Target hits the bull’s-eye with highest same-store sales growth in 13 years

whatsapp Wednesday 22 August 2018 4:47 pm Target hits the bull’s-eye with highest same-store sales growth in 13 years Share Read more: Sports Direct saves House of Fraser Oxford Street from closureMeanwhile, digital sales increased 41 per cent, up from 32 per cent growth a year ago, showing robustness in the face of Amazon’s digital dominance, though its online channels still only accounted for 5.6 per cent of sales.  In July Target held a substantial online sale as direct competition to Amazon’s Prime Day.Online operations have received significant attention in Target’s investments, while the brand expects to spend $3bn on its logistics, expanding delivery services further after acquiring online grocery company Shipt for $550m last year.Read more: Profits tumble to £100,000 at Laura AshleyBrian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target, said: whatsapp Tim Abington Target has bucked the retail trend to publish strong sales growth today, reporting same-store sales that were higher than any it recorded in the past 13 years.The New York-listed retailer, the second largest in the US, saw same-store sales grow 4.9 per cent year-on-year in the three months ending early August, with the company crediting increasing customer traffic to stores for the boost. Total revenue stood at $17.8bn (£13.8bn), up seven per cent year-on-year, with net earnings at $799m. Shares in morning trading after the announcement rose five per cent to $0.88, contributing to a 34 per cent rise this year.Market conditions have proved challenging for the wider American retail sector, making Target’s success even more pronounced. It is expected that collectively over 105m square feet (sq ft) of retail space will close by the year’s end, according to real estate analysis firm CoStar Group. Meanwhile, collapsed retailers Toys R Us and Bon-Ton have both filed for bankruptcy.  “We are extremely pleased with Target’s second quarter results, which demonstrate our guests’ excitement for the enhanced and differentiated shopping experience we’re building. We laid out a clear strategy at the beginning of 2017, and throughout this year we’ve been accelerating the pace of execution.”We’re on track to deliver a strong back half and we’ve updated our full-year guidance to reflect the strength of our business and the consumer economy. As we look ahead to 2019, we expect to achieve scale across the full slate of our initiatives – creating efficiencies and cost-savings, further strengthening our guest experience and positioning Target to continue gaining market share.” More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse read more

Banksy’s balloon girl and Kate Moss photo up for grabs at London art sale

first_imgThe auction, which will take place on Thursday 25, will also feature boots designed by Damien Hirst and photos of The Who and The Beatles. whatsapp “Girl With Balloon”, an image of a young girl holding a heart-shaped red balloon that was originally painted as a mural on London’s Waterloo Bridge, is one of Banksy’s most recognisable works. Hannah Godfrey “The sale overall is a celebration of British creativity from 1950 to now and the idea is that we are celebrating all aspects of creativity, so not just the fine arts but also photography, fashion, entertainment, memorabilia and also prints and multiples,” said Bonhams head of sale Janet Hardie. Monday 22 February 2021 6:11 pm A print of Banky’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ will be available at auction. Also Read: Banksy’s balloon girl and Kate Moss photo up for grabs at London art sale A print of Banky’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ will be available at auction. Also Read: Banksy’s balloon girl and Kate Moss photo up for grabs at London art sale A print of Banky’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ will be available at auction. center_img An original painting of the work shredded itself with a mechanism hidden in its frame moments after selling for more than £1m in an auction at Sotheby’s in 2018. Banksy’s balloon girl and Kate Moss photo up for grabs at London art sale The print, one of 18 by Banksy in the art sale, is expected to sell for between £100,000 and £150,000. Share A print of Banky’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ and a photograph of supermodel Kate Moss are among the top attractions at a London art sale this week, celebrating 70 years of British art. The Kate Moss photo, a studio proof of a lenticular 3D print by Canadian/British artist Chris Levine, is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000. Artist and subject have donated the work to raise money for the charity Oxfam GB. whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Juneau warehouse pot grow gets the green light

first_imgJuneau | MarijuanaJuneau warehouse pot grow gets the green lightMarch 29, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Juneau now has six licensed marijuana cultivation operations. (iStockphoto)The Juneau Planning Commission unanimously gave the green light to a 6,000-square-foot warehouse marijuana grow operation at its Tuesday meeting.The decision marks the sixth licensed marijuana cultivation facility in the capital city.It would be the second location for Green Elephant LLC, which plans a retail and growing operation at a Mill Street site south of downtown. The state has already licensed the Mill Street operation.Co-owners Richard Dudas and Jennifer Canfield have also applied for an onsite consumption permit — but the state’s Marijuana Control Board remains undecided whether those would be allowed. Canfield is a former KTOO employee.Share this story:last_img read more

