London’s West End rolls out dozens of portable loos as it reopens

first_img“I think it’s really important that we have more cleaners around during the trading day, and I think that physical reassurance that cleaning operations are happening will help people. Tags: Coronavirus Quieter streets whatsapp This is part of a wide push to instill confidence among consumers that the area is as hygienic and safe to visit as possible amid the pandemic. “We’ve almost tripled the cleaning operations, so although they will not be wearing hazmat suits they will have protective equipment that you’d expect of cleaning operations everywhere at the moment.” By mid-February, people were already avoiding the usually bustling restaurants of Chinatown, following false reports that the disease could be caught more easily there. Social Distancing signage on Oxford Street (Getty Images) Also Read: Shorter hours and portable loos: How London’s West End is reopening shops after lockdown Tyrell tells City A.M. that the streets are likely to be lined with “dozens” of the portable toilets over the summer.  Different opening hours More cleaners will be operating during daytime hours, where they would usually have taken evening or early morning shifts, Tyrell adds.  Bigger pavements “We’re really not expecting high demand over those first few weeks. We expect around 15 to 20 per cent of footfall.” Brian Bickell, chief executive of Shaftesbury, which owns most of the property in the neighbourhood, says the first priority is to increase the amount of pedestrian space. Meanwhile the many carefully curated streets of Seven Dials, Soho, and Shaftesbury Avenue could also become home to thousands of items more commonly found in muddy music festival fields: portable loos. Dozens of portable loos will line the streets of central London for the next few weeks (Getty Images) Meanwhile, when pubs and restaurants open again, their licencing restrictions – usually exceptionally tight in the area – could be relaxed, giving punters more flexibility over when they can have a drink. Show Comments ▼ The West End was one of the first areas of London to suffer the economic damage wrought by coronavirus, even before lockdown. Share But with social distancing measures in place, the streets of the West End are going to look very different to the ones shoppers left behind. Social Distancing signage on Oxford Street (Getty Images) Cleaners out in force “We’re never going to see a summer like it again.” Shorter hours and portable loos: How London’s West End is reopening shops after lockdown “We’ll need extra toilet facilities,” adds Bickell. “People are not necessarily going to go to the loo inside a restaurant if they’re sitting outside.” The usually busy Oxford Street will likely be relatively quiet (AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp “Once the food and beverage sector opens up again, hopefully gone are the days of having lots to drink and peeing in the street,” he says. Monday 15 June 2020 12:01 am “But this is an opportunity to really make this a pedestrian friendly city, and I think a lot of those measures are really going to be here for a long time.” Perhaps the most striking difference between the West End of the past and that of the coming summer, however, will be just how few people are about. 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Now, after months of lockdown-induced hibernation, businesses across the neighbourhood – which includes the UK’s busiest shopping streets Oxford Street and Regent Street – are set to re-emerge today. Shops will initially have much shorter opening hours, so as to avoid rush hour and reduce the amount of people inside at any one time.  “We haven’t got the international tourists, we haven’t got the UK tourists, and we haven’t got the office workers on anywhere near the scale we had before lockdown,” he says. Social Distancing signage on Oxford Street (Getty Images) Also Read: Shorter hours and portable loos: How London’s West End is reopening shops after lockdown Alex Daniel Cleaners will be out in force in the West End (Getty Images) Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Social Distancing signage on Oxford Street (Getty Images) Also Read: Shorter hours and portable loos: How London’s West End is reopening shops after lockdown Workers install floor stickers on the pavement on Oxford Street (AFP via Getty Images) “[The lack of tourists] should give Londoners particularly the confidence to come into the open air,” he says. “We might get some licensing relaxations as well so people can trade a bit longer in the evenings,” says Bickell. “We might have it so you can maybe even just go into a restaurant and have a drink, and you don’t have to eat necessarily.” With shops reopening this morning, Tyrell says many are expecting as little as one-sixth of the usual footfall. However, he adds, this could give Londoners a chance to explore the West End with more freedom, with fewer people on the usually teeming streets. “Obviously you can’t just plonk tables and chairs down anywhere. There has to be an element of servicing that goes with it, and those streets have got to be kept open for emergency vehicles.” Portable loos on the streets Jace Tyrell, chief executive of business group the New West End Company, adds that signs both on the pavement and at eye level will be installed to help people maintain social distancing. “More space means we can have tables and chairs out on the street, so that restaurants and bars have an opportunity to start getting more turnover,” Bickell says. “There are going to be hundreds of red dots all over the pavements and signage on the streets,” he says. last_img read more

