CEO quits Allied Irish Bank as concerns are raised about Ireland’s banker salary cap

first_imgShares in AIB dropped nine per cent to €3.75 this morning in response to the news, but have since recovered to €3.98.AIB was bailed out by the Irish state after the 2008 financial crash, leading to laws passed that capped salaries for senior staff at state-owned banks at €500,000.AIB floated on the Irish stock exchange in June 2017, making the government roughly €3.4bn. The state still owns 71 per cent of AIB.Senior figures at the bank have raised concerns that the cap is resulting in staff leaving for higher paid roles elsewhere.Byrne recently said in an interview with The Irish Times that turnover of senior staff is higher than normal and accelerating as the Dublin market expands to accommodate overseas firms wanting an EU base post-Brexit. The chief executive of Irish state-owned bank Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Bernard Byrne, will step down as chief executive in 2019 amid industry concerns about a salary cap on bankers. whatsapp News of Byrne’s departure comes only weeks after chief financial officer Mark Bourke said that he would be leaving the company early next year.It is likely to stir up controversy about the Irish government’s €500,000 (£443,000) salary cap, with group chairman Richard Pym claiming it is leading to high staff turnover.Of today’s announcement, Pym said: “It was a very grim day in my life when Bernard told me that he had an external opportunity which he wanted to pursue.”The fact that it came so soon after the resignation of our CFO, Mark Bourke, made it doubly difficult.” Max Kelly Pym called AIB “the training ground for the rest of the competition”, and said that pay caps and a ban on performance-related pay had made it “very difficult” for Irish-owned banks.In April, minister for finance Paschal Donohoe voted down a proposal by AIB to lift pay restrictions to allow it to offer a deferred annual share scheme that would award senior executives with shares up to the value of their salary.A government review into banking remuneration is expected to be complete towards the end of the year. Share Friday 26 October 2018 2:26 pm CEO quits Allied Irish Bank as concerns are raised about Ireland’s banker salary cap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyBridesBlushWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeBridesBlushzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.com whatsapp Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn denies burdening company with personal losses

first_imgNissan chief executive Hiroto Saikawa has pinned the blame on Ghosn and former representative director Greg Kelly, who was also fired.But the company has said it will take independent advice on how to improve its governance of director compensation.Ghosn has not yet commented publicly on allegations that he purchased expensive overseas homes for personal use using Nissan funds and that he under-reported his salary.A spokesperson for Ernst & Young Shin Nihon said the firm does not comment on individual cases. Nissan has been contacted for comment. Tags: Trading Archive Wednesday 28 November 2018 11:08 am whatsapp Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn denies burdening company with personal losses While Ghosn has acknowledged he consulted Nissan about the contract, he denies passing the losses to the firm, his lawyer Motonari Otsuru told Bloomberg.The comments come amid reports that Nissan’s auditor investigated transactions at the company relating to Ghosn’s alleged misconduct but found no evidence of wrongdoing.Ernst & Young Shin Nihon questioned Nissan executives on several occasions about the purchase of luxury houses and stock appropriation rights, a source told Reuters.Last week Ghosn was ousted as chairman of the car company following a board meeting at the company’s headquarters in Yokohama.The long-serving executive has experienced an abrupt fall from grace after he was arrested last Monday on suspicion of financial misconduct.center_img James Warrington Share whatsapp Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has denied passing personal trading losses to the car manufacturer, according to his lawyer.Japanese media reported yesterday that the ousted chairman may have transferred losses of ¥1.7bn (£11.7m) from a derivatives contract to the company in 2008. More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Hitting the right note: Piano Works to double bar tabs for May reopening

