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Heatwave predicted for Laois this bank holiday weekend

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first_img By Siun Lennon – 31st July 2018 A long-range weather forceast is putting temperatures at an incredible 28C in Ireland over the Bank Holiday weekend.While Laois saw blustery winds and rain last weekend, this looks set to clear up over the coming days.Met Eireann state that there will be a good deal of dry weather on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as into the long weekend – but say there will be some showers.‘Spanish plume’The latest heatwave is being dubbed as a ‘Spanish plume’.The national forecaster explained exactly what this incoming weather means: “The very warm air moving northwards from Spain will rise as hot air is less dense than cold air.“As this unstable air rises it cools leading to the formation of clouds, in this case cumulonimbus or thunder clouds.“As cooler air spreads from the west instability increases and the very warm air rises through the cooler air, enhancing the formation of thunderstorms.”So the very warm air from Spain will form a layer and acts as a lid, initially preventing warm air rising from the surface.Long range GFS wants to bring Spanish Plume to us for August Bank Holiday Monday! Long way off and likely to change but if that came off ?? pic.twitter.com/zLCNHHDi11— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) July 28, 2018SEE ALSO – Laois’s Hottest Men is back … and we want your nominations! Heatwave predicted for Laois this bank holiday weekend Facebook TAGSHeatwave 2018Spanish Plume Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous article80,000 tonne rubbish plant planned for PortlaoiseNext articlePortlaoise ladies leave it late – but Kehoe strike sends them into cup semi-final Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Community Heatwave predicted for Laois this bank holiday weekend NewsCommunity Twitter Community Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Mike Quirke: ‘Collective sessions were never on our agenda’

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first_img WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 6th April 2021 Facebook Council Mike Quirke: ‘Collective sessions were never on our agenda’ Twitter Pinterest TAGSLaois senior footballersMike Quirke “Collective sessions were never on our agenda, never something we spoke about, never something we were going to do.“We wanted to toe the line and do what we were supposed to do and when we get back on the field officially, that’s when we’ll get back.“It is frustrating, there is no question.”When it was put to him that a number of counties are possibly breaching the restrictions, he didn’t necessarily agree.“You say, maybe they’re not the only ones doing it. My view would be different. My view I think most counties are operating like most of the community – the vast majority are doing everything they can right.“We don’t want to be putting players in an unfair position, put pressure on them to have to come training and then go home to family members who might be in a vulnerable position and waiting to get vaccinated.“I would say most counties are doing the right thing.“Dublin didn’t and they fell below their own standards that they have set over the last number of years.“It was frustrating and it was disappointing from our point of view. I think the GAA have done a pretty good job in terms of getting Government support and being able to see an end in sight is something we’re all looking forward to.“I’d hate for something like that to jeopardise the good for the rest of us. It was very frustrating and very disappointing and if there are other counties out there, I’m not aware of it and I’d sure hope there isn’t a whole pile.”You can watch the interview in full below or listen to it in Podcast form on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Soundcloud.SEE ALSO – Time out nor retirement never appealed to long-serving O’Loughlin Home Sport GAA Mike Quirke: ‘Collective sessions were never on our agenda’ SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Electric Picnic Collective training sessions haven’t been considered by the Laois senior footballers during this latest lockdown, according to manager Mike Quirke.The Kerry man was speaking in an interview with LaoisToday last week to mark his recent announcement again as a brand ambassador for Joe Mallon Motors.And responding to questions about Dublin breaking both the lockdown restrictions and the GAA’s training ban, he said it was “frustrating” and “disappointing”.“No, we weren’t tempted at all,” he said on the video interview.“Fellas were more than happy to do the work they had to do. Previous articleCoronavirus: 9 further deaths and 443 new cases – as Laois now fourth worst Covid county in IrelandNext articleLaois business Finline Furniture features as 2021 Home of the Year winner is confirmed 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. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

