first_imgFriday 22 February 2019 9:13 am Share Tags: Brexit Chuka Umunna Jeremy Corbyn People Theresa May It concludes a week of crisis for Britain’s two biggest political parties, after Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “saddened” by the departures of Remainer MPs Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston.The trio quit over May’s handling of Brexit, claiming former Ukip members had overwhelmed the party.May responded by saying an “open, broad party” should always welcome new members “including those who have previously supported other parties”.Downing Street has been put on red alert for fresh Tory rebellions if May fails to push her Brexit deal through parliament for a second time.Read more: May tells quitting MPs the Conservative Party is not ‘warped’ like Labour Adding that he could “never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister”, Austin said he was “appalled at the offence and distress” caused to Jewish people under Corbyn’s leadership.Read more: Conservative split: Three Tory MPs quit partyThe other splitters also cited Labour’s antisemitism problem, claiming Labour had “wilfully failed to address hatred of Jewish people in its ranks”.Labour called on Austin to give up his seat and fight a by-election, something it has called on the other defecting MPs to do.“We regret that Ian Austin has left the Labour Party. He was elected as a Labour MP and so the democratic thing is to resign his seat and let the people of Dudley decide who should represent them,” a Labour party spokesperson said. whatsapp Ian Austin has quit the Labour party this morning, in another blow to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.However, the Dudley North MP said he does not plan to join the Independent Group, an alliance of 11 Labour and Tory MPs who have abandoned their parties citing a “failure of British politics”. The Independents have claimed that more than 30 Conservative MPs could seek alternatives to May’s withdrawal agreement if it is voted down again, in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit.Co-chairman of the Independents, Andrew Percy, told the BBC that members of his group were “tired” of hard Brexiters in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group failing to back the Prime Minister.Writing to government whips, he and co-chairman Simon Hart said: “Not only does this risk damaging the national interest, but also… we are putting in jeopardy the very thing many colleagues have spent decades campaigning for; our exit from the European Union.” Joe Curtis whatsapp Labour MP Ian Austin quits ‘broken’ party, saying he cannot ask people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn Read more: Eighth MP quits Labour party to join independent groupAustin blamed Labour’s lurch to the hard left under Corbyn, calling the party “broken” in an exclusive interview with the Express & Star.He is the ninth MP to quit Labour this week after seven MPs including Chuka Umunna, and Angela Smith left to form an independent alliance on Monday.An eighth MP, Joan Ryan, quit on Wednesday as three prominent Tories also defected from the Conservative party.Speaking to the Express & Star, Austin said: “The Labour party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn.” last_img read more

first_img London Marathon 2015 interactive: Is this the best place to run a fast time? The London Marathon is a special event on the 26-mile racing calendar, and not just because of the iconic city the route takes in.It is also the best place to run a fast time, according to the data, with more of the fastest 2,500 men’s and 2,500 women’s times being run here than any other city. For women, almost 10 per cent of those times (249) were run in London, while for the men the figure is a still impressive 198 (7.9 per cent).Second placed for men is Osaka, while for women it is Rotterdam. Of the 19 venues on both lists, 11 appear twice. Notably Osaka (2nd for men) doesn’t appear on the women’s list at all.So why is London fast? The course avoids the big hills, as seen in places like Boston, and the blistering heat of other venues, or the wind often found in Chicago. It isn’t perfect (we all know English weather), but it seems to have become the goldilocks course for both men and women, where the conditions are most likely to be just right.If you’re reading this on desktop you can explore the data using the interactive below, which also shows Paula Radcliffe’s times. Hover over any dot to see who ran that time, when, and where. Click on the prompts to highlight times run in London, or Paula’s times. Share Billy Ehrenberg  All data from all-timeathletics.com, updated 19 April 2015. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity 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 MirrorSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past whatsapp whatsapp Saturday 25 April 2015 6:49 am Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_img Air Charter Service (ACS) has appointed Ben Dinsdale as its global director for humanitarian and government services, a new role.Mr Dinsdale joined ACS in October 2003, where latterly he has been cargo development director Europe. He also oversaw the creation of the broker’s Paris cargo office.ACS claims it has played a part in almost every humanitarian aid effort since it was founded in 1990, from the Somalian civil war to last year’s PPE crisis, and said it wanted to continue its “proud history” in humanitarian aid.“Ben has a huge amount of experience in humanitarian aid and has helped to established ACS as a leading supplier for a number of organisations in the sector,” said Justin Bowman, chief executive. By Alex Lennane 31/03/2021 “Ben is a well-known and well-respected figure in this industry and works closely with ACS’s legal team to make sure that ACS is the most compliant company of its type in the world when it comes to government business.“Ben’s role will be global and we are looking forward to him working with our humanitarian and government customers around the world.”last_img read more

