Meggitt targets expansion with $44m purchase

first_imgTuesday 6 January 2015 8:29 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap ENGINEERING firm Meggitt yesterday bought Precision Engine Controls Corporation (Pecc) from United Tech­no­logies Corporation for $44.2m (£29.1m).The deal, funded from existing resources, will see San Diego-based Pecc integrate into Meggitt’s control systems division.Pecc supplies actuation, or motor, systems and fuel metering valves to manufacturers of small-frame gas turbines used predominantly in the oil and gas and power generation industries.According to Bournemouth-based Meggitt, Pecc’s products are complementary to its existing technology and will help to expand the firm’s capabilities. The company also stated that Pecc’s “substantial level of intellectual property and sole-source market positions” fit with Meggitt’s strategy of investing in components and systems for use in extreme environments in its core aerospace, defence and energy markets.Stephen Young, the chief executive of Meggitt, said: “The acquisition of Pecc is a key step in broadening our industrial valve capability. The very strong product and customer portfolio and the exceptional calibre of the employee base make the business a great fit with Meggitt.”Following the announcement, the company’s shares closed down 0.88 per cent at 509p. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Meggitt targets expansion with $44m purchase Express KCS whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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Aldermore confirms plans to IPO (again)

first_img Tuesday 24 February 2015 3:08 am Challenger bank Aldermore has dusted off its IPO plans, which it scrapped in October, confirming its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. The bank, which specialises in lending to small businesses, is thought to be gearing up to raise £75m through the flotation, representing approximately 40 per cent of the issued share capital of the company. In a statement this morning, the bank said it had grown from 50 employees, with £76m of lending to “a multi-product asset-based lender” with £5.6bn of assets, 160,000 customers and 875 employees.Having announced its intention to float in September, Aldermore scrapped its plans in October, as investors shied away from volatile markets. Aldermore wasn’t the only casualty: fellow challenger bank Virgin Money also cancelled plans to IPO, as did webuyanycar.com owner BCA.But in November, Virgin Money pressed ahead with its plans, raising £500m and valuing the business at £1.25bn.Last week Aldermore published figures showing it had more than doubled underlying profit before tax to £56m in 2014, with return on equity increasing 15 per cent and net loans rising 42 per cent to £4.8bn.This morning, chief executive Philip Monks said now is the right time for the business to pursue a listing.We have consistently delivered on our ambitious targets and we have proven our ability to grow organically and profitably. In 2014, underlying profit before tax more than doubled, driven by strong balance sheet growth, with net lending to small businesses and homeowners higher than ever before. whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Aldermore confirms plans to IPO (again) Tags: Aldermore More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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Premium / On the wires: Expeditors feels the hurt, sheds $1.4bn value in three days

first_img Password* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Let’s keep it nice and short: the Expeditors (EXPD) plunge on the stock market on Friday when the profit warning emerged was not surprising at all. I am with you, we all knew at Premium it would come.Nonetheless, it’s a been a long time since it missed consensus estimates, and that might be why so many of you have wondered in the past few days why investors had suddenly lost appetite for its shares.Its troubles have passed unnoticed to many others, … Please either REGISTER or login below to continue By Alessandro Pasetti 22/01/2020 Email* Premium subscriber LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back Reset Your Password Please Login Resetlast_img read more

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UK teen emerges from nearly year-long coma with no knowledge of the pandemic

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement“When we say to him ‘Joseph, we can’t be with you, but you are safe, this is not going to be forever,’ he understands, he hears you, he just can’t communicate,” she said, adding that he now signaled ‘yes’ with a blink and ‘no’ with two blinks.“I don’t know how Joseph will ever understand our stories of this lockdown,” his aunt said, adding that he was still very ill and faced a “very, very long journey” back to some kind of normal life.Joseph’s family has started a fundraising campaign to help support his long-term recovery, reported NBC. Shooter identified in Port Charlotte murder-suicide January 22, 2021 AdvertisementTags: comaLOCKDOWN Some Floridians call on Governor Desantis for a state lockdown November 25, 2020center_img NOTTINGHAM, England (NBC News) – A British teenager is slowly beginning to emerge from a coma almost a year after he was hit by a car, and he has no knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he’s caught the virus twice.Joseph Flavill, 19, was hit by a car on March 1, 2020, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was hit about three weeks before a first national lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the virus, reported NBC News.During his coma, his family has been largely unable to be near him due to COVID-19 restrictions, mostly communicating with him over video. “Recently Joseph has started to show small signs of recovery, which we are thrilled about… We know now he can hear us, he responds to small commands,” his aunt, Sally Flavill, told Reuters. RELATEDTOPICS Lee County school leaders react to patient on school grounds December 13, 2020 Lockdown lifted at Myakka River Elementary School in Port Charlotte February 3, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all

first_img Twitter Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all Pinterest This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and bright and wonderful Summer. Below are 10 guidelines from God for a happy and peaceful Summer for all.1 – QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way.2 – PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No.. not YOUR list! Put it on MY to-do-list! Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all God! I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realise!3 – TRUST ME: Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit  trying to take them back! Trust in Me. Have faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.4 – LEAVE IT ALONE: Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here. “Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens, and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.5 – TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I want you to never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me – OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend6 – HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be. Twitter GAA WhatsApp GAA By Fr Paddy – 29th June 2019 Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA center_img Home Columnists Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all Columnists RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 29, 2019Next articleRemembering the incredibly dramatic Laois-Offaly football clash in 2003 Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. 7 – SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who are mourning. Share your faith with those who have none.8 – BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.9 – BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.10 – LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbours. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!With all my heart, I love you – GOD.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with adversity Pinterest Facebook TAGSFr PaddyFr Paddy Byrne Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival “Vulnerable groups include older people and people with underlying health conditions of any age. Keep a 2 metre distance when outdoors, maintain respiratory etiquette and continue to wash hands regularly.”Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 1 June (25,064 cases), reveals:· 57% are female and 43% are male· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years· 3,298 cases (13%) have been hospitalised· Of those hospitalised, 409 cases have been admitted to ICU· 8,004 cases are associated with healthcare workers· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,093 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,517 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 cases (6%)· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 59%, travel abroad accounts for 2%Northern Ireland, the UK and globally There have been eight further deaths from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland to take the 534.There have been eight new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the Northern Ireland total to 4,740.There are currently 80 confirmed Coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland along with a further 439 suspected Covid-19 patients. Six of these are in intensive careThe UK Coronavirus death toll increased by 359 in past 24 hours, taking total recorded fatalities to 39,728.There are now a total 6,490,000 cases of Coronavirus globally. There have been more than 383,000 deaths while 3,091,000 have recovered.Sexual partners Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says people should limit themselves to one intimate partner to reduce spread of Covid-19.He was asked if he agreed with the advice from the public health team to people in the Netherlands to limit themselves to one partner.He said “that is good public health advice” as a precaution against the transmission of infections generally.People urged to wear face coverings in shops and on public transportMinister for Health Simon Harris has said there is “room for improvement” around the wearing of face coverings.People getting on public transport or going into supermarkets “should wear” a face covering, he added.Mr Harris said that at this point people’s personal behaviours around hygiene are even more important.Read full report hereHospital cases increases The overall number of confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 in hospital has increased in the past 24 hours.According to new figures from the Health Service Executive, there are 422 patents with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in hospital.While the number of confirmed cases has reduced slightly, the increase of 92 overall is accounted for by suspected cases, which are awaiting a test result.The number of patients in intensive care units with confirmed Covid-19 remains stable at 36.There are now 117 critical care beds vacant in the hospital system.Important information Symptoms of Covid-19 include:CoughShortness of breathFeverBreathing difficulties.Further resources:The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.SEE ALSO – Talking Sport: Paul Cahillane on Celtic, Portlaoise, Ireland, Laois and Roy Keane Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 3rd June 2020 BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners Twitter WhatsApp 1,659 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday.Not all of these people passed away today – this is the number that were reported to the Department of Health today.While there has been a total of 47 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the total cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 25,111.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again Thursday 4 June to continue its review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. NPHET will proceed to submit recommendations to the Minister for Health.”Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover.“However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected.”Dr. Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons; “It is our collective responsibility to continue to support vulnerable groups in our society. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Home News BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan… News Electric Picnic Twitter Facebook News Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleLocal TD calls for ‘double standards on social distancing rules’ to be addressedNext articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Wednesday, June 3, 2020 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.last_img read more

