Water charge boycott is winning says Prendiville

first_imgNewsWater charge boycott is winning says PrendivilleBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 761 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedin Facebook  CITY North councillor Cian Prendiville urged those attending the We Won’t Pay campaign’s Water Bill Bonfire on Saturday to hold off on paying their water bills as the water charges boycott is “winning”.Speaking at the event, which saw about 200 members of the public burn their Irish Water bills at City Hall, the Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor advised anyone considering paying the charge to “hold off, as any money handed over before the general election could be money down the drain if we succeed in getting these charges abolished”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Despite all the Government’s threats and legislation, it is still the case that there are no penalties, late payment fees or interest before the general election. If the boycott that has been established holds firm, it will force the abolition of these charges in that election, just like happened in Limerick in the 1991 local elections, and nationally in the run up to the 1997 general election.“For those considering paying they should remember that on both those occasions, when the charges were abolished then, no refunds were issued. The money paid was lost – money down the drain. I’d advise everyone therefore to hold firm, and don’t give Irish Water any money. Even those who paid the first bill shouldn’t send good money after bad – they should join the boycott now as the second bills go out,” continued Cllr Prendiville.Cllr Prendiville assured that “everyone can safely boycott at least until the general election, piling the pressure on all the parties and independents in that election”.He concluded: “There will be non-payment candidates standing across the country in those elections too, and I’d encourage non-payers to only support those parties that support non-payment.” WhatsApp Print Email Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks center_img TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity Alliancecity hallCllr Cian PrendivilleIrish WaterlimerickWater Charges Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clear Twitter Previous articleSuspect further detained as 80 gardai investigate shootingNext articleCamogie – Limerick face Wexford in game three of Championship John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

You’ve Got a Date With Christian Borle, Benjamin Walker & Boy George

first_imgDRESS TO KILL FOR TABOOFebruary 7 at 54 BelowDon’t be a guttersnipe! Come on in from the outside and attend the Church of the Poison Mind. Do you really want to hurt me? No. You don’t. So stop telling me pretty lies and book your tickets to the 10th anniversary concert of Boy George’s Taboo. Love is a question mark, but there’s no question that you’ll love seeing Jeremy Kushnier, Matthew Rowland, Samuel Buttery and more rock out. And always a plus, proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click for tickets! YUK IT UP WITH BENJAMIN WALKERFebruary 4 at Joe’s PubBenjamin Walker wants you to help him find something. That’s right, just you (and a bunch of other people) and the super studly Ben Walker are on a search to find the funny. Walker, known for his sorta serious roles in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof really, really enjoys doing comedy. And he’s even more passionate about raising up the next generation of comedians. Also, it’s 10 bucks! Click for tickets! LET CHRISTIAN BORLE CHARM YOUFebruary 5 at New York City CenterIn his first New York City stage outing since he snagged a Tony Award for his awesome and unforgettable performance as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Christian Borle is ready to woo you over and over and over and over (and over) again. In the Encores! revival of Little Me, Borle (in multiple roles with multiple accents!) plays all of Belle’s (Rachel York as young Belle, Tony winner Judy Kaye as older Belle) husbands and lovers. Click for tickets! JUDGE A WACKY PAGEANTFebruary 3 at Red Lacquer ClubWho will be chosen as Miss Glamouresse? Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest is hosted by Tony nominee Brad Oscar and stars Nick Cearley, Frankie James Grande, Douglas Lyons, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas and Seth Tucker as contestants singing, dancing and clawing their way to the fab tiara. It’s like Comedy Central meets Miss America. And judges for the pageant are selected from the audience, so the winner is in your hands! Click for tickets! Jeremy Kushnier Benjamin Walker View All (5) Judy Kayecenter_img CHASE FANTASIA’S LAST STORMFebruary 9 at Brooks Atkinson TheatreFantasia Barrino may have lost the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but girl is just brushing that aside. Listen, it’s Tasia’s world and we’re just living in it. The R&B powerhouse has set the bar high as the first in a series of rotating guest stars in Broadway’s After Midnight, singing a killer rendition of “Stormy Weather” and more Duke Ellington hits. See her jazz it up one last time on February 9. Click for tickets! Christian Borle View Comments Yeah, we know it’s really freaking cold. And, yes, we know there’s some sort of big, important football game going on today and that Times Square looks like SportsCenter vomited all over it, but we’re not going to let these things get us down. Taboo is back in NYC, Christian Borle is leading an amazing new revival of Little Me and Fantasia is showing off her magical R&B pipes in After Midnight one last time. Check out this week’s must-see list! Fantasia Barrino Star Fileslast_img read more

Church of England investment fund returns 14.4%

first_imgThe Church Commissioners – the investment arm of the Church of England – have announced returns of 14.4% on their £6.7bn (€9.3bn) portfolio for 2014.Slightly lower than the 15.9% delivered in 2013, the return is still well ahead of the fund’s target of inflation plus 5%.The endowment fund – which helps finance the Church’s activities, as well as pensions arising from pre-1998 service – revealed that the star performer was property, delivering an overall return of 27%, with double-digit returns across all sectors.Returns came predominantly from capital growth, including realised gains on sales.  The Commissioners attributed this to taking a truly long-term approach and having stewardship of
 a well-diversified and high-quality set of investment property portfolios.Commercial property (4.7% of assets) returned 48.3%.A landmark transaction was the sale of a 64.2% beneficial interest in the Pollen Estate, Mayfair, London, to Norges Bank Investment Management and The Crown Estate for £381m, the Commissioners’ biggest-ever property deal.Strategic land – which provides development opportunities and makes up 2.3% of the portfolio – delivered 23.4%, while indirectly held property (4.7% of the portfolio) returned 18%, largely from care home investments in the UK and real estate holdings in the US.Meanwhile, equities performed less strongly than in 2013, returning 7.8%, although this was still ahead of the 6.8% benchmark.Returns were, however, helped by a bias towards global markets away from the UK – 10.9% of assets in domestic, compared with 24% in global equities.Global mandates returned 11.2%, compared with 0.7% from the UK holdings.The endowment fund used market strength to take profits from its global holdings, adding to defensive equity.A specialist smaller company manager was added in Brazil, after a period of significant weakness in that market.Private equity, however, made 15.8%, and the Commissioners plan to expand the fund’s 3.7% allocation over the next few years.Fixed income, which includes investments in US high-yield bonds and emerging market debt, returned -0.5% in 2014.The portfolio was reorganised during the year to protect it from a changing interest rate environment, and the low weighting will be continued.However, the private credit portfolio, started in 2012, returned 10.2%.In 2014, exposure was increased to seek higher returns and better diversification.Exposure was also increased for timberland and forestry, which delivered a total return of 22.3%.Timberland purchases in Australia, the US and the UK made the Commissioners the largest private owner of forestry in the UK.The Commissioners have also published a responsible investment review, setting out progress made in their socially responsible investing.There are already investment exclusions such as arms, pornography, gambling, tobacco and high interest-rate lending, and certain restrictions have recently been introduced for investing in companies active in the alcohol industry.The Commissioners are also an influential member of the “Aiming for A” investor coalition, which led a successful bid to obtain increased disclosure from BP on its climate change strategy at the company’s AGM last month.A similar resolution will be proposed at Royal Dutch Shell’s AGM next Tuesday.At end-2014, £299m (4.5%) of the Church Commissioners’ fund qualified for inclusion in the Low-Carbon Investment Registry maintained by the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change, including £253m in sustainably certified forestry.A further £284m (4% of assets) is in listed equities run by Generation Investment Management, co-founded by former US vice-president Al Gore, all of whose investments must meet sustainability criteria.last_img read more