Sweeper Lennon and veteran Whelan believe Laois had a point to prove

first_img WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Sweeper Lennon and veteran Whelan believe Laois had a point to prove SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, July 10, 2019Next articleIt’s Open Day at National Learning Network in Portlaoise 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. Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSJohn LennonLaois senior hurlersMatthew Whelan GAA Twitter Sweeper Lennon and veteran Whelan believe Laois had a point to prove Brought to you in association with Treacy’s Bar and Restaurant, The HeathMatthew Whelan is a long time on the go with Laois and he has unquestionably experienced more bad days than good.The Borris-Kilcotton defender was centre back for an All-Ireland Qualifier in 2011 with Cork came to Portlaoise and scored so many goals, ten to be precise, that it broke the scoreboard which couldn’t go into double digits on that side.He knows what it is like to experience the feeling of great lows in a Laois jersey and that is why Sunday’s win over Dublin probably means that little bit more to him than any of the other players who were involved.In the past, Whelan was on Laois teams that came close to a big win like that against Galway, Waterford and Dublin and he said that although he is now in his 30s, he always hoped a win like the one on Sunday would come.He said: “You always keep the hope that you’re going to get a day like this, we’d been close and we spoke about it during the week in the buildup, how close we’d been to beating the big teams over the last couple of years like with Galway a few times, Waterford and Dublin.“We came in angry today that GAA seemed to have forgotten about us and everyone was writing us off and we went out with a point to prove and I think we proved that point.“I’m such a proud Laois person today of the team and the whole setup and it’s a day we’ll treasure in this county that we’ve been hunting for, for a long long time.”Whelan admits the six day turnaround from the Joe McDonagh Cup win did take its toll but his side were not willing to let it beat them.He said: “It was insufferable, we were in pain so we were at times but it was our desire that got us over the line, we wanted it so bad and the last couple of months we’ve always been in the lead in the championship matches, it was a position we were used to and when we went in at half time we were calm and we knew the jobs at stake.“There were 35 minutes in the game of our lives to try and get the result that we definitely wanted. We felt we were a team that had something to prove and I think we proved it today.”Rosenallis’ John Lennon is almost a decade younger than Whelan but he put in his best ever performance in a Laois shirt on Sunday.Deployed in a sweeper role, Lennon protected the full back line and drove forward at every opportunity.He said: “I think Tommy was the first to say it to me and actually it suited us a bit like we wouldn’t play the sweeper to defend.“We’d be getting the ball and moving to set up attacks and that was the plan.”Belief was something that Lennon believes got Laois through and now he is raring to have a go at Tipp.He said: “We were talking all week and we said, sometimes we do say we believe but we don’t actually believe. I think this week we fully believed that we were gonna win.“At half time there was a big cheer for us going off the field and we said look, we’ll start from scratch again and I think everyone believed that we could do it today. It’s just great to get it over and done with.“Next Sunday, sure look we’ll take them on. If you had said to me at the start of the year that we’d be in an All Ireland quarter final I would have bitten your hand off.”SEE ALSO – POSTPONED: Laois GAA reschedule hurling championships following inter-county success By Alan Hartnett – 10th July 2019 GAA GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 18, 2021

