Category: oyvjen

first_imgWednesday 12 June 2019 10:47 am Facebook to create 500 tech jobs in London as it opens new engineering hub It comes weeks after Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook, chose London as the home for its new payments hub. The messaging app has said it is looking to recruit 100 members of staff for the new base. But industry groups have warned the measures could have a disproportionate impact on the UK’s tech sector, as well as serious implications for freedom of expression. Read more: Facebook rips apps off new Huawei smartphones London is now Facebook’s largest engineering hub outside the US Roughly 100 of the new roles will be in artificial intelligence, with many of the employees working to detect and remove malicious content, fake accounts and other harmful behaviour, the company said. However, Facebook’s expansion in London is the latest vote of confidence in the capital as a global tech hub. “Safety is our top priority at Facebook and over the last two years we’ve substantially increased our investment in this area,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. James Warrington Facebook and other social media giants have come under increased scrutiny in recent months over their policies towards harmful content posted to their platforms. Share London is now the social media firm’s largest engineering hub outside the US, with 1,800 people employed in technology and engineering by the end of the year. “These hundreds of new jobs demonstrate not only our commitment to the UK but also our determination to do everything we can to keep Facebook safe and secure.” The government has laid the groundwork for future regulation to ensure the companies have a duty of care over their users. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This investment is great news for the capital and is further proof that London is open to talent and to new investment in our thriving tech sector.” Read more: Apple asks developers to put its new sign-in button above Facebook and Google’s by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance whatsapp whatsapp Apple is currently constructing its new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station, while Google has begun work on its sprawling £1bn campus in King’s Cross. Facebook has said it will create 500 new tech jobs in London by the end of the year as it launches a new engineering centre in Soho. The social media firm plans to employ more than 3,000 people across its three London sites by the end of the year, as it ramps up its presence in the capital. More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Read more

first_img Haji-Ioannou sued the newspaper and Marlow for libel, stating that the article implied he had made “false and malicious” claims about the fund managers. The article related to Haji-Ioannou’s accusations that three Easyjet shareholders were “strawmen” sent to block his efforts to cancel a £4.5bn order from Airbus. Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has lost his libel case against the Daily Telegraph over an article that disputed the outspoken founder’s claims about three shareholders. The suit related to an article published in May in which Telegraph journalist Ben Marlow wrote that the budget airline boss was engaging in “increasingly wild conspiracy theories”. In a statement today Haji-Ioannou said the Telegraph and Marlow had been “let off the hook” and doubled down in his campaign against the airline’s management. “Nothing that happened in court has changed that view,” he said in a statement. Stelios Haji-Ioannou sued the Telegraph and one of its journalists for libel Also Read: Easyjet boss Stelios loses Telegraph libel case over ‘strawmen’ claim Stelios Haji-Ioannou sued the Telegraph and one of its journalists for libel Also Read: Easyjet boss Stelios loses Telegraph libel case over ‘strawmen’ claim James Warrington But judge Rowena Collins Rice today dismissed the suit, ruling that the comments were an expression of the columnist’s opinion. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida 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.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com “On the understanding that I have determined that the reader would reach, I do not consider that that ordinary, reasonable reader would think worse of the claimant in any serious respect on the strength of this piece alone,” Rice wrote. “In effect Airbus uses fund managers to induce struggling airlines into buying more loss making aircraft. If anyone thinks this is in any way untrue, they can sue me for libel. To date nobody has had the guts to take that route.” Airbus has been contacted for comment. Stelios Haji-Ioannou sued the Telegraph and one of its journalists for libel center_img After failing in his efforts to oust key members of Easyjet management, Haji-Ioannou took aim at shareholders Invesco, Ninety One and Phoenix Asset Management, alleging that they were controlled by Airbus. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USADefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider Easyjet boss Stelios loses Telegraph libel case over ‘strawmen’ claim whatsapp The Greek-Cypriot billionaire argued that the allegations in the article were “untrue and seriously defamatory”. The lawsuit follows a bitter war of words between Easyjet and its forthright founder, who has accused the airline of voting fraud and branded his opposition on the board as “scoundrels”. Monday 2 November 2020 12:27 pm Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The founder has previously offered a £5m reward to any “whistleblower” who provided information leading to the cancellation of his company’s 107-plane deal with Airbus. Tags: easyJetlast_img read more