first_img James Warrington The singalong favourite is now taking bookings for its Farringdon and West End sites on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 20 May. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDad Patrol20 Photos That Will Open Your MindDad PatrolDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. Try these 7 websites.HomeLight.comZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldMoneyWise.com20 Places Where $150K Is More Than Enough To Retire MoneyWise.comFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestly whatsapp Piano Works is taking bookings at its Farringdon and West End venues from 20 May Piano Works is taking bookings at its Farringdon and West End venues from 20 May Also Read: Hitting the right note: Piano Works to double bar tabs for May reopening But the iconic ivory-tickling venue today announced it will now be among the first to reopen in May, bringing some much-needed music to their ears. Piano Works employs a string of independent musicians who perform non-stop tracks requested by the audience. From 20 May to 19 June, both venues will be open for dining, drinks or brunch for up to six people from any household or any number if they are only from two households. “Dancing and singing matters, it’s far easier to start dancing than to stop, we all have so much stored energy to release. This year we’ll make the decade roar as we sing and dance our way through the second summer of love.” After a year of closure caused by lockdown, fans of The Piano Works have not had much to sing about recently. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 23 March 2021 3:54 pm whatsapp Share Piano Works is taking bookings at its Farringdon and West End venues from 20 May Also Read: Hitting the right note: Piano Works to double bar tabs for May reopening From 21 June the company plans to open both bars with no restrictions in place, subject to government guidelines.  “The last time you stood on a dance floor was March last year. Now we can all share again the joyous space that our dance floor, stage and our excellent musicians create,” said Tristan Moffat, operations director of The Piano Works. Piano Works is also scaling up customers’ booze budget by offering to double punters’ bar tabs when they pre-pay for a drinks voucher on selected dates. Hitting the right note: Piano Works to double bar tabs for May reopening last_img read more

US poet laureate visits Alaska to celebrate poems in rural communities

first_imgKRNN | KRNN Tune IN | KXLL | KXLL Tune InUS poet laureate visits Alaska to celebrate poems in rural communitiesAugust 28, 2018 by Annie Bartholomew, KTOO Share:Tracy K. Smith, pictured here in 2017, is a two-term U.S. poet laureate. (Photo by Denise Applewhite/Princeton University Office of Communications)U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is making a stop in Juneau on Wednesday. It’s part of a national tour that’s bringing her to rural communities in Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Louisiana.She’s excited to take poetry to parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go.Smith won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poetry called “Life on Mars.” Here she is reading from her poem “The Weather in Space.” Her visit to Juneau culminates with a public reception at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum at 5 p.m. with a reading and discussion 6 p.m. Alaska’s State Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes will provide an introduction. Smith will give away copies of a new anthology “American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time.”The program will be recorded by 360 North for the series “At the APK” for later broadcast. Smith will also appear on Wednesday’s “A Juneau Afternoon.” Share this story:last_img read more

Barratt Developments sees property sales and completions jump in first half

first_imgWednesday 14 January 2015 8:04 pm Tags: Barratt Developments Company whatsapp Share Express KCS 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.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Barratt Developments sees property sales and completions jump in first half whatsapp Sales at residential property company Barratt Developments jumped by 17 per cent in the six months to 31 December, up to £1.68bn from £1.44bn in the first half of the 2014 financial year.Completions also increased, improving from 6,195 to 6,971. Of the total number of completions, 1,149 were in the affordable housing sector, which grew by 53 per cent from 751 last year. According to Barratt, the land market “remains attractive across all regions”. The company revealed that it secured further “excellent operational and strategic land opportunities that at least meet our minimum hurdle rates” during the first half. The firm expects to approve around 16,000 plots in the full financial year, with 7,242 plots approved in the first half. Mark Clare, Barratt’s group chief executive, stated: “We are on track for another significant improvement in our financial performance for the full year as we continue to operate in a disciplined way, building the highest quality homes in places people want to live. Our significant investment programme in new land continues to pay off and over the next six months we plan to open around 90 new sites which will give us the highest average number of developments for six years.”Analysts at Peel Hunt said that while Barratt’s shares have “slipped back a bit as a result of the recent bear raid on the sector”, the fundamentals remain intact. The broker added that it sees “a bit more value in Barratt than in the other two big liquid builders”. The company’s share price dropped by 0.12 per cent yesterday, to close at 425p per share. last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Another Alzheimer’s drug failure; HHS wants pharma to voluntarily lower prices