first_img Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 18, 2021 Deaths Twitter Council WhatsApp Previous articleOn ‘yer Bike – Second ‘Clubs of the Parish’ challenge proves a successNext articleAll the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th April 2021 center_img Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 18, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Paul BurgessClonoghill, Coolrain, LaoisThe death has occurred of Paul Burgess, Carraway House, Clonoghill, Coolrain, Co Laois, and formerly of Kent, England suddenly at his home. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, sons Kevin and Jay, daughters in law Jaylee and Keeley, grandchildren Richard, Tiana, Skyla, Jaxon, Bradley, Zachery, Tai and Lee. Mum and Dad Sylvia and Ron, Sisters Jane and Chris. Predeceased by his sister Linda. Mother in law, Phyllis, sister in laws, brother in laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends in Ireland and England. And the Keogh Family Portlaoise.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Cremation will follow in Newlands Crematorium.Those who would have liked to attend his funeral, but who can not due to the current restrictions, may leave a personal message for the family on the condolence page below, or send condolences in the traditional manner. The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.Annie O’Brien (née Ryan)Marian Ave, Portlaoise, LaoisO’Brien. (nee Ryan) Marian Ave. Portlaoise. April 17th 2021 Peacefully in the loving care of Ballard Lodge Nursing Home. Surrounded by her loving family. Annie beloved wife of Billy. Dearly loved mother to Elizabeth ( Plunkett), Liam, Martina (O`Brien) Michael and Conor. Cherished grandmother to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Deeply regretted by her loving family. Brother Peter, brother in law Johnny. Sons in law George and Gerry. Daughters in law Marian, Gabriel and Lisa. Sisters in law Breda and Maura. Special friend Maura and special niece Theresa. Nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.May she rest in peace. House strictly private.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Monday 19th April in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/ Burial will follow in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Those who would have liked to attend her funeral, but who can not due to the current restrictions, may leave a personal message for the family on the condolence page below, or send condolences in the traditional manner. The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.John CarrollNewtown, Ballyroan, LaoisThe death has occurred of John Carroll, Newtown, Ballyroan, Co Laois, peacefully in his home, in the loving care of his family, after a long illness bravely borne. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Eileen, sons Eamonn and Terry, daughter Mary, daughters in law Linda and Marian, son in law Eamonn, grandchildren Jack, Conor, Brian, Amelia, Jamie and Imogen, sisters in law, brother in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his infant daughter and by his brothers Billy and Ned and sisters Mary and Bess.Due to Covid -19 Directive a private Family Funeral will take place for John, with Requiem Mass celebrated on Sunday (18th April) at 12pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyroan, and burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. House strictly private please due to Covid restrictions.For those unable to attend due to restrictions, the Requiem Mass may be viewed online at https://youtube.com/c/AllisonRitchieChurchSingerFrances Feely (née O’Mahony)1 Ashgrove, Mountmellick, LaoisPeacefully, in the loving care of the staff of St. Martha’s Ward, St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick, Co. Laois.Deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, her son, David, daughter-in-law, Evelyn, granddaughter Malia, her brothers and sisters, John, Ciss, Teresa, Mary, Ger, Patrick and Anne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relations, neighbours and her many friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew Frances, a strictly private family funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Monday 18 of April, in St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick. Burial will follow in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick. The funeral cortège will travel from Moloney’s Funeral Home on Monday morning at 10.45am to St Joseph’s Church. Those who wish to come out to pay their respects can do so along the route, maintaining a safe social distance.Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Patients’ Benefit Fund, St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick.Funeral mass can be viewed here.Christopher J. LyonsThe Green, Kilminchy., Portlaoise, Laois/Clondalkin, DublinLyons, Christopher, The Green, Kilminchy, Portlaoise and late of Old Nangor Rd., Clondalkin, April 16th 2021. Peacefully, at Portlaoise Regional Hospital. Predeceased by his parents, Christopher and Margaret and brother John. Deeply regretted by his loving partner Aileen, sisters Jane and Kathleen, brothers Jimmy and Peter, daughters Tracy, Lisa and Cathy, dear nephews, nieces, relatives and good friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon in Newlands Crematorium on Tuesday 19th April.Those who would have liked to attend his funeral, but who can not due to the current restrictions, may leave a personal message for the family on the condolence page below, or send condolences in the traditional manner. The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.James (Jimmy) DelaneyCrubbin, Ballyroan, Laois/Harold’s Cross, DublinDelaney, James (Jimmy) 36 Cassimer Road, Harold’s Cross, Dublin and formerly Crubbin, Ballyroan, Laois, died on the 14th April, suddenly, but peacefully, at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin. Deeply regretted by his brother Michael, sister Judy, sister-in-law Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Arriving to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyroan, for Requiem Mass on Saturday, 17th April, at 12 noon with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.Mass will be streamed live on: https://www.facebook.com/paddy.byrne.77377People are welcome to stand along the route to the church and in the graveyard while socially distancing.Jackie DoyleEmmett Street, Mountmellick, LaoisDied suddenly at Naas General Hospital. Predeceased by her loving partner John and her father Jack. Deeply regretted by her loving son Wayne, daughter-in-law Caroline and grandchildren Sophie, Alex and Alisha, her mother Betty, brothers William and his wife Ann, John and his wife Kathleen, Avan and his partner Ciara, sisters Kathleen and her husband Murt, Caroline, Josie and her husband Luke, Michelle and her husband Paul, nieces, nephews, neighbors, relatives and a large circle of friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew Jackie, a private family Funeral Service, will take place at 11am on Saturday, 17th of April, in St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick. Burial will follow in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick.The funeral cortège will travel from Moloney’s Funeral Home at 10.45am to St Joseph’s Church. Those who wish to come out to pay their respects can do so along the route, maintaining a safe social distance: https://www.mountmellickparish.ie/web-cam/SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, April 17, 2021last_img
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Fraud targeting the elderly is getting worse: survey

