New Aviva CEO shakes up leadership team to boost ‘commercial thinking’

first_img Joe Curtis whatsapp Aviva Canada boss Colm Holmes and Aviva France chief executive Patrick Dixneuf – who is also taking over at the helm of Aviva’s European businesses – will both join the team.That means Tulloch will not seek to fill his previous role of international chief executive.“These appointments are an important first step to bring greater energy, pace and commercial thinking to Aviva,” said Tulloch.“Andy Briggs will be missed. Andy is a brilliant leader and a good friend. Aviva has benefited enormously from his extensive industry experience and his integrity and we wish him well for the future. I look forward to working with him during the transitionary period.”Tulloch was appointed to the chief exec role five months after the sacking of former boss Mark Wilson, with Aviva admitting it had “much further to go” to enhance shareholder value. Aviva’s new chief executive rang the changes among senior management today as he looks to offer more value to shareholders.Read more: Former Aviva boss pay halved in 2018 as insurers gets tough on bonuses Maurice Tulloch announced three fresh appointments at the insurer as he dumped the chief executive of its UK insurance arm, Andy Briggs.Briggs stepped down today to make way for Angela Darlington, currently the firm’s chief risk officer.He will also quit as an Aviva director immediately, staying on at the company until October to ensure “an orderly transition”.Darlington, an 18-year veteran of Aviva, will serve as interim chief executive of the UK insurance division subject to regulatory approval.Tulloch also shook up the senior leadership team by adding more business unit leaders. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org New Aviva CEO shakes up leadership team to boost ‘commercial thinking’ center_img He said he planned to return the company to the “fundamentals of insurance” and to improve customer experience in a strategy designed to hike its share price.Read more: Aviva appoints new CEO to boost shareholder returnsAviva’s stock has fallen from a 570p per share value in 2015 to just 371p in December 2018. It is currently trading at around 423p. Tags: Aviva Company Insurance whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Wednesday 24 April 2019 9:50 am Sharelast_img read more

Uber London driver suspended after gay couple say they were thrown out of cab for “kissing and cuddling”

first_img An Uber driver in London has been suspended after a gay couple claimed they were kicked out of the cab for kissing and cuddling.The passengers, Corey Watts and Jordan Sloat, complained to Uber after they had been asked to get out a few minutes into their journey on New Year’s Day. When the couple confronted the driver, he allegedly replied “I take gays but they don’t normally do this,” Sloat told ITV News.Uber has suspended the driver and is investigating the incident. The taxi startup, which has faced a number of controversies including the behaviour of drivers, said in a statement to City A.M: “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination either by our partner drivers or towards our partner drivers.“We opened an investigation from the moment we learned of this unacceptable incident and have been in contact with the rider to extended our sincere apologies and get further information. The driver concerned has been suspended from the Uber platform.” Lynsey Barber Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndo Uber London driver suspended after gay couple say they were thrown out of cab for “kissing and cuddling” Share whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp 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 WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe 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 Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Monday 5 January 2015 7:24 pm Tags: Uberlast_img read more

As NYC mayor, David Dinkins’ work on AIDS, TB offers lessons for leaders during Covid-19

