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Sep
4

EU member states give green light on US trade talks despite French resistance

first_img Tags: Climate change Donald Trump Jean-Claude Juncker People whatsapp EU member states give green light on US trade talks despite French resistance Monday 15 April 2019 11:59 am More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org A meeting of member states today voted overwhelmingly to give the European Commission, which deals with trade policy, the green light to start negotiations with the US in the hope of ending rising tensions between the countries.The talks will focus on a trade agreement on industrial goods and will also try to reach a second agreement to make it easier for companies to prove their products meet standards requirements on both sides of the Atlantic.The Commission continued to insist that talks will not concern agricultural products, something the Trump administration has been pushing for.Earlier this year President Donald Trump criticised the EU’s trade stance towards America, saying: “They don’t allow our products in. They don’t allow our farming goods in.”Belgium abstained on the vote while France voted against. France has insisted that the talks should also cover climate change, a request that the Commission has taken on board. In an official statement the Commission said it “will further examine the potential economic, environmental and social impacts of the agreement, taking into account the commitments of the EU in international agreements, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.”This is likely to cause tensions with the US, however, which withdrew from the Paris Agreement in 2017.In July 2018, the EU secured a reprieve from Trump’s proposed tariffs on cars and car parts, which make up some of the bloc’s biggest exports to the US.In January the Commission officially proposed to member states negotiations on removing industrial tariffs and reaching “conformity assessments” with the US.The president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today said: “We want a win-win situation on trade, beneficial for both the EU and the U.S. Notably we want to slash tariffs on industrial products as this could lead to an additional increase in EU and U.S. exports worth around €26 billion.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorycenter_img Harry Robertson whatsapp Share The European Union has voted to kick off trade talks with the US in the face of French resistance, it announced today.Read more: US threatens tariffs on $11bn of EU goods Read more: Juncker confident Trump will not impose car tariffsEU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: “This is a welcome decision that will help ease trade tensions. We are now ready to start formal talks for these two targeted agreements that will bring tangible benefits for people and economies on both sides of the Atlantic.” last_img read more

