Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Lloyds Banking Group’s share price fell two per cent on Monday trading, with analysts warning it could yet fail the Bank of England’s more stringent stress test. The European Banking Authority had tested 123 banks’ capital buffers against a fictional crash, with a jump in unemployment, a renewed recession and falling house prices. Banks had to retain a minimum equity tier one ratio of 5.5 per cent to pass the stress test. While the UK’s big four – Barclays, Lloyds, RBS and HSBC – all passed, Lloyds emerged as the weakest, with a ratio of 6.2 per cent. That has put Lloyds in the spotlight for the next round of stress tests, some analysts warned. “The results from the EBA stress tests suggest the capital return thesis in Lloyds will be slower than many expected especially in the light of potential monetary tightening and house prices in the south that have been spooking regulators,” said Bernstein Research’s Chirantan Barua. Soc Gen analysts meanwhile argued the European test “gives the impression of being a relatively lightweight exercise”. The Bank of England said the EBA results “should not be interpreted as indicative of the UK results”. However Lloyds was upbeat. “This strong position reflects the steps taken by the group’s management over the last three years to return its balance sheet to a robust position, and we will continue to use this strong basis to help Britain prosper,” said a spokesperson. British banks have fared better than some of their European counterparts, notably Italy’s third largest -and the world’s oldest – Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which had trading in its shares suspended after the share price plummeted more than 15 per cent. Share Tags: Company Lloyds Banking Group Monday 27 October 2014 11:39 am Lloyds share price falls after stress test results revealed Catherine Neilan whatsapp
John Lyons captained Laois to the Division 2 hurling league title in 2002SEE ALSO – Draws made for 2018 Kelly and Palmer Cup competitions Castletown turn to club legend to fill managerial vacancy and team up with neighbours once again Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 30th January 2018 Previous article‘Green-field’ site relocation plans for Portlaoise courthouseNext articleAll of the Laois GAA Gaels teams confirmed for 2018 Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Permission granted for housing development in Abbeyleix while further homes planned in Portarlington Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Community Home Sport GAA Castletown turn to club legend to fill managerial vacancy and team up… SportGAAHurling Facebook John Lyons in action for Castletown during his playing days Castletown have turned to one of their legendary former players to manage them in the 2018 season.Former goalkeeper John Lyons, who has seven Laois senior hurling championship medals from the club’s golden era and was captain for their 1999 success, has recently been appointed to lead his home club.He takes over from Kilkenny duo Gavin Nolan and Daire Connery who were in charge in 2017.And it has also emerged that Castletown will team up with neighbours Slieve Bloom once again for this year’s championship. The clubs played together for a number of seasons before parting ways – but they’ll link up again in 2018.Having only narrowly lost the minor and U-17 finals last year, they have a good crop of young players coming through the ranks.Slieve Bloom, who will have county star back available after an injury-disrupted 2017, will also play in the intermediate grade.Castletown won the Senior ‘A’ title in 2016 but only avoided relegation last year by beating Portlaoise in a playoff following earlier losses to Abbeyleix and Ballinakill Gaels.Lyons, who also captained Laois to Division 2 league glory in 2002, could well come up against one of his former team-mates as Paul Cuddy has recently taken over Clough-Ballacolla. TAGSCastletownJohn LyonsLaois SHC
Advertisements RelatedNobility Must be Restored to Policing – Hardley Lewin RelatedNobility Must be Restored to Policing – Hardley Lewin FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin has stressed the need to restore nobility to the policing profession in Jamaica.“As police officers, we are a part of that noble profession, which can be one of the most rewarding occupations. We have a unique opportunity to touch the lives of those whom we serve and to significantly impact the quality of life of Jamaicans,” he said, noting that policing must be viewed as a calling and not just another job.He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Island Special Constabulary Force Association’s (ISCFA) 25th annual conference yesterday (June 4) at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The two-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Honouring the Past, Preparing for the Future’.Turning to the police code of ethics, the Commissioner said that this would create the foundation for the ushering in of a new era in policing in Jamaica and called upon the members of the ISCF and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to join in the effort.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major Richard Reese, in the meantime, commended the ISCF on its achievements over the years. “In terms of asset protection, you have an enviable track record .in terms of inventory and stores management… the ISCF stores are determined to be of the highest standards,” Major Reese informed, adding that the ISCF also had a reputation of zero tolerance in terms of breaches of the road code.He further commended the various teams on their resourcefulness in effecting repairs on their facilities, noting that this served as a means of cost savings. RelatedNobility Must be Restored to Policing – Hardley Lewin Nobility Must be Restored to Policing – Hardley Lewin National SecurityJune 5, 2009
