Ikea to repay furlough wages

first_img whatsapp Ikea to repay furlough wages Poppy Wood Ikea was one of the first large-scale retailers to resume in-store trading in 19 of its UK sites at the beginning of June. Ikea stores in Warrington and Wembley had queues of more than 1,000 people snaking round car parks. (AFP via Getty Images) The flat-pack retailer is one of many firms returning furlough money, including Games Workshop and the Spectator, though few large multinational companies have committed to returning all government support. “Now we know more than what we did in February and March, it’s just the right thing to go back and say, ‘hey guys thanks very much, you helped us through this difficult period and so now can we see about paying this back or forward’,” he told the Financial Times. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Ikea to repay furlough wages Although Ikea furloughed 10,000 staff in the UK, its furlough repayment will not include Britain, as the company did not claim back salaries from the government.  The Swedish-based retailer is set to repay nine governments, including the US, Ireland and Spain, as it said it feels “hopeful” about trade returning to pre-coronavirus levels. Monday 15 June 2020 2:57 pm He added that although Ikea had initially predicted business to fall between 70 and 80 per cent as a result of the crisis, the furniture firm is now in a strong position after around a quarter of its stores reopened this weekend. It comes after the Treasury this week announced that almost 9m workers in the UK have been furloughed due to the coronavirus, at a cost of £19.6bn. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Ikea to repay furlough wages center_img Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tolga Oncu, retail operations manager at Ingka Group, Ikea’s main retailer, said the company had opened discussions to repay furlough money with Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the US. The company has also set up a €26m (£23.3m) fund for Ikea managers to distribute to their local communities. Ikea has announced its plan to repay salaries issued by international governments under furlough schemes, as the furniture giant’s stores start to reopen around the world. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndo More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Ikea said in a statement: “Although no one knows how things will continue to develop, or what the impact on our business or the economy will be, we are feeling more hopeful and clearer about the decisions we need to take for the future.” Games Workshop, the producer of Warhammer, on Friday said it would aim to repay furlough money after sales recovered ahead of expectations. Earlier this month, the Spectator magazine also announced it would repay furlough money to the taxpayer after sales growth “accelerated” during the pandemic.  Sharelast_img read more