Read more

first_imgMonday 12 October 2015 9:26 am Share What makes a Nobel prize winner? How many Nobel laureates are women, how old was the youngest winner – and how many Americans? The 2015 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences will be announced at midday today, rounding up this year’s Nobel Prize announcements after last week’s flurry of winners including the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which took home the controversial Peace Prize and Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the Literature Prize.To mark the event, we’ve taken a closer look at what makes a Nobel prize winner? And who, exactly, has been awarded a Nobel Prize throughout the award’s 104-year-history? whatsapp Clara Guibourg center_img You may already know that the US has the most Nobel laureates – but did you know a full one-third of the prizes ever awarded have gone to America?There’s no need for Britons to feel embarrassed, though, as the United Kingdom comes in as clear runner-up, with 119 winners. Germany takes third place with 104 Nobel laureates.However, if we’re talking top Nobel Prize winners in each country per capita then Switzerland and Sweden are tied for first place.As for the proportion of female winners, it’s no huge surprise that historically, extremely few Nobel laureates – particularly in the sciences categories – have been women.Just 48 women have won the Nobel Prize in its 104 year history. The most notable winner is Marie Curie who took the Nobel Prize twice, firstly in physics (1903) and then again in chemistry (1911). Things are beginning to look up, however, as the proportion of female winners has quadrupled since 1980, after decades of essentially flatlining. whatsapp More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.com Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillUndoLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionUndolast_img read more

Read more

first_imgHome News Business Laois shop owners take banning e-cig sales to U-18s into their own… NewsBusiness GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook TAGSe-cigarettesJoe MannionPJ CarrollSeamus GriffinSimon Carrollvaping Twitter Laois shop owners and their staff will be offered training on how to ensure U-18s cannot buy e-cigarettes.‘Verify’, a new retail training programme which provides online training modules and in-store education materials, was launched recently by PJ Carroll with support from the Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association (CSNA).The rapid growth of vaping in Ireland has led to concerns that teens might be buying e-cigarettes, and retailers and manufacturers are coming together to ensure that U-18s in Laois cannot access vaping products.Verify is a free training programme that aims to stamp out youth access to e-cigarettes. It provides shop owners and staff with advice on how to identify under age shoppers, check IDs, refuse sales and defuse confrontational situations.“E-cigarettes have a very important role to play in helping people move away from cigarettes. 41% of smokers who quit last year used an e-cigarette to do so, but it’s essential we ensure that they can only be accessed by adult smokers who want to quit, ” said Simon Carroll, Country Manager, PJ Carroll. Pinterest There is currently no evidence of vaping amongst non-smokers, with Healthy Ireland showing that 99% of e-cigarette users age 15+ are current or former smokers.Verify will work to ensure that youth access to e-cigarettes in Laois is limited even further.The provision of free-training on e-cigarette sales has been welcomed by the CSNA and shop owners across the country.“We are not seeing a demand for e-cigarettes from U-18s and we believe it’s vitally important that this continues to be the case.“That’s why we’ve decided to introduce our own measures to stop sales to U-18s while we wait for the Bill from Government,” said CSNA President, Joe Mannion.Seamus Griffin, CEO of Griffin Retail Group said, “Verify is the only youth access prevention programme available to shop owners to ensure that their staff are trained on exactly what they should do when selling e-cigarettes.”“It teaches staff the legal age for selling e-cigarettes, when to ask for I.D, what types of identification to accept, how to spot fakes and how to deal with customers who are underage,” commented Seamus Griffin.The launch of Verify is the latest in a series of steps that the industry has taken to ensure vaping products are not sold to U-18s, following on from the launch of the Vape Business Ireland Code of Conduct in June.“PJ Carroll believes it’s vital that our products are only sold to adult smokers. Since we launched Vype in Ireland, our products have always had age stamps and our website is age verified.“We also ensure our ads use adults over the age of 25 and don’t use any images that appeal to youths,” said Simon Carroll, Country Manager, PJ Carroll.SEE ALSO – Laois jobs growth rises in 2019 through Enterprise Ireland supported companies WhatsApp WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin center_img By Megan Shiel – 10th January 2020 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois shop owners take banning e-cig sales to U-18s into their own hands GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Blue Equipment Ireland Ltd are looking to hire full-time service engineersNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 10, 2020 Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final last_img read more

