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Serco in the clear: City of London Police find no evidence of any “corporate-wide conspiracy”

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City Moves for 24 September 2015 | Who’s switching jobs

first_img Express KCS City Moves for 24 September 2015 | Who’s switching jobs whatsapp Wednesday 23 September 2015 8:22 pm Share whatsapp ALLIANZ GLOBAL CORPORATE & SPECIALTYBrian Kirwan has been appointed chief executive of Allianz’s UK corporate and specialty insurance business. He joined the company in 2011, and was most recently regional unit London head of market management and communications. Kirwan has also previously held executive positions in the Allianz risk transfer division.LEGAL & GENERAL HOME FINANCEChris Buchanan has been appointed head of product and proposition for retirement lending at the division of the financial services group. He has many years’ experience in the lifetime mortgages sector, and has previously held positions at Just Retirement and Prudential in senior retirement lending roles.CMS The law firm has announced the appointment of Susann Altkemper as counsel in its financial services and products team. She joins from Euroclear UK & Ireland, where she was an in-house legal adviser and consultant. Altkemper has previously worked at CMS for over six years as an assistant in its financial services team. She has particular experience of the regulatory framework governing different types of financial market infrastructure, the Bank of England’s approach to supervision, and global regulatory developments.GRESHAM HOUSERupert Robinson has been appointed managing director of Gresham House Asset Management. He has 30 years’ experience in the private wealth and asset management industry, and was previously head of investment management and chief executive of Schroders Private Bank. Robinson has also held senior roles at NM Rothschild. BARNETT WADDINGHAMThe firm of actuaries and consultants has appointed Lucy Blanchard as a senior client account manager within its workplace wealth team. She has over 10 years’ experience in the pensions industry, having previously worked as both a defined contribution consultant and actuarial analyst at Mercer.CLIPSTONE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENTAndrew Windle has been appointed fund manager at the real estate investment management firm, which specialises in UK industrial property. He joins Clipstone Investment Management from M&G Real Estate, where he was a senior investment manager in its industrial and logistics team.EVERSHEDSThe law firm has announced the appointment of Nicholas Jew as a consultant in its employment practice. He has over 20 years’ experience advising corporates and public sector organisations on all aspects of employment law, and joins from DLA Piper.To appear in City Moves please email your career updates and pictures to [email protected] up to receive the new City Moves morning update if you haven’t already.[custom id=”21″] Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Rent prices in Laois drop slightly to an average of €1,023

first_img The prices of renting a home in Laois dropped slightly in the final quarter of 2020.The average rent price in Q3 of 2020 was €1,030 and it fell by €7 to €1,023 in Q4.However, rents were on average 3.4% higher in the final three months of 2020 than a year previously, according to the latest Daft.ie survey.The average listed rent of €1,023 is up 103% from its lowest point.The average one bedroom apartment will cost you €754 per month, (up 4.4% from Q4 2019) while €844 (up 2.7%) is the average for a two bedroom house.€965 (up 1.6%) is the average three bedroom house and €1,098 (up 5.6%) will get you a four bedroom house.While Daft say that €1,236 (up 10.1%) is the average five bedroom house.A clearer picture of the situation is displayed by the fact that rents in Leinster’s midland counties rose 4.6% year-on-year, reflecting a sharp fall in availability – just 55 homes were available to rent on February 1, down two thirds compared to a year ago.The average rent nationwide in the final three months of 2020 was 0.9% higher than a year previously.The average monthly rent stood at €1,414 in the final quarter of 2020, up from a low of €742 per month seen in late 2011.The national average hides significant regional variation, though. In Dublin, rents fell 3.3% during the year 2020, with rent declines concentrated in the second and fourth quarters of the year.In the rest of the country, however, rents rose by 5.4% on average during 2020, with only a modest fall in the second quarter lockdown and an increase during the final three months of the year.In Limerick city, rents were almost 4% higher year-on-year, while in Cork and Galway cities the increase was just under 5%. In Waterford city, rents rose by 5.6% – the same rate of increase as in the rest of the country.The different trends in rents reflect changes in the availability of rental homes. In Dublin, there were 2,600 homes available to rent on February 1, up from fewer than 1,600 on the same date in 2020.In the rest of the country, however, the number of homes available to rent has fallen sharply – from almost 2,000 on February 1 to just 1,139 a year later.“Rents in the capital – and in Ireland’s other main cities – remain at twice their level a decade ago.”Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft Report, said: “Often people query whether the basics of supply and demand apply to the housing market.“These latest figures should remove any lingering doubts about the importance of supply in lower rents. Outside Dublin, Covid-19 has led to a further worsening of supply conditions in the rental market, with the number of homes coming on each month down 17% on already low levels.“While demand for rental homes outside the capital has fallen – with the rise in unemployment – it has not fallen as much as supply, pushing rents further upwards.“In Dublin, Covid-19 has had the opposite effect, with the number of homes being advertised to rent up 64% on February 1, compared to a year previously.“With the increase in homes being advertised, active demand for homes to rent has also soared, up 40% compared to pre-pandemic.“But the greater liquidity of the market has helped bring rents down slightly. Nonetheless, rents in the capital – and in Ireland’s other main cities – remain at twice their level a decade ago.“This underscores the importance of ensuring the construction of tens of thousands of new rental homes over coming years, to help bring rents back down to affordable levels.” WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCourt appearance for man following €187,000 drug seizure in LaoisNext article‘There used to be a vaccine hesitancy, now there is almost a vaccine envy’ 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. Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Rent prices in Laois drop slightly to an average of €1,023 NewsProperty By Alan Hartnett – 8th February 2021 Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Rent prices in Laois drop slightly to an average of €1,023center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic TAGSDaft.ierent Twitter SEE ALSO – Weekend Read: A potential solution to the Leaving Cert impasse as Laois primary school teachers highlight IT issues Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Regulators seek input on resolution regimes