Antonio Horta-Osorio signs off at Lloyds with a £1.4bn post-tax profit

first_imgWednesday 28 April 2021 8:30 am whatsapp Changing working patterns The chief executive said staff had been just as productive at home, and as a result hybrid working will continue and the office will be used as more of a collaborate space, where staff can book space, should they want to go into work. whatsapp He said: “It is with both pride and sadness that I will step down as group chief executive later this month. Most importantly, the Group is well placed for sustainable success and the publication of Strategic Review 2021 in February shows that the Group has clear execution outcomes for 2021, underpinned by long-term strategic vision”.  Josh Martin Antonio Horta-Osorio signs off at Lloyds with a £1.4bn post-tax profit These will be the last results overseen by Credit Suisse-bound Horta-Osoria, who led the bank back out of partial state ownership and departs at the end of this month. Lloyds’ (LLOY) share price was up around 4.3 per cent soon after the market opened following the positive results. Pre-tax profit for the period was £1.9bn, well ahead of ananlysts expectations of £1.3bn. Tags: Company Lloyds Banking Group Pleasing progress In terms of lowlights, when Horta-Osoria started at the bank, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the bank was in a precarious position. He said he was not able to speak about the situation at the bank, which made the situation worse, ultimately leading to him having to take a few weeks away from work due to exhaustion. “Overall, Lloyds will be pleased with the progress it is making, particularly with regard to those factors within its control. The share price has also seen the benefit of its improving fortunes, having added 43 per cent over the last year, as compared to a jump of 17 per cent for the wider FTSE100,” he said. center_img In wake of pandemic-led changes to working practices, Lloyds has added itself to the list of companies making permanent changes to working patterns. At a press conference this morning, the outgoing chief said his Lloyds highlight was the day the bank was told by the Treasury that the government had sold its final shares, “we quickly put everyone online and I congratulated everyone for returning taxpayer’s money, that was a high moment,” he added. Lloyds Banking Group was boosted by the release of a £459m chunk of its provisions for expected bad loans due to the pandemic, with a net improvement of £323m, compared to a forecast of £357m of additional impairments. Antonio Horta-Osorio is leaving Lloyds to become chairman at Credit Suisse by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepedia The banking giant’s statutory profit after tax for the three months to 31 March 2021 was £1.39bn compared to £480m this time last year. “Recent momentum is similarly strong, with a 59 per cent spike since the announcement of the vaccine in early November. With a steady hand on the tiller, the bank remains well regarded by investors, and the market consensus of the shares as a buy will likely remain intact following this update.” Lloyds bank posted a £1.4bn after tax profit for the first quarter, up nearly 200 per cent on the same time last year, in boss Antonio Horta-Osorio’s final results at the helm. Antonio Horta-Osorio is leaving Lloyds to become chairman at Credit Suisse Also Read: Antonio Horta-Osorio signs off at Lloyds with a £1.4bn post-tax profit Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said Lloyds was seeing the benefit of the rising tide of sentiment in the UK, and its numbers reflected a recovery play in action. Show Comments ▼ The bank surveyed staff and found most wanted some sort of hybrid model going forward, where they were able to work from home some of the time, and head into the office some of the time. 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Sport anglers can catch, keep kings in Juneau

first_imgFisheries | Juneau | Oceans | OutdoorsSport anglers can catch, keep kings in JuneauJune 19, 2018 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:(Map courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)Sports fishermen may catch kings again. Returning king salmon exceed the number required for hatchery brood stock. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday liberalized king salmon catch limits for sport fishermen.“June 15 is kind of the magical date when close to 85 to 90 percent of the Taku king salmon are in river by now,” said Daniel Teske, ADF&G area management biologist.Teske said the daily bag and possession limit is one king salmon that are at least 28 inches long. But in the terminal hatchery areas of Lena Cove, Auke Bay, Fritz Cove, and the northern half of Gastineau Channel down to the bridge, the limit is two fish. That’ll be in effect through the end of August. Listen to the interview with Teske:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A king salmon is weighed in at Petersburg’s Memorial Day weekend salmon derby in 2015. The 2018 derby has been canceled. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that anglers may retain kings both inside and outside designated hatchery areas. Nor did the Taku River reach its escapement goals as previously reported.Share this story:last_img read more