Read more

first_imgHome Sport Women in Sport: From Portlaoise to the Seoul Olympics – it’s Anne… SportWomen in Sport Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGS1988Anne Keenan-BuckleyOlympicsWomen in Sport Women in Sport: From Portlaoise to the Seoul Olympics – it’s Anne Keenan-Buckley Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th March 2020 Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in April 2019.No shining medals adorn the walls of Olympian Anne Keenan-Buckey’s house.No magnificent plaques or rosettes stream the cabinets. Instead, pictures of her family and her children’s degrees line the spaces on top of corner of their sitting room, where the former Irish cross country runner and later, coach, invites me to sit down.You would not think that Anne Keenan-Buckley has done all of the remarkable things she has. There are no airs or graces about the Portlaoise woman, one of 10 children who grew up in St Brigid’s place, home to many a great Laois sportsperson over the years.Anne is considered to be one of Laois’s greatest sports people; male or female.She was a part of the Ireland 1988 Summer Olympic team competing in Seoul, where she finished 24th in the 3,000 metre race.At age 40, after a prolific return to her first love of cross country running, she won a team bronze medal at the 2002 IAAF World cross country championships for the short race.She was the oldest of the top twelve finishers. To this day, six of the top twelve are still younger than Buckley was on the day of the race.In 2003 and aged 41, she came second the EAA European Cross Country championships in Edinburgh.Anne has proved her ability not only as an athlete but as a coach – and from 2006-2012 she held the reins as manager of the Ireland cross country team.Since finishing her position in that post, Anne now trains middle-distance female athletes in Dublin City University (DCU).I sat down with Anne to speak about commitment, keeping young girls interested in sport and life after running.Who did you look up to growing up and why?“I was probably 10 or 11 and had my four older brothers, Pat my eldest brother was running with Ballyfin Athletic Club. So I think it was probably through him that I got involved with athletics.“Portlaoise didn’t have a juvenile section and Jimmy Finn, who was with the Ballyfin AC, pulled up to bring my brother Patrick to an event and he said, ‘Sure come on with us’.“So we traveled to the race and he decided to set up a juvenile athletic club in Ballyfin. So a lot of my friends and people from around Portlaoise just joined Ballyfin.“I wouldn’t say there was any particular role model in athletics that I looked at, at that age because we did everything at that age. We were a family of 10 and I had my four older brothers so it was really just looking up to them and joining in what they do!”Anne Keenan Buckley in Women’s 1500m in 2000. Picture: SportsfileDid you have to make any big decisions to help your sporting career? “Yes because I was very young when I won the county senior championships, I was 12. So I think at that stage I was starting to figure in Leinster and national competitions.“My first international competition was at 14 and I would have been playing a bit of basketball and football at that stage as well. I knew the risks of picking up an injury were higher and when I was relatively good at the running I thought I’d stay at that. I suppose that was probably a big decision at that age!“Before I went to the Olympics in ’88 I was living in Baltinglass in Wicklow I was commuting up and down to Dublin to work and I decided that I would have go and try do the qualifying time for the Olympics.“So I took a bit of job-sharing and cut one or two days off and decided to train a little bit harder then. That would have been a big decision for me then.”What age were you when you first thought of going for the Olympics? “Realistically, probably around 24 or 25. I went straight from school to the civil service in Dublin. I think because I was running competitively from a very young age, when I went to Dublin first I decided I would take a break for about a year or two.“When I was 19 or 20 I wouldn’t have run really at all and when I was 21 I lived in Upper Dromcondra, which is close to Santry Stadium, and there was a woman who lived close to where I was staying asked me would I join Clonliffe Harriers.“I’d say I was back maybe two years and in ’85 I had made the  Irish team for the World Cross Country by coming second in Ireland.“The following year then I won the national 3000 metres on track. That was two years before the Olympics and there was a standard set and I thought I could make it.”Anne in action during the Senior Women’s event at the European Cross Country Championships in 2003. Picture: SportsfileHow did you feel running in the Olympics? “Oh there was a sense of occasion. From when you were younger and looking at the Olympics, I was just so consumed with the opening ceremony. That always hit me when I was younger, looking at the teams coming out from under the stand and on to the infield and that to me was a real honour.“That was what I was really looking forward to because when I was younger I used to think, ‘God wouldn’t you be so proud,’ to be there when the Olympic flame is being lit. That was sort of like a dream come true.“I was probably starting to develop at that stage into a senior athlete. I had picked up an injury in January ’89 and when that happened I couldn’t get back from it and I decided I was four years married and wanted to start a family.”Anne did start a family with her husband Donal. Together, they raised two children; Aisling and Alan.