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Keywords Elderly,  Financial abuse Shining a spotlight on elder abuse awareness RBC Wealth partners with National Institute on Aging Vulnerable clients the focus of regulators Related news In the new survey, the IPT reports that 58% of respondents say they deal with elderly victims of investment fraud/financial exploitation “quite often” or “somewhat often”; 70% view the problem of elderly investment fraud/financial exploitation as “very serious”, and 26% say its “somewhat serious”; 96% say that “potential problems with mental comprehension make seniors more vulnerable” to financial swindles “very often” or “quite often”; 75% say that older Americans are “very vulnerable”, and 24% say they are “somewhat vulnerable” to financial swindles; and, 93% say that medical professionals can play a “very” or “somewhat” important role “when they are trained to spot and report the warning signs of elderly investment fraud/financial exploitation.” The survey was conducted online during the first 10 days of June. “The message from those on the front lines of investor protection is clear: Swindles targeting older Americans are a bigger problem today than ever before,” said Don Blandin, president and CEO of the IPT. “That’s why we have already trained 3,000 U.S. medical professionals who deal everyday with older Americans to spot the impaired mental capacity that can leave seniors vulnerable to financial abuse. We want to head off financial swindles before the damage is done.” Robert Lam, chairman of both the Investor Protection Institute (an independent non-profit that supports investor protection research and education) and the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, said, “We need to recognize that there is a medical component to elderly investment fraud that cannot be addressed solely by regulators. As state agencies, we need to combine our efforts with the unique front-line perspective of doctors, APS and other professionals to get help to victims, and those most at risk of becoming victims, at the earliest possible point. Together, we can do an even better job of protecting our seniors and their money.” “State securities agencies deserve credit for being able to think outside of the box and take an important new tack in reducing the scourge of elder investment scams. Working together, clinicians and investor educators can make a difference,” added Dr. Robert Roush, director, Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center, Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine. Financial abuse of the elderly is a growing problem and medical professionals and others who deal with the elderly can help fight it, suggests a new survey. Survey results released Wednesday by the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a U.S. non-profit devoted to investor education, finds that 84% of workers who often deal with the elderly (including securities regulators, financial planners, adult protective services workers, and medical professionals) say that the problem of swindles targeting the elderly is getting worse. A 2010 survey by the group found that about 20% of those over the age of 65 had already been victimized by a financial swindle. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

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Backing Victorian Libraries To Change Lives

first_imgBacking Victorian Libraries To Change Lives VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is investing in public libraries across Victoria with a record level of funding.Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs.Libraries provided tremendous support to their communities through the coronavirus pandemic. From virtual story times for kids and check-in phone calls for members, to book delivery and partnerships with Meals on Wheels, libraries have made a real impact during a challenging year.Minister Leane made the announcement at an event to launch a new website and mobile app for the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation. The corporation serves the Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils and will receive $2.8 million from the funding package.The funding represents a 2.5 per cent increase on last year’s allocation from the Public Libraries Funding Program and is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21.This is in addition to $1.1 million from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.The Labor Government also funds the expansion, redevelopment and modernisation of libraries through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which received an additional $11.1 million over two years in the Budget.Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state.The new Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation website is now live at yourlibrary.com.au.As stated by Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane“Thousands of Victorians have joined libraries during the coronavirus pandemic and libraries have displayed ingenuity, resilience and commitment to their communities through their work.”“This record level of funding ensures libraries have the resources they need to keep up the amazing work they’ve been doing. Libraries really do change lives and they are about so much more than books.” /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, coronavirus, Eastern, Government, Impact, infrastructure, launch, Local Government, Maroondah, Minister, mobile, resilience, resources, Victoria, website, Yarra Rangeslast_img read more

