Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 18, 2018

first_img WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous article‘People are coming out in their pyjamas to go and buy drugs’ according to Laois TDNext articleAll the latest golf results from around the Laois clubs Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Deaths By Sean Hennessy – 18th April 2018 Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Denis DawsonSt. Brigids Terrace, Kill West, Kill, Kildare/Wolfhill, LaoisFormerly of Wolfhill, Co. Laois. Ex C.Q.M.S. Irish Army, The Curragh Camp and Naas Apprentice Naas. Peacefully, at St. Brigids Hospice, Moore Abbey surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his loving wife Philomena, sons Patrick, Noel, Tony and Philip, daughter Penny, grandchildren, great-grandson, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers Joseph, Eddie and Johnny, sisters Mary, Ita (RIP) and Kathleen (RIP), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at his family home from 5pm on Monday with rosary at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning at 10:30am to arrive at Saint Brigid’s Church, Kill, for requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Naas. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice, Moore Abbey. Donations box in church.Mary O’Keeffe (née Comerford)Cappauniac, Bansha, Tipperary/LaoisMary (late of The Swan, Co. Laois), passed away peacefully in her 97th year in the wonderful care of St. Martha’a Nursing Home, Toureen, Cahir. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Edward (Ned) son Martin, daughter in law Helen, sisters Bridie, and Liz (Field), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Reposing at Coady’s Funeral home Castlecomer on Sunday evening from 5.00oc with removal at 7.00oc to arrive at St. Patrick’s Church, Clogh, Castlecomer, at 7.30oc. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11.00oc followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Anthony (Tony) O’NeillCastlemitchell, Athy, Kildare/Stradbally, Laois(Castlemitchell, Athy and late of Garrons, Stradbally, Co. Laois) Peacefully, at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his loving niece Jacinta and her wife Geraldine, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at his niece Jacinta O’Donnell’s residence, Castlemitchell, Athy (Eircode R14X380) from 4pm on Sunday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Monday evening at 6.30pm to arrive at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Athy for 7pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am followed by burial in St. Michael’s New Cemetery, Athy.Theresa Walsh (née McEvoy)Rathfarnham, Dublin/Ballinakill, LaoisWalsh (nee McEvoy), Theresa, late of Rathfarnham and formerly Ballinakill, Co. Laois, died peacefully April 13th, 2018, wife of the late John (Jack). Sadly missed by her daughters Gráinne, Colette, Deirdre and Niamh. Sons-in-law John, Brian, Michael and Des, loving grandchildren Aoife, Roísín, Luke, Clodagh, Ainé, Odhran, Jack and Eoghan, sisters, brothers, extended family and friends.Removal on Thursday (April 19th) morning to the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, arriving for 10am Mass. Funeral afterwards to Bohernabreena Cemetery.John DowneyClondarrig, Portlaoise, LaoisDowney, Clondarrig, Portlaoise, April 12th 2018. (Suddenly) John (Johnny). Son of the lade John and Ellen Downey and brother of the late Michael and Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Dick, sisters Lucy, and Eileen, brothers-in-law, Tony and James, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Patricia, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home, Portlaoise from 4 pm on Saturday, with removal at 5.45 pm to arrive at St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin for 6.30pm via Clondarrig. Requiem Mass at 10 am on Sunday followed by interment in Clondarrig Cemetery.John (Jack) ByrneStradbally, Laois/Athy, KildareStradbally, Co. Laois and Late of Castlepark, Athy, Co. Kildare. Reposing at his niece Cora Foley’s residence, 3 Rathstewart Crescent, Athy, from 6pm on Friday evening with Rosary at 8pm.Removal at 10.30am on Saturday morning, to arrive at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Athy for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Michael’s New Cemetery, Athy.Bridie Conroy (née Dunne)O’Moore Street, Mountmellick, LaoisBridie Conroy (nee Dunne) (Retired National Teacher) O’Moore Street, Mountmellick. Peacefully in the loving care of the Staff of Kilminchy Lodge. Beloved wife of the late Paddy. Deeply regretted by her sons and daughters Danny, Noeleen, Pat, Eugene, Miriam, Joe and Michelle, sons-in-law David, Hugh and Mick and daughters-in-law Máirín, Olive and Karen, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.Reposing in Moloney’s Funeral Home on Friday from 7pm. Recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Prayers in the Funeral Home on Saturday at 11am. Removal at 11.50am to St. Joseph’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial after in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Family flowers only. Dontations, if desired, to The Ben & Jake Foundation. Donation Box will be in place in the Funeral Home and Church.SEE ALSO –  Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 17, 2018 TAGSlaois deaths Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Rugby Facebook Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

