Retired Laois tailor sings his way to €27,000 on Winning Streak

first_img Pinterest Previous articleTimahoe to mark 1,100th Anniversary of massive Viking raidNext articleOur second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close 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. Home Lifestyle Entertainment Retired Laois tailor sings his way to €27,000 on Winning Streak LifestyleEntertainment Community By Alan Hartnett – 25th September 2018 Council WhatsApp Twitter TAGSWinning Streak Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Retired Laois tailor sings his way to €27,000 on Winning Streak A retired tailor from Laois won a tidy €27,000 on the first National Lottery Winning Streak show of the new series on RTE One.A self-made man, Vincent Keegan, from Portlaoise in Co. Laois, has recently retired in the past two years after more than 50 years in business as a tailor.Originally from Dublin, Vincent, who is now 67 years young, was taught to stitch and sew in school by the Christian brothers when he was just 14 years of age and really took to it and has not looked back since.He set up his own tailor business in Dublin and grew his reputation for the quality of his suits and clothes continued to run his business after moving down to Portlaoise 25 years ago.He states that he is semi-retired as he still does some alterations for another local business on the side which he says keeps him busy.Retirement has given Vincent more spare time, time which he has put to good use as he developed an interest in gardening and he has discovered a new love for music.He is a member of the Portlaoise Singers choral group who are a 60 member strong group.Vincent also sings in the Portlaoise Church Choir every Saturday evening at 6.30pm mass. He has recently took up piano lessons and practices on a keyboard at home.Vincent has promised to buy himself a brand new piano with his Winning Streak winnings! As a matter of fact, Vincent was so caught up in the excitement of being on Winning Streak he completely forgot to go to his piano class last Tuesday.A total of €185,000 was won on this week’s show. The enhanced National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, features some perennial favorite games as well brand new games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.The popular show, which is the second longest running game show in Europe, first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then a massive 5,975 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes.SEE ALSO – Full list of river and drain maintenance works for Mountmellick and Rosenallislast_img read more

10-year-old Laois girl reaches out to help parents of special care babies in Portlaoise Hospital

first_img News Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 23rd April 2020 TAGSCoronavirusEmma LambkinPortlaoise Hospital WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articlePraise for Laois teenager delivering medication to ‘elderly and vulnerable’ people every dayNext articleLocal TD calls on student accommodation providers to start delivering refunds 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. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival 10-year-old Laois girl reaches out to help parents of special care babies in Portlaoise Hospital Emma became aware of the issues that were being faced in Special Care as her grandfather Anthony Martin works in security in the hospital.Anthony was delighted to be able to personally deliver the iPad to the nursing staff on Monday and it has been put to immediate use.Emma, now a thriving ten year old who is looking forward to getting back to Irish Dancing and Gaelic Football as soon as restrictions are lifted, knows just how lucky she was to have been cared for by the brilliant staff in Portlaoise and she knows that she owes her own wellness to them and so she was delighted to be able to give something back.Fair play Emma! Pinterest WhatsApp Home News 10-year-old Laois girl reaches out to help parents of special care babies… Newscenter_img Twitter Pinterest This is such a kind and wonderful gesture.The current lockdown has seen us all having to make huge changes to how we go about our lives and in many cases people are having to make difficult sacrifices to ensure that they and their loved ones are safe.One such instance occurs where newborn, often premature, babies have to be cared for in hospital Special Care Units as parents are unable to visit their babies. Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Electric Picnic SEE ALSO – Laois Councillor says it would be ‘madness’ for Electric Picnic to go ahead in 2020 Twitter This can lead to anxiety and heartache for parents who desperately want to see their babies and keep an eye on their progress.One Laois girl has come to the aid of the parents of babies who are being cared for in Portlaoise General Hospital Special Care Unit by donating her iPad which will enable staff to make FaceTime calls to parents allowing them to see their babies and witness for themselves the care that they are receiving and the progress that they are making.10-year-old Emma Lambkin was born five weeks early in February 2010 and spent the first 21 days of her life in Special Care in Portlaoise.Her parents Andrea and Barry were able to visit her every day and when she was well enough they were even able to hold her.This gave them great comfort at a difficult time and Emma is hoping that her iPad will now allow many parents to see their own bundles of joy every day until they are well enough to leave the unit.last_img read more

