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Coronavirus: Consumers prepare to cancel holidays over virus fears

first_imgA third of British consumers are prepared to cancel holiday plans if the coronavirus persists. Four UK nationals who spent 16 days in quarantine on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise liner have tested positive for coronavirus (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Consumers prepare to cancel holidays over virus fears Angharad Carrick Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  Four UK nationals who spent 16 days in quarantine on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise liner have tested positive for coronavirus (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) If the virus persists there could be a significant knock-on effect on the retail and leisure sector. Six per cent of consumers currently avoid shopping destinations but this number could rise to 16 per cent if the coronavirus persisted. whatsapp Monday 24 February 2020 12:01 am In the UK a total of 6,152 people have been tested for the virus and nine people have tested positive for the coronavirus. whatsapp Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime A disparity in the perception over the current level of threat is playing out in differences in consumers’ habits. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoArticles StoneTeacher Throws Marine Out, He Gets The Last LaughArticles StoneUndocenter_img There is further anxiety and confusion around how shoppers can safeguard themselves from the coronavirus. Nearly half of all respondents (48 per cent) would avoid buying online from international sellers that ship products from China if the virus persisted. Around a quarter of consumers believe the threat is high in the UK, while 35 per cent think it is a moderate threat. “Consumers will shift this spending elsewhere as they substitute what they would have spent abroad to other areas of the economy.” Coronavirus: Consumers prepare to cancel holidays over virus fears New research from Retail Economics shows that 31 per cent of consumers are prepared to cancel travel plans. It puts £17.2bn of holiday spending on hold as people await clarity over the virus. Four UK nationals who spent 16 days in quarantine on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise liner have tested positive for coronavirus (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Consumers prepare to cancel holidays over virus fears Chief executive Richard Lim said: “If the virus persists, consumers are likely to cut back in three main areas: holidays and travel, eating out, and using public transport.” Concerned consumers, who believe the virus threat is high, are five times more likely to currently avoid travelling abroad and are 20 times more likely to avoid shopping destinations such as malls. Share Fears over the coronavirus add to an already fragile backdrop for consumer confidence. Lim added: “People are worried about Brexit, a weaker outlook for the economy, lack of savings, and how to shop sustainability amid concerns about the impact of consumption on the environment.” Retail Economics has suggested that concerns over the coronavirus could shift discretionary spending into other parts of the consumer sector or put more into savings. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Ketchikan remains an attractive cruise ship destination

