Pledges he plans to deliver include enshrining in law an extra £39.9bn a year in extra funding for the NHS by 2023, a review of the UK’s military and security capabilities, ending early release of serious violent offenders, recruiting 20,000 police officers and adding 50,000 new nurses to the NHS. whatsapp Share Johnson’s promises come as the Tories hold a commanding lead in the polls ahead of the 12 December General Election. Savanta Comres’ poll for the Telegraph put the Tories on 42 per cent of public support, with Labour trailing at 32 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on 12 per cent. Labour retaliated by saying a Conservative government would deliver more austerity, privatisation and tax giveaways, offering the public “more of the same failure”. “If there is a Conservative majority next week, we will get Brexit done by the end of January. 2020 will then be the year we finally put behind us the arguments and uncertainty over Brexit.” Read more: Government commits to tech tax despite Trump’s threats “In just seven days’ time the British people will have to choose between a working majority government or yet another gridlocked hung parliament,” Johnson said. However, 21 per cent of poll respondents say they haven’t entirely made up their mind. Read more: Boris Johnson’s complaint over Channel 4 ice sculpture rejected Thursday 5 December 2019 7:29 am His Conservative party holds a 10-point lead over Labour, giving Johnson a working majority of 48 seats. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com If he wins, the PM will also set out his agenda in a Queen’s Speech on 19 December. Johnson has vowed the UK will leave the EU by 31 January if he wins the election, after the original 29 March deadline was extended multiple times. General Election: Boris Johnson sets out 100-day plan as polls predict Tory win Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit on 31 January if he wins the General Election (Getty Images) While the PM has postponed plans to cut corporation tax, his rise in the National Insurance threshold from £9,500 to £12,500 will see public coffers get £2.5bn less a year. Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit, slash taxes in a new Budget and give a boost to healthcare in the Tories’ first 100 days as a majority government if he wins the General Election. Joe Curtis The Prime Minister said only a Conservative victory would allow the country to end its Brexit uncertainty, while he has pledged more cash for schools and the NHS. whatsapp
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By Alex Lennane 03/12/2020 He added that there were also fewer passenger-freighters in operation, while noting examples such as KLM taking its combi out of the market.“Overall, I think the current situation is caused by less capacity, while there is still lots of PPE/ e-commerce cargo in the market.”However, Volga-Dnepr Group saw a new 777F delivered this week to Moscow, which is to start operating next week but is likely to be dedicated to just one of AirBridgeCargo’s customers.Despite the current market, forwarders believe it is set to slow again in the next week or so, although their observations don’t include any impact on vaccine distribution.“We can see demand on inbound and outbound beginning to dwindle,” said one European forwarder.“It may just be us, but usually we are a good barometer due to the various verticals we operate in like food, chemicals, automotive, retail and general manufacturing.”He added that several carriers were reducing schedules from mid-December.“By the look of things, they are balancing supply and demand over Christmas and new year. I doubt rates will crash though, which normally happens, as there are limited flights operating and carriers will cut capacity.”The forwarder added: “I guess the market could cool down a bit from the middle of December. There is less cargo, apart from PPE, but also lots of charters might stop by then, as nobody would like to take a risk for that period. I don’t expect rates to come down a lot due to less capacity.”The news follows data released for November, which show a fall in demand for the first time in six months, down 1 percentage point year on year, according to Clive Data Services. October demand was down 12% on 2019; November was down 13%.Capacity outpaced demand, rising 3% from October, but chargeable weight increased by just 2.5%. Overall, there was 21% less capacity in the market than a year ago. Dynamic load factors fell to 70% for the second half of the month, down from 72% in the first two weeks.“We saw a levelling-off at the end of October, which we stated might be indicative of a market which was cooling off a little, and this was indeed the case,” explained Niall van de Wouw, MD of Clive.“After six months of small but encouraging improvements, the stalling of demand in November – typically a peak month when we’d expect dynamic load factor growth – could be seen as a further negative indicator.“However, we must contrast this with the impact of lockdowns and restrictions imposed by governments to slow the second wave of Covid, especially in Europe and the US, and the corresponding disruption to business continuity and consumer confidence.