first_img STAT+: Academics say there’s a fine line between the direct-to-consumer model and the hybrid kind now gaining steam.“The line is unclear at this point in time,” said Dr. Robert Green, a Harvard professor and medical geneticist who is an adviser to Veritas and consults for Helix. “This is an area that is controversial, in the sense that some people feel there should be more interaction with the customer by a physician before a physician orders such a test.”For some tests offered by Helix, as well as Color Genomics and Veritas, customers may never meet the physician who orders their tests. And for some of the tests available through Helix, customers may never learn that physician’s name.Martinez said that, while customers who purchase genetic tests using physicians provided by Veritas may never meet that ordering physician in person, the same could be true for patients who get the test through their doctor.“It sounds like someone might be trying to make the point that having an ordering physician that is not your [primary care physician] is a downside for this, and that’s not the case, because many people have never met their [primary care physician],” Martinez said.Physician interactionTo start off the process, customers fill out what looks like an online order form, complete with fields for a credit card number to pay for the products. They also upload information about their health.For all of the tests offered by Color and the Veritas BRCA test, customers can choose whether they want their personal physician to actually order the test, or whether they want to let the company find a physician who can evaluate their health information and, if appropriate, order the test on the customer’s behalf.The three physician-ordered tests currently offered on Helix don’t give customers the option of using their own physician.A Color spokesperson said that “there are many independent physicians” who can order the tests on a customer’s behalf, some of whom work for a company called PWNHealth.“Our mission is, on one hand, to increase access when it’s appropriate, to give people more power, but on the other hand, to do it in a way that protects individuals,” said Bill Paquin, executive vice president of PWNHealth.Paquin said that every single customer that buys a test is first screened by an algorithm, then evaluated by a genetic counselor, and finally reviewed by a physician.Liz Kearney, vice president of genetic services at PWNHealth, said that the genetic counselor might reach out to the a consumer if they have a question about the order — and might recommend a different test than the one the consumer ordered. Related: Before you send your spit to 23andMe, what you need to know Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Hyacinth Empinado/STAT Related: Companies say that the physicians, as well as genetic counselors, diligently review the orders and reject those that are inappropriate. They say it’s a responsible way to balance customers’ desire for health information with some professional oversight. But some outside experts say it’s unclear how meaningful the physician’s involvement is.“I think a lot of us in the field have wondered about how that’s playing out,” said Dr. Mike Murray, who in April will start working as the director of clinical operations in the Center for Genomic Health at Yale University. “Is it really just somebody donating their professional license in order to order a test, or is it somebody that actually gets involved in figuring out whether a person might benefit from it and following up [about] what they should do with the results?”advertisement BusinessGenetic tests ordered by doctors race to market, while ‘direct-to-consumer’ tests hinge on FDA approval A genomics pioneer is selling a full DNA analysis for $1,400. Is it worth it? WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is keeping tight watch on “direct-to-consumer” genetic tests but has been taking a hands-off approach with similar tests that have a crucial distinction: a physician’s sign-off.A physician order appears to be a key regulatory difference between companies like 23andMe, whose tests FDA has said must seek official approval, and companies like Color Genomics, Helix, and Veritas, who are offering some similar tests but don’t need the agency’s permission.And those companies have made physician involvement as painless as possible — offering to pick the doctor and to solicit the physician’s order after the customer buys the test online. In many cases customers never meet the doctor; in some cases his or her name isn’t provided.advertisement Companies are still forging ahead. Justin Kao, co-founder and senior vice president of business development and partnerships for Helix said that they will be offering new tests to look for genetic variants associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, and drug effectiveness — all of which will be signed off on by physicians in a similar way to the current tests.Martinez, of Veritas, said that his company is looking forward to a day when they will be able to offer more products, such as whole-genome sequencing, directly to consumers, with no physician involved in the ordering process — provided that the company is responsible in the way that it provides the data to patients.