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first_img Harry Robertson and Alexandra Rogers More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Edward Winterton, UK chief executive of Bibby Financial Services, said: “If SMEs are the warning lights of our economy, this quarter signals to us that they see trouble ahead.”“The parliamentary process has unfairly dominated our national conversation and it is imperative we get a resolution soon,” he said. “Political uncertainty is acting as a brake on the economy.”As Brexit uncertainty hangs over the economy, chief financial officers are looking to hoard cash. Over 50 per cent said increasing cash flow is a “strong priority”, a higher score since than at any time since 2010.David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North West Europe, said: “Large businesses are clearly looking to protect themselves against risk by raising cash levels and bullet-proofing balance sheets. They appear to be battening down hatches for tougher times ahead.”Around half of CFOs also expect to reduce hiring due to Brexit, the highest level in more than two years. whatsapp The political crisis surrounding Brexit has sapped confidence from some of the UK’s biggest and smallest companies alike, as crunch talks between Labour and the Conservatives reach a “delicate stage” this week.Read more: MPs could be forced to choose a Brexit option if talks with Labour fail whatsapp Meanwhile, a survey from recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley today revealed that the number of jobs openings in financial services in London in the first quarter fell nine per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.The number of professionals in London seeking jobs in the sector decreased 15 per cent over the same period.Morgan McKinley managing director Hakan Enver said: “The inability of the government to reach consensus on a Brexit deal has crushed confidence among City employers.”Read more: Brexit uncertainty ‘has cost the UK £66bn’“With the Brexit deadline having been extended till the 31st October, the stress on businesses is showing no sign of letting up,” he said. “Jobs continue to flow out of London with Dublin being by far the biggest beneficiary, followed by Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.” More than eight in 10 finance chiefs at large UK companies now say the long-term business environment will be worse as a result of Brexit, according to a first-quarter survey by Deloitte – up from 68 per cent a year earlier, and 60 per cent two years ago.Meanwhile, more than half of Britain’s small and medium-sized businesses – 57 per cent – predict the economy will plunge into recession this year, a survey by Bibby Financial Services revealed this morning.Yesterday David Lidington, in effect the Prime Minister’s deputy, admitted talks with Labour aimed at reaching a Brexit compromise were at a “delicate stage” but would continue into this week.The extent of the Tory party’s divisions was laid bare by former leader Iain Duncan Smith, however, who called on Theresa May to resign next month and said the negotiations were potentially a “recipe for disaster”.Duncan Smith said he had “real concerns with some of my colleagues going out lauding Jeremy Corbyn”. A poll over the weekend found that the Conservatives could lose 59 seats if a General Election was called. Share Monday 15 April 2019 12:12 am Brexit impasse sends UK business confidence plummeting, new surveys show Uncertainty surrounding Brexit heightened last week when the EU agreed to extend the UK’s departure until 31 October. Business confidence has also been hampered by economic headwinds stemming from trade tensions and slower global growth.The Deloitte survey, which spoke to 89 UK chief financial officers (CFOs), many from FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, found that half now expect revenues to fall in the next 12 months, compared to only 18 per cent a year before.Pessimism has seen CFOs slash investment plans, with 48 per cent saying they plan to reduce their companies’ capital expenditure.Small and medium-sized businesses have had their least confident start to a new year since 2014, according to Bibby Financial Services, as firms from across the spectrum were weighed down by the failure to find a Brexit solution.A third of smaller UK businesses said in the first quarter survey that they are holding back investment due to economic uncertainty, a significant increase from a quarter at the end of 2018. 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first_imgEducation | WesternFor Nome Public Schools, survey shows success and room for improvementAugust 26, 2015 by Laura Kraegel, KNOM Share:Parents, teachers, and other community members discuss results from the 2015 School Climate and Connectedness Survey during Community Night on Aug. 17. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM)Jenni Lefing says a survey means nothing if it just sits on a shelf. That’s why she’s been all over Nome, sharing the results of the Alaska School Climate and Connectedness Survey.Lefing is a community engagement educator with the Association of Alaska School Boards, which designed the statewide survey to measure how students and staff feel about the environment at school.