first_imgSoutheast | Tourism | TransportationKetchikan remains an attractive cruise ship destinationSeptember 28, 2017 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:The Borda family disembarks from the Norwegian Jewel on Monday, Sept. 25th. Candy Borda is Ketchikan’s 1 millionth cruise visitor for 2017. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)The future remains bright for the cruise industry in Alaska, a cruise line association president said Monday during a shared during a luncheon.Cruise Lines International Association Alaska president John Binkley delivered the optimistic news to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.Audio Playerhttps://krbd-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/27CruiseUpdate.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Binkley said September 25, 2017, was an historic day as Ketchikan welcomed its 1 millionth passenger for the season.He then spoke about the economic impacts of the cruise industry to Southeast as a whole, to Ketchikan specifically, and around the globe.He cited data from a 2016 McDowell Group survey looking at current and projected numbers.For Southeast, Binkley says total visitor spending in the 2014-2015 season was $1.17 billion. There were a total of 11,200 jobs associated with the cruise industry, and payroll in Southeast amounted to $436 million.He said this is new money brought into communities.“No different than mineral extraction or oil development where we send our crude oil outside,” he said. “Money is brought back into the state. It’s the same way with visitors who come up with new money from outside our communities, outside our state, and bring new economic vitality to our state and communities.”For Ketchikan, Binkley said 96 percent of visitors coming into the First City arrive by cruise ship.On average, each passenger spends about $160, amounting to more than $1 million each cruise ship day.“If you’re on Front Street stuck behind a motor coach or waiting for crossing guards to let you through, just think about the million and a quarter dollars,” he said. “That’s $12,500 $100 bills falling out of everybody’s pockets, flying out the windows of those motor coaches, so keep your head down and look for those $100 bills on the sidewalk and see if you can pick up a few of those.”Binkley said adding the amount of money the cruise lines and crew members spend in Ketchikan amounts to $188 million per season.Statewide, Binkley says a total of 1,060,000 passengers are expected this year, an all-time record high for cruise ship visitors in Alaska.Binkley said though cruise ships aren’t seen in Interior communities, they also receive economic benefits from the cruise ship industry.“But we see about 225,000 cruise ship visitors that get off the ships in Seward or Whittier, go through Anchorage, usually by rail or motor coach up to Denali National Park, and then on to Fairbanks in the Interior.”Binkley said there are several reasons why there has been growth in the Alaska cruise industry.They include successful marketing, tax and regulatory stability, and Alaska’s attractiveness.John Binkley of Cruise Line International Association Alaska speaks at a luncheon with Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by KRBD)Also, he says recent expansion of the Panama Canal allows more ships to come to Alaska.“With the new canal, they can bring bigger ships from the Caribbean, in the winter time, right through the canal, into the Pacific and up to Alaska for the summer time,” he said. “That makes a difference as well, getting the larger ships that they can position in two profitable markets in different times of the year.”Political stability in the country also benefitted Alaska, he said.In addition, Binkley said the cruise industry is strong globally, especially in the Asian market. Ketchikan holds about 4 percent of the global market, and that percentage is expected to increase.The demand for Alaska will remain high, Binkley said, and 2018 will surpass 2017 as a record year.Larger ships, with greater capacity, will be coming to the state over the next two years. Binkley says communities need to be ready to embrace that growth, and have the infrastructure necessary to accommodate it.“Ketchikan really has been one of the leaders in looking forward to what is going to be needed – planning, making sure they are setting aside the money to be able to fund the infrastructure to meet the demand of the industry. And that really has allowed Ketchikan to grow and have that capacity here to meet demand.”Binkley said new cruise lines will be visiting Alaska in the coming years.Windstar Cruises has sailings planned for next season, and Viking, Azamara and Cunard will arrive in 2019.Share this story:last_img read more

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Dear Uber drivers: As its Spotify tie-up launches, you’re going to hear way more Kate Bush, One Direction – and Kirsty MacColl

first_img whatsapp Friday 21 November 2014 6:50 am Dear Uber drivers: As its Spotify tie-up launches, you’re going to hear way more Kate Bush, One Direction – and Kirsty MacColl The tie-up between Spotify and Uber launches today, meaning anyone who gets in an Uber cab can listen to their own tunes.The system works using a feature inside Uber’s app which connects to the driver’s phone. As long as it is plugged into the sound system, it allows passengers to determine what plays over the car’s speakers. The tie-up was announced earlier this week, and will launch in 10 cities including London, Singapore, Stockholm and Nashville, today. But what will the drivers’ poor ears be subjected to? Are they going to be depressed by emo passengers bent on listening to My Chemical Romance, or are they more into the Cheeky Girls? City A.M. turned to YouGov’s ever-useful profiler tool to find out what Uber users are into. The answer, surprisingly, is a heady mix of 80s classics, indie pop and, er, Gary Glitter:To be fair, it could be worse. From now on, Uber drivers are going hear a lot more Kate Bush and Wilko Johnson (who, for those not familiar, was in 70s pub rock band Dr Feelgood).And who doesn’t want to be lulled by the soothing tones of Minnie Riperton after a long night’s driving? Let’s just hope passengers can exercise restraint when it comes to One Direction, or we’re going to have a lot of one-star reviews on our hands… whatsapp Emma Haslett Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: Spotify Uberlast_img read more

