Budget 2020: Government will raise living wage and lift floor for National Insurance

first_img“Their increase won’t apply to everyone and people will have to wait years for it. Labour’s promise was for an immediate £10 minimum for everyone over 16,” Labour’s press account tweeted. In his budget speech Sunak announced a goal of raising the national living wage to two thirds of median earnings by 2024 –  which would be equivalent to £10.50 an hour. James Booth The Labour Party tweeted that the increases were “another Tory con trick”. Chancellor Rishi Sunak (AFP via Getty Images) Sunak said the Conservatives are “the real worker’s party”. Wednesday 11 March 2020 3:36 pm “That’s a tax cut for 31m people, saving a typical employee £104,” he said. It currently only applies to workers aged 25 and over. whatsapp Budget 2020: Government will raise living wage and lift floor for National Insurance The chancellor also said the National Insurance threshold will be increased from £8,632 to £9,500 next month. The wage is going up next month to £8.72 per hour which the government said means it is on track to hit its current target of 60 per cent of median earnings by this year. “In some cases, this rise in costs could push businesses towards insolvency.” The chancellor Rishi Sunak said today that the government will raise the national living wage to £10.50 by 2024 and will raise the minimum threshold for National Insurance. Chancellor Rishi Sunak (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2020: Government will raise living wage and lift floor for National Insurance The living wage will apply to workers aged 23 and over in April 2021, with a target for it to apply to workers aged 21 and over by 2024, the government said. The government said the increase was a first step in meeting its ambition to increase the threshold to £12,500. Martin Jones, partner at accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, said: “Increasing the already aggressive targets for the national living wage will add to the cost burden on restaurants and pubs that are already struggling to make ends meet.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2020: Government will raise living wage and lift floor for National Insurance whatsapp Share “Wages are often the largest overhead restaurants and pubs face and this measure increases that overhead even further.” Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Former doctor headed to prison for downloading child pornography

first_imgCrime & CourtsFormer doctor headed to prison for downloading child pornographyFebruary 10, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard will spend the next 20 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.Salard was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Juneau on Tuesday after his conviction during a jury trial in Juneau last July.U.S. Marshals escort Greg Salard to a pretrial appearance in U.S. District Court in October 2014. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Salard appeared in court slightly thinner and without his horseshoe moustache. He smiled at his wife and a family friend in the gallery after he took his seat at the defense table.The maximum possible sentence was just over 30 years, but prosecutor Leslie Fisher asked for 20 years. Salard’s defense attorney Steven Wells asked for a sentence of no more than five years.Wife Laura Salard pleaded for leniency as she read a short statement to the court. She said the charges were not consistent with his character.Attorneys spent a large portion of Tuesday’s hearing arguing whether unproven allegations that Salard earlier abused an adopted daughter should be considered in sentencing.U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess repeatedly asked Fisher how much weight he should place on such allegations after not getting a satisfactory or explicit answer from her.Not only are the allegations still unproven, Wells argued that they’ve also been voiced by an angry ex-wife who may have prompted and coached the girl about what to say. He said the allegations have been disputed by the girl’s brother.In Louisiana courts, Salard will face a charge of aggravated rape and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.Judge Burgess said the activity Salard was accused of was the same type of behavior he watched on his computer.He believed that Salard knew what he was doing when he modified a version of the Ares peer-to-peer file sharing program to download as much pornography as possible while uploading only a few files. Judge Burgess also noted that Salard’s hurried efforts to wipe his computer of child porn as officers were at his doorstep was “consciousness of guilt.” He also said that Salard was a “sophisticated and manipulative person able to compartmentalize his life and hide his behavior from others.”Judge Burgess also ordered Salard to pay a $25,000 fine and be under supervised release for the rest of his life if he ever gets out of prison. A court hearing to determine the amount of restitution is scheduled for April in Juneau.Wells asked that Salard be housed at a federal prison in Arkansas so that he could be near his family. He earlier asked for placement at a Missouri facility so he could receive continuing treatment after thyroid cancer surgery.Wells stepped in as Salard’s attorney after complaints that his former attorney, a public defender, failed to mount an adequate defense or prepare for his jury trial.Wells told Laura Salard while leaving the courtroom on Tuesday that he planned to file a notice of appeal.(Editor’s note: Corrected reference to the female victim in the Louisiana case as Salard’s adopted daughter instead of stepdaughter.)Share this story:last_img read more