NSSC stops proceedings against Knowledge House insiders

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Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case In the wake of a decision that the existence of a secret settlement agreement may have harmed their ability to mount a complete defence, the Nova Scotia Securities Commission (NSSC) has dropped disciplinary allegations against two men. Earlier this week, the NSSC released a decision, which found that there was no authority for commission staff to agree to put off consideration of a settlement agreement with an investment dealer for over seven years, while a complex legal proceeding has played out. A commission panel said that keeping the deal secret is not in the public interest, and may have deprived two men of the full ability to defend the allegations against them. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Nova Scotia Securities Commission Back in 2006, the commission brought allegations against several insiders of Knowledge House Inc. (KHI). The commission settled with one of the men and dropped allegations against another after criminal charges were filed against him, but allegations remained outstanding against the other two, Kenneth MacLeod and Calvin Wadden. The decision handed down earlier this week found that the agreement to keep a proposed settlement with an investment dealer in the case secret, “has been a failure to protect the public interest and potential deprivation of Wadden and MacLeod’s right to make a full answer and defence to the allegations brought against them. I conclude that the escrow agreement is invalid and not permissible…” Now, the regulator’s enforcement staff have discontinued the proceeding against MacLeod and Wadden, although they didn’t specifically point to the decision released earlier this week as the reason for the dismissal, saying, “After considering many factors, enforcement staff concluded it is in the public interest to discontinue the proceeding.” BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton read more

Fidelity to provide PFIC relief to dual citizens

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first_img Fidelity is one of the first Canadian mutual fund companies to announce that it will be providing this information to its clients. The U.S. views non-U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds as PFICs, which it defines as an investment in which either 75% of the income it produces comes from “passive investment,” or more than 50% of its assets produce “passive income.” A U.S. citizen who receives income from a Canadian mutual fund, or a gain from its sale, would be subject to specific taxes and interest under the PFIC rules. That could mean that distributions from the fund that would normally be treated as dividends under Canadian tax rules — or increases in value of the PFIC, which would be treated as a capital gain — would be taxed instead as ordinary income on the U.S. citizen’s return. By making a QEF election, U.S. citizen clients include only their pro-rata share of the fund’s earned income and capital gains for income tax purposes, meaning distributions from the fund or gains from sale would be taxed in a way that is similar with how mutual funds in the US are normally taxed. The PFIC rules have hung over US citizens living in Canada since 2010, when a change in U.S. tax law meant that Canadian mutual funds and ETFs fell under these rules. This caused uncertainty and confusion among Americans living in Canada over ownership of Canadian mutual funds. Last spring, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) wrote to the U.S. government asking for the removal of the application of the PFIC regime on Canadian mutual funds. IFIC argued that Canadian mutual funds, because they distributed their income and gains annually, were not a vehicle to facilitate tax abuse on the part of U.S. citizens abroad. So far, there has been no change from the U.S. in terms of the application of PFIC rules on Canadian mutual funds. RBC Global Asset Management announces PFIC reports BlackRock revises iShares PFIC list NEI offering PFIC statements for U.S. taxpayers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords PFIC rulesCompanies Fidelity Investments Canada ULC center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rudy Mezzetta Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, based in Toronto, will now be providing its U.S. citizen clients with tax reporting information that will make it possible for them to deal with the U.S. Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) rules, a tax regime affecting ownership of Canadian funds that would otherwise impose an onerous tax burden on these individuals. Fidelity says that it will provide PFIC annual information statements, upon request, for all of its mutual funds, starting with the 2013 tax year. These statements will allow its clients who are U.S. citizens or green card holders living in Canada to make the qualified electing fund (QEF) election on their U.S. tax returns under the PFIC rules. Related newslast_img read more