“Against this uncertain operating environment, the global air cargo market in November arguably showed a degree of resilience.”The TAC Index said airfreight rates in November increased significantly from Hong Kong and China to Europe, month over month, by 30% and 24% respectively, although rates from Hong Kong to both Europe and the US flattened towards the end of the month,Week-on-week analyses show China-Europe rates decreasing by some 6% towards the end of November.“This is a fluctuating market,” said Robert Frei, business development director at TAC Index. “The increase in rates is likely to be the result of airlines selling more capacity on the short-term market and forwarders securing air cargo capacity through charter arrangements.“Overall, in November, we did not see the rates one would have expected, based on earlier anticipation of a strong peak season.” Air freight demand in Europe looks set to soften this month, but the currently strong rates are not expected to crash.“Rates this week have pushed up further, we saw a general increase of $0.40 to $0.50/kg to Europe, while some of charter flights went up too, and commercial flights all increased prices,” said one Chinese forwarder.“It is mainly triggered by reduced capacity,” he added. “The three flagship carriers in China cut some of their flights.” The forwarder picked out China Southern, which, he said had sent some aircraft for maintenance, resulting in a reduction in freighter frequencies to Stansted, for example. AirBridgeCargo’s new 777 arrived in Moscow this week
Studying during Coronavirus: Mountrath CS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic Pinterest Electric Picnic Home News Studying during Coronavirus: Mountrath CS student on prepping for state exams in… News So, we decided to reach out to the schools in Laois and ask those getting ready to sit Leaving and Junior Cert exams how they are getting on.What their routine now is, how their school are trying to help them and whether they believe the exams should be postponed or done online if they cannot proceed on the scheduled date.So far we have heard from Portlaoise CBS’ Eamonn Delaney, Scoil Chriost Ri’s Kate Corrigan, Mountrath CS’ Seth Burns Mooney, Colaiste Iosagain’s Emma Dunne, St Fergal’s Niall Coss, Portlaoise College’s Lauren Mills,Heywood’s Dervla McDonagh, Knockbeg’s Ross Bolger, Clonaslee College’s Eva Hyland, Portlaoise CBS’ Thómas Dunne and Scoil Chriost Ri’s Grace O’Brien. Up next is Ballyfin student and Ballyfin native – Ellen Timmons.1 – What is your daily routine at the moment?So far I’ve been trying to wake up around 8ish to start work at 9 but as the days go on I find it harder to wake up at that time and stay motivated.I take the breaks that I would usually take in school and try finish around 4. We get plenty of work online from our teachers so that keeps me going.2- What supports have your school provided for you and have they been useful?My teachers have been very supportive so far. They give us work on goggle classroom and can correct our work so I find that very helpful. We get work nearly everyday to keep us in our usual routine.It’s very reassuring to know that we can email the school and our teachers whenever. The school have kept in touch with us to make sure we aren’t experiencing any trouble with google classroom and to just check in with us and reassure us that we are all in the same boat.3 – Are you getting out for much exercise?Yes I make sure to bring my dog on a walk everyday. I think it’s important to get out of the house and get some sort of fresh air.I’m lucky enough to live in the country where there is plenty of space to clear the head. It’s such a help that the weather is so good lately.4 – How do you feel about the decision to scrap the oral/practical elements of some subjects and give everyone 100% across the board?At first I was shocked, I really had no idea what the decision was going to be but I think they made the fairest decision considering the circumstances.I know most students have an opinion on the situation but I think it’s important to look at the positives. I hope it doesn’t affect the written papers but that is a worry. Overall it is a weight lifted off of our shoulders.5 – Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to study for the exams as it is unclear if the exams will even go ahead as currently scheduled?I would be lying if I said I found it easy. As time goes by I am having less motivation due to the uncertainty of when the exams may be. I usually get motivation from my friends and teachers so it’s tough not having them around.Realistically I don’t see the exams going ahead in June but I think it’s important to focus on the fact that we will definitely do the leaving cert at some point.6 – Are you able to interact with your friends? And if so, how are you doing this?Many people focus on the negatives of social media but now we can see the benefits more than ever. I talk to my friends everyday and we all check up on each other but I do miss seeing and talking to everyone in school.It’s upsetting to think about how we are missing out on our last few months together. With the help of social media I FaceTime my friends and grandparents which means a lot to me.7 – How do feel young people are being portrayed in the media at the moment? They are being blamed a lot for ignoring social distancing guidelines. Do you