first_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Dinkins did not stop with AIDS. At the time he became mayor, New York City was also facing a major resurgence of tuberculosis (TB), including an extra deadly drug-resistant strain. After I explained the urgency of the brewing crisis, he reordered priorities, empowering me to develop a comprehensive and integrated TB response plan, including a budget that encompassed the Department of Health; the Health and Hospital Corporation; homeless shelters; and the criminal justice system, including the Rikers Island jail, detention centers, and youth facilities.Much of the funding went to ensure treatment and targeted interventions wherever people with TB were to be found: in their homes, in clinics, on the streets, in shelters, or in jails and prisons. This included directly observed therapy to ensure that patients took the medications they needed. Funds were also allocated for replacing armory-style homeless shelters in favor of apartment-style settings to reduce transmission in congregate settings; for building a secure TB unit on Rikers Island; and for educating physicians on diagnosing and treating tuberculosis. This comprehensive approach quickly became a model across the nation and internationally.At the time, breaking down the stovepipes among departments and budget lines was unthinkable. Yet Dinkins understood that such innovation would be required to ensure that resources could be appropriately allocated where they were needed while preventing unnecessary gaps and duplications.These were the actions of a leader who valued making the right call despite the risks to his political base and future. Moreover, he was willing to provide his full and visible support to pioneering bold new models over outdated ways of serving the public and saving lives.As we are reminded on a daily basis of the unthinkable challenges that pandemics present public leaders, we should reconsider the legacy of Mayor David Dinkins and his contributions to the health of New Yorkers. But more importantly, I hope that the tens of thousands of city, county, state, and national leaders charged with protecting our public’s health can find in his example the inspiration to look at the evidence and to have the courage to do what works, even when it may not be popular.Margaret A. Hamburg was New York City’s Health Commissioner from 1991 to 1996 and was later the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton and FDA Commissioner under President Barack Obama. During his campaign to become mayor, Dinkins had denounced needle-exchange programs as a surrender to drug abuse. One of his first public actions was to shut down a small needle-exchange program near the city’s health department.Then new science emerged.In the first study of its kind, Yale researchers demonstrated that needle-exchange programs reduced community HIV transmission by as much as one-third. The New York Times ran a Page 1 story about the work. Dinkins called me that day and asked that I talk to the Yale group and find out if such a program would save the lives of people in New York City. With a small team, I analyzed the Yale study, reviewed the literature, and put together a report endorsing needle exchanges.And then I held my breath.While compelling, the study had not changed the minds of many of Dinkins’ supporters, whose opposition was driven by strongly held beliefs. Nor had it changed his own clear record of denouncing needle exchanges. What would he do?At a press conference, he announced he was reversing his position or, in his own words “relaxing his opposition” to needle exchanges. He said he would allow programs undertaken with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, to be established in New York City. And he also used this policy shift as an opportunity to find higher ground: he would permit the program only if it was linked to comprehensive health care, substance abuse treatment, and other related services.This was an amazing step, one that even President Bill Clinton (who I later worked for as Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services) did not take and later said was among his biggest policy regrets. In 2015, Vice President Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana, allowed an HIV outbreak to rage out of control in a small community in his state before finally putting aside his own religious convictions and allowing a needle-exchange program. First OpinionAs NYC mayor, David Dinkins’ work on AIDS, TB offers lessons for leaders during Covid-19 To curb the spread of HIV through contaminated hypodermic needles, one of the major modes of contagion, public health advocates nationwide had begun to promote needle-exchange programs. But public opinion on these exchanges was split, and understandably so. Many Black citizens and leaders, in particular, feared it would worsen heroin addiction in their communities.advertisement Margaret A. Hamburg About the Author Reprints Needle exchanges, once met with fierce resistance, are working New York City Mayor David Dinkins receives a flu shot from the author, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, at City Hall on Nov. 1, 1991. David Cantor/APcenter_img It’s hard to remember now just how frightening the HIV/AIDS pandemic was in 1990. New York City had the highest number of cases in the nation, and panic gripped many communities. Uncertainty abounded about the modes of spread. Not long after Dinkins was inaugurated, reports surfaced about the possible transmission of HIV to a patient through a dental procedure. Indeed, the threat of disease lurked in the backdrop of virtually every human encounter, not unlike Covid-19 today. Trending Now: [email protected] By Margaret A. Hamburg Dec. 29, 2020 Reprints Related: In the decades before Covid-19, two frightening infectious disease epidemics — HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis — were raging in New York City when David Dinkins became the city’s mayor in 1990. By the time he left office four years later, significant progress had been made on both fronts.Yet when Dinkins died last month, the reviews of his legacy focused mainly on his historic selection as the city’s first (and still only) Black mayor. But as his health commissioner, I saw a different side of Dinkins that makes him a surprisingly good teacher for our times.And the story of that moment needs to be told and retold, not only to celebrate an impressive man but to offer a guidepost about the place that science should occupy during crises like the one we’re facing now. Dinkins did something that too many leaders have lacked in their response to Covid-19: he respected science and, perhaps even more importantly, he changed his mind — and the positions he publicly championed — because of it.advertisement Tags infectious diseaselast_img read more