first_img By Ed Silverman June 12, 2018 Reprints Tags agingDonald Trumpdrug pricingpharmaceuticalspharmalittleresearchSTAT+ Ed Silverman Pharmalot Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. But busy is good, yes? Moreover, the tasks in front of us are made easier by a shiny sun and cool breeze enveloping the Pharmalot campus. This calls for celebratory cup of stimulation — chocolate cherry decadence is on tap — and, as always, we invite you to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. So there is no need to worry about those tiresome deductibles, copays, or rebates. Isn’t that nice? Meanwhile, here are some items of interest. Hope you have a swell day and please do keep in touch …Eli Lilly (LLY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) ended two late-stage trials of an experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease after the treatment failed to show any signs of working, adding to a litany of disappointments, Bloomberg News says. Like several others that failed, the drug targeted a protein called amyloid, thought to be a cause of the disease. The class of medicines known as BACE inhibitors operate before amyloid forms into deposits called plaques. Many researchers now believe that administering drugs after amyloid builds up in the brain may come too late to affect Alzheimer’s progress. [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STAT STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img Log In | Learn More What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED @Pharmalot What is it? About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Pharmalittle: Another Alzheimer’s drug failure; HHS wants pharma to voluntarily lower prices last_img read more

People Before Profit enter the fray in Laois-Offaly with well known community activist

first_img Facebook Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role GAA Home News People Before Profit enter the fray in Laois-Offaly with well known community… NewsPolitics WhatsApp Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSGeneral Election 2020Laois-Offaly ConstituencyPeople Before ProfitStephen TynanTheresa O’ Donohoe Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival People Before Profit enter the fray in Laois-Offaly with well known community activist WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Whelan – 15th January 2020 Facebook Stephen Tynan of People Before Profit People Before Profit have entered the political fray in Laois-Offaly.The Party will field a candidate in a general election in this constituency for the first time ever for the February 8 election.Their candidate is well known Portlaoise man, Stephen Tynan.People Before Profit are holding a meeting in Portlaoise this Thursday evening, January 16, to rally support for their new candidate.The meeting will take place in Lilly’s Bar on Main Street, Portlaoise at 6pm.In their notification for the meeting the Party say: “This is the first meeting of the People Before Profit Laois Group. Bring good mood and better ideas! Let’s start a revolution.”Stephen Tynan is originally from Main Street in the Town and now lives in the Heath. His family ran a well-known café in the town centre for many years and more recently it was the base for their taxi business. He also ran a computer business there.Stephen Tynan is a longstanding activist who has campaigned for housing rights, against water charges and the privatisation of the refuse service. He would have previously been aligned to the Sinn Féin party. He also campaigned on behalf of the National Association of Tenants Organisation, NATO.His father John contested elections for Sinn Féin in the 1960’s under the slogan, ‘Vote No 1, Tynan John’. Stephen now lives on the Heath which was the original family home place where his family were known as staunch republicans.He himself has worked in IT and ran one of the first ever computer shops in Portlaoise. He also has a diploma in Community Development from Maynooth.“My family are strong republicans. Our hero would be James Connolly who was an advocate of a 32 county socialist Republic as are People Before Profit.“A vote for me or People Before Profit will not be used to prop up either A Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael Taoiseach, that’s what has the country in the state it’s in as they have been in charge for the past 80 years. We have to break that cycle.”The first time candidate says they need all the help they can get and he would appreciate any support from people interested in this campaign.“Anyone who wants to help, please do.”“The problem with politics today is that they are all in it for the money and the fat salary. I would not be like that and we do not accept any corporate donations so we are entirely depending on working people because that’s who we represent working people.“If I’m elected I will remain as a working person as I will only be taking the average industrial wage and the rest of the Dáil salary will be donated to local causes.”In a statement, Stephen Tynan said; “Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have run this country for nearly eighty years. Their policies have produced great inequality and terrible public services. Ireland now has the unenviable record of having the longest waiting lists for access to hospital services in Europe.“Governments led by these parties have run down the stock of council housing and will not do anything to cut rising rents.“As a candidate of People Before Profit, Stephen makes a pledge to the electorate, a vote for him will never be used to put a FG or FF Taoiseach into office.“Instead he is presenting a set of what he describes as radical policies which break the cycle of right-wing domination. He says that public land should not be sold off to private developers but should be used for social and affordable housing.“I want to restore the retirement age to 65, while the two main conservative parties want to increase it to 68. I will stand up for working people and expose corporate greed. I am committed to radical action on climate change and want proper grants and public enterprise to retrofit homes.”In a related development, Theresa O’ Donohoe, who lived in Laois for a number of years and who was an active campaigner here on social, equality, immigration and environmental issues has just declared that she is also to contest the general election for People Before Profit in the Clare constituency where she is now living in Lisdoonvarna.Theresa O’ Donohoe, who is well known in Laois has declared to contest the general election in County Clare for People Before Profit.Stephen Tynan’s candidature comes just a day after the Labour Party representative, Eoin Barry from Killeshin withdrew from the election race citing work commitments as the primary reason. As it stands the Labour Party will have no candidate at all on the ballot in Laois-Offaly.People Before Profit were founded in 2005 and had three TDs in the outgoing Dáil, Richard Boyd Barrett, Bríd Smith and Gino Kenny.Stephen Tynan (second from left) is a long time community activist for public services, housing and against water charges. He is pictured here on a picket outside County Hall in Portlaoise in the 1980’s protesting the privatisation of the refuse collection service with members of NATO and the Labour Party. (Photo by Jim Yorke)See Also: Laois-Offaly constituency a totally different kettle of fish in 2020 Previous articleCalls for improvements to ‘spooky’ pedestrian path under Portlaoise bridgeNext articleAll of this week’s golf results from Laois clubs John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. News last_img read more