Have questions about police accountability and use of force in Alaska? We’ve got some answers.

first_imgCommunity | Crime & Courts | Public Safety | SouthcentralHave questions about police accountability and use of force in Alaska? We’ve got some answers.June 16, 2020 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:Hundreds of Alaskans marched in downtown Anchorage in June 2020 in protest of police brutality. The “Your Voice Matters” rally was organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation Anchorage. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)As activists across Alaska press for police reform following the death of George Floyd, law enforcement agencies in Alaska say that they’re listening.While demonstrations continue, it might be helpful to see Alaska-specific answers to some of the big questions that have circulated in the public discussions since Floyd’s death, and in the years leading up to it.What do the data show about police shootings and use of force in Alaska, and how often it’s used on black and Alaska Native people? What policies govern use of force by the police? What do we know about how officers are disciplined for violating those policies? And does the ethnic makeup of Alaska law enforcement agencies mirror the communities they police?We posed those questions to two of Alaska’s largest police forces — the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers — and also sought information from other sources. Some of the answers proved elusive, but here’s what we learned.What data exists about use of force and shootings involving Alaska police?There’s no authoritative state or federal government database that publicly tracks police shootings or use of force in Alaska, though at a national level, departments can voluntarily disclose fatal shootings to the FBI.APD and the troopers say they’re submitting data to a new FBI pilot program that tracks fatal and non-fatal shootings, plus any other use of force that causes death or “serious bodily injury.” That program is voluntary, and the FBI says that only about 40 percent of departments are participating nationwide.But the FBI isn’t releasing any data until this summer. And last week, APD and the troopers declined to release the information they’ve already submitted, saying such a step would require a formal public records request.In response to questions, APD did provide a list of all officer-involved shootings since 2010. Five of the 28 involved an Alaska Native or American Indian, which means that Natives were disproportionately involved in shootings compared to their population in Anchorage — about 18% of shootings, compared to 13% of the population. The numbers are also disproportionate for black people, who were involved in 18% of shootings but represent 9% of Anchorage’s population.The troopers would not release data on officer-involved shootings, saying it had to be obtained through a formal records request.But statewide, there have been 39 fatal shootings since 2015 involving all Alaska law-enforcement agencies, according to a Washington Post database that tracks those incidents. Nine of the people killed, or 23%, were described as Alaska Native or American Indian — a higher proportion than the statewide Native population of 20%. Three of the people killed, or 8%, were black, compared to 5% of the statewide population.A 2013 study of two decades of Anchorage police shooting data also found that black people are overrepresented, along with Pacific Islanders.Data on police shootings, however, represent a “little, tiny slice” of the “most extreme outcome” of law enforcement’s use of force in Alaska, since they exclude the far more numerous incidents that didn’t result in officers firing their weapons, said Brad Myrstol, director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center.Myrstol cautioned against drawing many conclusions from the shooting data. But he also said that they can serve as a foundation for discussion.“Grounding the conversation in data puts it in a place where people can talk about facts, rather than suppositions or hunches,” he said. “And I think that’s always the best place to start a meaningful conversation — particularly around what can be done to remedy disparity, if it exists.”What do we know about APD’s and troopers’ use-of-force policies?Neither the troopers nor APD have publicly released their full policy manuals for officers, though there’s an old version of the Anchorage police’s that’s archived online. APD says it’s trying to finish updating the manual and plans to release a new version soon.Anchorage police also last week released their 13-page “response to resistance policy” that’s contained within the much lengthier manual. A troopers spokesperson, Megan Peters, said her agency’s policies would have to be obtained through a public records request, though she provided basic information about them in response to questions.Where do the agencies’ policies stand? One national activist group, 8 Can’t Wait, has been pushing police to adopt eight different changes to the ways they use and track force, and at a community briefing last week, APD Chief Justin Doll described how his department’s policies align with each proposal. Here’s how APD’s and the troopers’ policies measure up.Ban chokeholds and strangleholds.APD has not completely