Vermin welcome Christmas

first_imgStudents clad in ugly sweaters and Santa hats will flock to Carroll Hall tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. for the annual Carroll Christmas. “It’s a great, festive time to get in the Christmas spirit,” Carroll Christmas commissioner junior Mike Weiss said. Weiss said the event includes a performance from the Glee Club, a tree lighting ceremony with a 17-foot tree, pictures with Santa, free food and much more. Weiss said he is most looking forward to the annual cookie contest, which will take place at 8 p.m. “For the past two years I’ve been in the picture … and I missed the cookie contest both years,” Weiss said. “One of the R.A.’s moms has won it for three years in a row, and I’m dying to eat these award-winning cookies.” The trek to Carroll will be easier this year, thanks to funding from the Student Union Board (SUB) for a horse and carriage to take students from the LaFortune Student Center to Carroll Hall between 6 and 8 p.m. Carroll SUB commissioner, sophomore Ethan Montemayor, said the carriage rides will be a big draw, but the walk to Carroll will be equally as pleasant. “The path will be lined with luminaries, so it is a very pretty walk on a nice December evening,” Montemayor said. Also new this year will be a service project that visitors can complete during the event, Weiss said. “It is in conjunction with another club,” Weiss said, “and it is writing letters to soldiers abroad or people in underdeveloped countries.” Because Carroll is such a small dorm, everyone pitched in to help with their signature event, Weiss said. “Everyone has been downstairs, decorating every night,” Weiss said. “It’s a big community-building event.” Montemayor said the willingness of all the Vermin to set up the event makes Carroll Christmas so successful. “Everyone’s been pitching in a bunch,” he said. “It’s really nice to see all years here at Carroll, from freshmen to seniors, all pulling for this event to happen.” Montemayor said the multiple contributions from dorm residents has made the decorations quite impressive. “The halls are decked,” he said. In addition to decorating, the men of Carroll also took shifts to publicize the event. “I would say half the dorm signs up for a shift to hand out fliers and candy canes outside both dining halls Thursday and Friday afternoon,” Weiss said. Weiss said the men of Carroll are very excited for their signature event. “It’s the week we all look forward to, despite the fact that everyone has finals and all sorts of papers due in the next two weeks,” he said. Montemayor said he is expecting a large turnout for the event. “It’s a great time to come out, have a bit of a walk, meet some great people, have some food, have some cookies, take a picture with Santa, listen to the glee club — you can’t go wrong,” he said.last_img read more

Swiss first pillar fund halts asset sales on funding reprieve

first_imgSwiss social security buffer fund Compenswiss has halted its asset sale programme and reviewed its investment strategy after Swiss voters last year gave the green light for an additional annual CHF2bn (€1.88bn) in financing for the state pension system.Announcing its investment results for 2019, the fund said the extra money, which is dispensed from this year, will plug the gap between benefit payments and income for around four years.As a result, it has been able to put a halt to its divestment programme, which had been running for about two years, initially at a monthly rate of CHF100m and then CHF125m.It also reviewed its investment strategy in light of the financing reprieve. A spokesperson for Compenswiss told IPE it had only adopted limited shifts for 2020, “reflecting a cautious approach in our overall risk assessment”, although the strategy asset allocation could still be amended in the future given the longer time horizon.For 2020 the fund had decided to switch 1% of its foreign fixed income allocation to real estate, “a market traditionally associated with higher returns but lesser liquidity than fixed income,” the spokesperson said.The allocation to real estate has risen to 10% as a result of the shift.Demographics are weighing on the Swiss state pension system. According to a study carried out in 2019 by UBS in conjunction with researchers at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, pension promises from the state pension – AHV in short in German – exceed the system’s future income by about 170% of GDP (base year of 2016).The extra yearly cash injection of CHF2bn stems from a tax and AHV financing reform that was approved in a referendum in May last year, and according to the study it cuts the pension funding shortfall by about 20%.Solutions aimed at the long-term funding equilibrium are being discussed in parliament. The government’s reform proposal, known as AHV21/AVS21, aims to secure the financing of the state pension until 2030, which it has calculated as requiring an additional CHF26bn.10.22% gainCompenswiss’s investments gained a net 10.22% in 2019, with total assets going from CHF34.2bn to CHF36.4bn as at the end of the year. The return is the second highest since the first pillar pension system and the buffer fund were established in 1948.Operating and asset management costs amounted to 0.19% of total assets, in line with the previous year.last_img read more

