In Pictures: 26 photos from a sun-kissed Stradbally Point to Point meeting

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Previous articleLaois stalwart Munnelly gearing up for incredible 16th seasonNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 LaoisToday Reporter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Pinterest WhatsApp Council TAGSStradbally Point to Point Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Home Lifestyle In Pictures: 26 photos from a sun-kissed Stradbally Point to Point meeting LifestyleOut and About By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th May 2018 Twitter Stradbally Point to Point What a weekend of glorious weather that was!There were events up and down the county and one of them took place on Sunday.The Point to Point meetings in Stradbally always draw big crowds and this one didn’t disappoint.Punters came from all over Laois and further afield to sample the action.A day at the races is always great craic and if it happens to involve weather like this, it is even better again.The Stradbally Steam train was also open on the day and the kids queued up for a go around the track of the famous Stradbally Hall estate.Our photographer dropped in for part of the day and shot some wonderful pictures: SEE ALSO – Laois country house rules itself out to host ‘sex party’ as mystery continues In Pictures: 26 photos from a sun-kissed Stradbally Point to Point meeting Facebooklast_img read more

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Hat-tricks galore as Shanahoe edge Borris-In-Ossory in 22 goal thriller

first_img Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd October 2019 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp GAA Home GAA Cumann na mBunscol Hat-tricks galore as Shanahoe edge Borris-In-Ossory in 22 goal thriller GAACumann na mBunscolSport 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleExciting lineup as Laois GAA club set to launch new initiativeNext articleDouble up for Shanahoe as girls claim Division 4 championship title LaoisToday Reporter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest GAA GAA Shanahoe Boys Shanahoe 11-4 Borris In Ossory 11-1Roinn 5 Boys Champ FinalShanahoe edged out Borris-In-Ossory in a 22 goal thriller to claim the Division 5 Boys title this afternoon.Five players scored hat-tricks with Shanahoe’s Christopher Cullen getting a double hat-trick in a simply crazy game that swung one way and then the other.The first half of this was a simply stunning affair. Shanahoe looked like they were going to run away with it at one point but Borris-In-Ossory pegged them back and got level by half time.Shanahoe actually led the game by 14 points at one stage but an amazing finish to the half saw the sides deadlocked.Tim Drennan struck two goals while Christopher Cullen added a hat-trick for Shanahoe in the opening ten minutes.A Ryan Fitzgerald goal was the best Borris-In Ossory could muster but they took off in a serious way after that.Fitzgerald smashed home two more goals to complete a first half hat-trick while full forward partner Bill Maher did the same to also get a hat-trick as Borris-In-Ossory turned a 14 point deficit into a one point lead.Josh Delaney kicked the final point of the half for Shanahoe to level the game at 5-3 to 6-0 at the interval.Jamie Cullen gave Shanahoe the lead again on the resumption  but Borris-In-Ossory continued their resurgence  as Kyle Abraham smashed in a goal and then added free.But Shanahoe weren’t going away as Tim Drennan became the fourth player to complete a hat-trick and then added a fourth goal to put Shanahoe back ahead.Christopher Cullen then struck for his fifth goal as Shanahoe took a 10-3 to 7-1 lead with ten minutes to play.But Borris-In-Ossory kicked again and Kyle Abraham scored a goal from a free and then Ryan Fitzgerald added another goal to cut the gap to five.Christopher Cullen went down the other end and completed his double hat-trick but Kyle Abraham became the game’s fifth player to get a hat-trick with another goal from Borris-In-Ossory.A Jamie Cullen point put Shanahoe six ahead but Bill Maher’s fourth goal for Borris-In-Ossory left three between them at 11-4 to 11-1 with minutes to go.But Shanahoe held on to win one of the most thrilling finals in memory.Borris-In-Ossory BoysSCORERS – Shanahoe: Tim Drennan 4-1 (one free), Christopher Cullen 6-1, Josh Delaney 0-1, Jamie Cullen 1-1 Borris in Ossory: Ryan Fitzgerald 4-0, Bill Maher 4-0, Kyle Abraham 3-1 (one free)Shanahoe: Mark Bergin; Eoin Drennan, Jamie Shiels, Tim Drennan, Christopher Cullen, Josh Delaney, Jamie Cullen. Subs: Matthew Melvin, Cathal Bergin, Lee CullenBorris in Ossory: Darragh O’Brien; Conor Kirby, Cillian O’Donnell; Kyle Abraham, Evan Gray, Bill Maher, Ryan Fitzgerald. Subs: Kamil Kepski, Odhran Ryan, JJ Foley, Dylan Moore, Moosa Iqbal, Jack McCormack, Fiachra Dooley, Shane Quinlan, Darragh Kelly, Stefan Hangonayi, Alex PodmisaninsSEE ALSO – The fixtures for Cumann na mBunscol Football finals 2019 have been announced WhatsApp TAGSCumann na mBunscol 2019 Facebook Hat-tricks galore as Shanahoe edge Borris-In-Ossory in 22 goal thrillerlast_img read more

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Desjardins Insurance announces leadership changes

first_img PenderFund names new SVP for investments Megan Harman Lévis, Québec-based Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (a.k.a. Desjardins Insurance) announced some changes to its leadership team on Wednesday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news The insurance company revealed that André Langlois has been appointed senior executive vice president, life and health insurance. Langlois has been with Desjardins Group for nearly 30 years, and has held a variety of roles in areas such as product development, marketing and individual insurance. Most recently, he served as executive vice president, individual insurance. In his new role, Langlois will oversee operations for Desjardins Insurance and all of its business lines, including individual insurance, group and business insurance, group retirement savings and creditor and direct insurance. He will also be responsible for managing Desjardins Financial Security Investments, which has more than $14 billion in assets. The company also announced that Michael Rogers has been named vice president, sales and distribution. Rogers has been with Desjardins Group since 1999, and was most recently vice president of business development and insurance solutions. In his new role, he will be responsible for individual insurance business development, as well as managing the SFL and Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network distribution networks. Both appointments are effective immediately. Photo copyright: jirsak/123RF CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Desjardins Group Street Capital appoints chief product and marketing officer jirsak/123RF TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Justice Reform Public Consultations Begins

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJustice Reform Public Consultations Begins FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaican Justice System Reform (JJSR) Project has moved to the next stage with a series of public consultations which begins this Thursday, March 15 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, starting at 3:00 p.m., with concurrent sessions at the Morant Bay Parish Church, St. Thomas, beginning at 6:00 p.m., and at the Baptist Church Hall in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, commencing at 5:00 p.m.The public discussions are being organised by the Regional Working Groups (RWG’s), which were established to advance the justice transformation initiative at the local level. The concept of RWG’s is also intended to create a greater sense of public ownership of this programme through the setting up of four such entities: South Eastern, comprising Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas; and South Central, which includes the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth.Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelwany form the Western Regional Working Group, while St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland make up the North Western zone.The chairman of the Task Force, Professor Barry Chevannes, in calling on well-meaning citizens to participate in the public consultation, noted that all strata of the Jamaican society are being given the chance to contribute to the transformation of the justice sector, which is intended to serve all of us well into the future.“There can be nothing to gain if citizens do not air their views and suggestions now, and choose instead to criticize when the recommendations garnered to date are being put in place,” he pointed out.Since the inception of the reform exercise in October last year, the project team has met with a number of special interest groups. In addition, persons have been invited to deliberate on a number of issue papers, as well as undertake detailed research in several areas of the Jamaican justice system.The processes in the island’s court have also come under scrutiny by the project team, led by the Canadian Bar Association, resulting in the implementation of international best practices on a pilot basis at the May Pen Resident Magistrate’s Court. The insights gained from the Pilot Court site will inform the broader system improvement in the nation’s court offices. Justice Reform Public Consultations Begins UncategorizedMarch 13, 2007center_img RelatedJustice Reform Public Consultations Begins RelatedJustice Reform Public Consultations Beginslast_img read more