YK Delta tribal consortium withdraws support for Donlin Gold mine

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Local Government | Politics | Southwest | WesternYK Delta tribal consortium withdraws support for Donlin Gold mineSeptember 27, 2019 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Share:The proposed Donlin Gold mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/09/190927_anti_donlin_avcp_pkg_final_2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Association of Village Council Presidents no longer supports the proposed Donlin Gold mine.The decision came after two hours of passionate debate Wednesday, during the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribal consortium’s annual convention.AVCP delegates overwhelmingly voted to withdraw a 2006 resolution supporting the mine, then voted to pass a separate resolution that opposes it. There were 41 delegates attending the convention.The new resolution shows the mine has lost significant regional support from tribes.Henry Hunter Sr., the chair of Bethel’s Orutsararmiut Native Council and its AVCP delegate, introduced the resolution. Hunter said that in back in 2006, many tribes didn’t understand the possible environmental risks, especially from Donlin Gold’s proposed tailings dam. Hunter said that this year, tribes came armed with more information about the risks of the proposed mine.Donlin has to build a dam that would hold its mine waste forever. Hunter said that one of the biggest concerns is what would happen to the Kuskokwim River should the dam collapse. The company said that they plan to build the mine as safely as possible.After the resolution was introduced, Wayne Morgan, Aniak’s delegate, asked to table it, which would have put it on hold for at least another year.A Brazil dam accident sparks questions over the safety of Donlin’s tailings damAVCP is a tribal consortium that represents 56 tribes and 48 villages in the YK Delta. Forty-one delegates attended the Wednesday morning session.Last year, AVCP tabled two anti-Donlin resolutions because they were not submitted on deadline.ONC tribal member Gloria Simeon said that moment shamed her, because she felt their voice was being suppressed.“So we had to spend a year with ONC planning to make sure that we do not get knocked out by someone standing on procedure,” Simeon said.But this year, the delegates passed both the resolution withdrawing AVCP’s support and another resolution from Quinhagak opposing the mine. Both resolutions will be sent to the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in October.After the vote, Simeon walked out of the room, trembling. People hugged each other.“It surprised me that it was so supported to pull and then to say to the world, ‘We are against Donlin,’” Simeon said. “That’s the power of our tribes speaking. That’s true leadership.”Devron Hellings, the president of the Native Village of Napaimute, opposed both resolutions. Napaimute and Aniak are two of the villages closest to the proposed mine site, which would be built 145 miles up the Kuskokwim River from Bethel.Hellings thinks that the mine can bring much-needed jobs to the region. She also said that she trusts the proposals Donlin has laid out on how it plans to build its mine.“Donlin Gold has demonstrated they care about people of Western Alaska. They care about the culture, they know the reliance on subsistence, and we believe they are going to do what they say they will do,” Hellings said.Hellings said that the reason she and Morgan pushed to table the motion was because their tribes did not have sufficient time to look at the resolutions. Hellings said that it can be difficult for tribes to meet, due to geography and technological challenges.AVCP sent out the resolutions on Aug. 19; the convention was held Sept. 24. Hellings added that the new resolution opposing the mine doesn’t have much of an impact, since AVCP is “a social service entity.”“The action in this regard by the body I can’t say holds as much weight as the decisions by individual tribes,” Hellings said.She said that tribes hold the government-to-government relationship with the Donlin project that AVCP does not. Hellings said that Napaimute supports responsible natural resource development.Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employeesDarren Cleveland is the tribal council president of Quinhagak, which supported ONC’s efforts in opposing Donlin at the AVCP convention.“Each village needs to state where they stand. Are they for it or are they against it? It’s no time to stand neutral. We have to hear everyone’s voice,” Cleveland said.But how the delegates voted on the resolutions this year does show that Donlin Gold has lost significant support from tribes in the region.In a two-page statement to KYUK, Donlin Gold laid out its efforts to meet with the 56 YK Delta tribes to hear their concerns over the past two decades.“We are disappointed that the delegates at the convention of the Association of Village Council Presidents, a group we have long admired and supported, chose to oppose further development and the future operations of Donlin Gold, including its own Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. We do, however, stand ready to address any and all concerns the convention delegates raised and work toward agreeable solutions,” the statement said.Calista Corp., which owns the mineral rights, said that it will continue to work with shareholders to build support for the project.“Calista Corp. respects the delegates at the 2019 AVCP convention. We also respect that a key component of both (the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) and (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act) is resource development,” said Tisha Kuhns, interim vice president of lands and natural resource development for Calista Corp.Donlin is still gathering state permits and completing its dam safety certification. However, it is unclear when the company plans to start mining.This story has been updated.At the moment, Donlin Gold isn’t building a mine. But it is building a church.Share this story:last_img read more