After pandemic break, Juneau’s downtown swimming pool reopens next week

first_imgCommunity | Health | Juneau | Local GovernmentAfter pandemic break, Juneau’s downtown swimming pool reopens next weekAugust 31, 2020 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The JDHS swim team practices at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, Aug. 19, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Juneau’s downtown public swimming pool reopens next week. Augustus Brown Pool closed down in March along with other city facilities. It will reopen on September 8th with limited capacity. Aquatics Director Kollin Monahan said the pool will be open weekdays 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and then re-open from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. after a midday break. The schedule is meant to accommodate patrons displaced from Dimond Park Aquatic Center while the high school swim teams are practicing there.  On the weekends, the pool will be open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. “It’ll be mainly drop-in rec. So lap swimming, water walking will all occur,” Monahan said. “Unfortunately, at this time the sauna, the climbing wall, the diving boards — those will all remain offline until further notice. But the fitness deck, the lap pool, the recreation pool and the locker rooms will all be open.”Dimond Park reopened in June. At first, patrons had to reserve time in the pool in advance. Now anyone can show up as long as no more than 50 people are using the facility at a time. No instructional programs like swim lessons or fitness classes are currently being offered at either facility. Monahan said the same mitigation measures they put in place at Dimond Park will carry over to Augustus Brown Pool. The Juneau pools mitigation plan details what is being done. “Every frequently touched surface, every bench, every locker is getting cleaned, disinfected at the top of every hour,” he said. “We are screening our patrons before they come in at the facility, and we do have a more robust screening regimen for our employees when they come in as well.”Before the pandemic, the downtown pool was already scheduled to close for several months in 2020 for renovations. The roof repairs are now slated to begin next spring. Other projects, including work on the facility’s air handling unit, plumbing system and pool deck have been put on hold for the time being. Share this story:last_img read more

New drug from Merck, Bayer reduces hospitalizations for heart failure patients

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. An experimental drug from Merck and Bayer cut hospitalizations for heart failure by 10% in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented virtually by the American College of Cardiology on Sunday.“I think we need to sit back and acknowledge that we have another win in the treatment of heart failure,” Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said on the ACC’s webcast, speaking about the drug, vericiguat. Matthew Herper What’s included? Health Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints @matthewherper STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTEDcenter_img Log In | Learn More New drug from Merck, Bayer reduces hospitalizations for heart failure patients By Matthew Herper March 28, 2020 Reprints Tags cardiologySTAT+ [email protected] Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. Adobe What is it?last_img read more

Florida couple married 66 years dies minutes apart from COVID-19

first_imgAdvertisement RELATEDTOPICS 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 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Florida husband and wife spent nearly seven decades together before passing away just minutes apart from COVID-19 this month. Bill and Esther Ilnisky died at a Palm Beach County hospice just weeks before their 67th wedding anniversary, AP reports. The couple worked as Christian ministers and missionaries, including stints in the Caribbean and Middle East before preaching for 40 years in Florida.They complemented each other — he the bookworm, she outgoing and charismatic. One without the other seemed unthinkable.  Their only child, Sarah Milewski, said it may have been a hidden blessing — even if it was a devastating double loss for her. Her father was 88, her mom 92.  Sarah Milewski via AP AdvertisementTags: Florida couples No Content Available “He couldn’t take it,” his daughter said. “He needed to be around people.”Sarah Milewski and her husband visited her parents on Valentine’s Day, her mother’s birthday. A few days later, her mom became ill, and not long after the couple were diagnosed with the virus and hospitalized.While the prognosis was initially good, the disease overtook them. The decision was made Feb. 27 to put them in hospice. Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, chief clinical officer at Trustbridge hospice, said in her 15 years working with the dying, no couple had arrived together. She said there was no hesitation about putting them in the same room for their final days.Because of the virus, Milewski said her goodbyes through a window, a microphone carrying “I love you” to her parents’ bedside. They looked like they did when sleeping, her father lying on the right side, her mother facing him. He would nod as Milewski spoke; her mom tried to speak but couldn’t.“It was horrible,” Milewski said.At 10:15 a.m. on March 1, Esther Ilnisky died. Fifteen minutes later, her husband followed.“They were always, always together,” Milewski said. “So in sync.” Advertisement AdvertisementSarah Milewski via AP“It is so precious, so wonderful, such a heartwarming feeling to know they went together,” Milewski said, then adding, “I miss them.”Bill Ilnisky retired three years ago and while physically healthy for a late octogenarian, had some dementia. His wife still ran her prayer network and did Zoom calls.When the pandemic hit last year, the couple took precautions, Milewski said. Her mother stayed home and had groceries delivered, but Bill Ilnisky occasionally went out.last_img read more

