first_img Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Admiral Group, Diageo, and Prudential. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral Group, Diageo, and Prudential. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” These are my best shares to buy for 2021 I’ve started to plan my investment strategy for 2021. Despite the risks facing the UK and global economies in the near term, I’m optimistic about the long-term potential of UK shares. With that in mind, here are my best shares to buy for 2021 and beyond. Best shares to buy for the long termCar insurance giant Admiral (LSE: ADM) is one of the best stocks on the London market, in my opinion. The group has an impressive track record of growth. Year after year, the company strives to improve its relationships with customers and offer customers a streamlined experience.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This has helped the business go from strength to strength. Profits have increased annually and so have profit margins. Over the past five years or so, the group has also diversified into new markets in Europe and the US. I expect these to be key growth engines for the business in the long term. It is unlikely the business will see a significant impact on its revenues linked to economic uncertainty, because car insurance remains a legal requirement in the UK. That’s why the stock makes it onto my list of the best shares to buy for 2021. Growth sharesAnother insurance group I have been buying recently is Prudential. After spinning-off its UK business last year, and putting plans in place to sell its US arm, the company is now focused on building its Asian business. I’m expecting big things from this division over the medium term. The Asian financial services market is still relatively undeveloped, and there’s enormous potential here, especially for well-known brands. Not only is the company well-known across the region, but it also has distribution agreements with large financial institutions. In my opinion, these agreements should help the enterprise outperform its Western peers in the short-to-medium term. Drinks giant Diageo is also on my list of the best shares to buy for 2021. The firm has suffered a drop in demand for its products during the pandemic. However, in the long term, I don’t see the demand for its flagship products such as Guinness contracting. In fact, I reckon the demand for these products should only grow in the long term. As such, I think the stock looks to be a long-term investment bargain right now. I believe investors have been spending too much time focusing on Diageo’s short-term issues, rather than its potential over the next decade or so.The bottom line All in all, while the outlook for UK stocks is highly uncertain right now, I think the companies above should prosper in 2021 and beyond. Their size, competitive advantages and market domination should enable these firms to weather the near-term uncertainty and flourish in the years ahead. 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first_imgRelegation battle: Mike Phillips is integral to Bayonne’s survival in the Top 14By Gavin MortimerTWO ROUNDS of the Top 14 to go and down at the foot of the table it’s looking tight. Lyon are doomed, that much is sure, even though the club clearly doesn’t intend to hang around too long in Division Two. Last month they announced the signings of Lionel Nallet and Sebastien Chabal which, along with the probable arrival of hooker Huw Bennett from the Ospreys, should ensure they bounce straight back up.But who will join Lyon in taking their leave from the Top 14? In theory it could be any one of six clubs – Agen, Biarritz, Perpignan, Bordeaux-Begles, Brive and Bayonne – though the last two are in the greatest peril. Brive and Bayonne are stuck on 42 points, three fewer than the rest of their relegation-threatened rivals, and both have crucial home encounters this weekend.  Brive host Bordeaux-Begles while Bayonne entertain Agen, must-win games for both as what follows on the last weekend of the championship is grim. Brive travel to Clermont, who haven’t lost a home league match for 42 matches, while Bayonne go to Castres, who’ll be hoping to secure their place in the play-offs with a victory.Brive’s English fly-half Shane Geraghty has already announced he’s jumping ship whatever the outcome of the relegation dogfight, returning to London Irish in a two-year year deal. The future of scrum-half Mike Phillips at Bayonne, however, is less uncertain. At the end of March the French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique announced that the Welshman, who turns 30 in August, would “stay at Bayonne next year even if the club is relegated to Division Two”. It added that Phillips, capped 65 times by Wales, was even prepared to “accept a drop in wage in the event of relegation”. Phillips is staying mum on the subject, preferring to do his talking on the pitch and doing his best to drag Bayonne out of the mire. He put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 24-19 derby victory over Biarritz last month, and was also to the fore when Bayonne beat Lyon the following week, two victories that have given the club a fighting chance of avoiding the drop to financial oblivion.But if Bayonne were to be relegated would Phillips really stay on? Next season culminates with a Lions tour to Australia and nine months in the anonymity of the French Second Division, playing against the likes of Albi and Auch, won’t exactly help Phillips stake a claim for selection in Warren Gatland’s squad. There are a lot of good No 9’s in British and Irish rugby right now, and there was the odd sign during Wales’ Six Nations success that Phillips was a yard off the pace in thought and deed. He needs to be keeping himself sharp and testing himself against the best week in and week out if he wants to be on the plane Down Under – not wasting himself with Bayonne in the back of beyond. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img But a fortnight ago a report appeared in calling into question Phillips’ future with Bayonne if they did go down. “Phillips has a long-term deal with Bayonne,” ran the report, “but it’s unclear whether he has a release clause should they be relegated.”last_img read more

first_imgArchDaily Projects Save this picture!©  Patrick Reynolds+ 20 Share Year:  Salamanca House / Parsonson Architects CopyAbout this officeParsonson ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHouses3D ModelingNew ZealandPublished on January 29, 2010Cite: “Salamanca House / Parsonson Architects” 29 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Salamanca住宅 / Parsonson Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  310 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•New Zealand Houses Architects: Parsonson Architects Area Area of this architecture project Salamanca House / Parsonson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSalamanca House / Parsonson Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs “COPY” New Zealand Photographs:   Patrick ReynoldsText description provided by the architects. This site was subdivided from the original property which contained an existing house designed and lived in by the Government Architect John Campbell in the early 1900’s. It is historically listed and we were therefore keen for the new house to be lower and more subservient in its appearance to the original house while at the same time relating to it formally. Save this picture!lower level planRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82There were many restrictions on the property. The site was tight and relatively steep, the combined properties could not exceed the 50% inner residential site coverage and the new house was required to fit within all sunlight recession planes. Save this picture!©  Patrick ReynoldsThe resultant dwelling fully utilizes its site. Space for the bedrooms and garaging was excavated below, forming a base to the lighter living spaces above. The roof is clad in zinc and is cut and folded cleanly to focus views out to the harbour and diagonally to the trees, while at the same time providing a sense of enclosure and privacy.Save this picture!©  Patrick ReynoldsProject gallerySee allShow lessInteractive Architecture / Michael Fox and Miles KempArticlesShuffle Haugerud Center / Eriksen Skajaa ArchitectsArticles Share 2008last_img read more

first_imgDrolet Residence / NatureHumaineSave this projectSaveDrolet Residence / NatureHumaine Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine Apartments photographs:  Adrien WilliamsPhotographs:  Adrien WilliamsSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsRecommended ProductsAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panels – Soft Cells ReflectiveAcousticBruagAcoustics System – Balcony Cladding PanelsAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsAcousticStudcoSound Isolation – ResilmountText description provided by the architects. A couple with a passion for cooking acquired a house on Drolet street right by Montreal’s Jean-Talon market. They wanted to do a complete renovation and re-organization of the house and had 2 main demands; firstly they wanted a large kitchen island to be the focal point of the house, and secondly they wanted their living spaces on the second floor where they would benefit from more natural light, while keeping the more intimate bedroom spaces on the ground floor.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe front door opens onto a double height entry foyer where a sculptural stair draws the focus upwards. The lines of the stair invite the natural and fluid transition from the ground floor entrance to the living spaces above.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Second Floor PlanThe open plan kitchen, living and dining room are found on the brightly lit second floor. These are all organized around a long linear island topped by a beautiful soap stone countertop. The island basks in natural light as a  linear skylight follows its lines directly above. The skylight is interrupted by a monolithic range that protrudes from the ceiling above. Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsA block of cabinets, clad in a mix of anigre veneer and lacquered doors, is recessed into the wall behind the island. This block conceals the fridge as well as other appliances, pantry storage and a powder room. Towards the back of the house, the island breaks-off, into a second island that cantilevers into a brightly lit corner becoming the family’s breakfast table. Here, a patio door leads to a large exterior terrace overlooking the backyard.