Sep
4

Sterling sinks as Boris asks Queen to suspend parliament

first_img Sebastian McCarthy Wednesday 28 August 2019 12:08 pm Michael Hewson of CMC Markets told City A.M.: “This is not a surprising reaction given the rebound we saw yesterday in the wake of yesterday’s events designed at trying to prevent a no-deal Brexit. He tweeted today that it would be “a constitutional outrage” if parliament could not have its say on how the UK leaves the EU on Halloween. Hammond called the move “profoundly undemocratic”. MPs from the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru and The Independent Group for Change joined this rebel alliance. DavidCheetham, chief market analyst at XTB, said: “There’s been someselling seen in the pound after a couple of recent developments onthe Brexit front with an acrimonious outcome looking more likely bythe day.” whatsapp Sterling ‘falls off a cliff’ amid no-deal Brexit fear “The markets regard no deal as the worst possible outcome for the British economy. News that there will be a cross-party effort to counter Prime Minister Johnson’s plans to leave on the 31 October no matter what, were enough to fuel sterling gains of nearly 0.5 per cent to the dollar.” He added: “First off, reports that parliament could be suspended in the coming days hit the wires with rumours swirling around Westminster that a privy council are set to head to Balmoral to meet the Queen and make the request. Time running out to block a no-deal Brexit “Sterling has fallen off the cliff as investors have become increasing anxious about the Brexit chaos,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at TF Global Markets. Share “The ride on this highway is going to be more turbulent than ever and British politicians do not realise this. Infect they have made circus out of Brexit.” “This move cuts down the amount of time available to MPs to thwart such an outcome and as such makes the prospect of a no deal Brexit much more probable.” whatsapp “Shortly afterwards, speculation grew further when additional reports suggested this means that Boris Johnson is planning on beginning a new session of parliament some five weeks later than previously thought, with a fresh Queen’s speech on or around 14 October.” The dive comes amid speculation that Boris Johnson’s government will ask the Queen to suspend parliament in a move that could stop opposition MPs from passing a law to prevent a no-deal Brexit. 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He said: “Boris doesn’t want anyone to stop his plan of no-deal Brexit and if the Queen approves his request then there is only his way or the highway. Figures such as former Prime Minister John Major have threatened to use the courts to block Johnson in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Read more: The summer is over, now it’s back to Brexit It would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament were prevented from holding the government to account at a time of national crisis. Profoundly undemocratic.— Philip Hammond (@PhilipHammondUK) August 28, 2019 “New elections may be needed before any final clarification, and given the British first past the post electoral system and the current dispersion of the electorate, uncertainty would be very high.” Proroguing parliament ‘profoundly undemocratic’ One tactic believed to be under consideration is another extension to Article 50, which originally was due to enact Brexit on 29 March. The pound also dropped as much as 0.86 per cent against the euro, hitting €1.098 before trimming losses to stand 0.64 per cent down. Gilles Moec, group chief economist at Axa Investment Managers, warned Johnson’s move to suspend parliament undermines apparent progress at the G7 last week. This afternoon it slipped to 0.67 per cent down against the USD dollar at 1.2205. The pound plunged against the US dollar today as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly preparing to suspend parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit. “Our fundamental view has not changed,” he added. “It is unlikely that any positive outcome on Brexit – such as a deal, an extension or even a second referendum – can occur without the UK – and UK assets – first going through an exacerbation of the current crisis sentiment.  Sterling crashed 0.839 per cent to around $1.218 this morning, losing gains from yesterday amid reports that the government is expected to ask the Queen to suspend parliament. Brexit: Sterling sinks as Boris Johnson asks Queen to suspend parliament Read more: Government expected to ask Queen to suspend parliament Ricardo Evangelista, a senior analyst at Activtrades, said: “The pound is once again on the backfoot, both against the euro and the dollar. This follows yesterday’s recovery, on the back of news that opposition leaders had agreed on a strategy, to prevent a no-deal Brexit. BIARRITZ, FRANCE – AUGUST 24: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference in the Bellevue hotel conference room at the conclusion of the G7 summit on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain’s departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) “It is not constitutionally absolutely clear that those in parliament refusing a no deal can actually, within the current time limits, impose their view on the government, just as it is also unclear whether changing the backstop would be enough for the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory party to support a new deal sponsored by Boris Johnson. Over the weekend Johnson met with fellow European leaders at the G7 summit in France for talks, but disagreements over a £39bn Brexit divorce bill threatened to jeopardise hopes of a trade deal between the two sides. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has united with rival parties to propose legislation aimed at stopping a no deal scenario.last_img read more

