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Xstrata plumps for iron ore with $381m takeover

first_img More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com COAL and base metals miner Xstrata pushed deeper into the iron ore sector yesterday with a $381m (£246.5m) agreed takeover of Australian-listed Sphere Minerals, which holds magnetite iron ore deposits in Mauritania.The sale will provide FTSE-100-listed Xstrata with its first producing assets, to supplement its iron ore explorations in the Republic of Congo and planned iron ore extraction plant in Australia.“This will give Xstrata a footprint in a reasonably established iron ore province, with a lot of development potential and resource upside,” said RBC Capital Markets analyst Chris Drew.Xstrata sent Sphere’s shares soaring with its $2.50 cash offer, while its own London-listed shares closed 2.9 per cent down at 989.6p. KCS-content Share Xstrata plumps for iron ore with $381m takeover Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy FanAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic Mirrorautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite Herald whatsapp Tuesday 24 August 2010 7:21 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more


Pfizer buys King to beef up portfolio

first_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Tuesday 12 October 2010 9:09 pm whatsapp Pfizer buys King to beef up portfolio Share PFIZER is to buy drug manufacturer King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6bn (£2.26m) to strengthen its portfolio before key patents on drugs such as its flagship cholesterol-reducer Lipitor expire next year.The world’s biggest pharmaceutical company will pay $14.25 (£8.95) per share for King from existing cash, a 40 per cent premium on King’s closing share price on Monday.Pfizer expects the deal to add about two cents to adjusted earnings per share in 2011 and 2012 and about three to four cents from 2013 to 2015. It has also reaffirmed its earnings forecast for 2012, when patents will have expired.Analysts said Pfizer is paying a relatively high premium but cost savings from absorbing King may be higher than announced. Pfizer expects to make savings of over $200m, half of which should be realised in the first year, but some believe it could be as high as $500m.The deal follows last year’s $67bn acquisition of Wyeth and is a move to address the huge anticipated revenue loss as Lipitor, the world’s biggest-selling prescription drug, starts to compete with generic alternatives from June 2011. Lipitor is expected to generate over $11bn revenues this year.The acquisition will give Pfizer a bigger share in the large and growing prescription pain relief market, where King is a leader. King recently launched Embeda, the first approved opiate-based pain reliever resistant to narcotic abuse, but generic competition to its drugs has hit profits.FAST FACTS | PfizerDeal brings bigger market share in pain relief. Pfizer expects to make $200m cost savings realised over three years.King Pharmaceuticals made $150.6m pre-tax profits on $1.8bn sales last year. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical Geniuslast_img read more


Mobile Dashboard – July 2018

first_img Tags: Mobile Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the July 2018 Mobile Dashboard.The Mobile Dashboard is your monthly overview of the mobile sector in numbers and enables you to follow the evolution of mobile from 2003 with projections up to 2023.As the charts show, mobile gross win has not only grown aggressively since 2003, but its percentage of overall igaming win has also risen rapidly, particularly over the past five years.H2 predicts mobile will account for more than 50% of igaming gross win by 2022, although many operators are already reporting that more than 50% of their revenues come from the mobile channel, particularly when it comes to sports betting. As the doughnut graph shows, 69% of mobile revenues come from betting.Interestingly, while by region Europe takes the bulk of global mobile revenues, Asia/Middle East has a higher percentage of its region’s gross win coming from mobile. This is likely to be due to the fact that in some countries, particularly those in Asia, fixed line broadband was slow to develop and many users skipped desktop altogether and adopted mobile as their first internet device.H2 Gambling Capital is the gambling industry’s leading consulting, market intelligence and data team. The company has a track record of nearly 15 years focused on the global gambling industry, its projections have been influential in shaping legislators’  and investors’ views of the gambling sector across the globe. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Mobile Dashboard – July 2018 10th July 2018 | By Joanne Christie Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Regions: Africa Asia Europe LATAM US North Africa & Middle East H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the July 2018 Mobile Dashboard Email Addresslast_img read more


