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Brexit will benefit the City if transitional periods are kept to a minimum, finds new report authored by Brexiteer academic

Brexit will benefit the City if transitional periods are kept to a minimum, finds new report authored by Brexiteer academic

“It is in everybody’s interests that any transitional arrangements are kept as short term as possible, no longer than is needed to bridge the gap between the UK’s exit from the EU and the conclusion of any formal long-term trading agreement with the EU.”If, as seems possible, the EU is not interested in such an agreement, then the UK should exit from the EU immediately this becomes apparent.”Read more: City jobs are disappearing as employers leave London before BrexitMany across the City have called for some sort of transition deal, warning that, if such an arrangement could not be secured, it would leave many businesses’ facing the dreaded “cliff edge” scenario.It is likely super short transition periods will suit the other EU member states. Back in December, Michel Barnier, who will be responsible for heading Brexit talks on behalf of the European Commission, said a “very limited transition” deal could be possible, but only after British officials have indicated what type of relationship they wish to establish with the EU going forward. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeCleverstCat Breeds That Are Too Expensive For A ReasonCleverstDid U KnowHiring A Lawyer in Scottsdale May Be Surprisingly AffordableDid U KnowMyDailyMagazine20+ Viral Photos Of MMA FIghter Gina CaranoMyDailyMagazineFEEDBUZZYour fingers can tell you a lot about your personality. What kind of fingers do you have?FEEDBUZZRest WowThe Most Influential Female News Presenter On Fox NewsRest WowLung Cancer | Search AdsLung Cancer Signals May Surprise YouLung Cancer | Search AdsMiaw StoreSome acts from your cat may be a sign for alarm. Get to know it nowMiaw StoreDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionyourhelthcare.comWhat Can the Color of An Egg Tell You About the Hen?yourhelthcare.com Brexit will benefit the City if transitional periods are kept to a minimum, finds new report authored by Brexiteer academic Brexit might be the City of London’s golden ticket, provided transition periods are kept as short as possible, according to a new report penned by a Brexiteer academic.”Transitional arrangements will also depend on the degree of co-operation from the EU27,” read the report from Professor David Blake of Cass Business School, who is also a member of Economists for Free Trade, which used to be known as Economists for Brexit. Blake’s study also argues that, for London to continue flourishing once the UK has left the EU, issues such as regulatory regimes and global standards of financial red tape, permits for skilled workers and encouraging UK financial firms to expand overseas will also need to be addressed.Read more: The City lose its status post-Brexit? It’s a completely potty idea”Brexit is a golden opportunity for the City of London to become a world financial centre which takes the lead in the new digital revolution of blockchain and fintech,” said Blake.According to figures cited in the research, the UK is the biggest net exporter of financial services worldwide, and around 40 per cent of these net exports go to the EU. Meanwhile, London is home to 250 international banks. The report has been published just days before Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50, marking the start of the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU. The legislation giving her the power to do so received royal assent this morning.  Hayley Kirton whatsapp Thursday 16 March 2017 11:53 am whatsapp Share read more

Cancer drug reports: no link between benefit and price, but that can change

Cancer drug reports: no link between benefit and price, but that can change

first_img By Meghana Keshavan Feb. 9, 2017 Reprints Pharma Tags cancerdrug developmentdrug pricing 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. [email protected] Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What is it? Cancer drugs have been under a critical lens for many years now — and for good reason, according to a duo of new papers.Two thirds of recently approved cancer drugs just don’t work all that well, particularly when compared to their cost, according to a report in the Annals of Oncology. Another notable conclusion: The paper found no improved benefit from personalized medicine drugs, and first-in-class drugs. Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter.center_img 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. Cancer drug reports: no link between benefit and price, but that can change @megkesh Meghana Keshavan What’s included? Log In | Learn More Gerry Broome/AP GET STARTEDlast_img read more

Cavan ladies footballer expresses outrage at not playing in county grounds for upcoming Laois match

Cavan ladies footballer expresses outrage at not playing in county grounds for upcoming Laois match

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 4th April 2019 4/5 it was also a year that saw Dublin ladies play some of their league campaign in Croke https://t.co/YD6O6OsXHA Cavan we had no double headers and Instead we had to play Tyrone in another Cavan town pitch (looking down on Breffni) whilst the men played a league match at home— ✨Mona Sheridan✨ (@Mon_aagh) April 1, 2019 2/5 We play Laois at home this weekend in a crucial league game which may ultimately decide whether we qualify for a semi-final spot and the prospect of qualifying to play Division 1 football next season and once again we have to look further afield to be accommodated.— ✨Mona Sheridan✨ (@Mon_aagh) April 1, 2019 Home GAA Ladies Football Cavan ladies footballer expresses outrage at not playing in county grounds for… GAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football TeamSport WhatsApp Pinterest 5/5 Next week we take on Kerry which has be fixed for Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney which I look forward to #TheCountyGroundIsForUsAll #WhereIsTheEquality— ✨Mona Sheridan✨ (@Mon_aagh) April 1, 2019SEE ALSO – Full back Timmons enjoying ‘twilight’ of his career giving ‘life-lessons’ to younger players GAA 3/5 special thanks to @CCrosserlough for hosting us. It’s sad that in this day and age we seem to be one of the few remaining county’s that is still miles behind the rest in terms of facilitating ladies teams. There were 13 double headers this year between division 1,2 and3.— ✨Mona Sheridan✨ (@Mon_aagh) April 1, 2019 TAGSLaois Ladies FootballLaois Ladies FootballersLaois v Cavan Facebook GAA center_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, April 4, 2019Next articleRaheen Vintage Club celebrates 10th birthday with run to help Laois Alzheimer’s Society this year 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. Mona Sheridan, long seen as a stalwart of Cavan ladies football, took to Twitter to express her disgust at the game being played at Crosserlough rather than Breffni Park.“I’ve been playing and representing Cavan LGFA at senior football with pride for 11 years yet still to this day we struggle to get Breffni Park (our county ground) for a Game,” said the Mullahoran native.“We play Laois at home this weekend in a crucial league game which may ultimately decide whether we qualify for a semi-final spot and the prospect of qualifying to play Division 1 football next season and once again we have to look further afield to be accommodated.”She also spoke about the double header games involving ladies and mens teams around the county, but how Cavan ladies have yet to play in a game before their male counterparts.“It was also a year that saw Dublin ladies play some of their league campaign in Croke Park.“In Cavan we had no double headers and Instead we had to play Tyrone in another Cavan town pitch (looking down on Breffni) whilst the men played a league match at home.“Next week we take on Kerry which has be fixed for Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney which I look forward to #TheCountyGroundIsForUsAll #WhereIsTheEquality”1/5 I’ve been playing and representing @CavanLGFA at senior football with pride for 11 years yet still to this day we struggle to get Breffni Park (our county ground) for a Game @CavanCoBoardGaa— ✨Mona Sheridan✨ (@Mon_aagh) April 1, 2019 GAA Cavan ladies footballer expresses outrage at not playing in county grounds for upcoming Laois match Facebook Mona Sheridan of Cavan. Photo by Barry Cregg/Sportsfile This weekend sees the Laois ladies footballers take on Cavan in Cavan in their final group game of the division 2 league.Although Laois are relegated from the second-flight division, this is a make or break game for Cavan, as they are fifth in the table with two games to go.The game ultimately decide whether they qualify for a semi-final spot and the prospect of qualifying to play Division 1 football next season. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Downey’s Auto Stop launch new interest free Easy Pay service for car repairs and servicing

Downey’s Auto Stop launch new interest free Easy Pay service for car repairs and servicing

first_img Pinterest Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th December 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Young entrepreneurs at Laois school host successful exhibitionNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, December 17, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Twitter TAGSDowney’s Auto Stop RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Home Motors Downey’s Auto Stop launch new interest free Easy Pay service for car… MotorsSponsored Pinterest Always keen to stay ahead of the game and provide the best service to their customers, Downey’s Auto Stop in Portlaoise have launched their new Car Repair and Servicing Interest Free Easy Pay. How does it work?A customer gets a quotation for any repair and the cost is spread over three months interest free.For example, if the cost of a job is €1,000, the customer pays €250 on collection of the vehicle and €250 per month for the next three months.No interest. No fees. No problem.Call 057 8622048 for more information.SEE ALSO – Check out the Downey’s Auto Stop website here Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Downey’s Auto Stop launch new interest free Easy Pay service for car repairs and servicing Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Fire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchester

Fire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchester

first_imgFire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchester UncategorizedSeptember 25, 2008 RelatedFire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchester RelatedFire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchester RelatedFire Safety Community Meetings Begin in Manchestercenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Manchester Division, of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, has announced the commencement of a series of Community Fire Safety Awareness Meetings, for the parish.Acting Deputy Superintendent of the Division, Neville Bennett, made the announcement recently, at a meeting of the Manchester Parish Council. He stated that the meetings are to be conducted over a three year period, adding that “we hope to incorporate all the stakeholders in it so that everybody, or at least most persons, will be more aware of what it is to be safer in your communities and how we deal with fires.”He said that the planned community meetings will assist the Manchester Fire Brigade, to prevent loss of its resources. “We have 19 false alarms on this report, which is too much. Because it’s a loss of resources when you have to respond to false situations, whereas you would save all of that to respond to genuine causes,” he pointed out.Mr. Bennett said that the meetings will inform citizens how to network in response to fire emergencies, and safety procedures to be employed when using fire. He added that the cooperation of all stakeholders is needed to mitigate against fire hazards.The meetings are being conducted under the theme, “Awareness the Key to a Fire Safe Community.” Two meetings have been held in the parish thus far, one in Cross Keys and the other in Comfort. Advertisementslast_img read more

Our school: Ridgefield Spudders

Our school: Ridgefield Spudders

first_imgOur school: Ridgefield SpuddersPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Wednesday, April 1, 2020in: Youthshare 0 blankSpudders aim to make everyone feel at home Charlie Fisher has two homes, if you will.Right now, she has to stay away from one of them.“What makes Ridgefield High School special is how much it feels like home for me,” said Fisher, a sophomore who plans on running for ASB president for the next school year. “I’ve grown up in Ridgefield my whole life. Started as a very small, tight-knit community. Even though it’s grown, we’re all still friendly with each other. It’s a homey feeling whenever I’m there.”Tyler Lehnertz appreciates how much the Ridgefield community cares about Ridgefield schools. Photo courtesy of Tyler LehnertzTyler Lehnertz appreciates how much the Ridgefield community cares about Ridgefield schools. Photo courtesy of Tyler LehnertzTyler Lehnertz said Ridgefield High School takes care of its own.“We have some of the greatest student-faculty relationships in Southwest Washington or the state,” said Lehnertz, a senior. “They care about us as people. Not just in the classroom, but out of the classroom. A lot of teachers mean a lot to our students. That’s the best part of our school district.”Now, the Spudders are in a holding pattern. Lehnertz recalled having lunch on the last day of school before the closure was announced. A friend had an observation.“He said, ‘This is our last day together.’ That might be an accurate statement,” Lehnertz said.Of course, that friend meant last day as a group, at school, this academic year. Because no one knows for certain when school will resume.“I miss pretty much everything about school,” Fisher said. “I love going to school. My academic success is very important to me. I miss seeing my friends and all of my teachers. It’s definitely weird to be away from all of my work.”Charlie Fisher loves her Ridgefield community and school. Photo courtesy of Charlie FisherCharlie Fisher loves her Ridgefield community and school. Photo courtesy of Charlie FisherFisher is in several leadership groups outside of school, too, including the Clark County Youth Commission. She is devoted to social justice causes, as well.Through her efforts, she is hoping to help her school and community ease through the transition from small town to not-so-small-anymore.“One of the most important things about Ridgefield High School is just how much it is growing,” Fisher said. “There are some people who are keeping up with the growth and staying together. It is hard to adjust to at first, but then we get in a groove and we get used to it.”Lehnertz is the president of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. He used to run cross country, but this past fall he played football. He also should be playing baseball for the Spudders right now.“At the moment, I’m an at-home baseball player,” he said. “I miss all the extra-curricular activities and things like that. I miss my fellow peers, especially the seniors. This was the homestretch for us. This was a big deal. I just miss being around my peers and being out in the sun and hitting baseballs. It’s a rough time but you have to find a way to get through it.”Lehnertz said he hopes everyone will learn from what the world is going through these days.“You have to make the most of your chances when they present themselves,” he said. “You never know when you’ll get that chance again.”“I miss pretty much everything about school,” Fisher said. “My academic success is very important to me. I miss seeing my friends and all my teachers. It’s definitely weird to be away from all of my work.” Regardless of how this school year ends, Fisher and Lehnertz know they are part of a special community. They are the Spudders, after all. Folks across the state have heard of them. That name certainly stands out in a crowd.“When I see the Ridgefield Spudder, I honestly just think of community and family,” Fisher said. “We have a unique mascot. That makes us stand out. There’s a lot of blue and orange everywhere.”As part of the senior projects every year, community members come to the school to listen to presentations from the students. “They genuinely like to hear our plans moving forward,” Lehnertz said. “It’s exciting to see how much they are involved in our students.”Advice to other students during the school closure:“Stay away from the media when you can,” Fisher said. “The media can really mess with your mental health. Constantly watching the news and the death toll makes people really anxious and worried. Don’t get me wrong, staying updated is important, but if the TV is on, turn to a different channel. “We are young. This is something that has never happened to us before, so being aware of our mental health during this time is really important.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestOur SchoolRidgefieldshare 0 Previous : Business: Mill Creek Pub owner announces closure of the Battle Ground restaurant Next : Clark County Public Works to close restrooms at all county parks effective immediatelyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Renowned CU Poet Reg Saner Named Boulder Poet Laureate

