British life insurers paid £90m in coronavirus death claims by the end of May

first_img British life insurers paid £90m in coronavirus death claims by the end of May Industry sources say that figure could reach billions if the Financial Conduct Authority wins a test case against insurers over business interruption policy wordings. A decision is expected in mid-September. In May, insurance market Lloyd’s of London said it expected to pay out $3bn-to-$4.3bn (£2.5bn-to-£3.5bn) in claims stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images) Also Read: British life insurers paid £90m in coronavirus death claims by the end of May whatsapp (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Also Read: British life insurers paid £90m in coronavirus death claims by the end of May Tags: Coronavirus whatsapp The ABI has said it expected its members to pay £1.2bn in pandemic-related claims this year, in sectors such as business interruption and event cancellation. Share This is on par with the September 11 attacks in 2001 and to the combined impacts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.center_img Thursday 13 August 2020 9:47 am Although they are paying life insurance claims, worsening life expectancy will mean pensions, often the bulk of their business, are paid for a shorter period, industry sources say. The average payout is expected to be £63,000 for an individual policy and £137,000 for a group policy. Legal & General said last week its profit for the six months ended June fell two-thirds blaming the “unprecedented impact” of the pandemic. Life insurers have been hit by the pandemic but their losses are seen as limited. L&G paid out £80m of extra claims due to the pandemic, but said the “tragically disproportionate” amount of deaths amongst older generations meant it saved £32m in retirement payments. James Booth Insurers received 7,000 life insurance claims from families of people who died from covid-19 and 83 per cent have been paid so far, the ABI said. Every life insurance claim has been accepted, it said. Show Comments ▼ British life insurers paid £90m in claims for coronavirus deaths in the three months to the end of May, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said today. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTheFashionBallPrince Harry Has Changed His Mind About Meghan MarkleTheFashionBallDid U KnowUnsold 2020 SUVs Are Almost Being Given Away Now: See PricesDid U KnowCarsGeniusThe 10 Best SUVs For Dirt CheapCarsGeniusAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorBetterBeHere’s What People Spray On Meat When It’s CookingBetterBebonvoyaged.comJudge Judy’s Mansion Takes The Cake For “Most Impressive”bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeDefinitionDrivepediaLou Ferrigno Is Now 68 Years Old, This Is Him NowDrivepediaMartha Stewart & Marley SpoonMartha Stewart’s Favorite Recipes Delivered to YouMartha Stewart & Marley Spoonlast_img read more