believe this is a fair criticism?I try not to look at the news on twitter, Instagram etc too much because there are so many stories going around right now and not many of them are positive. It was frustrating to see some teenagers going to visit their friends but families and adults were also going out socialising so it wasn’t just teenagers.Ever since lockdown I don’t know many people that are ignoring social distancing. People understand the seriousness of the situation. It is hard to stay inside for so long but the rules are in place for our safety and it’s important to follow them.8 – If the Coronavirus crisis continues and you can’t sit your exams in June, do you think they should be postponed or should exams be facilitated online?I think the most ideal option would be to have the exams go ahead in June as normal but I don’t think that option is likely. If the leaving cert is postponed to August it will affect the mental health of many students.It is hard to stay motivated from September to June never mind August but I understand that the decision isn’t easy and this situation is new to everyone. Not everyone will be happy with the outcome.I don’t think having the exams online is a good option as some people could cheat. I think they will have to look at structuring the leaving cert differently after this year because in times like this, one exam on one day isn’t ideal.9 – Anything else you’d like to add?I hope a decision can be made soon to put people at ease. It is important to remember that we aren’t alone and that everyone is also worried and anxious. It is vital to look at the bigger picture.Our health is the main priority. We should acknowledge the work people on the front line are putting in and risking their health for us and our families.SEE ALSO – 500 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 28 more deaths Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting almost every aspect of our lives at the moment.Bar those working in essential services, the rest of the population is off work and instructed to stay in their homes for the majority of the time until Easter Sunday April 12 at the earliest.While around 120,000 Irish Leaving and Junior Cert students have seen their lives turned upside down in the last month. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19Ellen TimmonsMountrath CS Twitter Twitter Pinterest News Previous articleRepublic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman makes huge donation to ‘Do It For Dan’Next article7-year-old Liverpool fanatic on course to raise €20,000 for ‘Do It For Dan’ LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 10th April 2020 Electric Picnic Those set to sit the Leaving Cert, about 55,000 of them, have been particularly inconvenienced as the one set of exams they have spent the past five or six years preparing for are now in jeopardy.They have been out of the school setting since March 13 after they were closed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.On March 19, the Department of Education announced that Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams were cancelled and all students would be awarded full marks.However, with the written state exams just over two months away, the Department have been silent on what contingency plans, if any, are in place should they not be able to begin on June 3.All the time, students have been taken out of the routine that they have been used to for the past five or six years just moths before the all important exams.
Director-General condemns killing of television reporter Adeeb al-Janani during attack at Aden Airport Paris, 13 January-The Director-General of UNESCO has deplored the death of Adeeb al-Janani, a journalist who was among the many civilians killed in the attack on the airport of Aden, Yemen, on 30 December 2020.I condemn the attack that claimed the life of Adeeb al-Janani alongside many other civilians.I urge all parties to the conflict in Yemen to protect the lives of civilians, including journalists whose indispensable part in keeping the public informed is particularly vital in times of strife.Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCOAl-Janani was a reporter for the privately-owned Yemeni broadcaster Belqees TV. He died while reporting live on the arrival of the plane from Saudi Arabia carrying members of Yemen’s newly formed government. At least nine other journalists are reported to have been injured in the attack.UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airport, Attack, building, conflict, death, Government, Killing, Safety, Saudi Arabia, UN, Unesco, Yemen