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The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The name means “flying” in Italian, as in, one presumes, the sense of flying one imagines happening in a high-speed convertible. Indeed, that’s why every convertible in Aston Martin’s lineup since the 1965 Short Wheelbase ragtop has been called Volante and why this latest DB11, even with its engine outsourced — and, for the first time, turbocharged — is still called, well, a Volante. All that preamble is by way of saying that the latest Volante, the DB11 is not only gorgeous, but also fast as all get out.As for the first point, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, says simply, “for many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: A unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars.”The second point is much simpler. 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FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says the Government is continuing efforts to deal with any threat of cholera, and is holding talks with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to obtain support in the national drive.Addressing a groundbreaking ceremony to upgrade the Rocky Point Fishing Beach, in Clarendon, on November 10, the Minister emphasised that communities must joint in the fight against the disease by maintaining a clean environment.The campaign comes against the background of an outbreak of cholera in Haiti, which has claimed the lives of some 900 persons.“The country remains in preparatory mode to respond in the event that there is an outbreak of cholera, having regard to the situation in Haiti. It is vital that local communities partner with central and local governments to safeguard the nation, which must begin with clean environments in homes, in the communities and at places of work,” the Minister said.Mr. Spencer said that recently, he led a team from the Ministry which met with the Head of PAHO, and that the discussions centred around the evolving infectious disease landscape in Jamaica, and a request for technical and financial support to enhance the response to the diseases.“We received a commitment from PAHO to assist Jamaica in brokering bi-lateral technical co-operation with another country to improve our vector management strategy. PAHO has also agreed to facilitate the country in doing resistance testing on the mosquito population in Jamaica. We do not intend to lose our focus in eradicating diseases, such as dengue fever, malaria and leptospirosis, because we understand that it is our most marginalised and the poorest of our communities that are disproportionately affected by these illnesses,” the Minister said. Govt. Continues to be on alert for any threat of Cholera – Health Minister Health & WellnessNovember 14, 2010 RelatedGovt. Continues to be on alert for any threat of Cholera – Health Minister RelatedGovt. Continues to be on alert for any threat of Cholera – Health Minister RelatedGovt. Continues to be on alert for any threat of Cholera – Health Minister Advertisements
After an upset-filled start to March Madness on the hardwood, the PGA Tour gets in on the tournament action this week at Austin Country Club. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, after a year hiatus, begins Wednesday with three days of pool play. Each of the top 16 players in the field, per the world rankings, will headline a four-player group before group winners move on to the Round of 16, which starts Saturday morning. Top seeds such as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and the long-hitting Bryson DeChambeau will undoubtedly be favorites heading into the event, but will there be any Oral Robertses or Abilene Christians on the course this year? Here are five bracket busters (aka players ranked outside the top 16) to keep an eye on: Scottie Scheffler The University of Texas has some experience around this course, though it’s not like he played here every day in college. Scheffler, though, is great in match play. He won a USGA championship (2013 U.S. Junior) and competed in the format often in big tournaments for the Longhorns, including in the 2016 NCAA final, where he took down Oregon’s Aaron Wise in Texas’ narrow, shorthanded 3-2 defeat. Golf Central Match Play field set: Koepka among 5 declining BY Brentley Romine — March 19, 2021 at 5:45 PM The 64-player field for next week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is set, with Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott not playing. Kevin Kisner Kisner will be a trendy pick considering he’s the defending champion and reached the final match in 2018. It’s a bit concerning that he’s yet to crack the top 30 in a full-field event this year, but something about this course brings out the best in Kisner. Will Zalatoris Since the start of 2020, Zalatoris has 15 top-10s between the PGA and Korn Ferry tours. He’s also only finished outside the top 25 on Tour once since the turn of the calendar year. And like Scheffler, Zalatoris can play match play, winning the 2014 U.S. Junior. Robert MacIntyre The young Scot has yet to have much success in the U.S., but the former Walker Cupper is gritty and could surprise some opponents this week. Fun fact: He started playing shinty, a stick-and-ball game played in the Scottish Highlands, at a young age, and still trains occasionally with Oban Celtic, a professional team managed by his dad. Jordan Spieth With three top-4s in his last five starts, Spieth is turning things around in a big way. Being back in a familiar environment – and getting to shake off a few bad holes in match play – could finally get Spieth back in the winner’s circle.