Tribes, communities monitor ocean acidification in near-shore waters

first_imgClimate Change | Environment | Fisheries | Juneau | Science & Tech | Southeast | WildlifeTribes, communities monitor ocean acidification in near-shore watersJune 25, 2018 by Alanna Elder, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Petersburg Indian Association’s Brandon Thynes caps a bottle of ocean water at Sandy Beach. The sample is a part of Sitka Tribe’s efforts to study ocean acidification. (Photo by Alanna Elder/KFSK)Southeast tribes are joining in research efforts to monitor ocean acidification in the waters closest to shore.This coincides with data coming in from a ferry that for the past six months has been taking measurements along its regular route from Bellingham, Washington, to Juneau.This information may one day give communities a better idea of what to expect from change in the ocean.Petersburg Indian Association tribal resource director Brandon Thynes waded into the ocean on a Thursday morning at Petersburg’s Sandy Beach.The tide was especially low, and a few people and dogs were checking out the creatures and debris it had washed ashore.Thynes carried a beer bottle filled with seawater back to his box of equipment and took out another item he recycled for science: a parmesan cheese container with a tube of mercury inside.He added three drops of mercury to the beer bottle and sealed it. The sample was ready to send to Sitka, where specialists will add it to a growing body of information about ocean acidification.Esther Kennedy, who is with Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research in Sitka, said this is a relatively new addition to a program that already monitors shellfish toxins and harmful algal blooms.“Our partner tribes like Petersburg Indian Association now just collect a water sample once a week at one of their routinely monitored sites, preserve that sample and then ship it to me and then I will run it when I can and send back the results as soon as possible,” Kennedy said.She has not been able to run any of these samples yet, because she is fine-tuning the Sitka Tribe’s Burke-o-lator, a machine many scientists are using to monitor ocean acidification.“Once you open a discrete sample, you either need to analyze it or it is trash, so I don’t want to analyze anyone’s samples until I’ve worked out the kinks in our system,” Kennedy said.Eventually, she hopes to send out data within one or two weeks of getting the samples from tribes.The goal is to understand how ocean acidification, which is caused by higher levels of CO2 in water, is happening along the shoreline, where people live and harvest food.Many Alaskans are concerned about these changes because they will prevent some marine animals from forming shells and threaten food sources for other species like salmon.“What’s difficult to know, though, is how that’s actually going to map onto each individual community,” Kennedy said. “People are very worried, but we don’t have enough information to know which communities are most vulnerable, which communities are least vulnerable, and what the real timescale is where we might start seeing significant effects on subsistence shellfish and maybe a few other very important subsistence species.”She added, up until a couple of years ago, most ocean acidification data for Alaska came from the middle of the ocean or the gulf.There’s a lot more variability close to the shore, so it could take five to 10 years before it’s possible to read the data.“That’s kind of a long time, so in the short term, we’re hoping to gain a lot of other insights from this data,” Kennedy said. “We are pairing it with our phytoplankton data, to see if in the short term we can even say anything about harmful algal blooms and the current water chemistry.”A handful of organizations are using Burke-o-lators elsewhere in the state, including a hatchery in Seward that also tests samples from tribes.Another player in this research is the state ferry Columbia, which has been collecting data along its route since October.The ferry passes by many of the sites where tribes are taking samples, so Kennedy said she will be able to compare the two data sets.Wiley Evans is a research scientist at the Hakai Institute on Vancouver Island and oversees the ferry monitoring system. Although it is too early to see long-term trends, he explains the data has shown seasonal patterns.“So far, we’ve seen mostly just the transition from winter into summertime, which involves the spring bloom,” Evans said.Kind of like on land, parts of the ocean become more hospitable as they get sunnier and warmer.Phytoplankton and all the marine species that come with them change the chemistry of the water. The ferry allows Evans and his colleagues to map those seasonal changes across the region.“Within that seasonal transition, (we are) seeing the bloom progress and its effect on the CO2 chemistry basically from the south to the north, which is what you’d expect, but in patches, where it’s kicking off in certain areas first and that sort of thing,” Evans said.The system on the ferry has also had some technical problems.The computer used to blink out during routine power surges, and for a few weeks this winter the ferry was held up for repairs.But for a scientist like Evans, having this much information is a dream come true.“It’s hard to just pick the highlights because it is such an amazing data set. I have never seen anything like this,” Evans said.Evans got his PhD in Oregon, where shellfish farmers have been really interested in this kind of research for a while.Farms in the Pacific Northwest were hit hard about a decade ago when the hatcheries they depended on for oyster seed couldn’t produce a thing.The young oysters weren’t forming shells. Evans said there’s a motto for this research that comes from that time:“It’s kind of like putting headlights on a car,” Evans said. “All of a sudden they can see how things are changing in their intake water and account for it.”Alaska’s shellfish industry is relatively modest, and ocean acidification is a big issue for those who want to see it grow. There is hope that hatcheries can adapt. Some already treat their water.Adaptation gets more complicated in a place like Sandy Beach, where there’s a stew of mysterious interactions happening offshore, and where people relate to the water in multiple ways.Share this story:last_img read more

After UK shale triumph, Scotland announces moratorium on shale gas projects

first_img After UK shale triumph, Scotland announces moratorium on shale gas projects by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Wednesday 28 January 2015 10:58 am Emma Haslett whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp The Scottish government has announced a moratorium on planning permission for shale gas projects, less than 24 hours after a crucial vote in the UK parliament had saved the sector in the rest of the UK from a similar plight. Last night MPs voted 308-52 against proposals to impose a moratorium across the whole of the UK. MP Tessa Munt resigned her post as a parliamentary aide to Vince Cable, after the voted against the government’s fracking proposals. However, Scottish MPs have launched an inquiry into the impact of fracking on public health, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said today, adding that while the UK government is attempting to introduce fracking “quickly, at any cost”, Scotland is taking “a more cautious approach”. Until the report is concluded, there will be a total moratorium on planning consents. At the moment, there are no projects underway in the area.Scotland is thought to have 80 trillion cubic metres of shale, enough to keep the whole of the UK going for the next 30 years. Although the north of England alone is thought to have around 40 trillion cubic metres – which isn’t counting the reserves under the home counties. Yesterday unions gave their backing to the vote, with the GMB union saying that to vote for the moratorium would be a “total abdication of any moral responsibility” for the UK’s use of gas.”We will be using gas for many decades to come and this gas needs to come from somewhere.” Share Read This NextYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCreamy Pumpkin Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: Shale gas frackinglast_img read more