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Donald Trump’s trade talk is making the drug industry uneasy

first_imgPoliticsDonald Trump’s trade talk is making the drug industry uneasy By Dylan Scott Aug. 18, 2016 Reprints The Trump campaign isn’t providing any clarity for now. Two campaign aides did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the issue.Despite its disquiet, the drug industry hasn’t been publicly opposing Trump on the trade issue. Several lobbyists demurred when asked about it, and the industry groups in Washington declined to comment on the record.That’s another part of the Trump riddle that the entire health care apparatus in Washington is trying to solve: How openly should they challenge a candidate hardwired for controversy and inflammatory rhetoric?Trade is a prime example. The industry feels strongly about it, but fears that going toe to toe with Trump would “inflame the beast,” as Mendelson put it.“They really don’t know just how threatening this would be if he were president,” he said. “Every health care group in Washington is feeling very ginger about picking its battles. If you criticize him, you make yourself the subject of his ire.” WASHINGTON — The drug industry is quietly troubled over Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade.The Republican presidential nominee has promised to aggressively renegotiate America’s trade deals — and to tear them up if need be. Those pledges are now rankling a biopharmaceutical sector that depends heavily on the deals to protect their intellectual property and, by extension, their entire business model.Provisions in the deals typically require participating nations to adhere to patent protections similar to those in the United States, to give companies relief if there is a delay in granting a patent, and to keep their clinical data confidential.advertisement Trump isn’t directly attacking the drug companies, as have Hillary Clinton and other Democrats on the campaign trail. But the industry is nonetheless concerned about his stance on trade, one of the issues where he seems substantively engaged.advertisement Ira Loss, executive vice president and senior health care analyst at Washington Analysis, a consulting firm that follows the drug industry and regulatory policy, said in an email that drug makers are “certainly not happy about [Trump’s] plans to undo trade deals that have advantaged the industry.”Others inside the industry, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, said they worry because Trump hasn’t specified how he would like to see US trade deals changed.The United States is a party to dozens of trade agreements with individual countries, as well as broader pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latter of which has not yet been ratified by Congress. Trump has directed much of his criticism at NAFTA and TPP specifically.Adding to the industry’s uneasiness is the promise it sees in developing nations as emerging new markets that will help sustain their business. Last year, IMS Health estimated that those countries would account for nearly half of the growth in global drug spending in 2018.That makes free trade agreements and their accompanying protections all the more important for pharma.“If the intent of it is to say trade agreements need to do a better job of ensuring US industries are not ripped off and taken advantage of by foreigners — which is kind of the way that Trump puts it — then arguably that’s not bad,” one industry official said. “But what I think it really means is these people just aren’t in favor of trade agreements.” Supreme Court’s ruling in patent case a blow to drug industry “These trade deals are lifeblood for the protections of the intellectual property that pharma maintains,” said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, a consulting firm that works with life-sciences companies. “When you start going in and saying we’re going to rip these up, you upset the balance.” Related: Related: Republican health care experts dismiss ‘buffoon’ Trump’s ideas Tags Donald Trumppharmaceutical industrypolicyPresidential campaign Mark Makela/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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‘Death with dignity’ measure in Colorado stirs controversy — and passion