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsProject gallerySee allShow less71 Above Restaurant / Tag Front ArchitectsSelected ProjectsIT HQ / Morpho StudioSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC, CanadaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year:  Save this picture!© Adrien Williams+ 18 Share “COPY” “COPY” Area:  3000 ft² Area:  3000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  ArchDaily 2014 CopyApartments, Refurbishment, Interior Design•Montréal, Canada Architects: NatureHumaine Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Projects Canada CopyAbout this officeNatureHumaineOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentInterior DesignMontréalInteriorsHousingRefurbishmentResidentialCanadaPublished on January 16, 2015Cite: “Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine” 16 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News China Quickly Retaliating Against U.S. China Quickly Retaliating Against U.S. Previous articleAmerican Drivers Pass Five Billion Miles on E15Next articleHigh Temperatures Linger Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Following implementation day of President Trump’s tariffs on China, the nation responded quickly to retaliate with previously threatened penalties on U.S. pork, beef, soybeans and automobiles. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports China says Trump has “violated World Trade Organization rules and launched the largest trade war in economic history to date.” The first wave of tariffs was imposed Friday, which includes a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. The tariffs are expected to be followed by an additional wave on $16 billion of Chinese goods within the month.Nearly 70 percent of U.S. agricultural exports are sold to destinations that are in active negotiations or embroiled in trade disputes, according to CoBank. A CoBank spokesperson says, “Trade concerns pose the single greatest risk to the projected global economic growth of three to four percent.”China’s implementation of tariffs on U.S. products means U.S. pork faces a 62 percent tariff level. The National Pork Producers Council responded that U.S. pork farmers now face large financial losses and contraction because of escalating trade disputes, meaning “less income for pork producers and, ultimately, some of them going out of business.” China announced a new 25 percent tariff in response to U.S. action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. That tariff is on top of the 25 percent punitive duty levied by China in early April in response to U.S. action under Section 232 of The Trade Expansion Act.U.S. pork already had a 12 percent tariff on exports to China. The country also has a 13 percent value-added tax on most agricultural imports. China represented 17 percent of total U.S. pork exports by value in 2017. NPPC President Jim Heimerl added, “We need these trade disputes to end.”Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 9, 2018 last_img read more

first_img Google+ Pinterest By admin – April 24, 2015 Previous articleDonegal businesses stand to benefit if Tendering Procurement bill is passedNext articleINMO say bed crisis at LGH is not linked to the 2013 flood admin Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Calls for large turnout at “Bin the Bills” protest in Letterkenny Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers There are calls for a large turnout at the latest protest against Irish Water in Letterkenny, which gets underway at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon under the banner “Bin the Bills”.The event, which is being organsied by Can’t Pay Won’t Pay is being supported by Donegal Right2Water.Francis Mc Cafferty of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay says the physical act of publically binning bills will focus peoples’ minds at a time when the first water bills have begun arriving through letterboxes………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Homepage BannerNews Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+last_img read more

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Previous articleArchbishop of Lima says Tyone woman was ‘set up’ in drug smuggling accusationsNext articleDonegal Senior Football Championship fixtures moved again News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Survey finds parents are struggling to fund their children’s 3rd level education Parents are contributing an average of 400 euro a month per child for third level education.That’s according to a survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions which also shows that 80 per cent of parents have to lend financial support to struggling students.71 per cent of parents now say their family budget has been adversely impacted by the increase in registration fees for college.Spokesperson, Mandy Johnston, says while there are some negative findings the outlook of the survey is becoming more positive:[podcast][/podcast] Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – August 13, 2013 WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgExamine the introduction of specific incentives to attract remote workers and mobile talent to live in rural towns. Explore how the NBP can be accelerated to deliver connectivity as soon as possible in rural areas. Examine the introduction of ‘meanwhile use’ legislation so that empty buildings and shops on main streets can be brought back into use on a short-term