UK house price growth expected to surge as post-election supply bounce lacking

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily Proof Hopes for a post-election surge in the supply of houses to the market have failed to materialise, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said today.“Tight supply conditions continue to be a key factor underpinning prices, with fresh instructions to sell becoming increasingly sparse while average stocks per surveyor fell to a new record low [52 properties],” RICS said.The average stock of houses per surveyor is now down by 12 per cent since the start of 2015. Surveyors now expect price growth to accelerate of the coming months on the back of the supply shortage.“There had been some hope that the removal of political uncertainty would encourage more properties onto the market but the initial indications are that this is not proving to be the case. As a result, it is hardly surprising that prices across much of the country are continuing to be squeezed higher with property set to become ever more unaffordable,” said RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn.Meanwhile, house prices climbed by 4.5 per cent in May, just a third of what the rate that was seen this time last year, according to figures published today by LSL property services. London is no longer home to the fastest growing house prices, LSL said, with price growth of 5.2 per cent – below the South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands. This drop has been led by properties in Kensington and Chelsea, which are 16 per cent cheaper than their autumn peak. LSL said the biggest constraint on the top end of the market had been stamp duty changes.“The melody of growth has slowed, with monthly house price rises now just a third of what they were a year ago. But the property market is still hitting the high notes – with the average home in England and Wales currently worth £277,178. This is the fourth new record for property values this year,” said Adrian Gill, director of Reeds Rains and Your Move estate agents. Wednesday 10 June 2015 8:37 pm whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Express KCS UK house price growth expected to surge as post-election supply bounce lacking Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment Guruzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBall Tags: UK house priceslast_img read more

People / Loic Gay to head up Norbert Dentressangle’s forwarding division

first_img Norbert Dentressangle has announced that Loïc Gay joined in March to head up the group’s Air & Sea division.He brings with him over 14 years air and sea freight management experience, having held commercial and operational management positions with DSV and DB Schenker, amongst other companies.Mr Gay is a graduate of EDHEC Business School in Lille and has worked in France, Belgium, Australia and the US.Norbert Dentressangle chief executive Hervé Montjotin said: “As head of Norbert Dentressangle’s Air & Sea Division, Loïc Gay is tasked with overseeing the next stage in the development of our freight forwarding business.”The company’s Air & Sea business had a turnover of €206m last year, up 42% from 2013, with offices in 14 countries. By Gavin van Marle 15/04/2015last_img read more

People / Gary Wilson and Mark McKenna new men at the top at B&H Worldwide

first_img B&H Worldwide has made a double appointment: Gary Wilson becomes managing director and Mark McKenna (pictured above) is promoted to the newly created head of global operations and quality role.Mr Wilson has spent the past three years working alongside group chief executive Stuart Allen to shape the company’s strategic development, including expanding its European presence.He has also been responsible for the expansion of B&H’s Miami hub, alongside developing the company’s 24/7 control tower in Asia.Mr McKenna’s promotion comes just a year after joining the company as head of operations, having spent nearly eight years at Agility as its freight manager.During the past 12 months, he has been leading the EMEA team, and Mr Allen noted he was at the “forefront” of streamlining operational processes.In his new role, Mr McKenna will focus on standardising B&H operations worldwide, and – together with Mr Wilson – will be based out of the company’s head office at Heathrow.“These two individuals lead by example within our organisation and their new and enhanced roles will ensure our continued growth is underpinned by both strategic and operational excellence worldwide,” said Mr Allen. By Alexander Whiteman 24/10/2018last_img read more

