Ireland bets all on £43bn bailout plan

first_img Tags: NULL KCS-content Ireland bets all on £43bn bailout plan Show Comments ▼ BANK of Ireland was forced to reassure savers their money was safe yesterday following the republic’s revelation that the cost of Ireland’s banking crisis could surge as high as €50bn (£43bn) – as it revealed further bailouts for Anglo Irish Bank, Allied Irish Banks and Irish Nationwide. “Customers can have confidence in Bank of Ireland and all deposits with Bank of Ireland are secure and 100 per cent guaranteed by the Irish government,” the bank, which raised €1.7bn in a rights issue in June, said in a statement reiterating it was in a “strong financial position” with an eight per cent tier one capital. The bank said it wasn’t seeing any unusual withdrawals. Of Ireland’s top lenders, only Bank of Ireland and Irish Life & Permanent will remain free from state control after the bailouts. Finance minister Brian Lenihan, who yesterday admitted the figures were “horrendous but manageable”, has long insisted that customers with savings in all of Ireland’s major banks are safe, but the scale of the bank bailout – equivalent to a third of the country’s GDP – has triggered fears that panicked savers will rush to withdraw their cash. While the Irish government recently extended its 100 per cent deposit guarantee to all Irish-owned financial institutions until the end of the year, this protection remains dependent upon the Irish state remaining solvent. The possibility of national bankruptcy, however remote, has already seen concerned savers withdraw money with customer deposits falling by more than €5bn to €23.1bn in the first half of this year.Ireland’s central bank yesterday forecast that the total bailout bill for Anglo Irish Bank would be €29.3bn, but in a “severe hypothetical stress scenario” said it could reach as high as €34bn. Irish Nationwide will receive a further €2.7bn, bringing its total bailout to €5.4bn. While Allied Irish Banks will test the markets with a €3bn equity placing, fully underwritten by the National Pension Reserve Fund, meaning the government could end up owning 90 per cent of the bank, and bringing its total rescue package potentially up to €10.4bn.Lenihan said the bank bailouts would “bring closure and finality to the banking problems in Ireland,” adding that by taking action now it would avoid having to call on the EU for a bailout in the style of Greece. He said he would outline a four-year plan in November to get its budget deficit, currently ten times the European Union guidelines for Eurozone members, to below three per cent of GDP by 2014, requiring further “significant” measures next year – over and above already announced cuts – to reduce the country’s borrowing.The republic has already had three emergency budgets since 2008 that have raised taxes and cut wages. Lenihan said Ireland, which is fully funded until June 2011, had decided to cancel its bond auctions in October and November and would return to the bond markets as normal in early 2011. The move reassured the City yesterday, and the cost of borrowing fell – with 10-year bond yields dropping almost 0.25 per cent to 6.37 per cent. center_img whatsapp Share Thursday 30 September 2010 11:21 pm whatsapplast_img read more

Christmas boost for retail sales

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Asset managers warn on EU rules

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ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest

first_img By Kunal Dhyani – April 23, 2020 ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a project to celebrate the sport of cricket. Inviting the creative industry involving artists, ICC has invited them to participate in the contest.“We count artist and creative community as fans for our sport. These are challenging times for everyone. The pause in all cricket is a mere footnote to the global disruption we are all facing that is impacting every aspect of our lives. The ICC recognizes how difficult an environment it is for everyone, and we want to do our small bit to bring a smile to cricket fans around the world, celebrating talented and passionate artists and designers while we’re doing that” said ICC post. Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates Cricket TAGSCricket NewsICCICC cricketICC Cricket ContestICC NewsInternational Cricket Council SHARE Cricket F1 French GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen overtakes Bottas to move into 2nd place, Hamilton leads; Follow Live Updates Cricket Previous articleRabada says ‘consistent’ Kohli pushes him to give his bestNext articleBARC Data Week 15th : IPL repeats dominates the top sports shows list, WWE flops Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to rain, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored WTC Final 2021: India vs New Zealand Full Squad, Schedule, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venue all you need to know World Test Championship final IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan Cricket center_img Cricket WTC Final 2021 LIVE: 5 Ways to watch India vs New Zealand World Test Championship LIVE Streaming for free WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Latham, Conway provide steady start, India in search of wickets; NZ 19/0 (12 ovs)- Follow Live Updates Cricket Facebook Twitter Entries close Friday 22 May 2020 ICC WTC Final LIVE commentary: AIR, DD Sports to live stream & broadcast India vs New Zealand for free by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGeorgetown UniversityLearn from Anywhere This Summer with Georgetown’s Online Summer CoursesGeorgetown UniversityTreehuggerHow To Protect Yourself Against CyberthreatsTreehuggerCBS NewsThink Your Commute Is Safe? You Need To See This.CBS NewsIn a post on ICC’S official social media account, ICC has invited the creative industry toto participate in the contest. Cricket is a sport of many moving parts, fueled by the passion of its players and fans. Art can capture a unique, emotional, human side of our game, and we invite anyone with an idea to send us their creative interpretations of the sport and its participants, of all level.  Send us your artwork, your animations, cartoons, graphics or any other art form that helps depict our great game. Ten chosen artists will each receive US$500 from the ICC and have their work showcased and credited across ICC digital channels. We hope this initiative can be a small positive for some of our community and bring a smile to cricket fans the world over. Please submit all work you wish to be considered to: [email protected] CricketLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Football Latest Sports News Formula 1 Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Cricket WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalrylast_img read more