basis as pop up shops, street markets and exhibition spaces. Enact legislation implementing revised provisions for the Fair Deal Scheme in respect of assets which are family-owned and operated farms and businesses. *****************************************************Government statement in full -Our Rural Future: Government’s blueprint to transform rural IrelandUnprecedented opportunity for Rural Development post COVID-19 Publish and implement a new 10-year policy for the development of our offshore islands. Pilot co-working and hot-desking hubs for civil servants in regional towns. Introduce legislation in 2021 to provide employees with the right to request remote work. Publish a new Action Plan for Apprenticeship to ensure that we have a modern and responsive apprenticeship programme in key regional sectors Develop and implement Local Digital Strategies in each Local Authority area to maximise the potential of improved rural digital connectively for businesses and communities. AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 29, 2021 Utilise the islands as test-beds for innovative technologies in areas such as eHealth and micro-generation of renewable energy. Support the development of new flagship cross-border tourism projects, such as the Ulster Canal. Expand the Town and Village Renewal Scheme as a key enabler to bring vacant and derelict buildings back into use as multi-purposes spaces and for residential use.Fund the adaption of town centres and the development of outdoor spaces in rural towns for socialising. Examples of some of the key actions which will be delivered through Our Rural Future include: Provide funding to Local Authorities to run targeted campaigns to attract remote workers to their area. Google+ Provide grants to retail businesses in rural towns and villages to establish an online presence to complement traditional footfall trade. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleDonegal people in early 70s to get vaccine nod in two weeks timeNext articleJoey O’Leary Financial Services Renew Back of Jersey Sponsorship News Highland Review the tax arrangements for remote working for both employers and employees as part of Budget 2022. Develop a new pilot scheme to support the use of rural pubs as community spaces and hubs for local services. Develop and construct Advanced Technology Buildings and landing space for multinational companies in 19 strategic regional locations. Facebook Prioritise the siting of new State agencies, Departments and enterprises in towns and cities outside of Dublin. Twitter Revitalising Rural Towns and VillagesPut the future development and regeneration of rural towns at the heart of decision making through a new Town Centre First approach. Increase the capacity for remote and blended learning to enable young people to access further and higher education courses while living in their own communities. Rural LivingUpdate the Rural Housing Guidelines for planning authorities. Remote WorkingEstablish a network of over 400 remote working hubs nationwide, to enable more people to live and work in rural communities. Broadband roll-out to bring new opportunities in areas like eHealth, remote learning, online trading and new technologies OutcomesThe high-level outcomes of delivering this policy will see:-          More people living in rural Ireland, including in our towns and villages and on the islands;-          More people working in rural Ireland, with good career prospects, regardless of where their employer is headquartered;-          Rural Ireland contributing to, and benefiting from, the transition to a low-carbon economy and a climate-neutral society;-          Rural towns being vibrant hubs for commercial and social activity; and-          Rural communities, and especially young people, having an active role in shaping the future for rural Ireland. Pinterest Enhance the powers of Local Authorities to offer commercial rates-based incentives targeting vacant commercial units. Optimising Digital Connectivity & New TechnologiesRoll-out the National Broadband Plan, the largest scale investment in rural Ireland since electrification. Target 400 new IDA investments for regional locations outside of Dublin over the period 2021-2024. Implement Culture and Creative Strategies in each Local Authority area, including “Culture Days”, to showcase local cultural heritage. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Rural Ireland’s Unique Tourism, Culture & HeritageIntroduce a new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy, backed up by increased investment in trails, greenways, cycleways, blueways, angling and other rural amenities to capitalise on the increased demand for adventure tourism and bring economic benefits to rural towns and villages. Five-year strategy will be underpinned by updated National Development Plan Develop and implement a new Adult Digital Literacy Strategy so that everybody, regardless of age, can capitalise on the connectivity and opportunities presented by the National Broadband Plan. JobsThrough the updated National Development Plan invest in key infrastructure projects to support balanced regional development. Support research and development in areas such as agri-food, biobased systems, smart agriculture and precision agriculture to promote and encourage innovation and diversification. Increase the number of places on the Rural Social Scheme, TÚS AND Community Employment Schemes to support rural communities. 