“So from 1988 until 1997 I never ran track. I did a little bit of cross country when the kids were young but never track.”What made you decide to make a return to running? “The world cross country was my motivation at that time. It was when the World Cross Country came to Belfast in 1999. I was at it when John Treacy ran it in ’79 and I said that it might never come back here again.“So I started training for it, to try and make the team. I had studied sports therapy, anatomy, physiology and fitness and training in sport. I knew a lot more about training and coaching then.”Anne finished 22nd in the World Cross Country, which allowed her to receive a grant from the Irish Sports Council.For the first time in her athletic career, at 37 years old she received money to train.“I improved and took a more professional approach. I went up to training twice a day, three or four days a week, clocking 90-100 miles a week. I knew a lot more about training from educating myself and I was very much full-time at that age.”At age 40, she won a team bronze medal at the 2002 IAAF World cross country championships for the short race.Aged 41, Anne came second the EAA European Cross Country championships in Edinburgh.Anne Keenan Buckley after placing third in the Irish Senior Women’s Short Race Team in 2002. Picture: SportsfileWhat motivated you all through those years? “I suppose enjoyment did. I suppose when you feel you’re a little bit good at something that is one thing because you’re doing all of the training it’s nice to get success.“I made great friends from it as well and when we were younger it was just something that we did. Jimmy Finn in the athletic club was great – there was a great social life to it as well.”Anne Keenan-Buckley after winning the Senior Ladies 4000m Cross Country Short Course Championship at Dunleer, Co. Louth in 2003. Athletics. Picture: SportsfileWould you say you’ve learnt any life skills from running and competing at such a high-level? “It taught you a lot about pressure. It developed a lot of my character I would say. You were put in situations where if you were expected to win, that pressure was on you.“In that way it helped in dealing with other pressures life throws at you.”How did you get involved in coaching the Irish cross country team in 2006? “For 30 years I would have been with a lot of different management teams and athletes so I suppose I just knew a lot of people.“When it came to 2003 I had finished up, Patsy McGonagle asked me would I stay involved and at that stage I was interested in helping out at home, with Eileen Hayes and others in the local athletic club.  I just said that I wanted a break then.“Then, I did a few coaching courses and I was approached in 2006 by Brendan Hackett, who was the CEO of Athletics Ireland, to see if I would consider going for management for the cross country. So it just happened as a result of that.”Ireland U-23 men’s team in 2010, from left, David Rooney, Michael Mulhare, Brendan O’Neill and David McCarthy lift team manager Ann Keenan Buckley after they had secured the team gold medal in the European Cross Country Championships“Then when I finished up with Athletics Ireland, Enda Fitzpatrick from DCU asked me would I come on board with the middle-distance female athletes in the university.”What other factors do you think are crucial to helping the future of athletics in Ireland?“I think talent identification is crucial. I think it’s key to keep up talent identification and takes a lot of work but if you’re smart of catchment areas and the likes. Again, it probably depends on funding. You have to employ the people that see it, and know about it.”Anne also believes that burning children out at an early age is hampering the chances of them progressing in the sport.“I think you can see a lot of parents have children in sport from the time they’re six and seven. Now there’s nothing wrong with that because in sports that use a lot of equipment they earlier you learn to use them the easier it it.“But for middle-distance running you don’t have equipment that you need to be able to use.I think some parents get caught up thinking, ‘Little Johnny’s going to be a world-beater’ and they’re nearly training them too-hard, too-young as well, which can be very damaging.”Anne Keenan Buckley, team manager, with Mark Christie and Rebecca French-O’Carroll, during a press conference ahead of the Spar European Cross Country Championships in 2007. Picture: SportsfileYou’ve said previously that you’re interested in keeping girls involved in sport – why do you think this is important?“I just think that the drop out rate for girls in that transition period from secondary school to third level education, or even age-wise from 17 to 18 is something that needs to be addressed.“It’s to do a little bit with body image and that. Sometimes the best athletes are nearly lost then so it’s a lovely age group to try help and work with.“I enjoy that the best because you can keep people interested in the sport.”Anne Keenan Buckley celebrates with Fionnuala Britton after Britton’s success at the Senior Women’s event at the 18th SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2011. Picture: SportsfileSEE ALSO – Women in Sport: All-Ireland winner, four-time All-Star and Laois football great Tracey Lawlor Electric Picnic Pinterest News Previous articleTalking Music: Transmitter’s Stewart Quinn chats Italia ’90, Old Fort and performing in LaoisNext articleWATCH: Laois supermarket goes viral for in store St Patrick’s Day Parade LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Read more

