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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Croke Park as Laois take on Dublin in Leinster football final

first_imgHome Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Croke Park as Laois take… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team Rugby By Steven Miller – 24th June 2018 TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois v DublinLeinster SFC 2018Leinster SFC Final 2018Live Blog Throw in at Croke Park is at 4pm and you can follow all of the game on our Live Blog.We’ll also be providing significant coverage on our site and across all social media platforms. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Brought to you in association with Jeremiah Grant, Bar and Eatery, PortlaoiseFor the first time since 2007 the Laois footballers will line out in Croke Park on Leinster final day and we’re here to bring you all of the action.Laois have beaten Wexford, Westmeath and Carlow to reach today’s final while Dublin have had big wins over Wicklow and Longford to make it this far.Jim Gavin’s Dublin side are regarded as one of the best teams of all time and are this year going in search of their eighth Leinster title in a row and their fourth All Ireland in a row.Laois are massive outsiders but come into the game unbeaten in league and championship in 2018. They won Division 4 of the league and have followed that up with three championship wins.But Dublin were Division 1 league champions and will be by some distance the best side Laois have faced all year.But John Sugrue’s men have performed well to date and are enjoying their best season in a number of years. SEE ALSO – Donoher gearing up for first final while Begley to end 13-year wait Pinterest Facebook Community Pinterest Community Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Previous articleMoment in Time: Stradbally Vintage Rally in 2009Next articleIn Pictures: No Leinster glory but Laois supporters in big numbers in Croke Park 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. Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Croke Park as Laois take on Dublin in Leinster football final Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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Pence Cartoon: “Another Royal Interview”

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Gregory Pence – 2021.03.16 7:00pm Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “Another Royal Interview” SHARE Analysis & OpinionPence Cartoon Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Gregory PenceGregory PenceA former Fulbright researcher of Korean protest art and propaganda, Pence has scribbled cartoons for a variety of publications. He presently lives in Seoul with his wife and a cat. Visit his website (www.soundstagecomics.com), or check him out on Instagram (@soundstage.comics) or Twitter (@sixpencenow). last_img read more

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Canadians trust their advisors

Canadian investors feel confident in the level of service and professionalism offered by their own advisors but remain wary of the financial services industry, according to a recently released study commissioned by the Toronto-based Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC). The study, released on Thursday, is called The Economics of Loyalty and was conducted by Toronto-based Advisor Impact Inc. The study consists of over 1,000 online surveys completed by Canadians currently working with a financial advisor and making or contributing to financial decisions for their household. Fiona Collie Work-from-home risks for advisors While speaking to members of the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto, Ian Russell, president and CEO, IIAC, said the study was meant to find out what clients value and expect in their financial advisor relationships. During his keynote speech, Russell highlighted four key findings from the survey: Most investors feel their advisors create value. Of those people surveyed, over 60% said they feel they receive a high level of value from their advisor. Clients feel that they are in control of their financial future. According to the survey, more than five out of six clients are confident about reaching their financial goals. Clients trust their advisor. Five out of six investors surveyed said they feel a high level of trust in their financial advisor, while 75% said they trusted the advisor’s firm. Clients believe that they have a strong and engaged relationship with an advisor when he or she does the following: seeks input from the client and incorporates it into investment advice; works with family members in multi-generational planning; actively conducts financial and estate planning. To foster client engagement the IIAC intends to partner with Advisor Impact, said Russell, to educate advisors on how they can build those stronger relationships. One way the IIAC will do this is through webinars conducted by Advisor Impact, he said, which will be available to members through the association’s website. However, while many Canadian investors feel they have a strong and engaged relationship with their advisors, they are less impressed with the financial services industry. According to the study, only 32% of investors trust the investment industry as a whole. Russell attributes this wariness to the difference between first-hand experience and second-hand information. “When it comes to assessing their own advisor and their own advisor’s firm, investors base their opinion on personal experience,” he said. “But when they are asked to rate the industry as a whole, they fall back on the only reference points they have – the news media, the Internet, and other sources of second-hand information.” Keywords Client engagementCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study RRSP contributions remain steady despite Covid-19, advisors say Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news read more

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New time limits for B.C. civil lawsuits