Labour Ministry Moves to Improve Employment Opportunities for the Disabled

first_imgLabour Ministry Moves to Improve Employment Opportunities for the Disabled UncategorizedMarch 12, 2008 Advertisements RelatedLabour Ministry Moves to Improve Employment Opportunities for the Disabled RelatedLabour Ministry Moves to Improve Employment Opportunities for the Disabledcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is moving to improve employment opportunities for the disabled through a number of measures, including the implementation of a registry, hotline and legislation.According to the State Minister, Andrew Gallimore the aim of the registry is to have a record of qualified persons within the disabled community, while the hotline is geared at facilitating the concerns of disabled persons.“We are going to be setting up a registry of disabled persons [so that] persons, who have prepared themselves well to make a contribution can be given a job, and a hotline that any concerned citizen or family member can call,” he explained in an interview with JIS News.He stated that one of his main concerns for the disabled community is that they are not being employed although they are trained. “What is concerning me is that when persons are trained in different areas, they are not being absorbed into the job market. When we look at persons, who have disabilities, they have a tremendous contribution that they can make to the growth and development of the country. What we need to do is to get them acting in the workforce as much as is possible,” he said.The State Minister, who has responsibility for persons with disabilities within the Ministry, last week appointed a new advisory board for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).Mr. Gallimore said he is pleased with the composition of the new board, which is appointed every two years, as it included several persons with disabilities. “In a sense, there is a balance, so that the views that are there are well weighed,” he noted.He informed that for this year, the JCPD will be looking to significantly increase opportunities for persons with disabilities. “We want to play the role in identifying those persons who are qualified and then we are going to be taking a targeted approach to get them placed in the public sector and the private sector,” he said.In terms of penalizing persons, who discriminate against the disabled, the State Minister disclosed that legislation will come into force soon to deal with the issue. He noted however that legislation, by itself, will not solve the problem.“If you have 100 jobs and a person with a disability applies, it is going to be difficult even if there is legislation to determine the basis on which they were or were not selected, because there are many applicants,” Mr. Gallimore pointed out.He said that the public must be educated about the disabled community, as a disabled person can contribute to the growth and development of the country. “What we need to do is to educate the public, create a paradigm shift, get people to understand that if they were to become disabled tomorrow or if a member of their family was to become disabled, let them reflect on how they would want to be treated,” he said. Over time, Mr. Gallimore reasoned, this will reduce the myths and beliefs that now exist about the abilities of the disabled. RelatedLabour Ministry Moves to Improve Employment Opportunities for the Disabledlast_img read more

