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Citigroup appoints first female head of Middle East and North Africa operations

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Four remarkable Portlaoise women awarded sports scholarships at DCU

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Four remarkable Portlaoise women awarded sports scholarships at DCU Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Home News Community Four remarkable Portlaoise women awarded sports scholarships at DCU NewsCommunity Facebook Professor Brian MacCraith acknowledged the huge contribution parents and guardians made in facilitating the charges to partake in sport. He emphasized the positive effect participation in sports had on the mental well-being of students who, by the nature of their studies, are naturally under stress. He added that involvement in sport at college built a confidence and self-discipline that applied to research  and work and was immediately recognizable in later life.The four recipients are former students of Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise and are testament to the dedication of teachers and coaches in the county.The Sport Scholarship Programme at DCU provides students with financial assistance towards academic and sporting costs, complimentary gym access on all campuses, strength and conditioning support, academic tuition and educational workshopsSEE ALSO – Laois trio call for county’s support ahead of All-Ireland Student Enterprise final L-R: Eimear O’Sullivan .Emma Hooban. Eimear Corri and Aoife McNicholl. Four Portlaoise women flew the flag for Laois at Dublin City University this week when they were awarded scholarships for excellence in sport.Eimear O’Sullivan and Aoife McNicholl received the scholarships for their contribution to power soccer while Emma Hooban and Eimear Corri received the accolade for rugby.Eimear O’Sullivan is currently studying science, Emma Hooban is studying nursing, sports science is Eimear Corri’s chosen discipline while Aoife McNicholl is studying psychology.Eimear and Emma’s DCU ladies rugby team received the Club Of The Year award, having won their very first All-Ireland Women’s Rugby college final against University of Limerick this year.Last year they reach the final for the first time but were beaten by UL, so that was added incentive for the Dublin university in this year’s final. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Siun Lennon – 12th April 2019 center_img TAGSAoife McNichollEimear CorriEimear O’SullivanEmma Hooban Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp GAA Pinterest GAA Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Laois Chamber seeking to fill Chief Executive Officer positionNext articleClampdown on illegal dumping continues across Laois Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Financial industry venture funding rises in Q3

first_img Keywords Venture capital James Langton Related news Tech sector drove strong global VC investment in 2020: KPMG 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian venture capital investments totalled $4.4B in 2020 B.C. dominates Canadian VC funding in Q1 Venture financing in the financial sector surged in the third quarter, according to new numbers from GlobalData.The U.K.-based firm reported that global venture financing activity came in at US$5.27 billion in the third quarter, up by 38.7% from the prior quarter, and topped the average for the past four quarters by 63%. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The U.S. led the way in terms of both deal value and volume, with US$2.98 billion across 128 deals.Year-to-date, global venture financing stands at US$12.8 billion, down by 34.6% from the previous year.last_img read more

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Feds propose expanding eligibility for disability tax credit

first_img Annuity measures announced in 2019 get nod in federal budget Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Feds propose allowing e-signatures for key tax forms  Feds promise economic “hat trick” with national child care plan The DTC is a non-refundable tax credit intended to recognize the effect of disability-related costs on the ability to pay tax. For 2021, the value of the DTC is $1,299. A valid DTC certificate is required to access a variety of tax-related programs and benefits, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the Child Disability Benefit and the disability supplement to the Canada Workers Benefit.To be eligible for the DTC, an individual must have a certificate confirming they have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions that restricts their ability to perform basic activities.Mental functions of everyday lifeFor the purposes of the DTC, the Income Tax Act recognizes basic activities of daily living, including the mental functions necessary for everyday life.Under current rules, the mental functions necessary for everyday life include memory; adaptive functioning; and problem-solving, goal-setting and judgment.In Budget 2021, the government proposed expanding that list to also include attention, concentration, perception of reality, regulation of behaviour and emotions, and verbal and non-verbal comprehension. The expanded list is “to ensure that the eligibility criteria for the DTC better articulate the range of mental functions necessary for everyday life,” the government indicated.The government’s proposal is “a big change and a positive one for many families,” said Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning with CIBC Private Wealth Management. The definition of mental functions necessary for everyday life under the current legislation is “very limited,” he said.Life-sustaining therapyExtensive life-sustaining therapy is defined as essential to sustain a vital function and required to be administered at least three times each week for an average of not less than 14 hours per week. These requirements are intended to allow individuals to qualify for the DTC where they are undergoing therapies that have a significant impact on everyday living.Under the current rules, time spent on activities related to dietary or exercise restrictions or regimes, travel time, medical appointments, shopping for medication and recuperation after therapy can’t be included in the time spent calculation.The government said Monday that these rules “can result in important components of therapy being excluded from the calculation of therapy time.”“For example, the determination of the appropriate dosage of medicine for treating diabetes in individuals who are insulin-dependent may require precise recording of dietary intake,” it said.The government proposed to allow the following to be considered part of the therapy:reasonable time spent determining dietary intake and/or physical exertion when determining the dosage of medication that must be adjusted on a daily basis;medical appointments to receive therapy or to determine the daily dosage of medication; andmedically required recuperation after therapy.When therapy “requires the daily consumption of a medical food or medical formula to limit intake of a particular compound to levels required for the proper development or functioning of the body,” the government proposed allowing reasonable time spent determining the amount of the compound can also be considered part of the therapy.When an individual is incapable of performing their therapy on their own, the budget said the time required by another person to assist the individual in performing and supervising the therapy would be allowed to be counted.The government further proposed reducing the requirement that therapy be administered at least three times each week to two times, though the 14 hours per week standard won’t change.The proposed changes would apply beginning in the 2021 tax year. The government estimated that an additional 45,000 people would qualify for the DTC each under the measures, and that the changes would cost $376 million over five years.The government said it will undertake a review of these changes in 2023 “to ensure [they] enable applicants to have a fair and proper assessment of their eligibility for the DTC.” The federal government will make it easier to qualify for the disability tax credit (DTC) by expanding eligibility in the areas of mental functions and life-sustaining therapy.The proposed changes were outlined in the budget released on Monday. Tower of Victory and Peace in Ottawa, Canada. Bell and Clock Tower of Canadian Parliament. iStockphoto Related news Keywords RDSPs,  Tax credits,  Budget 2021 Rudy Mezzetta Budget promises funding for national regulator effort Relief for the repayment of Covid benefits Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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$420 Million of NIF Credit Facility Handed over for On-Lending