FTSE 100 value: this construction stock has risen 29% in 6 months. Would I buy?

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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Construction stocks bounce backCRH has operations in the US, Europe and Australia, and each shows signs of recovery. As countries slip into a Covid-19-induced recession, governments are desperately looking for ways to claw their way out of the misery. One tried-and-true tradition of emerging from recession is through invigorating construction projects to improve infrastructure and get citizens working again. Governments around the world are already saying they want this to happen, and construction workers are being encouraged to keep working even in areas where stay-at-home advisories are in place. 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Welsh Rugby Legend Shane Williams Gives His Thoughts On Everest Challenge

first_imgThe Welsh winger reflects on his retirement, life after rugby, what he misses about the game and how he’s filling the void. Welsh Rugby Legend Shane Williams Gives His Thoughts On Everest ChallengeOne of the world’s most prolific international try-scorers, Shane Williams represented Wales almost 90 times and also clocked up four appearances for the British and Irish Lions in a distinguished career. He overcame critics of his size (he is only 5ft7) with an electric turn of pace and a defence-defying side step, that allowed him to score the decisive try against England in Wales’ 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam triumph, amongst many other stunning solo efforts.Retiring from the international game in 2011, following the Rugby World Cup and autumn internationals, Williams played his last game against Australia at the Principality Stadium. He speaks fondly of this final cap. “My final game, against Australia, was huge,” he remembers. “We lost the game, but I remember thinking that the crowd was still pushing us along and still cheering for us. I scored a try at the end and for 20 minutes after the game, considering we had just lost, the crowd kept clapping and cheering. I think half the people in the stadium forgot we lost!”Big Send-off: Williams scored in his last game for Wales in 2011 (Getty Images)Despite continuing his club rugby career in Japan, Williams has struggled to fill the void of performing at the highest level and the adrenaline buzz that this brings. “I miss the crack and the camaraderie,” he says. “I miss the togetherness that you need to work as a team and be successful. So the Six Nations is a difficult time for me, especially when you’re working doing punditry or commentary because you’d much rather be on the field, helping the lads out, than talking about it on the sideline. It’s not the easiest of times for an ex-international but when you keep challenging yourself and trying to better yourself as a person it helps to get over that loss.”Such is the drive of this phenomenal athlete that the competitive edge remains, if only in constantly striving to go further and do more, pushing his body to the limits of its capabilities in a similar way that professional rugby used to. Triathlons and ultra-triathlons (including a famous Ironman race) have followed and Williams now has his sights on a Guinness World Record.In April, Williams will join former England hooker Lee Mears, former Sevens star Ollie Phillips and Tamara Taylor, a legend of the Women’s game, in attempting to play the highest altitude games of rugby. Taking place over 24 days (13 April to 6 May 2019), the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge will see the foursome, and other members of the rugby community, battle acclimatisation and heights of 6,500 metres to play the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed rugby in history – all in support of Wooden Spoon. Wales denied a Grand Slam by France’s 32-30… Having gone through the shock of a testicular… Collapse After news of World Rugby’s plans for a… Playing rugby at 6,500m will, naturally, not be the same experience as running out at the notoriously caldron-like Principality Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, famed for its hostile environment for visiting teams. But Williams is confident the excitement of the occasion will still provide a buzz. “I used to love running out to a full stadium,” he recalls, “but when I’m at 6,500m with a ball in hand I don’t think I’ll care who’s watching as I’ll be too busy struggling to breathe! And we will still get a buzz whether we’re playing rugby in front of ten people or ten million people, because that’s the kind of people we are. We’ll have fun doing it too, while raising a lot of money for Wooden Spoon, which is a fantastic charity.”Preparing for such an endeavour is a feat in itself but Williams down plays the experience of various trips undertaken at altitude as working in his favour. “I’ve played [at altitude] in South Africa and as much as you do preparation in the altitude tents, you spend the first 20 minutes of the game wondering how you’re going to make it to the end. And that won’t be anything like 6,500m. I also trekked to Machu Picchu [situated at just under 2,500m] 18 months ago. On the first day I was walking up a hill and I felt awful. A 60-year-old lady, who had had cancer, was walking behind me and I had step aside for her to go past me. We hadn’t even gone far. But if we get up Everest and we can all run around like blue-arsed flies, then it’s too easy, surely?! That’s why it’ll be a Guinness World Record and that’s why we’re doing it for Wooden Spoon, so bring it on!” Nasi Manu positive about his rugby future after cancer treatment Expand Wales Six Nations Squad 2021center_img Social Media Reacts To World League Reports Wales Six Nations Squad 2021 As if trying to justify this arguably insane feat, Williams says, “I miss the challenge [of international rugby] and the only way I’ve been able to get over that slightly is by doing other challenges, like triathlons and Ironmen. Challenging yourself to bigger and better things like this is the closest thing you get [to rugby] and it doesn’t come any bigger than Everest. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do something like this; it will be up there as one of the most challenging things I’ve done physically, but raising a lot of money will gives us the extra drive to do it.” Nasi Manu positive about his rugby future after cancer treatment Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Visit to see how you can share your #MyEverest story or fundraise. Donations can be made via the same link or by texting EVEREST5 to 70085 to donate £5.Also don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social Media Reacts To World League Reportslast_img read more