400 remote working hubs are to be set up across the country to encourage people to leave cities to live in towns and villages.Relocation grants and tax incentives for remote working are also being considered by Government.The ‘Our Rural Future’ plan will also offer grants to publicans to convert their pub into a part-time community space in which hubs can be established.Taoiseach Michael Martin told initiative’s launch this afternoon that it will enhance the government’s commitment to balanced regional development…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bryan Kelly works for a Dublin based company, but moved to Donegal in the last year………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Thematic objectivesOur Rural Future addresses the following thematic objectives: Invest significantly in the revitalisation of town centres through the €1Billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. Move to 20% remote working in the public sector in 2021, with further annual increase over the next 5 years. Through the Just Transition Fund, deliver flagship projects of scale, such as the €108million Bord na Móna Peatlands Restoration Project, to assist communities in the transition to a carbon neutral economy. Provide funding for the enhancement and upgrade of shopfronts and street facades. WhatsApp Invest in and deliver more Technological Universities to help support regional growth and to act as an anchor for regional economic development, research and investment. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Expand the number of farmers’ markets, farm shops and community-owned markets in all towns, to showcase produce from local farmers, growers and food producers. Google+ Establish 96 new Community Healthcare Networks across the country to support people to live more independently in their community by coordinating and integrating services, with general practitioners, health and social care professions and nursing leadership at the local level. Support generation renewal, including young farmers and women in agriculture, through the CAP, taxation measures and access to finance initiatives. Fund the repurposing of vacant buildings in town centres into remote working hubs. IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta to promote and enable the uptake of remote working across their client base. Develop Ireland’s first ever Dark Skies Strategy, with a focus on the opportunities this unique blend of tourism and science can create for rural communities. Establish a Rural Youth Assembly to allow young people living in rural Ireland to make an ongoing contribution to issues that impact on them and their future.Establish a permanent Volunteer Reserve in local areas that can be called on by community and voluntary organisations and local authorities. Major focus on attracting Remote Workers to rural communities Revitalising town centres, rural jobs, adventure tourism, green economy and island development central to new policy Government launches ‘Our Rural Future’ plan Develop a single online portal to provide a funding roadmap on the range of programmes and schemes available across Government for rural and community development. Implement a €70 million Transitional LEADER Programme for community-led rural development for the period 2021-2022, and develop and deliver a new LEADER programme to commence in 2023, in line with the next EU funding framework. Supporting CommunitiesDevelop an integrated, place-based approach to rural development to maximise investment and meet the long-term needs of individual parishes, villages and towns by supporting rural communities to develop long-term cohesive Master Plans for their areas. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Establish enterprise hubs on our islands to support employment opportunities Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Government has today published Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades.The policy reflects the unprecedented change in living and working patterns during COVID-19 and the significant opportunities this presents for rural communities – from remote working and revitalising our town centres to job creation, developing a green economy and enhancing our outdoor amenities.The five year strategy was launched in Croke Park by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, and Minister for Transport and the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan. Our Rural Future sets out a blueprint for the development of rural Ireland over the next five years.It is supported by 150 commitments across Government, which will address the challenges facing communities and deliver new opportunities for people living in rural areas.The policy will help rural Ireland to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enable long-term development of rural areas, and create more resilient rural economies and communities for the future.Speaking at the launch of the policy, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:“Ireland is heading into an era of unprecedented change, and with that comes unprecedented opportunity.“Over the course of the pandemic, we have discovered new ways of working and we have rediscovered our communities. “The policy we launch today, Our Rural Future, provides a framework for the development of rural areas over the next five years.  “The policy is forward-looking and ambitious and addresses both the challenges facing rural areas and the opportunities which rural economies and communities can capitalise on. “The Government’s vision is for a rural Ireland which is integral to our national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development.  “That vision is built on the talent, skills and creativity of people in rural communities; on the importance of vibrant and lived-in rural places; and on the potential to create quality jobs and sustain our shared environment.  “Rural Ireland will play a central role in our recovery from the impact of COVID-19. “The commitments outlined today will benefit individuals, families, communities and businesses. It will enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural areas. “It will build resilient and sustainable rural communities and economies through investment, supports and services. And it will ensure that rural communities are at the heart of designing and delivering responses that meet local needs.”The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said:“Our Rural Future represents a new milestone in the approach to rural development for Ireland.“As we recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to reimagine rural Ireland and harness the talent, skills and creativity running through our rural communities.“For decades we have seen global trends where young people leave their local communities to live and work in larger cities. As we emerge from COVID-19 we will never have a better opportunity to reverse that long-standing trend.“The move to remote working, underpinned by the rollout of the National Broadband Plan, has the potential to transform Rural Ireland like never before.“It will allow people to work from their own local communities, revitalise our town centres, reduce commuting times, lower transport emissions and most importantly – improve the quality of life of our people.”An Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar said:“We want to have more people working in all parts of Ireland, with good quality jobs on offer and good career prospects. The COVID-19 pandemic has already shown us what’s possible in terms of remote working and flexible working. Our Rural Future is one of the ways that the Government is making that a permanent option. “Our Rural Future will help the tourism and hospitality sectors to recover after the pandemic, create jobs in the Green Economy and the Agri-food sector, and make it easier to set up and grow a business in Rural Ireland. “It means more people will be able to live in their communities, or move to new ones, with the option of good quality employment. It will mean less commuting, and more vibrant communities as people have more time to spend with their families, their neighbours, and local clubs and organisations.“Broadband and new technologies are key to making this happen. That work has already started. I am proud to have been part of the Government that kicked off the National Broadband Plan – the biggest investment in rural Ireland since electrification. And I’m equally proud to be part of the Government that is now making it happen.”Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan stated:“Now is the time to be ambitious for rural Ireland. The governments investment in climate action will bring new job opportunities to rural communities, in areas such as renewable energy, retrofitting and sustainable farming and tourism. The National Broadband Plan will act as a key enabler for the development of new businesses in regional and rural Ireland, together with an increased opportunity for people to work from home. Through the Just Transition Fund, Government is supporting the retraining and reskilling of rural workers and assisting local communities and businesses to adjust to the low carbon transition.“We want to put the development and regeneration of our rural towns and villages at the heart of decision making, so that they are vibrant centres where people can live, work and socialise, with walking, cycling and public transport options connecting people and places. The Government will continue to support this active mobility through the National Transport Authority, with €72m in funding being allocated in 2021 for high quality cycling and walking infrastructure for our more rural towns and villages across the country. Through the implementation of Our Rural Future, Government will seize this unprecedented opportunity for rural Ireland.”Our Rural Future, Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 is available here.Key Actions As part of Budget 2022, examine the introduction of new financial supports to incentivise residential occupancy in rural towns. Twitter Optimising the opportunities for rural communities from high speed broadband, in particular through investment in remote workingSupporting improved quality employment and career opportunities in rural areas Assisting the regeneration, repopulation and development of rural towns and villages Enhancing the participation, leadership and resilience of rural communitiesEnhancing public services in rural areasTransitioning to a climate neutral societySupporting the Sustainability of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesSupporting the sustainability of our island and coastal communities Nurturing our culture and heritage (runs throughout the other thematic areas).Over 150 policy commitments, each led by a named Government Department or Agency, will be progressively delivered across these themes over the policy’s five year timeframe.  