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Direct Line unveils “successful year” despite taking a £217m hit from discount rate cut

Oliver Gill Gross written premiums were up 3.9 per cent to £3.3bn, with motor and home own-brand policies up 4.3 per cent.Net written premiums rose from £2.9bn to £3.0bn but underwriting profits fell from £175m to £70m.Operating profit from its ongoing operations fell from £521m to £404m, while headline operating profit dropped from £545m to £390m.Read more: Government cuts discount rate: Insurers to lose billionsThe impact of the change to the discount rate was £175m on the firm’s continuing results and £217m overall. Direct Line’s profits took a £217m hit as a result of the government’s decision to slash the discount rate last week.Reporting its annual returns – which boss Paul Geddes referred to as a “successful year” – the impact on profits was not as high as the £230m the firm said was the worst case scenario in the wake of the government decision.The figures Share Tuesday 7 March 2017 7:30 am 2016 was a successful year for Direct Line Group and I’m proud of the strong own brand growth achieved in a switching market, proving our competitiveness in all our key categories and channels. The fact was, though, the FTSE 100 firm had banked on the rate changing but only to 1.5 per cent and already provided for such a change in its previous forecasts. Not many expected the cut by the Lord Chancellor to quite so severe but many other firms had factored in that the rate was to be cut much lower than Direct Line’s position.Read more: Hastings takes £20m discount rate hit in its strideDirect Line will no doubt be rather miffed, in particular as it has ruined the group’s combined ratio – the total insurance losses and expenses as a percentage of the premiums written – which otherwise would have fallen markedly to the low 90’s.What the company saidChief executive Paul Geddes said: by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeYourDailySportFixRemember “7th Heaven”? Here’s What the Stars are Doing NowYourDailySportFixMiaw StoreSome acts from your cat may be a sign for alarm. Get to know it nowMiaw StoreMagellan TimesJada Pinkett Smith Opened Up About Her Son Saying The Words No Mom Wants To HearMagellan TimesUrbanAuntyThis Is One Of Her Most Iconic Dresses Ever Worn By A RoyalUrbanAuntyVitaminews20 Things You Should Always Buy at Dollar StoreVitaminewsCookingAmourCardiologist Suggests 5-Day Diet- a Safe Way to Lose 15 PoundsCookingAmourautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comRecetas Get5 Common Cancer Signs to Pay Attention ToRecetas GetTrade Schools | Search AdsThis Is Why More People Are Choosing Trade SchoolsTrade Schools | Search Ads whatsapp This positions us well in a market disrupted by the reduction in the discount rate, and allows us to target a 93-95 per cent combined operating ratio in 2017.We will continue to target improved efficiency and invest in customer and technology trends affecting our markets. Direct Line unveils “successful year” despite taking a £217m hit from discount rate cut whatsapp The firm’s combined ratio jumped to 97.7 per cent from 94.0 per cent in 2015, though with the adjustment to the Ogden rate factored in it was lower at 91.8 per cent. Once normalised weather conditions were factored in it was 93.5 per cent.Direct Line’s Solvency II ratio was 165 per cent, right in the middle of the group’s 140 per cent to 180 per cent guidance.Why it’s interestingJust over a week ago the discount rate was not a widely known phrase.But after Liz Truss’ decision to slash the rate that is used to calculate lump sum settlements for injury claims – and the related impact on both insurers and consumers – the media spotlight has shone brightly on it.In the wake of the decision last week Direct Line hastily put out a statement that profits would be hit by up to £230m. So the £217m posted today could well be a case of under promise and over deliver. read more

Daily Mail owner says digital ads revenue offsets decline in print: Full-year revenue up 3 per cent

first_img Daily Mail owner says digital ads revenue offsets decline in print: Full-year revenue up 3 per cent Share whatsapp Wednesday 26 November 2014 2:44 am Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) said preliminary full-year revenue rose three per cent to £1,864m, as digital revenues helped offset declines in print.DMG Media, the company’s media side which includes Metro and MailOnline, said full-year revenue remained unchanged.  Total advertising revenue was up five per cent, and the group said digital advertising revenue offset the decline from print across its media portfolio.Revenue growth for MailOnline was up 41 per cent and it had 185m monthly unique users in September.DMGT also said business-to-business (B2B) revenue rose 11 per cent to £1,069m. The company’s events and businesses sector offset lower profits at its financial modelling arm RMS.It also provided an update on risk modelling platform RMS(one), which was delayed at the start of this year, and led to a write-down in September.The group announced that it had taken a £45m charge in relation to the delay.Martin Morgan, chief executive, said:We took a difficult decision in the year to delay the launch of RMS(one), although we are confident that the new programme of staged releases to a small number of clients during 2015, with availability to a broader client base towards the end of the year, will benefit the business in the long-term.  Following the delay, there was an impairment of the RMS(one) asset value in the year. In addition, the increase in RMS’s costs, ahead of RMS(one) revenues being generated in 2016, will adversely impact DMGT’s profits in 2015. Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapplast_img read more

Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th anniversary special edition sells for £85,000 at auction

first_img Joe Hall Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th anniversary special edition sells for £85,000 at auction whatsapp Share Monday 26 January 2015 5:26 amcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL A PlayStation 4 console costs £329 from Tesco, yet a punter in Japan was prepared to pay a whopping £85,000 for a special edition version at auction. Sony held an auction for a 20th anniversary edition of the PlayStation 4 with the serial number 00001. The winning offer of 15,135 yen beat 1,585 bids to secure the console which comes with a grey colour scheme reminiscent of the original PlayStation, as opposed to the usual black and white versions available in stores. Some 12,300 anniversary editions were released by Sony, each of which were hand numbered and sold for around 49,980 yen (£373).  Sony said it will donate the fee to charity. A spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal:  We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations. The PlayStation 4 has been a big winner for Sony. Since its release in November 2013, over 18.5m units have been sold worldwide. In comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox One sold just 10m units by November last year. Industry analysts expect sales of the PlayStation 4 to reach 50m sales by 2018. last_img read more

City Moves for 01 June 2015 | Who’s switching jobs

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Aviva InvestorsThe asset management firm has appointed James Tothill as head of third party sales. He joins from Aria Capital Management, where he was head of strategic partnerships. Tothill has also previously worked as head of global partnerships at Henderson Global Investors.State StreetEffie Datson has been appointed global head of product for the financial services firm’s alternative investment solutions division. She joins from Deutsche Bank, where she was global co-head of hedge fund sales. Datson founded 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Europe, an industry association of 13,000 professional women in the hedge fund industry.Fenchurch Advisory Partners The corporate finance advisory firm has appointed Philippe Jacquemard as managing director. He was most recently senior vice president and head of M&A at XL Group, the insurance and reinsurance company. Jacquemard has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, and has also held positions at HSBC and Citigroup.Lloyds BankPaul Smith has been appointed head of trade finance at the bank. He has worked at Lloyds Banking Group for more than 31 years, and joins its global transactional banking team after working as area director for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking in the North West, and as a senior manager in the bank’s national risk management team.FTI ConsultingThe business advisory firm has announced the appointment of Andrew Jackson as director in its governance, risk and regulation practice. He most recently worked at KPMG, where he provided support to financial institutions concerning anti-money laundering, sanctions and countering terrorist financing compliance strategies. Jackson has also held roles at Barclays.AshurstJames Wood has been appointed partner in the law firm’s corporate division in London. He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he became a partner in 2001.Just EatThe restaurant delivery marketplace has appointed Lisa Hillier as chief people officer. She was most recently group HR director at Betfair.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. City Moves for 01 June 2015 | Who’s switching jobs More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.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.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tags: NULL Express KCS Sunday 31 May 2015 11:03 pm Sharelast_img read more

Federal eviction moratorium extended by Biden administration

first_imgBiden asks intelligence community to ‘redouble’ efforts to determine COVID-19 origins May 27, 2021 Senate Republicans unveil counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure plan — Here’s what’s in it May 28, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement WASHINGTON / AP — The federal moratorium on evictions of tenants who have fallen behind on rent payments during the pandemic has been extended by the Biden administration.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved to continue the pandemic-related protection, which would’ve expired on Wednesday. It has been extended through the end of June.The moratorium protects renters who might’ve otherwise lost their homes due to financial hardships brought on by the pandemic. Without the moratorium, many families would have to move into shelters or share crowded conditions with relatives or friends — furthering the spread of the coronavirus. To be eligible for protection, renters must earn $198,000 or less for couples filing jointly, or $99,000 for single filers; demonstrate that they’ve sought government help to pay the rent; declare that they can’t pay because of COVID-19 hardships, and affirm they are likely to become homeless if evicted. AdvertisementTags: EvictionsMoratoriumPresident Joe Biden RELATEDTOPICScenter_img AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Queen Elizabeth II to meet President Joe Biden next week June 4, 2021 LIVE NOW: Biden holds news conference following summit with Putin June 16, 2021last_img read more

LaoisToday’s top 25 Tweets of the Year

first_imgHome We Are Laois LaoisToday’s top 25 Tweets of the Year We Are Laois Community To signal the end of 2018, we thought it would be a good idea to do a list on the Top Tweets of 2018 from Laois Twitter users.There is a range of ages, genders, well-known and perhaps lesser-known Twitter users, but all have produced top quality Tweets in 2018.The tweets range from serious to funny, hopeful to sarcastic and everything in between.It was a tough job narrowing it down to just 25 – but with the help of our regular Tweets of the Week – we hoped we’ve shown some of the best tweets Laois has to offer.So sit back, relax and maybe enjoy a laugh or two at LaoisToday’s Top 25 Tweets of the Year.25. Women’s sports getting recognised in O’Moore Park I’m 18 years of age and this Friday is the 1st time I will ever get to play in O’Moore park.. Kinda sad how it’s taken this long to get the adult Camogie and LGFA finals into O’Moore Park when I’ve watched u12 boys finals been played there! @CLGLaois @LaoisToday #supporthersport— Saz🤷🏻‍♀️ (@cuddy_sara) September 17, 201824. Laois winning big on Winning StreakMAMMY’S GOING ON WINNING STREAK AND I’M IN FUCKING AUSTRALIA 😭 pic.twitter.com/AwQYxSPCqq— Helen of Troy (Bolton) (@HelenFlynn2) October 13, 201823. Causing Visa cards to stop working throughout EuropeI would like to make an apology as Sharon, 45, Penney’s customer, has informed me that in fact it is my fault Visa cards have stopped working all over Europe— Sey (@Seylaviee) June 2, 201822. Baby’s first wordsZach has a little Laois flag and everytime he picks it up everyone always goes Laois Laois Laois and now his first proper word is Laois and im in a hape over it. Like I Made You say mammy— Jade 🌸 (@jade_geoghegan) July 24, 201821. You can’t splurge with coinage If you buy something using coins it doesn’t count— Lauren from Tonga🎅🏼 (@Lauren0809) October 14, 201820. ‘Is Laois even a county?’ YESCould we maybe swap the six counties for Dublin?? Would probably take a few unionists over the Dubs saying “is Laois even a county” every five minutes— Senan🎅🏻 (@senhobnewxx) October 19, 201819. Portlaoise loves CheddarF*** mozzarella, Portlaoise is Cheddar only #GAA pic.twitter.com/Zqgb5V7WEG— UnOfficialGaa (@UnOfficialGaa) July 16, 201818. Student budgets Loving all the 20% off for students in my favorite shops, pity I can’t afford the other 80%— Fiona Ryan (@fionaryaan) September 26, 201817. ‘Laois, Laois, Laois’ x100Does anyone have all the lyrics to the ‘Laois Laois Laois’ chant handy? Need to learn them before the start of the league campaign— David Lawlor (@davidlawlor222) November 22, 201816. The Laois Rose representing independent women The Laois Rose is a strong independent farmer who don’t need no man with road frontage, she’s got her own. #RoseofTralee— Brianna Parkins (@parkinsbrea) August 20, 201815. A fitting tribute Evan O’Carroll, who sadly lost his dad this week, kicks the last point as Laois reach the Leinster Final. Lovely moment— Will O’Callaghan (@willocallaghan) June 10, 201814. Daycent beours*i see a girl i like*My Brain:Don’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itDon’t say itMe:Your Such a daycent beour….Mupouuuvehhhh— Ricky Maher (@RichardMaher1) November 15, 201813. Getting helpI sound like a broken record & a do gooder which I’m not but this week will swollow the best of men , look out for your buddies , gambling is a cruel game , Cheltenham is like xmas for the gambler but we all know January does be bleakGambling Helpline : 1800 75 37 53— Gary Walsh 🚑 (@GaryWalshLaois) March 