Canada announces support to help advance democracy in Belarus From: Global Affairs CanadaThe Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will provide $2.25 million to support civil society organizations who are working to help advance democracy in Belarus.The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will provide $2.25 million to support civil society organizations who are working to help advance democracy in Belarus.This support is in addition to a previous announcement of $600,000 to respond to the needs of civil society in Belarus, with a focus on women and independent media. The new funding will help strengthen the diversity, sustainability, and effectiveness of Belarussian civil society as they advocate for their rights and civil liberties to be respected. This support will also help these organizations inform the international community’s response to the demands and interests of the Belarusian people, and will bolster the important role of women in the pro-democracy movement.This announcement coincides with the Day of Solidarity with Belarus, initiated by opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to mark 6 months of peaceful protests in the country and to reinforce common support for the people of Belarus.Canada will continue to work with its international partners to ensure that the voices of the people in Belarus are heard and to pursue accountability for those responsible for undermining democracy and for committing human rights violations.Quotes“Canada has been actively engaged since the start of the crisis in supporting the democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus and a peaceful resolution to the current political situation. We will continue to advocate for a genuine and inclusive national dialogue to ensure that the future of Belarus reflects the will of its citizens. “– Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign AffairsQuick factsSince August 2020, Canada has joined the international community in condemning the crackdown on peaceful protestors, political opposition, and media following the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus.Canada has imposed 3 rounds of targeted sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act against 55 Belarusian officials implicated in the ongoing large-scale and systematic human rights violations occurring in Belarus. These measures, taken in collaboration with the European Union and the United Kingdom, effectively freeze any Canadian assets of the listed individuals and make them inadmissible to Canada.Canada, along with 16 other states that are members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, invoked the Moscow Mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Belarus. The report casts no doubt on the massive and systematic human rights violations committed by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Belarus, Canada, community, crackdown, Democracy, Europe, european, European Union, Foreign Affairs, Government, Human Rights, independent media, Moscow, resolution, sanctions, sustainability, United Kingdom
ING Australia appoints Ben Stewart Head of DCM Australia ING AustraliaWednesday 30 March, 2021: ING Australia announces the appointment of Ben Stewart as Head of Debt Capital Market (DCM), Australia. Ben will oversee ING’s new DCM business, a division of the Wholesale Bank.In his new role Ben will work closely with the onshore teams to cover both corporate and financial institution clients in Australia.Head of Wholesale Banking Australia, Charles Ho says:“This is a natural expansion of ING’s wholesale banking business in Australia as it strongly complements our on shore sector teams and significantly lifts ING’s debt solution offering to Australian clients.”Ben joins ING Australia from Mizuho Securities where he was DCM Director focusing on Financial, Insurance and Government institutions. Prior to that Ben held senior roles with Bank of America in AUD Syndicate in Australia and with TD Securities, Singapore in DCM and Syndicate. During his career Ben’s client focus has varied, from corporate issuers, through Banks and to SSA located across the globe as well as in Australia. Prior to gaining his DCM experience Ben worked with CBA Group Treasury where he was Executive Manager Group Funding in Sydney and in London.ING Head of Asia Pacific Sustainable Finance & Global Capital Markets, Helge Muenkel says:“Ben is well placed to leverage ING’s global DCM platform to deliver a client centric debt solutions to the Australian clients”ING Australia has more than $8B AUD in wholesale banking assets in Australia with a local team leveraging deep global expertise in sectors such as infrastructure, real estate finance, renewable energy, financial institutions, TMT & heathcare, leveraged finance and food and agriculture. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, america, Asia, Australia, Australian, CBA, Government, infrastructure, London, pacific, real estate, renewable energy, Singapore, sustainable, Sydney, wholesale
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 20, 2006 The University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder has proven to be more than just a place where students relax, dine and socialize — it is one of the greenest buildings on campus. The UMC’s new addition was awarded LEED Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system for Existing Buildings, or LEED-EB, on June 19. The UMC is the first building on the Boulder campus to receive LEED certification and the second building in Colorado to receive the prestigious honor under the LEED-EB system. A ceremony will be held at the building at noon on Sept. 7. Completed in 2002, the UMC’s expansion and renovation project added roughly 50,000 square feet of new space and renovated 136,000 square feet of existing area. “We’re very pleased and honored that the UMC is CU’s first LEED-certified building,” said UMC Director Carlos Garcia. “Environmentally sustainable design was