Renowned CU Poet Reg Saner Named Boulder Poet Laureate

first_imgWell-known local author and retired English Professor Reg Saner of the University of Colorado at Boulder, was named the city’s first poet laureate by the Boulder Planet at the Boulder Literary Festival on April 28. Saner, whose writing and poems have been featured in more than 140 magazines and 40 anthologies, said he is “really tickled that the Boulder Planet would sponsor such an event” and recognize poetry in a town more known for its world-class runners than its poets. Saner was honored in a ceremony at the Boulder Theater attended by other area writers and musicians. After a highly productive 37-year tenure at CU-Boulder, Saner retired from the world of teaching last December to focus on his writings about the Western landscape. “I need to travel to do my thing. I write with my feet in a way,” he said. Born in 1931 in Jacksonville, Ill., Saner’s passion while growing up was baseball, and he was even recruited to play for the farm club of the then Washington Senators. But instead of pursuing a career in sports, he decided to study English and enrolled at St. Norbert College near Green Bay, Wis., in 1946. Following college, Saner answered the call of duty and spent nearly a year serving as an infantry platoon leader in the Korean War. While serving in the Army, Saner was exposed for the first time to mountains. “When I saw mountains, I thought, ‘I like this.’ I had never seen mountains before,” he recalls. Back from the war, Saner applied for and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy. While there, his love of renaissance culture and mountains grew. “So then I thought, I wonder if the University of Colorado needs a faculty member,” he said. He returned from Italy and in September of 1962 began teaching in CU-Boulder’s English department. “For years I’ve told my students, this is paradise,” he said. “I’m not thinking just of the university, but of how most of the world lives. Plus our climate and the terrain — if you’re not happy here, I don’t know. Where are you going to go?” After publishing several poems, Saner released his first book in 1976 called, “Climbing Into the Roots.” The book came on the heels of winning the first-ever Walt Whitman award in 1975. “It was quite a surprise for me,” he said. “There were, I think, 1,600 manuscripts, many of which I’m sure were better than mine. But a judge picks one.” Several other books followed: “So This Is the Map (1981),” “Essay On Air (1984),” “Red Letters (1981)” and “Reaching Keet Seel (1998).” Saner won the National Poetry Series open competition in 1981 and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1983. Perhaps his best-known book was the 1993 “The Four-Cornered Falcon,” winner of the 1994 Colorado Book Award for non-fiction by the Colorado Center for the Book. He also received the 1998 Wallace Stegner award, given to an individual by the university’s Center of the American West for a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the American West. Retirement is allowing him to concentrate on his writing. “I love it,” he said. “I can actually not feel guilty about spending time on my writings.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 17, 1999 last_img read more