Cirque dancing class lassos Sitkans into the show

first_imgArts & Culture | SoutheastCirque dancing class lassos Sitkans into the showAugust 16, 2015 by Emily Kwong, KCAW Share:Nearly 100 Sitkans are learning to fly on aerial silks. Sitka Cirque performed before a sold out crowd in May. (Photo by Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)The circus is coming to Sitka, but the performers aren’t from out of town. They are ordinary citizens, who in the past two years, have learned to climb, swing, and soar. Led by an aerialist with roots in Alaska, Sitka Cirque is dreaming up a new kind of circus that provides as much thrill to the participants as it does to the audience.“Okay, are you ready? On your marks, get set,” says Frannie Donohoe as she watches as her students climb—not to the top of a dunk tank or a trapeze…“Look at the silk dance,” she says.Up a flowing piece of fabric rigged to the ceiling and falling dramatically to the floor like a stage curtain. It’s called a silk. Donohoe has rigged four of them in what used to be the town swimming pool. Part of the drama of silks is the height and within seconds, her students are 20 feet in the air.“Part of the thing when I was starting out, I would say, “Oh I’m teaching silks,” and people go, “What? What is that?” Well now, I say, “I’m teaching aerial silks,” and they all go, “Oh! You’re the one doing that thing with everyone up in the air. I heard about that.”Today, Donohoe is leading an evening class for her advanced students.Aerial silks was invented by Cirque du Soleil in the mid-90s. Performers wrap, drop, swing, and spiral their bodies on the silk to music. All kinds of music.“And let’s find a way back down to the ground.”Donohoe grew up dancing in Sitka, without any dreams of running away with the circus. She started learning ballet at the age of 10. She was the Snow Queen in Sitka’s first local performance of the Nutcracker. But when she moved to London in 2008 to light up professional stages, the circus found her.“Every agency that I came up against, they said ‘Oh, you’re a dancer. Great. But can you do it up in the air?’ So after enough of those people saying, ‘Can you do it in the air?’ I went, ‘Okay, yes. Why not?’”From L to R: Zeke Blackwell and Chantal Cough-Schulze improvise to music. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Donohoe picked it up quickly. She returned to Sitka in 2014 and opened a grassroots circus program with aerial silks at its core. In the past year, 95 students enrolled in her classes, some with prior training in dance or climbing, but whose last pull-up was on the monkey bars in kindergarten. And these are exactly the kinds of people Donohoe wants to teach.“The ones that say I can’t are the ones that I am most wanting to succeed because for me what is important isn’t how well someone can execute a skill, it’s how far they progress from where they started.”And sometimes, that means being painfully honest about your body’s limitations. Taylor White is an aquarium manager. She’s constantly moving buckets of rocks and shifting aquariums around. She joined Cirque to improve her upper body strength and those first two weeks were brutal.“You can’t even hold onto the silk long enough to do the things that you want to do because you can’t hold yourself on the silk long enough and you wake up with these lobster claw hands,” she laughs, “and you have to stretch them back.”White broke her pinky once during a drop, which is when you wrap the silk around you and free fall so that the silk catches you before you hit the ground. That drop, which used to be her nemesis, is now her favorite. She performed it at the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines last month.“It’s a total trust thing and trusting that the silks are wrapped correctly and that your body can handle that drop,” she says.And according to Zeke Blackwell, when you finally get it, it’s pure exhilaration.“There’s nothing like it. All of the lights in your body go off at once.”Some students come to circus with prior training in dance, yoga, or climbing. But many are new to the aerial arts. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Blackwell was obsessed with the circus growing up.“I wanted to be one of the 40 clowns that come out of the small car and hit each other on the nose and fall around and eat pie,” he remembers.Blackwell explains that modern circus is trying to showcase something a little less slapstick and a little more human:“You still get tricks and the amazing marvel, but it’s all channeled through people and through the human form.”Donohoe just signed a lease for a new space for the circus program and plans to add more classes this fall: juggling and acrodance. She’s not aiming for perfection. Rather, she wants to create a space where students don’t have to worry about wowing audiences, and can simply learn to be in awe of themselves.“How many adults are allowed the time to play? To not be limited by what you think is possible but to allow yourself to discover what can be possible,” Donohoe says.And sometimes, that means getting off the ground.Share this story:last_img read more

Two people injured in downtown SUV crash

first_imgJuneau | Public SafetyTwo people injured in downtown SUV crashJanuary 19, 2018 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:A 1999 gold Infinity SUV crashed Thursday night near Second and Seward streets in downtown Juneau. The driver and a passenger were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of their injuries. (Photo courtesy Justin Byrd)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/01/19-CRASH-NPR1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An SUV crashed downtown Thursday night and the passenger and driver were taken to the hospital.At about 11:30 p.m., Juneau police were called to the scene near the corner of Seward and Second streets.According to Lt. Krag Campbell, both occupants were outside of the vehicle when officers arrived. The 1999 gold Infinity was resting on its roof.“It looks like the vehicle struck a concrete planter in that area, which might have been damaged, which caused the vehicle to lose control and flip over,” Campbell said. “The vehicle had some damage on its roof and a little bit on its sides.”A 28-year-old male driver and a 25-year-old female passenger were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment. Police did not specify the extent of their injuries.Neither person is the registered owner of the vehicle, but Campbell said there wasn’t any reason to suspect the vehicle was stolen.Police would not identify either person, but they are investigating the crash.Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.No arrests have been made.Share this story:last_img read more