Enhanced regular testing to keep high risk hotel quarantine staff safe

first_imgEnhanced regular testing to keep high risk hotel quarantine staff safe New Directions require key State-run quarantine hotel personnel to be tested regularly Extra layer of protection for WA’s successful and robust hotel quarantine operationInfection prevention and control processes continue to be monitored to keep WA safe Hotel quarantine security personnel and cleaning staff assisting in the frontline response to COVID-19 will be required to undertake testing from today, as part of a new weekly mandatory testing program.The new Directions require security and cleaning staff at all State-run quarantine hotels to be tested every seven days to better protect these workers in higher risk environments.This new testing program is in addition to the protection measures already applied at Western Australia’s State-run quarantine hotel system.Workers are provided regular refresher training in the correct application and removal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control practices by trained public health nurses. This new measure is an additional layer of reassurance to ensure these systems are working.All other staff employed at State-run quarantine hotels already have access to testing under the DETECT Borders program. Frontline workers can receive asymptomatic testing at COVID-19 clinics at any time as often as every seven days.This extra layer of testing will ensure that any transmission of illness is identified and managed swiftly to limit any further transmission.Lessons learnt from outbreaks in Victoria and South Australia have shown that hotel quarantine is a key source of infection because they are used for international arrivals. In Western Australia, the State Government continues to work around the clock to ensure that all staff – tasked with keeping the Western Australian community safe – are also protected.The new direction came into effect at 12.01am on Friday November 20. As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:“This new initiative will enable us to strengthen the already robust processes we have in place through our hotel quarantine program.“We know that international arrivals continue to pose the greatest risk of COVID-19 infections and it’s vital that we have every possible protection in place to manage the risk of transmission.“Security guards and cleaning staff working in hotel quarantine are a vital part of our frontline defence. Their professionalism and commitment has been vital to ensuring that Western Australia has been the safest State in Australia for many, many months.“This new testing regime is an extra layer of caution to help protect these workers, their families and the Western Australian community.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, community, covid-19, Government, health minister, infection, Minister, operation, public health, security, South Australia, testing, Victoria, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Film Victoria and screen industry leaders reunite to kick-start careers of diverse storytellers

first_imgFilm Victoria and screen industry leaders reunite to kick-start careers of diverse storytellers Film Victoria is partnering with the ABC, Princess Pictures and Fremantle to offer two more 12-month paid positions for Indigenous and traditionally under-represented Victorian creative talent to kick-start their careers in screen, following the successful pilot of the Victorian Screen Development Internships this year.Film Victoria’s Victorian Screen Development Internships are open to diverse creators with a passion for storytelling, whether they’re playwrights, performers or producers from across the arts sector, providing they have some experience developing, producing or writing creative content, projects or productions.Designed to overcome traditional barriers to entering the screen industry, the internships aim to fast-track career progression by spanning the full scope of screen content development, with successful applicants spending up to four months with each screen organisation.Year one interns Nikki Tran and Davey Thompson took full advantage of what the internships offered – from giving notes on scripts and deepening their knowledge of commissioning to assisting on the set of How To Stay Married season two. Nikki is continuing to develop her own projects as well as working with Fremantle about opportunities in their scripted department, while Davey is now a Development Associate with Screen Australia’s Indigenous Unit.Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said: “The Victorian Government is working to open up new career opportunities in our creative industries and ensuring that our creative sector represents the diversity of the Victorian community. We’re proud to support this program which will bring new voices and new perspectives into the screen industry and set a strong foundation for the next generation of screen leaders.”Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “Having seen firsthand the fresh ideas and insights that Nikki and Davey bring to the table, I couldn’t be more excited for them to take the next steps in their careers. Their success demonstrates the value of in-depth programs like these and I am thrilled that we’re now supporting two more diverse storytellers, in partnership with the ABC, Princess Pictures and Fremantle.”Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Diverse creative talent is the lifeblood of our industry and the ABC is committed to supporting our next generation of content makers. We are proud to again join with Film Victoria, Princess Pictures and Fremantle in providing a development opportunity for emerging and under-represented Australian creatives to flourish.”Laura Waters, Company Founder/Producer, Princess Pictures, said: “Having new, fresh voices as part of our work is vital, and Davey was a revelation. We hope to continue our relationship with him as he made an incredible contribution during his time at Princess, and are excited to be part of this very successful program again.”Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Fremantle Asia-Pacific, said: “35 years of producing Neighbours in Melbourne has meant that Fremantle has benefitted from significant emerging talent in Victoria. It is part of the Fremantle DNA that it continues to play a part in the next generation of creative talent. We’re thrilled to partner with Film Victoria and the ABC on this vital pathway to employment.”Applications for the Victorian Screen Development Internships are now open and close 11pm Thursday 14 January 2021. Visit film.vic.gov.au/funding/business-skills-support /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, community, DNA, employment, Film Victoria, Fremantle, Government, Indigenous, industry, Laura, Melbourne, Minister, Screen Australia, spending, Victorialast_img read more