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Portlaoise rugby U-15s see off Dundalk to reach Division 1 Final

first_img TAGSPortlaoise RFC By Bronagh Scully – 28th March 2019 Portlaoise rugby U-15s see off Dundalk to reach Division 1 Final WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Dundalk 17 Portlaoise 20U-15 Leinster League Division 1 semi-finalAt the weekend, Portlaoise RFC U15s travelled the long journey to Dundalk for their Leinster League semi-final and they returned home with their place booked in the final.Portlaoise started strongly and the ball was released quickly out to winger Mikie Daly. Daly rounded his opposite number with ease to give the away side an early lead.They continued to put pressure on the home side and kept them pinned in their own half. After a rampaging run by Glen Connolly up the middle of the field, the platform was set for the Portlaoise forwards to pick and go. It was left to Conor Doran to go over the line to leave the score 10-0 to Portlaoise.Again Portlaoise attacked and looked like scoring only for a loose pass that was intercepted by a Dundalk player to relieve the pressure.In the second half the home side increased the workrate. It wasn’t long before they were rewarded with a try but Portlaoise worked their way back up the field from the restart. After Dundalk gave away a penalty near their own line, Glen Connolly crashed over the line to restore the ten point lead.Dundalk were never going give up easily on their home patch. After Portlaoise missed a kick to touch, they worked their way down the field. Dundalk scored under the posts to claw back the deficit to two points.This gave Dundalk plenty of confidence, and only some superb defending stopped them short of the line. From the resultant scrum they crashed over to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game, 17-15 to Dundalk.Both teams felt they could win this match and gave everything they could. When Portlaoise were awarded a scrum in the Dundalk half, Sean Ward picked the ball and passed to Ciaran Culleton. He released Dylan Cahill and the winger raced to the corner to score what proved to be the winning score. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Sport Rugby Portlaoise rugby U-15s see off Dundalk to reach Division 1 Final SportRugby Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshincenter_img Facebook WhatsApp GAA GAA Pinterest They held out for the final five minutes with some great tackling and defensive work. This won them a place in next Saturday’s league final against Tullow.Portlaoise: Brian Barry, Dara Phelan, Bobo Lawal, Glen Connolly, Sean Ward, Daragh Phelan, Cian Coffey, Conor Doran, Matthew Coonan, Mitch Fitzpatrick, Mikie Daly, Paul Flanagan, Ciaran Culleton, Dylan Cahill, James Kidd, Eoin O’Brien McCormack, Billy Kerry, Declan Cox, Darragh Davies, Marc Bracken, Jack Heffernan, Colm Byrne.SEE ALSO – Laois teenager part of Irish silver medalist relay team at Schools Cross Country Internationals Twitter GAA Pinterest Previous articleClonaslee College edge out victory in Division A regional finalNext articleRounders season set to get going this weekend Bronagh Scully last_img read more

Talking Sport Podcast: Preview for Laois footballers, hurlers, ladies and camogie on bumper weekend

first_imgHome We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport Podcast: Preview for Laois footballers, hurlers, ladies and camogie on… We Are LaoisPodcastsSports Podcast The action is ramping up this weekend with all four of Laois’s adults teams set to take to the field.For the Laois footballers, it is their second game of 2021 as they will host Cork and look to put last weekend’s Clare misery behind them.Cork lost out to Kildare themselves and we’ll be joined by Kieran McCarthy of the Southern Star newspaper to get the view from down there.The Laois hurlers are out for their third weekend in a row against Clare on Sunday in O’Moore Park.Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller chat about their prospects and potential team changes.The lads will also chat about the Laois ladies who begin their 2021 season at home to Kildare on Sunday.Before all of that, on Saturday afternoon, the Laois camogie team begin their Division 2 league journey away to Kilkenny’s second string.We’ll round out this week’s podcast with an interview with co-captain Alison McEvoy. Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSTalking Sport By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th May 2021 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Talking Sport Podcast: Preview for Laois footballers, hurlers, ladies and camogie on bumper weekend You can listen to our latest episode below on Soundcloud or by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.The LaoisToday Podcast · Preview for Laois footballers, hurlers, ladies and camogie on bumper weekendSEE ALSO – Your comprehensive guide to the Laois GAA fixture plan for 2021 and to complete 2020 Twitter Facebook Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, May 20, 2021Next articleProtest planned in Portlaoise in relation to ongoing Palestine situation LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Council last_img read more