Backed by Amazon Care and Intermountain, a new coalition lobbies for policy changes around at-home care

first_img Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED 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. About the Author Reprints Adobe The telehealth boom has made one thing clear: The era of health care provided exclusively within the confines of a clinic or hospital is over.In the hopes of making the shift to virtual care more permanent, Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Sirona Strategies formed a coalition earlier this month called Moving Health Home. The organization’s 10 members include virtual-first care company Amazon Care, hospital chains Ascension and Intermountain Health, and risk-based senior care group Landmark Health. Together, they plan to advocate for a suite of policy changes that would widen access to at-home care — and allow providers to be reimbursed more readily for those services. Backed by Amazon Care and Intermountain, a new coalition lobbies for policy changes around at-home care GET STARTED Health Tech What is it? Log In | Learn More What’s included? By Erin Brodwin March 18, 2021 Reprints linkedin.com/in/erinbrodwin/ 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. @erbrod [email protected] Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. Erin Brodwin Tags government agenciesmedical technologylast_img read more

Portarlington Tidy Town’s Spring Clean a huge success as they call for law changes

first_img GAA Portarlington Tidy Town’s Spring Clean a huge success as they call for law changes Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home News Portarlington Tidy Town’s Spring Clean a huge success as they call for… News Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 12th April 2019 Pinterest GAA Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSTidy Towns Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleThree new Autism classes for Laois – FlemingNext articleIn Pictures: Laois secondary school bring first ever hockey season to a close Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter GAA WhatsApp WhatsApp The Tidy Town’s ‘Spring Clean’ of Portarlington was a big success.Over 100 volunteers took part at over 28 different locations across the town and surrounding areas.200 sacks of rubbish were collected – which is considerably less than last year despite covering the same locations.David Maher who organises the clean up in Portarlington said: “After years of seeing the problem getting worse and worse it is good to see an improvement this year.“While some of the improvement was down to the work of Laois County Council and in particular or our local litter warden, the truth is that much of the improvement is down to the departure from the town of certain individuals who were heavily involved in illegal dumping.“It is pattern we have seen again and again over the years where 99% of illegal dumping is accounted for by 1-2% of the population.”David also called for changes in the law that he believes would combat illegal dumping.He said: “Ireland is relatively unique in the western world, in that we make the paying for rubbish collection optional.“In all other developed countries waste collection is a service provided by the local authority and paid for by a Local Property Tax (LPT)- which is both fair and efficient.“Unless we remove the incentive to illegally dump – how can we expect to tackle the problem? The decision of the the Environment minister, Richard Bruton, not to review the LPT and use this to fund an improved waste management services is very regrettable.”Maher concluded: “It really comes down to a lack of leadership and political courage by those is power.Voluntary groups like ourselves and indeed the efforts of Local county councils can’t solve the problem when the system itself is broke at a national level and needs to be fixed.”SEE ALSO – New sports hall and TJ Doheny World Title fight in Town gets Council’s blessing Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior Ladies football Team of the Year

