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- Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020
Pinterest Previous articleBoost for residents of one Laois nursing home as Covid-proof visiting booth installedNext articleIn Pictures: Mountrath Christmas Market goes down a treat 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. Facebook Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 15th December 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSGarda Youth AwardsGirlTalkYouth Work Ireland Laois Facebook Pictured at their base in JFL House, Portlaoise are Elaine Boyle,Clive Davis and two of the GirlTalk group Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton An Garda Síochána acknowledged over 180 young people who have made their community a better place to live today.30 Garda National Youth Awards for 2020 are being presented to over 180 outstanding young people throughout the country at a local presentation in their respective areas.Awards are been given to young people for doing such things as cleaning beaches, raising outstanding amounts of money for worthy causes and raising awareness on issues such as mental health. Twitter And among them is a Laois group GirlTalk who were among seven winners in the Community Safety Award category.GirlTalk is a group of young women in Youth Work Ireland ranging in age from 15 to 20 years from all across Laois.The girls, which were represented by Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton, were anxious to form a group that gave a safe space where girls from diverse backgrounds and minority status, such as young travellers, first generation Irish and members of LGBTI+ community, could have an empowering, supportive and encouraging space to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem whilst also having a safe space to discuss issues and topics relevant to their lives and times.Taking a proactive stance, the girls of the group ran in the women’s mini marathon and magnanimously donated some of their funds to other charities whom they felt need support.The group is currently working on a health and identity programme which will support themselves in their own self-development but will also reach out and empower other young women.All of the award winners are excellent examples of young people who give up their free time to help and support others.This is an especially strong message for all us at a time when we all individually and collectively across all age groups have to continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19.This year, the Garda National Youth Award ceremony was postponed due to the coivd-19 pandemic.An Garda Síochána sought to still acknowledge all of the awards winners by hosting small local awards presentations and an online ceremony with the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Acting Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, and football legend Mr Bernard Brogan.The online ceremony took place on October 29 which is being followed by local presentations over the next number of days.Speaking at the online ceremony, Commissioner Harris welcomed everyone, congratulated them on their achievements and explained how unfortunately plans to acknowledge their great work at a presentation in Port Laois could not take place this year.He said: “Obviously we would have all liked to gather as a community to celebrate your achievements but due to Covid-19 we are unable to do so.“We in An Garda Síochána still wanted to gather everyone just as a simply way of acknowledging the outstanding work that you have all done to make your community a better place to live.“The Garda National Youth Awards showcases the positive contribution you are all making in your communities. From An Garda Síochána’s point of view, the awards at national and divisional level are a great way for us to develop strong relationships with you and community groups in your area.“I hope that you are proud of your achievements. The work you are all doing in your local communities is fantastic and we in An Garda Síochána wanted to let you all know that you have our gratitude.“Since the pandemic began, young people have made an outstanding contribution to the countries efforts in stopping the spread of Covid-19 by doing things like making PPE and assisting those self-isolating.“I’m sure many of you are and your friends are some of this young people contributing and I again want to thank you for your efforts.”SEE ALSO – ELECTED: Laois County Board for 2021 confirmed following online convention Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Home News Community Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 NewsCommunity Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months
- Scotiabank CEO wants top-up for child tax credit, grants for businesses
TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Tara Deschamps PaulMcKinnon/iStock The head of the Bank of Nova Scotia is urging Ottawa to adopt a series of policy changes to help parents, businesses of all sizes and companies trade between provinces.Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter said Tuesday that he wants to see a top-up to the annual Canada Child Benefit and childcare expense deductions, the introduction of a grant for businesses to make capital investments and the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers. Keywords Banking industry, Budget, Canada Child Benefit Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Speaking at the bank’s annual general meeting, which was held virtually for the second time because of the pandemic, he positioned his pitches as an opportunity to learn from the health crisis because “we have seen over the last year, the decisions we make matter.”“We have an opportunity today to pursue policies that ensure that Canada does not just go back to the pre-pandemic growth but achieves even higher and better growth for a sustained period,” he said.Porter’s ideas come ahead of the April 19 federal budget and he believes they would help grow the economy, increase the number of working Canadians and make the country stronger and more prosperous.First, Porter called for the Canada Child Benefit to be topped up by $5,000 per kid.In July, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit reached up to $6,765 per child under age six and up to $5,708 for kids aged six to 17.Families already receiving the Canada Child Benefit also got a one-time $300 boost per child last year.On top of the benefit increase, Porter is advocating for a significant increase to the childcare expense deductions to allow parents to fully deduct the cost of preschool child care.Under the current rules, parents and guardians can claim up to $8,000 per child for kids under the age of seven and $5,000 per child for children aged seven to 16.While childcare costs vary across the country, Porter said increasing the amount to $20,000 per child per year should cover the cost of daycare in every Canadian city.It will also help keep women in the workforce, said Porter, because women are more likely to put careers on hold or abandon to raise children.“Providing greater flexibility to families to find childcare arrangements that are best suited for them is good for women, it’s good for families, and it’s good for the country,” he said.Porter also wants a one-time, matching grant for businesses to make capital investments in machinery, equipment, and intellectual property.The grant would help small businesses digitize, medium-sized businesses retool for efficiency and large businesses become more sustainable, he said.His final ask was for the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers — a longtime demand for the bank.“Let’s prioritize free trade between provinces and territories in the same way we prioritize free trade between countries,” he said.According to Porter, the International Monetary Fund estimates that complete liberalization of internal trade in goods can increase Canada’s GDP per capita by about four% per year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter