Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st September 2020 TAGSCoronavirusScoil Chriost Ri Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home News Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school News WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook News Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: All the best photos as Culture Night a huge success in LaoisNext articleJOB VACANCY: Killeen Civil Engineering seek to hire Quantity Surveyor LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic A case of Coronavirus has been detected in a Laois secondary school.The HSE informed parents in Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise, of the case via school management today.LaoisToday understands the person in question has not been in the school since late last week as they were feeling unwell.All parents of students in the school were informed of the case with those who weren’t deemed close contacts told “not to worry” and that they did not need a test.Classes for all unaffected students was able to continue as normal.Parents have been instructed to keep an eye on their child for any Covid-19 symptoms regardless until Thursday, October 1.This is the third known case of Coronavirus in a Laois school since they reopened at the start of the month.Last week, a case was diagnosed at Scoil Eoin Phoil Naofa II, Ballyroan – a primary school.Two weeks ago, a case of Coronavirus was confirmed in the Dunamase College secondary school in Portlaoise.In that case, only students who were deemed close contacts were asked to stay at home and the school moved to remote learning for those who could not come in.SEE ALSO – Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois primary schoollast_img read more

Winter Marchers in Baekdu Pilgrimage

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Winter Marchers in Baekdu Pilgrimage North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Newscenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2014.02.03 6:03pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

ICBC gets temporary chairman

James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In addition to serving as head of the ICBC, Taylor has also been deputy minister of Finance and secretary to the Treasury Board in BC, chief of staff to the premier, and he held a number of high-level positions with Alberta Finance in the 1990s. He is currently president of US operations for power company, TransAlta. Taylor has also served on a variety of private and public sector boards including NaiKun Wind Energy Group, B.C. Forestry Investment & Innovation, B.C. Automobile Dealers Association, TransAlta New Zealand and TransAlta Power Ltd., the Conference Board of Canada, and the World Wildlife Fund – Canada. The government announced earlier this year that it would conduct reviews of all Crown corporations, and it says that the review of the ICBC is ongoing. A report is expected to be released before the fall. Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments The British Columbia government has appointed Paul Taylor, former president and CEO of Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), as chairman of the ICBC board. Taylor is taking the job for 12 to 18 months on a volunteer basis. He will be compensated for expenses only. The position of ICBC chair has been vacant since January, when Nancy McKinstry resigned to pursue other opportunities. Keywords Appointments,  Insurance companies read more

U.S. boosts scrutiny of Treasury markets

first_img FCA seeks consumer duty standards U.S. securities watchdogs reviewing recent stock market turbulence Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton center_img The new rule requires that FINRA members report secondary-market transactions in Treasury securities — except savings bonds — to its trade reporting and compliance engine (TRACE). The data collected will not be reported publicly, but it will be shared with other U.S. financial regulators. “The Treasury market is the deepest, most liquid and most widely followed government-securities market in the world, and it is critical that regulators receive the data necessary to inform effective oversight of the market,” said Robert Cook, president and CEO of FINRA. The effort to boost oversight of U.S. Treasury markets follows unexplained volatility in the market that occurred in 2014. That event prompted an investigation by a working group comprising several federal agencies, which called for increased data collection in these markets. FINRA also noted that the implementation of the new requirements follows months of preparation and testing by the self-regulatory organization and its members. “Our existing TRACE utility has been ideally positioned to receive this important regulatory information in a manner that minimizes the incremental burden on member firms,” Cook said. Keywords Securities regulationsCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority U.S. securities regulators are stepping up surveillance of fixed-income markets with the implementation of new reporting requirements for Treasury trading. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has adopted a new requirement for securities firms to report certain transactions in Treasury securities. The rule gives regulators a new tool to use in exercisingoversight of this critical market. OSC adds three to IAPlast_img read more