B.C.’s $500-million investment fund to help small, medium sized businesses Keywords Lawsuits,  British Columbia Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says New legislation establishing time limits for civil lawsuits in British Columbia came into effect on June 1. The province’s new Limitation Act establishes a basic two-year ‘basic limitation period’ for most civil claims; which is in line with most other provinces. Generally, the clock on these limits starts to run as soon as plaintiffs discover they have a legal claim, the B.C. Ministry of Justice notes. The act also creates an ‘ultimate limitation period’ of 15 years for legal claims which may not be discovered right away, such as undetected medical complications resulting from surgery. Under the new law, plaintiffs have 15 years from the date that the ‘act or omission’ occurred to discover their claim and start a civil lawsuit. The province’s previous regime allowed for a variety of different basic limitation periods and had an ultimate limitation period that could extend up to 30 years, often leading to confusion among the public, legal profession, and other professions about time limits, and resulting in complex trials, the government adds. read more

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BMO reports 55% increase in first-quarter profit

first_img Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations On an adjusted basis, the profit amounted to $1.54 billion for the quarter or $2.32 per diluted share, compared with $1.42 billion or $2.12 during the same period a year earlier.Analysts had expected a profit of $2.23 per share, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon.While Canada’s fourth-largest lender saw strong results from its U.S. personal and commercial banking division and relatively flat earnings from its domestic retail banking arm, BMO saw a drop in profit from its wealth management and capital markets divisions amid “weaker global market conditions.”The bank’s wealth management business earned $239 million, down from $266 million a year ago, while its capital markets business earned $255 million, down from $271 million.BMO chief executive Darryl White says the bank’s North American personal and commercial banking businesses performed “very well” while its market-sensitive businesses were impacted by the “challenging revenue environment” earlier in the quarter.“BMO’s good performance this quarter reflects the benefits of our diversified and attractive business mix which continues to deliver sustainable growth, with adjusted earnings per share up 10% from last year,” White said in a report to shareholders. “We are well positioned to build on our performance through the year.”The profit came as BMO’s Canadian personal and commercial banking earned $647 million, up by $1 million from a year ago as revenue growth was partially offset by higher expenses and higher provisions for credit losses.In the U.S., personal and commercial banking earned $444 million, up $134 million or 43% compared with a year ago.BMO’s corporate services division reported a loss of $75 million for the quarter compared with a loss of $520 million a year ago.The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio was 11.4% at Jan. 31, up from 11.3% at the end of its fourth quarter.Total provisions for credit losses were $137 million, down $4 million from a year ago.q Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital IE staff, with files from Canadian Press The Bank of Montreal beat expectations with a first-quarter profit of $1.5 billion, up from $973 million during the same period a year earlier—an increase of 55%.The profit amounted to $2.28 per share for the three months ended Jan. 31, up from $1.43 per share during the same period a year earlier when it recorded a one-time charge of $425 million related to U.S. tax changes. increasing stacked red cubes with percentage symbol and blue arrow showing upward direction andreypopov/123RF Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Keywords Earnings Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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New rehab vehicle for District 23 volunteers

first_imgNew rehab vehicle for District 23 volunteers North East Victorian firefighters will have more support when fighting fires, with CFA welcoming a new rehab vehicle for District 23.The purpose-built truck includes crucial equipment such as cooling chairs and health monitoring systems to help the rehab team provide much needed assistance at major incidents.D23 Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rod Railton said it’s a welcome addition for the local rehab team.“We’ve got rehab units in Districts 22 and 24 around us as well, and the demand on them was so great that it showed we needed to increase our own capacity,” said A/ACFO Railton.“This new vehicle means we now have a means of transporting equipment quickly and efficiently, whereas before we had to rely on trailers and 4WDs.”Rehab units are often called to major incidents and provide support with equipment like cooling chairs to help firefighters recover from exposure to radiant heat, electrolyte sticks for rehydration, and first aid kits.The District 23 unit has also been expanded in recent years to include health monitoring functions to check carbon monoxide levels and other vital signs.“Those health checks, as well as the cooling chairs which really bring down the core body temperatures, ensure our firefighters get a chance to take a break and recover before heading back to the fireground.“The crew has also had a focus on hygiene due to the pandemic, with the vehicle and crew equipped with appropriate kits to ensure hygiene measures are in place.”The District 23 rehab unit is made up of CFA volunteers from around the Wangaratta area, with the Killawarra fire brigade providing the core membership for the team.“The rehab team is one of the many ways that people can volunteer with CFA without being a traditional firefighter,” said A/ACFO Railton.“Over the years they’ve proved themselves in multiple scenarios and have really been looking out for our members to ensure they are safe on the fireground.“We hoping to get even more interest in the unit now that we’ve got a dedicated vehicle.”The new truck, which came into service early this month, was funded through the Victorian Government’s annual Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. /CFA News 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:Australia, crew, Emergency, Emergency Services, exposure, fire, first aid kit, Government, heat, pandemic, purpose-built, Railton, rehydration, truck, vehicle, VIC, Victoria, Wangarattalast_img read more