first_img @judith_graham Palliative care and hospice care are the answer, not assisted suicide, Rastrelli said. Yet these services are not widely available outside metropolitan areas in Colorado, research indicates.On the other side of the divide, Dr. David Hibbard of Boulder, who’s board certified in hospice and palliative care, takes professional and personal comfort from the prospect of aid-in-dying.“While a vast majority of patients would benefit from hospice, there are a minority whose suffering can’t be well-addressed,” he said. Sometimes this suffering is physical; sometimes it’s emotional or existential. Addressing this misery is part of his obligation to patients, Hibbard said.Hibbard has a personal stake in the debate, too: Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, he uses a cane to walk and can no longer type or write independently. Should the time come when he can’t feed himself, dress himself, use the toilet, or get out of bed, he said he would consider aid-in-dying.“It’s an option I would like to have available,” Hibbard said. “I might not use it, but I would certainly be comforted knowing it was available to me.” At a hospice facility for children, a long goodbye is made a little less lonely Judith Graham By Judith Graham Nov. 4, 2016 Reprints The Catholic Church and other religious groups are fighting back, arguing that it’s “illogical” to for the state to allow some patients to hasten their deaths, even as taxpayers are funding a public health battle against suicide in Colorado.The measure has also drawn fire from disability rights advocates — among them, Carrie Ann Lucas, who has lived for years with a progressive neuromuscular disease that has left her reliant on a wheelchair, a ventilator, and a gastrostomy tube.advertisement That hasn’t happened: Igel, who is 41, recovered well from brain surgery, though she has to pace herself and is often exhausted at the end of the day. She’s cut back on work and started meditating. She prays, and tries to achieve a sense of balance in her life.“I wanted my diagnosis to make me a better person, and to learn lessons from it,” she said, sitting in the kitchen of her airy home in a Denver suburb.As Igel talked about the future, her eyes teared and her golden retriever came over to nuzzle her. She wants to be brave. But she doesn’t know what lies ahead.Ending her life is the last thing Igel wants to do. She has two young daughters she adores, a loving husband, a large circle of friends, and even plans for retirement.“I want to live as fully as I can for as long as I can,” Igel said, “but if I get to a point where I don’t have any quality of life and current medications aren’t keeping me comfortable, after consulting with my family and the people I love, I would consider it.”Aaron and Megan Igel, at home in a suburb of Denver. Judy GrahamIgel has the same type of tumor as Brittany Maynard, an eloquent 29-year-old with terminal cancer who made national headlines when she began speaking out in favor of the right to “death with dignity” in 2014. Later that year, Maynard swallowed a fatal dose of medication.Support for assisted suicide swelled.“After Brittany there was a sea change — a big national conversation,” said Toni Broaddus, acting director of political affairs for Compassion & Choices, a Denver organization advocating for aid-in-dying measures across the country.California voted last year to allow assisted suicide; the new provisions took effect in June. Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have similar laws, and Montana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the practice is legal in that state. Facing life’s end with grace Politics‘Death with dignity’ measure in Colorado stirs controversy — and passion Related: Related:center_img Colorado’s bill closely tracks the groundbreaking “death with dignity” law passed in Oregon in 1994. It applies to mentally competent adults told by two physicians that they have six months or less to live. Before someone can get a lethal prescription, he or she must make two voluntary verbal requests, 15 days apart, and submit a written request signed by two witnesses.Doctors must refer patients to a psychologist or psychiatrist if they suspect depression or other types of mental illness or cognitive impairment. Every case must be reported to state authorities. And coercion is punishable as a felony.Still, opponents say there aren’t enough safeguards to prevent abuse. The Denver Post, the state’s largest newspaper, came out in opposition to Proposition 106, calling it problematic and poorly crafted.The evangelical group Focus on the Family, headquartered in Colorado Springs, also opposes the measure, arguing that patients may be pushed into suicides to save money. “Doctor-assisted suicide is cheaper than treatment, and that’s dangerous in a profit-driven health care system,” Carrie Gordon Earll, the group’s vice president of public policy, said in a statement.Pressure from insurers, health care providers, and family members can be subtle but insidious, said Lucas, who founded Disabled Parent Rights, which provides legal services to parents and children with disabilities.“As disabled people, all the time we get the message that your life isn’t worth living,” she said.In Colorado’s physician community, there is deep division. The Colorado Medical Society surveyed its members in February; 56 percent favored “physician-assisted suicide” while 35 percent were opposed. The margin was tighter among doctors who frequently treat patients with terminal illnesses: 50 percent in favor, 41 percent opposed.The group voted to remain neutral on Proposition 106, but medical societies in Denver, Boulder, and Pueblo chose to endorse the measure.That alarms Dr. Alan Rastrelli, medical director of a Catholic hospice in Denver. “We physicians aren’t doing our job if people are suffering at the end of life. We should embrace the means to relieve suffering, not kill the sufferer,” he said. About the Author Reprints “We should be legislating to protect the most vulnerable people in our population, not putting them at further risk,” Lucas said.Megan Igel never expected she’d be in the thick of this controversy — a vote with the power to shape both her work and her life.A geriatric physician’s assistant, Igel has watched seniors ready to die linger on in hospice care, often for weeks, until at last their bodies shut down.“I wouldn’t want that,” she’s thought many times, abstractly.Then, a year ago, after worsening headaches, Igel was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surgery has bought her time. But it’s an incurable cancer that will recur. Doctors just can’t say when.Just before the diagnosis, Igel had helped care for a 25-year-old woman with the same type of brain tumor, an astrocytoma. The patient couldn’t talk or walk after surgery. “I told another physician assistant friend, ‘Don’t let me be like [her], wanting to die, trapped in my body, with no quality of life,’” Iger said. Judy is a STAT correspondent based in Denver. My sister made her end-of-life wishes clear. Then dementia took hold Related: DENVER — She wants to live, more than anything. But if her brain tumor returns, Megan Igel wants the freedom to end her life.A state ballot measure here in Colorado could give her a measure of control: It would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill adults who request aid in dying.Supporters have raised more than $5 million and a September poll found 70 percent of voters back the measure, which would make Colorado the sixth state to allow assisted suicide. (The Washington, D.C., City Council is expected to approve a similar measure later this month.)advertisement Debbie Ziegler, mother of Brittany Maynard, speaks to the media after California passed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. A similar measure is on the ballot in Colorado. Carl Costas/AP Tags 2016 electioncancerhospicepolicysuicidelast_img read more

