Business community to state their case for affordable rates

first_imgEmail Print Linkedin THE Limerick business community is urged to attend a meeting at the Strand Hotel on next Tuesday, June 28, at 6.30pm, to assist in the nationwide campaign to fight for fairer and affordable rates.Employers for Affordable Rates (E.A.R), the voluntary organisation established in April, is organising a series of regional mass meetings in response to requests from all over the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up To date, employers from six regions have begun organising local groups with the aim of creating a national organisation to lobby the Government.E.A.R has also received support from business, trade and professional bodies and is gathering tremendous support nationally.Many Limerick city centre business people have repeatedly told the Limerick Post that they are struggling to cope with rates.“It is particularly difficult at the present time- business is very quiet and people are not just spending as in the past,” said one. E.A.R objects to what they describe as an inequitable system that has made the level of rates genuinely unaffordable.Rates, which the commercial sector alone has to pay, is the only funding source for local government apart from the exchequer. Employers, they argue, want fair play and say that they don’t mind paying their fair share, but point out that rates have risen by 300% since 1980 and it is unreasonable to expect them to carry this burden since they pay taxes as well.E.A.R believe they can make a compelling case to Government that will enable them achieve fair and affordable rates. Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleCastle plan based on Hollywood rather than authenticityNext articleCllrs. sing from same hymn sheet on Opera site admin NewsLocal NewsBusiness community to state their case for affordable ratesBy admin – June 23, 2011 587 Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Carpenter bees

first_imgTiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees they have a black shiny tail section. Drilling half-inch holesThe carpenter bee got its name because of its ability to tunnel in wood with its jaws. The bees make half-inch round holes in wood.Sawdust can be found on the ground or on the surface of an object beneath the hole. The holes go a short distance into the wood and run horizontally with the grain for at least six inches or more.Several bees may use the same entrance hole and branch off in different directions from the main tunnel. The tunnels may go for several feet in the wood if the same entrance hole is used for several years.Trusses, overhangs, wooden decks and other exposed wood on houses attract the bees. Wood that is treated or painted is less preferred but still susceptible to attacks. They don’t eat woodUnlike termites, carpenter bees do not consume the wood as food. Instead, they gnaw tunnels to create nesting sites.Carpenter bees overwinter in tunnels. They emerge from these tunnels in early spring. Female bees lay eggs in the tunnels until the tunnels are full. Male bees do not drill tunnels, but they are protective of their territory. The male is distinguished from the female by a white spot on the front of the face. Female carpenter bees seldom sting but will if disturbed or handled. Male carpenter bees cannot sting, but they often become aggressive and frighten people by flying about their heads. Carpenter bee larvae are large and noisy. The noise they make may attract woodpeckers. The woodpeckers do further damage to wood when hunting for the larva. Woodpeckers seen on the eave of homes are more than likely in search of the carpenter bee larva.Adult bees die within a few weeks.Three control methods recommendedAt least three methods can be used to control carpenter bees: 1) aerosol treatments of insecticides applied directly to adult carpenter bees, 2) residual surface and gallery treatments with insecticides and 3) preventive treatments such as painting wood with thick coats of oil based or latex paints.Several days following the preferred treatment, after carpenter bee activity has ceased, plug holes with dowel rods, plastic wood, caulk or with other suitable materials. If carpenter bees continue to attack the wood, additional residual insecticide treatments may be required at weekly or twice weekly intervals. Painting the wood with an oil base or polyurethane paint will discourage the bees, but will not make the wood bee-proof.For more information on handling urban pests, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Jokowi sets sights on economic recovery, structural reform in 2021 state budget

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo aims to push the country’s economic recovery and structural reform amid the coronavirus-induced downturn in its proposed 2021 state budget draft.Jokowi said the policy was taken as the country was expected to face abundant challenges next year, such as global economic uncertainty, commodity price volatility and financial sector instability, among other things.“The 2021 state budget policy draft is being directed to accelerate economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, to push for structural reform to boost productivity, innovation and economic competitiveness, to accelerate economic digital transformation and to make use of and anticipate demographic dynamics,” Jokowi said in his speech before the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) in Jakarta on Friday. Indonesia’s economy shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as all components of economic activity fell significantly amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 132,000 people and killed 6,000 in the country. The government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent this year, or to grow 1 percent at best.The government, Jokowi went on to say, aimed to continue “fundamental reform” in education, health care, social protection and budgeting and taxation.It will spend more on priority programs next year namely food security, infrastructure development, technology development, education and health care.State revenue is estimated to reach Rp 1.77 quadrillion (US$119.79 billion) next year while state expenditure is expected at Rp 2.74 quadrillion. Therefore, the budget deficit is set at Rp 971.2 trillion or 5.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year, compared with an estimated 6.34 percent of GDP this year.The government expects the economy to grow between 4.5 and 5.5 percent next year, projecting the rupiah exchange rate to be around Rp 14,600 per United States dollar. The yield of the benchmark 10-year bond would be around 7.29 percent, while inflation is expected to hover at 3 percent.Oil lifting in 2021 is expected at 705,000 barrels per day, while gas lifting is expected to be 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day. The government expects the Indonesia Crude Price (ICP) to be around $45 per barrel.Topics :last_img read more