Entries open for 2011 Guardian citizenship and volunteering award

first_imgThe Guardian is inviting entries to its Public Services Awards 2011, which includes one award for Citizenship and Volunteering. This is open to teams in the private and public sectors, as well as in the public services, and is designed to recognise volunteering and other initiatives that contribute to the community.The award aims to recognise teams in the private sector, as well as those engaged in public services, who have contributed to the enhancement of civil society through their outstanding dedication and willingness to share their time and skills through volunteering.The award is designed to seeks to recognise schemes that promote good citizenship by employees, whether by volunteering, serving as councillors, school governors or magistrates, or perhaps by helping and representing disadvantaged groups.Entrants must be able to give evidence of a clear policy that has been taken up by a number of staff.The deadline for entries is 15 July Howard Lake | 6 June 2011 | News Tagged with: Awards corporate Volunteering  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Entries open for 2011 Guardian citizenship and volunteering award About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

American Soybean Association’s Roots are in Indiana

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News American Soybean Association’s Roots are in Indiana American Soybean Association’s Roots are in Indiana By Eric Pfeiffer – Jul 30, 2020 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter The American Soybean Association will celebrate their 100th anniversary next week and to do it, they’ll come back to where it all started- Camden, Indiana.Brothers Taylor, Finis, and Noah Fouts had grown an interest in soybeans after their father received soybean seed from USDA in the late 1800s. After many years of experimenting, they finally got it right.Elisha Modisett Kemp is Noah Fouts’ great-great-granddaughter told HAT the story.“By 1907, they had amassed about 200 bushel of soybean seed and created their own soybean company, Soyland Seed. That drew a lot of attention. They wanted to share what they had learned with other farmers. So, people would be coming by wanting to see their farm and talk about it. So, they actually had a first soybean day just for Indiana in 1910.”10 years later, the Fouts brothers decided this was bigger than Indiana and held the “First Corn Belt Soybean Field Day” at Soyland Farms in Camden.“And over 1,000 farmers came that day from 6 different states, and there was enough interest there they said, ‘We should do this again and let’s create an association that we can all help share these techniques and what we’re learning and the experiences to help us continue to be prosperous with this crop.’”That day they founded the National Soybean Growers’ Association, later renamed the American Soybean Association, and named Taylor Fouts the first president.Modisett Kemp is proud to still have Soyland Farms in the family. She says her great-great-grandfather and his two brothers would be happy with how things turned out.“I think they’d have been so excited to see how much this had grown from what they were trying to create and we’re just happy to be a part of that and continue that legacy.”We’ll have more from the event next week. USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky will be the keynote speaker. SHARE Previous articleNASDA: Senate Coronavirus Aid Falls Short for AgricultureNext articleCelebrating American Soybean Association’s Indiana Roots on the HAT Friday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer SHARElast_img read more

Authorities arrest freelance journalist reporting for France Culture who occasionally works for Le Monde