“If students and staff feel safe at school, if they feel respected, if they think that students and other people in the community care about them — then the research shows those students are more likely to graduate and be successful at school and after school,” Lefing said.Nome Public Schools has administered the survey since 2011. But this year, they’ve shared the results more widely than ever before.Families dove into the data during Community Night at Old St. Joe’s. Teachers reviewed the results during their in-service days while the school board went over the report at a special work session. Community organizations got involved too — from Kawerak and Checkpoint Youth Center to Nome Eskimo Community and the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation.The results show Nome Schools have improved in several areas since last year. Students report more positive attitudes about safety, school leadership, student involvement, and their relationships with peers. The staff survey indicates improvement across all measures of school climate.“Each year, I feel like we’re just getting that much more involved and that much more support — more engagement from staff members, more engagement from students. So it’s been really neat to see something build from the ground floor,” said Kaley Slingsby, the community engagement advocate at Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High School.In partnership with AASB, Slingsby works to grow student leadership and connect Nome Schools to the community. Students eat lunch with elders at the XYZ Senior Center, train in bullying prevention, mentor younger students, and sit on the Sitnasuak Elders and Youth Committee.But the survey shows there’s room for improvement too. For instance, fewer students felt supported by adults this year — and 26 students reported they had “given up on school.” That’s just eight percent of surveyed students, but school board member Jennifer Reader says it’s still too many.“That’s concerning — that that many kids have given up on school. Because our goal here obviously is to make sure that we have every student graduate and want to be here,” Reader said.Slingsby said the goal is to make the school a positive place for everyone — students who excel, students who are at risk, and the staff members who work with them. Using the survey data, parents, teachers, and community members brainstormed ways to improve school climate. Ideas included bringing more community speakers into the classroom, matching students with adult mentors, and making time to build relationships outside of academic lessons.Nome Public Schools is still working with the survey data, and Slingsby is creating a community engagement plan for the upcoming school year, which starts Aug. 24.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgMusicL.A. Will Take Over the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame When Kendrick Lamar Inducts N.W.A.The ceremony will take place on April 8By Jessica P. Ogilvie – February 22, 2016691ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFew things symbolize Los Angeles better than our ineffable hip-hop scene, which has produced some of the most groundbreaking rappers in the country. On April 8, a handful of those artists will descend upon the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame to leave their mark on the hallowed institution: N.W.A. will be inducted to the Hall by Kendrick Lamar in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena.Lamar—whose single “How Much A Dollar Cost?” was President Barack Obama’s favorite song of last year—has spoken regularly about how influential N.W.A. was on his career and his art. In the red band trailer for Straight Outta Compton, Lamar says, “When I think of NWA, it wasn’t really music to me. It was more like a real lifestyle.”In turn, Dr. Dre told Zane Lowe of Beats 1 in 2015 that “Kendrick Lamar is the real deal. He’s a real artist and he’s gonna be here for awhile, because this guy is seriously talented.”N.W.A. will be inducted alongside Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Burt Berns. The ceremony will air on HBO on April 30.  TAGSKendrick LamarN.W.A.Rock N Roll Hall Of FameStraight Outta ComptonPrevious articleThis Dinner Party Combines Modern Art, Aphrodisiacs, and… Heidi Fleiss?Next articleThe Magic Fortune Teller From the Movie Big is the Coolest Thing at the Falcon TheaterJessica P. Ogilvie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHip-Hop History Comes to Life in a Series of 120 Amazing Photos10 Cultural Moments That Defined 2018 in L.A.The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weeklast_img read more

first_imgCelebrityMusicPhilanthropyAnderson .Paak Is Trying to Stop Oxnard’s Performing Arts Center from ShutteringAs a deadline looms, the musician and Ventura County native is on a mission to save the 50-year-old venueBy Brittany Martin – December 13, 20191742ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAfter 50 years, the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center may close for good on December 31. As the end of year deadline looms, the campaign to save the community space is getting a boost from one prominent Oxnard local, musician Anderson .Paak.The PACC has known closure was on the table since May, when Oxnard city leaders first proposed shutting it down as part of a group of cost-cutting measures. When the final budget passed in June, the employees lost their jobs, services to the facility were dramatically reduced, and another local institution, the Carnegie Art Museum shuttered, the Ventura County Star reports.https://www.instagram.com/p/B1PNW2EgVqz/Oxnard had been kicking in over $1 million of municipal funds each year to keep the center active–but even with that subsidy, upgrades and improvements that might have helped the facility keep pace with commercial performance venues were not being done.