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, May 6

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Local election hopeful calls for sexual assault victims to not be subjected to further trauma in courts

first_img Community Pinterest Previous articlePortlaoise ladies hockey team draw in Wicklow to continue unbeaten runNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. “She knows the shocking reality of how invasive this feels.  She knows in a visceral way that she has been violated, physically and emotionally. She has been attacked and dehumanised. Made to feel incredibly vulnerable by physical and psychological force. “You might think that her first instinct should be to turn to the authorities for support, for protection, for justice. And yet the shocking and damning reality is that so many women pause in these situations. “Experience has taught all of us women that we could judged, not just by members of the public, but also sadly by representatives of the system. “A system from which we might expect sympathy and justice instead so often passes judgement on the clothes we wore, the amount we drank, the way we spoke, the place we come from,” said Thomasina.She went on to say that she urges reform of the system. “With each such ill-informed comment and judgement, the seriousness of the offence is slowly diminished, the perpetrator excused, the victim made to feel responsible; even guilty. This is so profoundly wrong. “Any system that allows victims to feel this way is deeply flawed and in urgent need of reform. I welcome the urgency with which Minister Flanagan is addressing the issue. “The expert group he has appointed has been asked to make recommendations within three months. It is vital that these recommendations have one simple consequence – that victims of sexual assault will no longer pause, doubt or question whether the system will be a safe place. “Let me be very clear; it is never the victims’ fault.  Let us today as a party send a resounding message to all victims that we are the party that will stand with victims, and for victims and put in place the measures needed to protect them in the Criminal Justice process.”“I welcomed the Ministers recent announcement that having engaged in consultation with the Rape Crisis Network Ireland and other stakeholders, he has appointed an expert working group to deliver proposals in this area in the next three months. “We want victims to be confident in reporting crimes to An Garda Síochána. Recent legislation has significantly enhanced protections for victims of crime, including victims of sexual offences.  The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill currently before the Dáil provides for presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sex offenders.“In the 2016 General Election, Fine Gael candidate Thomasina Connell polled over 4,000 first preference votes – an impressive haul for a young rookie candidate who came into that campaign with a low profile,” concluded Ms Connell.The young Portlaoise-based solicitor didn’t win a seat on that occasion but she made an impact as Charlie Flanagan’s running mate and it was clear she had political ambitions and the support of Fine Gael at national level.Ms Connell has since twice put her name forward to represent the party at the next General Election but with the government holding on, it’s likely that the 2019 Local Elections will be the next opportunity.And she has now opted to contest for a seat in the Portlaoise District in next year’s Local Elections.SEE ALSO – Obama Plaza style development outside Portlaoise set to open by ‘June or July’ By Siun Lennon – 20th November 2018 WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook TAGSFine GaelThomasina Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Thomasina Connell at her desk in her solicitor’s office in Portlaoise A Fine Gael candidate running for the Laois County Council elections raised the issue of putting strong measures to protect victims of sexual crimes in court at her party’s 79th Árd Fheis.Solicitor Thomasina Connell said that she wanted to propose the Motion in the Justice Forum, chaired by The Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, Charlie Flanagan.This comes in the wake of the highly-publicised rape case rape case where the alleged victim’s choice of lace underwear were drawn to the attention of the jury by the defence counsel.The incident has received international attention, and was raised in the Dáil when Ruth Coppinger presented underwear in session to highlight the case.“The Motion I proposed was one which is presently very topical and related to asking the Árd Fheis to put in place strong measures to protect victims of sexual crime,” said Ms Connell. “That this Árd Fheis calls on the Minister for Justice and Equality to ensure that victims are not subjected to further trauma in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault crimes; and calls on the Government to ensure that victims of sexual assault feel confident in reporting such crimes and that crime data is collected in a comprehensive manner.”The Portlaoise-based solicitor spoke about the how frightened and alone victims of sexual assault can feel. “There can be few more lonely and frightening experiences than that of a woman who has just been sexually assaulted. She is the victim of a horrific crime. Local election hopeful calls for sexual assault victims to not be subjected to further trauma in courts Twitter Pinterest Community Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Home News Local election hopeful calls for sexual assault victims to not be subjected… NewsPoliticslast_img read more