Sep
4

Metro Bank shares plumb new depths after £131m loss

first_imgGoodbody analyst John Cronin described the results as a “lamentable performance”, and said the repayment of the BCR funding was “ embarrassing for both parties”. Metro Bank will slash its growth plans after plunging to a £131m pre-tax loss in 2019, a devastating year in which an accounting scandal sent shares plunging and led to an exodus of the bank’s top brass. Earlier this month, it emerged that Metro Bank had launched a major review of its compliance controls after handling money from Iran and Cuba, in breach of strict US and EU sanctions.  Metro Bank also said this morning that it will return £50m of an £120m it was controversially awarded last year by the Banking Competition Remedies’ (BCR) Capability & Innovation Fund, after revising down some ambitious growth targets. whatsapp Metro Bank’s market value has crashed almost 90 per cent since the error emerged, and it is under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority.   The lender said it intends to “vigorously defend” the proceedings, which are at an early stage, and that it was not yet possible to estimate their likely financial impact on the company, The figures The challenger bank confirmed the talks on Monday morning (image: Getty) Shares in the company fell as much as 19 per cent in morning trading to an all-time low of 155p, but pared back most of the losses to end the day 3.1 per cent down at 186p. whatsapp Read more: Metro Bank launches cash delivery service to woo smaller firms Metro Bank booked a £130.8m pre-tax loss, compared to a profit before tax of £40.6m in 2018. The lender had to raise £375m in new shares following the discovery of the error, and founder and chairman Vernon Hill and chief executive Craig Donaldson have since left the bank. “Perhaps this is what the board wants too but it’s hard to start believing without seeing such action,” he added. The lender is now planning to open a total of 15 rather than 30 branches in the north of England by 2025. Analysts have suggested that Metro Bank may need to sell some or all of its business in order to survive. Frumkin declined to tell reporters whether the lender had been approached by potential buyers or had appointed advisers for a potential sale, adding: “There is nobody actively marketing the place for sale”.  “Our financial performance reflects a very challenging year for Metro Bank,” said Dan Frumkin, who was appointed chief executive on a permanent basis last week.  What Metro Bank said Why it’s interesting That meant investors took a loss per share of 123.9p, compared to 2018’s 29.1p earnings per share.center_img More From Our Partners LA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Anna Menin and Joe Curtis While net fee income rose 43 per cent, driven by customer growth, net interest income dropped seven per cent to £308.1m.  Wednesday 26 February 2020 5:00 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionNinjaJournalistThe Most Expensive Royal Weddings In Royals HistoryNinjaJournalist “We are not saying that it is impossible to resuscitate Metro Bank but we reiterate our view that radical action with the help of third party loan assets (or potentially a fast injection of much lower cost deposits, which feels unlikely) is needed.” Read more: Metro Bank CEO Craig Donaldson to step down Metro Bank also disclosed that it is facing a class action in the US, which it said was “based on breaches of US Federal Securities laws arising from allegedly false and misleading statements in relation to its loan book”.  Tags: Metro Bank Read more: Metro Bank to be loss-making ‘in 2020 and beyond’, Barclays warns The lender said it was not yet “practicable to identify the likely outcome or estimate the potential financial impact of these matters”. Metro Bank also restated a plan in order to deliver a return on tangible equity of over 8.5 per cent by 2024. This was due to a weak net interest margin — a key measure of profitability — which fell to 1.51 per cent compared to 1.81 per cent in 2018. 