“We have failed to do that with the PACC over the decades, and now we’re left with, like it or not, and I’m sorry to say, right now what we have is a lemon,” City Manager Alex Nguyen told the Star. Due to public outcry about losing the beloved performing arts center, the PACC was given a six-month reprieve. The nonprofit that manages the facility could continue hosting events and educational programs, and attempt to find a private company to come in and take operations off the city’s hands. In theory, the 1,600-seat theater at the heart of the center could host larger touring performers and theatrical productions, and ticket sales would cover expenses.A small number of for-profit operators expressed interest in taking over the space, but the costs of making the necessary improvements to modernize the facility appears to have been a sticking point. VenueTech, a San Francisco firm that specifically focuses on operating municipal theaters appeared to be a candidate, but after a month of negotiations with the city, finally walked away from the deal on November 20, citing financial issues. With no operator contract in place and city funds set to run out, the center faces permanent closure at year’s end.Another proposal was submitted by the PACC’s existing nonprofit board, in partnership with Sterling Venue Ventures, but their budget still depended on a $400,000 annual subsidy from the city, which was rejected.Now musician Anderson .Paak has stepped in, heading up a last-minute fundraising campaign to save the center. In a meeting with the PACC’s executive director earlier this month, he discussed a plan to headquarter his own philanthropy project, the Brandon Anderson Foundation, in the facility, and keep it open for youth music and dance programs, as well as public performances, if enough money can be raised from private donations to fund the project.The Grammy-winning hip hop artist was born and raised in Oxnard, and even named a 2018 album after his hometown–an album he debuted with a free concert at the PACC. “Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine,” he told Rolling Stone earlier this year.https://www.instagram.com/p/B48VQARnbQe/He has been asking fans to make donations by texting “saveopacc” to 44321. The donations will be processed through his foundation and go into a fund only to be used to help keep the center open. This weekend, he will stage his by-donation music festival, .Paak House, in L.A.’s MacArthur Park. Last year, the event raised over $155,000.“I want this to be a hub for creativity,” .Paak told the Star, about his vision to for the center. “The city deserves this.”Even with a celebrity spokesperson advocating for the cause, it may be a challenge to raise enough funds in time to not only keep the doors open, but sustain the operation going forward. City Manager Nguyen, who proposed the shutdown in the first place, and other local leaders have indicated no interest in keeping the Oxnard Performing Arts Center open after the deadline.RELATED: YouTubers Have Turned Terrible Apology Videos Into a Genre. These Are the WorstStay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook. TAGSAnderson .PaakOxnardPrevious articleLos Angeles Will Soon Scrap Late Fees for Overdue Library BooksNext article‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny Will Script a Movie About the Compton CowboysBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Los Angeles Rams’ Oxnard PremiereFramed: Oxnard Ventura, Abstract and IlluminatedCalifornia Road Trip Pics: Oxnardlast_img read more

first_imgWednesday 21 January 2015 8:34 pm Show Comments ▼ UK house prices pull away from Eurozone’s with 11.7 per cent on the year Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Share British house prices pushed ahead of those in other major economies towards the end of last year, official figures showed yesterday.While cheap money combined with growth in pay and rising employment has conspired to spark a housing market recovery in some countries, other parts of the EU are still falling behind.Only nations like Ireland and Sweden saw similar booms, as the other big economies saw the market stagnate or even fall in the third quarter.UK house prices rose by 11.7 per cent on the year and four per cent on the quarter. A lack of demand has been blamed in areas such as London.Ireland’s rocketed even faster at 15 per cent on the year and 6.7 per cent in the three-month period.The only other state to exceed Britain’s market’s annual price growth was Estonia at 13.2 per cent on the year and 4.1 per cent on the quarter, the figures showed.Overall, prices rose 0.5 per cent in the Eurozone on the year, and 2.3 per cent in the wider EU.This points to a very poor performance in other markets.French house prices fell 1.2 per cent on the year, but did creep up 0.9 per cent on the quarter.Spanish prices – which were still falling sharply until early 2014 – edged up 0.3 per cent on the year and 0.2 per cent on the three-month period.Of the big economies, Italy’s market is performing the worst – house prices dived 3.8 per cent on the year, falling in each quarter of the past year.A handful of the smaller economies have also seen prices fall.Slovenian house prices fell 5.4 per cent on the year, while those in Romania also dipped 2.3 per cent.EU data agency Eurostat does not have figures available for Germany or Greece. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Tags: Eurozone UK house priceslast_img read more