Technology stocks tumble

first_img Ross Marowits Stock market quotes holyhikaru/123RF Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, suffered losses on the day as Apple Inc. closed down 5%.Fehr said the selloff isn’t a signal of broader economic or market issues that could drive further losses.“I would look at today’s downdraft as probably not necessarily the canary in the coal mine for something much worse to come from an economic or market level,” he said in an interview.But he warned there isn’t an end in sight for recent market volatility.“I think we’re going to get more of these bigger swings in the market as optimism pops back in to capture opportunities and then pessimism swings back in either to just take profits or to really focus on a narrow set of risks in the market.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 118.04 points to 15,156.40 after hitting a high of 15,263.74.Most sectors lost ground, led by health care and technology along with key materials, energy and industrial stocks. Defensive sectors like real estate, telecommunications and utilities closed higher.The performance of the industrials sector is a reflection of being in the later stages of the bull run along with an undercurrent about global trade worries and what that means for overall global growth, said Fehr.In New York, U.S. markets lost between 2% and nearly 3%. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 602.12 points or 2.3% to 25,387.18. The S&P 500 index was down 54.79 points at 2,726.22, while the Nasdaq composite closed off 2.78% or 206.03 points to 7,200.87.The December crude contract was down US26¢ at US$59.93 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up US6.9¢ at US$3.79 per mmBTU.Oil prices again lost ground despite some signals from Saudi Arabia that OPEC might cut production by about 1 million barrels a day. That prompted a reaction from U.S. President Donald Trump who tweeted that he hopes that doesn’t happen.“Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!” he wrote.Fehr said supply pressure and concerns about global demand produce a headwind to oil prices.“We could see a reflex in global growth that could prompt slightly higher oil prices but I would say oil is certainly facing plenty of headwinds when you look at that supply and demand dynamic and I don’t think that’s going to change in the immediate future.”Figures for the Canadian dollar weren’t available at deadline.The December gold contract was down US$5.10 at US$1,203.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.8 of a cent at US$2.68 a pound. North American markets started the week by closing lower on a broad-based decline led by the tech sector, while oil losses stretched to an 11th day.The rebound after October’s selloff lost steam Monday as some of the highest performing names from earlier in the year are becoming the laggards approaching the end of the year, says Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones. center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Hackathon targets global payments system

first_imga woman looking at her computer iStock The groups said that the hackathon, which is open for registration until March 8, aims to highlight the potential of new messaging standards (known as ISO 20022) that are being adopted by large parts of the world’s payment systems over the next four years along with application programming interfaces to enhance global payments.The competition will be judged by a panel that includes experts from Payments Canada, the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of England, the U.S. Federal Reserve, SWIFT and other organizations.Winning teams will be announced at the BIS Innovation Summit, which is slated for March 23-25. The winners will present their solutions to an audience that includes central bankers and payments industry players.“This joint hackathon with SWIFT shows how the BIS Innovation Hub can promote the smoother and more inclusive functioning of the global financial system by promoting the adoption of key standards,” Benoît Cœuré, head of the BIS Innovation Hub, said in a statement. Global banking regulators are holding a hackathon that will target innovation in cross-border payments.The fintech division of the Bank for International Settlements, known as the BIS Innovation Hub, along with SWIFT, the global financial sector messaging organization, are hosting a hackathon to examine the potential of new messaging standards in the payments industry to improve cross-border payments. Canadian VC funding shatters record in Q1 Keywords Innovation,  Payments systemCompanies Bank for International Settlements Related news BIS seeks fintech head for new Toronto office James Langton U.S. financial sector shares thoughts on a low-carbon economy Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Minister Wilkinson meets with U.S. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland ahead of Leaders Summit on Climate

first_imgMinister Wilkinson meets with U.S. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland ahead of Leaders Summit on Climate From: Environment and Climate Change CanadaReadoutToday, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The meeting built on a long history of cooperation on nature-related matters between Canada and the United States.Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The meeting built on a long history of cooperation on nature-related matters between Canada and the United States.The two reaffirmed their commitment to work together and with others to increase the scale and speed of action to protect nature and wildlife, including through supporting Indigenous solutions, and ensuring that conservation plays a role in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. They also noted their mutual commitment to protecting nature and combatting climate change in an ambitious and integrated way.Minister Wilkinson highlighted Canada’s recent commitments to nature – including the historic investments that it is making in nature protection, Indigenous-led conservation and nature-based solutions. The Minister noted Canada’s $4.1B in Budget 2021 in nature protection overall earlier this week, which means it will be able to achieve its goal of protecting 25 percent of its lands and oceans by 2025 and be well set to meet its 30 percent by 2030 target. These new funds will, in part, support the creation of new national wildlife areas, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and the expansion of Canada’s Indigenous Guardians programs and build on commitments to protect species at risk and engage in ecological restoration to restore biodiversity and tackle climate change.The Minister also noted that he is looking forward to participating in Secretary Haaland’s nature-based climate solutions discussion at the U.S.-led Leaders Summit on Climate tomorrow to share Canada’s perspective on the need to emphasize protecting intact nature in carbon-rich ecosystems as a primary strategy as well as to engage in ecological restoration such as planting trees and restoring wetlands and grasslands. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biodiversity, Canada, climate, climate change, conservation, environment, Government, Indigenous, meet, Minister, Secretary, species, United States, wildlifelast_img read more

Mayor calls for parking scheme around metro sites to support local business and residents

first_imgMayor calls for parking scheme around metro sites to support local business and residents “The introduction of temporary permit parking schemes must be investigated in the areas around the Metro station sites during construction, and I am calling on the NSW Government to partner with Council on this issue,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.“The potential impact to on-street parking around the three Metro stations that are to be constructed in our area is extremely concerning. Parking is already in high demand in the areas around these sites and our local businesses and residents need this permit scheme so they can continue to do business and get around our area.“I have already advocated for exploring the creation of additional off-street parking on Council owned land in Five Dock, and believe there is more to be done to support our community’s access to our town centres during Metro construction.”The NSW Government has not proposed any general construction worker parking in areas surrounding the station sites.“The measures outlined to date by Metro West, such as encouraging workers to use public transport, appear grossly inadequate in protecting our community from the increased parking demand,” Mayor Tsirekas said.“I am pleased to share that a report will be prepared for Council’s consideration outlining the operation and the merits of a temporary permit scheme.“This scheme will not be possible without funding and partnership with key government departments, therefore I am calling on support from the Minister of Transport and Roads and Shadow Minister for Transport and Roads requesting a meeting to discuss the issues surrounding car parking around Metro station sites and the potential for investment to support detailed investigations and implementation of the permit scheme.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Canada, Canada Bay, car, community, council, Government, Impact, investigation, Investment, local council, Minister, NSW, operation, public transport, Transportlast_img read more

Gov’t Looking to give Wider Powers to CAC

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t Looking to give Wider Powers to CAC By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t Looking to give Wider Powers to CAC RelatedGov’t Looking to give Wider Powers to CAC Gov’t Looking to give Wider Powers to CAC Foreign AffairsJuly 20, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is seeking to amend the Consumer Protection Act (2005), which will among other things, give the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) wider powers to provide legal representation. This was disclosed by State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, during her contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate yesterday (July 18) in the House of Representatives. The State Minister explained that in its current form, the Commission may sue only on behalf of complainants falling within section 7(2) of the Act that is, where the complainant is a minor, or is unable to act for himself/herself due to death, or infirmity, or where the Commission is personally aggrieved. “As such, the CAC has no locus standi (the right to bring an action, to be heard in court, or to address the court on a matter before it)to sue on behalf of members of the public at large. The proposed amendments seek to empower the agency to represent all categories of complainants, and allow enforcement proceedings in the public interest,” she explained. Also proposed is the establishment of a tribunal, which would reduce the time that matters are handled by the formal court system. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahamssaid the proposed amendments aim to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the CAC in carrying out its work, and allow for broader punitive measures for breaches of the Act. She noted that the CAC plays a critical role in areas such as market surveillance, consumer/business education, complaint resolution, and consumer protection and advocacy, noting that “in the environment that we live today, consumers would be at a serious disadvantage without the existence of the entity”. She further noted that in dealing with consumer complaints, the Commission continues to achieve a high resolution rate, pointing out that during 2011/2012,  a total of 1,960 complaints were handled, of which 1,739 or 87 per cent were resolved. “The CAC also secured compensation/refunds amounting to $12, 973,942 on behalf of aggrieved consumers,” she informed.last_img read more

