British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock

first_imgBritish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to back an early general election after telling his party that the condition of taking a no-deal Brexit “off the table” has been met.Jeremy Corbyn told MPs: “I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table.“We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to January 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no-deal off the table has now been met. “We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”But Mr Corbyn’s move does not mean a December election is certain, according to RTE. Labour is understood to back a change to the proposed date which, if such an amendment is selected by the Speaker of the House of Commons, could be backed by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.Earlier, a Downing Street course said the government will agree to an amendment put forward by opposition parties to hold an election on 11 December. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would try to force a bill through parliament today that called for a 12 December election but opponents had wanted an earlier date.Mr Johnson faces more resistance from MPs in his quest for a pre-Christmas election with the Lib Dems insisting they are not prepared to accept his preferred date.Mr Johnson has put his Brexit deal on hold in an anticipated bid to convince the Commons to vote today for a 12 December election in his fourth time of asking.British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis after Ireland’s creches were dealt with a blow this week.Ironshore Europe, one of Ireland’s biggest insurers for childcare, is reportedly set to withdraw from the Irish market, leaving just one main company operating from January 2020.Deputy Doherty said that childcare providers who were insured with Ironshore Europe could face closure if they cannot get alternative cover or their premiums rise with the switchover and a lack of competition. He called on the Taoiseach to immediately set up and lead a task force with key Ministers to deal with the impending crisis.Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said: “Without exaggerating, this has become a full-blown crisis across several sectors. Not just childcare, but community and voluntary groups, the leisure sector and small businesses.“The Government have failed to take the failure of the insurance market, and its impact on businesses, seriously. The Minister responsible for the insurance sector doesn’t even sit at the Cabinet table.“From the opposition benches Sinn Féin have called for immediate reforms in the insurance sector; from the set up of a dedicated Garda Insurance Fraud Unit to the banning of dual pricing by insurance companies. My Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which would strengthen the position of consumers in their contracts, is due to pass all stages in the Seanad this week.” Deputy Doherty said the issue cannot be ignored any longer: “I am calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis; not as just another talking shop but to take immediate action. This Task Force should include the Minister for Finance, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Ministers representing the most affected sectors, including the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.“This Task Force should meet with the industry and affected sectors, find solutions and deal with this crisis before it ends with the mass closure of businesses and childcare providers across the State”. Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Round-up: Conte explains decisions, QPR star’s contract talks, Rangers duo could return, Baker joy

first_imgChelsea have been beaten for the first time under Antonio Conte.The Blues lost 2-1 against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, where they were unable to find an equaliser after Diego Costa pulled a goal back in the second half.Conte angered some of the home fans by waiting until seven minutes from the end before making any substitutions.The Italian explained that he believed his team looked like finding a second goal – and he also praised David Luiz for his performance following the Brazilian’s first appearance since returning to to the Bridge.It was a tough reintroduction to English football for David LuizMeanwhile, QPR plan to open talks with Tjaronn Chery’s representatives next week over a potential new contract for the Dutchman.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers would approach Chery about a new deal – and revealed that he had indicated that he would like to re-sign.Sebastian Polter has been passed fit to return to the Rangers squad for their trip to Huddersfield, where Massimo Loungo could also return.Polter missed the games against Blackburn and NewcastleBut the club remain braced for bad news on James Perch, who underwent a scan on his injured knee on Friday.On a brighter note, Uxbridge’s Natasha Baker won the third and fourth Paralympic gold medals of her career with a commanding performance in the dressage in Rio.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould has told West London Sport he is hopeful of return to the world’s top 16 which would get him back on track to qualify for the Masters in 2017.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates Play Your Part Award winner, Intercessory Army Franchising

first_imgThe 6th annual South African Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa took place in Sandton on Wednesday 13 March 2019.SAPBA celebrates business excellence and honours organisations that are drivers of innovation, job creation, healthy business ethics and quality.Brand South Africa is excited to have presented The Play Your Part Award that inspires citizens to contribute positive change, by steering and executing social programmes. The award was scooped by Intercessory Franchise Brands founded by Bulelani Balabala. As the CEO of IAF and founder of TEA (Township Entrepreneur Alliance), a branch of IAF, Balabala centres his work around empowering young people.Balabala was honoured by Minister of Trade & Industry, Minister Rob Davies for his commitment and implementation of entrepreneurial and youth development programmes.Through the 4-year old TEA Programme, Balabala and his team have impacted over 9800 townships and rural entrepreneurs, and more 25 000 high school students. The programme is aimed at  knowledge sharing, skills development, enterprise development and giving young entrepreneurs  access to markets.In addition, IAF conducts weekly township school visits through Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation (SLEF), where they inspire students to go the extra mile with their studies and become well-rounded citizens.Brand SA salutes Bulelani Balabala for being an agent of change and for leading a group of people who practice the spirit of Ubuntu. To find out more about what the IAF does, click here.last_img read more

NYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon Footprint

first_imgNew York City Mayor Bill de Biasio is proposing steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and he’s looking to more advanced building techniques to help get the job done.The One City, Built to Last program, which was announced on September 20, seeks to cut energy use by at least 60% from 2005 levels, a summary from New York Passive House said, and promote the use of more renewable energy.In a message announcing the program, de Blasio said that rising sea levels, more serious heat waves, and more intense storms that strike more frequently all pose threats to New York residents.“The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 provided tragic evidence of these risks,” the statement said. “Almost two years later, we are still recovering. Globally, rising sea levels will flood coastlines, droughts will disrupt livelihoods, and storms and other extreme weather will threaten lives and economic development. We are faced with an existential threat, and inaction is not an option.”He said New York becomes the largest city in the world to commit to the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80%. Both public and private buildings will be renovatedPublic and private buildings account for nearly three-quarters of the contribution to climate change, he said, adding, “but we can upgrade our buildings to make them more energy efficient and reduce these emissions.”The city said “every single city owned building with any significant energy use” will be retrofitted in the next 10 years to reduce energy use. That’s about 3,000 buildings in all. Also, the city will push the owners of private buildings to spend money on energy upgrades.Reducing energy use will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 million metric tons per year (the same as taking 715,000 vehicles off the road) and save a total of $1.4 billion annually by 2025, the mayor’s office said. One City, Built to Last will create some 3,500 new jobs in construction and energy services.Ken Levenson, president of New York Passive House, called the plan a “watershed moment” that shows advanced building standards can successfully address climate change.The press office said the program would be funded by the mayor’s Ten Year Capital Plan.last_img read more