2020 Remembered: Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate

first_img Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date 2020 Remembered: Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate Electric Picnic WhatsApp Facebook In July, Fr Paddy spoke about the prevalent issue of suicide on Laois.During the past ten days, five lives have been lost to suicide in Laois. Wonderful lives, abruptly ended, leaving behind families overwhelmed with grief and sadness.We live in most challenging times, I suggest all our vulnerabilities are exaggerated in a time of crisis. The Coronavirus, is not just a threat to our physical health, but also adds greatly to the strain of our mental health.Lockdown has intensified fear and anxiety to many people who live with struggling mental health. By the end of this pandemic perhaps more people will have died in Laois as a result of suicide than the actual Coronavirus.Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.Suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic, psychological, social and cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss.People who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group, with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act.Such heterogeneity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts. These challenges can be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.Donal Walsh, before his death, pleaded earnestly to his young peers to value life. A message powerfully communicated to every Secondary School in this Country, in his DVD “Life is Gift”.He said: “I realised that I was fighting for my life for the third time in four years and this time I have no hope.“Yet still I hear of young people committing suicide and I’m sorry but it makes me feel nothing but anger. I feel angry that these people choose to take their lives, to ruin their families and to leave behind a mess that no one can clean up.”He pleaded: “Please, as a 16-year-old who has no say in his death sentence, who has no choice in the pain he is about to cause and who would take any chance at even a few more months on this planet: appreciate what you have, know that there are always other options and help is always there.“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”Its consequence leaves a permanent heartache in the lives of loved ones who are left behind wounded, bereaved, broken and so often void of the apparent answer to why a sibling, son or daughter, brother or sister, partner, neighbour or friend; should end their life in such a tragic manner.Of course the darkness and despair in those final moments when life is ended by suicide, in no way defines the totality of that person’s life. In the same sense “Nothing can separate us from the love of God”.God’s love is best summed up as our saviour dying out of love on the cross prayed aloud; “Today you will be with me in paradise”.The frequency of suicide is an alarming reminder of how fragile and vulnerable the human mind is. I believe mental illness is the most difficult of any human cross to carry. When illness is physically manifested, it is tangible, acceptable and real.Illness of the mind is more subtle, and less apparent than a broken leg or physical illness. However, mental illness can be hidden, stigmatised and much more difficult to “fix”.Perhaps the greatest devastation that results from suicide is the unanswered questions that loved ones will forever struggle with.Why did this happen? Should I have recognised the signs? Why did they leave this pain on us? How did I not know that they were so unhappy? I believe the burden, anxiety and overwhelming despair that brings somebody to end their own life is itself the most lonely and vulnerable cross any human has to carry.I suggest that theirs surely is the Kingdom of Heaven – a kingdom that transforms despair into hope, darkness into light, and being lost into the joy of being found.Any individual whose life has ended in the darkness of suicide also has a life story filled with brightness, gentleness and tremendous actions of human love. In these dark days that are so uncertain and difficult for so many, please talk out your fear to somebody. Avail of so many listening ears in family and community who can offer support and help.It’s ok not to be ok.There is a vaccine to this dreadful reality, which is to have the courage to seek help, to talk, to avail of so many services waiting for you to listen. If you need someone confidentially to listen …..The Samaritans116 123SM: 087 260 9090SEE ALSO – For more 2020 Remembered stories, click here Facebook Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd January 2021 Previous article2020 Remembered: ‘There is going to be someone killed’ unless something is doneNext article2020 Remembered: WATCH: Laois supermarket goes viral for in store St Patrick’s Day Parade LaoisToday Reporter TAGS2020 Remembered Pinterest Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home We Are Laois 2020 Remembered: Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate We Are Laois Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Challenging the CRA: Mixed success for affluent taxpayers