Ariston Holdings Limited 2012 Annual Report

first_imgAriston Holdings Limited (ARIS.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Ariston Holdings Limited (ARIS.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ariston Holdings Limited (ARIS.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ariston Holdings Limited (ARIS.zw)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileAriston Holdings Limited is an agricultural enterprise operating in diverse markets that range from tea, macadamia nuts, horticulture and deciduous fruits to fish farming, beef cattle and poultry. Deciduous fruits include bananas, apples and peaches; while staple crops include potatoes, tomatoes, peas, maize and soya beans. Ariston Holdings Limited has a national footprint, with six strategic business units located in the northern and eastern regions of Zimbabwe. Southdown Estates consists of three tea estates with over 1 200 hectares allocated to tea plants, almost 60 hectares to bananas and over 450 hectares to macadamia trees. Claremont Estate concentrates on growing pome and stone fruit, passion fruit and potatoes; while Kent Estate focuses on horticultural crops, poultry and livestock. The company also packages and distributes blended tea for the domestic market. Its headquarters are in Msasa, Harare. Ariston Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more


2019 Rugby World Cup Outsiders

first_img 2019 Rugby World Cup Favourites Past Rugby World Cup Hosts Expand We take a look at the two teams… We take a look at the past countries… Rugby World Cup Winners 2019 Rugby World Cup OutsidersThe Rugby World Cup is usually won by one of the favourites going into the tournament, however, sometimes there are teams that shock the rugby world and get a long way, or get further than most were expecting.Canada getting out of the group in 1991 and Scotland getting to the semi-finals at the same tournament spring to mind. Back in 2007 Argentina coming third and beating the hosts, France, twice in dramatic fashion was very unexpected.In fact the French have caught a lot of people off-guard a lot of the time, getting further than we all predicted.Past tournaments have proven that outsiders occasionally do well in the World Cup so we have put together a short list of teams who aren’t favourites to win it all, but could do well in the tournament. The four teams below may not be at the top of peoples lists of contenders, but they definitely have the firepower and talent to get a long way.AustraliaIt is probably a cliche to say that the Wallabies always find a way of raising their games for the Rugby World Cup, but their record speaks for itself. In 2019 they are most definitely not one of the favourites to win the trophy despite their recent victory over the All Blacks. No, the team is way too inconsistent and there are questions marks hanging over them in several ways. However they have plenty of players who have been deep into World Cups before and they definitely have a team capable of making some noise in Japan.Scotland 2019 Rugby World Cup Favourites Unpredictable: France are definitely an outsider to do well in Japan (Getty Images) We look at some teams who are not favourites to win the tournament but definitely have the ability to do so. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Winners We take a quick tour through the history… Past Rugby World Cup Hosts On their day, Scotland can beat absolutely anyone but that day only ever comes around when Finn Russell is on form. If he is not playing well then the side often struggles but if he is on form then watch out. This reliance on Russell and his inconsistency is exactly why Gregor Townsend’s team is not one of the favourites.In short they are a team that has to be respected, but catch them on a bad day and they could easily ship 30 points quickly.ArgentinaOver the past few years Argentina have slowly but surely built a very solid team. Playing in the Rugby Championship against the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks regularly has clearly led to improvement but can they go all the way in 2019? Probably not but if their is one team that perfectly symbolises the idea of an outsider, it is the men in blue and white. Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Expand Collapse FranceAs per usual, no one has any real clue what version of France will turn up in Japan and how far they will go. One minute they can be embarrassingly awful and the next they can look as if they are utterly unbeatable. For example during the 2019 Six Nations they got utterly smashed by the English before beating Scotland a week later. At the Rugby World Cup, they just seem to have a knack of causing serious uncertainty in their opponents and that could lead to some surprising results in Japan.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.last_img read more


Why do we love holiday rituals and traditions?

first_img TAGSthe conversation.com Previous articleA new year’s commitment to challenge yourselfNext articleAre we stewards of the earth’s natural wonders? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 By Dimitris Xygalatas and first published on theconversation.comThe mere thought of holiday traditions brings smiles to most people’s faces and elicits feelings of sweet anticipation and nostalgia. We can almost smell those candles, taste those special meals, hear those familiar songs in our minds.Ritual marks some of the most important moments in our lives, from personal milestones like birthdays and weddings to seasonal celebrations like Thanksgiving and religious holidays like Christmas or Hanukkah. And the more important the moment, the fancier the ritual.Holiday rituals are bursting with sensory pageantry. These (often quite literal) bells and whistles signal to all of our senses that this is no common occasion – it is one full of significance and meaning. Such sensory exuberance helps create lasting recollections of those occasions and marks them in our memory as special events worth cherishing.Indeed, there are plenty of reasons to value family rituals. Research shows that they can provide various psychological benefits, helping us enjoy ourselves, connect with loved ones and take a respite from the daily grind.An anxiety bufferEveryday life is stressful and full of uncertainty. Having a special time of the year when we know exactly what to do, the way we’ve always done it, provides a comfortable sense of structure, control, and stability.A holiday toast can have special weight. diane cordell, CC BY-NC-NDFrom reciting blessings to raising a glass to make a toast, holiday traditions are replete with rituals. Laboratory experiments and field studies show that the structured and repetitive actions involved in such rituals can act as a buffer against anxiety by making our world a more predictable place.Many of those rituals may of course also be performed at other times throughout the year. But during the holiday season, they become more meaningful. They’re held in a special place (the family home) and with a special group of people (our closest relatives and friends). For this reason, more people travel during the year-end holidays than any other time of the year. Gathering together from far-flung locations helps people leave their worries behind, and at the same time lets them reconnect with time-honored family traditions.Happy MealsNo holiday tradition would be complete without a festive meal. Since the first humans gathered around the fire to roast their hunt, cooking has been one of the defining characteristics of our species.The long hours spent in the kitchen and the dining room during the preparation and consumption of holiday meals serve some of the same social functions as the hearths of our early ancestors. Sharing a ceremonial meal symbolizes community, brings the entire family together around the table and smooths the way for conversation and connection.All cultures have rituals that revolve around food and meal preparation. Jewish tradition dictates that all food must be chosen and prepared according to specific rules (Kosher). In parts of the Middle East and India, only the right hand must be used for eating. And in many European countries, it is important to lock eyes while making a toast in order to avoid seven years of bad sex.Hosts pull out all the stops for over-the-top holiday feasts. +Simple on Unsplash, CC BYOf course, special occasions require special meals. So most cultures reserve their best and most elaborate dishes for the most important holidays. For example, in Mauritius, Tamil Hindus serve the colorful “seven curries” at the conclusion of the Thaipussam kavadi festival, and in Greece, families get together to spit-roast an entire lamb on Easter Day. And these recipes often include some secret ingredients – not just culinary, but also psychological.Research shows that performing a ritual before a meal improves the eating experience and makes the food (even just plain carrots!) seem tastier. Other studies found that when children participate in food preparation they enjoy the food more and that the longer we spend preparing a meal, the more we come to appreciate it. In this way, the labor and fanfare associated with holiday meals virtually guarantees an enhanced gastronomical experience.Sharing is caringIt is common to exchange presents during the holiday period. From a rational perspective, this might seem pointless, at best recycling resources or, at worst, wasting them. But don’t underestimate the importance of these exchanges. Anthropologists have noted that among many societies ritualized gift-giving plays a crucial role in maintaining social ties by creating networks of reciprocal relationships.Gifts under the tree can be a key component of Christmas celebrations. Andrew Neel on Unsplash, CC BYToday, many families give each other lists of desired presents for the holidays. The brilliance of this system lies precisely in the fact that most people end up getting what they would buy anyway – the money gets recycled but everyone still enjoys the satisfaction of giving and receiving gifts.And as this is a special time of the year, we can even allow ourselves some guilt-free indulgence. Last year, my wife and I saw a fancy coffee machine that we really liked, but we decided it was too expensive. But in December, we went back and bought it as a mutual present, agreeing that it was OK to splurge a bit for the holidays.The stuff family is made ofThe most important function of holiday rituals is their role in maintaining and strengthening family ties. In fact, for relatives who live far apart, holiday rituals may be the glue that holds the family together.Ritual is a powerful marker of identity and group membership. Some of my own field studies have found that taking part in collective rituals creates feelings of belonging and increased generosity toward other members of the group. It’s no surprise, then, that spending the holidays with the in-laws for the first time is often regarded as a rite of passage – a sign of true family membership.Holiday traditions are particularly important for children. Research shows that children who participate in group rituals become more strongly affiliated with their peers. In addition, having more positive memories of family rituals seems to be associated with more positive interactions with one’s own children.Rituals and traditions can help make our memories of holidays good ones. Darren Coleshill on Unsplash, CC BYHoliday rituals are the perfect recipe for family harmony. Sure, you might need to take three flights to get there, and they will almost certainly be delayed. And your uncle is bound to get drunk and start a political argument with his son-in-law again. But according to Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, this is unlikely to spoil the overall experience.Kahneman’s research shows that when we evaluate past experiences, we tend to remember the best moments and the last moments, paying little attention to everything else. This is known as the “peak-end rule.”In other words, our memory of the family holiday will mostly consist of all the rituals (both joyful and silly), the good food, the presents and then hugging everyone goodbye at the end of the night (after your uncle made up with his son-in-law). And by the time you get back home, you’ll have something to look forward to for next year. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment!center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Dimitris Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist at the University of Connecticut. He studies some of the things that unite and divide us, focusing on religion and ritual, sports, cooperation, and the interaction between cognition and culture. He has held positions at the universities of Princeton, Aarhus, and Masaryk, where he served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion. At UConn, he directs the Experimental Anthropology Lab, which develops methods and technologies for studying human interaction scientifically in real-life settings. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more


Show Me the DAIRY!

first_img Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Aug 18, 2015 Home Indiana Agriculture News Show Me the DAIRY! Name Sym Last Change Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 SHARE Show Me the DAIRY! How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Facebook Twitter Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program All quotes are delayed snapshots Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Lines are long again this year at the Dairy Bar at the Indiana State Fair. If you have never stopped there, maybe you’re not quite sure why that is. Deb Ozsa, General Manager at American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. takes you through the Dairy Bar to find out what they have on the menu this year and how much manpower it takes to churn out all those dairy treats. Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Previous articleRFA Applauds Fiat Chrysler Approval of E15Next articleDryiness Continues to Stress Indiana Crops Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


Hungary : RSF appalled by leading Hungarian daily’s closure

first_img Follow the news on Hungary Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned for pluralism in Hungary after the leading opposition daily Népszabadság was closed by its owners, who cited financial reasons. It is said that it could be sold to one of the country’s richest oligarchs, an ally of the prime minister. Founded 60 years ago when the Soviet yoke was lifted, Népszabadság was on sale on newsstands as usual on the morning of 8 October. But when staff arrived at the newspaper the same morning to start preparing the Monday issue, they were denied entry to their offices, their phones were disconnected and access to the website was paralyzed. The owners, the Austrian group Mediaworks, said it had to close the newspaper because sales have been falling steadily since it bought the daily in 2014 although it is still has the biggest print run of any Hungarian newspaper. But its journalists insist that the financial situation is just a pretext and that its closure is above all politically motivated. Some point out that the closure came just days after the newspaper covered corruption scandals allegedly implicating politicians close to the prime minister. And it had been planning to run a story yesterday on lavish spending by the communication minister. Opposition parties and members of the newspaper’s staff accuse the ruling Fidesz party of trying to gag media outlets that do not support the government. “We condemn the Hungarian government’s grip on many of the country’s media, which Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to use to his benefit,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkans desk. “This newspaper’s acquisition by an oligarch who supports Orban, if it happens, would just confirm the prime minister’s growing domination of the Hungarian media. After seizing control of the state broadcaster and turning it into a propaganda tool since his return to power in 2010, Orban now has his sights on the privately-owned media, some of which have already been bought by pro-government oligarchs.” Democracy has been in steady retreat since Fidesz won the 2010 election and Hungary is ranked 67th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 48 places in just five years. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Demonstrators support daily Nepszabadsag in Budapest on October 8, 2016 / AFP June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News to go further HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure News HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure February 10, 2021 Find out more October 11, 2016 Hungary : RSF appalled by leading Hungarian daily’s closure May 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site News Receive email alerts Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air News Help by sharing this information last_img read more


#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 1

first_imgSarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Linkedin Previous articleMen to remain in garda custody over Christy Keane shootingNext articleAnti water protestor fined for assaulting garda at Taoiseach’s FG Limerick event Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick City Candidates:Question:Where would you draw the line if you fundamentally disagreed with one of your party’s policies?Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)Sinn Féin is a democratic party, our policies are decided by delegates voting at Ard Fheis. Therefore it would not be my sole decision on drawing a line. Having said that if the party were to completely abandon its principles like the Labour party did, I’d consider my position.James Gaffney (Green party)The Green Party allows representatives to abstain on genuine matters of conscience and express their personal views, while stressing the Party position on the issue. I would find it difficult to support measures that were popular in the short term, if they made life more difficult for future generations.Sarah Jane-Hennelly (Social Democrats)It depends how extreme this policy is. If it ran against the needs of the city, I’d fight to have the whip removed. I’m a principled person and we’re a fledgling party. We generally hold the same values and so I’d be confident we’d come to agreement in the end.Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)At present I’m in broad agreement with all party policies, but will deal with each issue as it arises. If there is an issue that I fundamentally disagree with, I will vote against the party like I did in relation to Barrington’s Hospital.Jan O Sullivan (Labour)I argue my case in Cabinet and in the Labour Party passionately and privately.  However if in the future, a course of action that had a major negative impact on Limerick or the wider region then I couldn’t support it. However, this Government has delivered for Limerick – unemployment is falling, we’re investing in schools and a new maternity service. Having a strong voice for Limerick at Cabinet is crucial and that’s what I’m fighting for in this election.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)The AAA is not a party like the others, we’re an alliance of socialists, workers and young people, fighting against inequality and austerity. We are based on real left principles, of opposing austerity cuts and taxes, and repealing the 8th amendment. I could not support any breach of those principles.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) I always look to effect change from within the party.Michael Noonan (Fianna Gael) No ResponseLimerick City Candidates:Question: What is your view on young social welfare recipients refusing to work when they are in a fit to do so?Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)I don’t know many people who don’t want to work, but all able bodied people should make themselves available for jobs that suit their skill set.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)Having been unemployed myself, I know how hard it is for young people to try get by on €100 a week. I don’t believe anyone chooses that. It’s terrible that unemployed people are often treated like criminals, or forced onto JobBridge scams. We need secure jobs, with a living wage.Jan O’Sullivan (Labour)If you are in receipt of jobseekers allowance then you are required to take up employment. However, I don’t believe there are many young people shirking work offers. We’ve reformed social protection and focused on giving young people routes to employment through training, apprenticeships and upskilling. The vast majority of young people want to work and, with employment growing, we’re giving them that opportunity.Sarah Jane-Hennelly (Social Democrats)These people are in the small numbers and should be addressed but really, if the country was governed more effectively, the system would be fit to deal with people like this. We should be focusing on young workers rights- removing zero hour contracts, low pay, precarious employment, reforming job bridge schemes.Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)All social welfare recipients fit to work should accept work, training or education if offered. Anyone not accepting a reasonable offer of work should be penalised if the offer is reasonable and does not involve exploitation on behalf of the employer.James Gaffney (Green Party)The social welfare system should be designed to help people get work. But we need to recognise our system is bureaucratic and complicated. I think we should look to countries like Denmark which are more supportive of jobseekers.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) In my experience people want to work. Each case needs to be looked at individually to see the circumstances. Also, we need to continue making work pay – we have already increased the minimum wage and Fine Gael is looking at the abolition of USC by 2020.Michael Noonan (Fianna Gael) No responseLimerick County Candidates:Question: What is your view on young social welfare recipients refusing to work when they are in a fit to do so?Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)If they refuse to work when fit and able, they should be invited to attend an interview and if they fail to attend and subsequently fail to avail of any available job opportunity, their welfare should be cut.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)We have one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the EU. That’s not because young people don’t want to work. It’s because of a lack of opportunity. The vast majority of young people want to work and succeed in life. The offer of work or training should be taken up once it is reasonable and not exploitativeMark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)Any young person who is able to work but refuses to should be made to work for at least 12 weeks a year for the local authorities in community-based projects, such as road maintenance etc. This would mean that they would be putting something back into the community for their benefits.James Heffernan (Social Democrats)In my experience that sort of individual is rare. Those young social welfare recipients I come across in my work are generally incredibly keen to move away from dependence and towards getting into the workforce. Aside from the financial benefits employment brings, working provides an incredibly important sense of purpose that brings major social and psychological benefits with it.Niall Collins (Fianna Fail)Work must pay. I have signed up to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions “Living Wage” pledge. This will help remove the social welfare traps. I believe that if people are able to work they should work and I believe that the vast majority of people want to work. To help achieve this more and affordable childcare places must be provided.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael)The long-term economic plan will add 200,000 jobs by 2020, meaning that anyone who wants a job can have a job. This will guarantee young people with employment opportunities, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.Emmett O’Brien (Independent)He/she must engage in a job activation programme such as Tus, which is a great asset for rural communities, or engage in further education or have their payment reduced. We need to move away from paying people not to work or educate themselves and give them the means to move out of the poverty trap.Patrick O’Donovan (Fianna Gael) No response. News#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 1By Staff Reporter – February 22, 2016 909 Print Limerick City Candidates:Question:Do you have anything to offer people under 30 wanting to start their own business?Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein)Sinn Féin would cap utility costs for two years and review commercial rates with incentives for start-up indigenous business and prioritise access to credit. Open up public procurement to allow start-up and existing SME’s to compete for tenders for State and Local Authority projects.James Gaffney (Green party)I started my own business ‘English Week’ when I was 29, so I appreciate the challenges facing young – indeed all – entrepreneurs. I have proposed a regional, publicly-owned network of banks that would improve access to credit for local businesses. We can also streamline the number of agencies involved in enterprise.Kieran O’Donnell (Fianna Gael) I was self-employed from my 20s. As a chartered accountant and a previously self-employed person, I have always put forward the case for the self-employed. Based on my experience, I give advice to any individual contacting me about setting up their own business.Willie O’Dea (Fianna Fail)I would incentivise entrepreneurs to set up new businesses by providing tapered relief from capital gains tax. I would implement a phased introduction of an earned income tax credit for the self-employed equal to the value of the PAYE tax credit. I would address the lack of credit through the introduction of tax relief for individuals making loan capital investments to SMEs. We also need to extend PRSI benefits to the self-employed.Cian Prendiville (Anti Austerity Alliance)The huge cuts to people’s spending money has made it far harder for small and new businesses. We need a real recovery in incomes, so people can spend more in local business. The AAA fight for a progressive rates system that would benefit smaller companies, rather than the current flat-tax.Sarah-Jane Hennelly (Social Democrats)Absolutely.  Some of our ideas include reforming commercial rates, simplifying compliance for small business and self-employed, implementing a user-friendly web portal for businesses to file tax returns, employment compliance similar to the Altinn system in Norway and we want to see social protections for formerly self-employed people reformed.Michael Noonan (Fine Gael)No ResponseJan O’Sullivan (Labour)Sourcing finance and finding the right people are critical when starting a business. Labour has been pivotal in launching a new microfinance initiative for small business and start ups, see www.microfinanceireland.ie We’re also transforming education and training – launching new apprenticeships and through schemes such as ‘Jobsplus’ giving employers and the unemployed a real incentive to get the country working again. Limerick County CandidatesQuestion: Do you have anything to offer people under 30 wanting to start their own business?Emmett O’Brien (Independent)From a Limerick County perspective we need to develop Rural Economic Zones with rateable incentives and attractive loans with low interest rates for start-up businesses. The artisan, craft food and IT sectors have the potential for great success, provided County Limerick finally gets proper broadband.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)We would alleviate some of their tax burden through a tax credit on earned income similar to that available to PAYE workers of €500, open up the SURE relief scheme to those who have been solely self-employed, and double the number of online trading vouchers currently available.