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Banking industry,  Life insurance industryCompanies Financial Stability Board Global financial regulators are launching public consultations concerning the design of resolution regimes for firms that make up the plumbing of the financial system. In the wake of the global financial crisis one of the central goals for policymakers has been to address the issue of financial institutions that are deemed “too big to fail”, which invites moral hazard. Efforts to deal with this problem initially focused on the world’s biggest banks, but regulators are also turning their attention to key non-bank firms, such as central counterparties, securities depositories, insurers, and other firms that hold client assets. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience Related news On Monday, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) initiated a consultation on applying the principles of resolution regimes that have been developed for banks to non-banks as well. These principles “set out the core elements considered necessary to make feasible the resolution of financial institutions without severe systemic disruption and without exposing taxpayers to loss,” it says. “They constitute an ‘umbrella’ standard that applies for all parts of the financial sector that could cause systemic problems.” The FSB also proposed guidance that is designed to assist various jurisdictions with the implementation of the key attributes of resolution regimes for non-bank institutions. At the same time, the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) also published their own report on the recovery of systemically-important financial market infrastructure firms, such as payment and settlement systems and depositories. The CPSS-IOSCO report provides guidance to financial market infrastructures on how to develop plans to enable them to recover from threats to their viability; and, it provides guidance to regulators in carrying out their responsibilities for developing and implementing recovery plans and tools. However, the groups note that it does not create additional standards for infrastructure firms. “Today’s publication of draft guidance on the resolution of non-bank financial institutions represents further significant progress in international efforts to develop the powers and tools that authorities need to manage the failure of any type of systemic institution without taxpayers bearing the costs,” said FSB chair, and current governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney. “Resolution of firms from other financial sectors has lagged behind the progress made in relation to banks. In light of the move towards mandatory clearing of OTC derivatives, robust resolution regimes for CCPs are particularly important to ensure that greater reliance on CCPs does not result in a new category of TBTF institution,” he added. Additionally, the FSB is consulting on a set of principles for the design of national legal regimes to allow the sharing of non-public information between domestic and foreign authorities that, it says, is necessary for planning and carrying out resolution. The FSB is seeking comments on its publications by October 15. Comments of the CPSS-IOSCO paper are due by October 11. Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work How should banks allocate capital for crypto? read more