Meridian selects new president and CEO

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first_img “Bill has done a superb job as acting president and CEO over the past two years. He has amply demonstrated that he can lead Meridian into the future,” said Don Ariss, chairman of Meridian’s board of directors, in a release. Under Maurin’s guidance, assets under Meridian management have grown to a record level of more than $10 billion. He has forged new partnerships with other credit unions and also launched a new brand strategy and Meridian’s Commitment to Communities, through which a minimum of four per cent of the credit union’s pre-tax earnings are re-invested to grow lives and improve the communities we live in. Maurin began his career with KPMG Chartered Accountants where he held progressively senior positions after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 1988. He received his CA designation in 1991 and worked with the CUMIS Group for eight years, as national manager, finance and subsequently as director, finance and accounting, insurance operations before joining Meridian. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning CETFA elects new board leader Bill Maurin has been appointed president and CEO of Meridian, one of Canada’s largest credit unions with more than a quarter of a million members and a network of branches across southern and eastern Ontario. Maurin, who joined St. Catharines, Ont.-based Meridian in 2002 and served as vice president, finance and chief financial officer, was appointed acting president and CEO in 2012, as a result of a medical leave of the former president and CEO. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Related news PenderFund names new SVP for investments Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Meridian Credit Union Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Boating Safety And Facilities Program Grants Now Open

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first_imgBoating Safety And Facilities Program Grants Now Open VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is making recreational boating better and more accessible for all Victorians providing $1.5 million in funding to eligible organisations under its latest grants program.Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne today announced the $1.5 million competitive grants program will fund boating infrastructure projects, search and rescue activities and aids to navigation that improve the recreational boating experience across Victoria.Organisations that can apply for a Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP) grant include committees of management, government agencies, local water authorities, waterway managers and dedicated Search & Rescue groups.This year, the BSFP is providing a total of $5 million for boating initiatives. In addition to the $1.5 million available as competitive grants, $3.5 million has been allocated to fund Marine Radio Victoria, strategic boating projects and state-wide boating safety initiatives.The BSFP grant funding complements around $30 million that will be available to deliver boating related facilities, services, safety and education when the Better Boating Fund commences on 1 July 2021.Established by the Labor government late last year, the Better Boating Fund will be allocated according to priorities identified in the Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy that is currently being developed.Over the past 20 years, the Boating Safety and Facilities Program has invested $67.8 million and funded more than 1,400 projects to improve safety and enhance recreational boating facilities across the state.Applications for the 2020/21 Grants Program open on 2 February and close on 15 March.For more information or to apply online, go to www.betterboating.vic.gov.au.As stated by Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne“The $1.5 million BSFP competitive grant program is there to support eligible organisations that want to improve recreational boating in Victoria.”“Whether it’s building a new boat ramp or fixing up an existing one, installing a new navigation aid or developing an important boating safety initiative, this funding can help deliver your project.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, boat, building, education, fishing, Government, grants program, infrastructure, Internet, Minister, online, project, rescue, Safety, Victoria, Waterlast_img read more

Ford closes Russian plants as it shrinks its presence in Europe

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first_img ‹ Previous Next › Ford will close three plants in Russia, pulling out of a car market where it was once a pioneer, as part of a broader overhaul of its money-losing European operations.The move is also the latest sign of foreign companies and investors souring on Russia, where an economic slowdown and western sanctions have dimmed the outlook for what many automakers long saw as a key growth market.Ford said it will shutter the St. Petersburg plant and another in Naberezhnye Chelny that makes the Fiesta and EcoSport crossover. The company will also close an engine factory in Elabuga. An assembly plant there that produces Transit light commercial vehicles will remain open. The Transit remains the top-selling foreign van model in Russia.In a filing, Ford said it will give up control of its joint venture to local partner Sollers PJSC. The companies said in a joint statement the moves will lead to “significant” job losses, without being more specific.Foreign investment in Russia has plunged since President Vladimir Putin ordered the annexation of Crimea in 2014, triggering the first of several waves of U.S. and European sanctions. Shortly afterward, Ford wrote off its entire US$329 million investment in its joint venture with Sollers. A year later, General Motors wound down its Russian operations.Ford’s decision to scale back its local presence reflects on the dismal state of car sales in a market that, at the start of the decade, looked prime to become Europe’s largest. Vehicle sales have roughly halved since their 2012 peak, hit by economic weakness and a plunge in the value of the ruble.Ford sold 53,234 vehicles in Russia last year, down from 130,809 cars in 2012, according to Association of European Businesses data.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos RELATED TAGSFordNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS A Russian startup is proposing a Mustang-inspired electric vehicle“It is a sad day for our auto market, as Ford once produced the most popular foreign car in Russia,” said Andrei Toptun, chief analyst at specialist research firm Autostat, who estimates the company’s plants have been operating at about 25 percent of capacity. “Their market share never recovered from a decision to sharply raise prices in 2015.” Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever To be sure, not all carmakers have written off Russia. France’s PSA Group is planning to reintroduce Opel vehicles there this year after acquiring the brand from GM, assembling two models at its Kaluga plant southwest of Moscow. China’s Great Wall Motor Co. plans to open a factory this year in Lipetsk. French carmaker Peugeot outlines plan to return to Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In this file photo taken on February 14, 2007 three flags are seen behind a barbed wire of the Ford motor company during the 24-hour strike in Vsevolozhsk, northwestern Russia close to Saint Petersburg.  Yevgeny Asmolov / Getty via AP advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videoslast_img read more