After a prolonged drought, depleted Southeast Alaska hydroelectric lakes are still recovering

first_imgEnvironment | Southeast | WeatherAfter a prolonged drought, depleted Southeast Alaska hydroelectric lakes are still recoveringOctober 31, 2019 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Share:Crystal Lake on southern Mitkof Island is one of Petersburg’s hydropower sources. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)Hydroelectric lakes in Southeast Alaska continue to refill this fall and are partially restocked compared to a year ago.The Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s hydropower plants at Swan Lake and Tyee Lake provide some of the electricity for Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. Bob Lynn is Petersburg’s voting member on the SEAPA board and gave an update on those lake levels during a radio call-in show earlier in October.“We’re looking pretty doggone good,” Lynn said. “I’d like to see a little higher here before this shuts off. If you give us another 10 feet in those reservoirs, I’d be quite happy for the winter.”The two lakes are in the mountains on the mainland near Ketchikan and Wrangell. As of late October, the surface of Tyee Lake had risen to over 1,353 feet above sea level — that’s up nearly 100 feet from a low point last March, when SEAPA shut down the power plant and Petersburg was forced to rely on backup diesel generation for an extended time. The reservoir still has more than 40 feet before it’s completely filled.Meanwhile, Swan Lake has topped 310 feet above sea level, 30 feet above its low point last year. The hydropower plants have also been generating electricity for the three communities while the lakes are refilling.All three communities were forced to rely for an extended time on diesel power after a prolonged drought dropped those reservoir levels.As temperatures drop, precipitation changes from rain to snow in the mountains. That snowfall is used for hydropower generation, but not until springtime thaws.In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme droughtShare this story:last_img read more

Sneak Peek: The Celebrity Images in Douglas Kirkland’s Photography Exhibition are…

first_imgArtSneak Peek: The Celebrity Images in Douglas Kirkland’s Photography Exhibition are IncredibleThe world famous lensman has captured everyone from Marilyn Monroe to John LennonBy Marielle Wakim – April 27, 20171271ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDouglas Kirkland remembers his photoshoot with Marilyn Monroe perfectly. “She said, ‘I know what we need,’” he tells me. “‘We need a bed, a white silk sheet, and Dom Perignon. And I won’t have anything on but that white silk sheet.’ That was very exciting for a young man like me.” Monroe was one of Kirkland’s earliest subjects as an up and coming photojournalist working for Look magazine and later for Life, as was Elizabeth Taylor. Now, at 82, he has captured intimate portraits of some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, from Charlie Chaplin to Audrey Hepburn to Meryl Streep to Jack Nicholson.A series of Kirkland’s celebrity photographs taken over his half-century career are on display in Douglas Kirkland: Life Beyond the Lens, an exhibition at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills that runs April 28-May 10. The lensman himself will be making appearances at the gallery on Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, April 30 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The images are available for acquisition through the gallery; if that’s a smidge outside of your budget, consider a copy of Kirkland’s latest photographic compendium, Freeze Frame: Second Cut, for the coffee table. Get a sneak peek at what’s in the exhibition below.Kirkland photographing Marilyn MonroeMarilyn MonroeMarilyn MonroeMarilyn MonroeJack NicholsonMeryl StreepJohn LennonElizabeth TaylorBrigitte BardotBrigitte BardotAntonio BanderasJohn TravoltaCherDean Martin, Judy Garland, and Frank SinatraJudy GarlandCharlie Chaplin and Sophia LorenAudrey HepburnAll photographs by Douglas Kirkland TAGSDouglas KirklandFreeze Frame: Second CutMouche GalleryPrevious articlePaul Thomas Anderson Directed the Music Video for HAIM’s New Single Because Valley Ties Run DeepNext articleYou Can Tour the Lost Graveyards of Los Angeles This WeekMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe 5 Best Things To Do in L.A. This Weekendlast_img read more

Government hopes to create “northern powerhouse” with transport overhaul worth billions

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Friday 20 March 2015 3:01 am whatsapp Sarah Spickernell More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Chancellor George Osborne is putting forward proposals to completely re-work the north of England’s transport system.Called the Northern Transport Strategy report, he hopes it will lead to a “northern powerhouse”. The government worked with Transport for the North (TfN) to put the plan together.  Costing billions of pounds to implement, the project would introduce better road links between major cities and create billion-pound rail schemes with faster trains. Sections of the M1, M6 and M62 would be widened, the A1 would be improved and better connections would be created to Manchester Airport. If it goes ahead, the cities set to benefit from these better connections include Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, and Sheffield. The introductions would be additional to government’s approved plan to create a high-speed HS3 rail link in the north of England.  In the near future, the hope is to speed up the construction of a route between Leeds and Sheffield, and a hybrid bill will be put forward at the next Parliament.  Government hopes to create “northern powerhouse” with transport overhaul worth billions Share Tags: Northern powerhouse projectlast_img read more