The coronavirus outbreak has left medical supplies in short supply. Is the nation’s emergency stockpile ready to help?

first_imgHealthThe coronavirus outbreak has left medical supplies in short supply. Is the nation’s emergency stockpile ready to help? By Lev Facher March 10, 2020 Reprints Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has a secretive, $7 billion stash of emergency medical equipment — one that it drew on to respond to the terror attacks of 9/11, to prepare for a subsequent threat of anthrax attacks in 2001, and to help thousands of homes guard against Zika with insecticide.The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, however, marks the first potential pandemic to reach U.S. soil since the H1N1 flu of 2009, teeing up one of the biggest challenges yet for the 21-year-old store, known as the Strategic National Stockpile.Already, the outbreak has placed significant strain on the stores of masks, medicine, and medical equipment. The stockpile has been called on to help with efforts to repatriate and quarantine Americans flown back from China and Japan, but has come under fire for a perceived shortage of masks — and for allowing millions of masks already in its stock to pass their expiration dates.advertisement @levfacher [email protected] N-95 face masks EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images Please enter a valid email address. Pandemic-preparedness experts and former public health officials sing the stockpile’s praises. Tommy Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor and health secretary during the George W. Bush administration, recalled relying on the SNS in the hours following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.“When 9/11 happened, we were able to get a plane in the air from CDC to deliver 50 tons of medical supplies up to the city of New York by 5 o’clock the day of 9/11,” he said. “And then we were able to get 100,000 masks delivered out of our stockpile to the city of New York that same evening, and gloves the next day — 200,000 pairs.”During Thompson’s tenure, he recalled, he pushed to increase the number of stockpile warehouse locations from eight to the current 12 — an effort, he said, to ensure the network was up to the task of quickly supplying locations across the 50 states and U.S. territories with emergency medical supplies on hours’ notice.“They have gloves, they have masks, they have medicines, they have scales to weigh ingredients,” Thompson said. “They have a full supply of things to fight infectious diseases and viruses like we’re experiencing now.”Adams, the acting director, also emphasized the SNS’ readiness. Should the current crisis worsen, he said, the stockpile stands ready with supplies of oral and intravenous antibiotics and other medical equipment that could prove useful. But beyond surgical masks and respirators, hospitals and local health departments haven’t yet found those items in short supply.“That’s something that we are in a position to provide support for around our pandemic influenza planning and other disaster planning,” Adams said. “But that’s not been an area of need.” Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. Still, public health officials have criticized the stockpile for, in some cases, failing to act with sufficient urgency. After officials in Washington state requested 233,000 respirator masks, the stockpile initially offered to supply less than half amount, the Washington Post reported. An SNS spokeswoman said the state eventually received the full requested shipment.And the store has already proven valuable in other areas, Adams said. Beyond sending masks to hard-hit states, the stockpile helped with efforts to bring Americans in China and Japan back to the U.S., supplying protective equipment for medical workers who monitored the Americans’ health during their stays on military bases. That effort largely relied on materials stored in SNS warehouses but maintained by the National Disaster Medical System, a separate emergency medical-supply distribution network.“We were quite involved with moving matériel to support the repatriation of State Department [employees] and other Americans from China, and then a follow-on mission of doing so from Japan,” Adams said.Adams added that the stockpile has since “transitioned into providing support to what some would call ‘hot spot areas,’ states where they’re actively managing large numbers of patients with COVID-19,” the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, namely by shipping respirator masks to hard-hit regions like the Seattle metropolitan area. Trending Now: In an interview, the stockpile’s acting director Steven Adams reiterated that the SNS stocks roughly 13 million N95 masks — though health secretary Alex Azar has told lawmakers that as many as 5 million may be expired.Adams said the federal government updated guidelines on March 1 clarifying that many older masks were still usable. All supplies in the current SNS store, a spokeswoman said, are in good working order. Adams also emphasized that the federal government had recently pledged to purchase 500 million more masks, though the order won’t be fulfilled for 18 months.advertisement Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Privacy Policy Lev Facher About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: The coronavirus outbreak comes at a time of significant change for the stockpile. Its longtime director, Greg Burel, retired at the end of January, according to an agency spokeswoman. Adams, the deputy director, was left at the helm in an acting capacity.And in 2018, the Trump administration shifted control of the stockpile from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to an office within the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated to emergency preparedness and response.While public health advocates have criticized the Trump administration for proposing cuts to the CDC budget and for firing a National Security Council staffer overseeing global pandemic response, few opposed shifting control of the stockpile from CDC to its parent agency, HHS.Irwin Redlener, a Columbia University public health professor, said it makes more sense to house the stockpile under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Response, which oversees emergency preparedness efforts.“I actually think it’s been good to have it over at ASPR,” he said.The stockpile was established in 1999 with the goal of guarding against both pandemics and threats of bioterrorism, including substances like anthrax and botulism. With roughly 200 employees, the SNS maintains 12 sites across the country, but keeps their location classified, citing security concerns.While the locations are secret, much of the warehouse’s inventory is public: Recent SNS contracts include a $1.5 billion deal to restock its shelves with smallpox vaccine, and a number of other nine-figure contracts for expensive pharmaceuticals that health officials hope they’ll never need. Tags Coronavirusglobal healthgovernment agenciespolicyWhite Houselast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, March 10, 2018