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where COVID-19 is declining

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first_imgWHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where COVID-19 is declining By Reuters on May 26, 2020 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share According to WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan while cases are declining in many countries they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and AfricaCountries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an ‘immediate second peak’ if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said.The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told an online briefing, noting that while cases are declining in many countries they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa.Ryan said epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided. There was also a chance that infection rates could rise again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon.“When we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months’ time,” Ryan said.“But we need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we have a number of months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave.”He said countries in Europe and North America should “continue to put in place the public health and social measures, the surveillance measures, the testing measures and a comprehensive strategy to ensure that we continue on a downwards trajectory and we don’t have an immediate second peak.” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19Dr Mike RyanWHO News Public Health The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Add Comment Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Postslast_img read more

Court upholds repeal of US net neutrality rules

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first_img US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up broadbandFederal Communications Commission (FCC)Net Neutrality FCC moves on China Unicom block Previous ArticleIntelligence Brief: Spectrum auctions – when do they pay off?Next ArticleEurope leads on mobile app voice quality Related Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 OCT 2019 Home Court upholds repeal of US net neutrality rules A US appeals court largely upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality protections, but struck down a provision barring states from implementing their own open internet rules.The 2017 repeal order unravelled protections put in place in 2015, which subjected operators to more stringent oversight and banned providers from blocking, throttling or offering paid prioritisation.In its decision, the court confirmed the FCC had the authority to loosen regulation of broadband providers by reclassifying them as so-called Title I information services rather than Title II common carriers as they had been under the 2015 rules.However, it determined the agency lacked the legal authority to issue a blanket ban on states enacting more stringent protections, concluding the FCC must challenge such regulations on a case-by-case basis.It also ordered the FCC to address the repeal order’s impact on public safety communications, utility pole access and funding for the Lifeline broadband subsidy programme, finding it failed to do so previously.“Any blocking or throttling of these internet communications during a public safety crisis could have dire, irreversible results,” the judges wrote.FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the Commission would examine the issues raised by the court, but hailed the decision as an overall “victory for consumers, broadband deployment and the free and open internet”.However, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel contended the ruling is evidence the FCC “got it wrong,” adding the “American people are not done fighting for an open internet”.Web browser company Mozilla, which was among those challenging the repeal order, said it was weighing whether to appeal the court’s decision.With the battle threatening to rage on, industry group CTIA called on Congress to step in and pass permanent neutrality protections which would protect “consumers’ interests without discouraging network investments”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign Diana Goovaerts last_img read more

Wage subsidy scheme to be extended beyond mid-June

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first_img Previous articleSpeculation mounts over future of Pieta House North WestNext articleTaoiseach rules out zero per cent VAT rate for hospitality sector News Highland Pinterest Wage subsidy scheme to be extended beyond mid-June Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – May 7, 2020 The COVID-19 unemployment payment and wage subsidy scheme will be extended beyond mid-June.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said no decision has been made on how long it will last for or if there will be a rate reduction after next month.He has also told the Dáil it is possible that the Coronavirus arrived in Ireland late last year or early this year, earlier than first thought. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+last_img read more