banned chokeholds; it says they’re allowed only in extreme circumstances, when officers would be allowed to use “deadly force.” Troopers say their policy is similar: Officers are taught a neck hold that can only be used in situations where deadly force is justified, Peters said.Require de-escalation, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance and otherwise eliminating the need to use force.APD says that de-escalation — which means working to reduce a conflict’s intensity — is required and an essential component of officers’ jobs and training. De-escalation requirements are not specifically stated in the department’s 13-page “response to resistance policy,” though the term is defined in that section.Troopers say their academy for new recruits includes a number of lessons on de-escalation, which are reinforced through field training.Require a verbal warning from officers before using deadly force.APD policy requires officers, when “tactically feasible,” to issue verbal commands and warnings before using force. Warnings are not required in circumstances when an officer has to make a “split-second decision,” or if the officer thinks that issuing the warning would put them or others in jeopardy.Peters, the troopers spokeswoman, said warnings before shooting are required “when feasible.”Require officers to exhaust all other alternatives before using deadly force.At last week’s community briefing, APD Chief Justin Doll said that there are some “obvious concerns” with this proposal, given the possibility for police to encounter someone who’s actively shooting at people, among other situations.“I think that most people can understand that if there is a person who is actively attempting to kill other people, we expect our law enforcement to engage and to stop that immediately,” he said. “To the extent that it’s possible, we expect our officers to use whatever techniques and tools that they have available, that they’ve been given and trained on, to try to do things other than resorting to deadly force.”Peters, the troopers’ spokesperson, said that “each incident has its own merits.”“While we aim to de-escalate situations and have a desire for all parties involved to end an encounter alive and uninjured, we can’t require a checklist before deadly force can be utilized,” she said.Require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers, and report these incidents immediately.APD policy requires officers to submit a report whenever they use force against a suspect beyond “compliant handcuffing and escorting.” And officers who witness uses of force in violation of APD policy are required to tell a supervisor and submit “required supplemental reports.”Peters said she wasn’t able to answer questions about the agency’s internal reporting of its use of force.Ban officers from shooting at moving vehicles in all cases.APD policy only allows officers to shoot at a moving vehicle when something beyond the threat posed by the vehicle itself justifies the use of deadly force — though there is an exception for “extenuating circumstances.” Doll, the chief, said officers are also barred from putting themselves in a position where firing at a moving vehicle would become necessary, and APD’s policy adds that officers will be “rigorously scrutinized” when such shootings take place.Peters didn’t have information on the Troopers’ specific policies around firing at moving vehicles, and she added that “each situation has its own merits.”Establish a “force continuum” that restricts severe force to extreme situations, and creates clear policy restrictions on the use of each police weapon and tactic.APD’s leadership doesn’t support this proposal, saying it can be counterproductive by encouraging officers to ratchet up conflicts, rather than de-escalate them.Peters said troopers judge each incident on its own merits.Require officers to report each time they use any type of force or threaten to use force against civilians, including pointing a gun at someone.APD policy requires officers to report all uses of force beyond “compliant handcuffing and escorting,” which includes pointing a gun at a person. Doll, the chief, also said last week that his agency supports a new program requiring officers to use body cameras that would document their interactions with suspects.Peters, the troopers spokesperson, said there’s supposed to be a record of any interaction that results in a trooper using force at a level “above putting somebody in handcuffs,” though she did not provide details or the written language of the department’s policy.What do we know about the racial makeup of the Anchorage police and state Trooper forces?Some experts say that police agencies are more effective when their officers look like the community they serve.Neither APD or the Troopers released demographic breakdowns of their officers last week. APD said it’s working on a response, while Peters, the troopers spokesperson, said she does not believe statistics are tracked, adding that it would require a public records request to find out.APD has disclosed this data in the past, however. In 2015, 83% of APD’s sworn and unsworn officers were white, compared to about 67% of the city’s population, according to the Anchorage Daily News.At the community briefing, Doll, the chief, said those numbers still “are not where they should