first_img Related news Q: On Dec. 16 last year, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced an increase in its federal funds target-rate range to 0.25% to 0.50%. What will the Fed do in 2016? Robitaille: The Fed move in December was a big financial-market event. The Fed communicated, at the time, that it would adopt a gradual approach to the future path of this rate and that it would continue to watch the economic data. It also noted that the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. The lower-for-longer interest-rate environment is therefore intact. Through 2015, some of the dividend-paying sectors of the equity market sold off, particularly as we moved into December, in anticipation of the rate hike. They subsequently rebounded a little, once the hike occurred. It was important for the Fed to move from a credibility standpoint and to signal its views on the strength of the U.S. economy and its views on global growth. Gibbs: I agree with the lower-for-longer outlook for interest rates. I subscribe to the secular thesis of low global economic growth. We’ve added something like US$57 trillion in both public and private-sector debt globally since the financial meltdown in 2007. That’s a lot of additional debt on top of the fair amount of debt already in place at that stage. Also, the global labour force is not growing by as much as it used to, and it’s aging. This all adds up to lower economic growth and lower inflation. It’s hard for interest rates to go up materially in this environment. Looking at 10-year government-bond rates, the Government of Canada rate is 1.3%, the U.S. Treasury rate is 2.16%, the German government-bond rate is 0.53% and Switzerland’s government-bond rate is negative 0.14%. The Fed gets a lot of attention and it should. It has raised its policy rate. But since that date, the market interest rates that are really important have kept going down. There are bigger forces at play than the Fed. Frost: The Fed is going to find itself in a conundrum with the U.S. dollar’s strength becoming a big headwind for the U.S. economy. If you look at year-over-year U.S. industrial production growth from 1990 to where we are today, it has gone negative of late. Negative growth has heralded a recession in the past. The U.S. economy is different today than in the 1990s, but the level of industrial-production growth has always been a good economic indicator. The U.S. manufacturing sector is in a recession. I would hate to see 12 months from now that the Fed actually tightened into a recession. Q: What does this economic backdrop mean for Canadian dividend-paying stocks? The dividend yield on the S&P/TSX Composite Index is about 3.5%. Frost: Dividend stocks look to be tremendous value. Compare their dividend yield to the yield on the 10-year Government of Canada bond of 1.3%. Gibbs: You do have to look at every sector. Dividend stocks encompass a lot of stocks in a lot of different sectors. There is a difference between a dividend stock in the Canadian energy sector and a dividend stock in the Canadian telecom sector, where revenues and dividends are more sustainable. Investors have to realize that resource companies that pay dividends can have highly volatile revenues. But big picture, the theme of getting paid dividends from stocks in a low investment-return world is as strong as ever. The dividend yield plus capital growth is attractive versus the risk-free Government of Canada bond yield. Q: In 2015, the S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index, which focuses on dividend income, produced a total negative return of 14.6%, underperforming the S&P/TSX Composite Index, which had a total negative return of 8.3%. Robitaille: Energy and materials did quite poorly in 2015. Q: In particular, energy represented some 30% of the High Dividend Index at the end of 2015 versus its 18.5% weighting in the Composite. Its hefty energy weighting must have hurt this dividend index. Robitaille: In energy, the low commodity-price environment has brought the dividends of both the higher-yield energy producers and those services companies that had implemented dividends into question. You saw a lot of pressure on those areas of the equity market, even more so than on the broader energy sector. Frost: The Canadian pipeline stocks came under selling pressure following the drop in U.S. energy-infrastructure stocks. There was the early December announcement by major U.S.-based pipeline company Kinder Morgan, Inc.(KMI) of a 75% cut in its dividend. In the wake of this, Canada’s Enbridge Inc.