Our guide to what’s on this August Bank Holiday weekend

first_img Pinterest Brought to you by Laois Tourism It’s another busy weekend in Laois with so much on for everyone in the family.  The 10th Durrow Scarecrow Festival is in full swing while the Stradbally Steam Rally is in its 55th year and promises to be weekend of old fashioned fun. Emo Court has another free event which will focus on an architectural tour of the house. THURSDAY 1 AUGUSTDurrow Scarecrow Festival 2019 – DurrowNow in its 10th year the Scarecrow Festival is growing from strength to strength. Nine jam packed days of family fun. This year there is even an app so you won’t miss out on anything. Come and see the amazing scarecrows that take over the village. This year there is the Miami Slide, this is the biggest slide in Europe. Enjoy artisan food markets, craft workshops, artists exhibitions, photography competition, daily entertainment, roundbale competition, children’s summer camp, Ladies night kayaking, historical walks the list goes on. Portlaoise Library – Dogs Trust WorkshopLearn to be dog smart and meet Paul’s dog magic for free. All ages welcome from 11am. In Stradbally library at 2pm.Mountrath Library – Pokemon HuntSearch and find Pokémon characters hidden around the library. Ages 3-10 years. Free but booking is essential. Ph: 057 87 56378 or email: [email protected] Inc – Kids’ Film Club Portlaoise LibraryPortlaoise Library’s five-week season of Super Summer Movies. Popcorn and drinks will be served at this free event! Parents are requested to stay with children during the film. The event is free but booking is essential. To book a place now by contacting us on 0578622333 or by emailing the library [email protected] 2 AUGUST Portlaoise Summer Festival – Peppers Lane PortlaoiseAn artisan food and drink market from 8.30am in the heart of Portlaoise. Come along and enjoy the best in local foods and crafts. Meet the makers and get a real sense of place.Walker – Mountmellick Arts CentreW.A.L.K.E.R. bring their explosive rock ‘n roll show to the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre Balcony Theatre. Doors Open at 8pm and €8.Coraline – Kids’ Summer Movie Club -Abbeyleix LibraryEvery Friday in July and August Abbeyleix Library are hosting a movie afternoon complete with popcorn and drinks. This week the film is The Jungle Book. It’s suitable for ages 7+ and its free to attend. The movie begins at 2:30pm.Lego Fun – Mountrath LibraryEvery Friday Mountrath Library is hosting Lego fun for all budding builders.  Build your own Lego creations Suitable for ages 8-12 years and is a free event but booking is essential. To find out more call 057 8756378.Open Week – The Heath Golf ClubVarious golf competitions throughout the week. 18 Hole: €10 (Members) €12 (Visitors) 9 Hole: €5 (Members/Visitors) Open week ticket: €50 (Members only – excludes 9 hole competitions). You will have to check times online. Book online here. Phone: 057 8646533.SATURDAY 3 AUGUST Laois Heritage Society There’s a great chance to get out and stretch the legs at the upcoming heritage walk in Vicarstown hosted by Laois Heritage Society.Laois Heritage Society presents a Built and Natural Heritage and Walk from 2pm – 5pm at the canal in Vicarstown.All are invited to come along, there will be refreshments and a picnic along the way.Architectural Tour of Emo Court – Emo Court and ParklandsA free guided tour of Emo Court which will focus on the architectural features of the building and its neoclassical design, following the story of its beginnings to its present day restoration. Designed by James Gandon in 1790 for the first Earl of Portarlington, it took over 80 years to complete. In 1930, the Jesuit order reconfigured the internal layout to accommodate their use of the building as a training college for novices. In 1969, Mjr Cholmeley Dering Cholmeley-Harrison bought the estate and carefully restored the house and grounds. Then, in 1994, he gifted the estate to the Irish nation, where today the OPW manages and continues its restoration journey.The tour will take place at 3.00pm. Tickets are free and can be booked by using the link here. Zombie, Cranberries Tribute Act – Kavanaghs Bar and Venue, PortlaoiseZombie- Ireland’s premier tribute band performs at Kavanaghs..€14 and starts at 9:30pmDavie Furey & The Cool Cats – Bobs Bar, DurrowDavie Furey & The Cool Cats kick off their Irish Tour 2019 in Bob’s Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois with a very special evening of music, with all proceeds going to The Ella Dempsey Fund. €10 per person. 8pm. SUNDAY 4 AUGUSTStradbally Steam Rally – StradballyJoin us to celebrate the 55th National Steam Rally. A fun-filled weekend for the whole family with lots to see and do. Weekend Adult Pass @20, Weekend Children’s Pass is €10. Gates open at 10am.The Cottage Market – MountrathCome to the market in the Macra Hall main street to buy and taste some wonderful homegrown and homemade goods. Market starts from 10am to 1pm.MONDAY 5 AUGUSTSlieve Bloom Guided Walk The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is the Stoneyman.  This walk is a Grade B, 8km walk and takes 3 hours. Meeting point is Ridge of Capard Carpark at 2pm.  €5 per walk or €20 annual membership (€30 for family).SEE ALSO – Pregnant with quadruplets: Laois mother-to-be reveals shock and excitement ahead of four little arrivals GAA GAA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleOur first football Team of The Week of 2019 following opening round of championshipNext articleLaois Councillor questions the need for 62 new houses in Stradbally Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. By Siun Lennon – 1st August 2019 Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook TAGSWhat’s On Pinterest WhatsApp Our guide to what’s on this August Bank Holiday weekend Home What’s On Our guide to what’s on this August Bank Holiday weekend What’s On 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebooklast_img read more