U.S. GSIB rules provide clarity, but raise questions: Fitch

first_imgJames Langton Keywords Banking industry However, the rules mean it’s likely that U.S. GSIBs will be required to hold more capital than their foreign counterparts, the Fitch report notes. The Fed’s approach includes two methods to calculating the necessary capital cushions for GSIBs, with banks required to use the higher of the two results; which “is expected to keep GSIB buffers elevated relative to some non-US regimes for the foreseeable future,” the Fitch report says. Moreover, the rules “leave open the potential” that the buffers will be included as minimum hurdles that the banks must meet as part of the Fed’s annual stress testing exercise, the Fitch report indicates. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The final U.S. rules for systemically important banks provide clarity on the additional capital these banks will have to hold, but raise new questions, too, says a new report from Fitch Ratings. Recently the U.S. Federal Reserve issued its final rules on the capital buffers that will be required of U.S.-based globally systemically important banks (GSIBs). The final rules clarify which banks qualify as a GSIB, and define the key inputs that will determine how the buffers will be set, Fitch’s report says Related newscenter_img High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

RBC GAM re-opens PH&N High Yield Bond Fund to new investors

first_img Keywords Fund caps and terminationsCompanies RBC Global Asset Management Related news SLGI Asset Management terminating two mutual funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO Private Investment Counsel announces fund merger Toronto-based RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM) re-opened PH&N High Yield Bond Fund new investors on Monday. The fund seeks to provide a high level of income and the opportunity for capital appreciation by investing primarily in a well-diversified portfolio of fixed income securities issued by Canadian and/or foreign corporations and governments. center_img CI GAM announces fund mergers IE Staff The fund was capped to new investors on Nov, 26, 2014. It currently has a limited amount of additional capacity, allowing for purchases by new investors. RBC GAM reserves the right to cap the fund or otherwise restrict investment at a later date. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

How to deal with uncomfortable conversations this Thanksgiving

first_imgCategories:GeneralEvents & Exhibits Ready to go home for break, but don’t want to engage with your family and friends on tough topics like climate change, police brutality and gender justice? Then join the Environmental Center for a unique event with student-led, upbeat group discussions on how to talk about what matters most to you, while keeping your relationships intact.Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gold Biosciences Building, room A120, the event will feature several CU student organizations, including Eco-Social Justice Team, Energy Outreach Team, Black Student Alliance, Women’s Resource Center, Vegan Justice League, Office of Victim Assistance, and UMAS y MECHA.The event is free, with food catered from Tiffins. For more information check out the Facebook event page. Published: Nov. 11, 2016 center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Health ministry to name hospitals which do not perform under Kayakalp

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The ministry will declare names of hospitals to which patients have not given positive feedback through its Mera Aspataal (My Hospital) appActing tough, the Health Ministry has decided to name from next year onwards those health facilities which are not up to the mark on various parameters, including sanitation, waste management and infection control under its ‘Kayakalp’ initiative. Also, to fix accountability at various levels, the ministry will declare names of hospitals to which patients have not given positive feedback through its Mera Aspataal (My Hospital) app. The Mera Aspataal initiative, which aims at empowering patients by seeking their views on quality of experience in a public healthcare facility, was launched in August 2016. Patient satisfaction is the ultimate test for assessing quality of services, provided by a healthcare facility under this initiative.“From next year, we will not only name and award hospitals which perform very well under the Kayakalp initiative but will also name those health facilities which will not perform up to the mark on various parameters, including sanitation, waste management and infection control,” JP Nadda, Union Health Minister, said ,while giving away awards under the initiative.Nadda said that ‘Kayakalp’ programme was launched by the health ministry following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the people of India to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India). Meanwhile, in a bid to replicate the AIIMS model, the ministry will come up with an exchange programme as part of which doctors from AIIMS in the national capital and PGI Chandigarh will go to other AIIMS’ and central government hospitals to share their expertise and help them improve their performance standards.Similarly, doctors from those hospital will also come to the premier institute and undergo training here. ‘Kayakalp’, an initiative for awarding public health facilities, aims to incentivise such facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control as well as inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation. It was launched in May, 2015. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Health ministry to name hospitals which do not perform under Kayakalp News center_img By salil sule on April 19, 2018 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Youth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that Jamaica Day, which celebrates Jamaica’s history and its achievements, is not only important but vital, especially to the younger generation. “A lot of our children at the primary and secondary school levels are not really clear on some of the battles that had to be fought to get us here. Many of them have taken for granted the issues that we contended with in slavery,” she told JIS News in an interview. Jamaica Day, which was proclaimed by the Governor-General in 2010, will be celebrated Friday Feb. 17 by Jamaicans across the island under the theme, ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Goals for Gold’.  The celebrations will involve three major features – a flag-raising and recognition ceremony, a street parade, and an old-fashioned penny concert at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the flag-raising ceremony at National Heroes Park, Kingston, where Minister Hanna will declare the Day open. Apart from that event, the Minister will also participate in activities at several primary schools. She said that young people should be constantly reminded about the struggles that the ancestors faced, as well as the achievements that have come out of those conflicts. She is also hoping that the day will not only inspire young people, but set an example of what is important. The Minister mentioned various values and attitudes that need to be instilled in the youth of Jamaica, and emphasised that the country is not going to progress if there is an “I concept,” instead of a “we concept.” “Those are the kinds of values that are important; the values of productivity and recognising that it is not about leaving Jamaica, but it is really about staying and continuing the fine tradition that we have achieved,” she said. Exploring the theme for Jamaica Day, she said that young Jamaicans must develop that mentality where they appreciate that, “nothing in life comes easy or happens overnight.” “You have to really plan for what you want and really pursue excellence, and those are some of the hallmarks and trademarks of those who have gone ahead and done well in athletics, in politics, in academia and in culture, and they (young people)  need to recognise those examples and be inspired by them,” she said. Minister Hanna said there are many persons who set good examples for youth, and who have prevailed under difficult circumstances. “The woman who works in the hospital for the last 30 years of her life and has sent all her six children to University; the person in the community who takes children in and teaches them how to read, those are persons who also make up Jamaica and gave us our proud heritage. There is also that community spirit in rural areas, when the communities come together and help people dig graves and when farmers get-together to work on each other’s plots,” she said. “Those are the things that children need to understand that make us supremely Jamaican, that really give us a special type of brand that no one else in the world can replicate,” the Minister added. RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Daycenter_img Youth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day CultureFebruary 17, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Minister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Rating