(ENB) got hit pretty hard. Q: The ongoing weakness in the Canadian energy sector has been a drag on the S&P/TSX Composite. The low commodity price is also taking its toll on the Canadian economy. Gibbs: There is a divergence in the Canadian economy. Alberta is finding it tough. But Canada has 36 million people and for a reasonable portion of this country, low fuel prices and low interest rates and, in some cases, a low currency, is a good thing. Ontario, Quebec and B.C. are a big part of the Canadian population and these provinces are doing OK. But if you add it all up, you will probably get weak Canadian economic growth. Frost: Part of the problem for our manufacturing sector is that the emerging-market currencies are down significantly relative to the U.S. dollar. So the Canadian competitive advantage as a result of the low Canadian dollar is not as powerful. Q: Has most of the good economic news south of the border been factored into the U.S. equity market? Have all the economic challenges in Canada been discounted by the Canadian stock market? Is the sell-Canada theme getting long in the tooth? Robitaille: If you look at the valuations in particular Canadian sectors, such as energy, there has been a lot of negative pressure. This is largely driven by commodity prices. These have continued to grind lower since the beginning of the year and put pressure on the Canadian equity market as a whole. It’s hard to say that we’re at an inflexion point in the short-Canada thesis. We consider that oil prices in the US$30-per-barrel range are not sustainable. But there is an inventory overhang. You could go through a period over the next month or two, at least, of continued pressure on oil prices. We’re probably not at the very bottom. Frost: You could see further dividend cuts in the Canadian energy sector. There are only a handful of Canadian energy producers that have not cut their dividends. Robitaille: It’s hard to get excited about the idea of stepping into this sector. In other sectors, bank-stock valuations seem very attractive relative to historic levels. Gibbs: You do have to look at all the Canadian sectors. You wouldn’t say that some consumer stocks, for example, are undervalued. You have to take a long-term view when it comes to the Canadian banks, and from that perspective I think bank stocks are attractive. The stock prices are assuming a pretty material increase in bank loan-loss reserves. Frost: We haven’t seen this materialize yet. I agree that bank stocks are attractive. Robitaille: The negative sentiment surrounding Canadian bank stocks, which is already reflected in bank-stock valuations, will remain until we have an improvement in energy prices. The thesis on the banks is that as long as we have low oil prices, the Canadian economy is at risk and if it goes into recession, then not only will there be loan losses related to energy, but the Canadian housing market could also be at risk. If you think this is unlikely to materialize, as we do, then there is good long-term value in Canadian bank stocks. Frost: The short-sell-Canada thesis could be long in the tooth, unless we start to see real estate turn down in Canada. We haven’t seen that yet. Interest rates have been low and have buoyed real-estate prices. Gibbs: The unemployment rate in Canada has remained stable, so this has helped the housing market. Robitaille: Job creation has been solid through the course of 2015. Gibbs: We could be at the beginning of the end of the short-Canada theme. It should be pointed out that the S&P/TSX Composite Index has underperformed the S&P 500 Index in local currency terms for five years now. That is pretty long. Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part equity-income roundtable. Michele Robitaille, managing director and equity-income specialist at Guardian Capital LP, a sub-advisor to the BMO family of funds. The Guardian equity team’s mandates include BMO Monthly High Income II. Jason Gibbs, vice president and portfolio manager at 1832 Asset Management LP. Gibbs is a senior member of the firm’s equity-income team, which has a wide range of mandates including Scotia Canadian Dividend. Peter Frost, senior vice president and portfolio manager at AGF Investments Inc. His responsibilities include two income-oriented balanced funds: AGF Monthly High Income and AGF Traditional Income. The roundtable was convened and moderated by Morningstar columnist Sonita Horvitch, whose three-part series continues on Wednesday and concludes on Friday. Sonita Horvitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Income-paying equities: Managers insist on strong balance sheets for their energy holdings Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Editor’s note: It’s been a trying time for investors in income-paying Canadian equities. An interest-rate hike in the United States, widespread dividend cuts in the energy sector and weak GDP growth all contributed to selling pressure that saw high-dividend Canadian stocks fare even worse in 2015 than the market as a whole. Amid this gloomy backdrop, our roundtable participants discuss how they’re positioning their portfolios now. The panellists: Income-paying equities: Securities-selection criteria in a low-return environment Keywords Fund managers last_img read more