a goal of the UMC expansion and renovation project from the beginning. It is wonderful to see this goal recognized with the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification. “As the center of student life on campus, we’re especially proud that our building reflects the ‘green’ values and environmental concerns of CU students,” said Garcia. “The UMC expansion and renovation project, completed in 2002, was a pilot for sustainable building on campus. It’s rewarding to see the efforts of so many dedicated students and staff pay off through the recognition of the Silver LEED rating.” Through an analysis of system processes and the use of environmentally friendly materials, the UMC worked with the CU Environmental Center and the Rocky Mountain Institute to improve maintenance procedures while preserving the safe, comfortable and inviting nature of the building. RMI’s ENSAR Built Environment Team assisted with the initial design of the addition and recently provided assistance to the CU Environmental Center in the LEED certification process. As the first LEED-EB project at CU, the UMC will serve as a model for future CU-Boulder building renovations and other universities seeking to promote sustainability in the remodeling process. The UMC’s key sustainability achievements include: o An EPA Energy Star score of 91 out of 100 denoting the highest standard of energy efficiency compared to similar buildings o Powered by 100 percent renewable wind energy o Use of recycled and sustainable materials in the building process, including bamboo flooring and workstations made of 98 percent recycled content o An estimated 89 percent recycling diversion rate o Daylighting through strategic window placement and a bright, spacious atrium o Extensive use of compact fluorescent light bulbs o Access to 18 bus lines connecting students and employees to the greater Boulder/Denver metro area o Use of nontoxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products o Native flora used in the surrounding landscape. For more information about the UMC visit umc.colorado.edu/home/ .
Comments are closed. 1 Comment Thanks to the OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE LED BY MCCONNELL Gordon Santa Monica says: April 20, 2020 at 11:51 AM HomeBusinessSmall businesses left out of government aid plan Apr. 20, 2020 at 6:00 amBusinessCovid-19FeaturedGovernmentLawNewsSmall businesses left out of government aid planMadeleine Pauker1 year agoCares ActcoronavirusCOVID-19Paycheck Protection Program Federal aid for small businesses ran dry last week, leaving many business owners who spent the last two weeks navigating a byzantine application process with no guarantee of assistance.Under last month’s Cares Act, Congress allocated $349 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program and an additional $10 billion to distribute $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The disaster loans can be used to pay rent and other expenses, and business owners must use 75% of their paycheck protections loans to keep employees on payroll.The Small Business Administration announced last Thursday that it had run out of funding for both programs. Local small business owners said although they were counting on the paycheck protection loans to help pay their employees, neither program covered one of their most critical expenses: rent.Brooke Rodd, who owns two boutiques on Ocean Park Boulevard, said the Small Business Administration disaster and paycheck protection loans she applied for last month won’t be enough to keep her out of debt.If she receives them, Rodd said she will only be able to put about $17,000 toward the $50,000 in rent she estimates she will owe her landlords after the pandemic is over. Santa Monica put a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions during the pandemic, but tenants must make up any unpaid rent in six months.“I understand the government’s plan is to put money back in the pockets of Americans so they help support our economy. That helps my employees, which is great, but they’re already collecting unemployment,” Rodd said. “It’s not helping small business owners, who are coming out of this with massive debt and no way to pay it.”Even before the money ran out, small businesses owners ran into obstacles maneuvering through their applications that their banks made more convoluted.Lana Negrete, the co-owner of Santa Monica Music Center, a musical instrument store that also offers music lessons, said banks either refused to help her apply for a loan or forced her to provide information that goes beyond what the SBA needs to disburse loans.When paycheck protection loans became available, Negrete went to Santa Monica Music Center’s typical bank, US Bank, which told her it wasn’t ready to administer paycheck protection loans. Three other banks she tried told her she couldn’t obtain a loan without a checking account.She went back to US Bank, which said it was ready to take applications, but only from individual business owners. (Negrete co-owns the business with her father, who founded it 49 years ago.) The bank also required her to provide information about her personal income and savings accounts.When she tried to ask for help, she was told that bank representatives were not allowed to answer questions about paycheck protection loans and was directed to a hotline with a 72-hour waiting period.