Singleton Bypass locked in to bust bottleneck

first_imgSingleton Bypass locked in to bust bottleneck Construction on the Singleton Bypass is on track to start in 2023, with funding committed to finalise planning and deliver the bypass.State Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the bypass will involve building a new section of highway across the floodplain west of Singleton, from near Newington Lane to north of McDougalls Hill.“With 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3,700 trucks, currently using our Singleton town centre each day, the planned bypass will reduce travel times, ease congestion and improve safety for all road users along this key corridor,” Mr Johnsen said.“I know how much this project means to locals, which is why I’ve been pushing to get the job done, so I’m glad we’ve now received the funding required to finalise planning for the Singleton Bypass.”Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government last month committed $560 million to the project in the 2020-21 Budget as part of its record investment in transport infrastructure.“This project is great news for Singleton, great news for the Hunter and markets to thenorth-west – it’s going to reduce congestion and travel times,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.“The bypass project is expected to support more than 1,370 jobs and we will draw on local businesses and contractors because we know how important it is to keep infrastructure and jobs in the regions as we lay the economic foundations for recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the bypass would improve traffic flow, travel times and safety through the heart of Singleton.“We know how important this project is to the community – that’s why the New South Wales Government committed $92 million towards the project last year,” Mr Toole said.“With the Australian Government coming on board, I’m confident we can now get on and deliver the community the bypass they deserve.”Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the proposed route will bypass five sets of traffic lights and remove about 15,000 vehicles per day from the town centre.“The proposed bypass will be designed to cater for a later upgrade to a dual carriageway where required to meet future traffic demands,” Mr Joyce said.“Just like the Toowoomba Range Crossing is important to people in St George, the Singleton Bypass is important to people in the New England.”Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said the bypass will make a massive difference to locals, as well as the thousands of motorists who travel along the New England Highway every day, especially freight and heavy vehicles.“This project will bring us another step closer to delivering a seamless highway for tourists and commercial vehicles, which are both so important to the local economies,” Senator Davey said.A Review of Environmental Factors (environmental impacts assessment) was released for community consultation in late 2019 with the Submissions Report handed down in August 2020.Transport for NSW are currently finalising the concept design based upon community feedback and will keep the community informed as the project progresses.The Australian Government has committed $560 million towards the project on an 80:20 basis, with the NSW Government providing the remaining funding.For the latest information on the proposal and to view the submissions report visit work/ Singleton. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, community, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal, Government, infrastructure, Investment, New South Wales, NSW, Prime Minister, regional development, Singleton, St George, Toowoomba, Transportlast_img read more

Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

first_imgAppointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel Hon David Parker Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years.The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO). She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides high quality services and advice to the Government and Parliament.Ms Nicholson holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, was a Commonwealth scholar and holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.She has more than 20 years’ experience at the Parliamentary Counsel Office and has held the position of Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel (Drafting Legislation), since 2016. Her previous experience includes leading complex policy reforms and working, in her early career, as a commercial lawyer in the private sector.“Cassie is a respected leader with a deep understanding and knowledge of the work of the Parliamentary Counsel Office,” David Parker said.“She is a dedicated public servant and understands the role of the agency within New Zealand’s law making system.”Ms Nicholson starts in the role on 7 May 2021. The current Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Fiona Leonard, finishes her term on 6 May 2021.“I would like to thank Fiona Leonard for her service as Chief Parliamentary Counsel. She has made a significant contribution to ensuring our system of government works smoothly,” David Parker said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:attorney-general, career, commonwealth, Government, legislation, London, New Zealand, Nicholson, parliament, quality, school, science, university, Victoria, Victoria University, Wellingtonlast_img read more

Essential public workers short-changed in Budget

first_imgEssential public workers short-changed in Budget Australian GreensThe Victorian Greens have welcomed major investments in mental health and schools in the 2021/22 state budget, but say the government’s decision to cut public sector wages and jobs will undermine our economic recovery.The Greens were pleased to see the government adopt the Greens’ policy of a land rezoning tax, and are glad the Treasurer has responded to Greens’ submissions calling for this, to both curb corruption and stop developers from making massive unearned profits.However, as part of its budget, the Victorian Labor Government will cut future real wages of the state’s 325,000 public sector workers, and strip $3.6 billion from the public sector.This follows the government spending $9 million dollars on private consultants to tell them where to cut the public service.Our public sector workers supported us through the pandemic, and yet now the government has decided to cut their real wages and cut their jobs.Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said the Greens were deeply concerned these cuts would lead to loss of jobs in essential services, and depress wages across the economy.She added it was outrageous that the workers who were the backbone of our COVID-19 public health response were being short-changed.This is no way to treat our essential workers, when the government could instead raise revenue through adopting the Greens’ idea of a tax on the super profits of the big banks.Every economist has said that if you cut the wages of our public sector workers, it depresses wages across the whole economy.And at a time when low wage growth is our biggest economic problem, this is the exact opposite of what the government should be doing.We need the Treasurer to reveal exactly where these cuts will be made, as well as the details of the review it commissioned from private consultants.As stated by Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:“It feels really unfair that the Labor government is trying to save money by making such deep cuts to the public sector, when these are the workers that were so essential to getting us through the pandemic.“During the pandemic, we all saw what happens when we don’t have properly funded public health services. Now is not the time to be cutting the public sector even further.“Health workers, teachers and other essential public workers should be recognised for their life-saving work, but with this budget it feels like they’re being punished.“The Greens will be pushing the government to reverse this decision.”As stated by Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell MP:“This is no way to treat our essential workers, when the government could instead raise revenue through adopting the Greens’ idea of a tax on the super profits of the big banks.“Every economist has said that if you cut the wages of our health workers, teachers and public sector workers, then it depresses wages across the whole economy.“I have to say I am surprised and disappointed that a Labor Treasurer is following Scott Morrison in cutting future wages and jobs of our essential public workers, when the people of Victoria need strong wages growth for a healthy economy.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, corruption, covid-19, Economy, Government, health, health services, mental, mental health, Morrison, pandemic, public health, revenue, Scott Morrison, spending, Victoria, wage growthlast_img read more