Financial advisors and others who assist affluent families with tax planning in the context of trusts and private family companies may find some recent decisions from the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) useful; all deal with situations in which taxpayers were looking for ways to shelter the fruits of significant business or professional gains. Although success for these taxpayers was mixed, the cases do suggest that Canadian courts are striving to balance the interests of entrepreneurs with fair taxation. In essence, these decisions seem to suggest that highly artificial structures created solely to avoid tax, with no other legitimate purpose (such as avoiding creditors or double taxation), will not be allowed. However, when taxpayers are using acceptable ways to reduce taxes on large gains, these may well be permitted, even if the structures employed are highly intricate. The cases also suggest that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may not use general powers, such as the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR), to plug what it views as holes in the tax system where that system is not being abused by the taxpayer; that function is for legislators. Patricia Chisholm Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Your wealthy clients will soon pay more for luxury vehicles Time for tax-loss selling SCC upholds rules on residence of offshore trusts In what is likely the most significant of these recent decisions, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) upheld and clarified a broad new rule for the residency of off-shore trusts, originally handed down by the TCC. The April 2012 decision makes it abundantly clear that trusts will now be resident for tax purposes in the country where the “central management and control” of the trust is carried out, not necessarily where the trustee resides. Thus, Canadian clients who use an offshore trust to shelter or reduce taxes must ensure that the trust is actually managed from the foreign location if they wish to reap offshore tax benefits. It will no longer be enough that the trust and the trustee are physically located in the foreign, low-tax, location. The case, St. Michael Trust Corp. et al. v. The Queen, was closely followed as it wound its way through the courts. (The case was also known as Garron Family Trust. See Tax court revises the rules on residence of offshore trusts, IE November 2009). At stake was $152 million in taxes that were withheld when the trust assets were sold to a third party. Lawyers for the trust had argued that the proper test for residency of the trust was the conventional one that has usually applied under Canadian law: the physical location of the trustee. However, the CRA argued that, since all significant decisions made by the trust were controlled by the beneficiaries, who lived in Canada, the trust should be treated as resident in Canada and therefore subject to Canadian taxes. TCC Justice Judith Woods agreed in a 2009 decision, as did the Federal Court of Appeal in 2010. Both of those courts concluded that the test for the residence of a trust should be the same as the test for residence of a corporation: where the central management and control of the corporation occurs, regardless of where it is formally headquartered. Woods noted in her ruling that corporations and trusts have many elements in common, which essentially boil down to “the management of property.” In reaching its unanimous decision, the SCC stated: “We agree with Woods J. that adopting a similar test for trusts and corporations promotes ‘the important principles of consistency, predictability and fairness in the application of tax law’….As she noted, if there were to be a totally different test for trusts than for corporations, there should be good reasons for it. No such reasons were offered here.” Family trusts and the GAAR In another April decision involving family trusts, the CRA tried to apply the general anti-avoidance rule to a family trust. In McClarty Family Trust, the taxpayer had used a complex series of transactions to transform income from his engineering company to capital gains paid out to his three minor children. The taxpayer, Darrell McClarty, had been involved in an acrimonious dispute with his former employer, who had threatened him with legal action over the alleged theft of intellectual property. At trial in the TCC, McClarty argued that the series of transactions, which involved the creation of several companies, the trust, and a series of circular loans, was designed to protect his assets from creditors, in a manner that attracted the least possible tax. The CRA, however, alleged that the transactions amounted to abusive tax avoidance: the final effect of the transactions was to pay out capital gains — not more highly taxed dividends — to McClarty’s three minor sons. In holding for the taxpayer, the tax court concluded that McClarty had genuine reasons for wishing to creditor-proof his assets in a tax-efficient manner. The court also suggested that the CRA may not use the GAAR when the rules against income splitting with minor children cannot be applied (the “kidde tax.”) In a note on the case, Dan Misutka, a tax expert with law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, stated: “[The TCC] did note that to the extent that there was a gap in the legislation, which allowed for the distribution of capital gains to minor beneficiaries of a trust in a manner that was not taxable under [the kiddie tax provisions] of the Act, it was inappropriate for the Minister to use the GAAR to fill in the gaps.” The pipeline strategey Yet another April tax court case appears to be positive for clients whose wealth is held in a private corporation. Canadian heart surgeon Robert MacDonald had to close down his Canadian-based medical services business — worth more than $500,000 — after deciding to relocate to the United States for family reasons. In the normal course, MacDonald would have been subject to double taxation: Canada’s rules would have imposed a deemed disposition of the company’s shares on MacDonald’s departure, while the U.S. requires an actual sale: thus, he would have been exposed to tax in both Canada and the U.S. on the same income. To avoid this result, MacDonald sold his shares in his personal corporation to his brother in law. He was then able to set off existing capital losses against the capital gain, resulting in no tax. Similar transactions, known as the “pipeline” strategy, are sometimes used to reduce the taxes payable when the controlling shareholder of a private corporation dies. In simple terms, the strategy avoids the potential of long-term double taxation that can arise as a result of the application of two rules: deemed disposition of shares on death, and the winding up rule under s.84(2), which deems certain amounts paid out on a winding up to be dividends. The pipeline strategy is also designed to lower taxes by treating assets removed from a private corporation — sometimes called a surplus strip — as capital gains instead of dividends. In recent years, the CRA has questioned the use of the pipeline strategy. The CRA alleged that the amounts should be treated as dividends, under s. 84(2) and that GAAR should apply. In holding that the CRA had generally misinterpreted the correct application of s. 84(2) in the case of pipeline strategies — as well as its application to MacDonald’s tax planning — Justice J.E. Hershfield referred to the CRA’s allegation of abusive tax planning as “bizarre.” Essentially, the court concluded that MacDonald’s tax plan put him in the same position under Canadian law as if there had been a deemed disposition of his shares. Further, the judgment states that MacDonald achieved this result by “legally effective means.” In a note on the case, Douglas Forer, a lawyer with McLennan Ross LLP, concluded: “[The case] encourages taxpayers, and tax planners, to use tax plans, such as the pipeline strategy, as an acceptable means of arranging one’s affairs. It also emphasizes that the [CRA’s] view of the act, no matter how forcefully expressed, can be wrong: the [CRA] may have an opinion, but it is not the law.” Keywords Tax planning,  Tax avoidance,  TrustsCompanies Canada Revenue Agency, Tax Court of Canada Biden’s corporate tax plan takes aim at income inequality Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