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Construction begins on Dumaresq Creek Bridge replacement

first_imgConstruction begins on Dumaresq Creek Bridge replacement Work on the replacement of the old Dumaresq Creek Bridge began today, as part of Round Four of the Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program.The $686,000 project, which is jointly funded by Armidale Regional Council and the Federal Government, will see the existing timber bridge on Cookes Road replaced with a solid concrete structure.Armidale Regional Council’s General Manager James Roncon said the project will play a huge role in future-proofing the region.“This new bridge will service the Armidale region for the next 100 years, deliveringa safe road for the whole community,” said Mr Roncon.“The North-Eastern area of Armidale is expanding rapidly, so it is crucial we have the best infrastructure in place to meet the needs of our growing population.”The Dumaresq Creek Bridge is located on Cookes Road between Kirkwood Street and Willow Way on the outskirts of Armidale and will provide a safe route for heavy vehicles.“This bridge replacement will take away the need for a load limit which will give heavy vehicles coming from the surrounding rural areas a safe route that bypasses the city centre,” said Mr Roncon.The replacement will see the bridge upgraded to two lanes, and will have a pedestrian bridge and a footpath connecting to the existing cycleway.Construction is expected to be complete by mid-March, and Cookes Road will remain closed between Willow Way and Kirkwood Street for the entirety of the project with diversions in place.Since the Bridge Renewal Program was adopted by Council in 2017, nine bridges have been upgraded, five have been partially replaced and three are currently being fixed. Four are under Fixing Country Bridges applications, and 19 have been listed and prioritised for replacement.“Armidale Regional Council is making the Bridge Renewal Program a priority project, and this can be seen by the work we have already done and future work that is scheduled,” said Mr Roncon.“We recently completed the replacement of Shingle Hut Bridge on Castledoyle Road, and Pint Pot Bridge on Rockvale Road is currently under construction and is due to be complete by the end of February.”Martin’s Gully Bridge on Shambrook Avenue will also be replaced as part of Round Five of the Bridge Renewal Program, and is currently in pre-design phase. This is due to go out to tender this month. /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:Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, community, council, Dumaresq, Federal, federal government, future, Government, infrastructure, local council, meet, Pedestrian, project, vehiclelast_img read more

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Facebook app encourages individuals to get in touch with their DNA

first_imgCategories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyGetting InvolvedCampus CommunityNews Headlines Published: March 31, 2015 “We’re a research group, not a company, so our goals involve scientific understanding, not profit,” said Scott Vrieze, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU-Boulder. “More concretely, participants can have their DNA analyzed, with the results of that analysis, their genotype, returned to them free of cost. Participants can also track components of their health and activity over time and compare themselves to others in the study.” Have you ever wondered if your dad’s fight with prostate cancer means you could face the same reality? Or perhaps your family has several members who have struggled with obesity and you wonder if it’s something you inherited or if it’s caused by the environment.Good news: researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the University of Colorado Boulder have an app for that.A new project that officially launches March 31 called Genes for Good gives participants the chance to learn more about their health, behavior and ancestors. In return, those who fully participate provide genetics researchers with valuable data that can be used to better understand the origins of disease, which could lead one day to better treatments, prevention and cures.“It’s really a research study that offers us a chance to engage with lots of people and get better information on behavior, environment and so on,” said Goncalo Abecasis, chair of the U-M School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics and the Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics.Genes for Good uses a Facebook app. Users fill out various health and behavior surveys. Once a certain amount of data is submitted each participant is sent a spit kit to use to provide a saliva sample for genetic analysis.Scott Vrieze, a co-investigator at the University of Michigan before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU-Boulder, said this approach to providing genetic information to people is different from the commercial products.“We’re a research group, not a company, so our goals involve scientific understanding, not profit,” he said. “More concretely, participants can have their DNA analyzed, with the results of that analysis, their genotype, returned to them free of cost. Participants can also track components of their health and activity over time and compare themselves to others in the study.”The data collected through various questionnaires and results from the saliva samples will give genetic researchers more information to build on existing data. Abecasis and his lab have been involved in numerous genetic studies, and their work has contributed to a better understanding of diabetes, heart disease, addiction, obesity, macular degeneration, psoriasis and more.“Facebook is a place where people already spend considerable time,” Abecasis said. “We put a very short question in Facebook streams to remind people to submit information. We hope people will find it engaging and stick with it.”Vrieze said that even though they are using a very public program, the user’s personal data is secure.“While Genes for Good is available through Facebook, it’s important to note that Facebook or any other social media platform does not have access to the information participants provide,” Vrieze said. The information is encrypted with a secure University of Michigan server, according to the researchers.“Science has always been a social endeavor, but traditionally only for researchers,” said Vrieze, who also is a fellow in CU-Boulder’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics. “Facebook and other social media platforms are simple ways to engage large numbers of people and, if those people like it, they can immediately share with friends and families.”Like all apps in Facebook, however, privacy settings within the program determine if friends or the public are aware that the participant is using the app.“Understanding the genetics of complex behaviors and diseases will benefit immensely from massive samples of dedicated participants,” Vrieze said. An eventual goal is to make the platform and resulting data widely available to the scientific community at no cost, so that others may develop new measures or new analyses. Personal identifiers, such as names and phone numbers, will not be shared.Participants can choose to do the profile only, but those who provide a saliva sample will get information on ancestry and their genetic profile.For more information on Genes for Good visit http://genesforgood.sph.umich.edu.Contact: Scott Vrieze, [email protected] Laurel Thomas Gnagey, University of Michigan public relations, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer

first_img By salil sule on September 22, 2017 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals groupUnion minister Anupriya Patel recently launched a nationwide health campaign to sensitise women about the early screening and the preventive care for cancer.Themed ‘Nurturing the Nurturer’, the campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals group.The minister of state for health said the increasing cases of cancer in women, especially breast and cervical cancers, were a “matter of concern”.Both these type of cancer account for nearly 32 per cent of all cancers. But several types of cancer have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated properly.Patel said early detection and proper medication can play a key role in treatment. She urged private players and NGOs to play their role in creating awareness about preventive care.“With cancer cases on the rise in the country, the government plans to set up 27 cancer centres in the coming days. The centres will be in addition to already functioning and upgraded in various medical colleges and districts since the government floated the scheme,” she said. Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

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PM Simpson Miller Raises Cuba-USA Relations and Trade With Canada at CARICOM Meeting

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedOffice of National Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons to be Strengthened She pointed out that although the issue was not on the agenda of the meeting, “Jamaica recommends that as part of the outcome of this meeting, CARICOM issues a statement welcoming the significant step in the normalisation of diplomatic relations marked by the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington.” RelatedPM Thanks Teachers For Contributing to Jamaica’s Progress in Education PM Simpson Miller Raises Cuba-USA Relations and Trade With Canada at CARICOM Meeting Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 3, 2015Written by: OPM Communications Unit Jamaica also wants the final CARICOM meeting statement to emphasise the importance which the Region attaches to the development assistance which Canada has extended at the national and regional levels. Jamaica also proposed that the final statement welcome the decision of the World Trade Organization Council for Trade in Goods on the new waiver for the CARIBCAN trade arrangement to 2023. The Prime Minister said Jamaica welcomed the announcement on July 1 by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States confirming their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries and to re-open permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals as of July 20, 2015. Noting that Cuba and the USA are both longstanding partners of CARICOM countries and that the community has continued to actively monitor the developments in the process towards the normalisation of diplomatic relations, Mrs. Simpson Miller said, “The re-establishment of diplomatic relations, particularly the re-opening of embassies is a significant milestone in the process towards the normalisation of bilateral relations.” RelatedGov’t Will Continue to Increase Investment in Education – PM Story HighlightsPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Friday (July 3) raised the issue of the improvement of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America at the first plenary session of the 36th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM.Prime Minister Portia Simpson welcomed the positive developments, urged CARICOM to call for the ending of the US trade embargo against Cuba.The Prime Minister said Jamaica welcomed the announcement on July 1 by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States confirming their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. Jamaica also requested the inclusion of an item on the CARICOM-Canada negotiations in the Communique to be issued at the end of the CARICOM meeting. Prime Minister Simpson Miller reminded the grouping that Canada has formally suspended trade negotiations with CARICOM. Jamaica proposed that the Meeting communique expresses regret at the decision by Canada. Jamaica also wants the communique to reaffirm the Region’s continuing interest in deepening economic cooperation and trade relations with Canada through a mutually beneficial, development-oriented trade agreement, and that the Region stands ready to re-engage in negotiations in the future. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Friday (July 3) raised the issue of the improvement of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America at the first plenary session of the 36th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Barbados. Prime Minister Portia Simpson welcomed the positive developments, urged CARICOM to call for the ending of the US trade embargo against Cuba and recommended that the meeting include in its final statement, the regional grouping’s welcoming of the steps taken by Cuba and the US and CARICOM’s position calling for the removal of the trade embargo. Advertisementslast_img read more