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 10th March 2018 Previous articleSix fixtures that stand out in the 2018 Laois GAA championship drawsNext articleSadness at passing of cancer campaigner Mary Seale LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community center_img WhatsApp Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, March 10, 2018 Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, March 10, 2018 Facebook Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Olive Colter (née McCann)Colter, Olive (née McCann) died peacefully, following a short illness. Beloved sister of Brian and daughter of the late Paddy and Anne (Portlaoise). Very sadly missed by Brian, daughter Angela, sister-in-law Hilary, nieces and nephew, Isobel, Sophie and Nicholas and grandchildren Paddy and Daisy.Cremation Service has taken place in the UK. Olive’s interment service will take place will in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise on Saturday, 10 March, at 11.30 am.Tom NaughtonPortarlington, Laois/Athlone, Westmeath/WicklowDied in the wonderful care of the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Predeceased by his loving wife Frances. Deeply regretted by his loving children Fran, Martin, Brian, Angela, Una and Tom , daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, partner sister Catherine, grandchildren Ciara, Aoife, Chloe, Sarah, Emma, Cormac, Caoimhe and Roisin, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest In Peace. Reposing at Maher’s Chapel of Rest Portarlington on Friday from 4:30pm with Removal at 6:50pm arriving St Michael’s church Portarlington at 7:30pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s cemetery Portarlington.Lar Dooley29 Dr Murphy place, Portlaoise, LaoisLar died in the loving care of all the staff in St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Beloved husband of the late Mary and predeceased by his son John. Much loved father of Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Fint, sister-in-law Monica, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours. May Lar Rest In PeaceReposing in the Chapel of Rest at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise from 5:00pm on Thursday with rosary recital at 8:00pm. Removal on Friday morning at 9:30am to arrive at SS Peter & Paul’s Church for 10:00am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.Mary SealeThe Elms , Forest Park, Portlaoise, LaoisFormerly of Clonkeen, March 7th 2018, died peacefully. Dearly loved mother to Declan, Kieran (Kilkenny) and Colin (O’Brien) and adoring grandmother to Caoimhe, Ava and Ciara. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sister Ann Weston, daughter-in-law Lorraine and nephews.Reposing at her residence from 4 pm on Thursday with rosary at 8 pm . Removal on Friday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, to arrive for 12 noon requiem Mass. Cremation will follow afterwards in Newlands Crematorium. House private on Friday morning please.Thomas Shortall68 St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington, LaoisAt the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Nancy, daughters Jackie, Elaine and Trish,brothers Sean and Noel,sister Mary, sons-in-law Seamus, Paddy and Buxie, grandchildren Tara, Cormac, Padraig, Ciaran, Oisin, Aine and Odhran, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest In Peace.Reposing at his residence on Thursday from 1pm with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Friday at 11am arriving St Michael’s church Portarlington for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s cemetery Portarlington. Family Flowers Only Please. Donations if desired to the Friends of Portlaoise Hospital.Brian KellyRathmiles, Killenard, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully at his residence. Sadly missed by his loving wife Therese, family Clare, Sharon, Sandra, Mark, Greg, Liam and Rory, sisters Elizabeth and Madeline, grandchildren, great-grandchild,extended family and friends. Rest In Peace.Requiem Mass in St John’s Church Killenard on Thursday at 12pm noon. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family Flowers Only Please. Donations if desired to the Irish Cancer SocietyPhilomena KennedyThe Downs, Portlaoise, LaoisDeeply regretted by her loving husband Laurence and son William. Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home, Portlaoise from 7 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday evening. Removal on Thursday moring to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Oakvale Cemetery, Stradbally.Laurence (Larry) BreslinGlenkeen, Clonaslee, LaoisLaurence (Larry) Breslin, Glenkeen, Clonaslee, Co Laois. Died peacefully at home on March 5th 2018. Deeply regretted by his brothers Bernie and Michael, sisters Mary, Rose (Sr. Finbarr – Mullingar), Margaret, Ellen and Bridie, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at his residence from 3pm on Wednesday with Recital of The Rosary at 8pm. Reposing again on Thursday from 3pm untill 8pm. Lars funeral will arrive for 11 o’clock Requiem Mass on Friday morning in St. Manmam’s Church, Clonaslee. Interment after Mass in St. Manmam’s Cemetery, Clonaslee. Family flowers only. House private Friday morning please.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, March 9, 2018 Pinterest Pinterest Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