Ministry of Agriculture Determined to Control Spread of Pink Mealy Bug

first_imgRelatedMinistry of Agriculture Determined to Control Spread of Pink Mealy Bug Advertisements RelatedMinistry of Agriculture Determined to Control Spread of Pink Mealy Bug RelatedMinistry of Agriculture Determined to Control Spread of Pink Mealy Bugcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has been implementing an aggressive prevention programme in Portland, to control the spread of the Pink Mealy Bug.This bug, which was first discovered in the parish in June of this year, has proven to be extremely destructive to agricultural production.Crops particularly vulnerable to its effects include ornamentals, vegetation, sour sop, ackee, avocado and citrus.Crawford Clarke, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Parish Manager for Portland, told JIS News that the programme involved the implementation of a number of measures, including the distribution of parasitic wasps to destroy the bug, and the introduction of a training programme to sensitize farmers in the parish about what to do when detection of the bug is suspected.He pointed out that the bug was originally discovered in the districts of Islington, Commodore, Black Rock and Windsor Forest, and that it has now spread to a number of other communities.Mr. Clarke noted that 10,000 parasitic wasps have already been disbursed in the communities in which the bug was originally identified, adding that an additional amount would subsequently be used in the other communities in which it has been identified.He explained that the training programme for the farmers was being conducted by research teams from the Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Quarantine Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, with two seminars held so far in the communities of Long Bay and Commodore.The Parish Manager added that a briefing session was also conducted by both research teams for the field staff of the Portland RADA Office to sensitize them about the steps to be taken to handle the bug when it is detected.He stressed that RADA was committed to working closely with the farmers of Portland to eliminate the bug, and advised that farmers who suspect that the parasite is on their property, should immediately inform the Portland RADA Office at Folly Road in Port Antonio, so that the situation can be addressed in an appropriate manner. Ministry of Agriculture Determined to Control Spread of Pink Mealy Bug UncategorizedAugust 31, 2007last_img read more

Minister Champagne talks about Budget 2021’s Quantum Strategy with innovators in Estrie region