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Join the Workforce Recruitment Program for students with disabilities

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 28, 2017 ​ If you goWho: Students, recent graduatesWhat: Workforce Recruitment Program information meetingWhen: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4–5 p.m.Where: Center for Community, room N215​ Walk-in hoursCareer and Disability services will offer walk-in hours through the week of Nov. 13 to assist with questions or discuss job accommodations, self-advocacy, resumes or interviewing.Career Services, Kristin WilliamsThursdays 1:30–2:45 p.m. Center for Community, suite N352Disability Services, Meg MurrayFridays 2–3 p.m.Center for Community, suite N200 Are you interested in working in the government for the summer or after you graduate? If so, Career Services and Disability Services would like to tell you about a great opportunity for CU Boulder students.The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The program is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense.If you are interested in learning more about WRP (and eating free pizza), please plan to attend the Oct. 4 information session.Participant eligibilityEligible students must: Have a disability and be eligible under the Schedule A hiring authority Be a United States citizen Be enrolled in a degree program on a substantially full-time basis or have graduated with a degree no earlier than April 2016Schedule A is a hiring authority for federal agencies to use to tap into a diverse and vibrant talent pool without going through the often lengthy traditional hiring process and allows individuals to apply for a federal appointment through a noncompetitive hiring process.This means, if you meet the eligibility status of the appointment and the minimum qualifications for a position, you may be hired for the position without competing with the general public. Schedule A can be used to hire people in all professions from clerical staff to attorneys.Apply nowPlease start the application as soon as possible. Once you begin the process, you will need to be approved before you can continue filling out your application. Therefore, you must start the process as soon as possible to allow enough time for approval and finishing the application.  Categories:Career DevelopmentCampus Communitylast_img read more

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Education Ministry to Green Schools

first_imgEducation Ministry to Green Schools EducationJuly 14, 2010 RelatedEducation Ministry to Green Schools RelatedEducation Ministry to Green Schools FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has said that the Ministry will be looking to plant more trees at schools, particularly those built near roadways, to reduce the harmful effects of dust and vehicle emissions, among other elements, on children.Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew HolnessHe noted that some schools do not have sufficient trees, which are pivotal in reducing dust nuisance, “and so we will pursue this as an immediate thing that we can do.”Minister Holness was speaking at a ceremony held on July 12 at the Cabinet Office in Kingston, where he and Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, were presented with a video promoting the Kiwanis Environmental Health and Learning Initiative (KEHLI), which is aimed at improving the learning environment of urban schools.The video, titled ‘Choking on Air’, which was viewed by the Ministers, highlighted some of the harmful effects of pollutants in the environment to school children in these areas.Minister Holness pointed out that education and health are symbiotic, with the environment being the connection. “You need education to improve the environment and clearly, the environment improves the education of our children. So, we intend to pursue this project and incorporate it in our plan going forward,” the Minister said.A project of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, KEHLI focuses on reducing environmental factors in schools that may lead to learning and developmental disorders. These factors include air quality, lighting, noise, toxic chemicals, sanitation and food safety.Managing Director and Consulting Principal of Environmental Solutions Limited, which is collaborating on the project, Eleanor B. Jones, said environmental health issues are extremely important to education.She noted that environmental triggers such as roadside dust, emissions from automobiles and industrial and commercial facilities, commercial and domestic chemicals, and poor ventilation, are of particular concern.“If we really want to talk about development and we want to talk about giving the best to our children, we have to look at those issues that affect their ability to learn, and also the issue of absenteeism from school, because, if they are ill all the time and they can’t attend school, they can’t learn,” she pointed out.Environmental Health Officer at Environmental Solutions, Rashidah Khan-Haqq informed that the project has been launched in eight schools so far and that sampling has been done in three of the schools. The air quality was monitored in selected schools that were considered to be in high risk environments.She said the results have shown that roadways are significant pollutants to schools. She pointed out that the greening of schools, especially those that are near to roadways is very important because trees and grass act as cleansers.“We have kids being exposed to very fine particulate matter and they are small enough…to get into the blood stream. Studies are showing that particulate matter inside of the bloodstream can have very serious adversarial effect, especially in kids,” she said.Ms. Jones said sensitisation programmes have already started in the schools, noting that greening has started in a limited way, because some of the schools do not have a lot of space.“But, you can do container planting …so that you put in place the vegetation, which will help to absorb some of these particulates. We also have to engage the children in how to manage their surroundings,” she said.center_img RelatedEducation Ministry to Green Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