2018 Remembered – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the 17-year-old from Portlaoise stepping on stage at the Electric Picnic

first_img WhatsApp Community Council Community Twitter Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Previous article2018 Remembered – One of the all-time Laois greats made a return last night and scored a wonder goal to rescue a draw against biggest rivalsNext article2018 Remembered – The best places for Laois people to get the shift back in the day LaoisToday Reporter Facebook TAGS2018 RememberedElectric PicnicElectric Picnic 2018Electric Picnic and I By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st December 2018 Facebook Twitter Home We Are Laois 2018 Remembered – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the 17-year-old from Portlaoise… We Are Laois LaoisToday met with Portlaoise musician and Electric Picnic performer Cian Mac Gearailt in August to discuss the festival and his music career.Brought to you in association with Expert Laois It’s not everyday you get a phonecall asking if you might like to perform at the Electric Picnic, especially when you’re 17 and in secondary school.Cian Mac Gearailt is becoming quite well known on the Portlaoise music circuit, having played in pubs around Portlaoise such as the Office, the Mixer, the Blue Door and Kavanagh’s.With a tremendous grá for the Irish language and all things Gaeilge, Cian has spent many summers in Colaiste Lurgan, where he has performed in concerts and in music videos.Cian put on a great performance at the Old Fort Festival this summer, and is getting ready to do it all again, bigger and better, at the Electric Picnic.What’s your involvement in/relationship with the Electric Picnic?I am very involved in Youth Work Ireland, Laois. They have the Irish Youth Music Awards, which is a stage for young people to express their talents and passions.I do work with them in terms of Comhairle na nOg. One day I got a call off the co-coordinator Clive Davis and he asked me would I be interested in doing a part at the Electric Picnic.I’ve been to the Electric Picnic a good few times, I even sang at an open mic last year, little did I know i’d be performing a year later! Then on the campsite everyone was playing songs, it was great to see guitars and ukuleles brought out and people just singing away without a care in the world.I will be performing at the Hazlewood on Friday at half 4. 30 pm. It will be around 45 minutes.What can we expect from your performance?You should expect a mixture of songs you can dance along to, and then of course the easy going, more relaxed ones too. I’ll be performing covers, original and most importantly a few songs in Irish.I write here and there, I rarely finish an actual song. One song I wrote a year and a half ago and then another song about six months ago.What’s your earliest Electric Picnic memory?My first memory of the picnic is being about 11 or 12 and walking in with my friend and his family. I was shocked by the creativity of it and how enticing the atmosphere was.What are you most looking forward to this year?Of course I’m looking forward to performing mostly. My top five in the line-up then would be number five, Walking on Cars, number four, Dua Lipa, number three, The Coronas, number two Sigrid and of course, George Ezra number one.What one thing would you change about the Picnic if you could?Because I’m only 17, I realize how important it is for young people to be involved in creative outlets. I would give young people a bigger opportunity and a bigger stage to express their passions, spoken word, music, whatever it is. We have so many talented young people in Laois who should be showcased.What advice would you give to Electric Picnic goers this year?If you miss an act, don’t get too hung up on it, there’s always plenty more to see and do. Enjoy every minute of it.SEE ALSO – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the two men who were first through the gates in 2004 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest 2018 Remembered – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the 17-year-old from Portlaoise stepping on stage at the Electric Picnic Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Anvil Inn Portarlington announces closure due to Coronavirus