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Major milestone achieved in Teesside flood scheme

first_imgMajor milestone achieved in Teesside flood scheme A major step in a £4.8million Teesside flood scheme has been taken as a new debris screen is lifted into place.Construction started on the joint Environment Agency and Middlesbrough Council scheme at Marton West Beck last year.It will reduce the risk of flooding from the beck, sea and surface water to nearly 500 homes in central Middlesbrough.During flooding the new scheme will hold flood water back in Marton West Beck and Albert Park, slowing the flow and reducing the impact downstream. The extended debris screen in the park will collect debris and rubbish that can cause flooding and plays a key role in reducing flood risk.As well as the new screen, which extends the already existing screen on the beck, the scheme includes new stone-clad flood walls, a new drainage system, the instalment of protective fencing, and several flood storage bunds.Schemes such as this are ‘essential’Leila Huntington, the Environment Agency’s Flood Manager in the North East, said:This project protects nearly 500 homes and businesses in the centre of Middlesbrough and will provide an economic boost for the town, as well as bringing benefits for wildlife in the wider area.Schemes such as this are essential as we see climate change bringing with it more extreme weather conditions and an increased flood risk.The scheme is just one of many across the North East that better protect properties and businesses as part of a £132million six year investment programme to create or improve flood and coastal defences in the region.A further £5.2billion government investment package has been secured to deliver 2,000 schemes across the country, better protecting 336,000 properties between 2021 and 2027.Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, added:The recent extreme weather has been a timely reminder of the devastation that flooding can bring to whole communities. It’s more important than ever that we ensure that those areas at the greatest risk have the best possible protection.I’m delighted that Middlesbrough Council has been able to work in partnership with the Environment Agency to deliver this important scheme which will offer a great degree of reassurance to a large number of homes.Delighted to see scheme moving forwardThe contractor working on the project is BMMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald.Katie Fraser, Project Manager for BMMJV, said:Work on Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme started at the height of lockdown and the team had to adapt rapidly to the COVID-19 situation.As well as implementing safe practices on site we have been able to ensure the project continued as planned by working collaboratively with the Environment Agency by holding online meetings and virtual site tours and utilising technology to drive smart solutions and minimise risks on site.We are delighted to see the scheme moving towards completion knowing we have contributed to the protection of homes in Middlesbrough.The Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme project information has been translated into eight languages including Arabic; Bengali; Czech; Polish; Punjabi; Romanian; Tamil; and Urdu.It can be downloaded onlineTo find out if you are living in a flood risk area and f /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Albert, climate, climate change, council, covid-19, environment, Government, Impact, Investment, lockdown, Polish, project, Romania:, technology, UK, UK Government, weather, wildlifelast_img read more

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One Time With Tiger: Don Pooley