first_img$420 Million of NIF Credit Facility Handed over for On-Lending UncategorizedNovember 2, 2006 Related$420 Million of NIF Credit Facility Handed over for On-Lending Related$420 Million of NIF Credit Facility Handed over for On-Lending Related$420 Million of NIF Credit Facility Handed over for On-Lendingcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some $420 million out of $825 million, which has been approved for disbursement under the National Insurance Fund (NIF) Credit Facility, was handed over yesterday (November 2), to eight public and private sector financial institutions for on-lending.This exercise results from an undertaking given by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in her Budget Debate presentation in May, to establish a $1 billion revolving credit facility, to provide loans to assist small and medium size business enterprises.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, who spoke at the handing over and launching ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, said that this facility would be of great benefit to persons in the small and medium business sector, as well as the financial institutions involved.“It is an important development for the Government, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the NIF, the network of public and private sector institutions, which will on-lend the funds, and the many micro, small and medium size businesses that will benefit from the facility,” the Minister said.Mr. Kellier emphasized that the $1 billion credit facility was a prudent investment as small enterprise development held the promise for employment and income for thousands of Jamaicans, who otherwise would remain unemployed or underemployed.“It is an investment in one of the most critical sectors of the national economy. It is an investment in job creation for thousands of Jamaicans. It is an investment in our people, who continue to demonstrate creativity in their business activities.we are investing in the expansion of business,” the Minister pointed out.The establishment of the NIF Credit Facility, he added, was a positive step towards fulfilling the goal of providing productive employment for the vulnerable, particularly women and the young.“Jamaica is a signatory to the 2005 declaration of the United Nations World Summit, which commits us to the goal of full and productive employment, including women and young people. The NIF is a tangible step towards achieving this objective,” he said.He urged both the approved financial institutions and borrowers to make the best possible use of the NIF Credit Facility, and to pay attention to the guidelines that have been put in place to protect this investment.“The Ministry, the NIF Board and Secretariat will be very vigilant in ensuring that the guidelines are adhered to. The Credit Facility must have the intended impact on reducing poverty and unemployment, driving the small business development, and bringing more persons into the National Insurance Scheme,” Mr. Kellier said.The Minister noted that the National Insurance Fund was growing significantly. “At the end of March 2006, the Fund balance stood at $43.34 billion, compared to $39.28 billion at March 2005. This represents an increase of $4.06 billion or 10.3 per cent. However, when we look at the longer term, we see that for six years ended March 2006, the Fund grew by $29.76 billion or 219 per cent. This is an annual growth of 21.33 per cent. The forecast points to a healthy situation for the future,” he said.last_img read more

