Islamic banking UK: Islamic Bank of Britain re-branded to Al Rayan Bank as number of non-Muslim investors grows

first_img Share The Islamic Bank of Britain has unveiled plans to change its name to Al Rayan Bank, as it aims to increase its presence in London and acquire a wider range of customers. It will also update its logo and all other aspects of its brand identity across its website and UK branches. As long as shareholders approve, the new identity will be introduced in December this year.  The IBB, which was set up in 2004, remains the UK’s only sharia-compliant retail bank and has developed the largest range of related retail financial products in the UK. Earlier this year, it was acquired by Masraf Al Rayan (MAR) – the fifth largest Islamic bank in the world and the second largest in Qatar.  As it enters its second decade of existence, the bank hopes to see through ambitious expansion plans, particularly in London where its commercial and GCC operations will be based. It has £100m of capital investment from its new parent company. It will focus on corporate and real estate finance, and hopes to continue attracting a wide range of customers. The bank estimates that nearly 83 per cent of customers who opened a deposit account the bank between January 2013 and August 2014 were non-Muslim.  Sultan Choudhury, CEO of IBB said, “IBB has pioneered British retail Islamic banking over the last 10 years, achieving global recognition for its outstanding successes.  The change to Al Rayan Bank represents the latest chapter in the Bank’s history, in which it will expand its retail and commercial product offering to a wider audience, with the backing of a strong and successful parent.” The Bank will continue to operate as a UK regulated bank, and customers’ deposits will remain protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.  The new logo will be introduced at the end of the year (Source: Islamic Bank of Britain) Sarah Spickernell by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution whatsapp Islamic banking UK: Islamic Bank of Britain re-branded to Al Rayan Bank as number of non-Muslim investors grows center_img whatsapp Thursday 23 October 2014 10:49 am Tags: Terrorism More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Icap profits fall in year of low trade volatility

first_img Express KCS Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Kevin Can F**k Himself’ TV Review: Annie Murphy Blows Up the Idea of aThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Tags: NULL Tuesday 19 May 2015 8:58 pm whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance WealthTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestly INTERDEALER broker Icap yesterday posted falls in profits and revenue, after a year of decreased volatility and stricter capital requirements.Icap, which matches buyers and sellers of bonds, swaps and currencies, said that full-year trading pre-tax profit fell 15.5 per cent, as it coped with a transformed market environment across many of its businesses, primarily its global broking unit.The firm, which has focused its operations on electronic trading and post-trade services, after undergoing extensive corporate restructuring, said profit before tax for the full-year ended 31 March was £229m, compared with £271m a year earlier.Revenue fell seven per cent to £1.27bn, and the company said it would pay a final dividend of 15.4p, bringing its full-year dividend to 22p per share.Icap, which saw a boost in the second half of the year from European quantitative easing and speculation over the timing of the US rates hike, said it was “mildly optimistic” for 2015, as traders wait for the Federal Reserve to make its move. A rates rise is expected between June and December. Icap profits fall in year of low trade volatility whatsapplast_img read more

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Shut out for decades, veterans slowly gaining access to innovative cancer treatments

first_img Financially, because most VAs are affiliated with universities, they’ve suffered from cuts in university research funding in recent decades. With less funding, VA doctors couldn’t hire assistants to help enroll patients in trials.“The VA is so busy,” Dr. Charles Blanke said, “the last thing physicians had time to do was sit and explain a clinical trial for a half hour.”And medically, veterans can pose challenges to cancer researchers. VA oncologists acknowledge that their patients often have many “co-morbidities” — like liver damage from substance abuse, or psychological disorders from wartime trauma — that in recent decades have made it harder to qualify for trials. Patients who lack such co-morbidities tend to respond better to experimental treatments, so drug makers favor those patients for trials.“We’re not offering our veterans the best possible cancer treatment, that’s the bottom line, and that’s completely unfair to them,” said Blanke, an oncologist at Oregon Health & Science University and chairman of SWOG, one of five major cancer research consortiums in the US funded by the National Cancer Institute.Valentino is part of an innovative lung cancer trial called Lung-MAP. Steven G. Smith for STAT‘Each day I’m improving’Blanke aims to change that. Before becoming chairman of SWOG three years ago, he worked for years in VA hospitals. Among his top priorities in his new role: “Get veterans back on trials.”“It’s good for research, and we’re hoping it benefits our veterans as well,” he said.That push is already bearing some fruit. Late last year, SWOG collaborated with a research-intensive group of VA hospitals headquartered in Massachusetts to open membership to VAs with no university affiliation.It also arranged small grants for five other VA locations to hire research assistants, and created a research coordinator position to help VA hospitals open cancer trials. Meanwhile, the VA headquarters is in the process of adapting to the National Cancer Trials Network’s ethical review process.Jerry Valentino is one of the first vets to benefit from the changes. As part of the Lung-MAP trial at the West Haven VA, a gray monolith rising over Interstate 95 in coastal Connecticut, he gets a bottle of 21 reddish capsules to bring home with him. He takes one capsule every morning with breakfast.“So far I haven’t noticed any side effects,” he said. “And I don’t have to sit in a chair for three and a half hours getting chemo.” It’s a trial he wouldn’t have had access to before the West Haven VA joined SWOG.SWOG plans to give grants to another five VA hospitals this year. Such an incremental approach won’t soon change the face of cancer research for veterans, but Blanke said that if the early group of VAs can show success, institutions might continue the programs with their own funding.The fate of veterans like Valentino may rest on that possibility. After his initial three weeks round of daily treatments, he said he noticed the difference.“This is a great opportunity for me,” he said. “Each day I’m improving.” Scientists are rapidly identifying new genetic mutations that could drive malignancies, and drug makers are almost as quickly developing treatments to potentially disable the mutations.It’d be easy enough to test those drugs if, say, dozens of squamous-cell lung cancer patients with a mutation in the FGFR gene lived in a particular place. But oncologists still don’t widely recommend genetic testing of their patients’ malignancies, and some of the mutations are themselves rare. So researchers can struggle to fill a drug trial for a particular set of patients.One-quarter of new drug trials shut down because they can’t attract enough patients.Enter the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In sharp contrast to the patchwork of alliances at the nation’s 5,000 non-military hospitals, the VA includes 152 hospitals and 1,400 clinics that serve 55,000 cancer patients — all with electronic health records that can be searched from any location.In theory, for VA-affiliated researchers, finding candidates for a new trial could be as simple as searching the organization’s database.Valentino’s treatment includes a once-daily medication. Steven G. Smith for STATA shift back to cancer researchThat idyllic scenario is still years away, however, because the VA has only recently begun shifting its attention back to cancer research. Just 20 years ago, most VA hospitals participated in cancer trials. Now, a small minority conduct such research. The reasons for that shift were partly bureaucratic, partly financial, and partly medical.Bureaucratically, the VA got left behind when in 2001, the National Cancer Trials Network, which oversees all five cancer research groups, changed the way it regulated the ethics and safety of human experiments. The network created a single panel to review submissions; the VA balked because of concerns about veterans’ privacy, among other things. Valentino’s first-line treatment failed to stop the cancer. In most Veteran’s Administration hospitals, he’d have moved on to a second-line chemotherapy protocol that typically helps less than the first.Valentino’s doctors at the VA hospital in West Haven, Conn., however, had more promising options. They’d recently signed onto one of the country’s most ambitious and innovative cancer trials, known as Lung-MAP.Lung-MAP, which is being conducted at roughly 730 treatment centers in the US, is unusual in that it’s multiple trials in one. Most trials test a single drug, but Lung-MAP is comparing five.Three groups are being treated with drugs from the revolutionary, and much-hyped, realm of precision medicine. Doctors test the DNA of a patient’s cancer to find mutant genes that act as the cancer’s control switch, and deliver a drug that snaps the switch to the “off” position. Two other groups are being treated with immunotherapy drugs, which aim to unleash a patient’s own immune cells against a tumor.Only a minority of patients respond to precision medicine, but when they do, the results can be dramatic. Precision cancer drugs have been known to erase tumors in weeks, and since these drugs don’t kill cells indiscriminately like chemo, many patients experience few side effects.There’s a major downside: With a few exceptions, precision cancer drugs generally lose effect in less than a year, as other mutations emerge in a patient’s tumor.Which is why trials like Lung-MAP are critical to both patients and researchers. Tags cancerclinical trialsveterans WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Veterans have less access to cutting-edge cancer treatments today than at any point in recent history, but a new initiative aims to change that.A major cancer research group is seeking to enroll veterans in clinical trials of experimental therapies. The initiative is in its early stages, and so far only patients with lung cancer can participate.But for veterans like Jerry Valentino, it’s already having a significant effect.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Inside the drive to collect DNA from 1 million veterans and revolutionize medicine Privacy Policy “One of those little cancer cells flew the coop,” he said. HealthShut out for decades, veterans slowly gaining access to innovative cancer treatments center_img Clinical trials are subjecting cancer patients to too many biopsies, study finds Related: The newest cancer therapies don’t work on everyone. Now, doctors have a clue why Related: Related: Jerry Valentino of Waterbury, Conn., is receiving cancer treatment through a local VA clinical trial. Steven G. Smith for STAT Please enter a valid email address. By Bob Tedeschi March 4, 2016 Reprints Valentino was an Army staff sergeant at the massive Cam Ranh Bay military base in Vietnam, managing supplies and ammunition, and surviving, among other moments, a massive rocket attack by North Vietnamese troops during the Tet Offensive in early 1968.Now 69 years old and a retired cabinetmaker in Waterbury, Conn., Valentino last year suddenly found himself unable to control his left hand and leg. 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Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 06, 2018

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 6th February 2018 Community Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Facebook Twitter Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Pinterest Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste WhatsAppcenter_img Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.John and Mary Brophy11 Davin Park, Mountmellick, LaoisThe death has occurred of John and Mary Brophy also known as Jack Maher and Molly. Died peacefully surrounded by their loving familes in The Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Deeply regretted by their sons John & Noel, daughters Martina, Patricia and Majella, daughters-in-law Tracey & Ann, son-in-law Seamus, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbours, relatives and a large circle of friends.Jack and Molly will repose in their home from 5pm on Tuesday with Recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Family time on Wednesday morning please. Funerals arriving to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick on Wednesday for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burials after in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.Patrick (Pat) BrophyKilleen,Mountmellick,LaoisDied peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his loving wife Chris, his sons Darren, Glenn, Colm & Patrick, daughters Aisling & Emma. His brother Donie, sisters Liz, Marie, Breda, Rosie, Bernie & Cyndi, brothers – in – law, sisters – in – law, daughters – in – law, grand children, relatives, neighbours & a large circle of friends.Reposing in his home on Sunday with rosary at 8pm. Reposing on Monday with rosary at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to St Paul’s Church Emo for 12 o’clock requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the new cemetery. House private on Tuesday morning please.Noel Bernard BuggyWoodview, Stradbally, LaoisNoel Bernard Buggy, Woodview, Stradbally, Co Laois. Peacefully surrounded by his wife and family on 4th February 2018. Sadly missed and remembered with love by his wife Marie, daughters Lisa and Tara, his adored grandchildren and his beloved mother Lil, sister Margaret, brothers Martin, Charlie and Dan, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law. aunts, uncles, extended family, neighbours and friends.Noel will repose at his family home from 4.30pm this Sunday evening, 4th February. Recital of the Rosary at 8pm on Monday evening. Removal to The Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally on Tuesday morning for 10am Funeral Mass with interment to follow in Oakvale Cemetery.Maura Dagg (née Finlay)Clondalkin, Dublin/LaoisDagg (nee Finlay), Maura, Clondalkin and formerly Ballycuddy, Co. Laois, Feb 3rd 2018. Beloved wife of the Late Lt. Col. Michael. Adored mother of Mary, Margaret, Michelle and Helen. Deeply regretted by her family, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives and friends.Reposing at Massey Bros.Funeral Home, Clondalkin Village, this Monday from 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock. Funeral Mass Tuesday morning at 11.30 o’clock in the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin, followed by burial in Esker Cemetery. House Private please. All enquiries to Massey Bros. on 01 4574455.Mary Ann (Maisie) Miller (née Cahill)Boleybeg Spink, Abbeyleix, LaoisMaisie died at her residence. Deeply regretted by her husband John, sons Tom, Joe, Sean, Seamus and Robert, daughters Mairead and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives, friends and carers.Reposing at her residence from 8pm on Sunday evening with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Monday evening at 7.20pm to St Lazarian’s Church, Knock, arriving at 8 o’clock. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11 o’clock followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Margaret BambrickAughanure, Ballylinan, Laois Margaret Bambrick (9-11-1920) in her 98th year. Reposing at her residence in Aughanure, Ballylinan today Saturday 3rd February. Rosary on Sunday evening at 7pm at her residence. Removal to St. Anne’s Church, Ballylinan on Monday 5th February for funeral Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.House private on Monday morning. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Laois Pallative Home Care Services. Donation box in Church.John Brophy11 Davin Park, Mountmellick, LaoisAlso known as “Jack Maher”. Died peacefully surrounded by his loving family in The Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise Co. Laois. Deeply regretted by his wife Molly, John, Martina, Patricia, Majella, Noel & their spouses Ann, Seamus & Tracey, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbours, relatives & many friends.Reposing in his home today, Saturday, from 8pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing all day Sunday in his home. Removal on Monday morning at 11.15am to St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, arriving for 12 noon requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St Joseph’s Cemetery.John DwyerBrockley Park,Stradbally,LaoisJohn Dwyer, Brockley Park, Stradbally, Co. Laois (suddenly) on the 2nd February, 2018. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary (née Connor) , daughters Valerie, Karen, Maeve, Rosemary and Brid, sons James and John, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home from 6pm today (Saturday) with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Sunday to St. Patrick’s Church, Clogh, Co. Kilkenny for funeral Mass at 1pm, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Kathleen Foran (née Kane)5 Emmett terrace, Mountmellick, LaoisDied peacefully in St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick, Co. Laois, surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her loving husband John. Deeply regretted by her daughters Mary, Kay, Ann, Ber, Joan, Caroline, Patricia, Christina, Gabriel and Madelien, sons Sonny and Anthony, her brother John and sister Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.Reposing in Moloney’s Funeral Home, Mountmellick, on Sunday from 7pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing in her home on Monday from 5pm – 8pm. House private after 8pm please. Removal on Tuesday morning at 11.15am to St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, arriving for 12 o’clock Requiem Mass. Burrial afterwards in St Joseph’s Cemetery. Family flowers on please. Donations if desired to St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.Jack Maher11 Davin Park, Mountmellick, LaoisAlso known as “John Brophy”. Died peacefully surrounded by his loving family in The Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise Co. Laois. Deeply regretted by his wife Molly, John, Martina, Patricia, Majella, Noel & their spouses Ann, Seamus & Tracey, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbours, relatives & many friends.Reposing in his home today, Saturday, from 8pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing all day Sunday in his home. Removal on Monday morning at 11.15am to St Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, arriving for 12 noon requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St Joseph’s Cemetery.Patrick (Paddy) KellyChurch Quarter,Errill,LaoisKelly, Church Quarter, Errill, Co. Laois. February 2nd 2018, peacefully at Portlaoise Regional Hospital. Patrick (Paddy), in his 87th year, predeceased by his brothers Sean and Jerry and his sisters Delia (Gray), Sadie (Carroll) and Liz (Farrelly). Deeply regretted by his loving wife Lil and his sons Pat and John, daughters in law Siobhan and Orla, grandchildren Michael, Emer, Patrick and Kate, his brothers Matt and Joe and his sister Mary (Spencer), sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home this Saturday evening from 3pm with rosary at 8pm. Funeral prayers on Sunday evening at 6pm followed by removal to The Church Of Our Lady, Queen Of The Universe, Errill, arriving at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in Errill Cemetery.Chrissie Breen (née O’Brien)Sliabh Bloom Park,Clonaslee,LaoisChrissie Breen (nee O’Brien), Sliabh Bloom Park, Clonaslee, Co. Laois. Died the 1st of February 2018, Peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Dearly loved wife of the late Paddy. She will be sadly missed by her loving family, daughter Mary, sons Michael, Joe, Johnny and Jimmy, grandchildren, son-in-law Gordon, daughters-in-law Carmel, Laura and Laura, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, February 5, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHere are all of this week’s CCFL soccer fixtures and the updated league tablesNext articleAward winning young Laois scientists return to hero’s welcome LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby last_img read more