Meet all the finalists in the Laois Business Woman of the Year awards

first_img TAGSLaois Business Woman of the Year Meet all the finalists in the Laois Business Woman of the Year awards Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Rugby Pinterest Previous articleYour guide to Laois’s Leinster football quarter-final against WestmeathNext articleThe Laois Twitter reaction as Ireland vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter By Siun Lennon – 26th May 2018 The inaugural Network Ireland Laois Business Woman of the Year Awards take place at a gala event in Durrow Castle on Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm.The four finalists are; Heidi Higgins of Heidi Higgins Boutique, Thomasina Connell of Thomasina Connell & Co. Solicitors, Alena Chikurnikova of AlenaC Design and Alison McEvoy of AAMcEvoy kidswear, with the winner being revealed on the night.Alison McEvoy, Alena Chikurnikova and Thomasina Connell are all in the emerging new business category while Heidi Higgins is competing in the small enterprise with 10 employees category.Breakdown of the finalistsAlison McEvoyAlison McEvoy started AAMcEvoy kidswear, an organic childrenswear brand for 0-3years in 2017. All products are designed and crafted in Ireland using super soft organic cloth. She completed a BA Hons Degree in Fashion Design from LIT Limerick School of Art & Design, and Bespoke Fashion Tailoring at the National Tailoring Academy Dublin.center_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Facebook Home News Business Meet all the finalists in the Laois Business Woman of the Year… NewsBusiness WhatsApp Twitter Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The idea behind AAMcEvoy was to create a brand with integrity, ethics and is as minimal with packaging as possible.Alena ChikurnikovaAlenaCDesign is an Interior Design studio specialising in contemporary interiors.Alena studied Engineering at the University and made a career in  a consulting company in Moscow. She also studied business administration, branding and practical psychology. Alena then switched paths and studied Interior Design, graduating from Interior Design Academy of Ireland with distinction.AlenaCDesign service was recently awarded, ‘Best Houzz Service 2018’.Thomasina ConnellThomasina Connell & Co. Solicitors was establsihed in 2016 and is based in Monasterevin. Thomasina qualified as a solicitor in 2011, after attending UCD and The Law Society of Ireland.She has obtained a wide range of experience in the areas of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Conveyancing, Probate, Personal Injury Litigation, Family Law and Immigration Law.Thomasina has represented clients at District, Circuit and High Court levels as well as specialist criminal defence representation in the Central and Special Criminal Courts.Heidi Higgins Award-winning designer Heidi Higgins graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2008. Just under one year later she proudly introduced her own label to the Irish market in May 2009.Heidi’s design approach is always about making the wearer feel special, introducing new elements of style, ensuring that shape and fit exude femininity while adding a signature splash of colour in luxurious fabrics.The event is sponsored by Local Enterprise Office Laois and AIB.Tickets can be purchased here and Network Ireland Laois members will receive a coupon code.SEE ALSO – BREAKING: M7 closed following crash in Laoislast_img read more