2019 was a pretty dismal year for Metro Bank, after it emerged that the bank had under-reported its exposure to higher-risk loans by almost £1bn.  Deposits fell by eight per cent to £14.48bn, with an increase in deposits from retail customers failing to offset hundreds of millions of pounds of withdrawals from businesses in the wake of the accounting error. Share Show Comments ▼ “We’ve fully evaluated our strategy, and have a clear plan which will return the bank to sustainable growth built around a community banking model.” Metro Bank shares plumb new depths after challenger bank swings to £131m loss last_img read more

Jul
4

News / Carriers ‘stick to their guns’ on rates, hoping to sail through post-CNY downturn

first_img© Vladimir Serebryanskiy By Mike Wackett 10/01/2020 Having succeeded in pushing up container spot rates from Asia to Europe and to the US, ocean carriers are now turning their attention to securing as much cargo as they can for sailings  after the Chinese new year (CNY) holiday.However, the lines’ strategy could mean significant delays in the supply chain as shippers suffer container rollovers.With the majority of headhaul ships fully booked ahead of CNY, which begins on 25 January, carriers are planning to roll some ‘non-premium’ cargo into the soft demand holiday period as base traffic for sailings that have not been blanked.Moreover, The Loadstar has heard of discounts being offered to shippers for February voyages, although there is no evidence so far of any significant rate cutting on European or transpacific routes.“They think that, with their blanking programmes and the rollovers, they will get through a downturn in demand, and we are finding that they are sticking to their guns on rates,” one UK forwarder told The Loadstar.Martin Holst-Mikkelsen, EMEA head of ocean freight at Flexport, added: “The carriers remain very disciplined on capacity management across all alliances, which is likely to support a slower rate erosion in February and March.”He noted that February would see an overall capacity reduction of around 25% on the Asia-North Europe trade with all the alliances having announced void headhaul sailings in March – some even extending blanking programmes into April.Meanwhile, after a gain of 19% over the Christmas period, the North Europe component of today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) edged down by 5.9%, to $1,058 per teu, reflecting the modest discounts being offered by carriers for February sailings.For Mediterranean ports, the market held firm, ticking down slightly to $1,179 per teu.The SCFI said “most vessels had departed to Europe with full loads of pre-holiday rush cargo”.There were also encouraging signs for carriers on the transpacific tradelanes after a surge of 22% and 15% for spot rates in the last two weeks of December, for the US west and east coasts.The SCFI recorded a ‘readjustment’ 5.7% drop in rates for US west coast ports from Asia to $1,543 per 40ft, while rates to the east coast actually put on 2.8% to $2,888 per 40ft.Carriers on the transpacific appear to be adopting similar levels of rate discipline as on the European routes, with sentiment being underpinned by tight capacity controls. However, some of the success can be attributed to the artificial tightening of supply caused by the substantial number of vessels temporarily out of service for the retrofitting of scrubbers.According to Alphaliner data, 95 ships for 925,000 teu, or almost 70% of inactive containership fleet is due to vessels being either at yards, or waiting in turn for scrubbers to be fitted.There was also more evidence to suggest that US-China trade relations were beginning to thaw with confirmation that China’s vice premier, Liu He, would travel to Washington to sign the ‘phase one’ trade deal with the US on Wednesday.last_img read more