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Change of British High Commissioner to Mauritius Charlotte Pierre

first_imgChange of British High Commissioner to Mauritius Charlotte Pierre Ms Charlotte Pierre has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Mauritius in succession to Mr Keith Allan who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Pierre will take up her appointment during August 2021.Curriculum vitaeFull name: Charlotte Anik Rachel PierreMarried to: Paul NorrisChildren: TwoDateRole2019 to presentFCDO, Deputy Director, West Africa Department, Africa Directorate2019DFID, Acting Director, Middle East and North Africa2018 to 2019DFID, Deputy Director, Syria, Iraq and Turkey2017 to 2018DFID, Deputy Director, Country Programmes Cabinet2016 to 2017DFID, Head – National Security Team, Conflict Department2015 to 2016DFID, Chief of Staff – Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan/ Pakistan Directorates2013 to 2015DFID, Head – Human Development Team, Ghana2012 to 2013DFID, Programme Manager, Jerusalem2008 to 2012DFID, Deputy Head, OPTs2007 to 2008DFID, Private Secretary, Top Management Group2006 to 2007FCO, Head – North/South Sudan Section, Sudan Unit2000 to 2006FCO and DFID, Fast Stream /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:Afghanistan, Africa, British, Commissioner, diplomatic, Ghana, Government, Iraq, Jerusalem, Keith, Mauritius, Middle East, Pakistan, Secretary, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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GSMA tips 5G to gain Eurasia foothold within 5 years

first_img Author HomeThrive – News GSMA tips 5G to gain Eurasia foothold within 5 years Tags GSMA THRIVE EURASIA: Investments in 5G were forecast to dominate operator infrastructure spend in the coming years across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with GSMA Intelligence expecting uptake of the new network technology to reach 13 per cent of connections by 2025.The GSMA Intelligence Mobile Economy Russia & CIS 2020, released on the opening day of Thrive Eurasia, predicts there will be 52 million connections using 5G across the region by 2025 as operators dedicate the majority of infrastructure spending on enabling the technology.Across the region, operators are expected to make $25 billion-worth of investments with 57 per cent of this dedicated to enabling 5G.Although 5G is tipped to gain a foothold, 4G will remain dominant with 65 per cent of connections expected to use the older technology by the end of the forecast period.By 2025, smartphone adoption across the region is expected to hit 81 per cent due to increased availability of lower cost handsets.The CIS alone, which comprises a number of countries in close proximity to Russia with historical ties to the country, is expected to have almost 330 million new IoT connections by the end of GSMA Intelligence’s forecast, driven in part by an increase in smart home applications.Although optimistic in its predictions, the research group also highlighted constraints on operators being allocated the spectrum needed to fully benefit from 5G risking what it referred to as “the region’s digital vision and the potential of IoT”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 11 NOV 2020 Chris Donkin 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 Previous ArticleMediaTek targets mass-market 5G with latest chipNext ArticleTurkcell pushes services focus, hatches SA 5G plan RussiaThrive Eurasialast_img read more

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Daly, Langer one behind leaders in Victoria

first_imgVICTORIA, British Columbia – Steve Flesch and Jerry Smith each shot 7-under 64 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. Flesh is making his 12th senior start after turning 50 in late May. ”It’s kind of an awkward golf course off the tee, so you need to be decisive about what club you are going to hit and if you can hit it in the right places, you can make some birdies,” Flesch said. ”You have to pay attention out there. There are some tough tee shots out there and some awkward greens, so you can’t put yourself in the wrong place.” The four-time PGA Tour winner had four birdies in a five-hole stretch on Bear Mountain’s Mountain Course and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 18th. ”I hit a lot of good tee shots and set myself up for a lot of short irons,” Flesh said. ”I didn’t make a lot of putts early one, but I got it going in the middle of the round and ran off a few. It surprised me how much the golf course has dried out just in the last few days.” Smith also closed with a birdie and had six birdies in a seven-hole span before bogeying the par-3 14th. He has one senior title. Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer was a stroke back along with John Daly, David Toms and Jerry Kelly. Coming off a two-week break, the 60-year-old Langer opened eagle-birdie-birdie. ”Pretty easy eagle on No. 1 after a 3-wood,” Langer said. ”I pretty much stiffed it on the next two holes, so suddenly I was 4 under after three. I played pretty solid, although there were a couple of loose shots. Overall, it was pretty decent. I had a couple of chances coming in, but didn’t make any putts.” The German star won three of the tour’s five majors and is tied with Scott McCarron for tour victory lead with four. ”The greens have really toughened up and are really firm and really fast,” Langer said. ”We don’t get conditions like this very often, so you have to be aware of it. You have to be on your toes and know what greens are firm and what fairways are running out.” Daly won the Insperity Invitational in May in Texas for his first senior title. The fan favorite eagled the par-5 12th. ”Over the years, Canada has been just a wonderful place to come and play,” Daly said. ”I always feel the support of the fans. I always love the fans and love playing for them, but it’s a hell of a lot better when you are playing good, however.” Kelly took the Boeing Classic three weeks ago outside Seattle for his first tour victory. ”I wasn’t very happy with the way I started the year, but since I won, I have started to play much better,” Kelly said. ”Took a change of putters, a change of irons, a change of drivers, a change of shoes to play better. These courses are not pitch and putts. They are tough golf courses, period. You need to shoot low every single week. You need to make putts.” Canadian Stephen Ames topped the group at 66. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie opened with a 70. He won last week outside Tokyo in the 50-and-over tour’s first event in Japan. McCarron had a 71. He lost a playoff to Montgomerie last year at Bear Mountain, and tied for second last week in Japan after winning three of the previous six events. Nick Faldo shot 73.last_img read more