Jennifer Kupcho is learning how to not take herself, or her golf, too seriously. She started by playing “Fortnite.” Yes, the woman who won at Augusta National also plays the popular video game. “It’s a lot better for me when I play with friends and I can talk to them that way instead of just FaceTiming people,” Kupcho told GolfChannel.com about the game. “It’s more interactive and more fun.” “Fortnite” has become an outlet for Kupcho. It’s one of several new activities she’s taken up during the last year in order to fill the hours spent stuck in hotel rooms while traveling in the midst of a pandemic. She also started reading again. Susan Mallery’s books are her current must-reads. And, she’s watching more educational TV shows and less of the teenage dramas she watched before. But video games, books and TV shows are more than just a way for the 23-year-old to pass the time while on the road. Kupcho is learning to separate herself from her golf. “Golf is not everything related to me,” Kupcho said she learned over the past year. “I’m a different person off the golf course and it’s not related at all. It really made me a happier person, in general.” Golf is what I do, not who I am, is a mantra that’s been uttered by numerous players, including veterans Brittany Lincicome and Christina Kim, who learned how to separate the pro from the person. Fortunately for Kupcho, who is in just her third season on tour, she’s lucky to have learned the value of making the separation early in her career. As a young adult, much of Kupcho’s identity was tied to what she accomplished on the golf course. How could she not feel that way? She was ranked No. 1 in the world as an amateur. She won the NCAA individual title while at Wake Forest University. And, perhaps most famously, she won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Kupcho captures first pro title, wins home open in Colorado Kupcho, who remains in search of her first LPGA victoty (she did capture the 2020 Colorado Women’s Open for her first professional title), says she didn’t feel pressure to build quickly on her amateur success in the paid ranks. But her actions on the golf course would say otherwise. During her first two years on tour, Kupcho would outwardly react negatively to the shots that didn’t break her way. She’d slam a club. Or, stand with her arms crossed in disgust. To her credit, she’d rebound by draining a long putt after a rough chip or bounce back from a bogey with birdies on the next two holes. But that emotional roller coaster wasn’t one she could maintain and find consistent success as a pro. Kupcho used 2020 as a time to reset. She got a new caddie, new clubs and a new mindset. “Going from being a really serious golfer when I first came out on tour and getting upset over bad shots,” Kupcho said. “Doing those changes in 2020, helped me calm down.” Kupcho began making the overhaul before the ANA Inspiration in September. At the urging of her parents, Mike and Janet, Kupcho returned to the Ping irons she played in college. She added caddie Kyle Alexander to the bag and worked with Ed Oldham, her swing coach, to reshape her mental game. The team put together key thoughts which she relies on when she feels on the verge of losing her cool, that also keep her from dwelling on bad shots. “It definitely was hard to make all those changes, but I have a really great team behind me,” Kupcho said. “My family supported me and just kept me on my toes.” Success quickly followed. After the ANA, she recorded top-10s in her next two starts, including a runner-up at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Kupcho the professional was beginning to look more like Kupcho the amateur. And she’s carried that success into 2021. Kupcho finished T-21 in her season debut. She followed that up with a runner-up finish at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Golden Ocala, where, ironically, the course features a number of tribute holes designed to look like Amen Corner. Golf Central Highlights: Kupcho amazes down Augusta stretch BY Golf Channel Digital — April 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM The Augusta National Women’s Amateur turned into a two-woman race on Saturday at Augusta, and Jennifer Kupcho simply outplayed Maria Fassi down the stretch to take home the hardware. Next week, 85 of the top female amateurs in the world will return to the site of Kupcho’s historic victory at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The event was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so Kupcho remains a defending champion of sorts, although having foregone her amateur status when she joined the LPGA Tour in 2019. Looking back, nearly two years removed from her signature victory, it has given a deeper purpose to Kupcho’s life. “After winning Augusta, that kind of became what I wanted to do, to bring light to help people pick up a club, because it’s a great game,” Kupcho said. “Especially during this time with social distancing.” Kupcho hopes to grow the game by giving fans someone who is fun to watch. Someone as thrilling as the amateur who went toe-to-toe with Maria Fassi down the closing stretch to win at Augusta National. Not someone who is overly serious or too hard on herself. “I know a lot of people don’t watch women’s golf,” Kupcho said. “I just [want to] get people to start watching and show that we’re exciting to watch, and we’ve got talent to do it as well.” This year, Kupcho has a chance to entertain fans on the biggest stages in the game. In 2021, the Olympics and Solheim Cup will be contested and Kupcho is hoping to qualify for both. In order to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Kupcho will need to be one of four Americans ranked inside the top 15 in the Rolex Rankings when qualifying ends on June 28. As of mid-March, Kupcho would qualify. Currently, she is ranked No. 12 in the world and the fourth-ranked American. She’s No. 11 in the Solheim Cup points standings. “I have strong suits and weaknesses that I have to figure out and fix to play my best,” Kupcho said about trying to qualify for both teams. “I don’t know for sure either one of those will happen, but [I’m] just going [to go] out there and do my best to try.” This week, the new, lighthearted version of Kupcho will be on full showcase as she makes her debut at the Kia Classic, which starts to ramp up the LPGA season. A less serious Kupcho is looking to continue to show she has serious game.