be.” He asked for help in recruiting people from more segments of the city to help make the force more representative.Does the public have the right to know when Anchorage police officers or state troopers are punished for breaking use-of-force policies?Advocates say it’s important to have open access to police disciplinary records that could call an officer’s integrity or professionalism into question.But generally speaking, these records are kept secret for state troopers and Anchorage police.At the state level, this remained the subject of legal debate until April, when the Alaska Supreme Court released a decision in a lawsuit filed against the troopers by Kaleb Lee Basey, a man who was once stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks before being convicted of distribution and transportation of child pornography.Basey, who represented himself without the help of an attorney, had filed a public records request seeking the disciplinary records of two troopers involved in his case. The state rejected the request, and Basey took his case all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court. In April, the Supreme Court released a unanimous decision agreeing with the troopers, saying that disciplinary records are considered part of state employees’ confidential personnel files under a state law called the State Personnel Act.The Supreme Court did, however, leave open a possibility that the Legislature could change the law and make those disciplinary records public. The state had argued in Basey’s case that in addition to the personnel act, the Alaska Constitution’s privacy clause also barred the release of Troopers’ disciplinary records. But the Supreme Court did not agree, saying it didn’t have to address the question because its decision was already guided by the State Personnel Act.That means that state legislators could vote to allow access to troopers’ disciplinary records by changing the law — though such a move could still be subject to a legal challenge on the same constitutional grounds that the Supreme Court left unresolved.Anchorage police disciplinary records are governed by municipal code that exempts any personnel files from a disclosure that would “constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.” The Anchorage Assembly has the power to change the code, though Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration asserts that the Constitution’s privacy still limits the release of police disciplinary records. While the Supreme Court explicitly declined to agree with that position in the Basey case just two months ago, Doll, the Anchorage police chief, said at last week’s briefing that the Constitution’s privacy clause bars his agency from releasing disciplinary records. And a city attorney expanded on that argument in an email Friday.“It is not just the privacy rights of APD officers that are at issue in the disclosure of disciplinary files. These investigations contain personal and oftentimes very intimate details about victims, witnesses and suspects, as one might expect in investigations of police activity. All of these individuals also have an expectation of privacy that their personal information will not be disclosed,” wrote Assistant Municipal Attorney Blair Christensen. “The courts have acknowledged that the balancing of an individual’s right to privacy against disclosure must be done on an individual basis that takes into account the specific facts of each case.”Isn’t there an oversight board that looks into police misconduct in Alaska?Yes. When APD, the troopers or any other Alaska law enforcement agency fires an officer, forces them to resign or disciplines them for “serious misconduct,” they’re required to report to the Alaska Police Standards Council — a 13-member commission appointed by the governor.After receiving such a report, the council does its own investigation. If the results lead council members to believe that the officer’s state-issued police certificate should be revoked, then they send the officer a letter giving them two options.One option is for the officer to return their certificate voluntarily. If that happens, their name is still entered into a national index that shows their certificate has been revoked, which should keep them from getting another job as a police officer elsewhere, said Bob Griffiths, the council’s executive director. But if the officer chooses that option, the allegations against them remain a secret — the only documentation released publicly is a two-page “consent agreement” that waives their right to a hearing and acknowledges the loss of the certificate, without admitting guilt. One caveat is that there are other ways for allegations against those officers to become public — namely, if the alleged misconduct they’re involved with leads to criminal charges against them.The other option is for an officer to fight the council’s move to revoke their certificate. If that happens, the council prepares an accusatory document that becomes available to the public, and the case is subsequently argued at a public hearing before an administrative law judge. Afterward, the judge issues a formal recommendation to the council, which then can take final action on the officer’s certificate. The council’s decisions can be appealed in state court.Share this story:last_img read more

Matching hearts — and kidneys and lungs. This website makes organ transplants in the US possible

first_imgHealthMatching hearts — and kidneys and lungs. This website makes organ transplants in the US possible Privacy Policy Alex Hogan/STAT Can a president really jump the line for an organ transplant? By Eric Boodman June 10, 2016 Reprints Tags organ transplantsurgerytechnology The man died in Pennsylvania. It was a stroke in the middle of the night.Within hours, the news had traveled across the country. Phones vibrated and pinged and rang. Metallic automated voices gave brief reports. Those receiving the news wasted no time. They were soon poring over the man’s medical history — diabetes, high blood pressure — and studying the function of his heart, his liver, his pancreas, and his lungs. With a few clicks, some would even be able to inspect the glistening surface of his kidneys.These were transplant surgeons, scrambling to determine whether these organs in Pennsylvania could give their sick patients new life. But part of that work had already been done for them — by a website.advertisement Related: Eric Boodman Please enter a valid email address. Called DonorNet, it is part of the online system run by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that oversees all transplants across the country. DonorNet can seem like an ever-growing library of tragedies — in late April, it held records of 3,945 natural deaths, 1,323 car accidents, 905 suicides, and 414 homicides.Yet hidden behind the graphic details of gunshots and strokes and asphyxiations is a medical tool as finely tuned as any scalpel or ultrasound.advertisement About the Author Reprintscenter_img UNOS has since pared back the outreach, and surgeons have gotten used to the metallic, Siri-like voice of DonorNet.As Roger Brown, the director of the UNOS organ center in Richmond, Va., put it, “When they hear that voice, they know what they need to do.”They need to wake up, or stop their cars, or step out of their meetings. They need to log immediately onto DonorNet to review lab results and life histories. They have an hour to decide whether this organ is right for their patient.“It’s a game of stories, matching the donor story to the recipient story,” said Dr. Joshua Weiner, a surgical resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital.Most donors have been declared brain dead; they’re on ventilators to keep the organs pumping in their bodies until it’s time for each one to be transported to another operating room, where the recipient will be ready and waiting. But sometimes — especially in the case of kidneys — the organs have already been removed, and transplant surgeons can examine pictures online.A few weeks ago, Dr. Nahel Elias, director of kidney transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital, clicked on a link to check out a kidney. It turned out it wouldn’t have functioned well enough to transplant: it was covered in cysts. They looked like snails clinging to a seaside rock. Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: For contrast, Elias clicked to another patient’s organ. “This is a healthy kidney,” he said. “It’s smooth and pink. It only has a little bit of fat.”Another few clicks, and his screen filled with the image of someone’s liver clutched in a gloved hand. “That’s a nice looking liver,” he said. “It’s smooth, it has sharp edges, it doesn’t have too much fat, so the color is more toward that burgundy purple, not yellowish.”Everyone involved in the organ donation process seeks to rigorously protect patient privacy. They would not give details about the Pennsylvania man’s life or share what happened to his organs.For his part, Elias tries not to think too much about the donor. It’s “always a sad story,” he said. Instead, when he gets pinged by DonorNet, he focuses on the organ on his screen — and on whether he can use it to save a life. Its algorithms match the organs of those who’ve just died to those who are on the waiting list, and they are constantly being revamped, even as they handle more and more traffic. Last year, those algorithms facilitated 24,980 transplants — up nearly 9 percent from 2013.The online system takes into account much more than just body size and blood type when connecting available organs to potential recipients. It also calculates how far an organ would have to travel to reach a patient — and how long it could survive doused with preservative fluid and packed in sterile ice, or hooked up to a pump.“For hearts, it’s four hours or so. For lungs, it’s six, eight hours tops, or maybe 10. For livers, it’s 12 to 14 hours max,” said Christopher Curran, the director of organ operations and surgical recovery at the New England Organ Bank. “We’ll ship kidneys around the country, and they can tolerate 24 to 36 hours outside the body — for good kidneys.”With more than 120,000 patients waiting for a transplant — from preemies to grandparents — geography is just one of many variables in the equation. The algorithm also takes into account a slew of details about their lives and health. How do you ask grieving parents to donate their son’s penis? Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. @ericboodman “It used to be, many years ago, the primary factor was waiting time. In simplistic terms, the people who had waited the longest got the highest priority,” said Rob McTier, who helps manage the online system at the United Network for Organ Sharing, known as UNOS.Now, those algorithms have become a lot more intricate. And every change is the result of years of fierce debate among surgeons, patient advocates, and transplant policy makers.In December 2014, for instance, the kidney algorithm was overhauled. Those whose immune systems are likely to reject most organs are now given priority when the rare compatible kidney becomes available. Another change: The organs in the best shape now tend to go to those patients likely to survive longer, so that the recipients won’t need another transplant down the road.“That took about 10 years to work through the comment processes,” said Alex Tulchinsky, the chief technology officer at UNOS.The organization is now working on changes to the liver algorithm to smooth out wait times, which now vary greatly by region.It isn’t just the algorithms that have been tweaked. Before 2007, someone had to call the surgeon responsible for each patient deemed a potential recipient of an organ, one after the other, until one of them said yes.Now, all of those calls go out automatically, at the exact same time.The transition was hardly seamless; at first, DonorNet offered the same organ to too many surgeons at once, “waking people up in the middle of the night six times a night for an [organ] that was never going to come to them,” said Dr. David Gerber, the chief of abdominal transplant surgery at the University of North Carolina.“Back then if you brought up the word DonorNet, you had to step back because you were going to get some vitriol,” Gerber said. [email protected] last_img read more