Nigeria new data from EFInA shows financial inclusion growth

first_imgNigeria new data from EFInA shows financial inclusion growth For the first time, more than half of Nigerian adults are using formal (regulated) financial services, according to newly published data from EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access). The EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria 2020 Survey shows that 51% of Nigerian adults are using formal financial services, such as bank, microfinance bank, mobile money, insurance, or pension accounts, up from 49% in 2018. This has largely been driven by growth in banking, with 45% of Nigerians banked in 2020, up from 40% in 2018.Growth in digital financial services and agent banking highlights opportunities to drive faster progress toward financial inclusion, particularly for excluded groups such as women, rural and Northern Nigerians.Although financial inclusion has grown in the past decade, Nigeria fell short of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy targets for 2020. The country had aimed to reach 70% of Nigerians with formal financial services by 2020; the actual figure was 51%. The strategy also set targets for overall financial inclusion, which counts Nigerians that use either formal financial services or informal financial services that are not nationally regulated, such as savings groups. The overall financial inclusion target was 80% by 2020; EFInA data shows that only 64% of Nigerian adults were financially included by the end of 2020. This means that 36% of Nigerian adults, or 38 million adults, remain completely financially excluded.In addition, large gaps in financial access remain for some of Nigeria’s most financially excluded groups. Women continue to be more financially excluded than men, with only 45% of women using formal financial services, compared with 56% of men. Adults in Northern Nigeria continue to be significantly more financially excluded than those in the southern zones, and rural adults are still more excluded than those in urban areas. Young adults, between the ages of 18-25, are significantly more likely than older adults to be financially excluded.In her goodwill message, Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability (FSS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said:Financial inclusion is a strong lever for bridging income inequality, combating poverty and preserving social harmony. The CBN has accordingly been at the forefront of the efforts to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria by championing the development & implementation of Nigeria’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy led by the CBN Governor.The Deputy Governor and Chair of the Financial Inclusion Technical Committee further remarked:Despite progress achieved to date, critical groups remained excluded including women, rural dwellers and citizens in the northern area. To address the issue with women, CBN launched a Framework for Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria in 2020 and is leading the industry to implement the framework, which we expect to lead to significant increase in women financial inclusion in Nigeria.Ashley Immanuel, CEO of EFInA, said:At our current rate of progress, we will not reach the 2020 financial inclusion targets until around 2030. However, we can reach these targets much faster if we follow paths taken by other African countries that have seen rapid financial inclusion growth due to mobile money. EFInA’s Access to Financial Services in Nigeria Surveys show that use of digital financial services and agent networks started to grow significantly between 2018 and 2020.Phone ownership has also increased, with 81% of Nigerians now owning mobile phones. Now is the time to build on this initial progress and drive faster financial inclusion growth through digital financial services such as mobile money. We can do this by creating an open and level playing field for a wide range of providers, creating the right environment for fintech to thrive, and encouraging partnerships between different providers.Financial inclusion can benefit individuals, families, and businesses, supporting key outcomes such as GDP growth. For the first time, the EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria 2020 Survey measured the financial health of Nigerian adults, finding that only 27% of Nigerian adults are considered financially healthy, while 39% are financially coping and 34% are financially vulnerable. Nigerians require a range of useful, affordable, and accessible financial services to meet all of their needs. Many Nigerian adults continue to rely on different types of providers to meet those needs; while use of banks increased in 2020, so did use of unregulated services such as savings groups and village associations.The EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria Survey highlights significant market opportunity for financial service providers to address Nigerians’ financial needs. For example, only 2% of Nigerian adults are insured, but 18 million uninsured adults say they would be interested in microinsurance. Only 7% of Nigerian adults have pension accounts, but 24 million adults without pensions are making regular savings for their retirement. While only 45% of Nigerians are banked, 35 million unbanked Nigerians own mobile phones and could be reached with mobile money.Gail Warrander, Economic Development Team Leader, Nigeria for the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, remarked:The EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria 2020 Survey shows that Nigeria has made progress on financial inclusion but there’s still a way to go. The report models how the journey to the financial inclusion goal can be speeded up by encouraging the scale up of mobile money.I firmly believe that the majority of those excluded, especially women and youth, could then enjoy the convenience of financial services, including using remote payments systems. This survey is full of rich data for policy makers, development partners and financial services companies to use. /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:Africa, African, Ashley, Central, central bank, commonwealth, Economic Development, financial services, GDP, GDP growth, Government, mobile phone, Nigeria, UK, UK Government, women, younglast_img read more