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael) Budget 2016 introduced a new earned income tax credit worth €550 for the self-employed. The Government has committed to tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018. Reductions in USC and the elimination of the tax during the next Government will also benefit those starting new businessesNiall Collins (Fianna Fail)We will establish a new lending Commercial Bank with a focus on new SME start up business and we will introduce a business advice voucher scheme, worth €2,500 each, to 5,000 entrepreneurs in the start-up stage. We will also incentivise new business by reduced employers PRSI and reduced Capital Gains Tax.Patrick O’Donovan (Fianna Gael) No ResponseRichard O’Donoghue (Independent)I will ensure that the Government works out a system in consultation with banks and other financial institutions to offer favourable terms to those who wish to start their own business. I will encourage the council to reduce the rates not only for the under 30s but to all businesses across County Limerick.James Heffernan (Social Democrats)I would like to see a range of measures introduced to promote new business start-ups. A few examples are that we must develop a community-banking sector to make lending responsible and accessible, make R&DMark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)Direct Democracy Ireland has a network of people who have real life experience in running their own businesses who would be able to offer advice and mentoring to anyone that requests it. All aspects of how small start-ups can thrive would be looked at.Limerick County Candidates:Question: Where would you draw the line if you fundamentally disagreed with one of your party’s policies?Emmett O’Brien (Independent)I do not have to worry about petty back-biting and grand-standing in a political party as I am an Independent and free to represent the people of Limerick free from a party whip and on the basis of the personal mandate they give me.Tom Neville (Fianna Gael) Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going, to create more and better jobs, and to use the resources from a growing economy to invest in vital public services. Stability is needed to achieve this so all parts of the country benefit. I agree with this vision.Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)I have already demonstrated by my recent action of resigning from Fianna Fáil that I will put the people of County Limerick first.Seamus Browne (Sinn Fein)I would work hard within the structures of the party to change it. I believe in constructive action. Our Ard Fheis debates policies and passes them democratically. I would try to win the argument through that mechanism. I wouldn’t stand over what the Labour Party has done over the last five years.Mark Keogh (Direct Democracy Ireland)DDI do not have a whip system in place. In fact, it is the people who elect the DDI candidate who draw the line if they do not adhere to their wishes.Niall Collins (Fianna Fail)A principal of democracy within a political party is the minority accepting the majority decision. On all issues I express my view and abide by the group decision. This is accepted practice for a functioning democracy with political parties. My party Fianna Fáil was the first to allow a free vote on issues of conscience during this Dail term.Patrick O’Donovan (Fine Gael)No responseJames Heffernan (Social Democrats)When the Labour Party made cuts to children and the disabled, that’s when I resigned. If promises that are made get broken that’s where I draw the line. The problem with party politics in Ireland is that parties try to appeal to the widest number of voters by adopting broad policy platforms that make major disagreements inevitable. I joined the Social Democrats because we’re trying to change that. The Limerick Post is involving ordinary Limerick voters in our General Election coverage.Representatives of different areas of Limerick society will get the opportunity to question the first 16 declared candidates on their policies and promises.First time voter David Neville gets the series under way with reporter Daragh Frawley.ORIGINALLY from Castleconnell, David graduated from the University of Limerick in 2013 with an honours degree in Business and Marketing, having completed the Leaving Certificate in Castletroy College four years previously.He has been in constant employment in several industries since 2007 and for many of those jobs he was in receipt of minimum wage. After graduating from UL, he began working with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) in Shannon, where he spent 18 months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Once his contract ended and with the recession deepening, he opted to leave Ireland and found work in the marketing department of a New York technology firm, where he was based for more than a year. When the opportunity arose to return to Limerick and work with an associated company, he had no hesitation in doing so.David is currently renting a house with friends in the suburbs of Limerick and has been playing rugby with UL Bohemians for over a decade. Having been a key member of Castletroy College’s award winning debate team throughout his time in the school, he has an interest in public speaking, current affairs and travel.He has no affiliation to any political party, and since returning from the United States, this is the first election he will be voting in.A young man with big ambitions, David wants to see the younger workforce consulted and involved in helping Limerick reach its full potential as a city and county. Twitter Richard’s rare ability to make grown men weep Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Advertisement WhatsApp Email Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector TAGScouncilFianna FáilFine Gaelgeneral electionGovernementGreen PartyIndependentLabourlimerickSinn FeinSocial DemocratsunemploymentVotingyouth Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State last_img read more