Sixteen young players to watch out for in the senior football championship

first_img Twitter Facebook Facebook Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding The most important competition in club football in Laois gets underway this week as the senior championship begins.There are a total of eight games to look forward to this week – one tonight, one on Thursday, two on Saturday and four on Sunday.The action begins tonight with a repeat of last year’s relegation semi final with 2016 champions Stradbally facing Arles-Kilcruise.Portlaoise have won 11 of the last 12 championships and will once again start as overwhelming favourites.Malachy McNulty’s men had a large contingent in with Laois this year too so that can only make them stronger. ARLES-KILCRUISE – Cialann MulhallThe men from Arles-Kilcruise are noted as an ageing side but they do have some young guns in their arsenal.Mikey Wall, Mark Wall, Caomhann Brennan and Ciarán Lawlor are amongst them but we’ve given the nod to Cialann Mulhall.This will be his second championship campaign for Kilcruise and this defender will prove a tough customer for any attacker.ARLES-KILLEEN – Evan McDonaldArles-Killeen bowed out in the quarter final stage last year against Portarlington.They have a new manager this year in Gay Campbell and will hope to get back to the semi final at least.And we’ve gone for forward Evan McDonald as one to watch. A very physical young man who is well capable of scoring.BALLYFIN GAELS – Max ConnollyBallyfin Gaels go into the senior championship as one of the favourites for relegation for the third year on the trot.They have been relegated to Division 3 in the league but will have the Slieve Bloom lads available to them now.They have a number of impressive young players like David Connolly and Darragh Connolly but we’ve gone for Max Connolly. He can operate in defence or attack and will be a valuable asset.BALLYLINAN – Ciaran Fennessy Ballylinan surprised everyone last year when they went all the way to the senior final before losing to Portlaoise.They have a number of young players who established themselves last year like Cathail Dunne, Kevin Byrne and Seamus Lacey.But one young man who should nail down a place this year is Ciaran Fennessy. Another versatile player who can operate in any line on the field where he running ability will be useful.BALLYROAN-ABBEY – John RogersBallyroan-Abbey won Division 1B a few weeks ago and this young man was very impressive at wing forward.John Rogers played at U-17 and minor level for Laois last year in midfield and was very impressive.He has now graduated to the senior ranks and looks set to be a big player for his club this year.CLONASLEE-ST MANMAN’S GAELS – Ryan KilroeThe Clonaslee-St Manman’s team who won the U-17 B HC last yearClonaslee-St Manman’s Gaels have joined up with Annanough once again for a second year.They defeated Mountmellick Gaels in a relegation semi final last year to stay up for another year and will be hoping to push on from there.One young man who we expect to feature for them is Ryan Kilroe. A dual star, Kilroe is pacey and in the wide open spaces of O’Moore Park, he will cause problems.CRETTYARD GAELS – Michael NashCrettyard struggled through the league once again this year before eventually being relegated from Division 1B.They will get a few of the Spink lads to help their cause now.Evan O’Carroll and Cormac Murphy will carry the scoring mantle for the side but expect the impressive Michael Nash to chip in when required.EMO – Jack OwensEmo are back in the senior ranks after spending one year away where they bagged an intermediate title.They have added a number of young players to their side but the pick of them is probably Jack Owens.He played for Laois at minor and U-17 level last year and has also been capped at international level for the Republic of Ireland in the past. Serious power and pace.GRAIGUECULLEN – Brian ByrneBrian Byrne played in the Leinster U-21 semi final for Laois in 2017Graiguecullen reached the semi final last year where they bowed out against Portlaoise.Padraig Clancy’s Barrowsiders had young stars in the form of Paul Mulready and Ross Hennessy excel in recent years.However, Brian Byrne played very well for the Laois U-21s in 2017 and he will be a big player for his club this year.KILLESHIN – Michael DoranKilleshin have an incredibly low-age profile with the majority of their team aged below 25.Players like Shane Bolger, Evan Lowry and Adam Deering have progressed well this year.But one young man, who suffered a number of injuries as a juvenile, is back in full fitness and can add a new dimension to the attack. Michael Doran is the one we have gone for here.O’DEMPSEY’S – Mark BarryMark Barry celebrates with his family and girlfriend following O’Dempsey’s Division 1A winO’Dempsey’s collected their second successive Division 1A league title a couple of weeks ago and are building a nice squad.They have added young players like Dan McCormack, Tom Kelly and Barry Howlin to their ranks.But the gem in the pack is undoubtedly Mark Barry. Excelled for Laois at U-17 and minor level last year and was on fire in the league final win over St Joseph’s. A young man with a very bright future.PORTARLINGTON – Colin SlevinPortarlington reached their first semi since 2002 last year and they have added a serious amount of talent to their side this year.Ronan Coffey, Alex Mohan and Adam Kirwan are just some of the players who have graduated from juvenile level and have serious talent.But we’ve gone for Colin Slevin who was Laois U-17 captain last year. Small in stature but tough as nails and well capable of scoring too.PORTLAOISE – Gary SaundersReigning county champions Portlaoise are overwhelming favourites to collect their 12th title from the last 13 years.The Town have an ocean of talent at their disposal and young players like Jason Maher and Ronan McEvoy will be vying for selection.But the one we reckon will get in first is Gary Saunders. He played in the full back line throughout the league and was very impressive. Represented Laois at minor and U-17 level last year too.ST JOSEPH’S – Mikie DempseySt Joseph’s go into this championship off the back of yet another league final defeat.They were disappointing last year and exited at the quarter final stage against Graiguecullen.They went on to win the junior championship though and one of the players who excelled there, Mikie Dempsey, should be well equipped to do the same for the senior team now.STRADBALLY – Jack LangtonStradbally ended Portlaoise’s dominance in 2016 but were very disappointing last year and ended up in the relegation playoff.They have brought through the likes of Jack Deegan, Justin Lalor and Liam Clancy in recent years but we’ve gone for Jack Langton this year.He can play in defence and has also operated as a sweeper during the league too.THE HEATH – PJ DalyHe excelled for Colt Gaels and Clonad in the hurling last week, and we reckon PJ Daly will do it again for The Heath this week.They have added real talent to their ranks in the form of Neil Keane, Liam Kinsella and Dylan Kavanagh this year.But Daly gets the nod again and should be a key figure.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Hurling takes hold in Camross and Clonad Cúl Camps By Alan Hartnett – 25th July 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Previous articleAll of the recent golf results from around the clubsNext articleClement Herron Featured Properties: Five homes in Laois currently on the market 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. WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Sixteen young players to watch out for in the senior football championship SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest TAGSLaois SFC Rugby Of the chasing pack, O’Dempsey’s, Portarlington, The Heath and maybe Graiguecullen look the best of the rest.All of the clubs involved have a number of impressive young players though who we reckon will make a mark this year.And we have picked out one from each club below: Community WhatsApp Twitter Sixteen young players to watch out for in the senior football championshiplast_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois face Louth in Croke Park