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Volkswagen’s ID. Space Vizzion Concept is a wagon by any other name

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept  Handout / Volkswagen What is it?If you’ve lost track of all the ID. prototypes since Volkswagen unveiled its first I.D. Concept in Paris four years ago, let us explain Volkswagen’s ID. Space Vizzion Concept like this: This is the ninth concept of the electric-vehicles series… although we’re still waiting for a production vehicle on what the company calls its “modular-electric-drive-matrix”.The first thing you’ll note if you care about punctuation is that, somewhere along the road, the “I.D.” became “ID.”. For another, the Space Vizzion is effectively yet another concept (to be) built on Volkswagen’s MEB dedicated-platform for battery-electric vehicles. Now, just in case you forgot the previous eight ID. prototypes, it started with the I.D. compact hatchback at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 and includes a small SUV, a couple of Microbus-style vans, a racecar, and even a dune buggy.VW describes this umpteenth prototype as “combining the aerodynamic design of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV”. All of which is to say: It’s a station wagon. Actually, to be more accurate, it’s a long station wagon: Stretching almost five meters — 4,958 millimetres to be exact — from bumper to bumper, we’re talking Audi S7 Sportback or Tesla Model S length. Should you buy it?Too early to tell. For now, we are promised a rear-mounted motor for 275 horsepower that can be paired with a second, 101-horsepower “coaxial drive” motor. The latter would give all-wheel-drive capability and up to 335 horsepower. This 4Motion variant of the ID. Space Vizzion, with its 82-kWh lithium-ion pack, is said to be good for 482 kilometres — more or less Tesla Model 3 range — and can sprint from zero to 96 km/h (60 mph) in five seconds. advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Auto ShowNew VehiclesNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next › But back to our specifics: VW says the concept “previews a potential production car for Europe and North America.” This is a bit less assertive than VW’s previous statement suggesting the production version will launch in late 2021 with “different versions for North America, Europe, and China.” Check out all of our latest auto show coverage hereWhy does it matter?Well, for now, it doesn’t, because we’re not even getting the first mass-produced EV heralded by these highly promoted concepts: The first VW ID.3, a small electric car to be launched next summer, won’t reach North American shores. Rather, the company is waiting for 2021 to send us the ID.4, a four-door crossover variant, based on the VW ID. Crozz Concept unveiled two years ago.But if VW’s promises — made imperative by a certain Dieselgate scandal — are to be believed, this ID. Space Vizzion Concept unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show might matter for Canadians. After all, station wagons have always been (a bit) more popular in Canada than in the U.S. — enough, in fact, that VW is one of the rare manufacturers to (still) offer one in its lineup, even arranging extra production of the soon-departing, seventh-generation Golf Sportwagen and Alltrack.When is it coming?Don’t hold your breath, or you might turn into that weird Saintly Blue Pearl Effect colour showcased on the prototype’s body — best described by VW as “a new metallic white with shimmering blue and violet pigments.” You want more bizarre? The interior is made of AppleSkin, in lieu of leather. Yes, you’ll be sitting on leftovers from apple juice production. Kids should love it. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion conceptHandout, Volkswagen Trending in Canada Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

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Shareholder’s Agreement for air Jamaica/Cal merger to be signed April 30

first_imgRelatedShareholder’s Agreement for air Jamaica/Cal merger to be signed April 30 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — As the transition period for the merger of Air Jamaica Limited (AJL) and Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) draws to a close, a Shareholder’s Agreement is expected to be signed on April 30, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw has revealed. In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament yesterday, the Finance Minister noted that the one-year transition period, which began May 1, 2010 was necessary to ensure that control of AJL’s operations was successfully transferred to CAL, while allowing the time necessary for the Trinidad and Tobago-based company to secure the necessary licences and properly integrate the operations. “As of today, we have so far had a successful operation, and CAL has secured the rights to fly from Jamaica to North America, and has made significant progress in integrating both operations into one, while maintaining the strong Air Jamaica brand,” Minister Shaw said. He noted that the impending merger has been beneficial to the country as there has not been any disruption to airlift capacity, and the Government has avoided accruing additional losses from Air Jamaica. Minister Shaw further noted that the Government also received a refund of some US$2.4 million on external payables “based on the fact that we made efforts to liquidate expeditiously.” “It should be noted that last fiscal year, the Government budgeted US$204.3 million (J$17.6 billion) to pay out certain external payables, and we paid out only US$163 million (J$14.1 billion). We were therefore able to apply the difference to pay off a long-term loan and thereby save hundreds of thousands of US dollars in interest payments,” he noted.  Minister Shaw further informed that by the end of April 2011 the Government would have returned four of the six leased aircraft, based on negotiated early returns, which has saved the country significant future liabilities. The Finance Minister’s presentation was themed: ‘From Stabilisation to Growth’. Shareholder’s Agreement for air Jamaica/Cal merger to be signed April 30 ParliamentApril 29, 2011 RelatedShareholder’s Agreement for air Jamaica/Cal merger to be signed April 30 RelatedShareholder’s Agreement for air Jamaica/Cal merger to be signed April 30 By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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FSU Law wins national competition

first_img FSU Trial Team members, from the left, include Halley Lewis IV, Sidney Carter, Shaina Ruth, and Christopher Ramirez.The Florida State University College Trial Team won first place in the 2020 Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition October 25.The competition was held virtually over three days and hosted by the University of Buffalo School of Law. FSU Law’s Trial Team also won the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition in 2016.Twenty-four law school teams participated in the 2020 competition. Other competing law schools included Fordham University, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, and Washington and Lee University.Winning team members are third-year law students Sidney Carter of Coral Springs, and Halley Lewis IV, of Tallahassee, and second-year law students Christopher Ramirez of Miami Lakes and Shaina Ruth of Jacksonville. Ramirez also earned the title of “Best Advocate” for the competition. FSU Law alumni Jasmine Henry of Novey + Gonzalez in Tallahassee, and Rachel Lopez, a deputy district attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, coached the team to victory. As a law student, Lopez was a member of the 2016 Buffalo-Niagara winning team.“We are extremely proud of our talented student advocates and their dedicated coaches,” said Dean Erin O’Connor. “Winning this national championship adds to the team’s strong record of success. Additionally, winning a virtual competition highlights the resiliency and adaptability of our students.”In September, the FSU Law Trial Team was named 15th best in the 2020 ranking of the nation’s top trial teams. The ranking was based on achievement in interscholastic law school trial competitions. FSU Law wins national competition Oct 30, 2020 Top Storieslast_img read more