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa April 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest freelance journalist reporting for France Culture who occasionally works for Le Monde News March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven journalists detained as threats to media increaseReporters Without Borders today called on the Syrian government to free nearly a dozen journalists and netizens it has imprisoned as it battles protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “The terror and arbitrary rule must end,” the media freedom organisation said, “and all those held, as well as prisoners of conscience, must be released.”Among journalists and netizens arrested are Algerian freelance reporter Khaled Sid Mohand, who was making documentaries for the French broadcaster France Culture’s “Sur les docks” programme and who also works for the French daily Le Monde. He was picked up on 9 April and is thought be in a Damascus prison.Syrian journalist and writer Fayez Sara was arrested on 11 April in the capital after attending a meeting of the opposition Damascus Declaration National Council. He was earlier arrested in 2008 and imprisoned for two and a half years for signing the Declaration, which calls for lifting the state of emergency, allowing freedom of expression and assembly and the departure of the ruling Assad family. Threats and attacks on journalists have increased during the current unrest and foreign journalists, including those working for the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, have been deported. Many Syrian journalists and bloggers have also been arrested. The regime is preventing foreign and local journalists from covering demonstrations and some have been physically attacked. Entry visas for foreign journalists are hard to get.Syrians and foreigners living in the country are afraid to speak up and the authorities have imposed a media blackout on the protests and on the brutality of police and troops against demonstrators.Those being held include Wassim Hassan, blogger (since today), Mohamed Zaid Mistou, Syrian-born Norwegian correspondent for the news website (since 7 April), Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal (since 24 March), Amer Matar, of Al-Hayat (1 April), journalist Zaher Omareen (27 March), journalist and writer Mohamed Dibo (19 March), blogger Ahmed Hadifa (24 March) and Kurdish blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikou (held since 16 March). February 3, 2021 Find out more News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Are media, arts and culture really starting to censor themselves? (2)

first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders continues its weekly look at the state of free expression and self-censorship in Denmark by publishing an interview with a leading figure from the world of the Danish media and arts.This week’s interview is with Carsten Jensen, a writer and journalist who is very critical of the liberal-conservative coalition government. He has just been awarded the Olof Palme Prize for his “courageous, committed and determined” defence of human rights.————————————Is freedom of expression in danger in Denmark?No. Obviously there is the Kurt Westergaard case. When someone breaks into your house and tries to kill you, that is undeniably a threat. But the question is knowing whether or not this is just a symbol, and therefore an exception. Or if everyone who did what he did would risk the same fate. Personally I think it is an isolated case.So why is this question constantly being discussed in Denmark?It is hard to understand. Perhaps our freedom of expression is well protected but we have lost the habit of using it, except for telling Muslims how bad they are. Honestly, I would be surprised to learn that there are artists or writers who want to criticise Islam in their art or their work but hold back for fear of reprisals.Have you personally never been the target of threats?No. And in my view, anyone saying the contrary is just trying to draw attention to themselves. I do not think that artists and writers who want to draw cartoons of the Prophet or put on a play that is extremely critical of Muslims refrain from doing so. Mistreating Muslims has become a national sport in Denmark. Look at what the politicians say. No one is threatening them. They do not have bodyguards. They do not censor themselves when they talk about Muslims. On the contrary, if they want to attract voters, they have to say the worst things possible. Things that are absolutely unthinkable outside Denmark.Why is the issue of free expression constantly linked to that of Islam in Denmark?It is a consequence of the political context. It is also a consequence of the situation of the Muslim minority, which is bigger than other religious minorities and often comes from pre-modern societies, resulting in a clash of cultures with problems of adaptation, unemployment … This makes Muslims an easy target of public anxiety and anger. Also, there is no denying that Islamist terror poses a global threat, which adds to the fear.But doesn’t this result in self-censorship on the part of artists and writers?When Jyllands Posten published the cartoons of the Prophet in 2005, the newspapers were never able to find cartoonists ready to say they restricted themselves in their work for fear of reprisals. So why does this debate go on? It is obviously very important to take a clear position on free expression, whether or not one approves of the constant criticism being made of a religion. But the debate continues in part because it is manipulated by the (far-right) Danish People’s Party, whose only platform is hatred of Muslims. It is not a party that is going up in the polls. It has around 12-13 percent. But it has an enormous influence on the political scene because the liberal-conservative government cannot rule without its support. And to protect its power it has to protect its raison d’être. Because it will cease to exist if people see that immigrants are integrating, which is the case. So it is in a desperate struggle for survival. It has to keep the debate alive. And that is what it does. It is like a monologue that no one dares to interrupt. Neither the government, for fear of losing power, nor the opposition, which hopes to attain power by imitating the People’s Party’s rhetoric.Elected representatives of this party recently made some very aggressive comments about Muslims. Was that an abuse of free expression that should be the subject of legislation?No, definitely not. Restricting free expression is not the solution. Silencing the opposition is never a solution in a democracy. You would just risk creating martyrs. No, the only solution is for the silent majority to stand up and react.(Photo : Isak Hoffmeyer) DenmarkEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Organisation center_img Follow the news on Denmark News March 5, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Are media, arts and culture really starting to censor themselves? (2) RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more News November 23, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more