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Minister with responsibility for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer has hailed Jamaica’s number one standing in Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere as “a significant recognition of Jamaica’s democratic tradition and our sacred regard for Press freedom”.The Minister was reacting on Wednesday, January 30, to the just-published global report on Press freedom by the highly regarded Parish-based Reporters Without Borders, which showed that Jamaica has overtaken Canada as the country which boasts the highest level of Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere.Jamaica is ranked 13th in the 179-country ranking, ahead of the United States (32), Britain (29), Canada (20) Germany(17) and Switzerland (14).Minister Falconer said that legislation, such as the Access to Information Act, and the Broadcasting Commission and Radio Re-diffusion Act, as well as Government policy to open up and diversify the media landscape, has considerably strengthened the foundations of Press freedom in Jamaica.She reiterated the commitment of the Government to table in Parliament, before the end of this legislative year, a Bill which will eliminate criminal libel and increase freedom of speech.The Minister said the Government is “resolutely committed” to the preservation and advancement of Press freedom in Jamaica, as it sees Press freedom as inextricably linked to democracy.“This Government will do nothing to impede the work of journalists in the exercise of their duties on behalf of the people and acting as watchdogs of our democracy,” she pledged.She pointed to the restructuring of what was the Cabinet Press briefing to what is now the Jamaica House Press briefing, where  journalists have wider access to public officials as well as Government Ministers.Senator Falconer added that there have been regularly scheduled meetings with Government communicators across all ministries, departments and agencies, “with my clear instruction that journalists must be given access to information and must be facilitated in their work of informing the Jamaican people.”She said the robustness of the Jamaican press is one of the things which the entire country could be proud of, in a world where many people do not enjoy these rights. She noted that Jamaica’s ranking in the latest Reporters Without Borders survey is an improvement on the 2012 Freedom of the Press report by Freedom House, where Jamaica was ranked 22. Minister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Rating InformationJanuary 31, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedMinister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Ratingcenter_img RelatedMinister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Rating Story HighlightsMinister with responsibility for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer has hailed Jamaica’s number one standing in Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere as “a significant recognition of Jamaica’s democratic tradition and our sacred regard for Press freedom”.The Minister was reacting on Wednesday, January 30, to the just-published global report on Press freedom by the highly regarded Parish-based Reporters Without Borders, which showed that Jamaica has overtaken Canada as the country which boasts the highest level of Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere.Jamaica is ranked 13th in the 179-country ranking, ahead of the United States (32), Britain (29), Canada (20) Germany(17) and Switzerland (14). Advertisementslast_img read more