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All of this weekend’s CCFL fixtures

first_imgHome Sport Soccer All of this weekend’s CCFL fixtures SportSoccer By Alan Hartnett – 5th November 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Previous articleThrilling win as Portlaoise Panthers see off UL EaglesNext articleLaois defeat neighbours Carlow to book Fr Manning Plate final spot 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. Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSCCFL Fixtures Senior Division: Mullingar Athletic v Mountmellick Utd; 7.30; Gainstown, Mullingar; MidlandsDivision 1 Saturday: Colmcille Celtic v Grange Utd; The Rock Aughnacliffe; MidlandsIdle Gaels UtdSUNDAY NOVEMBER 11All games at 11.00 unless statedNew Balance FAI Junior Cup 4th Round: Willow Park v Derry Rovers A; Willow Park, Athlone; Midlands;St. Carthages Athletic v Birr Town; Heritage Centre, Boora; OffalyO’Neills LFA Junior Shield 2nd Round: Straffan AFC v Ballinahown B, Lodge Park; LocalO’Neills LFA Junior Shield 3rd Round: Mountmellick Celtic v Abbeyleix Athletic, Portlaoise Leisure Centre (Astro); Offaly;Raharney United v Wayside Celtic, 2.00; Higginstown Raharney; MidlandsFAI Midlands Region Womens Junior Shield Final: Bealnamulla v Kildare Town; 12.00; Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore; Midlands x 3FAI Midlands Region Womens Junior Cup Final: Killeigh v Willow Park; 2.30; Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore; Offaly x 3John Farrell Combined Counties Cup 1st Round: Moate Celtic v Coolraine; Community College, Moate; Midlands;FC Killoe v St. Cormacs; Dernafest, Lough Gowna; Midlands;Maryborough FC v Geashill Utd; Leisure Centre, Portlaoise; Offaly;BBC Utd v Clonown Rovers; Flanagan Park,Rear Broadford Inn, Broadford; Offaly;Riverside FC v St. Aengus; Riverside AFC Park, Clonbonniff Road, Belmont; Midlands; Banagher Utd v Stradbally Town; Middle Road, Banagher; Offaly;Rosenallis A v Highfield Utd; The Grove , Rosenallis; OffalyTowerhill Rovers v Walsh Island Shamrocks; 2.00; Leisure Centre, Portlaoise; OffalySenior Division: Ballinahown A v Tullamore Town; Sportspark, Ballinahown; MidlandsClara Town A v Monksland Utd A; Stanley O’Hara Park, Lisanisky, Clara; OffalyDivision 1: Gallen Utd v Clonaslee Utd; Brosna Press Park, Ferbane; Offaly;Horseleap v Mullingar Town; Horseleap Village; MidlandsDivision 2: Gentex v O’Moore FC; Leisure World, Athlone; MidlandsDivision 3: Kinnegad Juniors v Cloneygowan Celtic; Lagan Park, Kinnegad; Midlands;Idle Derry RoversDivision 4: Idle Kenagh, Clara Town, Clonmore United, Monksland, Rosenallis;SEE ALSO – Election Countdown: Who’s in and who’s out of the sitting County Councillors ahead of 2019 Local Elections WhatsApp All of this weekend’s CCFL fixtures Twittercenter_img Community Community Pinterest Council WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year With the FAI Cup final taking place yesterday, there was no CCFL action.But it will be back this weekend and here are all the fixtures:SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 All games at 2.00 unless statedFAI Youth Cup 2nd Round: Willow Park v Portlaoise; Willow Park Athlone; MidlandsUnder 17 Premier Division: Abbeyleix Ath v Emo Celtic; Fr Breen Park Abbeyleix; OffalySt Francis v Willow Park; Iona Park Athlone; Midlands;Idle Mullingar AthUnder 17 Division 1: Clara Town v Mullingar Ath B; Stanley O’Hara Park Clara; Offaly;Idle Horseleap, RosenallisUnder 19 Division: Tullamore Town v Temple Villa; Leah Victoria Park Tullamore; OffalyMullingar Ath v Kinnegad Juniors; Gainstown Mullingar; MidlandsJohn Farrell Combined Counties Cup: Camlin Utd v Castlepollard Celtic; The Mall Longford; Offaly;Moydow FC v Dynamoe Rooskey; Wanderers Park Longford; Offaly;UCL Harps v Ballymahon; Lough Gowna; Midlands RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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City to extend organics collections in 2021