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Thomasina Connell shares her thoughts on the recent Fine Gael selection and Women in Politics

first_imgHome We Are Laois Thomasina Connell shares her thoughts on the recent Fine Gael selection and… We Are Laois By Siun Lennon – 17th August 2018 Rugby Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleThe internet reacts to Laois’s Hottest MenNext articleLaois rents increase higher than national average in last three months Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Community Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Thomasina Connell shares her thoughts on the recent Fine Gael selection and Women in Politics WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Thomasina Connell at her desk in her solicitor’s office in Portlaoise Last Thursday, Thomasina Connell, a Portlaoise-based solicitor and 2016 General election candidate for Fine Gael, joined LaoisToday’s newest Unlaois’d podcast for a chat about everything from her decision to withdraw from the recent Fine Gael selection convention for the next General Election, to Laois never having elected a woman.Thomasina hails from Ballybrittas and has been actively involved with Fine Gael for years.Fine Gael Selection Convention Thomasina shocked the convention when she withdrew herself from the running after hearing there would be three people selected.“I think on the night of the convention I had put myself forward and made myself available obviously to be a candidate for Fine Gael in the next general election, something I very much was looking forward to but on the night having heard the directive was three candidates I made the decision not to it to go to a vote.I have a very good track record as a candidate I got 4,000 votes in the last election I think I have excellent qualities as a candidate and I know from the response i got in the room that very much came across. I suppose on the night i made the decision to withdraw my nomination on the basis of the directive being three candidates, and during the night becoming aware further divisions could have been caused within our own party and I would hate to continue to that.”Thomasina says it was a last minute decision, and why she had an objection with three people was for the good of the party.“I didn’t want to put the party through the vote and in my own experience that causes a massive divide but I think there’s a lot of promise into the future and I obviously want to represent the people of Laois long term and into the future, so there’s more to come.“How the cards may have fallen for other candidates I’m not sure that would have improved matters for own party. Obviously things behind closed doors, within the members of every political party there are things we have to do to push forward and to unify our party and I didn’t want to do anything to damage that.“It was a decision I made that I stand by and that I’m glad I made, we have the future to look forward to.”Gender Quota’sThomasina says she is a firm believer in gender quotas.“I think in terms of gender quota’s, I’m a firm believer in them. It’s 30% this time, by 2023 it’s going to be 40%.“Across the board there has been political effort to change this all the way through the 80’s and 90’s, until there was legislation, from Fine Gael I might add.”Thomasina finds parties have done a lot of work but I think there’s a lot to do in her own party, but also across the board.“I feel it’s not only women, it’s making it attractive to young people.Young People in Politics “My personal view, I think it would be really positive if we got a lot more young people involved.“We’ve got fresh idea’s, a lot of people fresh out of college, we’re ambitious, and to make a life in politics, as apposed to it being ‘i just decided to do this.’“As a young person myself, it was a big step for me to step out of the life I had and put myself out there and put my name on a ballot paper, and I think it can be a scary thing to do.“Some people understood, I guess I would be savagely perseverant, and most people who know me would know that. You can’t be a quitter in politics. I’m probably a dog with a bone and I probably have that reputation.”“Do I think my friends thought I was mad? No more often than not they were really proud of me from literally walking out of the life I had to put on my wellies and just start canvassing. By the end of the last election I was canvassing 18 hours a day, rain hail or shine.Political Role Model Thomasina is a pretty big fan of Kate O’Connell.“She’s a TD for Fine Gael in Dublin Bay South, apart from knowing from various women for election courses I’ve done in the past which are amazing.“She’s someone who’s at the front of the herd with her idea, and doesn’t care if anybody is behind her. If you have something that you’re really strong on, don’t care if anybody is behind you, because one day there will be.“She starting canvassing in 2015 in a general election that I guess was divisive in lots of way. She was suggesting that there should be a referendum, we should look to have a vote on this and lot’s of people told her ‘you’ll never get elected like that, look at your colleague Lucinda Cra, ‘she’s this and she’s that’.“Having an idea, going with it, and really being absolutely relentless, even when it’s an unpopular opinion, and I think you need to have conviction for that.She agreed with Pauline Madigan when it came to Mary O’Rourke.“I’ve good time for Mary O’Rourke, I was against her on a debating panel about a year and a half ago about the gender quota and we sort of tore strips off each other. She spoke to me at length after the debate, she gave me a hug and she said ‘you’re not a put on woman.’ I said thank you very much Mary I’ll take that as compliment.“She told me she actually had to go through four elections before she got on the ticket. She said every time they were driving home and she’d be crying her husband Enda would say ‘don’t this again.’ and she’d said oh I would resolve to retire from all of this stuff and she said and then I’d get a lease of life and I’d go again and she said eventually, I did get there. I think she’s a compassionate woman.”Future political aspirations Thomasina is very interested in becoming an elected representative.“There has been no convention for that yet but it’s something I would consider putting myself forward for. I’m very interested in representing people.“Of course in politics there’s good days and bad days but it’s not about me, it’s about other people and getting stuff done.“I remember we were down around Ballyadams, and I got lost talking to a lady about pensions and the car had sped on and somebody thought I was with somebody else. I was lost in Ballyadams it was about 10 at night, my phone had gone dead, the frost had started to come, I was skating around the roads in Ballyadams and I just thought ‘what am I doing?’”“I think going forward I am really looking forward to being apart of the political system in Laois/Offaly into the future and I think I’ll do a pretty good job.“I’m somebody that my ambition about stuff never wains, and so I’m never going to give up on this. I really enjoy the business I have and thankfully things have worked out.“Although I really love what I do I’m never going to give up on politics, I’m kind of obsessed.”Women in Laois Cathy Honan, Sinead Moore and Thomasina herself are the only women who have made the ballot paper in Laois.“We’re actually the only county that has never elected a woman.”“It’s a pretty poor record but I think things have to change and when you look at it it can be very difficult to actually get on a ticket, and to actually get through a convention, it’s in favour of incumbence, and maybe if you don’t have the right last name it can be even more difficult. Of course when you’ve a name like Tomasina, it can make things a bit easier.”SEE ALSO – BREAKING: Crash causing long traffic delays in Portlaoise TAGSFine GaelThomasina Connell last_img read more