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Government Determined to Solve Energy Problem

first_imgGovernment Determined to Solve Energy Problem EnergyApril 6, 2013 RelatedGovernment Determined to Solve Energy Problem RelatedGovernment Determined to Solve Energy Problem FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the Government is determined to solve the country’s energy problem “once and for all”. “The time for procrastination is over and that decision is going to be happening now with the installation of the 360 megawatt plant,” Mr. Paulwell stated yesterday (April 4), as he addressed the opening of the Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) eStore at the company’s Ruthven Road offices in New Kingston. Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in his Throne Speech on April 4, informed that construction of the plant will begin this calendar year and will replace the existing 292-megawatt facility at Old Harbour, St. Catherine. The US$614 million plant will become the heart of the JPS’ power grid once completed in 2016, and is expected to deliver savings of 30 to 40 per cent on electricity bills based on the use of cheaper fuel sources. Minister Paulwell lauded the light and power company for opening the store, which provides energy solutions to help consumers save money by efficiently managing their power usage at home and in the office. “We have seen tremendous progress in the JPS. What is happening here is a reflection of those changing times and I think the company understands, as well as all of Jamaica, that if we do not get the price of electricity down, there’s no business – not only for the company, but for the country,” he stated. Director of Sales and Marketing, JPS, Garth McKenzie, said the mission of the eStore is to empower consumers to take control of escalating energy costs. He noted that while the JPS is unable to control global oil prices, it has the ability to arm consumers with the skill and tools to limit the amount of energy used and wasted in homes and offices. The store, which is the first of four planned outlets island-wide, will also have trained, knowledgeable staff to advise customers on the best strategies to maximise conservation efforts, he informed. The eStore will initially market over 40 different products, including LED lighting technology as well as energy management devices. Among the products to be sold is the Digital Energy Timer (DET), which allows users to automatically switch off electrical devices when not in use through a timer or remotely, via the internet. The product, which was invented locally by Jamaican Engineer, Jackie Stuart, can be used to turn on and off lights, televisions, air conditioning units, refrigerators, fans, electric water heaters, and other household appliances. According to the JPS, the device can also be used on a larger scale, for example, at factories where equipment must be switched off on weekends. The timer, which also carries an energy meter that measures the amount of power used, can be installed at distribution panels, electrical enclosures and specific zone areas, and is also useful in determining energy usage of one section of a factory or a tenant in a rental situation. The store also carries LED lights, which, according to Mr. McKenzie, when compared to incandescent bulbs, can reduce energy costs by approximately $3,000 per bulb per year.center_img Advertisements RelatedGovernment Determined to Solve Energy Problemlast_img read more