Jul
4

News / Time to go up a gear on sustainability, and it needs collective effort, says Seko

first_img© Mikhail Davidovich | Seko Logistics management reckons it’s time to shift gears to a collective effort on sustainability.The logistics provider has joined the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA), an industry initiative established by BSR, an organisation of sustainable business experts.SAFA has some 250 members, airlines, forwarders and shippers, looking to jointly press the accelerator on sustainability.On the shipper side, SAFA boasts membership of the likes of H&M, Hewlett-Packard, Louis Vuitton and Nike, while the airline members reporting their carbon records are Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, SAS, LOT, the three major US passenger airlines and all-cargo carriers AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux and Polar. Shawn Richard, vice-president global air freight of Seko, noted that 75-80% of its carbon footprint was related to indirect procurement of transport.“As a member of SAFA, we will engage more proactively with our partners and be part of a community to advocate for decarbonisation. We will access better data from airlines to help manage our carbon calculations,” he said.SAFA provides a platform for members to share information, best practices and innovation, besides the reports from airlines on carbon efficiency for their fleets, per tradelane, per flight classification and per aircraft model.Another important aspect of SAFA is advocacy, coming from a united front of shippers, logistics providers and carriers, said Brian Bourke, Seko’s chief growth officer.“Airlines can reduce carbon emissions by using more bio-fuels, but these are expensive and difficult to access at major airports. Together, we can look at airports around the world where we can move the needle,” he said.Seko has pursued various sustainability initiatives for years, but now the forwarder believes it is time to build momentum with a more comprehensive approach through collaboration, he argued“The importance of SAFA will grow,” predicted Mr Bourke, pointing to commitments to de-carbonisation from the International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. “This will be important when we move to the next stage, where sustainability efforts will be mandated, not voluntary.”It will not be particular industry verticals or individual companies that advance sustainability on the necessary scale, but a combination of increased regulations and cross-industry collaboration, he added.The Covid pandemic has had a mixed impact on the push towards greater sustainability, he believes. Initially, it put a pause on some efforts, but it also shook people out of complacency.“We’re seeing increased interest from our customers,” he reported. With a rising number of them, it no longer suffices to check a box on the question of if the logistics provider has an environmental policy; now it is necessary to demonstrate initiatives undertaken and to show progress.Seko focuses heavily on the e-commerce sector, where margins are tight, leaving little room for additional spend on sustainability, but there is interest among consumers.“We see more clients that offer carbon offsets at check-out,” reported Mr Bourke. And he expects lack of sustainability efforts to lead to loss of business down the road.“I think people will be disqualified from business if they don’t provide basic metrics on carbon footprint calculation,” he said. “Customers will pay more for a portion of their volume and they will disqualify companies that do not show progress.”A central plank in Seko’s own efforts is the development of a carbon calculator. This is now in the pilot stage in the UK and should be rolled out globally early next year. Once that is in play, carbon offsets will probably be the next major focus, said Mr Bourke.“We’re also looking at other modes,” he added. “We have a good handle on our transport in the US. The next step will be ocean.”center_img By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 08/04/2021last_img read more