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Errill leave it late to break Derrylamogue hearts and claim Roinn 2 Camogie Shield

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Sean Hennessy – 30th May 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Twitter GAA WhatsApp Brought to you in association with Roll n Bowl PortlaoiseDerrylamogue 3-2 Errill 3-3Roinn 2 Camogie Shield FinalErrill have just about snatched the victory over Derrymalogue to be crowned the Roinn 2 Camogie Shield champions. The game was played in a great competitive spirit right throughout.Derrymalogue started off to a cracking start when Niamh Peake and Ellie Flanagan rattled the net to hand their side a two goal advantage, but that was soon cut back to one when Niamh Hayes struck home for Errill.Errill then settled into the game and displayed some fine camogie, and would go on to end the half in flattering style when Chloe Dowling grabbed a fantastic goal and point before Sinead Rafter got her first point.Derrylamogue had been struggling in front of goal late in the first half but they managed to steady the ship with two quick points from Annie Dunne and Niamh Peake. Sinead Rafter put Errill back in front with a fine free.Derrylamogue had looked to have found a late burst that would pip them the game when the impressive goalie Aoife Grehan came out the field and got on the end of a great attack to slot home into the net.Now trailing, Errill went in search of score and it had looked as though their luck had run out when a goal mouth scramble was turned outward.But all was not lost as the impressive Chloe Dowling steered home a goal to snatch the lead. Errill were able to hold out to claim the win. Scorers – Derrylamogue: Niamh Peak 1-1, Ellie Flanagan 1-0, Aoife Grehan 1-0, Annie Dunne 0-1 Errill: Niamh Hayes 1-0, Chloe Dowling 2-1, Sineád Rafter 0-2.DERRYLAMOGUE: Aoife Grehan; Annie Dunne, Ava Hinch; Niamh Peake, Emma Kelly; Julie Ann Bennett, Ellie Flanagan. Subs: Eva Timmons, Alesha Farrell, Lucy McLoughlin, Holly Lawlor, Kelly Lalor, Aoibhin Kelly, Ciara Hennessy, Sorcha Hartnett, Aoibheann Murphy, Sophie Gardner, Emma Whiteley.ERRILL: Anna Cribbin; Bianka Podlucka, Emily Ryan; Sineád Rafter, Niamh Hayes; Chloe Dowling, Erin Hassett. Subs: Shauna Walsh, Lucy Barton, Eleanor Holohan, Keela Campion, Brenna Walsh Bowe, Ava Dowling, Lily Stapleton Higgins, Ruby Stapleton Higgins, Sophie Doyle, Aoife Lalor, Kate Kelly, Tara Phelan, Sarah Gilmartin, Lexie Meehan, Aoife Hennessy.SEE ALSO – LIVE BLOG: The final day of Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie action Home GAA Cumann na mBunscol Errill leave it late to break Derrylamogue hearts and claim Roinn 2… GAACumann na mBunscolSport Pinterest Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Errill leave it late to break Derrylamogue hearts and claim Roinn 2 Camogie Shield Facebook GAA TAGSCumann na mBunscol 2019Derrylamogue NSErrill Previous articleDaly duo down Stradbally as Timahoe claim battle of the parishNext articleCourageous Cuddy fires Shanahoe to Division 4 Shield success Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Facebooklast_img read more

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Two students honoured with Scholarship Bursary at Portlaoise College