ROI Initiative Status Update: Legislative Package Sent to Congress

first_imgROI Initiative Status Update: Legislative Package Sent to Congress In April 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the release of a Final Green Paper from its Return on Investment (ROI) Initiative for Unleashing American Innovation. This national goal aims to dramatically increase returns from the more than $150 billion per year of U.S. federal investment in research and development.The NIST ROI Green Paper provided a summary of private and public stakeholder inputs received from hundreds of experts and organizations representing thousands of companies, universities, federal laboratories and other institutions. The document identified 15 findings by NIST to help inform decision-making and implementing actions by the relevant departments and agencies that could further enhance the U.S. innovation engine at the public-private interface.Eight of the 15 findings noted that implementation would require revisions to the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, 15 U.S.C. 3710 et seq. NIST is pleased to share that the ROI Legislative Package for modernizing the Stevenson-Wydler Act has now been released to Congress for consideration. This legislative package has gone through extensive interagency review and has been cleared by the Office of Management and Budget for congressional action.The ROI Legislative Package contains ten proposals that respond directly to findings outlined in the NIST ROI Green Paper:LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALNIST GREEN PAPERPURPOSECopyright in Federal Laboratory Computer ProgramsFinding 4Creates a limited exception to the prohibition for copyright by federal laboratories for certain software productsExtend CRADA Information Protection PeriodFinding 5Extends the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement information protection period from a maximum of 5 years to a maximum of 12 yearsStevenson-Wydler Act Regulatory AuthorityFinding 6Codifies executive order requirements for an Interagency Working Group for Technology Transfer; permits the Director of NIST to issue regulations with the concurrence of the IAWGTT, in order to provide agencies with consistent legal interpretations of technology transfer statutesDistribution of Royalties Received by Federal AgenciesFinding 8Increases the annual cap on the amount a federal employee may receive from patent royalties from $150,000 to $500,000; establishes an annual cap on the amount a federal employee may receive from royalties on licensed software of $150,000Presumption of Government Rights to Employee Intellectual PropertyFinding 7Codifies executive order requirements for federal employees to report their inventions and contributions to software works to their laboratories; streamlines the determination of rights to inventions made by federal employeesClarifying CRADA AuthorityFinding 8Removes conflicting definitions as to who may be parties to a CRADAExpansion of Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) AuthorityFinding 9Provides all agencies with Government-Owned Contractor-Operated GOCO) laboratories with the authority to direct their GOCO laboratories to enter into Agreements for Commercializing TechnologyOther TransactionsFinding 9Provides Other Transactions authorities to all agencies for the purposes of improving utilization of federally funded technologiesNon-Profit FoundationsFinding 9Permits all agencies to establish non-profit foundations in support of their missions, including their mission for technology transfer as specified in the Stevenson-Wydler ActReporting and MetricsFindings 14 and 15Updates metrics that all agencies are required to report on their Title 15 activities and replaces a physical printed annual report with electronic availability of metrics on a more up-to-date basis /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:agreement, america, american, Congress, engine, executive order, Federal, Government, innovation, Investment, NIST, patent, property, research, software, technologylast_img read more

Youth must seek Opportunities Online – World Bank Rep.