Dozens of Alaska’s seismic stations are going offline, but earthquake monitoring is still on solid ground

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Environment | Public Safety | WeatherDozens of Alaska’s seismic stations are going offline, but earthquake monitoring is still on solid groundApril 30, 2021 by Claire Stremple, KTOO Share:A seismometer station in 2018 (Photo by Kasey Aderhold/Incorporate Research Institutions for Seismology)More than 80 seismic monitoring stations went dark in Alaska on Friday as a national project comes to an end. But the work leaves behind a more robust earthquake monitoring system than ever before.If you ask Alaska Earthquake Center Director Michael West, he’ll tell you that what matters isn’t how many seismic stations the state is losing, but how many it gained.“More than 100 of those are staying behind and they have already become part of our long-term earthquake and volcano and tsunami monitoring infrastructure,” he said.The seismic stations are part of the U.S. Array, a multi-million dollar national research project. It spanned nearly two decades and the entire continent. The goal was to monitor seismic activity and better understand the ground under our feet. Transportable seismic stations started on the west coast and moved east, then doubled back to their last stop: Alaska.“Think of it like a kids science fair project or something, you go out, you do an experiment, you collect some data, and then you pack up, go home and move on to something else,” West said.“Somebody came along and did a really cool $50 million, you know, site short-term seismic experiment. But that plan always had in it, that at the end of the project, the lights would be turned off … and the project would be over.”Except more than half of the equipment that should go home is staying in Alaska. That’s due to a big push from the scientific community and the state’s federal delegation. West says to think of it as the stations just getting thinned out a little bit.He says the system brought earthquake monitoring and recording capabilities to huge swaths of the state where very little had existed before — filling in the details of what was once a sketchy understanding of certain regions.“I can remember discussions a decade ago, where, you know, well-intentioned engineers thought, ‘oh, they’ll never be able to pull this off. This is too big and scale. This is too grandiose.’” West said.But, they did. And now, it’s over.Kasey Aderhold is a project associate for the Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology,  one of the national research groups responsible for the project. She says taking dozens of far-flung research stations in some of the most remote parts of the continent offline is actually pretty simple.“It’s basically like calling up your cell phone provider and saying, I would like to cancel my line,” she said with a laugh.They’ll just stop transmitting. Later this summer, scientists will visit the sites and pack up the equipment. That part is more complicated. Aderhold says because of the pandemic, they even got an extra year of data.“It’s been an amazingly productive time, geophysically, in Alaska to have this network there. Alaska always has had a lot of earthquakes, a lot of volcanoes and other things, but the past years where this network has been in place have been extraordinarily busy,” she said.The array captured data from Kaktovik earthquakes in 2018, a magnitude 6.4 rumbler on the North Slope, 2018’s Anchorage quake, and some magnitude 7 quakes in the Aleutians.West says the end of the project is bittersweet for Alaska Earthquake Center.“Kind of sad, it is. But there are just an unbelievable number of people who should be, you know, thanked and back slapped and all that stuff for their incredible vision and efforts to change — fundamentally and forever — change Alaska’s seismic monitoring environment,” he said.The legacy of the U.S. Array in Alaska is a more robust earthquake monitoring system and years of data whose impacts have only begun to rumble through the scientific community.Share this story:last_img read more