Jun
20

Latest acts announced for Other Voices at Electric Picnic

first_imgDavid has played alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard and is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about young artists.Seamus FogartySeamus Fogarty grew up in Mayo in the west of Ireland and spent his early years writing songs about mountains that steal t-shirts, women who look like dinosaurs and various other unfortunate incidents. In 2017, he released his second album ‘The Curious Hand’ which received a 5-star review in The Guardian, alongside great reviews in Mojo, Q, Uncut, Irish Times and Hot Press amongst others. Seamus will be bringing his unique sound home to Mayo for Other Voices Ballina in September but first we get a taste of him here at Electric Picnic.InhalerInhaler formed in 2016 when all four members, Ryan McMahon (drums), Josh Jenkinson (lead guitar), Robert Keating (bass) and Elijah Hewson (vocals/guitar) were still in Transition Year.Playing original material inspired by the likes of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, they played their first gig in the Grand Social in Dublin, and have moved on to play other venues in the area such as the Workman’s Club and the Button Factory a number of times.Their first single ‘I Want You’ was released in January of 2017 and a B-side ‘She’s my girl?’ (Demo) was released following the single being uploaded onto streaming platforms.After a slightly dodgy encounter with the Leaving Certificate, ‘The Inhalers’ have planned a number of gigs for the coming months and are in the process of recording more music to be released very soon.Halo MaudHalo Maud is the creation of Paris based Maud Nadal. Halo Maud writes and records songs that combine dream-pop sensibility and swirling-synth psychedelia, while singing in both English and French.Maud brings her unique style to Other Voices Electric Picnic for her debut performance in Ireland hot on the heels of the release of her debut album ‘Je Suis UneÎle’.The Lost BrothersThe Lost Brothers(Oisin Leech from Navan and Mark McCausland from Omagh) have been on a non-stop world tour, taking in sold-out theatre shows in Ireland and the UK, a stint in America, and their first Australian tour.Their new album ‘Halfway Towards A Healing’ was recorded between Sligo and Tucson Arizona. We are delighted that they will now travel to Electric Picnic to make their Live debut on the Other Voices stage.Columbia MillsColumbia Mills describe themselves as “Joy Division playing the Grand Ole Opry”. Their live performances are emotionally charged and the combination of live instruments and electronic elements make for an all-encompassing show.Columbia Mills joined us on the Music Trail in Dingle in 2017 and now it’s their time to take to join us in the woods in Stradbally.Kormac: EquivalentKormac: Equivalent Exchange is a brand new show by leading Irish producer, DJ and composer, Kormac with The Irish Chamber Orchestra and an array of special guests. Kormac debuted the show in March 2018 to a sold out Vicar Street with show visuals designed by leading Irish artist, Maser. It was the closing show of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and it will close the Other Voices stage for us this year at Electric Picnic.SOAKWe are delighted to announce that Soak will make her long-awaited return to Other Voices at Electric Picnic 2018. SOAK [Rough Trade] is one of the most fascinating artists to emerge from Northern Ireland in recent years.Her debut record ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ was described as ‘a vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking’ by The Guardian and was awarded the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year award when SOAK was just 19.SOAK will perform music from her highly anticipated forthcoming record at Other Voices stage, tucked away in the Stradbally Woods.GwennoWelsh artist GWENNO will join us for her debut Other Voices performance. Her first record ‘Y Dydd Olaf (The Final Day)’, was a concept album based on Welsh writer Owain Owain’s 1976 sci-fi novel of the same name, in which robots take over the human race.It was described as “one of the best British debuts of 2015” by Pitchfork. Her most recent release ‘Le Kov (The Place of Memory’) is a beautiful and stirring record, swirling with ancient myths and urgent modern thems, recorded in Cornish.Stella DonnellyStella Donnelly will join us at Electric Picnic all the way from Australia. Stella’s brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships are transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines on her standout debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’.Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism.WHENYOUNGWhen Young are Aoife Power, Niall Burns and Andrew Flood. Their story started in Limerick, when the three teenagers met for the first time after sneaking into Costello’s Tavern: the only bar in town that floated their musical tastes.After bonding over The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin. Developing their sound, still with a DIY approach, the band moved to London in 2017 and became whenyoung.DowryDowry is the recent solo project of artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Éna Brennan. Since moving to Dublin from Brussels nearly 10 years ago she has obtained an MPhil in Composition from Trinity College Dublin and collaborated with a vast array of artists, be it as a composer, arranger or violinist, weaving in between many layers of the Irish music scene.Only a year into her solo project she already has a long list of gigs to her name including performances at Electric Picnic and Sounds From A Safe Harbour, and she has been noted as one to watch in 2018 by The Thin Air, State.ie and Whelan’s.SEE ALSO – Our guide to what’s on in Laois this weekend RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic Latest acts announced for Other Voices at Electric Picnic LifestyleElectric Picnic Twitter The countdown is well and truly on to Electric Picnic and today the organisers have revealed further details as to who will be playing in the ever popular Other Voices. “Expect the unexpected, magical performances from friends old and new, songs for the head and the heart,” they said in a press release today.“In keeping with the ethos of Other Voices, festival-goers can expect memorable, intimate, engaging performances from Irish and international artists. Picture a multi-dimensional musical spectrum that will fill you with delight and inspiration.“The Other Voices stage will be presented by Huw Stephens (BBC 1) and May Kay.  Full line-up below:”David KeenanDavid Keenan is a 23-year-old Irish songwriter. An obsession with words and melody took hold of David at a very early age. Exposed to the writings of Behan, Yeats and Wilde with the soundtrack of Dylan, Buckley and The Dubliners illuminating his formative years. Community Pinterest Twitter Community Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Previous articleDigital Safety Bill needs to be pushed through the Dail quicker, says Laois TDNext articleIn Pictures: Huge numbers in The Heath Cul Camp 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. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook TAGSElectric Picnic 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 2nd August 2018 Rugby Latest acts announced for Other Voices at Electric Picnic Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Jun
20