Email BOZEMAN – Along a roaring Mill Creek in June, Genaro Bazan and a handful other men stalked the banks holding hoedads in search of good ground to plant Engelmann spruce and Douglas fir saplings.They carried the tiny trees in bags slung over their shoulders, and plugged them into small holes dug with their sharp steel tools, which were basically tractor discs bolted to ax handles.“We get use to this,” Bazan said about the grueling work, which had his crew hopscotching up and down Mill Creek Road the entire week. “It’s hard work, but we’re the ones to do it.”Bazan works for Pacific Oasis, an Oregon company working with the U.S. Forest Service to replant forests. Before arriving in Montana, the crew had been in South Dakota, where it had planted 600,000 trees, Bazan said.Their charge along Mill Creek, which feeds into the Yellowstone River out of the Absaroka Mountains, was more modest but still impressive: 218,000 spruce pines, Douglas firs, stream bank willows, Geyer’s willows, Sitka alders and water birches are set to be planted in the drainage in the two weeks they are on with the Gallatin.“You have to go one tree at a time — clear a space and plant a tree — and it has to be done a couple hundred thousand times,” forester Stan Cook reminded visitors on June 24. “Every time I marvel that we actually planted that many trees.”Reforestation work like this used to occur in the wake of timber harvests, but as logging on National Forest land has dropped off, more attention has gone toward rehabilitating areas ravaged by fire, which Mill Creek has been twice in the last decade.Next year, Cook said, 20 percent more trees are scheduled to be planted, and he suspects all of them will be in burn areas.“We’ve just now evolved to plant where we would have walked away,” Cook said. “Plant where it just hasn’t recovered.”Land managers have come to recognize the vital role wildfires play on landscapes like the Mill Creek drainage, which has seen three major fires in the past two decades.Some species, like lodgepole pines, need fire to reseed. Burned trees seep rejuvenating nitrogen into the ground. There are even species of birds like the black-backed woodpecker that live almost exclusively in burned areas and have been showing up in Mill Creek following the fires.Following a fire, forest service officials will often leave the aftermath as is.However, in the short term at least, some problems arise from a large, hot fire.Noxious weeds can get a leg up on native plants shortly after a fire moves through an area. And, after the hottest of fires, vegetation vital for healthy riparian zones can be slow to return, since the heat not only killed the plants on the surface but also the seeds and roots below.“It in essence bakes the soil,” said Marna Daley, spokeswoman for the Gallatin National Forest.When that happens, the risk of erosion is heightened, shade to keep the creek cool is reduced and important habitat is destroyed.The Wicked Fire was that hot. Two years after it burned across Mill Creek, biologists noted that many shrubs and trees were not coming back in strong force.“Two years of staying black is unusual,” said Julie Shea, a fire specialist with the U.S. Forest Service. “It’s especially rare in a riparian area.”Since the fire, according to a forest service press release, some animals have moved out of the area due to the destroyed habitat while others have died. And, it didn’t appear that the area would see vigorous re-growth of many of the species on its own.So, Cook and the men from Pacific Oasis moved in.“My job is to determine what will and what will not regenerate in the Gallatin,” Cook said Thursday.“Everyone thinks we walk away after the fire, but there’s a lot of post-fire monitoring,” Shea said. “Within two years, do we have tree seedlings standing up, or is absolutely nothing happening?”Cook said he hopes to have planting up Mill Creek wrapped up by July 1, when the contract with Pacific Oasis is up.This is the crew’s last stop in Montana, Bazan said.“We go back home” after Mill Creek, he said. “See if we can get on a fire crew.