Students From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier

Students From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier

first_imgRelatedStudents From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier RelatedStudents From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier RelatedStudents From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier Students From Trelawny Schools Feted at Falmouth Pier EducationDecember 14, 2011 Advertisements By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) on December 13, 2011 collaborated with cruise ship ‘Oasis of the Seas’ to bring Christmas cheer to more than 200 students of three schools in Trelawny. The students, from the Wilson’s Run and Troy Basic and Infant, and Hague Primary and Infant schools, were showered with toys and gift packages, at a function held at the Falmouth cruise ship pier. The students were excited to visit the pier and interact with cruise passengers and JTB personnel. They also sang carols and demonstrated Jamaican dances. The main attraction was the arrival of “Santa” played by cruise ship passenger Kevin Johnson from Orlando, Florida. The children received gifts from Santa and had their picture taken to preserve the occasion. Visitor Relations Manager at the JTB, St. James Office, Margaret Jones, told JIS News that the Christmas treat was the first for the Falmouth port, which was officially opened this year, but was in keeping with a programme already in place for some 15 years at the Ocho Rios and Montego Bay piers.  “This is certainly a fantastic day here in Falmouth … as it is a first for this port and we are only too happy to be a part of this team of persons, who have worked to make this a success.  These children have been chosen at random in their respective schools and we hope to be engaged in doing this every year as we reach out to our children, giving them some cheer throughout the year,” Ms. Jones told JIS News. Human Resource Specialist for Oasis of the Seas, Stelian Radu, who was instrumental in sourcing all the gift packages for the event, said that he was excited by the children’s warmth and the “sparkle in their eyes as they received the toys and other gifts”. “I am very happy for today, which is a beautiful day for the kids.  I would like to thank all our partners from the shore side as well as those partners and main organisers from the ship side and we are looking forward for this to happen next year,” Mr. Radu told JIS News.last_img read more