first_imgMinister Champagne talks about Budget 2021’s Quantum Strategy with innovators in Estrie region From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaToday, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, held a virtual roundtable to discuss investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, held a virtual roundtable to discuss investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. He was joined by Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), and Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi. Roundtable participants included executives from SB Technologies and members of the Institut quantique of Université de Sherbrooke. Participants emphasized the enormous commercialization potential of quantum technologies and discussed how to drive future economic growth.Minister Champagne highlighted that Budget 2021 proposes to provide $360 million over seven years, starting in 2021-22, to launch a National Quantum Strategy. The strategy will build on Canada’s significant strength in quantum research; grow Canadian quantum-ready technologies, companies and talent; and solidify Canada’s global leadership in this innovative field. He discussed how these technologies have the potential to drive significant economic growth across the region as well as across industries.Budget 2021 is a plan to position Canadian businesses and workers for a strong economic recovery. To achieve this goal, the Government of Canada is supporting almost 500,000 new training and work opportunities, including 215,000 opportunities for youth, and is accelerating digital transformation at small and medium-sized businesses. Budget 2021 puts the government on track to meet its commitment to create 1 million jobs by the end of the year, and in doing so, achieve its long-term goal of growing the middle class.Minister Champagne highlighted how measures proposed in Budget 2021 will help entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses across the Estrie region innovate and prosper as we look to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.Quotes“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses across the country, both large and small, to rethink their approaches. Our government is helping entrepreneurs and business owners as they look for more digital options, more creative solutions and more climate-friendly investments. The collaboration between SB Technologies and the Institut quantique of Université de Sherbrooke is a great example of how Canadian innovators can work together to harness the power of changing markets to create jobs and push Canadian ingenuity further.”– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry“I am very pleased to have received a virtual visit from my colleague, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. As Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, I am extremely proud to see our university position itself as a leader in quantum technology research. In light of the $360 million our government intends to invest in a national quantum strategy, I am confident that our university will continue to be a Canadian and global leader in this field. After all, the future is quantum.”– Élisabeth Brière, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)“Quantum technology is at the cutting edge of science and innovation and has tremendous potential for growth. Our region has many leaders in the field, and I am proud to be a part of a government that supports the sector and makes it a priority.”– Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome-MissisquoiQuick factsBudget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. Key measures include:Extending emergency supports to bridge Canadians and Canadian businesses through to recovery, including:Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until September 25, 2021.Extending the number of weeks for important income support for Canadians, such as the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.Supporting small and medium-sized businesses through several transformative initiatives, such as:Launching the new Canada Digital Adoption Program that will assist over 160,000 businesses with the cost of new technology. And it will provide them with the advice they need to get the most of new technology with the help of 28,000 young Canadians who will be trained to work with them.Allowing Canadian small businesses to fully expense up to $1.5 million in capital investments in a broad range of assets, including digital technology and intellectual property. This represents an additional $2.2 billion investment in the growth of Canada’s entrepreneurs over the next five years.Supporting women, Black Canadians and other under-represented entrepreneurs who face barriers to launching and owning businesses through an investment of $300 million to enhance initiatives like the Black Entrepreneurship Program and the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, Economic Development, Emergency, entrepreneurs, Government, innovation, Investment, leadership, parliament, participants, resilience, Sherbrooke, Small Business, technology, university, womenlast_img read more

Free Boulder B-cycle memberships now available to CU students, faculty and staff

first_img Published: June 17, 2020 All full time students, faculty and staff are now eligible for a free Boulder B-cycle annual membership, an $88 retail value. The free memberships are made possible by a partnership between the CU Environmental Center and CU Transportation Services with Boulder B-cycle, a Boulder-based bikesharing nonprofit. The yearlong membership provides unlimited rides of up to 60 minutes. Riders will be charged the normal B-cycle hourly rate for rides over 60 minutes and will need to renew their eligible CU credentials annually in the B-cycle app.Registering for B-cycleTo claim your free Boulder B-cycle membership, Claim your free Boulder B-cycle membership.Boulder B-cycle’s system of 300 bikes at over 40 stations around Boulder includes 13 stations serving CU’s Boulder campuses. Members of the program can check out bikes from any station and check them in at another station. The program complements the campus existing transportation system and provides community members a healthy and convenient way to get around town. For more information about eligibility, and how to claim your membership, visit the Parking and Transportation Bikesharing page.COVID-19 safety protocolsBoulder B-cycle fleet technicians are wearing face coverings and gloves while they continue to disinfect all user touch points at the stations and on the bikes. There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself when using bike share: Download and use the B-cycle App to check out a bike (avoiding the kiosk)Wear a face cover and also gloves as a precaution during set-up and riding a bike. Wipe down the bike as you would any public surface you come in contact with. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after riding.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Sugar Cane Industry Must Be Ready For Global Market Changes – Minister Clarke