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EPOC Co-Chair Emphasises Importance of Fiscal Prudence

first_imgEPOC Co-Chair Emphasises Importance of Fiscal Prudence Finance & Public ServiceMarch 20, 2014Written by: Peta-Gay Hodges Advertisements RelatedIMF Approves US$71.4 Million Disbursement After Third Quarter Review Story HighlightsFiscal prudence and growth are two primary areas that Jamaica must focus on to successfully implement its programme of economic reform.The media must play a key role in ensuring that the average Jamaican understands the importance of the government’s prudent management of the country’s budget.According to Mr. Byles, the country now has to control its expenditure and maximise earnings. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, says fiscal prudence and growth are two primary areas that Jamaica must focus on to successfully implement its programme of economic reform.Mr. Byles also believes the media must play a key role in ensuring that the average Jamaican understands the importance of the government’s prudent management of the country’s budget.In an interview with JIS News Mr. Byles explained that for years the country had spent more than it earned, by borrowing. He said that the debt had become unsustainable, leaving the international financial market wary of further lending to Jamaica.According to Mr. Byles, the country now has to control its expenditure and maximise earnings. “On the expenditure side, people have been asked to hold strain. There will be no pay increase. The Government has tightened up on spending, generally, and increased efficiencies in the tax collection process. That is intended to produce a surplus, referred to as the Primary Surplus,” he said.The aim is to have a surplus of 7.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This will be used to pay down the debt. This however, is a slow, tedious process,Mr. Byles pointed out, as it will take 13 years to get the debt in line with what is considered prudent.In the meantime, the government will put in place the legislative framework for the continuation of prudence in how the affairs of the country are managed, to ensure that Jamaica is on target for its debt reduction target year of 2026.To this end fiscal rule legislation was passed in the Lower House on Tuesday, March 18, putting a cap on what the country can spend.The EPOC Co-chair noted that, already, several measures have been put in place under Government’s economic reform programme (ERP). The tax code has been simplified to facilitate more equitable among the various business interests.According to Mr. Byles, the other key factor on the path to economic stability is growth. “The more growth that can be generated, the easier the (International Monetary Fund) IMF targets will become. Growth will mean more revenues, more taxes and an increase in (Gross Domestic Product) GDP. Debt to GDP ratio is a measure that is used to determine financial stability and if the GDP gets bigger, then the debt will look smaller,” he said.Mr. Byles noted that because the growth challenge is primarily a private sector issue, the government should endeavour to generate significant stakeholder confidence providing adequate opportunities for growth to encourage investment.“If Jamaica can pass all four (IMF) tests in our first year, that will have a good impact on business morale and on the international financial community. It’s like climbing a steep hill in the first year and then it plateaus off a little… so it’s not like all the taxes will go away; but there shouldn’t be any new ones. We should be able to carry through the programme thereafter. In the first year, all the tough stuff is there and we’re hoping that it will really build some confidence,” Mr. Byles stated.center_img RelatedJamaica Has to Maintain Strong Fiscal Discipline RelatedAction to Improve Procurement Process EPOC Co-Chair Emphasises Importance of Fiscal PrudenceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: Contributed(Mr. Richard Byles (FILE)last_img read more

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Performance and Behaviour Improved in Six High Schools