13, 201812. The struggles of dressing for EPTrying to put EP outfits together that accommodate rain, wind, heat stroke, frost bite and constant humidity all in one is fun little task— Grace (@BirchGrace13) August 8, 201811. A detailed history of PortlaoiseThe reason behind the name Portlaoise was to trick the English into building a load of boats in Laois thinking that we were an inland port only for us to laugh at them safely inside the town while shouting “Also” at them, thus beginning Portlaoise sarcasm— Shane Whelan (@AtchyMcAtchface) October 16, 201810. A woman and her dogMe to parents: nightMe to my dog: goodnight my sweet prince angel face beautiful gorgeous boy who I LOVE with my whole heart— Aoife Cooney (@aoifecooneyy) February 23, 20189. Club rivalries uniteIsn’t that what it’s all about? @ODempseysgfc and @PortlaoiseGAA having the craic together after a cracking senior final yesterday. Pure GAA right there. pic.twitter.com/4DZzDVz1i9— Cormac O’Malley (@cormacpro) October 15, 20188. Stephen Attride’s braveryGreat to see the captain smiling after 25 stitches, a double skull fracture and concussion. As brave as they come Steven Attride pic.twitter.com/JU5QBwXtPA— Jack Nolan Locksmith (@NolanInfo) June 11, 20187. Describing Laois to strangers “Where are you from?”“Ireland”“Where in Ireland?”“Portlaoise”“Are Laois and Portlaoise two separate counties?”“No”“So where are you from”“Electric Picnic,I’m from the Electric Picnic,my brother is Robert Sheehan and everyday I work in the big prison across the road” https://t.co/3wNiBBX8nA— Cathal O’Sullivan (@mista_osullivan) June 4, 20186. What do they actually do in Riverdale? Do the teenagers on riverdale ever actually go to class or do they just do musicals and get murdered— Bronagh🌼 (@bronagh_scully) May 17, 20185. Telling talesImagine your ma lying to you about santa for 10 years but I lie about my whereabouts of a Sunday morning for mass and I’m a disgrace???— David Lawlor (@davidlawlor222) November 26, 20184. Sing songs in the campsite at EPElectric picnic line up is savage. Can’t wait to miss most of the acts I want to see because there’s an unreal sing song in the campsite— Darragh Nolan (@darragh_nolan) August 3, 20183. Don’t mind what they sayJust heard someone say “you shouldn’t care if a group of girls don’t like you, cos chances are they don’t even like each other” and it’s so true hahaha— Éadine Goose Westman (@EadineW) October 10, 20182. Emily Ratajkowski on the GAA hour Hi Emily, i’m wondering if you’d like to come on my podcast @thegaahour to discuss the game? we’d need you there in person, audio quality on the phone can be hit and miss https://t.co/xFnRGqVQdo— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) March 14, 2018 Twitter Makeup looks from the early 2000s Facebook Pinterest Twitter 13 year olds who cut crease their eyeshadow and contour their faces won’t build character like those of us who wore dream matte mouse and the Naked pallet for a solid 4 years. A face like a hard boiled egg, half baked on the lid and dark horse on the crease x stunning x— Claudia (@StingsPen) August 6, 2018 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening center_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st December 2018 LaoisToday’s top 25 Tweets of the Year Previous articleThat was My Year: Chairperson of Cumann na mBunscol Laoise Shane MaherNext articleJOB VACANCY: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel looking to fill a key role LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Pinterest Facebook Council last_img read more