first_img WhatsApp News Twitter Facebook Previous articleLaois churches with webcams as Sunday Mass goes ‘behind closed doors’Next articleDeaths in Laois: Sunday, March 15, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Anvil Inn Portarlington announces closure due to Coronavirus The Anvil Inn, Portarlington – notice to customersNotice !- To help prevent further spread of the covid-19 virus, The Anvil Inn, will close for business tomorrow until further notice.We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to reiterate that this measure has been taken to prioritise the safety of our customers and staff.SEE ALSO – Going to the mart, watching out for each other and sick pay – farm bodies issue advice amid Coronavirus outbreak WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th March 2020 Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAnvil InnCoronavirusPortarlington Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home Sponsored Anvil Inn Portarlington announces closure due to Coronavirus Sponsored Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Bellevue Hospital to be Fenced

first_imgRelatedBellevue Hospital to be Fenced Bellevue Hospital to be Fenced UncategorizedJanuary 16, 2007 RelatedBellevue Hospital to be Fenced RelatedBellevue Hospital to be Fencedcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved a contract in the amount of $21.94 million to fence the outer perimeter of the Bellevue Hospital in East Kingston.Making the announcement at yesterday’s (Jan. 15) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Information and Development Minister, Donald Buchanan said the contract, which has been awarded to Fencing Associates Limited, was being financed by the National Health Fund (NHF).He pointed out that the work would involve the construction of 725 metres of fencing. This project is to be completed over a period of 20 weeks.In addition, Mr. Buchanan informed that students at the Maude McLeod High School in Westmoreland would shortly be enjoying more spacious facilities with the approval of a $27.10 million contract to undertake extension work at that institution.The contractor, Donaldson’s Engineering Limited, is to construct six and one half classrooms atop an existing two-storey building on the premises.“Maude McLeod is one of those high schools which came up through the secondary school system and which has been doing extremely well in terms of the quality of the students coming through that system, and therefore the government, on the request of that school fraternity, has made this investment in the future of that school,” the Minister said.last_img read more

CTA Releases “What We Heard” report on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities

first_imgCTA Releases “What We Heard” report on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities From: Canadian Transportation AgencyThe Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today released its “What We Heard” report summarizing the input received during its consultations on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today released its “What We Heard” report summarizing the input received during its consultations on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).On June 25, 2020, the CTA’s new ATPDR came into force. They establish modern legally binding requirements for accessible services, technical standards for equipment, communications, training, and security and border screening.Building on these new regulations, the CTA launched public consultations on a second phase of the ATPDR, relating to requirements for small transportation service providers (TSPs), One Person, One Fare (1P1F) for international travel, emotional support animals (ESAs) and planning and reporting frameworks for TSPs under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA).The CTA received 108 written submissions, including 67 from the public, 16 from the community of persons with disabilities, 21 from TSPs and four from government entities. The CTA also held a meeting with its Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) and had nine bilateral discussions with community representatives and TSPs. All written feedback received is available on our website.Next stepsIn December, the CTA will be launching follow-up consultations on new accessible transportation guidelines for medium and small TSPs. These guidelines will set out what is expected of TSPs in meeting their human rights obligations to travellers with disabilities under Part V of the Canada Transportation Act (the Act). These guidelines will then be used to develop legally binding regulations. The CTA expects to publish guidelines in 2021 that will help inform proposed new regulations in 2022.The CTA is also moving ahead with the new planning and reporting regulations under the ACA. The new regulations will require transportation service providers to develop accessibility plans for transportation, provide feedback opportunities for persons with disabilities, and report on their progress in meeting their accessibility plans. The CTA plans to have draft regulations pre-published in the Canada Gazette in early 2021, and complete final regulations by summer 2021.About the CTAThe Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator that has, with respect to all matters necessary for the exercise of its jurisdiction, all the powers of a superior court. The CTA has three core mandates: helping to keep the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly, protecting the fundamental right of persons with disabilities to accessible transportation services, and providing consumer protection for air passengers. To help advance these mandates, the CTA makes and enforces ground rules that establish the rights and responsibilities of transportation service providers and users and level the playing field among competitors, resolves disputes using a range of tools from facilitation and mediation to arbitration and adjudication, and ensures that transportation service providers and users are aware of their rights and responsibilities and how the CTA can help them. /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:Accessibility, Border, building, Canada, communications, community, court, Force, Government, Human, Human Rights, public consultation, running, security, travel, websitelast_img read more