Top travel photographers invited to Donegal

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Some of the world’s top photographers have been invited to come to Donegal to experience for themselves the stunning scenery on offer, at the prestigious National Geographic Photography Awards in London last week.A delegation from Donegal attended the event which seeks the UK’s best new travel photography talent across five categories: Cities; Nature; People; Food; and Portfolio.Being voted as the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet to Visit’ in 2017 by the prestigious National Geographic Magazine was very special for Donegal and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill said “such an accolade does not come along every day and there has been significant interest in our county garnered from this award. As a result of this unexpected but highly merited title, we have forged strong bonds with the magazine, which included a significant feature in the September 2017 edition of the publication.”National Geographic’s editorial team, including Managing Director Matthew Jackson, have visited Donegal several times and have been hosted by Donegal Tourism who have demonstrated just what Donegal has to offer to the intrepid traveller and one of the standout features of these visits for the team was the stunning scenery on offer in Donegal and the many opportunities this would have for photography enthusiasts.Following on from this, a delegation from Donegal County Council was invited to attend the 2019 National Geographic Photography Awards in London and the delegation included Chief Executive, Seamus Neely; Cathaoirleach, Cllr Seamus O Domhnaill; Donegal Tourism Marketing Officer, Sarah Nolan; and Donegal Photographer, Emer O’Shea, who not only attended the event, but was also a member of the Judging Panel for the competition.The competition was ultimately won by Daniel Burton with a magnificent portrait of an African mountain gorilla which was quite spectacular.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism, Seamus Neely said, “Donegal County Council is delighted to have the opportunity to work with National Geographic for this prestigious competition and we look forward to further collaboration with the magazine later in the year”.Speaking at the event Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill encouraged the photographers present to come to Donegal and to experience for themselves the outstanding scenery and the photographic opportunities that Donegal presents saying “having Donegal featured in these prestigious publications continues to showcase our county in the best possible light, helping establish Donegal as the number one tourist location in Ireland”. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – March 6, 2019 center_img Pinterest Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Top travel photographers invited to Donegal Twitter Previous articleNew Buncrana Primary Care Centre progressing well – HSENext articleMartin McElhinney leaves Donegal Senior Panel News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Newslast_img read more