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All of Saturday’s sports results from around the county

first_img Pinterest Home Sport GAA All of Saturday’s sports results from around the county SportGAAGaelic FootballHurlingLadies FootballSoccer Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 28th April 2018 Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois primary school’s cookbook a sell-outNext articleAbbeyleix crowned Palmer Cup champions for the first time 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. GAALaois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2St Joseph’s 1-13 Barrowhouse 2-8Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 4The Rock 0-9 Emo 1-5The Harps got a walkover from Arles-KilleenSpink 1-8 Arles-Kilcruise 3-15Crettyard 3-8 Camross 10-7Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1Portlaoise 1-16 Clough-Ballacolla 4-14 Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community All of Saturday’s sports results from around the county WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter All the sports results Today has been one of the nicest Saturday’s of the year but there wasn’t actually that many sporting events of note.In Ladies football, the Laois U-14s have qualified for the Leinster ‘C’ football final after a big win over neighbours Carlow in Ballylinan.We also had the conclusion of the Palmer Cup where Abbeyleix were crowned champions and one round of the ACHL Division 1 league but that was the height of the GAA action. Facebook WhatsApp Council After that, there were a handful of underage soccer games in the CCFL. Portlaoise U-19s reached the semi finals of the cup after thumping Mullingar and will now play Clongowes Wood.Here are all the results we have to date and we will update them as we get them: Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining TAGSCCFL Soccer ResultsGAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby Laois Shopping Centre Palmer CupShanahoe Gaels 1-14 Abbeyleix 3-15Leinster U-14 ‘C’ Ladies Football Semi-FinalLaois 3-12 Carlow 2-2SOCCERUnder 17 Cup Semi Final:Portlaoise v Tullamore TownUnder 17 Cup Quarter Finals:Willow Park v St Aengus;Stradbally Town 1 Melview FC6Under 19 Cup Quarter Final:Mullingar Ath 0 Portlaoise B 6SEE ALSO – Laois solicitor sworn in as District Court judgelast_img read more

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IDC WIN to acquire First Prairie Financial

first_img Mississauga, Ont.-based IDC Worldsource Insurance Network Inc. (IDC WIN) announced last week that it has entered into negotiations to acquire Edmonton-based managing general agency (MGA) First Prairie Financial Inc. The deal with First Prairie, which was established in 1999 by co-founders Ken Aberg and Joe Ruddell, would bulk up IDC WIN’s presence in Western Canada. PPI announces brand refresh Two MGAs acquired by Financial Horizons Group Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newscenter_img Megan Harman “We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with First Prairie,” said Paul Brown, chairman and CEO of IDC WIN. “They are a highly ethical and professional organization and one of the top regional MGAs. This acquisition will give us a very strong presence in one of the main markets in the country.” The acquisition would provide First Prairie advisors with access to the various support services available at IDC WIN, which services more than 2,000 advisors across the country through 19 major insurance carriers. In addition, First Prairie advisors would continue to have access to First Prairie staff and services, Brown said. “First Prairie’s leadership and staff are a great addition to the IDC WIN team,” he said. First Prairie had been seeking a national firm with which to partner, according to Ken Aberg, president. “We had IDC WIN on the top of our list as a partner for the next stage of our evolution,” he said. “We wanted our staff and advisors to feel confident in going forward that our culture would remain and we would have much more to offer in terms of products and services.” The transaction is subject to completion of due diligence and the finalization of terms. It is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. Empire Life becomes minority shareholder in Ontario MGA Keywords Managing General AgenciesCompanies IDC Worldsource Insurance Network Inc. last_img read more

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Strong VC activity in Canada for 2016

first_imgIE Staff Investments in venture capital (VC) companies in Canada closed 2016 with a strong finish, as the total number of deals and dollar figures rose in the fourth quarter (Q4) compared with the third quarter (Q3), according to the latest PwC MoneyTree report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and CB Insights. Activity in VC investing ramped up in Q4 as investors deployed US$527 million to Canadian VC-backed startup companies, up notably by 49% from Q3. At the same time, financing was spread across 71 deals, which rebounded by 27% from the previous quarter. During 2016 as a whole, quarterly financing topped US$500 million twice and each quarter during the year saw at least 50 deals completed, the lowest figure being the 56 in Q3. In addition, the total number of deals rose by 7% in 2016 to 266 from 248 in 2015, while there was a total of US$1.7 billion invested in VC companies in 2016, down slightly by 0.3% from the previous year. However, both trends contrast significantly with the global picture, in which the total number of deals declined by 10% and total funding dropped by 23% from 2015. “Standout annual and quarterly funding trends underscore the strength of the Canadian technology sector,” says Chris Dulny, national technology sector leader with PwC Canada, in a statement. “Canada continues to attract significant global attention due to its impressive innovation initiatives and ambitious entrepreneurs.” Activity was strong in both leading Canadian hubs of Toronto and Montreal, which saw total dollars invested rising by 10% and 8%, respectively, in 2016. The Waterloo region saw a 65% increase over 2015 thanks to a deal with wearable computing startup Thalmic Labs valued at US$120 million. Vancouver saw healthy deal activity, with 2016 deals rising by 17%, although total funding declined to US$250 million from US$321 million. On a sectoral basis, Internet, mobile and telecommunications companies led the way, although health care saw a significant decline from 2015. “Canada’s solid year is especially notable given the context,” says Anand Sanwal, co-founder and CEO of CB Insights, in a statement. “Whereas many other regions globally have seen a reset after the record financing we saw in 2015, the Canadian funding environment’s momentum continued to be strong. [This year] should be a good year given the growth in Canada’s home-grown investor ecosystem as well as the interest in the market from U.S. and European investors.” The MoneyTree Report can be accessed here. Tech sector drove strong global VC investment in 2020: KPMG B.C. dominates Canadian VC funding in Q1 Keywords Venture capital center_img Canadian venture capital investments totalled $4.4B in 2020 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

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IIROC panel overstepped on sanctions, ASC finds

first_img BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator A regulatory hearing panel erred in handing out penalties to a rep when it found that his defence represented a lack of remorse, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) ruled.The ASC published its reasons for allowing advisor Michael Francis O’Brien to appeal sanctions imposed on him by an Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) hearing panel earlier this year. A gavel rests on its sounding block with a several law books and a justice scale out of fucus in the background. A cool blue cast dominates the scene. (A gavel rests on its sounding block with a several law books and a justice scale out of fucus in t iStock The IIROC panel ordered a $100,000 fine, a two-year suspension and an additional $20,000 in costs after finding that O’Brien contravened IIROC rules when he was an advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. The panel found that O’Brien borrowed money from an elderly client and made misleading statements about the loan to both the firm and IIROC investigators.On appeal, the ASC upheld the panel’s findings that O’Brien violated IIROC rules, but it found the panel made mistakes in setting the sanctions against him.As a result, the regulator ordered the fine be reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 and that the suspension be cut from two years to nine months.“We are of the view that in the penalty decision, the IIROC panel erred by overemphasizing O’Brien’s perceived lack of remorse and failure to recognize the seriousness and impact of his misconduct, which they associated with his continued denial that Ms. H was a vulnerable client or that she had been harmed by his actions,” the ASC ruling stated.The commission said that while demonstrating remorse may be considered a mitigating factor, failing to show remorse is not an aggravating factor.The ASC decision noted that O’Brien’s defence was that the client in question was not vulnerable, and that she was not harmed by his breach of the rules regarding unapproved personal financial dealings with clients.“It was not inconsistent for O’Brien to admit the contravention by admitting that he engaged in personal financial dealings with a client… while also maintaining that Ms. H was neither vulnerable nor harmed,” it said.Additionally, it noted that “O’Brien was steadfast in denying that he misled investigators or failed to cooperate. That was his right…”The ASC also found that the panel was wrong to consider speculation that the client may have incurred legal fees in making its penalty decision.“Any speculative facts should have been disregarded entirely,” it said.Ultimately, the ASC found that the IIROC panel “erred in law and principle by considering irrelevant factors in deciding the penalties.”While the ASC found that the misconduct was serious and that significant sanctions were appropriate, given the panel’s errors the commission concluded it was necessary to reduce the penalties.Instead of sending the case back to the panel to reconsider its ruling, the ASC substituted its own judgment on sanctions, saying, “these penalties are proportionate in relation to relevant prior decisions, recognize the seriousness of the misconduct, and are stern but not excessively punitive.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Alberta Securities Commission James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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New Tech To Keep Our Bridges Open And Strong

first_imgNew Tech To Keep Our Bridges Open And Strong VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is partnering with a global technology company to remotely monitor bridges to keep traffic and trains moving.Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today joined Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous and Member for Preston Robin Scott to inspect progress on the Preston level crossing removal project, where four level crossings will be removed, 2km of elevated rail is being built and new stations built at Bell and Preston.In Preston, the rail line will be raised over four roads on the Mernda line, delivering new open space underneath the two-kilometre rail bridge, providing smoother and safer journeys for the 82,000 vehicles that pass through these level crossings each day.The Labor Government will establish a joint venture with leading US company Xerox to develop a new technology that will remotely monitor bridges, such as the future bridge at Preston to better manage their maintenance.The technology is the result of trials carried out through a partnership between VicTrack and Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), which developed sensors that can be used to monitor structural health in bridges. Following the successful trials, the Government will invest $50 million to roll out the new technology on priority bridges across Victoria, through a new commercial company called Eloque.Eloque will rapidly expand to help customers around the world, using their technology that uses tiny fibre optic connected sensors attached to the bridge to accurately measure and estimate structural strain, thermal response, bending, loads, vibration, and corrosion, which are all measures of structural health.The technology analyses data collected from the sensors using advanced analytics to deliver information directly to the bridge owners and operators remotely via an interactive dashboard. Data can be seen in real time so the bridge manager can monitor whether a bridge has structural problems, has been damaged or needs repair.It enables any problems to be detected that are not visible to the naked eye or may not show up in manual inspections. This means issues can be found early before they potentially go on to cause delays for motorists or passengers or be quite costly.It also allows maintenance budgets to be better prioritised and targeted to the bridges that need it the most, making maintenance more efficient and less time consuming.While the technology is currently being used on bridges, it has the potential to be used on any structure that needs maintenance – including roads, multi-storey car parks, tunnels and ports. The technology will be progressively rolled out on priority bridges, particularly those that regularly deal with heavy loads and are at the most risk of deterioration.For more information please visit eloque.com.As stated by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan“This technology being rolled out on priority bridges enables remote real-time monitoring – meaning a small problem could be identified before it becomes a big costly problem that causes unnecessary delays to Victorians.” “This will help to detect problems earlier, reduce delays caused by road closures for manual inspections and repairs, and help to find problems more quickly and accurately in the case of bridge strikes or other unexpected events.”As stated by Treasurer Tim Pallas“We’ll continue to look for ways to keep Victorians moving, that create local jobs and support our economic recovery.” /Public Release. 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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, Bell, future, Government, infrastructure, Minister, project, research, road closure, space, technology, Transport, U.S., Victoria, visit, worldlast_img read more

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Happy International Nurses Day

first_imgHappy International Nurses Day Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthToday, Queenslanders are saying thanks to those at the heart of healthcare on International Nurses Day.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath praised frontline staff for their constant care and compassion for Queenslanders.“Queensland nurses are the backbone of our health system and more importantly, they are patient advocates often also counselling families during difficult times,” Ms D’Ath said.“Nurses and midwives make up 63 per cent of the clinical workforce in Queensland. This equates to more than 46,000 individuals supporting our community around the clock. “Since 2015 the Palaszczuk Government has delivered 7500 additional nurses and midwives, and legislated nurse to patient ratios, which research shows can reduce the chance of re-admission and result in shorter hospital stays.”Minister D’Ath said the Queensland Government was proud to support nurses through several nursing initiatives across the state’s hospital and health services.“In March this year, we established a nursing Pandemic Surge Pool to provide nursing graduates the opportunity to start their careers,” Ms D’Ath said.“The Palaszczuk Government has also funded about $245 million for the nurse navigator initiative between the 2015-2016 and 2020 and 2021 financial years.“I want to congratulate all Queensland’s nurses and midwives for their outstanding work in caring for Queenslanders.” /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:Ambulance, Australia, community, Government, health, health services, healthcare, heart, hospital, Minister, nurse, nursing, Palaszczuk, pandemic, QLD, Queensland, research, workforcelast_img read more

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