BC energy veteran joins Steelhead LNG

first_imgSteelhead LNG, the Vancouver-based LNG export project developer, named Randy Jespersen to its leadership team and the company’s board of directors. Jespersen has been appointed the executive chairman, pipeline, bringing over 35 years of energy industry experience, including delivering major natural gas pipeline and LNG projects in British Columbia, Steelhead LNG’s statement reads.Jespersen’s career began with Dome Petroleum followed by Amoco in Calgary and Houston, Texas. In 1996, he joined Terasen (now FortisBC), where he held various senior roles including vice president, gas supply.He assumed the role of president and CEO of Terasen Gas in 2002 until his retirement in 2010. During this period, the British Columbia-based gas distribution company achieved growth through corporate acquisitions and major project developments, including construction of the Southern Crossing pipeline, Whistler natural gas extension and the Mt. Hayes liquefied natural gas storage project on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.Steelhead LNG aims to source Canadian natural gas feedstock for the Kwispaa LNG facility from various producers in northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta.The company is currently assessing a proposed pipeline corridor that would extend from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake area, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia, terminating at the Kwispaa LNG site. Steelhead LNG anticipates making a route decision in mid-2018, following early discussions with potentially affected Indigenous communities to integrate feedback into the design.last_img read more

Major discussion on Tipp championship set up

first_imgThe Tipperary County Board is holding a Club Championship Forum tonight in Thurles to discuss structures in the county.Each club has been invited to send 5 delegates which must include 2 adult players plus the Club Chairman, Secretary and Co Board delegate.Among the issues will be the possible decoupling of the Divisional and County championships going forward. Knockavilla Kickhams hurling manager Paidi Slattery has his doubts about the likelihood of this happening.Due to a power failure in the Dome at Semple Stadium – tonight’s Forum has been transferred to The Anner Hotel in Thurles, starting 7.30pm. Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship

first_imgUniversity of Limerick student Patrick Carr has earned the prestigious Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship for 2019.The Glencolmcille native, who is in his final year of a law and accounting degree at University of Limerick, was presented with the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding level of academic performance.Each year, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, the Limerick based firm of Solicitors, endows a scholarship to a law student who has attained a particularly high level of performance in his/her legal studies at the University of Limerick. The scholarship is valued at €2,500. (Pictured are, from left, Harry Fehily, Managing Partner, HOMS, Circuit Court Judge Tom O’Donnell, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, Court of Appeal, UL School of Law student and HOMS Scholarship Recipient Patrick Carr, from Co. Donegal, Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL School of Law, Donal Creaton, Partner, HOMS, Patrick McInerney, Partner, HOMS, and Robert Kennedy, Partner, HOMS, and president of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association. Photo by Diarmuid Greene / True Media)On receiving the award, Carr said that he was “delighted to be the recipient of the Holmes O’Malley Sexton Scholarship this year” and he hopes to continue his studies with a Masters specialising in Tax at National University of Galway next year.Commenting on the scholarship award, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Managing Partner Harry Fehily said, “Recognising dedication and hard work aligns with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton values. Each year we award a scholarship to a law student at University of Limerick that has performed exceptionally in their studies.  Patrick is a very worthy recipient this year and we wish him every success in his final year studies and career in law.”  High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Holmes O’Malley Sextonlawpatrick carruniversity of limericklast_img read more

Senator warns unfixed Inishowen water problems will pass on to Letterkenny

first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says he was ‘astounded’ to learn that very little progress has been made on fixing water pipes in South Inishowen – just as the supply is due to be extended to Letterkenny.The Donegal Senator conveyed his disappointment at the latest response from Irish Water on the replacement of water pipes in the Slab Lands in Burnfoot and Burt that supply water from the Eddie Fullerton Dam reservoir to homes in South Inishowen.Even though the works to extend this water supply to Letterkenny is approaching completion, Irish Water have confirmed that they are continuing to work on the assessment, design and planning of the pipe replacement on the Slab Lands and they have not provided a timeline for the completion of the works. Senator Mac Lochlainn said:“Irish Water know that there is a real problem with the pipes along this stretch. They have repeatedly burst over recent years, causing huge inconvenience for home owners and businesses in South Inishowen.“A year ago, I arranged a meeting between Irish Water and local public representatives and we were pleased when Irish Water confirmed that they intended to replace these problem pipes.“However, a year on and it appears that little progress has been made. This is astounding when we consider that the works to extend this water supply on to Letterkenny are almost complete”. “As it stands, these regular pipe bursts in this area are now going to inconvenience homes and businesses in Letterkenny too. This doesn’t make sense and I am calling on Irish Water to review this whole issue and prioritise the replacement of these problem pipes as a matter of urgency.“The bottom line is that Irish Water should have fixed this problem water supply to South Inishowen before sending it on to Letterkenny”. Senator warns unfixed Inishowen water problems will pass on to Letterkenny was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blazers beat Rockets as James Harden’s 40-point streak ends