Mail.ru grows revenues but profits shrink amid Russian bear market

first_img Express KCS RUSSIAN internet giant Mail.ru yesterday announced reduced profits before tax for the first half of the year, down 11.3 per cent from 7.99bn roubles (£76m) to 7.08bn roubles.Meanwhile the firm, which has 75.4m monthly users, reported increased revenues of 18.3bn roubles, up from 17.1bn roubles for the same period last year.Russia’s continuing economic woes and global currency movements had a negative effect on the company’s balance sheet as the collapse in the price of oil continued to weigh on the country’s economy.Dmitry Grishin, chairman and chief executive of Mail.Ru Group, said: “With the ongoing economic and geo-political situation, the overall operating environment in H1 2015 remained somewhat challenging. However, during Q2 we have seen some stabilisation in the advertising environment. “Despite the continued challenging macro environment we have had a solid first half.”Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Mail.ru is co-owned by one of Russia’s richest man, Alisher Usmanov, and globally is one of the five largest internet companies, based on page views. Its portfolio includes online games, social networking sites and VK, Russia’s most popular app brand. The company is currently expanding into the US and Europe with its MyMail brand. The value of the Massive Multiplayer Online game market in Russia was valued at 28bn roubles.The market took a favourable view of the results. While shares in Mail.ru opened slightly down on the previous day at $17.4, they were up 0.5 per cent at $17.65 at close. whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Mail.ru grows revenues but profits shrink amid Russian bear market whatsapp Friday 21 August 2015 5:26 am Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Technology companies are racing to track patients’ behavior in real time