Aston Hill provides update on proposed fund mergers

Keywords Fund mergersCompanies Aston Hill Financial Inc. IE Staff CI Investments announces 30 fund mergers Related news Horizons proposes merger of two cannabis ETFs Aston Hill also announced that the special meetings of shareholders of Aston Hill Senior Gold Producers Income Corp. (TSX: GPC) and Aston Hill Global Uranium Fund Inc. (TSX: GUR) have been adjourned for lack of quorum and will reconvene on March 22. Shareholders then will vote on the proposed mergers of Senior Gold Producers and Global Uranium into Global Agribusiness and, if approved, the mergers are expected to be implemented on or about April 4. Each proposed merger that is approved will be implemented, regardless of whether the other proposed merger is approved. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Aston Hill Asset Management Inc. said Friday that unitholders of Aston Hill Global Agribusiness Fund (TSX: AGB.UN) have approved the previously announced proposed changes to its investment mandate and reorganization into a public mutual fund. Units of Global Agribusiness will be delisted from trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on March 15, and the other changes are expected to be completed on March 22. New portfolios from IG Wealth Management Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

TSX declines

The Toronto stock market declined Tuesday, pressured by falling gold and oil prices amid signs that geopolitical tensions may soon ease after Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 30.16 points to 12,824.48. A weakening U.S. dollar helped drive the loonie ahead 0.24 of a cent to 96.64 cents US. Linda Nguyen Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The Syrian government said early Tuesday that it has accepted Russia’s proposal to dismantle its chemical weapons as part of an effort to “uproot U.S. aggression.” President Barack Obama cautiously welcomed the recent developments but said he still plans to ask U.S. Congress to approve airstrikes in case Syria’s promise falls through. The possible diplomatic breakthrough drove U.S. indexes higher, as the Dow Jones rose 127.94 points to 15,191.06, the Nasdaq was up 22.84 points to 3,729.02 and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, was ahead 12.28 points to 1,683.99. However, the resource-heavy Toronto market dropped, led by a retreat in gold stocks and declines in commodities. December bullion fell $22.70 to US$1,364 an ounce, while December copper took back two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The October crude contract fell $2.13 to US$107.39 a barrel. The gold sector on the TSX was down 4.78 per cent. Nearly all companies in the sector fell, with shares in Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) down 4.32 per cent, or 86 cents, at C$19.06 and shares in Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) down 6.29 per cent, or $1.06, to $15.80. It’s the second day of declining crude prices amid the easing of tensions surrounding Syria. Although Syria isn’t a major producer, political uncertainty in the oil-rich Mideast tends to push up crude prices. Investors have been spooked for the past few weeks as they waited to see if the U.S. would launch military action against Syria for allegedly using sarin gas against civilians on Aug. 21. The attack in a Damascus suburb reportedly killed 1,429 people. “The Canadian market isn’t doing badly when you consider this (easing of the Syrian crisis) is causing some softness in the price of gold bullion and oil prices,” said Norman Raschkowan, a North American strategist with Mackenzie Financial Corp. “Any time that you can avoid getting into an armed conflict, it’s a good thing.” Raschkowan said some of the strength may be attributed to improved economic data coming out of North America, Europe and China. Overnight, there was further evidence that China, the world’s No. 2 economy, was over its recent soft patch. Industrial production was 10.4 per cent higher in August than the year before, ahead of analyst forecasts of a 9.9 per cent increase. “Uncertainty and the anxiety tends to weigh on markets,” he said. “There has been a lot of positive news out there and the general upwards trend that we’ve seen in the last few days is probably more of a reflection on the more encouraging economic data out of China.” In corporate news, Toronto-based Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) announced a potential resolution of its difficulties with the Kyrgyz government related to its Kumtor gold project. Its shares were initially up on the news, but later reversed direction and were down 34 cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $6.13. Meanwhile, shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) lost most of the gains they picked up Monday after reports surfaced Tuesday that a sale of the company was not as close as some may believe. BlackBerry shares dropped 5.27 per cent, or 63 cents, to $11.33. Investors in Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) seemed unimpressed by the tech giant’s announcement Tuesday of two new iPhone models and a new mobile operating system later this month. Apple says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18. Shares in Apple were down $11.53, or 2.28 per cent, to US$494.64. Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector read more