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Damian Garde Aug. 24, 2017 Reprints What’s included? Pharmalittle: India’s hard-line pharma rules hit a roadblock; Amgen goes on defense What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Alex Hogan/STAT Good morning, one and all. Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman on the back half of another week laden with meetings, deadlines, and all the other sundry perils of working life. The plodding end of summer is winding to a close, taking with it the sluggish news cycles, muggy forecasts, and vacation auto-responses, and hopefully giving way to a tranquil autumn. Here’s your morning serving of headlines from the pharma world, wishing you a speedy path to the weekend. And if you hear anything interesting in the meantime, do drop us a line.India’s plans for a crackdown on drug prices and pharmaceutical marketing have run into a legal roadblock, Reuters tells us. The nation’s Department of Pharmaceuticals had proposed a sweeping initiative that would cap prices for certain products, regulate how industry interacts with physicians, and ban brand names for some drugs. But India’s law ministry has now rejected the proposal outright, saying it cannot be implemented under current law and forcing reformers back to the drawing board after a two-year deliberation. Tags legalpharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+center_img Damian Garde GET STARTED About the Author Reprints [email protected] Pharmalot @damiangarde National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

first_img There have been no further Coronavirus-related deaths and 384 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.Of today’s cases five of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate drops to 93.3, the first time it has gone below 100 since December 13. The rate is now at its lowest since December 11.Today’s cases come on the back of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) decision to pause the administration of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine temporarily, pending the outcome of an investigation at EU level.In a statement this morning, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the recommendation has been made following a report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency of four new reports of serious blood clotting events in adults after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.“It has not been concluded that there is any link between the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca and these cases,” Dr Glynn said. Previous articleSink or Swim: Portlaoise singer Chris Conroy delighted to be using lockdown to release his latest trackNext articleMoment in Time: Shanahoe GAA celebrate at Dinner Dance in 2000 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. Home News Community Coronavirus: No further deaths and 384 new cases as AstraZenaca vaccine suspended NewsCommunity Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic By Steven Miller – 14th March 2021 center_img Electric Picnic Coronavirus: No further deaths and 384 new cases as AstraZenaca vaccine suspended Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival “However, acting on the precautionary principal, and pending receipt of further information, the NIAC has recommended the temporary deferral of the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca vaccination programme in Ireland.”New Cases in LaoisMarch 13 – 5March 12 – 3March 11 – 2March 10 – 8March 9 – 3March 8 – 1March 7 – 5March 6 – 8March 5 – 5March 4 – 10March 3 – 4March 2 – 11March 1 – 1February 28 – 12February 27 – 14February 26 – 1514-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationMarch 13 – 93.3March 12 – 103.9March 11 – 118.1March 10 – 133.4March 9 – 135.8March 8 – 157March 7 – 168.8March 6 – 177.1March 5 – 183March 4 – 211.3March 3 – 213.7March 2 – 231.4March 1 – 247.9February 28 – 265.7February 27 – 259.7February 26 – 264.5New cases in Laois during past 14 daysMarch 13 – 79March 12 – 88March 11 – 100March 10 – 113March 9 – 115March 8 – 133March 7 – 143March 6 – 150March 5 – 155March 4 – 179March 3 – 181March 2 – 196March 1 – 210February 28 – 225February 27 – 220February 26 – 224 TAGSCoronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Council Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

first_img By Steven Miller – 17th March 2021 Council Pinterest “I was able to tick all the three requirements (they were looking for),” he said. “But lastly and preferably they said a local. At that point in time, I couldn’t describe what they meant by a local. How do you describe local?“The best answer they could give was ‘local as in local’.  I thought, I’m in this country two years. I’ve been a local person for these two years, well integrated. I walk with the Portlaoise Tidy Towns. I’m a member of this voluntary group, a member of that group.“An Irish friend of mine said … ‘your definition of local is not what they’re looking for. They are looking for white Irish.’“They knew this not a typical Irish name. I got an interview (but) three days later I got a letter in the post saying ‘sorry but we’ll keep your application on file’.“That was a turning point in my job search. I need to do something here.“My children grow up here. This is a home for them. I am here for the long run. I need to make myself relevant, make myself acceptable.