first_imgSugar Cane Industry Must Be Ready For Global Market Changes – Minister ClarkeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Related400 Houses for Sugar Workers By Year End Sugar Cane Industry Must Be Ready For Global Market Changes – Minister Clarke AgricultureMay 29, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke has urged stakeholders in the sugar cane industry, to ensure that productivity is significantly increased, to enable the country to take advantage of the regional market for raw and refined sugar.Addressing the official opening ceremony for the 45th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay on Tuesday, May 27, the Minister said the conference is of particular importance to Jamaica, which fully endorses its theme ‘Positioning for the new market frontiers’.“It is our intention to enhance our global competitiveness as a sugar-producing country…this conference assumes significant importance as we seek to address the issues of how we will market our sugar after 2017 when the situation in Europe will change dramatically, to allow duty-free and quota-free access to a wider pool of countries,” Minister Clarke stated.He emphasised that it is imperative that the region, and other affected countries examine these imminent changes.Minister Clarke noted that for Jamaica, the market changes in the European Union will mean greater competition from lower-cost producers.“It will be almost impossible for us as a small country, with the kind of production levels we are able to achieve, to compete against those producers,” he asserted.Mr. Clarke told the over 200 delegates from 87 countries, that Jamaica must therefore “urgently turn its attention to exploiting the possibilities in the regional market … even as we seek to increase our productivity”.He advised that, despite the many challenges now being faced by the industry, Jamaica has realized, and continues to pursue diversification in the industry.The Agriculture Minister informed that currently, sugar by-product, molasses, is used in the production of rum, which is another by-product, and that bagasse, is used as fuel in factories.“The objective is to transform the industry from a single product to a multi-product one with the sugar cane plant being the base crop,” Minister Clarke said.He added that this would see the production of other products such as refined sugar, ethanol, xanthan gum, and electricity, in the process of cogeneration.The Minister advised that this is expected to generate “significant increases in revenue and employment”.He said therefore that Jamaica must be confident that agriculture, on the whole and the sugar cane industry, in particular, will continue to be an important part of the fabric of Jamaican life and economy.“It is in that regard that we as a country and with the benevolent support of the European Union, have embarked on a number of initiatives to transform and revitalise the industry which is the mainstay of many of our rural communities,” Mr. Clarke noted.He urged ISO member countries to grasp every opportunity to bolster their collective strategies for cooperation, and to seek solutions.Among the contingent of delegates for the three-day conference (May 27 to 29) was Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, and the immediate past chairman of the ISO.The topics included for discussions are: energy co-generation; financing and research; sugar export markets; supporting and protecting all natural sugar/sucrose in a competitive market place; sugar cane varieties and disease control in Jamaica; and regional common threats and opportunities. Story HighlightsMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke has urged stakeholders in the sugar cane industry, to ensure that productivity is significantly increased.This will enable the country to take advantage of the regional market for raw and refined sugar.Minister Clarke noted that for Jamaica, the market changes in the European Union will mean greater competition from lower-cost producers. RelatedProspects Good for Sugar – Minister Clarkecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedChange in EU Sugar Regime to be Discussed at ISO Meeting Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, (centre) greets Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, just before the start of the official opening ceremony of the 45th Annual International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Conference held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay on May 27. The three-day event (May 27 to 29) which is being held under the theme, ‘Positioning for the New Market Frontier’ is being attended by delegates from more than 87 member countries. At left is media communications specialist, Sonia Record. Advertisementslast_img read more

3 UK revamps fixed broadband business

first_img Related 3 UK detailed plans to rebrand fixed proposition Relish to match its core proposition, as the company prepares to push forward with 5G plans.In a statement, 3 said Relish would become 3 Broadband next month, having operated it under its original name since purchasing the business as part of a £250 million deal for UK Broadband in February 2017.Relish delivers fixed home and office broadband using wireless 4G, though only operates across a relatively small part of the UK’s landmass. It does, however, cover some of the key business districts of central London.As part of its deal for UK Broadband, 3 also acquired spectrum assets it plans to use for 5G when it launches the service later this year.By using these assets and the allocation it bought in the country’s spectrum auction in 2018, CEO Dave Dyson (pictured) said the company was “the only operator in the UK that can take advantage of the full potential of 5G”.Relish forms a key component of 3’s strategy, with Dyson announcing in June its early 5G launches would be for fixed wireless access to Relish.In preparation for 5G, 3 is also in the process of updating its IT and backend systems. The process has been going on for two years and, Dyson added, is now close to completion. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back 3 UK outlines 5G progress in £2B push AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 MAR 2019 Tags UK operators finalise £1B rural network plan Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Dyson quits as 3 UK CEO Previous ArticleTelenor flags mobile boost to Asian economiesNext ArticleEC to warn Vodafone, Liberty Global on competition Home 3 UK revamps fixed broadband business Author Chris Donkin 3 UKDave Dysonlast_img read more