first_imgDon Pooley played across a terrific generational bridge in his more than 20 full seasons on the PGA Tour. He played with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead. But when people learn he played the PGA Tour, Pooley gets mostly one question: “Did you ever play with Tiger Woods?” Yes, Pooley tells them, he sure did. “And it was a lot of fun,” Pooley said. Pooley and Woods were paired in the final round of the Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club in 1997, just two months after Woods broke through to win his historic first Masters. Way back in the pack, neither had a chance to win, and yet Pooley remembers the buzz of an enormous gallery packed around the first tee. One Time with Tiger Keith Fergus Lee Rinker Omar Uresti Larry Rinker Grant Waite Bradley Hughes Nick Dougherty Arron Oberholser Brendan Steele Brendon de Jonge Robert Garrigus Zac Blair Scott Brown “There were like 10,000 people around the first hole, which was a par 3,” Pooley said. “That was unusual. I didn’t normally play in front of that many people unless I was in contention.” Pooley remembers feeling something else unusual that day, too. Pooley was 45 at the time, winner of the B.C. Open in 1980 and the Memorial in ’87, and yet he felt unusually motivated to win this matchup, this one round against Tiger, even with no trophy or big prize at stake. “I really wanted to beat him,” Pooley said. “He was the phenom, the 21-year-old who just won the Masters.” Pooley fell behind early, with Woods smashing drives 60 yards past him. “I had never seen anyone on Tour hit it that far,” Pooley said. “I had seen long-drive contests, where people hit it that far, but I had never seen anyone hit it that far and still have that kind of control.” Pooley remembers Woods being five shots up on him through 10 holes. “Then I birdied some holes, and he bogeyed a couple, and we came to the 18th tee all tied,” Pooley said. “It was a par 5, and we both hit drivers. I get down to my ball, and I hit a driver off the fairway, just short of the green. Then we walk another 60 yards to his ball, and he hits a 6-iron to the back edge of the green. I chipped up and tapped in for birdie, and he three-putted for par.” Pooley shot 71, Woods shot 72. “Tiger won’t have any recollection of that day, but it was fun for me to play with him, and it was fun to beat him at the end,” Pooley said. “I think I finished ahead of him in the tournament, but I’m not sure (he did, T-38 to T-43). It was all about that one day. I didn’t care about anything else.” When Pooley is asked to speak to service clubs today, he typically opens with his one time playing with Tiger. He tries to tell the story with some good-natured humor. “People don’t know this, but Tiger is 0-1 against me in head-to-head competition,” Pooley cracks. “It’s nice to have a story like that to tell.”last_img read more

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Video: Closing Arguments

first_img Email They’ve outlasted intra-party competition in their hunt for one of the most powerful governmental seats in the Flathead. Now, incumbent Democrat Joe Brenneman and GOP challenger Pam Holmquist will go head to head in the race for the District 2 seat on the Flathead County Commission. Commissioners serve as the legislative and executive branches of county government, and they often have the final say in major decisions, such as the budget or approving proposed development projects. Both candidates believe they have what it takes to lead the area out of its economic slump while maintaining the characteristics that make Northwest Montana unique. Joe Brenneman Watch the above video Q and A with Joe Brenneman. Due to length, the video may take time to fully load.In the wake of a deep recession, Brenneman stresses the importance of still having a financially solvent county budget. “In a severe recession, Flathead County has done a good job managing our resources and the taxpayers’ money,” Brenneman said. Other cities and counties throughout Montana are suffering from budget deficits and are facing tough cuts, Brenneman noted. He credits the entire commission and other elected officials with Flathead County’s financial success, but also believes he helped keep the county from going into the red when he was elected in 2005. It’s this experience, mixed with other budgetary know-how, that Brenneman believes is essential for Flathead County to remain in the black. “You need to have people who understand what’s going on and that’s one of the biggest assets I have,” Brenneman said. “Although I’m the youngest commissioner, I’m the one with the most experience.” While his opponent has publicly criticized the county budget as “ballooning,” Brenneman asserts that the $81-million spending plan is actually a tribute to the county’s success in bringing in grants. Of that $81 million, Brenneman said about $50 million comes from federal or state grants. The remaining $30 million is county tax revenue, and state law caps the maximum amount the county can tax its residents. “This idea that Flathead County’s budget has ballooned in the last number of years indicates a severe lack of understanding of county budget policy,” Brenneman said. “It’s frustrating to have that thrown out there when in fact the large budget arguably could be a demonstration the county’s doing a good job bringing in grants.” The sputtering economy is one of the biggest concerns county residents have, and Brenneman noted that it plays a role in many of his priorities. Flathead County needs to capitalize on the strengths it already has, such as high-quality health care and its spectacular environment, he said. “I’m not one to say, ‘Government’s here to solve your problems, let us do it,’ but I’m certainly willing to work with business leaders to try and facilitate the advantages that we already have,” Brenneman said. Environmental qualities and conscientious planning throughout the valley both have an economic impact on Flathead County, Brenneman said. During a recent trip to Canada promoting the Flathead as a tourist destination for Canadians, which he paid for out of pocket, Brenneman learned that tourists largely come to the valley for the water and the view. “If we wreck either one of those things, there are other places they can go,” Brenneman said. He also learned the Flathead Valley could have a viable future as a medical destination for Canadians who don’t want to wait months for procedures in their own country. Working the Alberta oil fields may also be a temporary option for out-of-work valley residents, Brenneman said, and he has spoken with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester about temporary work visas. “We don’t want people to move there, but while we’re waiting for our economy to restart or to become a little more active, having another option might be the difference between losing your house,” Brenneman said. Water quality is another major issue in the Flathead, and Brenneman believes solutions to future problems should begin at the local level. For example, he said most people he’s talked to agree that uniform streamside setbacks would not be effective in the valley. Instead, a possible solution could be legislation that gives waterfront property owners a property tax reduction if they install a vegetative buffer on the edge of their land. The idea comes from loggers, Brenneman said, and it would be a self-policing effort. “A lot of us doing a little bit is a lot more beneficial than a few people who happen to choose to develop their property who have to do a lot,” Brenneman said. As the commission’s sole Democrat, Brenneman believes the three-person board is well balanced. If a Republican were to be elected, Brenneman said some voters in the valley would be left out. “If the commission is comprised all of people on one side or the other, then there’s a segment of the population that’s completely disenfranchised,” Brenneman said. This feeling often gives rise to suggestions of a five-person commission or calls for redistricting, he added, and can be avoided if all views are represented. “We actually have a balanced commission right now,” Brenneman said. Pam Holmquist Watch the above video Q and A with Pam Holmquist. Due to length, the video may take time to fully load. As the Republican challenger for the District 2 seat, Holmquist believes she would be a better addition to the commission than the incumbent. “My opponent has said that we have a good enough team, but I disagree with that,” Holmquist said. A political newcomer from Evergreen, Holmquist said her 32 years as a business owner have given her insight into the biggest concern for Flathead Valley residents right now: jobs. Holmquist disagrees, however, with the idea that local people should have to move to find a well-paying job. They should be able to stay with their families, she said, and not travel east of the mountains or north across the border to make a livable income. Brenneman, she said, has waited too long to address the economic problems in the county. “I won’t wait until the 12th hour to care about the local economy. I want to create jobs here; I don’t want to be sending our workforce off to Canada,” Holmquist said. “We need to bring jobs here in Flathead County.” Her solution is to create a coalition of county commissioners, local mayors and legislators to represent the Flathead in Helena. She would also like to see a different business featured on the county website every week, and believes the Port Authority could help by providing discounted rates for businesses to fly in and check out the area. Communication with the Flathead County planning and zoning director would also play a part in Holmquist’s plan for economic recovery. If a business or developer comes to the office with a plan that might bring jobs to the valley, Holmquist said she would like to know about it to provide whatever help she could. She stressed that any push for new development projects would have to be balanced with private property rights, which Holmquist places high on her priority list. After chatting with valley residents about their concerns, she created a property owner’s bill of rights that she would like to see incorporated in the county’s growth policy. Included on the list of requirements are fair and honest staff reports from the planning and zoning office; requirements for Flathead County to abide by all laws and constitutional requirements for open meetings and open government; and ensuring that property owners have the right to full use and benefit of their property as long as they don’t harm others. Some of these might already be in the growth policy, Holmquist said, but she asserted that she would like to be part of the growth policy review to ensure these aspects are included in some capacity. “I think most individuals and developers, they just want to know the requirements up front so there’s no surprises as they get into their project,” Holmquist said. “I think sometimes that hasn’t been going on.” As a Republican, Holmquist said she believes in smaller government and less government spending. She stands by her assertion that the county budget has ballooned, noting it has increased from $49 million in 2004 to more than $80 million today. She would like to shrink that number, regardless of whether the money being spent comes from grants. “No matter how we get that money, it comes out of the taxpayer’s pocket,” Holmquist said. Though she has looked at the budget, Holmquist said she would like to get in the commission seat and into the budget process before suggesting financial cuts. Holmquist stressed the importance of water quality in Flathead County, but also noted water quantity will be an issue in the future. The county commission should be involved in the water compact discussions to “protect our water rights against the government and the tribes,” she said. There is also a need for a county sewage treatment plant, especially for areas like Evergreen, she said, and the current economic climate would provide favorable labor and material rates if the county has money in the budget to build a new facility. If she is elected, Holmquist is not worried about alienating the Democratic base in Flathead County. “Building relationships with people – I’ve been doing that for 32 years and I hope to do that in the commissioner office,” Holmquist said. “I’m always open to listening to everyone. It’s like in my business; I’m sure there are Democrats and Republicans coming through my door, I’m not going play party politics.” The general election is on Nov. 2. Absentee ballots are available until noon on Nov. 1. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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News / A leaner and meaner Zim looks like sailing into calmer financial waters