first_img [email protected] A digital record is sent to the patient’s smartphone, and from there to a Proteus database, then back to the patient and family members — and doctors. “Who keeps the records, and where do they go?” Privacy Policy Diabetics usually measure their glucose levels by pricking a finger and using a kit to test the drop of blood. This is typically done only a few times a day. Dexcom makes a continuous glucose monitor. It employs a wire the width of a hair inserted in the skin, attached to a small electronic device that transmits a signal to a phone, minute-by-minute. Users can follow how their body responds to certain foods, to stress, or to the time of day. The finger pricks — here used to calibrate the device — remain, however.“Think about a young child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” said Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer. “Now parents can have access to their child’s glucose levels while they’re in school. The school nurse can keep track of it. Or if the child goes to a slumber party, you can keep track.”By putting more knowledge in the hands of patients, this data should theoretically help them take better care of themselves. It will also provide scientific insights into how well some drugs work — currently, most data on drug effects comes from clinical trials during the approval process.For good or ill, the whole US health system is heading in this direction.“In so many other ways, the system is shifting responsibility to the individual,” said David Harlow, a health care lawyer and consultant who blogs at healthblawg.com. “There are larger co-pays and deductibles, but also a growing desire for people to have access to telemedicine tools, not having to go to doctor’s office to receive care. All of this puts more responsibility on the patient to manage his or her own care.”As datasets grow, and algorithms can be deployed to mine them for patterns, the usefulness of these devices will grow — and they will be worth more and more money. Researchers and drug companies will use them to develop a better understanding of how drugs work in the real world, or how vital signs respond minute-by-minute. Health systems and insurance companies will want to use the data to design better, and more cost-effective, courses of treatment. The field of precision medicine, for instance, could employ these datasets to better target prescriptions and other treatments. “If you can look into a database of tens of millions of patients and can identify a thousand whose experiences match the patient today, you can extrapolate from those most like those patient before you and come up with a clinical recommendation,” Harlow said.Any benefits, however, could come with costs to privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal law governing medical records, mandates the confidentiality of medical records in the possession of health providers. But information generated by personal devices may or may not have HIPAA protections, depending on who possesses it.This presents a challenge for companies. So far, most are taking measures to encrypt data transmitted from medical devices. But many are also planning to keep the data and use it (with the personal information stripped out). Dexcom and Google, for example, plan to collaborate on analyzing the glucose monitor data to better track how pre-diabetic conditions develop into type 1 or type 2 diabetes.As such technologies grow more common, their data privacy provisions will probably work like those of other apps and devices — a checkable terms and conditions form that few people bother to read. So many people may check it without knowing what will ultimately become of “their” data.The mere existence of that data could create demand for the information from employers, the courts, or police.“There’s the question of who gets to see the outcome of your behavior,” said Caplan, the NYU ethicist. “Is it your doctors, your doctor and a psychiatrist, or the human resources department where you work, or the union? Say you’re supposed to be on your meds, suffering from mental illness symptoms — which parties get to watch?” Tags diabetesmedical technologyprivacy About the Author Reprints More than two dozen companies are racing to develop digital technology to keep tabs on patients in real time: monitoring their vital signs, getting them to take their pills, even releasing medication into their body as needed.The payoff for success will be twofold: possibly huge profits and access to a lucrative new trove of personal data.Startup Proteus Digital Health and the Japanese drug company Otsuka Pharmaceutical are among the latest to push the limits of such technology. Together, they are seeking regulatory approval for a microchip embedded in Abilify, the antidepressant and antipsychotic medication. As the pill dissolves in the stomach, an electrical circuit forms with trace amounts of magnesium and zinc, activating the chip, which transmits a message to a bandage-like sensor worn on the abdomen.advertisement HealthTechnology companies are racing to track patients’ behavior in real time Related: By John McQuaid March 16, 2016 Reprints But the new technologies also open up one of the most personal of activities — which drugs you take, when and how, and how your body responds — to unprecedented scrutiny, not just by doctors, but by corporations hungering for profitable data, and the legal system.The technology is advancing so quickly that no one knows how best to protect patients and their personal information.“Who keeps the records, and where do they go?” said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University. “What happens if you get better? Do people ever clear your record? If you get a new job, and you don’t want that information out there, what happens?”These devices and apps are in various stages of development. A digital sensor made by Propeller Health monitors when asthma inhalers are used. An implant made by Microchips Biotech can be programmed to dispense medication internally at scheduled times. A phone app called AiCure — currently being used in clinical trials — uses a phone’s camera to document when medication is taken, using facial recognition and other machine learning tools. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University Personal medical monitoring could even end up becoming — in some cases, anyway — a new tool for authorities to regulate behavior. A court could order continuous monitoring of a drug addict or an alcoholic, for example, or that a patient use microchip-embedded drugs to verify treatment.This could get messy, and the questions may not be worked out until courts, legislatures, or professional organizations are forced to resolve them.“We need legislation, we need tech solutions, we need to vet this stuff among ethicists — but not enough attention is being paid to this,” said Eric Topol, the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, which aims to foster innovation across medical disciplines, including genetics and digital technology. “It’s growing, and it could be hard to reel it back in, hard to put genie back in the bottle. At the moment, the use of these tools is very limited. So this is the right time to get serious about it.” Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. @johnmcquaid Please enter a valid email address. Not your grandma’s pills: 7 intriguing new ways to deliver drugs Molly Ferguson for STAT These technologies promise to benefit patients, medical research, and health management. After all, the health care system has long struggled to track whether people are taking their medications consistently.advertisement John McQuaid Big Pharma’s big push to get patients to take their meds Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: last_img read more