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A five-year, $100 million investment in six non-traditional high schools, by the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF), is now reaping rich rewards in the institutions.The MBSF, which was established by Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) in 2008 to carry out the Centres of Excellence initiative, targeted McGrath High in St. Catherine; Porus and Mile Gully High in Manchester; Godfrey Stewart High, in Westmoreland; Green Pond High, in St. James; and Seaforth High in St. Thomas.These schools had challenges with underperformance and student behaviour.Evaluators of the programme, Harmonious Solutions, found that after five years there was dramatic improvement in attitudes and behaviours across the school communities in general, as well as in academic performance. Also, a high percentage of students are demonstrating greater pride in school.They also found that the most visible areas of improvement are in school leadership; accountability at all levels of school management; use of data to inform teaching and learning practices; use of more effective teaching methodologies; and the introduction of entrepreneurship in schools.A presentation on the Evaluation Findings was made on Friday, April 11, at the Mona Visitors Lodge, at the University of the West Indies.Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who received a copy of the report, hailed the initiative, noting that considerable strides have been made in the Centres of Excellence.Mr. Thwaites stated that the policy of the Ministry is to “offer consistent and renewed attention” to those high schools which are weakest in terms of their infrastructure, student achievement and general ability to produce good results.“The Centre of Excellence chose six schools and the results that we have had analysed here today are extremely impressive. We have begun a process that needs to be expanded,” Minister Thwaites said.He pointed out that the way forward is to make these exceptional instances normative. He also advocated further public private partnership to make a difference in the system.“The Ministry of Education is anxious to continue our partnership with the Building Societies Foundation and with all partners, to ensure that we invest heavily in the schools that need it most,” Minister Thwaites said.He also noted that the suggestion by the evaluators for similar programmes to be introduced in primary schools should be accepted.The evaluators noted that there was tremendous progress in strengthening the administrative leadership across the six schools and that the principals were adopting the principle of running the schools as businesses.The principals developed job descriptions for senior staff with clearly defined tasks and achievement targets, which were monitored and used to develop action points.Teachers were also able to share their best practices internally and externally through various workshops. Advertisements RelatedStudents Urged to Include Vocational Training in Their Studies Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right), receives a copy of the evaluation report for the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF) Creating Centres of Excellence project, from General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society, Earl Jarrett (left);. At centre is Chairman, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Michael McMorris. Occasion was the presentation of findings from the evaluation report to the public at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, on April 11. RelatedGovernment-Assisted Students Urged To Sit CSEC Examscenter_img Performance and Behaviour Improved in Six High SchoolsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsA five-year, $100 million investment in six non-traditional high schools, by the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF), is now reaping rich rewards in the institutions.The MBSF was established by Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) in 2008 to carry out the Centres of Excellence initiative.The targeted schools had challenges with underperformance and student behaviour. Related85 Per Cent Mastery in Literacy By 2015 – Education Minister Performance and Behaviour Improved in Six High Schools EducationApril 14, 2014Written by: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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Docomo’s Q3 profit rises 43% as costs decline

first_img Japan’s largest operator NTT Docomo reported a sharp increase in net income for its fiscal Q3 as service revenue expanded 6 per cent and both opex and capex fell.For the quarter ending 31 December, Docomo’s net profit rose 43 per cent to JPY175 billion ($1.44 billion) on revenue of JPY1.17 trillion, which was up 1.3 per cent year-on-year.Service revenue rebounded during the quarter to JPY717 billion, which the operator said was due to the positive impact of its new billing plan, which gives customers more flexibility in bundling services, and strong uptake of its fibre broadband service, Docomo Hikari. Equipment revenue fell 17 per cent to JPY241 billion.Docomo said its Hikari customers rose to 1.25 million at the end of the year after adding 420,000 in the last quarter. Half its Hikari customers subscribe to its mobile plans and more than 20 per cent of fibre users have switched to higher data packages, it said.Its mobile user base increased by 4.3 million from April to December to 69.6 million.Operating expenses declined 2 per cent to JPY945 billion during the quarter, with the cost of sales dropping 12 per cent to JPY237 billion. Capex fell 17 per cent to JPY362 billion for the first nine months of its fiscal year.Aggregate ARPU increased 4.7 per cent to JPY4,230 ($34.90) year-on-year in the quarter. The company said it broadened its ARPU definition to include the Hikari fibre broadband service. Packet ARPU and Hikari ARPU are now combined in the data ARPU figure, which increased 7.5 per cent to JPY2,990.Following pressure from the government, the operator plans to introduce in March a plan for low data usage customers. The Share Pack 5 plan is priced at JPY6,500 and allows users to select the amount of voice and data to meet their actual usage.It expanded the number of LTE base stations 29 per cent to 126,000 over the past nine months. Of that total, 13,500 are ‘premium 4G’ sites, up from 900 last March. It is targeting 18,000 premium sites by the end of its fiscal year. It also launched LTE with three-band carrier aggregation in 538 cities.Its outlook for the full fiscal year forecasts operating revenue to increase 2.4 per cent, operating costs to rise about 1 per cent and operating income to expand 11 per cent to JPY710 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 FEB 2016 Docomo stands by bullish outlook for fiscal 2020 Previous ArticleFacebook launches live video in USNext ArticleIndia’s leading operators may avoid 700MHz auction — Fitch HakariNTT-DoCoMo Asia Docomo braces for slow growth Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more center_img HomeAsiaNews Docomo’s Q3 profit rises 43% as costs decline Tags Author Related Docomo makes further data price cuts Joseph Waring last_img read more

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