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two students honoured with Scholarship Bursary at Portlaoise College Facebook Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd September 2019 Each year Portlaoise College award two students with a Scholarship Bursary worth €1,000 each which goes towards their third level education fees.This Scholarship Bursary has only been made possible through the hard work of our excellent Parents Council.The school’s Parents Council have financially supported student’s third level progression at Portlaoise College by fundraising each year to sponsor the Bursary.This year Illan Dunne and Anita Walas were presented with cheques of €1,000 each to help with their higher education studies.Illan is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce and Law (Hons) in Law with Politics at Dublin City University. Home News Education Two students honoured with Scholarship Bursary at Portlaoise College NewsEducation TAGSPortlaoise College Anita is completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Law (Hons) in Law and Business in University College CorkThese students were selected as they demonstrated a commitment to their studies throughout their Leaving Certificate, a strong work ethic and great enthusiasm in the classroom.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday GAA GAA center_img Pinterest Twitter Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Previous articleNews Diary: Pieta House golf fundraiser, woman in agri contracting and GOAL Jersey DayNext articleWATCH: Spine-tingling footage of 1996 All-Ireland Minor homecoming resurfaces LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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B.C. man faces 32 charges connected to $100M investment fraud

first_img The RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime group has announced dozens of charges against a Vancouver-area man in connection to a multimillion-dollar investment scheme. Sixty-one-year-old financial planner Arvin Patel faces 32 charges under the Securities Act. California fraudsman gets 10 years for $147M global investment scam Fraud in Canada continues to climb: StatsCan Related news Canadian Press Police allege Patel was partners with Rashida Samji, who the B.C. Securities Commission says defrauded investors of $100 million by promising their funds would earn money in a trust account while helping a winery. In January, the commission ordered Samji to pay $33 million in fines and $11 million in compensation to investors. See: BCSC fines former notary public $33 million Samji also faces theft and fraud charges and a class-action lawsuit, although none of the allegations against her or Patel have been proven in court. Insp. Mark van Schie says the scheme was based on offering returns from future investors instead of legitimate business endeavours.center_img Keywords Fraud Hedge fund founders face OSC charges Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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One Shelter Remains Open in Hanover

first_imgAdvertisements One Shelter Remains Open in Hanover UncategorizedSeptember 12, 2008 RelatedOne Shelter Remains Open in Hanover RelatedOne Shelter Remains Open in Hanovercenter_img RelatedOne Shelter Remains Open in Hanover FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With the effects of Tropical Storm Gustav, still being assessed in some areas, the Hanover Disaster Preparedness Committee, is reporting that of the 13 emergency shelters in that parish, one remains open.A family of eight still occupies the Axe and Adze Church of God Universal, in Eastern Hanover. This was reported at the monthly meeting of the Disaster Committee of the Hanover Parish Council, held at the Council’s Chamber in Lucea, on Wednesday (Sept. 10).According to Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinator for that parish, Olga Fae Headley, the Public Health Department, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Red Cross, the Councillor and Member of Parliament for the area, are all co-ordinating efforts, to get the family back into a residence of their own.Meanwhile, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Hanover, Dr. Dianne Stennett, in giving a report at the meeting, pointed out that post storm checks are still being carried out by public health officers across the parish, to ensure that health standards are maintained.“In terms of the parish water supplies, the two major water supplies in the parish functioned during the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav, and water quality checks revealed that the quality of the supplies remained intact during the storm and after. In terms of food safety, immediately after the tropical storm, officers were deployed to monitor all the major food handling establishments, there was no major deterioration in the quality of food, especially high risk food, and no condemnation were reported”, she stated.She informed that the Public Health Department, has embarked on a 27-day emergency vector control programme, to eradicate the increase in mosquitoes, that has affected the parish following the storm. She said that a plan for an additional 60-day vector control programme, has been submitted to the Ministry of Health and the Hanover Parish Council for assistance.According to Dr. Stennett, some of the areas visited under the present vector control programme include: Malcolm Heights, Haughton Court, Church Street in Lucea, Prosper and Haughton Lane.last_img read more

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