“I was so nervous, but when I got out there I had so much fun,” Laois Rose Grainne gives the lowdown

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By Siun Lennon – 21st August 2018 Facebook Rugby Laois Rose Grainne Hogan took to the Dome Stage last night and did the whole county proud as she wowed presenter Dáithí Ó Sé and the judges with her charming nature and natural good humour.Speaking to Grainne today, the Killinure woman was still on cloud nine as she spoke about the night’s events.“I was so nervous. I didn’t think I was nervous but I had butterflies in my belly. But once I got out there I was fine!” said Grainne.“It was actually so fun. I had met Dáithí a couple of times before and there was no pressure there, everyone just made me feel so welcome.”Her love for her family The former Mountrath CS student glowed with pride on stage as she spoke about her mam Anne with pride, who raised Grainne and her brother Eoin on her own.She did everything for us and you never heard her complaining. Every Christmas we had any present we wanted, and at school we always had the best clothes. She should be up here, not me.”“My brother brought down loads of Camross and Laois flags and every time I looked down I focused on them,” she said.Grainne also expressed great joy in talking about her granddad and her nana Sadie, who is visiting Tralee for the first time for the festival.One of the biggest reactions of the night was when Grainne brought out for cow for milking.“When I opened the doors to bring out the cow all I could hear is, ‘Oh my god!’” Grainne laughed.“I know everyone says it but it’s actually so true – you feel like a part of a big family with everyone down here. The girls are all so nice and I’m just having so much fun,” she added.Another 16 Roses will appear on television tomorrow night before the new Rose of Tralee is announced.Best of luck Grainne and well done on everything you’ve achieved so far!SEE ALSO – Legendary multiple winning Eurovision singer coming to Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSGrainne HoganLaois RoseLaois Rose 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Pinterest Home News Community “I was so nervous, but when I got out there I had… NewsCommunity Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleLegendary multiple winning Eurovision singer coming to Electric PicnicNext articleLaois husky bidding to become top dog in Nose of Tralee competition Siun Lennonún 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. “I was so nervous, but when I got out there I had so much fun,” Laois Rose Grainne gives the lowdown Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Twitterlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, September 18, 2018