Testamentary trust changes to alter estate planning

first_imgRudy Mezzetta Testamentary trust taxes to increase? Related news Testamentary trusts will still be useful despite impending tax changes Keywords Testamentary trusts Testamentary trusts still valuable toolscenter_img In 2014, the federal government confirmed its intention to eliminate access to graduated rate taxation — the rates that apply to individuals – for testamentary trusts, which are trusts created by a will at death. Starting in 2016, all testamentary trusts will be taxed at flat top rate of taxation. Exceptions have been made for “qualifying disability trusts” (QDTs) and for estates for the first 36 months after death to allow for the administration of the estate. These two exceptions would continue to have access to the graduated rates. Existing estate-planning strategies involving life insurance or life interest trusts – i.e. spousal trusts, alter ego and joint partners trusts, and self-benefit trusts – may be affected negatively by the new rules, in particular. For example, a life insurance testamentary trust will be subject to flat top-rate taxation in 2016 unless it qualifies as a QDT. Trust and estate practitioners are awaiting guidance from the Department of Finance Canada in the coming weeks to provide more clarity on a variety of questions and concerns regarding the legislative changes. Trust and estate practitioners who attended this year’s STEP Canada conference also heard from speakers on key legislative changes, including limitations on the freedom to make a gift in a will in cases in which a testator has left directions in the will that contravene public policy, such as gifts intended for controversial organizations. Another subject that was addressed was U.S. tax law as it affects U.S. citizens living in Canada. Such dual citizens or green-card holders have a myriad of onerous tax-reporting obligations. Expatriations from the U.S. are rising, with one U.S. tax expert suggesting that expatriations from the U.S. this year will top 5,000 people, a new record, if current trends continue. Recent changes to legislation governing the taxation of testamentary trusts is likely to have dramatic implications for estate planning in Canada, particularly when the new rules kick in next year. “It’s the most significant change we’ve seen in [trust and estate planning] in decades,” said Pamela Cross, a tax partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa, speaking at the 2015 national conference of the Canadian chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada) in Toronto on Thursday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Luxury real estate sales rise in Toronto, Montreal; fall in Vancouver

first_img Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Luxury real estate sales flourished in Montreal with property sales over $4 million jumping by triple digits in the first half of 2019, but continued to dwindle in Vancouver, according to a new report.“Canada’s top-tier real estate markets veered in separate directions,” read a report released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, which tracked the number of condominiums, townhouses and detached homes sold for over $1 million and $4 million in major Canadian cities. The agency has previously forecast Montreal as an emerging hot stop set to make new records.Sales of properties over $1 million jumped 5% in the first half of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Sales of properties over $4 million soared 267% with 11 properties sold. Three such properties were sold in the first half of 2018.The agency’s experts noted an increase in international buyers — a group that includes new Canadians, permanent residents and investors, according to the report, as foreign buyers’ taxes in Toronto and Vancouver redirected international buyers to Montreal. However, the group still composes “a small percentage of overall top-tier sales activity” in the city, it said.There were “healthy increases” in sales of properties over $1 million in the Greater Toronto Area, where 8,612 such properties sold in the first half of the year — up 12% from the same time in 2018.Sales of properties over $4 million in the GTA fell 19%, which the report attributed to sellers of such homes not listing their properties on the Multiple Listing Service in favour of private sales. That shift comes after a change that makes more information public when homes are sold via the MLS.Industry experts expect this trend will affect real estate markets in other major cities more significantly in time, according to the report.Meanwhile, in Vancouver’s formerly heated housing market, luxury property sales continued to drop due to fallout from government intervention.“The market continued to bear the burden of tightened mortgage rules, multiple governmental policies and taxes, and hesitant sellers and fickle buyers lacking motivation to commit to transactions,” the report read.Homes sold for over $1 million fell 33% to 1,308 properties, while homes sold for more than $4 million fell 34% to 73 homes.Sotheby’s said a slow reconciliation between sellers’ expectations and the current market conditions “are setting the stage for activity at new levels” for the rest of 2019.“Evolving conditions in Vancouver real estate have created opportunities for prospective top-tier real estate buyers to consider housing options previously out of reach,” the report said, adding some potential buyers who were considering condos priced at more than $1 million have likely now shifted their focus to attached or detached homes instead.Sales of condos over $1 million fell 51% in the first six months of this year from 708 condos sold between January and June 2018 to 349 in the same six months of 2019.“The continued adjustment of housing prices is expected to renew interest and activity in the future,” the report noted of Vancouver’s single family homes priced over $1 million.The report also tracked prices in Calgary, where sales of properties over $1 million fell 21%. Keywords Housing GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB skyline of downtown montreal 123RFlast_img read more