“What we would like is for consumers to be able to order their whole genome sequence without a requirement of a signature from a physician, as long as the way that you are returning the results on the back end is done properly,” Martinez said. “What does that mean? Any pathogenic variant has to be communicated through a professional.”The company is currently preparing to have “initial conversations with the FDA,” said Birgit Funke, vice president of clinical affairs, “to seek advice on the path towards regulatory approval of whole genome [sequencing, interpretation, and reporting].” Companies say that they are adapting to changing times — and that the FDA should be too. Genetic testing technology is outpacing the current regulatory framework.Following the model that 23andMe used — submitting individual tests for specific variants in the genome to the FDA for approval — isn’t a sustainable path forward, said Rodrigo Martinez, chief marketing and design officer at Veritas. There are simply too many variants and not enough time.“The challenge is… if the FDA is going to follow that same approach to [review] tests one variant at a time, it’s going to take us 200 years,” Martinez said. “This does not work.”In response to questions, 23andMe made no indication that their model would change.“23andMe’s mission is to enable consumers to access genetic information directly because we believe everyone has the right to access their health information,” said Kathy Hibbs, chief legal and regulatory officer at 23andMe. She said that “we would have no reason to engage in [the] sort of arrangement” that the other companies are using.Regulatory divideThe fact that a medical professional is involved in ordering genetic tests and providing the results helps move them out of range of FDA regulation, said Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, a professor at the University of Arizona with a long career of studying genome ethics and the law.“‘Physician-ordered’ is one of the criteria that FDA is using to decide whether their regulatory authority is triggered,” Cook-Deegan said. “But you’re not going to find that in a statute.”Rather, based on how the FDA has reacted to 23andMe and to these other companies, Cook-Deegan said, it appears that the physician’s role is important in the agency’s regulatory decisions.Tests which are marketed to consumers but ordered by physicians are considered to be laboratory developed tests, Cook-Deegan said — a category of products that, for decades, the FDA has chosen not to scrutinize.“The FDA, rather than choosing to specifically insert itself, has decided that having a licensed medical professional order the test is enough protection for the consumer — patient — whatever you want to refer to that person as — so that [the FDA doesn’t] have to specifically step in,” Murray said.In this way, the turf wars between genetic testing companies are also part of a larger battle over laboratory-developed tests, which the FDA has chosen not to regulate since it gained the authority to do so in 1976. The agency announced an intention to reconsider that policy in 2010, then reversed course in 2016, and then indicated it might be reversing course yet again late last year.But genetic tests that consumers can purchase completely on their own — so-called “direct-to-consumer tests” — fall within the agency’s crosshairs. In 2013, the FDA reprimanded 23andMe for selling certain tests directly to consumers without the agency’s permission, and the company took some of its tests off the market. The company has since worked through the process of submitting evidence to FDA to get approval to sell tests for 16 health-related genetic variants as part of its broader ancestry and health package. Investors are pouring money into consumer genomics. Will their bets pay off? Related: A Color spokesperson said that the company does provide that physician’s contact information to the customer, and also provides Color-employed genetic counselors “who help you understand the results and can provide additional resources including connecting to expert healthcare providers near your home,” a spokesperson said.Martinez said that Veritas works with “an organization that has physicians in every state in the U.S.” who are “not employees of Veritas.” He declined to say who the physicians are. He said that customers can get in touch with the ordering physicians if they have questions about the results. Veritas also makes genetic counselors available to customers. If a test finds something that might bode poorly for the customer, then a genetic counselor will reach out to deliver the news, Martinez said.Admera Health, which offers two physician-ordered tests though Helix, gets ordering physicians and genetic counselors from the company Genome Medical, said Brady Millican, vice president of business development at Admera Health. Admera’s tests look for genetic variants linked to a specific type of diabetes and to a propensity for high cholesterol. (Genome Medical did not respond to a request for comment.)Millican said that the reports customers receive do not list the name of the physician who actually placed the order for that customer’s test.“We tell them to go back to [their own] physician,” Millican said.The distance of the physician who orders the test raises questions for some bioethicists.“The really important ethical issue is, this information is not of very much use to anyone if they get it outside of the context of routine medical care,” said Barbara Koenig, a professor in the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing who direct’s the university’s bioethics program. “You can’t take any of the actions that are required if you find that you are at heightened risk, essentially, by yourself.” By Ike Swetlitz March 16, 2018 Reprintslast_img read more

first_imgHome Sport GAA Four Laois teams gearing up for All-Ireland Feile football glory SportGAAGaelic FootballLadies Football Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 28th June 2018 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp This year four Laois teams – three in football and one in Ladies football – will be heading to Down, Louth and Meath for this year’s Feile Peile.Portlaoise, Graiguecullen and The Heath footballers footballers, plus St Conleth’s ladies football are all representing Laois in their respective codes and divisions.The weekend begins on Friday the each team playing two matches in the evening.On Saturday morning they play the remaining team in their group, which will decide if they reach the Shield or Cup competitions.Quarter-finals in both the Shield and Cup take place on Saturday afternoon with the semi-final and finals on Sunday.Here is a run down on each of the teams:Portlaoise – FootballDivision 2 Community Previous articleLaois walkers and runners raise thousands for Pieta HouseNext articleLaois girl selected on Team Ireland for European Para Swimming Championships 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. TAGSFeile Twitter Community center_img Portlaoise are representing Laois in Division 2 of the Feile after defeating Portarlington in the Laois ‘A’ Feile final in April.Portlaoise represented Laois last year and reached the All-Ireland final where they were defeated.They take on Cumann Pheadair Naofa at 5pm in Mayobridge on Friday before taking on South London at 6.30pm.They then take on Mayobridge the following day.Graiguecullen – FootballDivision 5Graiguecullen are representing Laois in Division 5 of the Feile after defeating The Heath in the Laois ‘B’ Feile final in April.Graiguecullen represented Laois last year and reached the All-Ireland final where they were defeated.They begin their campaign in St John’s against Liatroim at 5.45pm on Friday before facing Glencar-Manorhamilton at 7.15pm.They then take on Sabhaill Naomh Pádraig the following day.The Heath – FootballDivision 10The Heath are off to the Feile despite not winning either of the Laois editions.They were beaten by Graiguecullen in the B final but accepted an invitation to take a place in Division 10 of the competition.They are in Batterstown on Friday night and take on Slane at 5pm and then St Manchans Gaels at 6.30pm.The Heath then face Blackhall Gaels at 10am the following morning.St Conleth’s – Ladies FootballDivision 2St Conleth’s are the only Laois Ladies representatives at the competition this year.They are in Division 2 and begin with two games on the Friday night too.They are in the Burren at 5.45pm against Clonduff GAC and then play New York at 7.15pm.Their final group game is against Burren at 10.45am on Saturday.SEE ALSO – Two men beaten with hurls victims of ‘homophobic attack’ WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Four Laois teams gearing up for All-Ireland Feile football glory Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Portarlington teenager Nicole Turner has won a silver medal in the women’s 50 meter butterfly tonight in the European Para Swimming Championships in Dublin.Sixteen year old Turner, who also swam at the Rio Olympics as a 14-year-old two years ago, kept her 100% record of qualifying for finals, finishing second in her heat.Her time of 37.04 seconds in her favourite event saw her qualify second fastest for the final and she had the world record holder Britian’s Elenor Robinson and Oksana Khrul to contend with in the decider.Turner finished fourth in the 100m Breaststroke SB6 Final this week, but she was competing as a favourite in the 50m fly as she was ranked number 3 in Europe before the final.The race is on Robinson and Khrul remained at first and second at the 25 metre mark but Turner was closing fast and in the last 10 metres the Irish swimmer passed Khrul and  claimed silver, as Robinson took home the expected gold medal. WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 18th August 2018 Facebook Rugby Community Turner earns silver medal at the European swimming championships Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Home Sport Other Sport Turner earns silver medal at the European swimming championships SportOther Sport Previous articleShanahoe Gaels win to seal quarter final place and send Mountrath to relegation playoffNext articleUPDATED How things stand: A comprehensive look at the Laois hurling championships Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSParalympics. Nicole Turner Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Turner will conclude her championships with the heats of the 100m freestyle on Sunday at the NAC.This is Ireland’s second medal from the Para Allianz European Swimming championship so far, in addition to Ellen Keane’s bronze in the 200 IM SM9 last night.SEE ALSO – Two charged as €50,000 of cocaine seized near Laois town Community last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter By John Whelan – 18th October 2019 WhatsApp Previous article‘Flooding fears’ over blocked drains in Laois