“Banks have been given the freedom to make eligibility requirements and add layers of questions and paperwork that have nothing to do with securing the loan,” Negrete said. “Getting banks involved has created more hurdles than if we went to the SBA directly.”Negrete eventually filed an application, but US Bank notified her Thursday it had been unable to process the application before federal funds ran out.The only aid Negrete has been able to secure has come from a GoFundMe campaign, which she used to pay several employees. Some customers have bought online music lessons and rented instruments, she added.“When something like this happens, we put our faith in the government, and they are not here for us,” she said.In addition to selling musical instruments and lessons, Santa Monica Music Center supplies instruments to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and provides free lessons to low-income students through the Santa Monica Education Foundation.Negrete said the center was taking in new business from UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District before the pandemic, but may have to close without another federal aid package that can be used to pay rent. She estimates that she will have to pay $42,000 in back rent six months after the stay at home orders are lifted.“If we close, we’ll have to collect on all the SMMUSD instruments to pay our debts to the bank,” she said. “It’s so surreal. We were on the upswing … and this is just going to destroy us.”Amy Robertson, co-owner of TREATS Frozen Yogurt and Dessert Bar on Ocean Park Boulevard, also said she doesn’t know how she will make up back rent within six months.“I’m so happy that Santa Monica created a moratorium on evictions. If they hadn’t done that, we would’ve had to look at each other and lock up our doors and walk away,” she said. “But how the heck am I ever going to make up that money?”Robertson said she didn’t receive any federal aid before CARES Act funding ran out last week. According to a report the SBA released Tuesday, half of the $247.5 billion in paycheck protection loans that were approved went to businesses requesting more than $1 million. Fifteen percent of the funding went toward borrowers asking for $150,000 or less, who made up 70% of all loan applicants.“From what I’m hearing for small business owners, I haven’t heard of anybody who’s getting relief,” she said. “It feels like we’re back at the financial crisis, where only big companies are getting relief.”Rodd said the government must provide rent assistance or forgiveness to small businesses or their landlords. Under a recent addition to Santa Monica’s evictions moratorium, a landlord may not evict a tenant who did not pay rent during the pandemic if the government already compensated the landlord for the unpaid rent.Otherwise, Rodd said, only large companies will be able to survive.“There has been nothing yet that’s geared toward saving Main Street,” she said. “Small businesses are what make our communities unique. 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Previous articleThree injured in Lifford/Letterkenny road RTCNext articleDeputy Doherty: Government must force banks to pass on rate cuts News Highland Google+ By News Highland – November 8, 2011 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest Inquest hears details of young boys tragic death Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Parents of a four-year-old boy fought back tears as a coroner heard today how he died tragically when a thick steel door fell on him.Seconds earlier the boy, Daniel Cleary, had been helping hand-signal a Manitou telescopic loader driven by his uncle, Raymond Cleary, into position last June 2Daniel’s heartbroken mother, Patricia Cleary, was just feet away and her other boy, two-year-old David was with his uncle in the loader cab.The boys loved being in cabs of working machines around their home at Drumbar, near Donegal town, the inquest heard. It was also told that only one child was allowed inside the cab with an adult for safety reasons.Patricia Cleary told how her brother-in-law decided to move two oil drums into a container with steel doors so they would not be stolen.She told Coroner Dr Diarmuid Hegarty and the jury that Daniel was directing him by way of hand signals.A small van blocked the view of what happened next. She said she saw the steel door fall forward. She was only 20 feet away. She told the inquest of reaching the door, which Raymond was already lifting,Patricia added that she lifted Daniel in her arms and shouted for help. He was not conscious and she knew his injury was serious.The inquest heard that little Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor. Pathologist Dr Saman Abdulla, who examined the body at Letterkenny General Hospital, said the main cause of death was a serious fracture to the skull.The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.Coroner Hegarty told Daniel’s parents, Patricia and Keith – who was away on business at the time of the tragedy – that it was “a tragic, tragic accident”.He added that he hoped with the passage of time the family would at least get some degree of closure. Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady