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A summer to forget: KPMG reputation dealt another blow after admitting to compliance report misconduct

first_img whatsapp Scandal-hit KPMG has admitted to misconduct over compliance reports made for a unit of the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon Group in another fresh embarrassment for one of the Big Four accountancy firms.The UK’s accountancy watchdog said today that KPMG and one of its partners Richard Hinton accepted they had fallen short of standards when looking at custody relationships maintained by the BNY Mellon Group in 2011. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCrowdy FanKaley Cuoco Net Worth Left Her Billionaire Husband SpeechlessCrowdy FanMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love Share Following its decision to launch an investigation in 2015, the FRC said today that it will conclude the probe with a disciplinary tribunal that will be convened to decide what sanctions should be imposed.It is the latest sign of a crackdown by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on Britain’s beancounters, which have come under increasing scrutiny over the last 12 months for a series of alleged misconducts and accountancy blunders.Late last month KPMG was slapped with a £2.1m fine from the FRC over its audit of fashion retailer Ted Baker.Read more: KPMG hit with £2.1m fine over Ted Baker auditMeanwhile, PwC was hit with a record £10m fine from the FRC earlier in the summer over its auditing of BHS and Taveta Group. Sebastian McCarthy center_img Wednesday 19 September 2018 9:11 am Carillion’s collapse at the beginning of the year also dealt a huge blow to the reputation of the Big Four firms, all of which were in some way involved in working with the embattled construction company before its demise.While Deloitte was Carillion’s sole internal auditor, KPMG serving as external auditor, EY gave turnround advice and PwC advised the company, its pension schemes and the government.In the wake of Carillion’s collapse MPs demanded that the firms be referred to competition authorities for a potential break-up following Carillion’s collapse, and in June the FRC revealed it was taking recommendations to impose much bigger penalties for serious misdeeds by the world’s biggest accountants.Read more: Experts sceptical of new powers for Pensions RegulatorTougher steps to curtail the wrongdoings of accountancy firms by the FRC comes after the watchdog faced several critcism from MPs for being too slow to take on the Big Four over a series of auditing scandals. whatsapp A summer to forget: KPMG reputation dealt another blow after admitting to compliance report misconduct More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comlast_img read more

I confronted our bureaucratic tax system — and lost

first_img whatsapp Obviously, I queried this. And in HMRC’s defence at what must be the busiest time of the year, they responded. Unfortunately, they confirmed that freelancers in my position are required to pay what amounts to 150 per cent of a tax bill all at once, and were unable to point me to anywhere on the government website that warns aspiring sole traders about this. I confronted our bureaucratic tax system — and lost And how often does resentment and frustration drive people towards tax avoidance, because they feel they have been unfairly stung?  How much entrepreneurial time is spent battling with a system that seems hell-bent on catching people out? (Getty Images) Main image credit: Getty But getting hit with a shock bill, when I have taken every effort to be prepared and organised, undermines my faith in the system — especially when I know I could pay less if I hired someone to find me some loopholes. Rachel Cunliffe Like so many freelancers (if the numbers who have got in touch to share similar experiences are anything to go by), my extra income can double or halve from month to month and year to year. In 2017–18, for example, I made virtually nothing, so paid hardly any additional (non-PAYE) tax. The following year was far more successful.  Share “Tax doesn’t have to be taxing,” claim the helpful ducks on the HMRC adverts that urge people to file their self-assessment returns by the deadline of midnight tomorrow.  As anyone who has been through the rigmarole of painstakingly filling in a return that always results in a higher-than-expected calculation, the reality is somewhat different.  The script for the cartoon ducks on the HMRC advert needs an update: “tax doesn’t have to be taxing — we just decided to make it that way”. Thursday 30 January 2020 11:30 am The “self-assessment” system is meant to be straightforward enough for individuals to use, but as I asked for help on Twitter, it became apparent that my experience was far from unique. Others had been unexpectedly hit by the 150 per cent tax bill too. And I got the same advice again and again: hire an accountant. Opinioncenter_img This year, I filled out the return (thank you spreadsheet), only to be confronted with the shock of a tax bill that was 50 per cent higher than I had planned — and budgeted — for. whatsapp Why? Because of HMRC’s “payment on account” system. On 31 January, those filing returns are required not only to pay any tax due on the previous tax year (in this case, 2018–19), but half their projected tax bill for the current year (2019–20). HMRC essentially looks at your total tax bill, assumes next year’s will be broadly similar, and demands half of it upfront before the tax year is even over. The result? My tax bill, due by tomorrow, is 100 per cent of what I owe for 2018–19, plus 50 per cent again as HMRC assumes 2019–20 will be similar. The tax system is full of such traps. From a complex web of expenses and reliefs, to incomprehensible rules about pensions and allowances, navigating our tax code (which, at around 22,000 pages, is longer than 12 King James Bibles) is a minefield. Get it wrong, and you risk hefty fines. I am very much a spreadsheet girl. I keep meticulous records of income and expenses, and treat deadlines as sacrosanct. Yet every year, some disaster strikes, and I am left crying on my living room floor, surrounded by invoices and receipts. The irony for HMRC is that I am proud to pay my taxes and contribute to our public services. Like the vast majority of citizens, I am not looking for ways to game the system, and probably under-estimate my expenses.  I can, the HMRC website tells me, reduce my payment on account. But if I get it wrong and underestimate what I am likely to owe, I will be charged interest — at 3.25 per cent. (If I overestimate, HMRC will eventually return the additional tax, without interest.) City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. And if that’s the case for me, when what I owe amounts to virtual pennies for HMRC, what’s it like for the 660,000 startups that launch here every year, or the UK’s 5.9m SMEs? How much entrepreneurial time is spent battling with a system that seems hell-bent on catching people out? How much money is diverted into the pockets of professional advisers, when people would much rather do it themselves?  Filing a tax return is no longer the purview of the self-employed alone. I am proud to be a salaried City A.M. employee, but like one in four UK workers (according to research from Henley Business School), I also have a “side hustle”, in the form of some freelance broadcast and speaking work. Of course, someone paid to help you sort out the numbers can conveniently also advise you about (legal) ways of making the final tax bill as low as possible. The net result is likely to be more money in the pockets of helpful accountants, and less in the HMRC coffers.  Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Confederate statues were built to further a ‘white supremacist future’

first_imgHistory | NPR News | PoliticsConfederate statues were built to further a ‘white supremacist future’August 20, 2017 by Miles Parks, NPR News Share:Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, hosts memorials to a number of Confederate figures, including Gen. Robert E. Lee. (Creative Commons photo by OZinOH)As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white supremacy.More than 30 cities either have removed or are removing Confederate monuments, according to a list compiled by The New York Times, and the president said Thursday that in the process, the history and culture of the country was being “ripped apart.”Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans defend the monuments, arguing they are an important part of history. One of the leaders of that group, Carl V. Jones, wrote a letter on Aug. 14 condemning the violence and “bigotry” displayed in Charlottesville, but he also denounced “the hatred being leveled against our glorious ancestors by radical leftists who seek to erase our history.”That letter to “compatriots” was signed the day before Trump’s raucous press conference, in which he also cast blame on what he called the “alt-left” — comments for which he faced criticism from business leaders, nonprofits and members of his own party, among others.Yet many historians say the argument about preserving Southern history doesn’t hold up when you consider the timing of when the “beautiful” statues, as Trump called them, went up.“Most of the people who were involved in erecting the monuments were not necessarily erecting a monument to the past,” said Jane Dailey, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago.”But were rather, erecting them toward a white supremacist future.”The most recent comprehensive study of Confederate statues and monuments across the country was published by the Southern Poverty Law Center last year. A look at this chart shows huge spikes in construction twice during the 20th century: in the early 1900s, and then again in the 1950s and 60s. Both were times of extreme civil rights tension.A portion of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s graph showing when Confederate monuments and statues were erected across the country. (Southern Poverty Law Center)In the early 1900s, states were enacting Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise black Americans. In the middle part of the century, the civil rights movement pushed back against that segregation.James Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, says that the increase in statues and monuments was clearly meant to send a message.“These statues were meant to create legitimate garb for white supremacy,” Grossman said. “Why would you put a statue of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson in 1948 in Baltimore?”Grossman was referencing the four statues that came down earlier this week in the city. After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., when a counterprotester was killed while demonstrating, and the action in Durham, N.C., where a crowd pulled down a Confederate statue themselves, the mayor of Baltimore ordered that city to remove its statues in the dead of night.“They needed to come down,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to The Baltimore Sun. “My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”Thousands of Marylanders fought in the Civil War, as NPR’s Bill Chappell noted, but nearly three times as many fought for the Union as for the Confederacy.Still, in 1948, the statues went up.“Who erects a statue of former Confederate generals on the very heels of fighting and winning a war for democracy?” writes Dailey, in a piece for HuffPost, referencing the just-ended World War II. “People who want to send a message to black veterans, the Supreme Court, and the president of the United States, that’s who.”Statues and monuments are often seen as long-standing, permanent fixtures, but such memorabilia take effort, planning and politics to get placed, especially on government property. In an interview with NPR, Dailey said it’s impossible to separate symbols of the Confederacy from the values of white supremacy. In comparing Robert E. Lee to Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday, President Trump doesn’t seem to feel the same.Dailey pointed to an 1861 speech by Alexander Stephens, who would go on to become vice president of the Confederacy.“[Our new government’s] foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man,” Stevens said, in Savannah, Ga. “That slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”To build Confederate statues, says Dailey, in public spaces, near government buildings, and especially in front of court houses, was a “power play” meant to intimidate those looking to come to the “seat of justice or the seat of the law.”“I think it’s important to understand that one of the meanings of these monuments when they’re put up, is to try to settle the meaning of the war” Dailey said. “But also the shape of the future, by saying that elite Southern whites are in control and are going to build monuments to themselves effectively.”“And those monuments will endure and whatever is going around them will not.”Copyright 2017 NPR. 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New federal report: Climate change is going to be expensive in Alaska and impact every household in the state

first_imgArctic | Climate Change | Nation & WorldNew federal report: Climate change is going to be expensive in Alaska and impact every household in the stateNovember 23, 2018 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Coastal erosion reveals the extent of ice-rich permafrost underlying active layer in the Teshekpuk Lake special area of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve . (Photo by Brandt Meixell/USGS)The latest National Climate Assessment was released today. The report devotes an entire chapter to Alaska and it describes the state as one of the fastest warming places on earth.Fairbanks-based climatologist Rick Thoman helped write it.He says one of the big takeaways for Alaska is that it’s going to be expensive to adapt to climate change and that will be felt in every household across the state.Thoman says another key finding is that rural Alaskans will notice the impacts of climate change a lot more than Alaskans in cities.“Some of that is socio-economic ability to respond to change,” he said. “Some of it is geography with many coastal rural communities very vulnerable to things like coastal flooding.”The chapter on Alaska addresses things we’ve heard a lot about, like Arctic sea ice retreat and coastal erosion, but also less obvious threats, like the growing risk climate change poses to human health.Thoman says the Alaska chapter was written by Alaskans, for Alaskans, and is much more specific than other big climate change reports. He says that means it can be used as a planning document for climate change.“From the community level to the state government level, this can potentially serve as a resource to how do we move forward in the most economically viable, sustainable way,” he said.A law requires a national climate assessment to be delivered to Congress and the president every four years. This is volume two of the most recent assessment. Volume one was released last year and was focused more on the science of climate change.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Warning to shippers that IMO 2020 surcharges may be ‘profiteering’ by carriers

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 10/01/2020 Cargo owners should be alert for IMO 2020 surcharge “profiteering” by container lines, according to the Hong Kong Shippers’ Council (HKSC).HKSC executive director Sunny Ho said: “Shippers should note that these surcharges are on top of the normal bunker adjustment factor (BAF) and the low-sulphur fuel surcharge (LSS) carriers introduced late last year [in Hong Kong].”He said the surcharges could not be justified because the 0.5% sulphur cap was a “requirement for all shipping lines and hence part of the normal operating costs”. A surcharge should only to cover unexpected developments, such as war and natural catastrophes, Mr Ho argued, and should therefore be short-term in nature.He echoed other shippers’ calls for all-in-one rates.“Shipping lines should incorporate any expenses related to the IMO regulations into normal freight rates to be negotiated by shippers and shipping lines under open principles, instead of introducing a new surcharge. Shippers should reject such a surcharge.“Shippers should also note that the surcharges of different lines are substantially different in charge level and they should consider the differences upon selection of lines,” he added.Mr Ho told The Loadstar cargo owners should pay “a share” of the added fuel bill from IMO 2020, which is expected to amount to some US$10bn.“Shippers are one stakeholder that benefits from cleaner air, hence may have to pay for their share,” he noted. “However, there are many other parties that benefit, including carriers, port operators, stevedores, truckers and the public. These stakeholders should pay their share too.“However, under the carrier surcharge scheme, shippers have to pay all the costs, not to mention that carriers might mark up the cost and turn it into a profiteering exercise,” he claimed.Mr Ho’s comments follow those of the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) this week, which published Top Ten Tips for Sulphur-surcharged Shippers, warning cargo owners that picking up the tab for these higher costs is not solely down to them.How shippers might “reject” the surcharges when most major carriers are implementing them remains unclear, however.Meanwhile, 10 days into IMO 2020 the supply of low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) is already impacting shipping operations in Asia, with Alphaliner reporting isolated instances of idle containerships waiting for compliant fuel.“Price premiums for LSFO over HFO [heavy fuel oil] surged at the end of the year to $300/ton in Rotterdam and $350/ton in Singapore, with teething supply issues causing the LSFO spread to widen, especially in the Far East,” Alphaliner explained.Mr Ho suggested the price of LSFO would “definitely come down in the future”, however, because it would eventually replace HFO totally, since the heavier fuel had “little use outside shipping”.But, he added: “There is no mechanism for carriers to cancel or even lower the surcharge. Some ships will use scrubbers, and hence have totally different cost bases. So there is no ground for a common fee.”last_img read more

When a patient nears the end, a feared therapy can also comfort

first_img It was mid-October 2008 when the medics rolled the elderly man through the glass-enclosed lobby.To his left was a sweeping view of the Long Island Sound and bright orange and crimson trees, but the view was nothing to him.Before making the 15-minute ride from Yale-New Haven Hospital to Connecticut Hospice, the man was told he had maybe three days before his heart would fail completely. He couldn’t catch his breath. His eyes were wide, his fingertips dusky from lack of oxygen.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. At a hospice facility for children, a long goodbye is made a little less lonely Armella Leung for STAT Tags end of lifehospicemorphine Leave this field empty if you’re human: Andrews said he remembers countless stories about how morphine had helped patients with respiratory distress, as well as patients with severe pain. Most recently, a patient had been immobilized by her cancer pain until she received small doses of morphine. She promptly flew to South America to spend time with family members.Control and mobility, Andrews said, are among the most important factors in improving a dying patient’s quality of life.Soon after the man’s breathing eased, he started a new routine. Twice a day he’d ask his children or grandchildren or nurses to bring his cap and his overcoat and they’d wheel him to the waterfront with his oxygen tank.He’d stay as long as the gathering cold and darkness allowed. He saw the tides flow and the leaves fall and gulls and boats pass. In early December he began sleeping more, and then he slept entire days away, and then he died.But that November reprieve.“It was one of the best morphine stories I can remember,” Andrews said. “He had a great run.” Related: EndnotesWhen a patient nears the end, a feared therapy can also comfort As the end nears, ‘death doulas’ ease the way center_img Privacy Policy By Bob Tedeschi June 21, 2016 Reprints Hospice clinicians get it. People don’t want to risk killing someone, even if it means seeing their loved ones suffer. Clinicians also understand that they share some of the blame, for failing to clearly communicate the methods, goals and expectations of using  morphine. Because the medication is often prescribed during a patient’s final decline, family members are sometimes left to wonder if, in agreeing to the treatment plan, they have helped bring about their loved one’s death.Morphine can have other less lethal side effects that require vigilance, and doctors and nurses are not always clear about those potential complications either. Still, clinicians say, it can be frustrating to encounter people whose misconceptions lead to unnecessary suffering for patients.The elderly man was tall, slightly heavy-set. He’d been a teacher. He was quiet, loved to read books. His wife was alive but he’d lost her to dementia and a nursing home. His three children were nearby, though, and the grandkids. He was well-loved.And now his children came in, looking like they were going to a funeral. They asked if they should call people to come say goodbye, and Andrews told them it was probably a good idea.He asked them to consider morphine. It was worth a try, they said. They made their calls. They braced.Their dad went to sleep, which was something.He woke later to smiling faces. His breathing had eased dramatically, his skin color had returned to normal; he was fully alert, wide awake. He chatted with visitors. He told his life story.He got six more weeks like this. Please enter a valid email address. His hospice doctor, Joseph Andrews, was desperate to ease the man’s breathlessness. “For patients, that’s more terrifying than pain, paralysis, or the inability to get around,” Andrews said. “It’s the worst thing.”Another doctor suggested morphine might help.advertisement Related: The drug relaxes the muscle walls of blood vessels, Andrews said, increasing capacity and reducing the lungs’ urgency. Coronary arteries can also more efficiently carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart.The man’s doctors knew well that too much morphine can stop the lungs completely, so they tried just a tiny amount: one-quarter of a milligram.Morphine is seen by many physicians and laypeople as a sort of single-purpose, liquified grim reaper, and understandably so: It is dangerous and addictive. Older physicians in particular were typically not trained to use it, Andrews said, and can resist recommendations to use morphine even for cancer patients with severe bone pain, for fear of killing them.Morphine’s reputation as a killer underscores one of the more persistent myths surrounding hospice care, namely, that it serves as a grey market euthanasia service for the terminally ill, where the drug is given in generous doses to every patient — even those who do not want it.Talk to any experienced hospice nurse or physician and they’ll tell you that such notions can lead to significant complications: family doctors refusing to prescribe morphine for dying patients who are in extreme pain; relatives refusing to give a dying family member prescribed morphine, or exhorting them to reject hospice care completely and opt for the ICU.last_img read more

Florida homeowners face soaring property insurance rates

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement“This year my home insurance premium is skyrocketing from $2200 to $5200 a year,” Warf said.That’s more than double and it equates to a $400 a monthly increase in her home mortgage.Warf called the news discouraging and pointed out the rate increase was happening even though she had never filed a claim. She’s now forced to find another company who will insure her home. Sponsored Content Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 Yup — you’ve got some algorithm spitting out a three-digit number that’s basically controlling your entire life. We… “I’m trying to figure out desperately how to keep our home,” she explained.AAA Home Insurance expert, John Risk, said he has received numerous calls because of the changes in the market.Risk explained insurance companies are losing money and he has seen an increase of up to 40%.Last year, the insurance industry lost $1.6-billion statewide due to an abundant amount of claims that were filed, a majority of them fraudulent.“You have all these things on top of each other which cause rates to go up,” Risk noted.Nancy Dominguez, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, warns if someone comes knocking on your door claiming they can get you a new roof for free to tell them to go away.Roofing contractors are soliciting home owners. Republican State Representative Bob Rommel told lawmakers that in some cases roofers have offered people $500 to gain access to the roof and in many cases are able to file a claim that doesn’t require people to pay their deductible.The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that if 25% of a roof is damaged the entire roof must be replaced and the insurance company must pay for it.“There’s really no way for the insurance companies to show whether the damage was storm related,” said Lee County Property Appraiser Matt Caldwell.Most people are claiming the damage came from Hurricane Irma in 2017. A new bill expected to take effect in July makes the practice of soliciting homeowners illegal.Democrat State Representative, Yvonne Hinson, questioned why lawmakers are depriving property owners of vital protections just when they need them the most.   She and other democrats argue the bill does nothing to stop rising insurance costs now.Caldwell has his own concerns.“My concern is that folks who are looking to retire could look at that and be discouraged,” Caldwell said.Experts urge people to shop for insurance.Order a wind mitigation inspection that tells companies how well your home will stand up against wind damage, while you try to stand up to rising insurance rates.If your policy is dropped — the last resort is the state run Citizens Property Insurance which offers only basic coverage to properties valued under $700k.More than half a million residents have been forced into the program which typically costs more for less coverage. AdvertisementTags: Floridahousing market Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments By The Penny Hoarder Advertisement Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla.– Property insurance rates are on the rise for homeowners in Southwest Florida. In some cases, people are seeing the amount they normally pay, doubling. The property insurance market is in turmoil and one big reason is the massive amount of fraud since hurricane Irma struck the state.If you’re a property owner in Southwest Florida, your home insurance might be going through the roof. The problem is so serious that many realtors fear it could threaten the booming housing market.  Serena Warf, a Cape Coral resident, was caught off guard when she received a letter from her insurance company. Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 Advertisement If Your Credit Score Ever Falls Under 700, Make These 5 Moves ASAPlast_img read more

Two high-profile speakers for international women’s day event in Laois

first_img This week is national enterprise week and a host of events are taking place around the country.Laois is no different with a range of different events on this week. From discussion on Brexit, to seminars on how to manage stress to one-to-one mentoring sessions for people in business, there is variety of topics covered.On Thursday night, and to co-incided with International Women’s Day, the Killeshin Hotel hosts ‘Stepping up to the Challenge – Developing a mindset to keep you fit mentally as female entrepreneur’.Joanne Burke-Sweeney, who appeared on the TV show The Apprentice, will speak on her experiences of success and failure in business and “what’s required to keep your body and mind fit for the challenges of business”.The blurb on the Laois Local Enterprise Office website descrives her as “always smiling and desperately positive, Joanne will share her story and remind female entrepreneurs that we are stronger than we think. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home News Business Two high-profile speakers for international women’s day event in Laois NewsBusiness Council Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Two high-profile speakers for international women’s day event in Laois Previous articleThis is what I’m studying: Meet the Camross lady studying in UCCNext articleEmergency staff to be pampered for free around Laois this week Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook Pinterest “She is a fashion contributor on TV3 Weekend AM. Whether we like it or not, first impressions really do matter and your clothes can easily become part of your image or brand without realising it.”The event is free to attend and takes place in the Killeshin Hotel from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.SEE ALSO – The full list of events taking place in Laois for Enterprise Week “Joanne owns Digital Training Institute and hosts a weekly podcast called JSB Digital.”The other speaker will be stylist Joanne Costello who will deliver a ‘Dress for Success’ workshop to get you off on the right foot on how to dress for success in business.“Joanne has styled high profile fashion shows, red carpet events, editorial shoots for designers, brands and celebrity covers in national and international publications. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSJoanne Sweeney-Burke Community Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining By Steven Miller – 5th March 2018 Rugby Facebooklast_img read more

WATCH: National competition launched in Laois secondary school

first_imgHome News Community WATCH: National competition launched in Laois secondary school NewsCommunity New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleKey appointments made as Eddie Brennan announces his Laois hurling backroom teamNext articlePortlaoise man presents special gift to legendary Liverpool footballer Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Council Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding TAGSCharlie FlanaganScoil Chriost Ri Community Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Today a national competition was launched with help from the students at Scoil Chriost Rí, Portlaoise. Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan visited the secondary school to launch the ‘Politics Needs Women’ competition this morning. The competition involves creating a 90 second-long video on why Politics Needs Women. The overall prize winners will get to go on a trip to New York City.Fourth year to sixth year students will have a chance to enter the  exciting competition, with one entry per school.To enter, students must work in teams of two to create a video up to 90 seconds long. The topic being, ‘Why Politics Needs Women’.Entries are welcome from all students, irrespective of gender.What entries need to haveLaunching the competition, Minister Flanagan said, “This competition gives young people a chance to say why women’s participation was, and continues to be, hugely important to both our political system and our society.“I’m encouraging students to be imaginative with their videos. They can be funny, they can be informative, they can be creative – they can be all three!” A trip to the UN to the Commission on the Status of Women is on offer to the two students who, between now and the end of November,  make the best video about ‘Why Politics Needs Women’.‘Politics Needs Women’ was launched to mark 100 years since Irishwomen first got to vote.That anniversary will be marked on December 14, by a major conference in the Conference Centre, at which Geraldine Byrne Nason will name the students she will host in New York.Closing date for entries is Saturday, December 3. SEE ALSO – Outstanding Laois baker nominated for Irish Business Woman of the Year Facebook By Siun Lennon – 19th October 2018 Pinterest WATCH: National competition launched in Laois secondary school Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community WhatsApplast_img read more

Co-captain McEvoy heralds younger players as camogie campaign set for the off

first_img Electric Picnic Council Home GAA Camogie Co-captain McEvoy heralds younger players as camogie campaign set for the off GAACamogieSport Twitter Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAlison McEvoyLaois Camogie Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Co-captain McEvoy heralds younger players as camogie campaign set for the off Pinterest Previous articleBreaking Ball: A lot to like in Laois GAA club schedule – though some old frustrations remainNext articleLaois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’ 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. Electric Picnic Laois Camogie co-captain Alison McEvoy has heralded the young talent within the panel ahead of the start of the 2021 season.Last season, Laois reached the All-Ireland intermediate semi final where they lost out to Antrim.It was a year where manager John Desmond brought through a number of players who have won minor and U-16 All-Ireland titles in recent years.The likes of Molly O’Connor, Clodagh Tynan, Aimee Collier, Jessie Quinlan, Kirsten Keenan and Liaden C-Fennell all broke into the squad and made really positive impacts.Speaking ahead of the resumption of matches this weekend, McEvoy, who shares captain duties with Roisin Kilmartin, explained how important those younger players have been.She said: “Last year was a good year for us and it showed the potential that we have in the squad.“We are building on that this year and it is driving us on even more.“Some of the girls are ten years younger than I am – there is a huge gap between us.“But they are so good and have so much potential, and it is really good that they are playing at this level in this stage of their career.“They need intense sporting games. They came from great minor teams and they were great groups all the way up along – it was exactly what Laois Camogie needed.“It allowed us to start from scratch again and get things going.”Laois will compete in Division 2 of the National League this year and that has been split into four groups – comprising of two groups of three and two groups of four.The top two in each group will progress to Quarter-Finals and Laois are in Group 3 alongside Wexford and the second team of Kilkenny.They begin away to Kilkenny on Saturday afternoon, who were beaten by Wexford last weekend, and McEvoy is anticipating a very tough game.She said: “They will be a decent side but we will give them the best game that we can give them.“We’ll have Wexford then after that so we’ll figure out where we are after those games.“Wexford beat Kilkenny convincingly last weekend and they’ll be determined to get back up to senior.“It’ll be a tough group for us but we will do our very best and that is all we can do.”You can check out the full interview with Alison McEvoy on the Talking Sport Podcast on Thursday.SEE ALSO – New four-part crime series featuring murders in neighouring Laois counties to air this week By Alan Hartnett – 19th May 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more