first_imgYouth must seek Opportunities Online – World Bank Rep. CultureMay 28, 2012 By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail If Jamaica is to get in line with modern economies, the country, in particular its youth must endeavour to seek opportunities online. This is the central theme of the message of World Bank country representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini, for Workers’ Week 2012, which comes to an end on May 26. According to Mr. Valentini, Jamaica’s young men and women must act as catalysts and the country must move with urgency, to steer its youth toward online commercial innovation, if it is serious about fast-tracking national development. The World Bank Executive observed that notwithstanding its “small size and ongoing struggles to achieve sustainable economic growth,” Jamaica enjoys comparative advantages in the competitive global economy. Among these are the country’s proximity to the richest market in the world, its mastery of the English Language, which is “the language of education and commerce”; and a fairly well-trained work force.   He opined that perhaps the biggest promise yet to be fulfilled is the relatively large youth population which is, in many ways “wired to the rest of the world in terms of tastes, interests, behaviour and natural abilities.” “Yet, what is one of the island’s greatest assets, its vibrant youth, can yet become its Achilles heel if the noose of disproportionate disengagement among young Jamaicans is not only arrested, but reversed with dispatch. Youth unemployment rate in 2009 stood at 27.3 per cent, more than twice the overall rate of 10.6 per cent, with young women faring even worse,” he argued. He observed that young people are not being left behind simply because they are lazy or inherently incompetent or subversive; “in many ways we believe that the young are outpacing the state apparatus and the modus operandi of the private sector.  As is always the case, during times of change and times of chaos, the answer is innovation. Only new approaches will spawn successes given the same people and resources.”  “The Jamaican youth can play a critical role in shaping the innovation system for the country, while also providing their services to the modernisation of the government and to local and global companies,” he said. He maintained that in order to achieve this objective, a multinational, multi-sectoral approach over a sustained period is required. “This is why the World Bank is so happy to support the request of the Ministry of Youth and Culture as it builds a coalition of private/public sector and civil society partners. Digital Jam 2.0 is a brainchild of these consultations. It is a project that has been designed to create a turning point in Jamaica’s development trajectory by harnessing the substantial youth potential as a central part of the engine of growth through greater levels of employment and entrepreneurship,” Mr. Valentini said. The World Bank Country Representative reiterated that Digital Jam 2.0 is expected to support the local economy by: – Creating a place for national and international companies to establish partnerships. – Leveraging resources and partnerships to establish a set of pilot projects that can employ at least 1,000 to 2,000 youth using robust web-based platforms. – Developing and improving world class ICT quality of skills for unemployed/underemployed youth. – Linking the youth employment via innovative ICT solutions to broader initiatives, such as the Caribbean Growth Forum and the Compete Caribbean programme, adding a regional dimension. He stated that further support of the initiative will be forthcoming in upcoming weeks through details of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), a regional multi-donor initiative, managed by the World Bank. “The CGF will aim to foster growth and development in the region through innovation, competitiveness, trade and ICT initiatives. The two projects are therefore inextricably linked, with a springboard in the home of the largest English-speaking population in CARICOM,” he said. “Any project or programme designed to articulate workable policy must be about the quality of life of the people they portend to serve. We expect that the impact of DigitalJam 2.0will be even broader and more profound in the long term,” Mr. Valentini added. He argued that with such a “significant percentage of the Jamaican society pulled ‘online’ as the method of choice for enterprise and wealth creation, one can expect that this will act as a catalyst towards the development of a “knowledge society,” prodding Jamaica in the right direction towards “developed country status.” Mr. Valentini emphasised that the expected transformative effect of this movement will also establish Jamaica as an important player in the global virtual economy through the creation and promotion of ‘Brand Jamaica’. “It should also bring to the forefront current key constraints for the realisation of employment opportunities in the virtual global economy and act as a living example of the need to adjust the legislative framework to facilitate elements, such as mobile banking and the delivery of mobile financial services, which are crucial to ensure payments for online services, allowing the local digital economy to thrive,” he maintained. 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Farmers Prep for Markets, CSA shares

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. SOMERS – The snow had barely melted on the valley floor last week, revealing agricultural acres covered under feet of snow for months, and the early-spring wind still carried a bit of bite even as winter began to give out.But in the hoop house at Mountain Kind Farm, just off Highway 82, the air was warm and humid, a sweet preview of warmer weather to come.Farmer Julia Wycall and her daughter Yve were hard at work planting onions and leeks in preparation for the summer’s harvest, the first for this new little farm in Lower Valley.The Wycalls – Julia, Ted, and their two daughters, Yve and Cadie – moved to Northwest Montana three years ago after eight years of running a farm in Maryland. It was a lovely life, near the ocean, but despite the incredible vegetable-growing soil, there were restrictions on their abilities to expand.“We wanted to go somewhere we could do more,” Julia Wycall said.Julia Wycall plants onion seeds at Mountain Kind Farm on March 29, 2018. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconShe pointed to two new red buildings on the property, which her husband Ted built over the summer, and said the red tape in Maryland would’ve added a year and much more money to that project’s bottom line.One of them will become a storefront for folks to stop by and pick up some fresh, local, organically grown produce. There will also be strawberry and raspberry bushes from which you can pick your own berries.Mountain Kind Farm also has a farmshare program, one in which members buy in levels: $200, $400, $600, and $800 (Julia said there’s also a $1,000 option if anyone is interested). That money, paid earlier in the year so the farm can use it to purchase what it needs to grow its crops, will be placed on a gift card and be available for use at their storefront and at the farmers markets.Anyone who participates in this program receives a 15 percent discount on their produce as well.“You don’t have to stick to a certain amount, or take just what we give you,” Julia said. “You can get what you want and need and as much as you need.”It’s an exciting start to the season for the Wycalls, who, like many in the Flathead Valley, are ready for winter to loosen its grip and spring to take over for a while. Before long, it’ll be summer time, with farmers markets, harvests, live music plinking into the evening light, and communities mingling together over local produce.Bigfork will have a new farmers market this year, called the Bigfork Village Market, hosted each Monday evening at Brookside Yard near the Swan River. Starting at 3 p.m., there will be free yoga on the lawn, and then food and vendors are ready to go by 4 p.m. The market runs through 7 p.m., with live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.“Bigfork as a community doesn’t have great access to local organically grown food,” Jenny Rogers, market organizer, said. “We’ve got lots of super cool growers and vendors interested.”Every other week, the night market will host an educational speaker series after 7 p.m., touching on important local issues, such as wildfire, the work the biostation does on Flathead Lake, avalanche awareness, and sustainability.Rogers said a meeting on April 5 will determine if the Monday market will be the CSA drop off and pick up for Bigfork members. CSAs are “community-supported agriculture,” meaning folks purchased shares in a farm and have weekly harvests to enjoy throughout the season.The Bigfork Village Market will run from May 21 to Sept. 17.Farmers markets are common and enjoyable in the Flathead, and often serve as CSA pick-up sites for their neighbors.The Kalispell Farmers Market starts up May 5 at Flathead Valley Community College, and continues each Saturday until Oct. 13.In Whitefish, head to the north end of Central Avenue every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting May 29. The market runs until Sept. 25.The Columbia Falls Community Market will begin rocking every Thursday from May 17 to Sept. 27. The Columbia Falls Farmers Market takes place Mondays, beginning May 15 in Marantette Park. In West Glacier, the Glacier Farmers Market begins Friday, June 8, and runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Northwest Montana Farmers MarketsMondays: Bigfork Village Market, 4-7 p.m.; www.bigforkmarket.orgColumbia Falls Farmers Market; www.columbiafallsfarmersmarket.comTuesdays: Whitefish Farmers Market, 5-7:30 p.m.; www.whitefishfarmersmarket.orgBigfork Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m.; bigforkfarmersmarket.comWednesdays: Trout Creek Farmers Market (opens July 11); www.facebook.com/troutcreekfarmersmarketThursdays: Columbia Falls Community Market, 5-7:30 p.m.; www.cfcommunitymarket.comEureka Farmers Market; (first and third Thursdays); www.facebook.com/eurekamofarmersmarketLibby Farmers Market; www.facebook.com/libbyfarmersmarketFridays: Polson Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; www.polsonfarmersmarket.comBigfork Farmers Market, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; bigforkfarmersmarket.comWest Glacier Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m.; www.facebook.com/glacierfarmersmarketSaturdays: Plains-Paradise Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; www.sanderscounty.org/farmers-marketslast_img read more

Government to provide funding for repair of infrastructure hit in floods – McHugh

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Donegal Minister Joe McHugh says he is pleased that the reconstruction of bridges and roads destroyed in the freak storm in north Donegal in August is to be paid for by Government.”A commitment from Government to support Donegal County Council financially is included in today’s Budget,” said Minister McHugh.”Council staff and contractors have done an incredible job but many months of works lie ahead and this decision by Government today approved by my Cabinet colleagues this morning is welcome news for Inishowen and other areas of north Donegal affected by the flood on August 22 and 23.”I want to again pay tribute to all those who have been involved in the ongoing repair works across the north of our county.”An initial estimate from Donegal County Council has set the costs at just over €15M.Dozens of bridges need replaced with hundreds of other incidents across the roads network needing repair. Government to provide funding for repair of infrastructure hit in floods – McHugh Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – October 10, 2017 Facebook Previous articleJohn Aldridge say James McClean can get betterNext articleThree Donegal Ladies in Republic of Ireland Women’s National Soccer Team News Highland Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more