Exciting Presidents Cup shows progress

first_img“Starting is half the task.” – Korean proverb INCHEON, South Korea – In professional sports style points and moral victories rank right up there with participation medals. As former New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards once opined, “You play to win the game.” Yet while it wasn’t the outcome Nick Price had envisioned or hoped for there was no hiding a sense of measured accomplishment over the International team’s best showing in more than a decade in the Presidents Cup. “I think it was 1983 when Europe lost by a point, Seve [Ballesteros] was in the locker room, and all the European players were down in the dumps and they were very depressed that they had lost,” Price said. “He looked at them all and said, ‘No, no, don’t be depressed. This is like a victory for us. We only need one more point.’” It wasn’t the perfect script as Bill Haas and Sangmoon Bae made their way up the 18th fairway in the day’s last two-ball on Sunday with the U.S. assured at least a tie, but it was closer than it had been in more than a decade. After five consecutive American blowouts in the biennial event Price was willing to embrace progress, however measured it may be. It was competitive, it was compelling and, at least on this side of the international date line, it was captivating thanks to an International rally that seemed about as likely as an American collapse as a gloomy morning got underway at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. By the time Haas and Bae set out in the day’s anchor match the home team was down in seven matches, all square in three and leading just a single game. Like so many Presidents Cup before it, the 11th edition appeared to be finished before Sunday really began. But Price’s team, which began the final frame trailing by a point after spotting the U.S. side a 4-1 advantage on Day 1, chipped away, slowly at first with Adam Scott starting the rally with a 6-and-5 rout of Rickie Fowler. As the day evolved and the rain fell, the personality of these matches swung dramatically, first from what could be considered the Comeback Cup to the possibility of an outright Correction Cup with plenty of examples of the former, including blown leads by J.B. Holmes (1 up through 13 holes), Jimmy Walker (1 up through 9) and Jordan Spieth (1 up through 13) that all went the Internationals’ way. Math and diminishing opportunities, however, slowly made the latter seem more apropos. When Australian Marc Leishman rolled in a 6-footer for birdie at the last to close out a 1-up victory over world No. 1 Spieth, the event was tied at 12 ½ points apiece with three matches and the fate of the event still on the course. “It was pretty uncomfortable at times today but the guys stepped up and played amazing golf when they had to,” U.S. captain Jay Haas said. “There were no individuals; everybody came together as a team; a moment I’ll never forget.” Branden Grace, who finished with a 5-0-0 record, closed out Matt Kuchar (2 and 1), and the first of many dramatic swings came on the 18th hole when Chris Kirk converted from 15 feet for birdie and Anirban Lahiri missed his birdie attempt from 4 feet for a U.S. point that assured a tie. That left the outcome to Bill Haas and Bae, the lone South Korean in the event who played his final professional event for two years as he prepares to report next month for mandatory military service. “Win one for your mom. Your mom deserves this,” the captain said walking down the 18th fairway to Bill Haas, who secured the winning point when Bae failed to reach the green with his third shot (a misplayed chip shot) and a 15 ½ to 14 ½ U.S. victory. Price will certainly suffer the slings and arrows of armchair quarterbacks everywhere for many of his moves, a list that likely starts with his decision to sit Bae on Day 1 and his choice of Thursday’s opening format, alternate shot, which he freely admitted is the International team’s Achilles’ heel. But if 2015 becomes a turning point for an event mired in an identity crisis born from competitive irrelevance, then it will be Price who will be remembered as the conduit of change. “There’s no doubt this team was much more invested in this event than any team I’ve ever been on before,” said Adam Scott, who was playing his seventh Presidents Cup. “They made the right decisions, and the proof was in the pudding today with how it all panned out.” It’s the ultimate act of self-indulgence and hindsight, but just imagine if PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem wouldn’t have bargained Price down to a four-point format reduction instead of the six-point change the captain had lobbied for? That will be the next International captain’s problem, but at least Price’s successor won’t have to wrestle with a general sense of cynicism from a team that has found itself on the wrong side of too many boat races. This time the indifference that had largely defined Presidents Cup Sundays since 2005, when the two sides began the final day tied at 11 points apiece, was replaced by a rare level of interest born from the competitive reality that Sunday’s finish was just the second time, and the first since 2003, that the cup was decided on the final hole. As wind and rain whipped the closing ceremony the grin on Price’s face was unmistakable. It wasn’t a perfect world, but the problems of the past suddenly seemed less insurmountable. “At the end of hardship comes happiness.” – Korean proverblast_img read more