Late ‘Messi’ goal sees 14-man Ballylinan edge Kilcruise in dramatic affair

first_imgHome Gaelic Football Club Football Late ‘Messi’ goal sees 14-man Ballylinan edge Kilcruise in dramatic affair Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA Late ‘Messi’ goal sees 14-man Ballylinan edge Kilcruise in dramatic affair WhatsApp Previous articleDraw made for Round 3 of the Laois senior football championshipNext articleWhy your child should learn to swim … 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. Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 15th August 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Twitter GAA GAA Facebook Brought to you in association with Sammy Kelly BuildersArles-Kilcruise 0-9 Ballylinan 2-6Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 Replay James ‘Messi’ Redmond was Ballylinan’s hero as his late goal saw them defeat Arles-Kilcruise in a dramatic SFC Round 2 replay game this evening.Ballylinan had to play for the whole of the second half with 14 men after Ciaran Farrell was shown a straight red card just before half time.It looked like Kilcruise were going to claim the win when they drew level with five minutes to go but Redmond’s late goal was the difference.There were also fine displays from Cathail Dunne and John Kealy for Ballylinan too who will face Courtwood in Round 3 next week.Ballylinan made a dream start as with less than 30 seconds played, veteran John Kealy floated a lovely ball in to Cathail Dunne who latched onto it and stroked it past the advancing Ciaran Lawlor.We had to wait ten more minutes for the next score which came via Andy McEvoy before Kilcruise opened their account via Conway brothers Chris and David.Alan Farrell kicked Ballylinan’s final point of the opening half after 14 minutes as their neighbours Arles-Kilcruise completely took over.They had two goal chances with Cialann Mulhall hitting the side-netting and Chris Conway forcing a great save from Tom Wright but they would draw level by half time.Chris Conway, Ross Munnelly and Stephen Miller all raised a white flag before Ballylinan were reduced to 14 men in the third minute of first half injury time.Ciaran Farrell struck David Conway off the ball and, following consultation with linesman Des Cooney, referee Brendan McCann brandished a red card. The half time whistle sounded soon after and the sides went in level 1-2 to 0-5.Just as in the first half, Cathail Dunne made a scoring start to the second as he slotted over a long range free from just outside the 45 to end Ballylinan’s scoring drought.Dunne added another to leave two between them and then slotted his third of the game to push Ballylinan 1-5 to 0-5 ahead after 37 minutes.Kilcruise went 16 minutes without scoring and after a few wides, David Conway finally opened their second half account with his second of the evening.Ballylinan were struggling to get out of their own half and Ross Munnelly’s second of the evening cut the gap to one with eight minutes of normal time to play.Munnelly repeated the trick three minutes later but Ballylinan struck for their second goal after 57 minutes.Jamie Farrell’s shot for a point came back off the upright and the ball came down to Cathail Dunne who forced it down to James ‘Messi’ Redmond and he slipped a shot through Ciaran Lawlor’s legs.Kilcruise went in search of goals and they had a late opportunity but Colm Munnelly’s half volley struck the post while a Ross Munnelly free was all they could muster and they will now face Crettyard in the relegation semi final.Ballylinan made the game safe with the final kick as Cathail Dunne took his tally to 1-4 to seal a priceless win.SCORERS – Arles-Kilcruise: Ross Munnelly 0-4 (two frees), David Conway 0-2, Chris Conway 0-2 (two frees),  Stephen Miller 0-1 Ballylinan: Cathail Dunne 1-4 (two frees), James Redmond 1-0, Andy McEvoy 0-1 (one free), Alan Farrell 0-1ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ciaran Lawlor; Sean Meaney, Colm Munnelly, Anthony McElroy; Cialann Mulhall, JP Conway, Connall Brennan; Stephen Miller, Kevin Meaney; Chris O’Donovan, David Conway, PJ Lawlor; Ross Munnelly, Caomhan Brennan, Chris Conway. Subs: Brendan Conway for O’Donovan (41), Dermot Nolan for PJ Lawlor (48), Jason McLoughlin for McElroy (57)BALLYLINAN: Tom Wright; Cathal Leonard, Conor Behan, Kevin Byrne; Oisin Leonard, Alan Farrell, Robbie Donoher; Jamie Farrell, John Kealy; Ciaran Fennessy, Ciaran Farrell, Seamus Lacey; Andy McEvoy, Cathail Dunne, James Redmond. Subs: Richie Ryan for Donoher (24, injured), Pauric McEvoy for A McEvoy (32)Referee: Brendan McCann (Portarlington)SEE ALSO – Check out all the Laois SFC coverage here Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Pinterest Twitter GAA TAGSArles-KilcruiseArles-Kilcruise v BallylinanBallylinanLaois SFC last_img read more

Jun
18

Canada’s gold reserve almost empty as Ottawa unloads last of its stash

first_img Related news Canadian Press The Canadian government has nearly completed a gradual sell-off of its gold reserves as its holdings of the precious metal now amount to just a few dozen ounces. Data from the World Gold Council suggest Canada stands apart from its industrialized peers as the only G7 country without a stockpile of at least hundreds of tonnes of gold. Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The federal Finance Department says Ottawa unloaded nearly 22,000 ounces of gold coins in February for about $35 million. The department says the government now holds just 77 ounces of gold – valued around $130,000. A department spokesman says the government has a long-standing policy of diversifying its portfolio by selling physical commodities like gold in order to invest instead in assets that are more easily traded. Don Drummond, a former senior bureaucrat at the Finance Department, says he doesn’t think it makes any sense for Canada to hold any gold because it hasn’t delivered a good rate of return over time and it costs money to store it. Drummond says that hundreds of years ago gold symbolized the wealth of a country. Canada has been gradually selling from its gold stash for decades and, in recent years, the government has increased its holdings of U.S. and British currencies. In February, the U.S. held about 8,133 tonnes of gold, which made up 72% of its reserves, according to the World Gold Council. The council also said Germany had 3,381 tonnes for 66% of its reserves last month, while Italy and France each held more than 2,400 tonnes – more than 60% of their respective reserves. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Jun
16