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest 13- Laura Marie Maher (Sarsfields) Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Home GAA Ladies Football Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior Ladies football Team of the Year GAALadies FootballSport After so many years of injuries, 2020 was a year which saw Laura Marie Maher excel in both Ladies football and camogie.The free scoring forward’s return certainly boosted Sarsfields as they reached yet another final.14- Aisling Kehoe (Portlaoise)Like Aisling Saunders, Aisling Kehoe has soldiered with Portlaoise for many years.She was simply outstanding in the final, kicking 1-3 from play, and helping her team make history.15- Shaunagh Jackson (Portlaoise)The final player on this year’s team is Shaunagh Jackson who transferred into Portlaoise this year.Electric pace and a real eye for goal, her scoring power throughout the campaign was a real positive for this Portlaoise team.SEE ALSO – The Midweek Podcast: Pub struggles, a Christmas book and music challenges Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Teenager Aoife was remarkably consistent throughout the championship as her side went on to claim glory.Her kick outs were flawless and she certainly has a huge future ahead of her.2- Sarah Fleming (Portlaoise)The backbone of this Portlaoise team was the strength of their younger players – and Sarah Fleming falls into that category.A brilliant defender, Fleming is an excellent camogie and basketball player too which all adds to her game.3- Amy Potts (St Brigid’s)St Brigid’s reached the semi finals of the championship this year and the defensive traits of Amy Potts certainly aided them.Her ability to turnover ball and start counter attacks from deep inside her own half is a key feature of her game.4- Rachel Williams (Sarsfields)A tigerish competitor, Rachel Williams completes our selection on the full back line.A real pocket-rocket type players with blinding pace which she uses to make her a fine defender and competent attacker in equal measure.5- Aoife Kirrane (St Conleth’s)Aoife Kirrane, leftA flying wing back with a real eye for goal, Aoife Kirrane is the only St Conleth’s player to make the team this year.A capable free taker, Kirrane is a key component of her team and is extremely versatile.6- Aisling Saunders (Portlaoise)Aisling SaundersCaptain fantastic Aisling Saunders has been through the mill with Portlaoise over the years but got her reward in the end when they claimed glory.A real driving force from centre back, she is one of Portlaoise’s most important players.7- Amy Loughman (Sarsfields)Completing the half back line selection is Sarsfields defender Amy Loughman.She was excellent throughout the season but particularly in the county final where she made a number of interceptions and blocks at crucial times – as well as rampaging forward when possible.8- Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise)Any functioning midfield needs a powerful presence and Fiona Dooley certainly provides that for Portlaoise.She can score too – popping up with a point in the final – and she is another young player with a bright future ahead.9- Ellen Healy (Portlaoise)A real dynamo, Ellen Healy simply had to be in this team.Just touched off for player of the match in the county final, Healy always gives 100% and her work rate both on and off the ball is unmatchable.10- Clare Conlon (Sarsfields)Coming into the twilight of her career now, Clare Conlon is still leading the line for Sarsfields.She was their top scorer this season once again with both her free-taking and efforts from play typically flawless.11- Sarah Anne Fitzegerald (Portlaoise)Castletown native Sarah Anne Fitzgerald grabbed the Ladies football championship by the scruff of its neck this year and helped drive Portlaoise to glory.Having played camogie for Laois for the majority of her career, Fitzgerald switched codes and represented the Laois Ladies following the conclusion of this – and shone in that sphere too.12- Orla Hennessy (Timahoe)Leinster Schools Player of the match Orla Hennessy with mam Yvonne in 2019 2020 was a real breakthrough year for Orla Hennessy who was Timahoe’s most consistent player this year.She went on to star for the Laois Ladies at wing forward and, like so many of these, has a really bright future ahead. TAGSLaois Ladies SFCTeam of the Year Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Electric Picnic Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2020 Twitter Previous articleThe Midweek Podcast: Pub struggles, a Christmas book and music challengesNext articleAlmost €1 million per year ‘bad use of taxpayers’ money’ on rented public service buildings LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival The Ladies SFC came to a conclusion back in September as Portlaoise defeated Sarsfields to claim glory.It was an historic victory for Portlaoise as it was their first ever win.And in the process, they denied Sarsfields of claiming their own bit of history as, if they had won, they would have been crowned champions for the eighth year in a row – something that has never been done before.Portlaoise lead the way on our Team of the Year with eight spots while defeated finalists Sarsfields have four.In total, five of the six clubs who competed have representation on the team.Check it out below:1- Aoife Hyland Conlon (Portlaoise) Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior Ladies football Team of the Year Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