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 01/04/2015 From APL to Zim – ocean freight carriers which publish financial results have now done so for the full-year 2014, or nine months ending 31 March.2014 proved a better-than-expected year, in terms of volumes, for carriers serving the Asia-Europe tradelane. It saw North European imports increase by 8.2%, compared with the previous year, and vessel utilisation levels average 96.6%, according to Drewry data.But on the transpacific route, carriers suffered significant costs from vessel delays and the chartering of extra vessels when the US west coast ports were blighted by congestion and industrial strife.Elsewhere, the cascading of ships to accommodate the ‘new normal’ 13,000+ teu ships plying Asia-Europe triggered downward pressure on freight rates. Bigger ships struggled to keep pace with tumbling freight rates, against a backdrop of slow market growth. The carrier financials have provided a mixture of good (Maersk, CMA CGM and OOCL), bad (APL, MOL) and ugly (Hapag-Lloyd). But almost the last to report, Israeli carrier Zim, joined the ranks of “improving, but must do better”, which include CSCL, COSCO, Evergreen, Hanjin, HMM and Yang Ming.Zim, which completed its painful $3.4bn debt restructuring in July last year, including a $1.4bn debt-to-equity swap for many of its creditors, improved its bottom line significantly, recording a net loss of $127m in 2014, in comparison with the $213m of red ink in 2013.Moreover, in the final three months of the year, Zim would have moved into the black with a net profit of $17m but for an accounting provision of $21m for the revaluation of fuel hedging transactions.The company carried 2,360,000 teu in 2014, a 6% decrease on the previous year, due, it said, to the termination of its liner service from Asia to North Europe.Nevertheless, Zim operated a number of ad-hoc sailings to North Europe after it had officially withdrawn from the trade, taking advantage of the abundance of cargo on offer prior to the end-year slack season.Total revenue in 2014 equated to $3.4bn, compared with $3.7bn the year before, but differing from most of its peers, Zim actually increased its average rate per teu by 2% to $1,243 over the year, with its average rate for Q4 at $1,271 per teu.The “termination of non-profitable lines” is a core feature of Zim’s new business plan, as is its opportunism, which it demonstrated by organising ad-hoc sailings from Asia to the US east coast in the earlier part of the year.In providing inducement sailings to US east coast ports, Zim benefited from the desire of Asian shippers to reach a reliable, congestion-free American gateway. These customers were reportedly prepared to pay double the normal west coast freight rate.Much of this revenue will feature in Zim’s 2015 first-quarter result and, in combination with lower bunker costs, should provide a foundation for further improvement in the carrier’s profitability.last_img read more