44 pounds of cocaine-coated Corn Flakes seized by US Customs

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments CINCINNATI, Ohio – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized over $2 million worth of cocaine that was disguised as the sugary topping typically found on ‘Frosted Flakes.’The drugs were seized on February 13 when CBP officers were alerted to a large shipment of cereal boxes being delivered to a private residence in Hong Kong, CBP reports. When officials opened the box they noticed the white powder and the corn flakes coated in a grayish substance. Officials intercepted the shipment and uncovered around 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes that was valued at $2,822,400. No Content Available Advertisement Tags: Frosted Flakes Advertisement“The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie.It’s unclear whether anyone has been charged with the crime. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Teenage disco in Pedigree and a one-day music festival announced for Portarlington

first_imgHome Lifestyle Teenage disco in Pedigree and a one-day music festival announced for Portarlington LifestyleOut and About Teenage disco in Pedigree and a one-day music festival announced for Portarlington Twitter TAGSPedigree CornerPortarlington Rugby Club Two big events for the teenage disco market will take place in Laois over the next couple of weeks.Pedigree Corner are hosting a Teen Disco this Friday, April 6, from 8pm to 10.30pm.Doors open at 7.30pm and the event is strictly supervised. There is a mineral with DJ Ginty on the decks.The disco is all ticket with tickets at €10 on sale from Top Oil Garage Stradbally, Winkles Athy, Centra Ballylinan and Colgan’s Portlaoise.Elsewhere, there will be a one-day music festival held in Portarlington Rugby Club on Friday, May 18.Teenage Kicks is a live music, food and entertainment event for U-18s (13 to 17-year-olds) and also a strictly alcohol-free festival. and is on from 3.30pm to 11pm.Tickets are €10 and are on sale from Centra on Main Street Portarlington.SEE ALSO – 5 minutes with … Laois camogie player Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald WhatsApp Facebook Community By Steven Miller – 6th April 2018 Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Rugby Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council Pinterest Pinterest Previous articlePortlaoise woman pens brilliant poem about her TownNext articleBlind Laois man to climb Croagh Patrick for cause close to his heart 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.last_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Laois camogie’s must win game against Carlow

first_imgHome GAA Camogie LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Laois camogie’s must win game… GAACamogieSport TAGSAll-Ireland Intermediate ChampionshipLaois CamogieLaois v CarlowLive Blog Pinterest SEE ALSO – Helicopters battle Slieve Bloom blaze as people urged to avoid the area Rugby Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad The Laois Camogie team will look to get their championship campaign back on track when they face Carlow this afternoon.The team suffered a very heavy defeat at the hands of Cork in their opening match.While Carlow have lost to both Cork and Down, so they really cannot afford to do anything bar win.This is a must win match for both sides if either of them harbour realistic ambitions of getting out of the group.Only the top two teams from the group will qualify for the All-Ireland semi final. WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 7th July 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Previous articleEngland’s Penalty shootout, being left unseen and Cheryl Cole single again – it’s all in our Tweets of the Week.Next articleEmergency services plead with people to avoid Slieve Blooms as fire rages on 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Community The game throws in at 5pm in Mountmellick this afternoon.And you can follow all the action as it happens on our Live Blog below: WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Community LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Laois camogie’s must win game against Carlowlast_img read more

NEI Investments to cap three corporate class funds

Sentry reopens corporate class fixed-income funds Invesco simplifies product offering IE Staff In response to the 2013 federal budget’s proposed elimination of tax benefits associated with character conversion transactions, NEI Investments Monday announced the temporary capping of three funds, effective April 12. The three funds are: NEI Income Corporate Class; NEI Northwest Tactical Yield Corporate Class; and NEI Northwest Specialty Global High Yield Bond Corporate Class. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fidelity completes capital yield fund mergers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Character conversionCompanies NEI Investments NEI says the temporary cap allows it to protect the interests of existing investors and recognizes that discussions between the industry and the government are still ongoing and may result in additional considerations for fund companies in the coming weeks. The three NEI funds currently use forward contracts as part of their investment strategies in order to convert ordinary interest income into tax-efficient capital gains. The current budget proposal permits funds currently utilizing such arrangements to continue taking advantage of them for a period of approximately 180 days following the next maturity. As this timing coincides with the September year-end of NEI’s Corporate Class, these funds will retain the tax benefits of the forwards for the entire 2013 tax year. NEI Investments is owned 50% by the Provincial Credit Union Centrals and 50% by Desjardins Group. Related news read more