first_imgHome Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois face Louth in Croke… SportGAAGaelic Football Following on from the win over Down last weekend, manager Sugrue has made two changes to the team.Mark Timmons returns in place of Shane Nerney and Ross Munnelly is in for Evan O’Carroll. Pinterest Facebook Timmons missed the win over Down after suffering an asthmatic attack the day before hand while veteran Munnelly is in for his first start in place of the top scorer from the last day – Evan O’Carroll.Louth come into the game as outsiders after suffering a narrow defeat to Longford last weekend.Laois are going for their ninth straight league win over the last 12 months and you can follow all of the action as it happens below.The game throws in at 3pm. Facebook Twitter Community Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 2nd February 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAllianz Football League Division 3Laois v LouthLive Blog Community center_img Pinterest Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois face Louth in Croke Park SEE ALSO – South-Leinster glory for Knockbeg College after brilliant win in Wexford Laois are back in Croke PArk The Laois senior footballers are back in Croke Park this afternoon as they face Louth in Round 2 of Division 3 of the league.This should have been a home game for Laois but a breach of training rules last year saw them being forced to concede home advantage for this game.The GAA moved it to Croke Park and it will be the first part of a triple header at GAA HQ today. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleM50 crash to disrupt Laois fans on route to Croke ParkNext article14-man Laois suffer first league defeat under manager Sugrue 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. WhatsApp WhatsApp Council last_img read more

CRA implements a patch for Heartbleed

first_img Yesterday, the CRA indicated that it hopes to restore service on the weekend. Today, it reported that it’s currently implementing a patch for the bug, and “are vigorously testing all systems to ensure they will be safe and secure once the site is re-launched.” The CRA didn’t provide any update on when it expects to restore service, noting that taxpayers will get a grace period on the April 30 tax filing deadline that is equal to the length of the disruption. The agency says that Minister of National Revenue, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, has confirmed that “interest and penalties will not be applied to individual taxpayers filing their 2013 tax returns after April 30, 2014 for a period equal to the length of this service interruption.” SIFMA releases data aggregation principles Cyber security number one risk to financial markets: survey Related news The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is currently testing a patch for the Heartbleed Bug, but for now its online services remain out of commission. In its daily progress report on the effort to remediate the security flaw that has been uncovered in a widely-used form of online encryption, the agency says that it’s still working to resolve the issue with its site. For now though, taxpayers are prevented from using services such as EFILE and NETFILE to submit their latest tax returns. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Keywords Information securityCompanies Canada Revenue Agency IIAC’s new resource centre to help firms manage cyber risks James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Regulators vital for well-functioning capital markets