Classy Courtwood defeat Kilcruise to mark senior return in style

first_img GAA Facebook Courtwood Brought to you in association with Sammy Kelly BuildersCourtwood 4-14 Arles-Kilcruise 1-11Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship Round 1Courtwood marked their return to the top table of Laois football in serious style tonight as Eddie Kinsella’s charges ran out comfortable winners over Arles-Kilcruise this evening.They kicked 4-14 and all bar one point of it came from play in a very impressive display in their first senior game since 1994. Goals from Niall Dunne, Luke Doyle, Matt Kelly and Danny Luttrell did the trick as they advanced to the winners section where they will face reigning county champions Portlaoise.The sides were level after six minutes as Ross Munnelly (2) and Chris Conway saw efforts cancelled out by Niall Dunne (2) and Niall Donoher for Courtwood before they took over. Classy Courtwood defeat Kilcruise to mark senior return in style They scored 1-5 without reply to race into an eight point lead by the midpoint of the half.Niall Donoher landed another point while Luke Doyle added a brace and Alan Kinsella hit another before we had the game’s first goal.Sean O’Flynn showed his power and pace to shrug off the attentions of David Conway before unleashing a shot which came back off the upright only to fall into the waiting arms of Matt Kelly who stepped inside Padge Conway before blasting the ball to the net.Kilcruise replied with two more frees from Conway and Munnelly before Courtwood had the ball in the net once more after 22 minutes.This time it was all about championship debutant Seth Burns Mooney who galloped forward and found Matt Kelly who punched the ball to Danny Luttrell and he rifled a thunderbolt to the roof of the net.Ross Munnelly and Matt Kelly traded points before Courtwood had another goal chance when Conor Hogan played in Niall Dunne but this time Kilcruise keeper Ciaran Lawlor made a brilliant save.Kilcruise brought the half to an end with a Chris Conway free but they trailed 2-9 to 0-7 at the break.Courtwood extended their lead on the resumption of play through Niall Dunne but Kilcruise got a lifeline with something of a fortuitous goal.Referee Mick Tarpey initially gave a free against Brendan Conway but then realised he was pointing the wrong way and gave the free to the Kilcruise man.Courtwood were moving out out of the defence thinking the free was theirs and that gave Kilcruise space which David Conway raced into. He then fisted the ball towards Chris O’Donovan who punched it back across the square where the unfortunate Rob Flynn diverted it into his own net.Courtwood responded to that set back with a Niall Donoher point and then got their first free of the match after 40 minutes through Luke Doyle to make it 2-12 to 1-7.They then got their third goal. Cian Doyle did very well to break the ball in midfield to Niall Dunne and he rampaged forward before smashing the ball into the top corner of the net.And they put the game to bed with 15 minutes to go. Superb pressure from Alan Kinsella saw him rob Antony McElroy of possession and break forward where he unselfishly laid the ball off to Luke Doyle and he buried it in the net to put 13 points between the teams.Kilcruise were really rattled now but they got just their second and third points from play via Chris O’Donovan and Ross Munnelly but Matt Kelly left 12 in it with ten minutes to play.Conor Hogan and Ross Munnelly traded points as we entered six minutes of injury time which passed without another score.Courtwood advance to play Portlaoise while Kilcruise now face Ballylinan in a game where the loser will face a relegation semi final.SCORERS – ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ross Munnelly 0-7 (five frees), Chris Conway 0-3 (three frees), Chris O’Donovan 0-1 COURTWOOD: Luke Doyle 1-4 (one free), Niall Dunne 1-3, Matt Kelly 1-2, Niall Donoher 0-3, Danny Luttrell 1-0, Alan Kinsella and Conor Hogan 0-1 eachARLES-KILCRUISE: Ciaran Lawlor; Cialann Mulhall, Padge Conway, Anthony McElroy; Stephen Miller, John P Conway, Conall Brennan; Chris O’Donovan, Kevin Meaney; David Conway, Brendan Conway, PJ Lawlor; Chris Conway, Dylan Waters, Ross Munnelly. Subs: Caomhan Brennan for Waters (36), Dylan Waters for McElroy (59, inj)COURTWOOD: Matthew Byron; Barry Donnolly, Mark O’Halloran, Colm Wilson; Sean O’Flynn, Rob Flynn, Seth Burns Mooney; Niall Dunne, Conor Hogan; Danny Luttrell, Niall Donoher, Cian Doyle; Matt Kelly, Luke Doyle, Alan Kinsella. Subs: Andrew Flynn for Wilson (42), Rory Doyle for Donoher (59)Referee: Mick Tarpey (Kilcavan)SEE ALSO – Pregnant with quadruplets: Laois mother-to-be reveals shock and excitement ahead of four little arrivals Facebook TAGSArles-KilcruiseArles-Kilcruise v CourtwoodCourtwoodLaois SFC 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA By Alan Hartnett – 31st July 2019 WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Arles-Kilcruise take on Courtwood in SFC Round 1Next articleRemember the Game: Portlaoise deny Castletown six-in-a-row in 2004 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter GAA Pinterest Home Gaelic Football Club Football Classy Courtwood defeat Kilcruise to mark senior return in style Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA Pinterestlast_img read more