“How do you change people’s perceptions? It is only by educating them. Ireland has changed. The key to integration is education. Go out there, tell people where you are from. Talk about your culture.”He began by giving presentations in school on inter-culturalism and while that was a voluntary pursuit at first, he soon realised it was a niche business.He studied for a masters in inter-culturalism in DCU, presented a radio show on Midlands 103 called Respecting Difference and was later elected to Portlaoise Town Council in 2004 and to Laois County Council in 2009.Now he continues to run his own consultancy – based in Portlaoise though he does work all over the country – specialising in cross cultural dialogue, capacity building and leadership and diversity training.In the early 2000s his son was one of the only black children in St Paul’s primary school in Portlaoise and while his son found that difficult at the time, the then principal Des Sutton was a huge influence.“My son came home and said ‘Why can’t I be white’. I thought this is a tough one. I said to him ‘you cannot be white. Black is what you are and you continue to be.“I know why you are asking the question. I said – the reason why you’re asking is you are one in midst of over 300 students in school.“I took him back to when we were back in Nigeria. How many students were in your class? 32. Out of that 32 how many white? None. Assuming you had one white person in 500, he too will feel different. It’s just a colour difference. Same blood that flows in your veins as in each of them.“The passion that you have for things, the same passion that each and every human being have for things.“Our culture provides us with a lens to which we see the world. That is why I see things differently here and in new community.“When there is intercultural training it is a brilliant idea.“I can tell you the support I had from like of Des is what entrenched my interest in interculturalism.”Rotimi also praised Liam O’Neill, who is vice-chairman of Laois Education Centre, who extended one of the first official invitations in 2007 to watch Laois play Dublin in Croke Park. At the time O’Neill was chairman of Leinster GAA and would later go on to serve as GAA president.“Unfortunately we lost to Dublin but Liam was so proud of what the country had achieved. I say thank you to Liam for that.”And he also had a word for Peter O’Neill who is both chairman of Laois GAA and Laois Partnership and said that having bodies like that as well as Laois County Council and Laois Sports Partnership “adds a lot of credence”.As well as that he spoke of the importance of “ensuring the diversity we have in the town is celebrated” and the “bottom up approach is the best way of getting things achieved”.SEE ALSO – Impressive young Laois people set to feature in brand new Podcast series Rotimi honoured to launch ‘Community of Belonging’ initiative in Portlaoise Previous articleThere may be no parades but we’re looking for your St Patrick’s Day photosNext articleWatch: Laois family produce brilliant virtual St Patrick’s Day parade of their own 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. WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter TAGSCommunity of Belonginglaois education centreRotimi Adebari Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Rotimi Adebari When Nigerian-born Rotimi Adebari was elected as Mayor of Portlaoise in 2007 he made headlines all over the world.As the first black mayor in Ireland his story attracted interest from both the Washington Post and Time magazine. Having been elected to the old Portlaoise Town Council in 2004, just four years after he arrived in Ireland as an asylum seeker, he spent ten years as an elected representative as both a Town Councillor and County CouncillorAnd last week he said he was ‘honoured’ to be asked to launch a new ‘Community of Belonging’ initiative in Portlaoise which has been organised by the Laois Education Centre and supported by the National Teaching Council.The report noted that there are 90 different nationalities living in Portlaoise, speaking 50 languages and practising 22 different religions. A number of initiatives have been proposed to implement best practice in multicultural education in the town.“I consider this a great honour to launch this important report,” said Rotimi on the webinar, saying that the development was a “fantastic initiative”.Rotimi told the webinar that he is now 21 years in Ireland. After converting from Islam to Christianity he fled Nigeria with his wife and two young children and though his asylum application was rejected, he gained residency because his third child was born in Ireland. The family later welcomed a fourth child.Speaking last week he referenced “people I have had the privilege and opportunity to come across in my 21 years that I will never forget”.However, he also spoke of his early struggles, particularly in finding work and recalled one job interview when he was told the company hiring were looking for “a local”.center_img Facebook Electric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Community Rotimi honoured to launch ‘Community of Belonging’ initiative in Portlaoise NewsCommunitylast_img read more