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Twitter Google+ By News Highland – May 1, 2020 WhatsApp Previous articleUp to 3,000 jobs to go at RyanairNext articlePlight of beef farmers during crisis raised by Donegal TD News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ AIB has revealed Donegal consumers spending habits since the impact of Covid-19.The data has been compiled from transactions between 8th March and 11th April.Overall, Donegal consumers are spending 15% less than normal since Covid-19 started to impact Ireland, the smallest drop in spending of any county.However, Donegal consumers are spending 36% more on groceries, which is the second biggest increase in grocery spend after Dublin.On 12th March when schools closed and people were asked to work from home, grocery spend nationally was 60% higher compared with the previous Thursday as people rushed to buy necessities.According to the data from AIB, Donegal consumers spent an average of €66 per grocery transaction on this day, compared with an average of only €41 the previous Thursday.Dublin customers recorded the biggest drop in spending at 21%, while the surrounding counties followed closely.Donegal recorded the lowest drop in spending at just 12%. Twitter Revealed: Donegal spends big on groceries since crisis began Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
© Richard Carey | Dreamstime.com – Shark Fins By Alexander Whiteman 06/01/2017 Air China Cargo has become the first Chinese mainland carrier to ban the transport of shark fins, joining 30 other global airlines which won’t carry the product.According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese carrier did not say when the ban would take effect, but on its website said it was committed to playing a bigger role in global sustainability.The carrier said: “We understand the community’s desire to promote responsible and sustainable marine sourcing practices, and this remains important to Air China Cargo’s overall sustainable development goals.“Therefore, we reiterate our ‘no shark fin’ carriage policy.”In response, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “Congratulations to Air China for, again, making the skies more animal-friendly.“Five years ago, the airline ended the transport of primates to laboratories, and now it’s refusing to ship products of the shark-finning industry – a wretched, universally condemned trade in which sharks’ fins are hacked off and the sharks tossed back into the ocean to spin helplessly to the bottom of the sea to die.“They feel pain and experience fear, as all animals do, and the few airlines still propping up the bloody finning industry or the laboratory primate trade should immediately follow Air China’s lead.”Last year, Hong Kong airlines Cathay Pacific and HK Express joined carriers pledging to end the practice, including Kenya Airways and British Airways.Following the announcement from Cathay in June, Alex Hofford of Wild Aid, which campaigns to end the illegal wildlife trade, said that an airline like Cathay Pacific should never be seen to be a link in the supply chain of a criminal trade.“Shipping sharks by air is not just an issue of sustainability, but ethics and legality,” said Mr Hofford, who also called on Fiji Airways to end its “outdated and broken” sustainable shark fins only policy.While the announcement from Air China Cargo marks an important step, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) lists 16 carriers that continue to transport shark fin, including All Nippon Airways, Ethiopian Airways and United Airlines.And Wild Aid has stepped up its pressure on integrators, calling on FedEx to join UPS in banning shark fin shipments.According to the latest AWI data, the list below shows the shark fin status of the major airlines:Airlines that have banned shark finsVirgin Atlantic Airways (2011)Etihad Airways (2013)Air New Zealand (2013)Asiana Airlines (2013)Quantas (2013)Korean Airlines (2013)Eva Air (2013)Aeroméxico (2013)LAN Chile/LATAM Airlines Group (2013)Garuda Indonesia (2013)Qatar Airways (2013)FinnAir (2013)Lufthansa (2013)KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) (2013)Air Asia (2014)Philippine Airlines (PAL) (2014)Emirates (2014)Air Seychelles (2014)Singapore Airlines (2014)Thai Airways (2014)Cebu Pacific (2014)Swiss Airways (2014)Air France (2014)COPA (2014)Jet Airways (2014)China Airlines of Taiwan (2014)American Airlines (2015)Sri Lankan Airlines (2015)Kenya Airways (2016)Iberia (2016)British Airways (2016)Cathay Pacific Airways (2016)Dragonair (2016)HK Express (2016)Air China (2017)Airlines that continue to transport shark finAerolíneasArgentinaAir IndiaAll Nippon Airlines (ANA)China AirlinesChina SouthernEthiopian AirlinesGol, IberiaIran AirJapan AirlinesLion AirPakistan International Airlines (PIA)South African AirlinesTransportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP)United AirlinesVietnam AirlinesSince 2013, Fiji Airlines has operated a “sustainable shark fins only” policy