Read more

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began.Employers added 1.4 million jobs, the Labor Department said, down from 1.7 million in July. The U.S. economy has recovered about half the 22 million jobs lost to the pandemic. Friday’s report added to evidence that nearly six months after the coronavirus paralyzed the country, the economy is mounting only a fitful recovery. From small businesses to hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, a wide spectrum of companies are struggling to survive the loss of customers with confirmed viral cases still high.After an epic collapse in the spring, when the economy shrank at a roughly 30% annual rate, growth has been rebounding as states have reopened at least parts of their economies. Yet the recovery remains far from complete.Many economists think significant hiring may be hard to sustain because employers are operating under a cloud of uncertainty about the virus. Daily confirmed case counts have fallen from 70,000 in June to about 40,000. The decline has levelled off in the past week and the viral caseload remains higher than it was in May and June.As a result activities like restaurant dining and air travel are still far below pre-pandemic levels. Most economists say a meaningful economic recovery will likely be impossible until the coronavirus is brought under control, most likely from the widespread use of a vaccine.Friday’s jobs data was the second-to-last employment report — for most voters, the most visible barometer of the economy — before Election Day, Nov. 3. President Donald Trump faces the daunting task of seeking re-election in the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. Yet voters in surveys have generally given him higher marks on the economy than they have on other aspects of his presidency.The jobs report coincides with growing signs that more companies are making permanent job cuts rather than temporary furloughs. That trend could keep the unemployment rate persistently high. It is typically harder for an unemployed worker to find a new job at a new company or in a new industry than to return to a previous employer.Casino and hotel operator MGM Resorts, slammed by declines in travel and tourism, said last week that it’s eliminating 18,000 jobs. Coca Cola, which derives half its sales from stadiums, theatres and other venues that have been largely shut down, is offering buyouts to 4,000 employees. Salesforce said it is cutting 1,000 jobs. Bed, Bath & Beyond will shed 2,800.A Federal Reserve report this week based on anecdotal reports from businesses found “rising instances of furloughed workers being laid off permanently as demand remained soft.”Roughly 29 million Americans are receiving state unemployment aid, although their total benefits, on average, have shrunk by more than half since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal supplement more than a month ago. The Trump administration has set up a program that will provide some of the unemployed with $300 a week.But new rules and requirements will make many of the unemployed ineligible. Only people who receive at least $100 a week in state unemployment aid will qualify for the $300 federal supplement — a requirement that could exclude at least 850,000 Americans.The ongoing job losses and economic slump have left a rising share of Americans out of work for longer periods. From June to July, the number of people who were unemployed for 15 weeks or longer tripled to more than 6 million.One consequence is that rising stress and anxiety are evident at therapists’ offices and mental health hotlines around the country. Calls from March through July to the U.S. government-funded Disaster Distress Helpline, which offers counselling and emotional support, surged 335% from the same period last year.And half of U.S. adults reported at least some signs of depression, such as hopelessness, feelings of failure or an inability to derive pleasure from daily activities, in a survey published Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. That amounted to twice the rate from a survey two years ago.“Not many days go by where I don’t have a couple where one partner or both are not working or furloughed,” said Todd Creager, a therapist in Southern California who treats mostly middle- to upper-middle-class adults.What’s more, the economy appears to be operating on two tracks, resulting in an uneven and unequal recovery. Manufacturers are enjoying a solid rebound in demand for cars, appliances and electronics, with factory orders nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.Home sales are also booming. So are home prices. Sales of existing homes surged by the most on record in July and are now nearly 9% higher than a year ago.In addition, wealthier and well-educated workers have been far less likely to lose jobs to the pandemic than lower-income and minority workers have, in part because of a greater ability to work from home.The coronavirus has also reshaped much of the consumption of affluent households: While spending less on restaurants and at shops and movie theatres, they are buying new homes to gain more space or renovating their houses to serve as workplaces as well as homes. Hands counts money on American flag background iStock Christopher RugaberAssociated Press Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Keywords Economic forecasts,  Economic indicators,  U.S. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Read more

first_imgRelatedPM Golding Impressed with Expansion Work at Boscobel Aerodrome Advertisements RelatedPM Golding Impressed with Expansion Work at Boscobel Aerodrome PM Golding Impressed with Expansion Work at Boscobel Aerodrome Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 17, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding has expressed satisfaction with the expansion work now being undertaken at the Boscobel aerodrome, in St Mary.The runway is being extended to 4,800 feet in Phase One, to allow airplanes seating up to 15 to 20 persons to land. Work is expected to be completed by the end of November and the aerodrome will welcome its first flight by the first week in December.Mr. Golding was taken on a tour of the facility on August 14, by the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government reform in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West St Mary, Hon. Robert Montague. They were accompanied by representatives of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), the National Works Agency (NWA) and parish council representatives.State Minister Montague disclosed that the terminal building would also be expanded to provide services as an international charter jet port, with customs and immigration sections separate from internal traffic.“We are aiming for the private pilots market and the villa market. We are also looking at the entertainment market because the development at James Bond beach will see the construction of a major platform and recording studio. Artistes will be able to fly in, as it is less than five minutes away from the performing venue,” he said. RelatedPM Golding Impressed with Expansion Work at Boscobel Aerodromelast_img read more

Read more

first_imgRelatedJIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award Gov’t to Put Public Assets into Productive Use InformationApril 5, 2013 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedNo Let Up in NHT Housing Provisionscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government of Jamaica will be renewing its effort to dispose of several public sector assets during the new financial year, through a managed privatisation process.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, informed that the assets will be divested to either the private sector or communities, where it is determined that they would be used more productively, on a sustainable basis. “In doing so, the Government will seek to balance, the well-understood need for getting the best price possible for certain assets and the urgency to put these assets into productive use to create jobs, goods or services,” the Governor-General stated, while delivering the Throne Speech at the opening of the 2013/14 Parliamentary Year on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House.He explained that Government has arrived at this position because it has found that many assets have been allowed to remain idle for years because it has been trying to secure some incremental increase in price, at or above, the perceived worth of these assets.He advised that the Parliament would be kept informed of any action that will be taken in this regard and the reasons for so doing.The Governor-General noted too that the model of Public/Private Partnerships, some of which are currently being undertaken, will continue to be pursued as a matter of policy.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Read more