West German radio gave Easterners window to world during Cold War

first_img News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April The role of media such as television andradio is known as a crucial element in German unification. Since East Germanyfirst permitted East-West TV broadcasts in 1970, Eastern citizens were able toeasily access unbiased information through West German programming. However,even before that, East Germans were able to gain exposure to West German mediaimmediately following their separation using illegal means. West Germany sentinformation to East Germans about the free world through shortwave radio,loudspeakers, and leaflets, despite the fact that East Germany tried to blockthese efforts using measures like radio signal jamming.After the country’s division, East Germanywas ruled by an autocratic leadership and was cut off from the outside world.Despite the East German government’s tactics of punishing listeners and signaljamming, East German citizens braved the consequences because of their longingfor freedom and information. In this regard, they are similar to pirate radiolisteners in North Korea. Regional experts generally agree that media played asignificant role in changing the perspective of East Germans, inspiring them todemand freedom of travel to the West, and setting up the foundations for theirprotests and planning for unification. A behind the scenes photo of West Germany’s cross-country radio program RIAS, which wasthe most popular among East German citizens during the country’s separation in the Cold War.Image: RIAS West German radio gave Easterners window to world during Cold War The West German government’s publiclyproduced radio played a big role in enlightening the East German people. Justlike today’s situation with North Korea, it was not possible to send a TVsignal to East Germany in the early days. In the 1950s and 1960s, radiobroadcasts were beamed across the border to inform the East German citizens ofthe outside world. The Soviet Union was the first to launch a propagandabroadcast station in the East European bloc. The American led alliesestablished the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (RIAS, or Broadcasting Service in the American Sector) radio station on the Western side. After the officialpartition of Germany in the Cold War, other allied stations also sprang up,such as Deutschlandfunk and Deutschewelle.At the same time in East Germany, allinformation being reported came out of the Socialist Unification Party. As partof an effort to gain an advantage and block foreign influence, they retained amonopoly on media dissemination. This ensured that no information from theoutside world contradicted the official state positions.  On the otherhand, West Germans were privy to reports that updated them about the situationin East Germany. They were also given access to satire and dramas that depictedthe lives of East Germans. For these reasons, the East Germans had more faithin the West German media than in their native media outlets.RIAS editor-in-chief and Deutschewellereporter Hans Jürgen Pickert said, “RIAS and the other broadcasters wereoriginally set up for a West German audience. But the production crew was deadset on making the signal reach into the East. The East German citizens weredoubly enticed because they know that the same programs they were listening towere trusted and enjoyed by the West Germans. An anonymous representative from the Bundespresseamt (Federal Press Office) said, “The West German radiostations were not devised to change East German thinking or destroy theSocialist government. They merely focused on conveying information about theWest German people’s daily life. Unexpectedly, this sort of natural style ofbroadcasting ended up enlightening a large amount of Eastern listeners and evenhelped in eliciting political changes.”From the 1960s West Germany transmittedPublic Television Station One (Das Erste) and Two (ZDF) into East Germany.These channels includes news, entertainment, and cultural programming. In the1970s, the broadcasting of West German stations into the East became even morewidespread. East German native and head of Stasi Records Agency (BStU) Roland Jahn said, “Up until the 1960s, watching TVfrom the West was a punishable offense, but it couldn’t hold people back. Welived in East Germany during the day but in West Germany at night. In the1970s, there was almost a tacit tolerance for the viewing and listening ofoutside media. The Eastern government simply couldn’t hold back the barrage ofinterest in Western media.”The Social Democratic Party’s Willy Brandtlaunched the “Look East Policy.” It started to gain momentum at the start of1973. Up until that point, cross-country communication was limited todisseminating leaflets across the border and using loudspeakers at keylocations like the Berlin Wall. In the case of the leaflet dissemination, manydepartments were involved and it was a thoroughly prepared strategy.Robert Lebegern is director of theDeutsch-Deutschen Museum Mödlareuth (Mödlareuth Border Museum). He said, “Western Europe used everything fromrockets, balloons and wind to spread the leaflets. They would releaseapproximately 500-1000 A4 sized papers at once into East German regions. On theEastern side, teachers ordered students to collect the leaflets and then theStasi would do an investigation.”Director Lebegern also said, “For the most part, the loudspeaker broadcastswent from East Germany to West Germany, but there were also instances of youngpeople from the West engaging in regular, organized broadcasts usingloudspeakers near the Berlin Wall.  These youngsters built a temporarystudio and relayed the news through megaphones.”   SHARE The peace protests in East Germany that set off the destruction of the Berlin Wall.Experts who were present at the protests remarked, “The Western Media broadcastsplayed a large part in sparking the collective anger that led to the protests.”Image: Bundesarchive News “Without the cross-border broadcasts, therewould not have been any peace protests.” According to experts from EastGermany, the West German broadcasts provided “a window to the world,” “a meansto find the strength to go on living,” and “a door to a new consciousness.” Butthese broadcasts did not simply convey information, they also provided anindirect framework for the East Germans to understanding what it meant to livein a free country. It also stimulated anti-government sentiment and laid thefoundation for unification.East Berlin native Anna Kaminsky served asexecutive director of the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung derSED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal ofthe SED Dictatorship). She said,“the East Germans who longed for legitimate news and information for so longdid not keep these sources to themselves when they found out how to access WestGerman radio and TV. They went around discussing the content with theirfriends. After interacting with and sharing this content, East Germans beganreflecting upon their own lives. This led them to the difficult task ofrecalibrating their mentalities. This type of consciousness grew into thedemocratic protests and the border reforms.”  Director Kaminsky continued, “Itis certainly true that the oppressed Germans of the Soviet Bloc were in need ofunbiased information, but I think they needed something more than that. Theyneeded to hear that they were not being left behind by the free world. Theyneeded some sense of connection with the Western part of the country.Cross-border broadcasts thus served both purposes: provided information andassurance.”  Herbert Wagner was an enthusiastic listenerof Dresden’s Deutschlandfunk and Deutschewelle broadcasts and now serves as the director of Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße Dresden (Former interrogation prison for DistrictDresden of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR) He said, “Western broadcasts gave usthe energy and courage to carry on under difficult conditions and oppression.If there were never any broadcasts, I likely would have thought that the Westhad forgotten about us, and was content to enjoy their freedoms without tryingto assist us. I think the broadcasts became a sort of door for me to useto escape my immediate surrounding and understand the world at large.”Jürgen Reiche, Secretary General of Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Leipzig’s Forum for ContemporaryHistory), remarked that, “even though therevolutionaries in East Europe did not know one another in the beginning, theradio broadcasts brought them the information they needed to understand thetrue situation. This helped set off a powder keg of anti-government sentiment.Just as 100,000 people gathered together to start a revolution for peace afterhearing the West German broadcasts in East Germany, South Korean radiobroadcasts into North Korea will have a large impact in terms of influencingthe mindset of North Koreans,” he concluded.*This article has been brought to you thanks to support from the Korea PressFoundation. Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2015.12.21 1:40pm News One of RIAS’s popular entertainments programs was called “Mystery Sunday.” The aboveimage shows postcards sent from East German fans to the show’s producers. In order tododge the East German censors and communicate with their audience, the show changedits address regularly. Image: RIAS AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