first_img Council Previous article‘There is a craving and desire in Laois hurling to do more,’ says new Laois manager Eddie BrennanNext articleIn Pictures: 76-acre farm and home in Geashill to go up for auction Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Twitter Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Community WhatsApp Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp TAGSDeaths Facebook Twitter Community Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Peg Ward (née Dooley)Clononeen, Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisPeg Ward (nee Dooley), Clononeen, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois, September 15, 2018 (peacefully) in the loving care of the Matron and staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Predeceased by her husband Johnny. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her loving family, sons John and Michael, daughter Mary, sister Bridie, (Lalor), brother Joseph, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, sister in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home this Sunday afternoon from 4 o’c with rosary in the house at 8 o’c. Removal this Monday morning Sept. 17th. at 10.30 o’c to St. Canice’s Church Borris in Ossory for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in Derrinsallagh cemetery, Borris in Ossory.Denis (Dinny) GleesonCamross, Portlaoise, LaoisDenis (Dinny) Gleeson, Camross, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died 13th September 2018, (peacefully) in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of St. Paul’s Ward, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Predeceased by his brother Matt and sister Eileen. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers P.J. and Gerry, sisters Kay, Mona, Madge and Sheila, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at St. Vincent’s Hospital Chapel on Saturday evening from 4p.m. until 6p.m. removal following Rosary to his home in Camross, where he will repose from 8.0’clock, with Rosary at 9.0’clcok. Removal on Sunday morning at 10.30a.m. to St. Fergal’s Church Camross for Requiem Mass at 11.0’clock, followed by Burial in the adjoining Cemetery. Family Flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Friends of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.Sheila Quirke (née Phelan)Hunting Hill, Castletownroche, Cork / Pike of Rushall, Laois / Mullingar, WestmeathQuirke (nee Phelan) (Hunting Hill, Castletownroche) on September 13th 2018, peacefully in the loving care of Bríd and staff of Craddock House, Nursing Home Naas. SHEILA, late of Pike of Rushall, Co. Laois and Gaybrook, Mullingar, beloved wife of the late Ned and dear mother of Walter, Tom, Catherine, Mary and the late Richard. Sadly missed by her loving family, sons-in-law Dermot and Kevin, daughters-in-law Margaret, Siobhan and Regina, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.May she rest in peace.Reception into St. Craebhnait’s Church, Annakisha on Saturday at 2.30pm followed by Requiem Mass at 3pm. Funeral afterwards to Shanballymore Cemetery.Michael KellyOld Post Office, The Heath, Portlaoise, LaoisBeloved husband of Josie and much loved father of Mary, Michael, Therese, Tadgh and Angela. Deeply regretted by his loving family, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home on Friday from 3:00pm with rosary recital on Friday evening at 9:00pm. Removal to the Church of the Assumption the Heath on Saturday for 10:00am requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the Alzheimers Society of Ireland.House Private on Saturday Morning PleaseLoretta Kenny (née Dowling)Garryduff Court, Castlebar, Mayo / Mountmellick, LaoisThe death has occurred of Loretta Kenny nee Dowling, Garryduff Court, Castlebar and Riverdale Court and Windsor, Castlebar and formerly of Mount Mellick, Co. Laois, unexpectedly at Galway University Hospital. Dearly loved wife of the late John and loving mother of Helen, Sean, Michael, Catherine, Denis, Loretta, Anthony, Margaret, Geraldine, Paraic, Marian and Jarlath. She is sister of Leo Dowling, Co. Laois and the late May, John, Joe, Kathleen and Mikey. She will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sister-in-law, cousins, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives and her many friends. Aged 85 years Loretta was a very kind and caring person. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.Loretta will repose at the Kilcoyne Funeral Home, Thomas Street, Castlebar on Friday evening from 5 o’clock with removal at 7 o’clock to the Church of the Holy Rosary arriving at 7.30. Mass on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock with the funeral proceeding to the New Cemetery, Castlebar.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, September 17, 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Sarah Cullen – 18th September 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Deathslast_img read more

Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, April 6, 2020

first_imgHome News Community Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, April 6, 2020 NewsCommunity Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, April 6, 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp 370 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 16 more deathsA total of 370 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the 4,994 cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 5,364.While now 174 people have died from the disease – an increase of 16 from yesterday. Previous article‘Virtual’ Lip Sync Battle launched in aid of ‘Do It For Dan’Next articleTwo women arrested following suspected money laundering operation in Laois Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Pinterest News Electric Picnic Ombudsman for Children asks how lockdown is affecting young peopleThe Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has today launched #WhatIMiss, a social media campaign inviting young people to share their views and opinions on how the Covid-19 crisis and the lockdown is affecting them.The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon said: “Children’s lives have been utterly changed by what has happened, yet we have heard very little from them. We have been told to keep children at home, not to bring them to shops or public places if possible. They have been asked to sacrifice their freedom and development for the benefit of wider society, and they have stepped up to the plate.“We want to know what they miss, what they will appreciate when this is over and what they would like adults to know.“Young people can get involved by sharing a video, picture, post, meme or whatever works for them on social media.“It’s a good idea for young people talk to their parents if they questions about what should be shared online. In Ireland the Digital Age of Consent is 16 so we’re asking those under 16 to enter via their parent’s social media ensuring they have permission.”Carol NolanLocal TD calls on Government to address ‘inequality in Covid-19 payments’ for working pensionersIndependent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan has called on the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty, to redress the inconsistent and unequal approach being taken toward those aged 66 and over who have lost their employment due to the Covid-19 crisis.Deputy Nolan went to say that at present anyone aged over 66 years who is self-employed is not entitled to the €350 payment because they are in receipt of the contributory pension of €248 a week.You can read the piece in full here. Facebook Studying during Coronavirus: Knockbeg College student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic“If the exams get postponed I know from talking to students it will be extremely difficult to motivate ourselves to study during summer especially when the exams are being dragged out” says Knockbeg College student and Killeshin native Ross Bolger the latest exam student to feature in our ‘Studying during Coronavirus’ series.“I don’t think online exams would work because it would be very easy to cheat, even if you weren’t cheating there could always be the speculation that you did cheat.”You can read the piece in full here.SEE ALSO – ‘Virtual’ Lip Sync Battle launched in aid of ‘Do It For Dan’ Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Number of cases of Coronavirus in Laois risesThe number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Laois from the latest Department of Health figures is 25.These figures come from April 4 and are the latest available – an increase of three of the previous day.This is relatively low when compared with our Midlands neighbours who all, bar one, have a significantly higher number.Laois Chamber seeking gloves and masks to protect volunteersLaois Chamber are delighted to be part of the Laois Reponse Forum headed by Laois County Council.They are asking the business community to donate gloves and masks (any grade) to protect volunteers that are packing and delivering free food hampers to vulnerable people, collecting and delivering fuel, prescriptions and food to isolated older people in the community.Law Society publishes new guidance for separated parents and family law solicitors in Laois on issues of access during Covid-19 restrictionsThe Law Society of Ireland, in collaboration with the Family Lawyers Association, has developed new guidance for parents and solicitors in Laois in relation to access in the context of Covid-19 restrictions.Solicitor Helen Coughlan, chair of the Law Society’s Family and Child Law Committee, explains, “The Covid-19 pandemic cannot be used as an excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children. This new guidance reflects the position of the Department of Justice and Equality and endorses the practice direction of the President of the District Court.”“The current health crisis has created some confusion and distress among the many families where children routinely move between the homes of their separated parents every day and week across Laois.”“Court ordered access arrangements should be complied with to the greatest degree possible, or sensible alternatives should be agreed to allow parents to continue to have extensive access, for example via phone or video call, depending on the health considerations for each household,” Ms Coughlan said.“Common sense should prevail in these situations. If parents need advice on how to navigate this issue we always advise contacting your family law solicitor. In all cases where new or alternative access arrangements are put in place in light of Covid-19 restrictions we would also strongly advise that these are agreed by all parties and recorded in writing for clarity.” Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Twitter By Megan Shiel – 6th April 2020 last_img read more

Canadian M&A activity drops in first quarter

first_imgJames Langton From already-low levels, Canadian M&A activity slipped even further in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest data from mid-market investment bank, Crosbie & Co. The firm reports that there were just 189 deal announcements, valued at $31.1 billion, in the first quarter, down from 262 deals worth $35.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. This deal volume is at its lowest level since the first quarter of 2009 when just 169 deals were announced amid a worldwide recesssion. “Despite many anecdotes from the street that activity has improved over the last few months, we are not yet seeing it in the numbers,” said Colin Walker, managing director at Crosbie & Co. The drop off in deal activity is being led by the primary sectors for M&A recently, real estate and oil & gas. Crosbie reports that deal activity in many other sectors was broadly in line with last quarter, and that the decline stems from the two largest sectors, which were down significantly. It reports that there were 42 deals in the real estate sector and 33 in oil & gas in Q1, which is down 38% and 45% respectively. So called mega-deals (transactions valued at over $1 billion) were actually up in the quarter, with eight announcements in Q1, up from five in the previous quarter. And, the total value of these big deals was $16 billion (up 28% from Q4 2013). However, mid-market M&A activity was down, the firm says, with 164 reported transactions valued at a total $6.6 billion. In particular, Crosbie also notes that transactions worth over $100 million involving financial sponsors were lower in the first quarter, with just seven announcements compared to 26 last quarter and an average of about 18 per quarter since the beginning of 2012. Cross-border deals accounted for 45% of all announcements, Crosbie notes, which is in line with the long term trend. The firm also reports that all eight $1 billion+ deals in the quarter were cross-border transactions, including five that saw Canadian companies making acquisitions abroad. As a result, 75% of the total value of all of the deals in the quarter involved cross-border M&A, which Crosbie says is the highest level since before the financial crisis. “There is often a lag between announcements and measurable activity,” Walker said, “but we continue to see many of the conditions that should be very favourable to stronger M&A markets including good valuations and financing appetite.” Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Global M&A sets Q1 record, Refinitiv sayscenter_img BMO asset management sale is on strategy: Moody’s Keywords Mergers and acquisitions Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Record M&A activity in Q1, Crosbie & Co. sayslast_img read more