An annual work programme will enable new actions to be added over the policy’s lifecycle, to respond to the emerging needs of rural communities. Provide funding to support the development of local allotments and community gardens. Transition to a climate neural economyMaximise our resources and strengths in the Green Economy to support employment opportunities for communities in areas such as renewal energy, sustainable tourism, retrofitting, the bioeconomy and the circular economy. Exempt ‘over the shop’ type spaces from requiring planning permission for change of use for residential purposes. Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook OverviewOur Rural Future is a new whole-of-Government policy for rural Ireland for the period 2021-2025.  It represents a new milestone in the approach to rural development policy for Ireland. The policy builds on, but goes beyond, the Action Plan for Rural Development 2017-2019 by adopting a more strategic, ambitious and holistic approach to investing in and maximising opportunities for rural areas.  It addresses both the challenges facing rural areas and the opportunities for rural economies and communities, including in areas such as remote working and the transition to a climate neutral society.The policy’s objectives will be achieved through the delivery of 150 commitments, to be implemented progressively over the next five years across a range of Government Departments and agencies.  Further commitments will be added to over the lifetime of the policy to respond to emerging needs and opportunities in rural areas. It will be underpinned by investment across Government in areas such as the roll out of high-speed broadband, remote working facilities, job creation, town centre regeneration, community development, improvements in regional and local roads, new cycling and walking infrastructure, expanded rural transport services, funding for tourism, culture and heritage projects, and a just transition to a climate-neutral society. Our Rural Future complements, and will support, the delivery of other Government policies and strategies such as Project Ireland 2040, the Climate Action Plan, the forthcoming National Economic Recovery Plan, the National Broadband Plan, the National Remote Work Strategy and the Town Centre First initiative.  The policy places a particular emphasis on the relevance of those initiatives to rural areas.The development of the policy was informed by an extensive consultation process with a wide range of rural stakeholders in 2019 and 2020.Vision and ObjectivesOur Rural Future sets out a Vision and Objectives which sees rural Ireland as central to our post-COVID recovery and integral to our longer-term national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development. The Vision emphasises the interdependence of rural and urban areas and recognises:-          the centrality of the people who live in rural Ireland;-          the importance of vibrant and lived-in rural places; and-          the possibilities for rural areas to support quality jobs and contribute to sustaining our shared environment.The policy will encourage and support rural communities to develop cohesive and integrated plans to meet the long-term needs of their own particular area, recognising that each rural place is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to meet the developmental needs of every area.  Provide improved rural public transport services, including enhancements to Local Link, a subsidised Local Area Hackney Scheme for remote locations and a pilot to examine the potential for ride hailing services to improve rural connectivity. Enable community energy to play a role in reaching the target of generating at least 70% of electricity through renewables by 2030, through supports such as a Community Benefit Fund and a community category within the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme. Pinterest Identify the scope to channel additional Government services through the post office network. Support rural enterprises to diversify into new sectors and markets by taking advantage of high speed broadband and new technologies. Examine the establishment of a Community Ownership Fund to help community groups and social enterprises buy or take over local community assets and facilities at risk of being lost. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

first_imgSeveral leading universities, including Cambridge and York, have been accused of changing A-Level entry requirements subsequent to students applying.This comes following the pressure of funding cuts of £915m, a surge of almost 12% in students applying, and potential fines for universities of £3,700 for every place over government quotas awarded.Jonny Medland, Vice-President for Affairs at OUSU, said that the move is “an inevitable consequence of government cuts in higher education funding” and “is indicative of the desperation forced on universities”.Oxford University has made clear that AAA has been the “standard conditional offer” at Oxford for “some time” and will remain so.last_img read more