2021 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin – positive result for COVID-19 during initial screening

first_img2021 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin – positive result for COVID-19 during initial screening Department of DefenceOn 14 April, a US Marine who arrived in Australia as part of the 2021 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) returned a positive result for COVID-19 during initial screening at the commencement of their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.The Marine was transferred to the NT Centre for National Resilience where they underwent confirmatory testing. They will continue to be monitored at at the Centre and complete their quarantine there.Due to the strict procedures put in place before the arrival of this year’s MRF-D rotation, the Marine had no direct contact with the general community. Close contacts of the Marine have been isolated as a precaution in accordance with the COVID-19 management plan agreed to with Northern Territory authorities.All US Marines are subject to strict screening and quarantine requirements prior to departure and on arrival into Australia. These include:• presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before departure for Australia.• mandatory 14-day quarantine in secure facilities at RAAF Base Darwin and Bladin Village.• COVID-19 testing on arrival and before exiting their mandatory 14-day quarantine.• daily checks that include screening for COVID-19 symptoms and mental health checks.So far, approximately 1400 US Marines have arrived in Australia as part of this year’s MRF-D rotation. The next tranche of approximately 300 US Marines arrived today.Defence is liaising closely with the Northern Territory Government on this matter following the extensive planning that occurred to enable a safe 2021 rotation. Defence and NT Health have agreed to strict measures for managing MRF-D’s arrival, quarantine and possible or positive cases of COVID-19. The 2021 MRF-D will continue to adhere to all current Northern Territory restrictions for mitigating COVID-19 risks. This year’s rotation includes a comprehensive range of training activities, including humanitarian assistance, security operations and high-end live-fire exercises. /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:army, Australia, community, Darwin, Defence, Government, health, Humanitarian, mental health, navy, Northern Territory, NT Health, quarantine, RAAF, resilience, screening, security, U.S.last_img read more

Jun
12

Western Parishes Carry Out Labour Projects

first_imgRelatedWestern Parishes Carry Out Labour Projects FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With a little over 150 registered Labour Day projects in Western Jamaica – Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland – activities for Labour Day 2010 got off to a slow start, but picked up as the day progressed.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Charles Sinclair (third left) assists representatives of Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited (JMMB) to install a swing in the play area for the Hartfield Basic School, Salt Spring, St. James Monday (May 24).Indications are that many individuals and organisations did not properly register their projects, but were still volunteering their services as they were seen in the many towns and villages clearing verges, painting curb walls and pedestrian crossings, refurbishing schools, churches, and homes of elderly persons and clearing drains and gullies among other activities.With the focus for Labour Day 2010 being on children, the activities were carried out under the theme: “Our Children.Show Them We Care”. As such the Parish/National Projects in all four parishes were carefully chosen, in keeping with the national focus.The Trelawny Project was the construction of a playfield at the Stewart Town Basic School; in St. James, it was the refurbishing of the Hartfield Basic School in Salt Spring; Hanover, the refurbishing of the West Haven Children’s Home for the mentally challenged, in Copse; and in Westmoreland, the refurbishing of the Ricketts Street Early Childhood Institute, Savanna-la-Mar.Leading the cadre of volunteers at all four Parish/National projects were the Secretary/Managers and Mayors from the respective Parish Councils.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, Jnr., in an interview with JIS News at Hartfield Basic School, Salt Spring, stated that the school was chosen for refurbishing with a view to having it fully recognised by the Ministry of Education, when the work is completed. He said that the project is receiving a great deal of support from several private and public organizations.“What I want to see at the end of today’s work day, is that we would have put this school on the path to being registered under the Early Childhood registration process that is going to be taking place,” he stated.“We want to ensure that a safe environment and healthy environment is provided for our kids, where they can learn well, and that the teachers will feel comfortable; that is our aim, a dollar figure is not important right now,” he pointed out.Meanwhile in Hanover, administrator at the West Haven Children’s Home, Merdella Grant, was overjoyed with the planned activities for the day.“It’s overwhelming, to see so many folks from within Hanover and other areas come and give of their time and their service to the West Haven Children’s Home,” she said.The West Haven Children’s Home is home for approximately 80 children, both boys and girls ranging from ages 6 years to 21 years, who are all mentally and physically challenged. RelatedWestern Parishes Carry Out Labour Projects RelatedWestern Parishes Carry Out Labour Projectscenter_img Western Parishes Carry Out Labour Projects CultureMay 24, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more