first_img OSC adds three to IAP Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Securities regulations Independent, well-funded regulators are essential to the development of deep, liquid capital markets, according to new report published Wednesday from the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS).The CGFS monitors developments in global financial markets for central bank governors. James Langton U.S. securities watchdogs reviewing recent stock market turbulence Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Flags of main countries of the world with display of stock market quotations wisitporn/123RF FCA seeks consumer duty standards The report points to a number of factors that are necessary for supporting robust markets, including macroeconomic stability, strong legal frameworks and market infrastructure, and effective regulation.“Deep and liquid capital markets not only need robust and efficient market infrastructures, they also need supportive legal systems and investor diversity,” says Philip Lowe, chairman of the CGFS, in a statement. “Independent market supervisors are also vital for well-functioning capital markets. They need adequate resources to identify problems and sufficient powers to tackle them.”Also readA disruptive force“Independent regulators with well-defined objectives, adequate resources and credible enforcement powers are better able to protect investors, lower issuance costs and ensure that capital markets are fair, effective and transparent,” the report states.The report’s findings were bolstered by a survey of market participants in 10 economies, ranging from China and Brazil to Japan and the United Kingdom, which showed that high regulatory costs can make capital markets less effective in channelling financing to the economy. Also, a greater presence of foreign investors in domestic markets lowers funding costs, boosts liquidity, helps lengthen bond maturities and improves risk management practices.Based on its findings, the report recommends policy measures for bolstering capital markets:• Promote greater market autonomy by addressing financially repressive policies, such as restrictions on initial public offerings to prop up stock market valuations or misuse of regulatory instruments that enable some to borrow at below-market rates• strengthen investor protection and legal enforcement;• enhance regulatory independence, resources and enforcement powers;• increase the depth and diversity of the domestic institutional investor base;• actively engage with potential market entrants and prepare for spillover risks;• co-ordinate regulations to develop deep complementary hedging and funding markets.“Capital market development can be placed on firmer foundations by strengthening legal and judicial systems for investor protection. Policies that ease access to legal recourse lower the cost of private contract enforcement and sanctioning breaches of duty,” the report states. “In addition, raising the efficiency, consistency and fairness of legal proceedings, eg through the creation of specialised financial courts, could usefully boost investor protection, as would policies that raise the predictability and efficiency of insolvency procedures.”Read the report here.last_img read more

Members of Lay Magistrates’ Association to Volunteer as Teachers December 4

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMembers of Lay Magistrates’ Association to Volunteer as Teachers December 4 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ten volunteers of the Kingston Chapter of the Lay Magistrates’ Association, including media personality, Norma Brown-Bell, will be visiting five schools in the Corporate Area to serve as assistant teachers on Monday, December 4.The activity, which is spearheaded by Custos of Kingston, Canon Weeville Gordon, is part of the city’s celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5. Mrs. Brown-Bell, former President of the Lay Magistrates’ Association, told JIS News that the group was looking forward to the activity, which is slated to take place during the first session of school.She explained that two volunteers would be assigned to each of the schools. The schools involved are: St. Aloysius Primary, St. George’s Girls Infant School, Calabar All-age and Junior High, Denham Town Primary and Allman Town Primary. She is assigned to Calabar All-age and Junior High.“They will go into the schools, and worship with whichever class that they are going to be pretending to be a teacher for the day. They will then take their classes and interact with the students and there will also be a quick presentation of a certificate to the principal and members of staff, having participated in IVD teaching practices,” she said.Prior to the visit, Mrs. Brown-Bell disclosed that the schools were invited to participate in a poetry competition focusing on volunteerism. The response, she said was “quite good”. She noted that the winners would be acknowledged at an Awards Ceremony recognizing the top volunteers in Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on December 5. The function is expected to commence at 2:00 p.m.Commenting on the top volunteers to be honoured, Mrs. Brown-Bell was very effusive in her praise for what she called unsung heroes.“When I talk about voluntary service, I mean real voluntary service. Thirty years and over is nothing compared to what some of these recipients have contributed to nation building, the development of young people and people working with HIV/AIDS,” she said.She also encouraged persons to get involved in helping others. “It cannot happen without you. If you can even assist one person, one day a week, that is beautiful, just let it happen,” Mrs. Brown-Bell urged.In the meantime, the Parish of Kingston and St. Andrew will kick off activities to observe International Volunteer Day with a service at the St. Matthews Anglican Church in Allman Town, on December 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. President of the IVD Committee, Errol Greene, is expected to deliver greetings.This year, the theme of IVD is – ‘Volunteers Partnering for National Development: Together We Can Achieve More’. RelatedMembers of Lay Magistrates’ Association to Volunteer as Teachers December 4center_img RelatedMembers of Lay Magistrates’ Association to Volunteer as Teachers December 4 Members of Lay Magistrates’ Association to Volunteer as Teachers December 4 UncategorizedDecember 2, 2006last_img read more