Twitter Ladies footballer Conlon calls for GAA and LGFA to come together By Alan Hartnett – 21st December 2018 1 July 2018; Clare Conlon of Laois during the TG4 Leinster Intermediate Championship Final match between Laois and Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile Brought to you in association with Expert LaoisLaois Ladies and Sarsfields footballer Clare Conlon has called for the LGFA and the GAA to come together to benefit Ladies players.The classy forward made the plea on a video interview with LaoisToday which is set to air in full over the Christmas period.She said: “The best teams should be on the best pitches. There is a perfect facility (LOETB Centre of Excellence) just up the road there and we got to use it maybe three times.“We pay for that privilege while all the male teams, because they are under the Laois GAA banner, they can get free use of it.“And that is not to take away from club grounds like Annanough. We would be lost without Annanough.“It is a great facility and it is basically a second home for us. For the last few years, we have known exactly what time we have to leave work at to get to training in Annanough and that is nice.“But when we were ducking and diving with different venues, you never knew. TAGSClare ConlonLaoisToday Christmas interview series Home Sport GAA Ladies footballer Conlon calls for GAA and LGFA to come together SportGAALadies Football New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePortlaoise College Student proves he has many strings to his bowNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, December 22, 2018 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. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Facebook Council Pinterest “Maybe it is a wider conversation in terms of governance. All that stuff giving out about the McManus money, at the end of the day it was money he gave to the GAA clubs.“It is not the GAA’s fault that the LGFA want to stand alone. That is a decision they have made as a governing body for the better of their association.“I know that conversations have been had but until they come to pass, we can just be annoyed about it but there is nothing we can do.”The LaoisToday Christmas Video Interview series will be broadcast on the LaoisToday website and on our Facebook and YouTube accounts over Christmas.SEE ALSO – McHugh eager to stay away from politics and focus on future of National Ploughing Championships Community WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Community Twitter
Pinterest Council WhatsApp Facebook Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interview RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 24th January 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSFianna FailJohn DonohueStradballyStradbally GAA Home News Community Stradbally in mourning following death of popular member of the community NewsCommunity Community Twitter Podcasts New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening John Donohue The Stradbally area is in mourning this evening following the death of John Donohue senior, a popular and widely respected stalwart of the local community and a butcher in the town for almost 50 years.John ran the family butcher’s shop in Stradbally for 49 years prior to his retirement in 2014.John is survived by his wife Vera – who is also hugely active in the Stradbally community and a leading member of the town’s Active Retirement Group – and his sons Diarmuid, Donal and John and daughters Maria and Eva. He is also mourned by a large circle of family and friends.John was a lifelong Fianna Fáil supporter and a regular on church gate collections and in funeral guards of honour. His brother Owen is the current chairman of the party’s Cumann in Stradbally. “John was a decent, highly respected person who loved the Little Town,” said local councillor Paschal McEvoy. “John was a great business man who kept his butcher shop open for almost five decades until his retirement and no customer ever left his shop with out meat whether they had money or not. “He will be sadly missed by one and all.” Pinterest Twitter Stradbally in mourning following death of popular member of the community Previous articleShock as current champions UL defeated and Carlow IT get back on track in Fitzgibbon Cup fixturesNext articleLaois senior football team for league opener against Down named Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook He was also a staunch Stradbally GAA man and served in a variety of roles over the years. The family are steeped in the history of the local club. His son Donal captained Stradbally when they ended a 56-year famine to win the Laois SFC title in 1997 while another son Diarmuid was also on the side and both were involved again when they retained the title in 1998. Youngest son John then won senior medals in 2005 and 2016, continuing a very proud tradition.The death of John Donohue Snr is the third death of a pillar of the Stradbally community in recent months – following on from the passing of Michael Mulhare in September and Bill Deegan in November.John is reposing at his residence on Friday, January 25, from 3 o clock to 9 o clock with recital of the Rosary at 8 o clock Friday evening. Arriving to The Sacred Heart Church Stradbally on Saturday at 12 noon for Requiem Mass. Interment to follow in Oakvale Cemetery.House private on Saturday morning please.John and Vera Donohue; Kay and Tom Donohue and Marie Keenan at the Stradbally Social Services Annual party in 2015. Picture: Alf HarveySEE ALSO – Ballylinan panto set to return after five-year absence