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped James Harden’s 40-point streak and the Houston Rockets’ six-game winning streak with a 110-101 victory on Saturday night.Harden finished with 38 points, falling just short of his sixth straight game with 40 or more. He was 13 of 35 from the field, shooting 5 of 17 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rivers hit all four of his 3-point attempts to start the game and finished the first quarter with 14 points.Neither team was able to make much of a move until the final two minutes of the half, when Portland went up 54-46 on Turner’s layup. Nene was charged with a flagrant foul on Nurkic, who made one of the two free throws then added a basket. Lillard had a floater before time ran out and the Blazers went to the break with a 59-46 lead.Harden was 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the opening half and had nine points. It was just the second time this season he failed to reach double digits in the first half.Lillard’s 3-pointer pushed Portland’s lead to 77-61, but Harden answered with his own. Harden had 20 points in the third quarter but the Blazers led 86-77 going into the final period.TIP INSRockets: It was the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams. They split the first two. … Harden hit his first two 3-point attempts in the second half.Trail Blazers: Nurkic has 20 double-doubles this season. … It was the first time Portland has defeated the Rockets twice in a season since 2015-16. .. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Rockets in Portland.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Monday.Trail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Monday. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue CJ McCollum added 24 points and Damian Lillard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won three of their last four games.Austin Rivers scored a season-high 21 points for Houston, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 21 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionPortland led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but Harden started to show some life after a surprisingly cold first half.Gerald Green’s dunk got Houston within 88-83 early in the fourth but Nurkic’s layup pushed Portland’s lead to 97-85 with just under 6 minutes left. Steph Curry has 42 points, Warriors hold off Kings SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After Harden collected his fourth foul, McCollum hit a long jumper to put Portland up 101-90 with 3:10 left. Evan Turner’s layup and free throw made it 106-95 and Moda Center fans started heading for the doors.There was some controversy when Harden got three free throws on Turner’s foul and he made all three to close the gap with 1:02 left. After Lillard made a free throw on the other end, Harden’s step-back jumper got the Rockets within 107-101 with 34 seconds left — but it was a close as they could get.Portland was the last team to hold Harden under 30. He had 29 in Houston’s 111-104 home victory on Dec. 11. Maurice Harkless had some success guarding Harden, but he out with a sore left knee after Saturday night’s loss to the Thunder and Turner started for the Blazers.Portland surrendered the lead to Oklahoma City heading into the fourth quarter and came up short 111-109 despite a late rally.Harden had a triple-double in a 135-134 overtime victory over Golden State on Thursday night. He had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his second straight 40-point triple-double and 11th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Daniel Tosh Gives Alabama Grad On Writing Staff Auburn Tattoos

first_imgDaniel Tosh giving an Alabama grad an Auburn neck tattoo.Twitter/@winnalexComedian Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, really really really hates the Alabama Crimson Tide. On several occasions, he has ripped both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on his show, and that continued with last night’s episode.To reiterate his disdain for everything Crimson Tide, a shirtless Daniel Tosh made two Alabama alumni on his writing team get temporary Auburn neck tattoos and yell “War Eagle.”#WarEagle @danieltosh @heartofauburn @wareaglereader pic.twitter.com/7g9wUUQawq— Laurie (@winnalex) August 3, 2016The two writers really don’t seem to mind the gag. Many Alabama fans probably wouldn’t be nearly as cool with it, although you know what you’re in for as an Alabama fan working for Tosh. We’re really unsure of the context here, or why Tosh decided to pull this with college football a few months away, but for him there is no bad time to troll Alabama fans.On a previous episode of his show, Tosh, a Miami Dolphins fan, read excerpts from an unauthorized Saban biography to children, in which the Alabama head coach gives sex advice to his players. The comedian, who bears a resemblance to Lane Kiffin, also made fun of his doppelganger amidst some salacious rumors that emerged about him last September. He also took shots at the College Football Playoff committee for Alabama’s ranking last November.Alabama isn’t the only college football target in Tosh’s cross-hairs, though. He also took a very NSFW shot at Michigan, which drew the ire of Wolverines Jourdan Lewis and John O’Korn on Twitter.Alabama isn’t going anywhere, and Tosh.0 was renewed for a ninth season this past March. You can expect that this won’t be the last time he decides to work his hate for the Crimson Tide into the show. If so, he probably won’t have too much trouble picking up some Auburn fan viewers along the way.[War Eagle Reader]last_img read more

Don Goodman questions Spurs decision not to sign any player

first_imgTottenham was the only Premier League club not to sign any players during the summer transfer windowAccording to Don Goodman, one of England’s longest playing footballers, the fact that Tottenham Hotspur did not sign any players is “remarkable.”“The fact that Spurs have no signings, I find quite remarkable really because they are now in the business of trying to win trophies,” he told Sky Sports News on Thursday night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now they have made massive strides over the last four or five season, but they are still trophyless. They have seen every single team in and around them buy players,” he added.“And so it adds a bit of pressure as it is almost an arrogant attitude saying, almost, that ‘We are alright.’”Tottenham Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already defended himself and his club, saying he doesn’t need new signings.last_img read more