Farmers could face cash flow problems over payments

first_imgNewsFarmers could face cash flow problems over paymentsBy Staff Reporter – November 23, 2016 505 Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSDeputy Niall CollinslimerickRural Development Programme Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleUS election results impact exportNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Farmers in Limerick and around the country could face cash flow problems – Collins NEW figures released this week reveal that only 52 per cent of this year’s Rural Development Programme budget allocation has been paid out.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, Niall Collins says farmers will face increased cash flow problems as a result of serious delays in Rural Development Programme payments.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Niall Collins stated – “It’s quite unbelievable that only half of this year’s funding for agri-schemes has been paid to farmers. This will result in serious financial hardship for farmers across the country.“It’s particularly worrying that less than 4 per cent of GLAS payments have been made. The government failed to allocate the level of funding that it originally promised for this scheme, and now it’s failing to pay out. This is a completely unacceptable situation.“Payments under TAMS and the Beef Genomics Scheme are also seriously behind schedule. These underspends are significant by any metric and will have serious consequences for small family farmers.“Many farmers have had to take out loans to keep their businesses going while they wait for their payments to come through, and these delays will exacerbate an already difficult situation. Farmers should not have to rely on banks and other financial institutions to cover the cost of works, which these agri-schemes cover. This is creating a major cash flow crisis, which is completely preventable.“This has been a very difficult year for farmers, and these underspends and delayed payments are making a bad situation worse. I am urging Minister Creed to ensure that these payments are forthcoming this month and that farmers are not left in the lurch”. Email Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Despite pandemic disruptions, UN carries on — by videoconference

first_imgOpen but empty Despite stay-at-home measures and orders closing schools, museums and theaters in New York, the UN headquarters remains open.But it was emptied of its huge workforce in mid-March when most began working from home.Before the pandemic, more than 11,000 people would enter the United Nations on a typical day. Now, no more than 140 do, according to UN figures.Guterres initially came in every day to work at his office. Now, he wears a mask and this month began splitting his time between the office and his residence, a house with a garden on the East River. The usually buttoned-down world of the United Nations is having an unruly April as it copes with the global coronavirus pandemic in a city that is suffering terribly from it.The UN Security Council’s president is stuck in the Caribbean. Closed-door meetings of ambassadors have been upheaved by news leaks. Video conferences have been disrupted by unintended guest appearances.So far, the UN appears to have been largely spared the epidemic raging in New York, the epicenter of the disease in the United States. Topics : Transparent meetings Although they are normally quick to denounce news leaks of their conversations, Security Council ambassadors surprised journalists with how porous their first session on the COVID-19 pandemic became.No sooner had the “strictly closed door” meeting begun Thursday than one country’s mission posted a screen shot of the participants on Twitter.Others followed with excerpts of speeches, some going so far as to email Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ speech to AFP before the session had ended.”There is more transparency behind closed doors,” quipped one UN official. Intimate video conferences The diplomats have taken to videoconferences with abandon.”We see poorly; the sound isn’t terrible,” but “it forces us to be brief,” said one ambassador. “We do WhatsApp and videos. It’s a pain,” but “it gets the job done.”The UN diplomats also have multiplied the use of Zoom to conduct informal briefings.These too can be revealing. Diplomats have shown up on screen in their bedrooms. In one case, a diplomat mistakenly replaced himself on screen with a giant image of his wife.center_img Few in its 3,000-member workforce have tested positive for the disease, perhaps because it implemented working-from-home measures earlier than the rest of the city.To keep working in such exceptional circumstances, however, calls for exceptional measures — and, like most other organizations, the UN has experienced a few hiccups along the way.  The presidency of the 15-country Security Council rotates each month in alphabetical order. After China in March, it has been the turn of the Dominican Republic in April.But Dominican ambassador Jose Singer is in Santo Domingo, stranded due to border closures.Thanks to videoconferencing he has been able to conduct discussions — but, according to one ambassador, endured some teasing when he showed up one day wearing his “local outfit.”  Security Council in paradiselast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cutting

first_img October 29, 2019 Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders in celebration of Philadelphia’s first new port terminal in more than 45 years during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Southport Auto Terminal.“The new vehicle processing center is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Gov. Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”Four years ago, Gov. Wolf released his Port Development Plan, which outlined a strategy to redevelop underutilized areas of PhilaPort with more than $300 million in investments. Since then, five new super post-Panamax cranes have been installed and the port’s container capacity has been doubled, allowing PhilaPort to set a record for its highest ever monthly total cargo tonnage. Also underway is an overhaul of Tioga Marine Terminal, which includes the construction of a 100,000 square foot on-dock warehouse.Southport Auto Terminal increases PhilaPort’s daily auto processing capability from 600 to 1,000 vehicles, with space for 350,000 autos per year. The 155-acre site was raised above the 100-year flood plain using fill, and features two car washes, heated floors, a state-of-the-art body shop and access to rail lines serviced by multiple rail carriers. Vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Kia currently process vehicles at the port through facilities operator Glovis America, Inc. Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cuttingcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Registration open for Little Bulldog Academy

first_imgBatesville, In. — Registration for Little Bulldog Academy at Batesville Primary School is now open. Parents that are interested in the Little Bulldog Academy can visit the website for more information.From the link parents can download and complete registration forms. Please include registration fees when submitting the application.Parents and guardians are welcome to attend an information session at the Batesville Primary School Cafeteria on Monday, February 26 at 6:30. Registration forms and fees are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.Parents or guardians with immediate questions can visit the frequently asked question page for help.last_img