FINRA creates new investor committee

first_imgJames Langton At the same time, the regulator also announced the appointment of two new public governors — Dr. Brigitte Madrian a professor of public policy and corporate management at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Dr. Luis Viceira, a professor at Harvard Business School. They will join the board in January. FINRA says that Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior. And, Dr. Viceira studies asset allocation strategies for long-term investors, both individuals and institutions, and capital markets, with an emphasis on the Treasury bond market and the term structure of interest rates, and household finance. “Brigitte’s expertise in behavioral economics and Luis’ focus on asset allocation and capital markets will bring valuable perspectives to FINRA’s board as we pursue our mission to protect investors and ensure market integrity,” said Richard Ketchum, FINRA’s chairman and CEO. “I am eager to work with our new Investor Issues Committee, which will help FINRA better understand the needs and protect the interests of the investing public.” FINRA is overseen by a 24-person board, comprised of 13 public governors, 10 industry governors and FINRA’s CEO. Governors are appointed or elected to three-year terms and can only serve two consecutive terms. NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img The U.S. self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), has created a new committee to give greater attention to investor issues, and the investor view of its work. FINRA says that its newly created Investor Issues Committee will launch in January 2014 to advise senior staff at the SRO on proposed rulemaking, policy initiatives and other issues that significantly impact both retail and institutional investors. It will also help inform the regulator’s economic analysis from the perspective of investors. OSC finalizes DSC ban Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

Seizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Regional Reception Centre 5 December

first_imgSeizure of contraband and unauthorized items at Regional Reception Centre 5 December From: Correctional Service CanadaOn November 30, 2020, around 6:30 p.m., as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Regional Reception Centre, a federal multi-level security institution in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.On November 30, 2020, around 6:30 p.m., as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Regional Reception Centre, a federal multi-level security institution in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.The contraband and unauthorized items seized included six cell phones with SIM cards and chargers, a homemade knife, a hacksaw blade, 1 gram of suboxone and 10.3 grams of hashish.The total estimated institutional value of this seizure is $14 830. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.CSC is heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions in order to help ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.CSC has set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions so that it may receive additional information about activities relating to security at CSC institutions. These activities may be related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members working at CSC institutions.The toll-free number, 1‑866‑780‑3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous. /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:Canada, Dogs, drug, environment, Government, hacking, homemade, police, property, Safety, securitylast_img read more

Camas City Council wrestles with budget, fire/EMS discussions

first_img2021 legislative agenda approved by council membersOn Monday afternoon, members of the Camas City Council continued their deliberations over their bi-annual budget planning process. Critical issues surrounding the fire and EMS services continued to dominate the discussion. The council moved forward to approving a 2-year $170 million dollar budget.A critical piece was whether or not to approve up to a 1 percent increase in the city’s tax levy. State law limits the authority of a city to raise their levy to no more than a unique “inflation” calculation, or 1 percent. The Implicit Price Deflator (IPD) or inflation number for 2020 is 0.6 percent. The council has the option to take no increase, to increase the levy by 0.6 percent; raise the levy by 1 percent; or if they do not take the increase, they can “bank” that 1 percent increase for use in the future.Total taxpayer revenues generally grow by more than 1 percent as new home construction adds additional funding. The city reports: “Revenues for the General Fund are primarily taxes such as property taxes, sales taxes and charges for services. Property taxes are expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2019 and 3.7 percent in 2020. This growth will be primarily due to growth in new construction growth in housing and commercial projects in the City.”The Camas City Council approved a 1 percent increase in both the property tax levy and EMS levy at the Monday meeting. A public comment period on the budget and the tax increase is open through the Dec. 7 meeting. Graphic courtesy of city of CamasThe Camas City Council approved a 1 percent increase in both the property tax levy and EMS levy at the Monday meeting. A public comment period on the budget and the tax increase is open through the Dec. 7 meeting. Graphic courtesy of city of CamasCouncilor Shannon Roberts spoke about not increasing taxes on the people.“I don’t believe that now is the time to be burdening businesses and citizens with more taxes,” Roberts said. She gave a personal example of the increased tax burden homeowners face. She purchased her home in June of 2015. Property taxes were a little over $2,000. “Currently my taxes are $3,073; that’s a 52 percent increase in five years — $500 alone in 2019,” she said. “Simply put, we’re taxing people out of their homes. How can we raise taxes during this time period? No matter how small of an increase, it always adds up later on.”A public comment period was opened at Monday’s meeting on the property tax issue, per state law It will remain open until the City Council Regular Meeting on Dec. 7, 2020. The published agenda stated “The impact will be nominal to most homeowners, approximately $13 for the year on average.”One concern raised by Councilor Don Chaney was language in the mayor’s proposal which dedicated the entire 1 percent increase to funding Fire/EMS. That language was included in the resolution. Given that Washougal is unable to fund their full obligation under the current agreement, Chaney didn’t want to dedicate the 1 percent increase to Fire/EMS funding when the entire agreement between the two cities may be falling apart.Recently the Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) hired five new positions. The present agreement calls for Washougal to pay 40 percent. They