first_img Instant repo settlement: a problem the blockchain may solve The Bank of Canada is collaborating with five Toronto-based Canadian banks, among other partners, to explore the possible development of a payment system using distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind the digital currency, Bitcoin. Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor, referred to the initiative in a speech made at a payments conference in Calgary on Friday. Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto-Dominion Bank are currently partners in the project. Ottawa-based Payments Canada and R3, a New York-based consortium of financial institutions dedicated to the design and delivery of DLT systems, are also involved. The experimental project is part of an “ambitious research agenda” on the part of the central bank that will be an opportunity to deepen its understanding of DLT’s mechanics, limits, risks and possibilities, according to Wilkins. Upgrades to the core payment systems that the Bank of Canada oversees are currently a priority for the institution, says Wilkins: “Now is the time to make our core systems more efficient and competitive.” Wilkins also spoke of the need for key participants in the financial system to work together to understand the benefits of financial technology, or fintech. However, they also need to guard against potential hazards, such as operational and financial risks. “By working together, we can unlock the full promise of fintech to ensure a smooth evolution to tomorrow’s financial system—safe, sound and serving the people who rely on it,” Wilkins said. Authorities should assess these new technological developments in light of their impact on consumer protection, financial inclusion, market integrity, competition policy and financial stability, she added. “Authorities should support innovation, but the bar will be high, especially for core financial services, and appropriately so,” she added. Wilkins also predicted that fintech would lead to an evolution in the financial services industry, as opposed to the more dramatic revolution that others are forecasting. Change is being motivated by customer demand, the entrance of large non-financial players and the inefficiency of some financial services, which is opening the door to competition, she said. However, incumbent financial institutions will adapt, new players will enter the industry and those with strong business models will survive, Wilkins said. Photo copyright: Bloomberg Related news IHS Markit to launch global online ledger for carbon credits Tessie Sanci center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Swiss National Bank tests digital currency Keywords BlockchainCompanies Bank of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Michelle Schriver Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies Deloitte & Touche LLP, International Monetary Fund Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Global growth, already expected to be slow, was downgraded Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).In its latest world economic outlook report, the IMF forecasted global growth to slow to 3.3% in 2019 from 3.6% the year before. In 2020, growth is expected to return to 3.6%. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May The growth projections for 2019 and 2020 were marked down by 0.4 and 0.1 percentage points, respectively, since the IMF’s October outlook.While growth is expected to moderate in the near term, a projected pickup is forecast in the second half of 2019 because of a buildup of policy stimulus in China, recent improvements in global financial market sentiment, less drag on growth in the euro area and stabilizing conditions in emerging markets.The balance of risk remains to the downside, the IMF report said. For example, growth could weaken from an escalation in trade tensions or a sharp deterioration in market sentiment, which would “imply portfolio reallocations away from risk assets, wider spreads over safe haven securities, and generally tighter financial conditions, especially for vulnerable economies,” it said.Market sentiment could sour over such things as Brexit, persistently weak economic data and prolonged fiscal uncertainty, it said.For Canada, the IMF forecasted 2019 growth of 1.5%, half a percentage point lower than it projected in October.U.S. growth was downgraded 0.2 percentage point for 2019, to 2.3%. China’s 2019 growth was forecasted to be 6.3%, a 0.1 percentage point increase from October projections because of fiscal stimulus and reduced global trade tensions.An alternative economic outlook projected Canadian growth to be even lower.“Growth is unlikely to bounce back substantially in early 2019 as drag from residential investment and cautious households weighs on growth,” said the latest economic outlook report from Deloitte, released Tuesday.It projects the Canadian economy will grow by a “weak” 1.3% this year and a slightly better 1.5% in 2020, keeping the Bank of Canada on hold and the loonier weaker.The Bank of Canada’s forecasted figures from January put growth at 1.9% and 2.1%, respectively, for 2019 and 2020 (fourth quarter annualized). New projections will be released later this month with the central bank’s April monetary policy report.The Deloitte report said that modest growth leaves the Canadian economy more vulnerable to unexpected negative shocks, though Deloitte didn’t forecast a recession. Rather than be rattled by potential risk, it suggested companies “adapt, innovate and overcome.”For full details read the reports from Deloitte and the IMF. 42250157 - business investment opportunities on a global scale 123RF OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this yearlast_img read more