Slow progress on facilities for Rock of Dunamaise

first_imgHome News Council Slow progress on facilities for Rock of Dunamaise NewsCouncil Pinterest “I’d like to see progress sooner rather than later.”The response from the council came from Dom Reddin in the tourism office which said that the council is “currently examining options for the provision of a car park and appropriate interpretive signage”.It explained that a geophysical study was carried out in January “on the recommendation of the National Monuments Service to identify the likely extent of subsurface archeological remains”. Having additional parking, toilet and information facilities at the Rock of Dunamaise has long been an issue with local county councillors in Laois and it was raised once again at Wednesday’s meeting of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District.A motion from Emo-based Fine Gael councillor Tom Mulhall called for an update on the planned car park for the Rock of Dunamaise.“We underestimate the Rock of Dunamaise in Laois but a huge volume of people visit there,” said Cllr Mulhall.“A car park is only the start of it. It is a mjor tourist attraction and an interpretive centre was mentioned as well as more signage and toilet facilities.“It’s going to be a long haul but we need to be selling what we have in Laois. I’d like to see Laois County Council, the Office of Public Works and Heritage Society all come together. Previous articleDisabled drivers the loo-sers due to inconvenience of new public convenienceNext articleLaois TD Stanley calls on Fianna Fail to stop ‘playing games’ and enter talks Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival GAA Facebook Slow progress on facilities for Rock of Dunamaise RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSGraiguecullen Portarlington Municipal DistrictPaschal McEvoyRock of DunamaiseTom Mulhall “The views of the National Monuments Service have been requested following the results of the survey before proceeding further.”Cllr Paschal McEvoy, who is chairman of this district, said that he has been looking for additional facilities at the Rock of Dunamaise for some time – but not everybody is of the same view.“I got calls from people and it was brought up with me when I was canvassing from people who didn’t want car-parking or toilets there as it would lead to anti-social behaviour.”SEE ALSO – People reporting drug dealing should be ‘protected at all times’ Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 20th February 2020 Twitterlast_img read more

Popular Laois festival falls victim to Coronavirus for second successive year

first_img TAGSDurrow Scarecrow Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter Council WhatsApp Pinterest They said: “It is with a very heavy heart that we can now confirm that the 2021 Durrow Scarecrow Festival will not be taking place this year.“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Durrow in 2022, for a fun filled family festival.“Until we can be together again, keep you and yours, safe and well.”The festival began in 2010 and ran for ten successful events before Covid forced its first break in 2020.A date has already been set for the 2022 festival – July 24 to August 1. WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest The Durrow Scarecrow Festival has fallen victim to the Coronavirus pandemic for the second successive year.This year’s festival was set to run from July 25 to August 2 but will now not take place.Organisers have taken the decision now in the interest of health and safety of all. Twitter Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months By Alan Hartnett – 30th March 2021 SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: Meet the brothers who traded The Heath for Bulgaria to follow their dreams Previous articleNew bill aims to dramatically improve the lives of carersNext articleLaois Gardai: Drug driving, Covid-19 breaches and calls for Gardai to be vaccinated 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. Electric Picnic Popular Laois festival falls victim to Coronavirus for second successive year Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home Lifestyle Entertainment Popular Laois festival falls victim to Coronavirus for second successive year LifestyleEntertainmentlast_img read more

Banana Consumption Campaign to be Launched at Denbigh

first_imgRelatedBanana Consumption Campaign to be Launched at Denbigh Advertisements RelatedBanana Consumption Campaign to be Launched at Denbigh Banana Consumption Campaign to be Launched at Denbigh UncategorizedAugust 1, 2008center_img RelatedBanana Consumption Campaign to be Launched at Denbigh FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, will officially launch the country’s ‘Banana Consumption Campaign’ on Saturday, August 2.The launch, which will take place at the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show in Clarendon, is geared at promoting the increased use of banana in the Jamaican diet.This campaign will be conducted over seven months and will serve to educate stakeholders and the general public about the benefits to be derived from their consumption. Persons will be sensitised through a series of promotional activities in schools, hotels, supermarkets and other channels.Banana has been an important staple in the Jamaican diet for hundreds of years, and is highly favoured as a substitute for more expensive imported staples. It has a refined and healthy fibre content and is as satisfying to the palate as rice, cornmeal, flour and other staples, which have traditionally been consumed by Jamaicans.The increased promotion of bananas, plantains and other local staples, signals the Government’s commitment to ensuring the country’s food security, given the global food crisis.In an attempt to combat the problem, the Government is seeking to implement several initiatives to completely transform the agricultural sector. Chief among these, are the registration of farmers to better monitor the growing of crops, increasing the number of Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) extension officers; and implementing a National Disaster Risk Management Programme for the sector.The Annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show is being staged from August 1 to August 3.last_img read more