first_imgCity to extend organics collections in 2021 The City of Greater Bendigo will extend its successful, fortnightly organics collection service for all food and garden waste to the townships of Heathcote, Axedale, Goornong and Elmore in January 2021.City of Greater Bendigo Resource Education and Recovery Manager Brooke Pearce said in 2016 the City introduced an organics waste collection service in urban Bendigo and Marong to divert organic material from landfill and recycle it into compost for reuse.“The organics service has been an outstanding success with over 43,000 tonnes of organics diverted from landfill from more than 39,000 households since the service commenced,” Ms Pearce said.“Residents have really embraced the service and its pleasing that contamination in the organics collections is less than one per cent which is great news.“It is now time to extend the organics collection to our larger townships to ensure even more organic waste is collected and recycled into compost.“Extending the service complies with the Victorian Government State-wide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan and the Recycling Victoria Policy. It is also a recommendation of the City’s Food System Strategy 2020/2030.“The City’s organics service also reduces the landfill levy that the City must pay to the State Government each year for every tonne of waste that is sent to landfill. This currently totals over $5.7 million each year.“Organic waste that is placed in landfill is the biggest cause of dangerous methane gas and other greenhouse gases. Keeping organic waste out of landfill and recycling it into compost is not only good for the environment, it’s right and smart thing to do.“In January 2021, the City will deliver a new 240 litre lime green lid organics bin, a kitchen caddy, a supply of special compostable caddy liners, a collection calendar and an information booklet about the organics service and existing waste and recycling services to homes that will receive the service in Heathcote, Axedale, Goornong and Elmore. “Residents in the townships will receive the new organics service for free until July 2021 and the City will commence charging for the service on their rates notice for the 2021/2022 financial year.“When the new organics service commences weekly waste and fortnightly recycling collection days will not change as the organics bin will be collected on the opposite week to the recycling collection.” /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:Australia, Axedale, Bendigo, contamination, education, Elmore, environment, food, gas, Government, Heathcote, infrastructure, Marong, organic, recycling, Victorialast_img read more

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Re-opening NZ to Pacific must be a priority

first_imgRe-opening NZ to Pacific must be a priority The New Zealand National PartyNational is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and National’s Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says. /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:Fiji, Government, New Zealand, New Zealand National Party, NZ, nzpol, pacific, Pacific Peoples, Samoa, Tonga, travellast_img read more

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Pandemic pauses rise of homelessness in Clark County

first_imgPandemic pauses rise of homelessness in Clark CountyPosted by Chris BrownDate: Thursday, March 25, 2021in: Newsshare 0 An increase in funding helped people with rent and provided more shelter space in 2020CLARK COUNTY — Despite the pandemic, or perhaps because of the response to it, homelessness in Clark County rose by less than one percent last year compared with 2019, and nearly twice as many people who sought shelter were able to find it.Homelessness remained relatively stagnant in Clark County last year, thanks to an influx of pandemic-related funding. File photoHomelessness remained relatively stagnant in Clark County last year, thanks to an influx of pandemic-related funding. File photoThose are two of the takeaways from the 2020 Homeless Crisis Response System Report issued this week by the Council for the Homeless, a nonprofit that helps advocate for responses to the homelessness crisis in the region.Due to the pandemic, the annual Homeless Point in Time Count, which is usually done in January, was canceled, so the report lacks a boots-on-the-ground accounting of homelessness in the area. Data used in the report was gathered from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and from people seeking assistance.Last year, nearly 4,000 households in Clark County experienced homelessness at some point, comprising 6,395 individuals. There were 3,323 calls for housing assistance to Council for the Homeless, of which 2,297 were placed into one of 37 housing programs.Homelessness in Clark County affected over 6,500 people in 2020, a 0.7 percent increase over 2019. Image courtesy Council for the HomelessHomelessness in Clark County affected over 6,500 people in 2020, a 0.7 percent increase over 2019. Image courtesy Council for the HomelessThat was nearly double the placement rate from 2019, illustrating the influx of COVID-19 relief funding which allowed many shelters in Clark County to remain open longer, or to expand space. The county also rented a hotel for several months to house people in need of a spot to self-isolate, and greatly increased the availability of Homeless Motel Vouchers.The number of households placed into permanent housing programs increased by 90 over 2019, but households eligible for those same programs rose by 33 percent, indicating an increase in people experiencing barriers to housing.Data shows how homelessness and poverty are disproportionately impacting minority communities in Clark County. Image courtesy Council for the HomelessData shows how homelessness and poverty are disproportionately impacting minority communities in Clark County. Image courtesy Council for the HomelessRacial disparities in focusThis year’s report put more of a focus on how homelessness is impacting the area’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.Last year, over one-third of homeless households were BIPOC, while 37 percent of the individuals who reached out to the Council’s housing hotline were in that category.“We cannot end homelessness in Clark County without addressing the systemic racism that leads to disproportionately higher rates of homelessness within the BIPOC community when compared to the percentage of representation in the general Clark County population,” said Kate Budd, executive director of Council for the Homeless. “For too long we have failed our BIPOC neighbors. Our report underscores the urgent need to provide additional support for those most harmed by systemic racism in Clark County.”According to the report, people who are black or of Pacific Island descent were up to eight times more likely to experience homelessness than someone who is white, and more than twice as likely to live below the poverty line.The disparity was also apparent in those receiving rental assistance to prevent them from losing their home. Five times more households received rent assistance in 2020 compared to 2019. Half of the 2,263 households that received that help had at least one person of color.The potential for experiencing homelessness rose by 0.7 percent for black families in 2020, while falling for all other races and ethnicities, according to the report.Homeless senior numbers still highIn 2018, there were 606 people over the age of 55 who were homeless in Clark County. That number shot up to 881 in 2019, before dipping slightly to 868 last year. Still, says Budd, the number of elderly people experiencing homelessness shows a troubling trend that needs added focus now and into the future.“Our seniors certainly deserve better treatment than to be living on the streets or in their cars,” Budd said. “The leap in seniors experiencing homelessness since 2018 signals a crisis is occurring among that population. Lack of affordable housing, especially for those on fixed incomes, is what we hear time and time again.”More than half of the area’s homeless population was female or non-binary, according to the report, and nearly a quarter were under the age of 18.Key causes of homelessnessContrary to commonly held views, the majority of people living unsheltered in Clark County are not long-term homeless individuals. In 2020, nearly two-thirds of homeless individuals were experiencing homelessness for the first time, and had not been involved in the local homeless system for at least 20 years.The rate of people falling into homelessness in 2020 was largely equal to the rate of people being moved out of homelessness into permanent housing.The key causes of homelessness remain a lack of affordable housing or rising rents, followed by domestic violence and household crises. Pandemic funding provided a boostTwo federal relief packages, along with private fundraising efforts and state funding, helped to boost money put into the area’s homeless problem.That funding helped to bolster shelter space, increase rent assistance, pay for utilities, and provide hotel vouchers for people in need. It may also provide funding for drug treatment and mental health programs, both key components in a wider approach to addressing the homelessness crisis.For anyone interested in learning more about the response to homelessness in and around Clark County, Council for the Homeless has a webinar scheduled for April 20. Details and a link to register for the free event is available here.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:2020Clark CountyClark County TodayClark County WashingtonCouncil for the HomelessCovid-19homelesshomelessnesshousingLatestlocal newspandemicpovertyVancouverVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Thursday, March 25, 2021 Next : Doomed rocket engine makes for a curious display over the Pacific NorthwestAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Research by CU-Boulder physicists creates ‘recipe book’ for building new materials

first_imgThis image shows polarized light interacting with a particle injected into a liquid crystal medium. Photo by CU-Boulder scientists Bohdan Senyuk and Ivan Smalyukh. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By showing that tiny particles injected into a liquid crystal medium adhere to existing mathematical theorems, physicists at the University of Colorado Boulder have opened the door for the creation of a host of new materials with properties that do not exist in nature.The findings show that researchers can create a “recipe book” to build new materials of sorts using topology, a major mathematical field that describes the properties that do not change when an object is stretched, bent or otherwise “continuously deformed.” Published online Dec. 23 in the journal Nature, the study also is the first to experimentally show that some of the most important topological theorems hold up in the real material world, said CU-Boulder physics department Assistant Professor Ivan Smalyukh, a study senior author.The research could lead to upgrades in liquid crystal displays, like those used in laptops and television screens, to allow them to interact with light in new and different ways. One possibility is to create liquid crystal displays that are even more energy efficient, Smalyukh said, extending the battery life for the devices they’re attached to.  The research was funded in part by Smalyukh’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which he received from President Barack Obama in 2010. And the research supports the goals laid out by the White House’s Materials Genome Initiative, Smalyukh said, which seeks to deploy “new advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.”Smalyukh, postdoctoral researcher Bohdan Senyuk, and doctoral student Qingkun Liu set up the experiment by creating colloids — solutions in which tiny particles are dispersed, but not dissolved, throughout a host medium. Colloids are common in everyday life and include substances such as milk, jelly, paint, smoke, fog and shaving cream.For this study, the physicists created a colloid by injecting tiny particles into a liquid crystal — a substance that behaves somewhat like a liquid and somewhat like a solid. The researchers injected differently shaped particles that represent fundamental building-block shapes in topology. That means each of the particles is distinct from the others and one cannot be turned into the other without cutting or gluing. Objects that look differently can still be considered the same in topology if one can be turned into the other by stretching or bending – types of “continuous deformations.”In the field of topology, for example, an object shaped like a donut and an object shaped like a coffee cup are treated the same. That’s because a donut shape can be “continuously deformed” into a coffee cup by indenting one side of the donut. But a donut-shaped object cannot be turned into a sphere or a cylinder because the hole in the donut would have to be eliminated by “gluing” the sides of the donut back together or by “cutting” the side of the donut.Once injected into a liquid crystal, the particles behaved as predicted by topology. “Our study shows that interaction between particles and molecular alignment in liquid crystals follows the predictions of topological theorems, making it possible to use these theorems in designing new composite materials with unique properties that cannot be encountered in nature or synthesized by chemists,” Smalyukh said. “These findings lay the groundwork for new applications in experimental studies of low-dimensional topology, with important potential ramifications for many branches of science and technology.”The study was co-authored by Sailing He of Zhejiang University in China; Randall Kamien and Tom Lubensky of the University of Pennsylvania, and Robert Kusner of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Contact:Ivan Smalyukh, [email protected] Laura Snider, CU media relations, [email protected] Published: Dec. 26, 2012 Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlineslast_img read more

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Professor Donald Lichtenstein gives holiday shopping tips

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 27, 2013 We’d all like to get the most out of our holiday shopping dollar and the best way to do that, says Donald Lichtenstein, a marketing professor in the Leeds School of Business, is take the time to prepare yourself by researching prices, quality and brands, before you hit the stores or the Internet.“How do you get that information? Well you need to find an unbiased source, somebody who doesn’t have anything to gain by what you decide,” Lichtenstein said. “Not a sales person. Personally, I rely on consumer reports. This is not an ad for Consumer Reports, they’re not paying me or anything like that, but that’s what I do. I go to Consumer Reports and look independently of price, what the quality rates are. It has served me very well over the years.”He says being prepared can save you money, steer you away from overspending and even change your whole way of thinking about purchasing gifts during the holidays.“There are some product categories when you pay a higher price you do get higher quality,” he said. “And there are others ones where price and quality just don’t relate to each other. It’s random, the relationship. You’re just as likely to get a high quality item by paying a low price as a high price. And then you’ve got, believe it or not, a third category of goods where the relationship between price and quality is actually negative, meaning that as you pay a higher price you get worse quality.”And Lichtenstein says that you should not rely on price or brand names as an indicator of quality.“One mistake many consumers make is that they rely on price or brand names as an indicator of quality, they’ll say you get what you pay for, the higher the price the higher the quality,” he said. “Many consumers follow that and will go out and buy a higher priced item because they believe they are getting a higher quality item. Nothing can be further from the truth in terms of a generalization.”He says there are many ways to research quality and price but a good place to start is online.“There is no substitute for going online and spending a little bit of time, when you’ve decided what it is you’re looking for, using shopping bots, shopping.com, bisrate.com and also visiting particular merchants who you know carry the item and looking at the prices they charge,” Lichtenstein said.He also advises shoppers to be aware that there is a multitude of advertising efforts at work geared toward getting them to spend more.“I think it’s two major things here,” he said. “One is vigilance. Vigilance on quality, vigilance on price, vigilance on what merchants are doing, vigilance on ‘am I actually going to use that product.’ And the second thing I go back to is, during the holiday season, don’t get caught up in the emotional shopping. Don’t think I’ve got to buy the best gift for this person and how much they’re spending on me, and getting into this social exchange.”Other shopping tips Lichtenstein offers for consumers: Be wary of stores that offer price match guarantees. Market research has shown that retailers offering these guarantees often charge higher prices. When shopping with coupons avoid buying a product just to “get a deal.” Instead, use coupons on products you usually purchase and plan to use in the relatively near future if they have a limited shelf life. Shoppers should be cautious of reference price advertising – such as “was $79.95 now $49.95.” In many cases, says Lichtenstein, the starting prices are inflated or fictitious.last_img read more

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PetroCaribe A Lifeline For Struggling Caribbean Countries – PM

first_imgRelatedBolivar’s ‘Jamaica Letter’ Has Strengthened Relations Between Jamaica and Venezuela Advertisements PetroCaribe A Lifeline For Struggling Caribbean Countries – PM Foreign AffairsSeptember 6, 2015Written by: Sharon Earle Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, has underscored the significant impact the PetroCaribe Agreement has had on the economic independence of countries of the Caribbean region.In a statement at the plenary session of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement in Montego on Saturday (September 5), Mrs. Simpson Miller hailed the pact as a lifeline for many of the region’s struggling economies and peoples.She said the Summit marks another opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean countries to jointly recognize the achievements and the importance of the accord, which has significantly helped to fortify regional economies, meet many of the social and economic development needs of the people of the region, and build strong relationships.“Since that historic signing, the region has seen significant benefits and increased development in many areas. Additionally, PetroCaribe has engendered a sense of independence in our region,” Prime Minister Simpson Miller stated.The PetroCaribe Energy Co-operation Agreement, formally established on June 29, 2005, is an oil alliance between Venezuela and 16 other Caribbean and Central American nations, including 15 CARICOM member states, Haiti, and Honduras, to purchase oil on preferential payment conditions.This facility allows for oil to be purchased up front at between five and 50 per cent of market value, with a grace period of one to two years to commence making the remaining payments.The Prime Minister contended that without the arrangement, some of the most vulnerable countries in the region would have succumbed to the global economic crisis in 2008 as well as subsequent challenges.“It has made major contributions to improving the socio-economic development of states through investments totalling just under US$4 billion in 432 social projects to foster improvements in the standard of living of our peoples,” she said.In Jamaica, she pointed out, investments have been made in improving the country’s road, air and seaport infrastructure; financing of micro, small and medium enterprises; and production expansion.She said that clinker from Jamaica is being exported to Venezuela under the trade compensation mechanism of the agreement.The Prime Minister said the 10th Anniversary Summit underscores the fact that PetroCaribe has a future in the energy security and socio-economic development of Jamaica and other countries of the region.For his part, President of Venezuela, His Excellency Nicolas Maduro, said in evaluating the 10 years since the signing of the agreement, there is proof that the pact has contributed to the economic, social and political stability and security of the Caribbean and Latin America.He noted that events unfolding in regions of Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Mid-east, shows that the Caribbean and Latin American region is comparatively stable and this, he suggested, is due in part, to the impact of the PetroCaribe Agreement.President Maduro said he came to Jamaica directly from Qatar and China where he had discussions on how to get a better price for oil for countries.Nineteen CARICOM and Latin American countries were represented at the Summit, which coincided with the 200th anniversary of Venezuelan Revolutionary Leader, Simón Bolivar’s ‘Carta de Jamaica’, or Letter of Jamaica, and 50 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Venezuela. RelatedPetrocaribe Will Be Strengthened – Paulwell RelatedReflections The Petrocaribe Agreement The Most Hon. P. J. Patterson, ON, OCC, PC, QC Commemorative Ceremonycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Yhomo HutchinsonPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, and Venezuelan President, His Excellency Nicholas Maduro, shortly after his arrival at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Saturday (September 5), for the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement. PetroCaribe A Lifeline For Struggling Caribbean Countries – PMJIS 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 HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, has underscored the significant impact the PetroCaribe Agreement has had on the economic independence of countries of the Caribbean region.In a statement at the plenary session of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement in Montego on Saturday (September 5), Mrs. Simpson Miller hailed the pact as a lifeline for many of the region’s struggling economies and peoples.The Prime Minister said the 10th Anniversary Summit underscores the fact that PetroCaribe has a future in the energy security and socio-economic development of Jamaica and other countries of the region.last_img read more

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Thailand to auction dtac 4G spectrum in January

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 SEP 2017 Joseph Waring Thailand’s telecoms regulator accelerated plans to auction spectrum in the 850MHz and 1.8GHz bands currently operated by dtac.The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s (NBTC) announced it will conduct the auction in January, some three months earlier than originally planned, Bangkok Post reported. NBTC stepped up the timeline to ensure continuity of service after dtac’s concession with state-run CAT Telecom expires in September 2018.Dtac, the country’s third largest mobile operator with a 25 per cent market share, holds a concession to operate 10MHz on the 850MHz band and 45MHz on the 1.8GHz band.Based on the amount the government raised in auctions in late 2015, the NBTC expects the January sale to generate THB150 billion ($4.5 billion), Bangkok Post said.The regulator held two 4G auctions at the end of 2015, which raised THB232.66 billion for the government. Market leader AIS won 15MHz of 1.8GHz with a THB41 billion bid and True paid THB39.8 billion for a similar block. The two companies also each won 10MHz of 900MHz spectrum for about THB76 billion.Dtac, owned by Norway-based Telenor, didn’t participate in the 2015 auctions.Spectrum roadmapParadai Theerathada, chief of corporate affairs at dtac, said in March Thailand urgently needs a clear roadmap for spectrum availability to prepare for the expected surge in data demand in coming years, adding only a clear plan can prepare the country for the coming data deluge.Dtac is almost certain to bid in the upcoming auctions as it needs to expand its spectrum holdings to support its growing mobile operations. It also holds a licence for 15MHz of spectrum in the 2.1GHz band, which expires in 2027.The country’s planned auction of spectrum for 5G services was pushed back to 2018 because of legal limitations in compensating a state enterprise for returning spectrum and the transition to new telecoms commissioners.In December 2016 the NBTC said it would auction off 80MHz in the 2.6GHz band, which is owned but unused by state-owned public broadcaster MCOT, by June to prepare for the eventual rollout of 5G services in 2020. Previous ArticleUse cases driving LPWA choice for US playersNext ArticleSamsung reports record orders for latest Note device Dtac accelerates 700MHz network rollout Handset sales drive dtac revenue growth Author 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 Related Asia Home Thailand to auction dtac 4G spectrum in January NBTC mulls payment relief for 5G licences Tags DTACNBTCspectrumThailandlast_img read more

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Gardai investigating quad crash in Falcarragh

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Gardai investigating quad crash in Falcarragh By News Highland – September 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Gardai in Falcarragh are investigating a road traffic collision at the weekend involving two quads, in which one of the drivers was injured.It happened outside the Lough Altan Hotel, Gortahork on Saturday evening.Sergeant Eunan Walsh says gardai are trying to piece together exactly what happened……….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/eunquad1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleCounty Derry PSNI investigating Coleraine attackNext articleNew Wage Subsidy Scheme operational from today News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApplast_img read more

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