‘Teach The Youth’ Project Reaping Success in Mountain View

‘Teach The Youth’ Project Reaping Success in Mountain View

first_imgStory HighlightsOrganisers of the University of Technology’s (UTech) ‘Teach the Youth’ project are pleased with the progress of the institution’s first youth summer outreach programme in the Mountain View community.The community was this year added to five already benefitting from the university’s Student’s Union’s outreach, which targets inner-city youth.The programme is being conducted from July 7 to August 25 under the theme ‘Seize your dream…Wake the Hero Within’. Organisers of the University of Technology’s (UTech) ‘Teach the Youth’ project are pleased with the progress of the institution’s first youth summer outreach programme in the Mountain View community.The community was this year added to five already benefitting from the university’s Student’s Union’s outreach, which targets inner-city youth, to improve their academic performance, through lessons in literacy and numeracy, as well as motivational presentations.Speaking with JIS News, Director of Community Service at UTech Students’ Union Council, Jevon Reid, explained that the performance of the students who attend the sessions has exceeded expectations.He commended the participants for their attitude of excellence. “It (their behavior) has been outstanding. It varies in the different communities, but thus far we have been impressed. The older children, in the 14 to18 age group, are students at some of the island’s prominent traditional high schools and they have found the camp to be quite helpful,” Mr. Reid informed.He also noted that despite challenges, the project’s debut in Mountain View was a success mainly because the community was prepared and receptive.“Surprisingly, in terms of resources, Mountain View was well equipped.  We didn’t have a problem mobilizing resources there,” he said.Mr. Reid noted that the decision to enter this sometimes troubled community was born out of visionary leadership and a desire to expand beyond the Papine environs, where the project operates in Kintyre, August Town, Sandy Park, Highlight View, and Tavern.The programme is being conducted from July 7 to August 25 under the theme ‘Seize your dream…Wake the Hero Within’.Students and volunteers on Monday, July 21, benefited from a lively presentation from the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner, who addressed them on the topic: ‘Dangerous Habits that Can Prevent You From Realising Your Dream’.He pointed to bad habits that can stymie productivity including drinking, smoking, gambling, early sexual activity, and drug abuse, urging the students to avoid falling into these potentially harmful practices.“Gambling is not a good thing. Be careful how persons can lure you into gambling,” he warned.Among the negative effects of gambling, he said, were loss of family finances; higher rates of relationship and family breakdown; emotional and health problems; and legal problems.He explained that families affected by gambling often experience conflict among spouses and children; stress resulting from frequent irritability of the gambler; rising debt because of an inability to meet financial obligations, and generally high stress levels. These situations often spill over into the workplace, he stated.Cautioning them against alcoholism, Mr. Gardner noted that a drinking habit can lead to loss of professionalism, unhappiness and serious, sometimes fatal motor vehicle crashes.  “When you are a drunk, people don’t want to work with you because you are unreliable,” he counseled.Persons addicted to drugs experience irritability and inability to cope, mood swings and sometime violence, depression and anxiety, he stated. “These things can prevent you from accomplishing your dreams, so prevention is better than cure,” Mr. Gardner advised.He implored the group not to “Focus on your school work. Not everyone can be lawyers and doctors. If you’re good at mechanics, go and get the formal training, if it is baking do that. Go for your dream.”Manager for the Mountain View Teach the Youth centre, Arthur Compass, commended Mr. Gardner for his candid address, and the JIS for its efforts at reaching the nation’s youth. This is the agency’s second year as a partner in the project. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedHospital Urged to Empower Residents to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Advertisements ‘Teach The Youth’ Project Reaping Success in Mountain ViewJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img ‘Teach The Youth’ Project Reaping Success in Mountain View InformationJuly 28, 2014Written by: Andrine Davidson RelatedCabinet Has Received No Information Regarding Arms Embargo – Senator Falconer RelatedGovernment to Address Needs in the Fire Service Photo: JIS PhotographerJamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner, interacts with a participant in the University of Technology’s Teach the Youth summer outreach programme at the Mountain View Community Centre following his presentation on the topic: ‘Dangerous Habits that Can Prevent You From Realising Your Dream’. The programme, which is in the community of Mountain View for the first time, has been proceeding well.last_img read more