were unable to fully meet this obligation last year. The cities reached agreement allowing Washougal to fund their part of two new positions, and Camas picked up the balance of the cost. This fall, Washougal has indicated their financial constraints continue and they cannot afford to cover their full obligation. (See story here).At the Nov. 2 council meeting, the council considered funding four additional firefighter/paramedics to eliminate cross-staffing at Camas-Washougal Fire District Station 42. One option was to dedicate the 1 percent tax increase to fund the positions. Council directed staff to develop a 2021-2022 Budget package with two new positions in 2021 and two in 2022. One component of the funding would be dedicating the property tax 1 percent.During council discussions it was mentioned that the union contract limits the ability of the city to have volunteer firefighters assist the department.The council directed City Administrator Jamal Fox to work with Washougal City Administrator Dave Scott at the Nov. 2 meeting. Some initial discussions were begun but there is no resolution of the issue. Fox asked the council to give him until Feb. 15 to work with Washougal for a resolution, one way or another. Scott was listening to the meeting. He shared that the Washougal council members are committed to the partnership, but they remain financially constrained. The Camas council members don’t want to hire additional fire fighters when Washougal is unable to meet their current obligations at present staffing levels. “The longer we keep kicking this can the worse the problem is going to get. I do not want it to delay,” said Anderson.The council allowed Fox to continue working with Scott until February, “We just can’t continue to impose this on our community and affect the other services that we provide,” said Chaney.Several fire fighters gave public comments, reminding the council that the staffing issue has been a 20-year problem that remains unresolved. Five of nine desired positions have been hired recently.The Camas City Council can take no levy increase, an “inflation” increase of 0.6 percent for next year, or up to a full 1 percent. This shows the impact on the budget and for an “average” homeowner of the various choices. Graphic courtesy city of CamasThe Camas City Council can take no levy increase, an “inflation” increase of 0.6 percent for next year, or up to a full 1 percent. This shows the impact on the budget and for an “average” homeowner of the various choices. Graphic courtesy city of CamasIn order to raise taxes by the full 1 percent, the council had to approve a resolution saying there is a “substantial need” to go above the IPD inflation rate of 0.6 percent. That resolution was passed The council had a requirement to approve an increase in the levy amount by the end of November. The council voted to approve raising taxes by the full 1 percent, with only councilors Roberts and Steve Hogan voting “No.”Additionally, the council had to address raising the Fire/EMS levy by 1 percent. That resolution passed as well, with only Roberts voting “No.”The council had a discussion on water quality issues of Lacamas Lake. Included in the budget is $300,000 for lake water quality. Fox shared the city is working with Clark County and the state to begin addressing the issue. Public Works Director Steve Wall indicated most of the funding will go to consultants to begin studying the problem. “I look at this as like a 20-year project,” said Hogan. “This is a unique lake and it has unique problems. Algae is the number one problem and dealing with our stormwater that’s going into the lake is top priority for algae reasons. But there are other problems within the lake, affecting the water quality and in the watershed leading into the lake. And those problems will need to be addressed over time.”They approved their legislative agenda as well. Former City Administrator Lloyd Halverson is now the city lobbyist to the legislature. He presented the agenda which included $45 million to replace the Camas Slough Bridge. That is an 80-percent increase in the $25 million that was allocated in the 2016 gas tax package to replace the bridge.Additionally, the agenda included widening the SR-500 Corridor north of Lake Road, including replacement of the Everett Street Bridge. They will seek state support (funding) for addressing water quality issues for Lacamas, Round, and Fallen Leaf lakes.Finally, the legislative agenda includes asking the legislature for a new tax. “Support Parks Maintenance — Support the bill to allow local agencies to place a proposition on the ballot for a 1/10th of 1% sales tax option to support parks acquisition, construction, improvement and maintenance.”The final budget for the city must be approved by the end of the year. Citizens have a public comment period through the Dec. 7 council meeting regarding the property tax increase.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Sen. 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