2008 Will Be a Powerful Year for Visitor Arrivals – Bartlett

first_imgRelated2008 Will Be a Powerful Year for Visitor Arrivals – Bartlett 2008 Will Be a Powerful Year for Visitor Arrivals – Bartlett UncategorizedNovember 7, 2007 Related2008 Will Be a Powerful Year for Visitor Arrivals – Bartlett FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has said that 2008 is going to be a “very powerful year” in terms of visitor arrivals, noting that the reports of advanced bookings from tour operators are “extremely positive”.In addition, he said that the “reports coming out of New York and the whole North-eastern seaboard (of the United States), are all good”.Minister Bartlett, who was addressing a meeting held recently in Ocho Rios, said that the country is going for major growth, and he will “leave no stone unturned in seeking to find the attractions, the investment, more room accommodations and cruise developments, because we’re determined to bring more heads to beds, to convert lookers into bookers and to bring more feet to the streets of Jamaica.”“I’m going into Europe next week. We’re going to Russia, the emerging markets of China, India, Japan, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and we’re taking the Caribbean and Latin America because Jamaica can have 5 million stopover visitors by 2012 and we’re going for it,” he stated.With this projected expansion in visitor arrivals, Mr. Bartlett said it is important to have an efficient and buoyant local craft industry and an announcement will be made soon, on a major programme to develop the sector.“We’re going to give a new lease on life to the craft industry in this country concerning physical development, education and training, marketing and merchandising,” Mr. Bartlett stated.“We want to introduce a whole new concept of the management of that critical sub-sector in the tourism industry,” he added.The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), are critical partners in the thrust towards the development of the craft sub-sector, the Minister said.He noted that while the JTB invites the world to come to Jamaica, the TPDCo and the TEF are charged with ensuring that the tourism product is at its best.center_img Related2008 Will Be a Powerful Year for Visitor Arrivals – Bartlett Advertisementslast_img read more