CROSS PURPOSES

CROSS PURPOSES

first_imgHomeNewsCROSS PURPOSES Nov. 15, 2017 at 12:05 pmNewsCROSS PURPOSESCharles Andrews4 years agocurious city CROSS PURPOSESBy CHARLES ANDREWSYA SNOOZE, YA LOSEAt the end of last week’s column, I wrote: “What was I going to write about? That same City Council, whose members are now revealing some interesting things as they are being interrogated over a lawsuit to bring district voting here.”But I got waylaid by my emotions over the weight and horror of the never ending slaughter of innocents by guns in this country, an unspeakable product of political corruption and corporate greed.I promised to get around next week to local corruption, and reveal some interesting testimony coming from depositions of Council members over the lawsuit over voting rights in Santa Monica.But since then — all heck broke loose. The Daily Press and other news outlets have reported different aspects. Our Kate Cagle’s story yesterday included an interview with Council member Tony Vazquez.The LA Times ran a long investigative piece in their California section Sunday. So I got scooped, because I waited. That spot on my mantle I had all cleared and dusted off for my Pulitzer? Guess I’ll have to put the bowling trophy back up.You can read Kate’s story online (“City Councilman responds to apparent conflict of interest“), and the Times investigation last Sunday by Benjamin Oreskes and Adam Elmahrek (“Did school official’s votes violate law?”).Some people here complain that our local papers don’t do investigative reporting — actually, they always unfairly single out the SMDP — but there’s why.The LA Times put two reporters on it, probablyexclusively, full time, for more than a day or two. The Daily Press is operating with onefull time reporter, covering everything, daily — when does she have time for something like this? (And yet she did an excellent job covering it as a daily assignment.)HERE’S THE BARE BONESFor those of you just climbing on board. A long, long time ago, just after WWII, Santa Monica voted to elect its City Council members at large, city-wide.There are indications that vote was intended to give control to the more wealthy, more white parts of town, and the vote pretty much went along racial lines.Years later the state of California says uh-uh, you can’t do that (CA Voting Rights Act), if there is any evidence it results in racial discrimination.Maria Loya (wife of Oscar de la Torre) of the Pico Neighborhood Association claims that it does, and always has, and has sued the City of Santa Monica, asking for a change to district voting.Having established a credible case, Loya’s lawyers are empowered to depose — take testimony, under oath — all the sitting City Council members. Here’s where it gets interesting.As we have seen demonstrated by the Robert Mueller probe of Russian tampering with our elections, once an investigator has the power to depose, to learn the relevant facts, almost any reasonable path is allowed.That’s why looking into Russian interference may require Mueller to investigate Trump’s financial dealings (we can only pray). And why Loya’s lawsuit may uncover some really interesting things along the way about the members of our City Council. It already has.The depositions began last fall and are continuing.All but Mayor Ted Winterer have been deposed, and several will be brought back for more questions, according to Loya’s lead lawyer Kevin Shenkman.REALLY, TONY?Facts and evidence are being gathered. Innocent until proven guilty, y’all, seriously, don’t forget. But Vazquez has some ‘splainin’ to do, many feel, because of the shakey ‘splainin’ he’s already offered.Turns out Vazquez receives income through his consulting firm, Vazquez and Associates, and two of his client companies, TELACU and Keygent, were awarded large contracts ($400,000 plus) with our school district (SMMUSD) — voted for by his wife, Maria Leon-Vazquez, a school board member.Vazquez has received $2,500 to almost $10,000 a month for his services for some years, from both firms combined.But Vazquez said he saw no problem with his work and hers intersecting.Discussing a meeting that took place between then-SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon, and Vazquez and several members of the TELACU team, this was his reasoning (from the deposition transcript):Kevin Shenkman: So correct me if I’m wrong. When this meeting occurred, your wife is a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board, right?Tony Vazquez: Yes.KS: Okay. Do you view that as a potential conflict?TV: No. Because, one, I wasn’t pitching it. And actually at that meeting she wasn’t there.KS: Your wife wasn’t there.TV: Yeah.KS: Ms. Lyon, she knew who you were; she knew who your wife was, right?TV: Yes.KS: Okay. She knew that your wife, along with six other people, is responsible for making determinations as to her employment status, right?TV: Oh, yeah.KS: You don’t see a problem with that?TV: No.KS: Okay.TV: Matter of fact, when we had those conversations — when I’ve had those conversations with my wife, she said that, if it ever — it never got that far, but if it ever got to a point where it was brought before the board to vote, that she was going to recuse herself anyways.KS: Right.TV: Just — even though I think legally, in talking to their attorneys, they didn’t see a problem. But she — you know, more of a perception issue for her.KS: Sure.WHAT KIND OF REASONING IS THAT?And, it turns out, after this deposition was taken last fall, Maria Leon-Vazquez did vote to approve some fat contracts with TELACU and did not recuse herself.So Vazquez switched his rationale by the time he talked with Cagle.“Longtime City Councilman Tony Vazquez said his wife, a Santa Monica-Malibu School Board member, did not realize she was voting for contracts that benefitted his consulting clients when she approved certain consent calendar items at district meetings.“‘She didn’t even know she was voting on these things,’ Vazquez said.‘You’ve seen the ones we get at City Council, these consent calendars for the school board are pretty thick.’” Sounds like DC Republicans voting on a savage health care bill they haven’t even read yet.QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Really, Tony?QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.” — George Jean NathanCharles Andrews has lived in Santa Monica for 31 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. 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