For 2012 and 2013, it says the province expects real GDP in both years to rise close to 4.0%, and employment to rise more than 2.0% each year as the unemployment rate falls to 4.9% in 2012 and 4.6% in 2013. S&P says that the chief risks to the Alberta economy are softening commodity prices due to a weak U.S. recovery, recession in the eurozone, and slowing growth in emerging economies. “Alberta’s liquidity levels are very positive, in our opinion,” added S&P credit analyst, Stephen Ogilvie, noting that the province has very large holdings of cash and temporary investments, totaling $38 billion at fiscal year-end. After factoring in equity and bond holdings, it estimates that Alberta had free cash and liquid assets of about $25 billion at that time, which represents more than 5x projected fiscal 2013 debt service costs. S&P says that the stable outlook reflects its expectations that the province’s tax-supported debt burden will remain moderate (below 60% of operating revenues) in the next two years and that cash and temporary investment holdings will remain very strong after a modest decline in fiscal 2013. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services affirmed its AAA ratings on the province of Alberta, with a stable outlook. The rating agency says that Alberta has almost fully recovered from the recession. It reports that real GDP rose about 3.5% in 2011, outpacing the national rate of 2.5%, returning to prerecession levels, and employment surpassed its prerecession peak too. Related news Alberta’s economy ‘stuck in low gear’ Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial James Langton Alberta hopes higher oil prices will power recovery Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Alberta Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
James Langton Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules According to the Ontario Divisional Court ruling released last week, after the defendants in the case advised that they would not be filing any affidavits as part of the leave motion, the plaintiffs then summoned two Manulife employees to provide evidence in the case. The decision notes that the defendants then brought a motion to quash the summonses, and the plaintiffs brought a cross motion to compel the defendants to file affidavits. The court granted the motion to quash the summonses and dismissed the cross motion. The plaintiffs sought leave to appeal, but the court has rejected that bid, finding, “The jurisprudence, particularly as it has developed recently overwhelmingly supports the motion judge’s interpretation… that it does not require the defendants to deliver affidavits or to be subjected to cross examination when they do not intend to lead evidence in response to the leave motion.” Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Keywords LawsuitsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. An Ontario court has denied leave to appeal a decision which found that plaintiffs in a proposed class action suit against Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC), and several former executives and directors, cannot force two Manulife employees to provide testimony as they seek to certify the suit as a class action. The proposed investor class action, which alleges inadequacies in the insurer’s risk management policies and practices for its segregated funds and variable annuities, is due to be considered for certification in March. It has not yet been certified as a class action, and the case has not yet been heard.
Related news The increase follows a move by Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) on Wednesday to increase its posted rate for a five-year fixed mortgage to 5.59% from 5.14%, as well as its other fixed rates by between 10 and 15 basis points.RBC spokesman AJ Goodman said the bank considers various factors when changing mortgage rates “including our funding costs and market conditions.”“Based on current conditions, our rates reflect the right balance between our clients’ expectations and our costs of funding mortgages,” he said in an email.The increases come as government bond yields rise, with the yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond rising to 2.18% on Wednesday. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs.Mortgage planner and rate comparison website founder Robert McLister said the TD Bank increase is “unusual” as the benchmark posted rate for five-year fixed mortgages hasn’t seen a jump of 45 basis points or more since March 2010.Funding costs for the banks have gone up, and banks may be trying to recapture some of its profitability, he said. “But that alone does not justify a 45 basis point hike,” McLister said.TD spokeswoman Julie Bellissimo said factors considered when determining rates include “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.”“Adjusting our rates is not a decision we take lightly…. Even with this change, lending rates remain competitive and at historically low levels,” she said in an email.TD also increased its posted closed rates for two-year, three-year mortgage by 10 points each to 3.44% and 3.59%, respectively. TD increased its six-year and seven-year mortgages by 50 points each to 5.64% and 5.8%, respectively.RBC will be increasing its posted rates for one-to-four year fixed mortgages by 15 basis points, to between 3.49% to 5.04%. Canada’s largest lender is also increasing its posted rates for its five-to-ten year fixed mortgages by 20 basis points, with the seven-year rate and 10-year rates increasing to 5.8% and 6.6%, respectively.However, RBC said it will reduce its offered rate for a five-year variable closed mortgage to 3.3% from 3.45% on Monday.TD cut its five-year variable closed rate offering for new and renewed mortgages earlier this month to 2.85% which is 75 basis points less than its TD Mortgage Prime Rate.Previously it was 2.95%, or 65 basis points less than its TD Mortgage Prime Rate.The rate changes were not universal across the Canadian banking sector.Bank of Nova Scotia spokesman Lukas Gerber said Friday the lender has not increased its posted mortgage rates since January but “cannot elaborate on pricing changes we might be considering.”A Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) spokesman also said there were no changes to its posted mortgage rates.McLister said the actual rates banks offer to borrowers are not seeing the same increase, but notes the Bank of Canada uses the posted rates at the big banks to calculate the rate used in stress tests to determine whether homebuyers qualify for loans.Homebuyers with less than 20% down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate, which was posted at 5.14% on Wednesday. And as of Jan. 1, homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance must prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate.Nearly half of all existing mortgages in Canada will need to be renewed this year, according to a CIBC Capital Markets report released earlier this month. Keywords Mortgages elenathewise/123RF Two of Canada’s biggest banks are raising their benchmark mortgage rates.Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) said Friday it plans to raise its posted rate for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage on Monday to 5.34% compared with the 5.14% currently posted. Armina Ligaya Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low Younger homebuyers more willing to fight bidding wars: survey Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