first_imgPhoto: Michael ShawYouth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna (left seated), signs a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing implementation of the Ministry’s Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEPP) at the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE), during signing Wednesday’s (September 3) signing ceremony at the institution, in Portland. The programme, being administered by the National Youth Service (NYS), will see 50 scholarships, valued $100,000 each per annum, being awarded to students deemed in need of assistance to finance their tuition and other associated expenses. Also signing are: CASE Board Chairman, Ambassador Derrick Heaven (centre, seated); and NYS Board member, Lorenzo Ellis (right, seated). Observing the formalities, from left, are: CASE President, Rev. Dr. Mary Nichols; College Guidance Counsellor, Bishop Joslyn Williams; Principal Director, Technical Services, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (partly hidden); and NYS Community Services Director, Omar Newell. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Youth Ministry Provides $15M in Tertiary Level ScholarshipsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Youth Ministry Provides $15M in Tertiary Level Scholarships CultureSeptember 5, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Related‘An Evening with Miss Lou’ Tribute Concert on September 7 Related‘An Evening With Miss Lou’ Celebration Set For September 7center_img Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Youth and Culture is providing $15 million in scholarships this year, to benefit 150 students attending three of the island’s tertiary institutions.Valued at $100,000 each, per annum, the awards are being made under the Ministry’s Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEPP).Fifty scholarships each will be presented to the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE), Portland; Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Kingston; and Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann. Advertisements The Ministry of Youth and Culture is providing $15 million in scholarships this year, to benefit 150 students attending three of the island’s tertiary institutions.Valued at $100,000 each, per annum, the awards are being made under the Ministry’s Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEPP), aimed at preparing young people to become entrepreneurs. The initiative is one of several National Youth Service (NYS) programmes being financed through a $435 million allocation earmarked for the agency in the administration’s 2014/15 budget.Fifty scholarships each will be presented to the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE), Portland; Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Kingston; and Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna formally launched the CASE segment of the programme on Wednesday, September 4, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with College Chairman, Ambassador Derrick Heaven; President, Rev. Dr. Mary Nichols; and NYS Board member, Lorenzo Ellis, who represented Chairperson, Maureen Webber.The launch followed a pilot at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester in 2013, where 50 scholarships were provided.Minister Hanna said AHEPP is intended to prepare and enable students to create their own employment.“We have to develop a generation of job creators…we need entrepreneurs…and we have to give you the best opportunity to do that…we have to give you access to the best support mechanism(s). So this programme, as well as the programmes that we will launch at the CMI and other institutions, are (intended) to train persons…to become the best in their (chosen) fields…so that at the end of the day, you are (better able to help) this country,” she said.Director of Community Services at the NYS, which is administering AHEPP, Omar Newell, said in evaluating the NCU pilot programme, it was agreed that the programme’s  benefits could be best maximized by targeting its provisions to programmes aligned with national growth areas such as agriculture, tourism, and the pending logistics hub initiative.“So, we deliberately approached CASE and CMI to partner in this initiative, and they both, from day one, agreed that they would be on board,” he said.The scholarships are being awarded to students age 17 to 24 years, who are in need of financial assistance for their tuition and other associated expenses.This will be based on assessments of their status by special selection panels, comprising representatives from each institution, and the NYS.The students will be required to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and must complete 20 hours of volunteer service per semester at pre-approved locations agreed on by the NYS and partner institution, to retain their scholarships.Each institution is also expected to provide the equivalent of 20 per cent tuition support to the students.Mr. Newell advised that the application period commenced on Wednesday and will run until September 30, adding that “disbursements will be (done) before the end of October”.He said application forms are available at CASE, and will also be online, beginning September 4.“Our (NYS) officers (will be) here, from time to time, to collect the application forms,…(which) can be dropped off at CASE, here on campus,” he further informed,  pointing out that no new applications will taken at NCU, as their 50 scholarships have already been earmarked for the recipients.In her remarks, Dr. Nichols said AHEPP’s launch is indicative of the Ministry’s commitment to advancing tertiary education for young people, “not only in words, but in (action)”.Interim Students Council President, Brian Townsend, in welcoming the scholarships, said the gesture is “well appreciated by the student body.”“In these times when parents are having it hard to finance students for schooling, it is very timely, and we the students are very appreciative of this move by the National Youth Service. We will make sure to do whatever it takes to maintain the (accompanying) requirements,” he assured. RelatedMissing Children Downlast_img read more

Read more