townNext articleMy Club & I – Rathdowney-Errill forward Eoin Bourke ahead of Sunday’s big game John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 13 new rural CCTV schemes approved for Laois TAGSCCTVcommunity alertJoint Policing CommitteeJPCLaois Community Alert Federation center_img Pinterest Facebook GAA Home News Crime 13 new rural CCTV schemes approved for Laois NewsCrime The approval means the green light for 13 new rural CCTV schemes right across the county, many of them having raised tens of thousands in local funding towards the provision of cameras and the supporting technology and infrastructure.The schemes which have been piloted in some areas are deemed to have proved a significant deterrent to criminals and an important asset in the detection and tracking of criminal gangs.The communities where schemes have now got the go ahead are Dunmore, Shanahoe, Borris-in-Ossory, Ratheniska, Camross, Woodenbridge, Mountmellick, Donaghmore, Clonaslee, Mountrath, Castletown, Cuddagh and Rosenallis.Concerns that the schemes should not be delayed any further were raised by Deputy Brian Stanley, and Cllrs John King and Padraig Fleming.JPC member Bobby Delaney from Mountmellick voiced concerns that the grant aid for such schemes would terminate this year. But he received assurances that funding for the CCTV schemes would be extended into 2020.“The scheme is operated by the Department of Justice and it will be extended into next year by Minister Flanagan so the advice to the community alert groups is to keep applying,” assured Cllr Conor Bergin, who is attached to Minister Flanagan’s office.Chief Executive, Mr John Mulholland believed any outstanding issues have now been ironed out, everything is back on track and the Laois groups are in a position to proceed and to avail of grant assistance. He said there had been excellent community buy-in and collaboration.Members of the Laois Federation of Community Alert Schemes attended the meeting in the public gallery.Mountmellick Road CCTVCllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley requested that a CCTV system be installed to the Mountmellick Road area of Portlaoise.Chief Superintendent John Scanlon agreed that this was required and that it is a priority for which they had applied for funding. The delay to date he said was a funding issue.The JPC meeting also unanimously agreed that the Committee would facilitate the nomination of an IFA representative to its ranks.SEE ALSO – New divisional Garda HQ confirmed for Portlaoise Good news this week for communities right across the county who have been fundraising and preparing to establish CCTV Schemes in their localities.There had been outstanding issues which posed an impediment to the progress on such schemes in terms of a systems controller, GDPR, Garda authorisation and matching funding in terms of grant aid.This week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard that these matters have now been resolved. The local authority had been working in tandem with the Gardai and the Laois Federation of Community Alert schemes to resolve these matters. GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

first_img Electric Picnic Facebook The Laois senior hurlers are positive heading into Saturday’s Allians National League Division 1 opener against Wexford in MW Hire O’Moore Park at 7pm.Manager and former Kilkenny hurler, Eddie Brennan, believes the young guns bring a lot to this squad.Players such as Fiachra C-Fennell, Mark Hennessy and James Keyes are all in the mix this season.Brennan said: “Fiachra C-Fennell had a great year with his club and that is why he is in.“Young James Keyes from the U-20s and Mark Hennessy too. We have to find a bit of depth and we looked at the club championship.“Are we playing catch up on some of the top teams in terms of conditioning? Maybe, we are not just there. But that is not something you can just flick a switch on – so we work on that.“We always try to focus on our strengths our but getting new young guys into the set up is important. So if a guy is putting his hand up and club level, we have to act on that and give them an opportunity.”After having such a brilliant season last year and winning the Joe McDonagh Cup, Brennan is hoping to replicate it this year.“Last year, we got a knock-out place and this year you would love to get that again. Six matches when the weather is improving would be beneficial,” he said.“But first and foremost you want to be competitive in those matches and hopefully stay where we are because that is the only way we are going to get better.“People will be quick to point that the Carlow match is the big one but we have to play three of the teams that we are going to face in the championship so they are tests of where we are.