IE StaffCanadian Press Related news Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Statistics Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Economists had expected the addition of 5,500 jobs in December and an unemployment rate of 5.7%, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.But even in a tightened job market, the latest labour force survey shows wage growth delivered another weak reading in December of 1.49% — well below inflation.Year-over-year average hourly wage growth for permanent employees was 1.46% in November and has decelerated steadily since peaking at 3.9% in May 2018.Still, recent readings on job creation suggest that incomes are holding up well despite households having to contend with the pinch from higher interest rates, noted Royce Mendes, director and senior economist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in a report. If such momentum can continue and wages heat up a bit, “consumers should still do their fair share to support GDP growth in 2019,” he said.The December result follows a gain of 94,100 net jobs in November, the country’s largest monthly increase since March 2012.In the jobs report Friday, the overall employment gain of 9,300 for December was deemed too low by StatsCan to be statistically significant. But a closer look revealed some important changes.Alberta, which has been hit hard by a drop in oil prices, saw a net decrease last month of 16,900 jobs, or 0.7%, compared with November as an increase in part-time work was far outweighed by a loss of 36,200 full-time positions.For all of 2018, employment in Alberta rose by 0.9% as the province added 21,600 jobs. The provincial unemployment rate fell to 6.4% at the end of the year from 7% at the start of 201 .Across Canada, StatsCan reported the country gained 163,300 net new jobs in 2018 for an increase of 0.9%, which was a slower pace of growth compared with 2.3% in 2017 and 1.2% in 2016.Employment growth in 2018 was concentrated in the services sectors, which generated 151,000 positions compared to an increase of just 12,300 in goods-producing industries.In 2018, employment for women aged 25 to 54 grew by 125,600 positions, or 2.2%, compared with an increase of 60,600 jobs or 1% for men in the same age category.The report Friday was the first major economic data release of 2019.The Bank of Canada has been monitoring wage growth ahead of its interest-rate decisions as it tries to determine how well indebted households can absorb higher borrowing costs.The central bank, which will make a rate announcement next Wednesday, has raised its benchmark rate five times since the summer of 2017 in response to Canada’s strong economic performance. Governor Stephen Poloz has signalled that more increases will be needed to prevent inflation from rising too high. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Canada’s unemployment rate stayed at its 43-year low of 5.6% last month as the economy closed out 2018 with the addition of 9,300 net new jobs, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported on Friday.For the second straight month, the jobless rate was at its lowest level since StatsCan started measuring comparable data in January 1976.
RACV donates $1 million in solar energy installs for bushfire-affected towns RACVRACV has announced a $1 million investment in solar and battery installations for bushfire-prone areas of Victoria over the next two years, improving safety for isolated communities that could otherwise be cut off from power and communications during emergencies. The investment is an extension of RACV’s commitment to providing renewable energy solutions for more Victorians, with the installations at designated ’emergency safe places’ done free of charge by RACV Solar.The catastrophic bushfires of the summer of 2019-2020 that devastated many regional towns highlighted the importance of energy resilience during a natural disaster.RACV Solar will install $1m in solar panels and batteries on regional community halls, sporting grounds and recreation reserves that act as emergency safe places during extreme weather events such as bushfires.The nominated sites are Neighbourhood Safer Places, Bushfire Places of Last Resort and Emergency Relief Centres. Many of these buildings are in remote locations where electricity supply from the grid is unstable and where one road in and one road out can see communities isolated and cut off from power and communications. RACV partnered and collaborated with local councils to determine each of the locations to ensure it met community needs.These facilities also play a broader community role, being hubs for events, sport and other activities that form the basis of connection and support in remote townships.A total of 28 separate solar and battery installations will be installed in communities free of charge, with the first two installations taking place at Omeo Recreation Reserve in Omeo and Rowen Park in Tallangatta in December. Other sites in the coming year include:Yea Showground and Recreation ReserveBiggara Hall, BiggaraCudgewa Hall, CudgewaHawksdale Community HallHarrietville Hall, HarrietvilleDederang Recreation ReserveClifton Creek Community HallBarrack Reserve, HeathcoteOmeo Recreation ReserveBendigo FoodshareWodonga FoodshareCalivil Hall Recreation ReserveSerpentine Memorial Hall/Janiember ParkRACV Chief Executive Officer Neil Taylor said, “This is a great investment in the safety of our regional communities, while also providing energy resilience in areas prone to bushfires.“RACV last week welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of the home energy savings package. We believe solar and other renewable energy sources are an important part of a sustainable energy system.“In last 12 months RACV has installed solar across its resort and office assets in Victoria which combined with an electricity supply agreement with Red Energy, supports the organisation’s commitment to a clean energy future,” Mr Taylor said## /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:agreement, clean energy, communications, community, electricity, Emergency, Government, Harrietville, Investment, local council, renewable energy, resilience, Serpentine, sustainable, Tallangatta, Victoria
Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners Today, the United States, in unity with our partners, is imposing sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Chen Mingguo, Director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB) under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program. We are doing so in response to serious human rights abuse against members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.Wang Junzheng and Chen Mingguo are being designated pursuant to Executive Order 13818 in connection with the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) appalling abuses in Xinjiang. Wang is being designated for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the XPCC. Chen is being designated for being a foreign person who is a leader or an official of the XPSB, which has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse related to Chen’s tenure.Amid growing international condemnation, the PRC continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. The United States reiterates its calls on the PRC to bring an end to the repression of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, including by releasing all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities.We have taken this action today in solidarity with our partners in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union. As part of their actions today, our partners also sanctioned human rights abusers in connection with the atrocities occurring in Xinjiang and other countries. These actions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to working multilaterally to advance respect for human rights and shining a light on those in the PRC government and CCP responsible for these atrocities.The United States is committed to playing a strong leadership role in global efforts to combat serious human rights abuse, through the Global Magnitsky sanctions program and similar efforts. Targeted sanctions, including against those who violate or abuse human rights, are an important tool to discourage malign actors and promote accountabilityThe United States applauds the EU’s broader human rights sanctions action today. We welcome the EU’s use of this powerful tool to promote accountability for human rights abuse on a global scale. A united transatlantic response sends a strong signal to those who violate or abuse international human rights, and we will take further actions in coordination with likeminded partners. We will continue to stand with our allies around the world in calling for an immediate end to the PRC’s crimes and for justice for the many victims. /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:Canada, China, Department of State, detention, EU, european, European Union, executive order, Government, Human Rights, leadership, production, sanctions, transatlantic, United Kingdom, United States, Xinjiang
The Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder has appointed Kirk Holland, a general partner with Vista Ventures, a Broomfield venture capital firm, to its advisory board. The Deming Center is a joint program of the Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Holland has experience in business development, sales and marketing, engineering and operations with companies including Procter & Gamble and Sprint Corp. He also was an investment banker in the U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Internet and Enterprise Software Group, where he was involved in equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Holland was a vice president at internet.com Venture Funds, where he led several software and information technology investments. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s in business administration from Stanford University. The 35-member advisory board consists of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, service providers in fast-growth companies and consultants and researchers involved with entrepreneurial organizations. The board provides communication with the entrepreneurial business community, the Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It also helps advise the Deming Center, provides expertise and is a source of professional contacts and job opportunities for students. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 23, 2003
Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Eye screenings will be conducted from January 16 – 31, 2020 in all the branches of MaxivisionHyderabad-based Maxivision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals has announced free eye checkups to Indian army personnel on the occasion of Indian Army Day. As part of its social responsibility to the society and to extend its support to Indian Army and its services to the nation, Maxi Vision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals will organise free eye checkups to mark the occasion. Indian Army Day is being observed every year on January 15 to pay respects to gallant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the country and its citizens.Speaking on the occasion, Sudheer, COO, Maxi Vision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals, said, “It is the accountability of all the citizens of India to extend their moral support to our army personnel who always on a vigil to keep the country safe and secure. Extolling Army’s virtues and their courageous services to the nation, Maxivision would like to boost their morale extending its support to them by offering free eye screenings / checkups on the occasion.”Free eye screenings / checkups will be conducted from January 16 – 31, 2020 in all the branches of Maxivision in Somajiguda, Begumpet, Madhapur, AS Rao Nagaro, Santosh Nagar, Kukatpally in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bheemavaram, Warangal. Related Posts Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” free eye checkupIndian Army DayMaxivision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article By EH News Bureau on January 13, 2020 Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Maxivision to conduct free screenings on the occasion of Indian Army Day News Add Comment