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Health Minister seeking meeting with social media companies

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Health Minister seeking meeting with social media companies RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleDonegal Women’s League U-17 record historic first winNext articleBrexit a problem of the UK’s own making – Jean-Claude Juncker News Highland Twitter By News Highland – September 22, 2019 center_img Pinterest A Fine Gael Senator says social media companies should come before Health Committee to outline what they’re doing to stop vaccine misinformation.Health Minister, Simon Harris is seeking a meeting with the relevant companies on the issue.Senator Colm Burke says he wants to hear from Facebook and Twitter about what is being done.Facebook has an action plan in relation to misinformation about vaccines.But Senator Burke says we need to hear the detail of that:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/16burke-vaccines-clip-sl-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Airbnb agrees to give listing info to city

first_imgSlated to go public this year, Airbnb has seen its revenues nosedive in recent months, as the pandemic halted travel around the world. In May, CEO Brian Chesky announced that the company was laying off 2,000 employees — some 25 percent of its workforce.In addition to internal tumult, the company has been trying to soothe relations with its hosts, many of whom were upset that the company relaxed its cancellation policy to appease guests early in the pandemic. In response to the backlash, Chesky issued an apology and announced a relief package for hosts.It remains to be seen how hosts in New York will respond to the new data requirements. In an email Friday, Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk said that while hosts would have to first give consent before their data would be shared, those who did not would be unable to list on Airbnb.Explaining why the company agreed to the settlement, Blecharczyk pointed to Airbnb’s larger regulatory ambition, which is to end the state’s decade-old ban on renting a home for fewer than 30 days without an owner or tenant present.“We believe this amended ordinance will build the trust necessary to enact further reforms of New York state’s short-term rentals regulations,” he wrote. “We hope that our willingness to be transparent enables the state and the city to feel reassured that short-term rentals can be effectively regulated without blunt prohibitions.”The city has 120 days to pass the legislation, which would go into effect six months later.Write to Sylvia Varnham O’Regan at [email protected] Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Mayor Bill de Blasio and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (Getty, iStock)After more than a decade of war over home-rental listings, Airbnb and New York City have come to terms.In a joint statement Friday, the startup and de Blasio administration announced an end to their legal dispute about whether the city can get data about Airbnb’s hosts.Under the settlement, which has been in the works for months, the San Francisco-based startup agreed to dismiss its lawsuit and share listing information with the city on a quarterly basis, including hosts’ names, phone numbers, addresses and other details about the spaces they are renting.Not all listings will be divulged. Exceptions include private or shared rooms that can fit no more than two guests; spaces that are infrequently rented; and listings by certain hospitality establishments such as bed-and-breakfasts or hostels, which will need to apply to the city to qualify.Both sides chalked the result up as a win.For Airbnb, the compromise gives the home-sharing platform a greater shot at getting state legislation passed. The city will get data to aid its crackdown on illegal short-term rentals.“Illegal hotel operators who flout the law at the expense of working New Yorkers have no place in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement Friday. “Finally, we’ll have the critical information we need to preserve affordable housing and keep our communities protected.”Airbnb’s head of public policy, Christopher Lehane, said the company had “long wanted to work with New York City on an effective regulatory framework, including information sharing.” This agreement, he added, “achieves that.”Officials in New York City, one of Airbnb’s biggest domestic markets, have been tussling with the company essentially since it first arrived. This particular dispute dates back to 2018, when Airbnb sued to block a city law requiring it to hand over data about its hosts, which the company claimed would violate privacy laws.As a result of the settlement, the city must amend the legislation to include the exemptions agreed to by both parties. The new law will apply to all short-term rental platforms operating in the city.Read moreFacing revenue shortfall, Airbnb lays off 2,000 workersJudge backs Airbnb host over city: “Leave the poor guy alone”Airbnb-backed Zeus Living sees valuation halved Share via Shortlink TagsAirbnbBill de BlasioBrian Cheskyshort term rentalslast_img read more

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