Health Minister Calls for More Investments in Health and Education

first_imgHealth Minister Calls for More Investments in Health and Education Health & WellnessJune 3, 2009 RelatedHealth Minister Calls for More Investments in Health and Education RelatedHealth Minister Calls for More Investments in Health and Education Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has called on Governments in the region to invest more in health and education, to give the countries a sustainable, strategic advantage in an increasingly dynamic and competitive global marketplace.“We must begin to view health as a resource of fundamental strategic importance to the survival of the region. When placed within the context of a fundamental right, it becomes incumbent upon Governments to remove the impediments to accessing health care,” Mr. Spencer said.“Even as the region positions itself to address the severe and wide-ranging impact of a global recession, and the likely effect of the H1N1 virus, Governments should invest more in areas such as health and education, that will give us a sustainable strategic advantage in an increasingly dynamic and competitive global marketplace” he noted.Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, participates in the Council for Human and Social Development(COHSOD) of Ministers on Health and Education at the Ritz Carlton Resort, Montego Bay, St. James Wednesday (June 3). Activities in the two-day Conference were carried out under the theme ‘Winds of Change: Education and Health Collaborating to Advance Human and Social Development’.Mr. Spencer was addressing the opening ceremony of the 18th. Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) of Ministers on Health and Education, at the Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James Wednesday (June 3).He issued a challenge to COHSOD to recommit to its mandate to promote the improvement of health, including the development and organisation of efficient and affordable health services in the community.He said that the way forward must include the development of health and education policies which favour the poor, a gendered approach to policymaking and strategic regional leadership in health education and health information.Minister of Health Hon. Rudyard Spencer, (left) and Minister of Education Hon. Andrew Holness (right) share a joke as they participate in the Special Council for Human and Social Development of Ministers on Health and Education at the Ritz Carlton Resort, Montego Bay St. James Wednesday (June 3). Activities in the two-day Conference which will end tomorrow (June 4), are being carried out under the theme ‘Winds of Change: Education and Health Collaborating to Advance Human and Social Development’.“Jamaica has taken a bold step in the social policy arena. Our no-user fee policy in both health and education, will radically change the social landscape of the country. The Government views health and education as the twin hope of the people that will prove, in the long term, to be the most important life changing investments made in the social capital of the country,” Minister Spencer pointed out.He stressed that the region must seek the support of the international community, to advance a pro-poor policy agenda in health and education, as a fundamental prerequisite for human and regional development.“It is important that knowledge and skills, pertaining to healthy lifestyles, be entrenched in the syllabuses and assessments of all regional examinations,” the Minister told the over 70 delegates participating in the CARICOM Conference.Acting Custos of St. James, Enel Brydson, (left) along with representatives from the Ministries of Health and Education participate in the Special Council for Human and Social Development of Ministers on Health and Education at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Montego Bay St. James Wednesday (June 3). Activities in the two-day Conference which ends Thursday (June 4), are being carried out under the theme ‘Winds of Change: Education and Health Collaborating to Advance Human and Social Development’.Minster of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, who gave the welcome address, said that notwithstanding ‘binding’ budget constraints, education and health must remain a priority on Government’s development agenda.“This meeting of COHSOD, provides a rich opportunity to document our successes, hear best practices and, importantly, discuss and develop ideas, approaches and policies to address the challenges we continue to face in the health and education sectors,” he said.The focus on the establishment of a Regional Qualification Framework, through regional organisations, such as the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and the National Accrediting Bodies and Training Agencies, provide the platform to strengthen relationships and to help to deepen the integration process, he added.COHSOD’s two-day conference, being held under the theme, ‘Winds of Change: Education and Health Collaborating to Advance Human and Social Development’, ends Thursday(June 4). 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First Psychiatric Assistance Dog provided in South Australia

first_imgFirst Psychiatric Assistance Dog provided in South Australia Minister for Veterans’ AffairsA South Australian veteran is the first to receive an assistance dog from one of two new providers under the Australian Government’s Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program.Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Xena, trained by the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) in South Australia, has now been handed over to a veteran to support them with managing their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).“These dogs are specially trained to perform tasks that help with the recovery of their veteran handler and are trained to detect signs of distress and perform specific tasks to help alleviate those symptoms,” Mr Chester said.“We are hearing stories every day of how the program is changing the lives of our veterans and improving their quality of life by helping them manage their PTSD symptoms on a daily basis.“RSB is a 136-year-old organisation and their experience in training our canine companions will go a long way towards supporting veterans to manage their PTSD, which in turn helps those families that provide vital support.“The Government’s program continues to deliver positive results by providing a psychiatric assistance dog to eligible veterans with PTSD as part of their ongoing mental health treatment plan.”Xena and her veteran handler have now completed their training and share each day together.“Xena has been just wonderful for me. She has made me feel calmer, more settled, and my housemates have already /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Dogs, Government, mental, mental health, Minister, PTSD, quality, Society, South Australia, treatment, veteranslast_img read more