising campaign to help support his long-term recovery, reported NBC. Shooter identified in Port Charlotte murder-suicide January 22, 2021 AdvertisementTags: comaLOCKDOWN Some Floridians call on Governor Desantis for a state lockdown November 25, 2020center_img NOTTINGHAM, England (NBC News) – A British teenager is slowly beginning to emerge from a coma almost a year after he was hit by a car, and he has no knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he’s caught the virus twice.Joseph Flavill, 19, was hit by a car on March 1, 2020, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was hit about three weeks before a first national lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the virus, reported NBC News.During his coma, his family has been largely unable to be near him due to COVID-19 restrictions, mostly communicating with him over video. “Recently Joseph has started to show small signs of recovery, which we are thrilled about… We know now he can hear us, he responds to small commands,” his aunt, Sally Flavill, told Reuters. RELATEDTOPICS Lee County school leaders react to patient on school grounds December 13, 2020 Lockdown lifted at Myakka River Elementary School in Port Charlotte February 3, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all

first_img Twitter Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all Pinterest This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and bright and wonderful Summer. Below are 10 guidelines from God for a happy and peaceful Summer for all.1 – QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way.2 – PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No.. not YOUR list! Put it on MY to-do-list! Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all God! I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realise!3 – TRUST ME: Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit  trying to take them back! Trust in Me. Have faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.4 – LEAVE IT ALONE: Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here. “Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens, and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.5 – TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I want you to never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me – OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend6 – HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be. Twitter GAA WhatsApp GAA By Fr Paddy – 29th June 2019 Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA center_img Home Columnists Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all Columnists RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 29, 2019Next articleRemembering the incredibly dramatic Laois-Offaly football clash in 2003 Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. 7 – SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who are mourning. Share your faith with those who have none.8 – BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.9 – BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.10 – LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbours. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!With all my heart, I love you – GOD.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with adversity Pinterest Facebook TAGSFr PaddyFr Paddy Byrne Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival “Vulnerable groups include older people and people with underlying health conditions of any age. Keep a 2 metre distance when outdoors, maintain respiratory etiquette and continue to wash hands regularly.”Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 1 June (25,064 cases), reveals:· 57% are female and 43% are male· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years· 3,298 cases (13%) have been hospitalised· Of those hospitalised, 409 cases have been admitted to ICU· 8,004 cases are associated with healthcare workers· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,093 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,517 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 cases (6%)· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 59%, travel abroad accounts for 2%Northern Ireland, the UK and globally There have been eight further deaths from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland to take the 534.There have been eight new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the Northern Ireland total to 4,740.There are currently 80 confirmed Coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland along with a further 439 suspected Covid-19 patients. Six of these are in intensive careThe UK Coronavirus death toll increased by 359 in past 24 hours, taking total recorded fatalities to 39,728.There are now a total 6,490,000 cases of Coronavirus globally. There have been more than 383,000 deaths while 3,091,000 have recovered.Sexual partners Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says people should limit themselves to one intimate partner to reduce spread of Covid-19.He was asked if he agreed with the advice from the public health team to people in the Netherlands to limit themselves to one partner.He said “that is good public health advice” as a precaution against the transmission of infections generally.People urged to wear face coverings in shops and on public transportMinister for Health Simon Harris has said there is “room for improvement” around the wearing of face coverings.People getting on public transport or going into supermarkets “should wear” a face covering, he added.Mr Harris said that at this point people’s personal behaviours around hygiene are even more important.Read full report hereHospital cases increases The overall number of confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 in hospital has increased in the past 24 hours.According to new figures from the Health Service Executive, there are 422 patents with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in hospital.While the number of confirmed cases has reduced slightly, the increase of 92 overall is accounted for by suspected cases, which are awaiting a test result.The number of patients in intensive care units with confirmed Covid-19 remains stable at 36.There are now 117 critical care beds vacant in the hospital system.Important information Symptoms of Covid-19 include:CoughShortness of breathFeverBreathing difficulties.Further resources:The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.SEE ALSO – Talking Sport: Paul Cahillane on Celtic, Portlaoise, Ireland, Laois and Roy Keane Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 3rd June 2020 BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners Twitter WhatsApp 1,659 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday.Not all of these people passed away today – this is the number that were reported to the Department of Health today.While there has been a total of 47 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the total cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 25,111.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again Thursday 4 June to continue its review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. NPHET will proceed to submit recommendations to the Minister for Health.”Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover.“However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected.”Dr. Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons; “It is our collective responsibility to continue to support vulnerable groups in our society. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Home News BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan… News Electric Picnic Twitter Facebook News Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleLocal TD calls for ‘double standards on social distancing rules’ to be addressedNext articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Wednesday, June 3, 2020 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.last_img read more

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