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What To Know About Filing For Unemployment In Georgia And The CARES Act

first_img Share For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility New Doctors In India Are Starting Off Seeing The Worst. It’s Taking A Toll Related Stories Last updated on May 1 at 1:26 p.m.The coronavirus relief package was approved March 27, and Georgians are now starting to receive its benefits.With the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, unemployment payment amounts will increase, more workers will qualify, and benefits will be available for a longer amount of time.A few weeks ago, the Georgia Department of Labor began sending out the additional $600 weekly payments from the CARES Act, according to an April 19 update. The department has been told that they will be able to “backdate any payments for eligible weeks beginning March 29.”Those who previously couldn’t apply for unemployment benefits have new guidance from GDOL on how they can begin to start receiving benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.Since late March, GDOL has been updating its COVID-19 information page with instructions about unemployment benefits. The department has been using instructions provided by the U.S. Department of Labor for “implementation procedures.”Here’s what to know about Georgia’s unemployment benefits process — from filing to the amount of payment — and what to expect with the rollout of CARES.Who Qualifies?Until the CARES Act comes into effect in Georgia, just those who have been receiving W-2s from their employer qualify for unemployment benefits.Those who are self-employed will be able to file for unemployment benefits once they approved by GDOL and the Georgia Department of Revenue.How To Apply?You can file for unemployment benefits on the Georgia DOL’s website. Both those who receive W2s and who are self-employed, are being told to file a regular state unemployment claim application. Within 21 days, a “written determination of eligibility” will be sent those who could qualify for PUA, or a program that gives unemployment benefits to gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, non-profit employees, church employees and those who wouldn’t normally qualify for benefits.Starting on Wednesday, April 22, PUA applications will be emailed to those who may qualify, according to the GDOL website.“Once development of the new federal PUA program is completed, these individuals will be identified and will receive notification by email with a link to the application or mail containing information regarding the PUA application process,” as written on GDOL’s website.For those who have already filed a claim, GDOL says they do not have to refile their claim, as stated on the department’s website. More about the processes for receiving PUA is online.How Much Money Can You Receive?With the CARES Act, an additional $600 from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation would be added on top of Georgia’s existing unemployment benefits package, which ranges from $55 to $365 weekly respectively, according to Kersha Cartwright, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Labor. So, the most someone could receive weekly in Georgia is $965 with the federal and state packages combined.Georgia DOL assesses if someone qualifies to receive unemployment benefits based on if they “earned enough wages during the base period,” according to the department’s website. Then an equation is used to determine how much unemployment money people can receive per week.The regular weekly benefit amount is based on the total wages in the two highest quarters divided by 42. And the alternative calculation is the total wages in the highest quarter divided by 21. Filers can also earn up to $300 per week before earnings begin to count against the benefits they receive.But the unemployment benefits are subject to being taxed, with 10% being deducted for federal taxes and 6% for the state, according to an April 28 GDOL statement.How Long Can You Get Benefits?The Georgia DOL has extended the time for filers to receive unemployment benefits from 14 weeks to 26 weeks, based on a March 26 GDOL news release. Once CARES goes into effect in Georgia, the amount of time could increase 13 more weeks, according to Cartwright.How Soon Will The Benefits Arrive?If your employer filed the state unemployment claim for you, which is the preferred method, you should see at least the state portion of your unemployment benefit show up shortly. If you filed a claim yourself, it could take a little longer, according to officials.Payments will arrive by a UI Way2Go Debit MasterCard that has been sent to you or by direct deposit. 5:06 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img read more

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Little princesses everywhere, WUHS hosts “Princess Tea’

first_imgAs a prelude to their spring musical production of “Beauty and the Beast”, the West Union High School Performing Arts Department hosted a “Princess Tea” on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 10. As you can see above, the events attracted princesses of all ages as WUHS High School students portrayed the various Disney characters. Photo by Kaiajade Little princesses everywhere, WUHS hosts “Princess Tea’February 16, 2018Peoples DefenderNewsComments Off on Little princesses everywhere, WUHS hosts “Princess Tea’ Top Searches Top Searches PeeblesYoungSports Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. PreviousOne Shining MomentNextSeaman’s Olympic connection Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel HomeNewsLittle princesses everywhere, WUHS hosts “Princess Tea’last_img read more

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