Remember Where We Are Coming From – Dr. Phillips

first_imgRelatedPM Outlines Impact of High Energy Cost Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr the Hon Peter Phillips addresses members of the Montego Bay business community on Wednesday, October 22, at a luncheon hosted by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in honour of himself, and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dr Min Zhu, at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. RelatedDeputy Managing Director of IMF Commends Jamaica Remember Where We Are Coming From – Dr. PhillipsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay As the debate continues on the Government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the social impact of the structural adjustments being made to improve the economy, Minister of Finance and Planning Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips insists that these discussions must be put in context.“First… we need to bear in mind where we are coming from. It is often too easy to forget, once you have left the edge of the precipice, what it was like at that edge,” Minister Phillips remarked, while addressing members of the Montego Bay business community on Wednesday, October 22.The occasion was a luncheon hosted by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in honour of the Minister and Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Dr Min Zhu, at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay.Dr. Phillips pointed out that the journey started two and a half years ago with the cessation of the disbursements under the then IMF standby agreement.“We were in the situation where we were cut off from international and domestic capital markets. Our debts had increased to an unsustainable level. Debt servicing was consuming close to 60 per cent of (the fiscal) budget…our reserves were in free fall and growth was moving in reverse,” he recounted.The Finance Minister noted the sacrifices made by public sector employees who accepted a wage freeze; pensioners who agreed to reduced returns on their investments to help secure the support of the international financial community; and taxpayers who have sustained the austere measures necessary to achieve the 7.5 per cent surplus.He said Government must therefore stay the course as, “it makes no sense making the sacrifices and turning back before you have reached the goal that you set out to reach. To do that would be a betrayal of the years of wage freeze of the public sector workers. To do that would be a betrayal of the creditors, the people with their pension fund holdings, with their investments who gave up their earnings in order that Jamaica could return to a path of sustainable growth.”Minister Phillips said that now more than ever, the country must demonstrate the courage and determination to stay the course in order to realise three or five per cent growth, instead of one or two per cent.“It is necessary that we do not veer from the course that has been set if we want to sustain the rate of growth and indeed accelerate the rates of growth that are before us,” he stated.Dr. Phillips identified growth and job creation as the centrepiece of Government’s economic programme and pointed to the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector as one of the fastest growing, with the greatest potential to reduce youth unemployment.He also hailed the signing of a $14 million partnership agreement between the parent Columbus Business Solutions (CBS), and the Business Processing Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) for the establishment of the BPO Incubator in the Montego Bay Free Zone. This he said will make a great impact on the country’s unemployment figures.The Finance Minister lauded the major investment of $34 billion in the country’s tourism product by the Hyatt, Melia and Blue Diamond brands, noting that these will bring employment to 2,609 in the short run.In addition he noted, the Indigo Bay investment – a 36-room resort-type villa – in Point, Hanover, represents a $480 million and more employment prospects for skilled workers.Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Dr Min Zhu, endorsed the structural adjustment regime, and charged the government to stay on its trajectory.He also commended the private sector for its role through the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), in monitoring the fiscal operations of government.Minister Phillips and his Caribbean counterparts will be in attendance at the IMF World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank Forum, which is being held on October 23 and 24 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.The high level Caribbean forum brings together prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and other officials from the region along with senior officials from the multi-lateral agencies, and the private sector. Remember Where We Are Coming From – Dr. Phillips Finance & Public ServiceOctober 24, 2014Written by: Sharon Earlecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedRemarks by the Prime Minister at the 2014 High-Level Caribbean Forum Story HighlightsAs the debate continues on the Government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the social impact of the structural adjustments being made to improve the economy, Minister of Finance and Planning Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips insists that these discussions must be put in context.Dr. Phillips pointed out that the journey started two and a half years ago with the cessation of the disbursements under the then IMF standby agreement. Advertisementslast_img read more