“All in all, we are geared towards championship because that is everything but the league is massively important,” added the 41 year old.SEE ALSO – BREAKING: Laois senior hurlers announce captain and vice-captain for 2020 season GAA Young influences to the fore as Brennan’s men gear up for league opener Twitter Home Sport GAA Young influences to the fore as Brennan’s men gear up for league… SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 24, 2020Next articleCaptain Lillis looking forward to leading Laois side in 2020 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Aedín Dunne – 24th January 2020 TAGSEddie BrennanLaois senior hurlers 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook News Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February The best performer among all indices was the one that tracks the U.S. small/mid cap equity category, which increased by 4.4%. Tied for second place were the U.S. equity and Canadian focused small/mid cap Eequity fund indices, each with a 3.7% increase. The sector-specific energy equity fund index increased by 3.1%, while the North American equity fund index rounded out the top five performers with a 2.6% increase. Currency movements between the Canadian and U.S. dollars had a minimal impact on fund performance last month. “North American economies have been improving in during the last few months,” said Achilleas Taxildaris, Morningstar manager analyst. “After a slow first quarter affected by a harsh winter, second-quarter growth numbers for Canada and the United States, which were announced in August, both came in above expectations, reaffirming forecasts for 3% annual growth. Strong corporate earnings numbers, also buoyed by an improving economy, helped to scare the bear away for now.” The energy sector was the chief driver for domestic equity funds, as the other two main sectors of the Canadian economy—financial services and basic materials—were mostly flat during the month. The Canadian focused equity fund index posted an increase of 2.4%, while the fund indices that track the Canadian small/mid cap equity and Canadian dividend and income equity categories were both up 2.3%. The more broadly diversified Canadian equity fund index increased by 1.7%. Among funds that focus on other regions, those that invest in emerging-markets equities had a good month with an average gain of 2.5%, owing in part to a nearly 10% rise by Brazil’s Bovespa Index. However, funds in the Asia Pacific equity, Asia Pacific ex-Japan equity, and Greater ChinaeEquity categories had more modest increases of 0.8%, 0.7%, and 0.1%, respectively. The worst-performing equity fund index was European equity, which eked out a 0.1% increase. Against expectations, bond funds continued to deliver positive results in August. The best-performing category was Canadian long-term fixed income with a 2.3% increase, while the high yield fixed income and Canadian fixed income fund indices were both up 0.9%. Final performance figures will be published next week. Sector Watch: Performance at home and beyond All 41 of the Morningstar Canada fund indices, which measure the aggregate returns of funds in various standard categories, had positive results during the month of August, with North American equity funds performing particularly well. Eleven of the 21 equity-focused fund indices increased by 2% or more, while six of the seven fixed-income fund indices increased by less than 1%, according to preliminary performance numbers today released by Morningstar Canada. IE Staff center_img Related news Sector Watch: Dodging potholes on the home front Keywords Fund performanceCompanies Morningstar Research Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Courville to head Wealthsimple for Advisors Keywords Robo-advisorsCompanies Nest Wealth Asset Management Inc. New head of online brokerage and digital wealth at Aviso Hogg will lead the team responsible for Nest Wealth Pro, the Toronto-based robo-advisor’s white-label tech tool designed for traditional brokerage firms, advisors and asset managers, according to an announcement released Thursday. The digital platform looks to automate the administrative and commoditized parts of an advisor’s investment process, which can include onboarding a client in a digitally secure and encrypted manner without paper, managing know-your-client profiles, understanding inflows and outflows in their business and where portfolio rebalancing needs to occur. See also: Nest Wealth readies launch of new tool for financial advisors Hogg is a 20-year veteran in the financial services industry. His experience includes positions at Toronto-based DundeeWealth Inc. (prior to its acquisition in 2011 by Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia) and Toronto-based Dynamic Funds, a family of funds under the management of 1832 Asset Management LP. While at iShares, he was responsible for developing strategic corporate partnerships with direct investing, full service brokerages and financial planning firms. “I’ve seen many changes within the industry, but have never encountered a shift as meaningful and disruptive as what we’re seeing today. I believe Nest Wealth Pro to be the most innovative digital wealth solution in North America,” says Hogg in a statement. “Joining Nest Wealth gives me a fantastic opportunity to support Canada’s wealth management community by introducing them to Nest’s innovative new tools.” Nest Wealth Pro recently launched on a broader basis after undergoing a pilot project earlier this year. “The launch of Nest Wealth Pro shows that technology and tradition can co-exist in a way that supports advisors and benefits their clients,” says Randy Cass, CEO and founder of Nest Wealth, in a statement. “Chris joining the company will extend Nest’s leadership position in bringing the best digital wealth management platform to advisors, firms and institutions.” Photo copyright: tammykayphoto/123RF Nest Wealth Asset Management Inc. has appointed Chris Hogg, formerly director of national accounts at the exchange-traded fund (ETF) arm of Toronto-based BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd., as head of its advisor-centric technology tool, Nest Wealth Pro. Tessie Sanci center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mandeville, Smart Money introduce WealthPort service Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more