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Monday Scramble: Bye-bye, Rio

first_imgInbee Park takes home gold, Si Woo Kim wins the Wyndam, Darren Clarke’s European Ryder Cup team is nearly set and more in this week’s Monday Scramble. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson’s battle for the gold medal was a heck of an opening act at the Olympics. And while the race for gold wasn’t nearly as exciting for the women, it was still an incredible two weeks in Rio for golf. It’s been mentioned already, but it’s worth repeating – the sport is in better shape than it was two weeks ago. And could there be a better endorsement for golf’s inclusion in the Olympics? There were plenty of concerns heading into the Games, but the top players rose to the occasion and it became clear early on that, yes, this was something bigger than another 72-hole, stroke-play event. In the end, six medals were handed out to six different countries – Great Britain, Sweden, the United States, Korea, New Zealand and China. Those who missed out on the podium were heartbroken when the realization hit that it would be another four years before they would get another chance. With great attendance in Rio and strong TV ratings, it would be very surprising not to see golf become a fixture at the Olympics, long past Tokyo in 2020. 1. After she won her fourth different major title last year (and seventh of her career), our Randall Mell wrote that Park “closed with a vengeance” when she came from three back to take the Women’s British at Turnberry. Saturday in Rio, she cruised with a vengeance. As her playing competitors, Lydia Ko and Gerina Piller, struggled with the wind – or perhaps the grand stage – early in the round, Park went out in a bogey-free 4-under 31 two go from up two to up six. Yes, a hard-charging Shanshan Feng quickly cut the lead to three, but the result was never in doubt. Park displayed her signature staid demeanor as she left the field in the dust and reasserted herself as a dominant force in the women’s game after months of injury and absence and doubt. 2. Speaking of which, it sounds like we can press pause on the idea of any imminent retirement. While she’s been honest about wanting to start a family in the near future, Park told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis after the gold medal ceremony that “there is no plan for retirement at the moment.” “I really haven’t planned for anything,” she said, “so I’m just going to go day by day and see.” Regardless of how she performed in Rio or how she wants to wind down her career, Park always owed it to herself to play the Evian next month. Her win at Turnberry prompted a lot of hand-wringing when it came to whether Park had actually won the career Grand Slam, given her claim to only four of the LPGA’s current five major titles. [She won the Evian before it was deemed a major.] Frankly, the debate was and remains silly. Whatever we do or don’t call it, we all know the circumstances and the facts. There were five majors, then four, now five again. Park has four. Call it what you want. 3. A Park victory at next month’s Evian would mean an end to the equivocating. She would become only the second player in the game’s history to win five different majors, joining Karrie Webb, who won the now-defunct du Maurier in 1999. Park is already the only player in history to own multiple majors and Olympic gold. While wunderkinds like Ko and Brooke Henderson will have the opportunity to play in 50 majors over the next 10 years, they’ll only be able to play in the Olympics twice over that same span. It’s going to be hard enough to win a medal on its own. If Park is able to complete the Grand Slam and boast Olympic gold, she could be in a class by herself for a long time. She probably already is. 4. While we’re discussing gold, the medals that belong to Park and Rose are going to be held in higher esteem four years from now in Tokyo. Both the men’s and women’s medal stands were filled with three of the top-15 players in the world. Both events benefitted from the major-championship pedigrees of their contenders. Who knows what the world will look like in 2020, but it’s highly unlikely Tokyo will resemble Rio. Let’s assume there won’t be a mosquito-transmitted virus, polluted water or unpaid police forces. Short of a zombie apocalypse, the top players in the world will go, they will be excited and the IGF will fully realize its dream for Olympic golf. The scarcity of opportunity will make Olympic medals precious commodities. Now let’s announce Bill Murray as the official 2020 mascot and enjoy relaxing times. 5. With respect to both Japan and the medal stand, Haru Nomura and Stacy Lewis missed out on a potential playoff for bronze Saturday by a combined … three inches? Maybe four? Lewis arrived at the 72nd hole 9 under for the week and left her birdie putt hanging on the edge, one roll short. Had it dropped, she would have tied Feng at 10 under, forcing a playoff had all things stayed the same (which they probably would have – more on that in a minute). Nomura, on the other hand, unknowingly cost herself a medal during the first round on Wednesday when she missed this backhanded tap-in attempt. 6. As for that would-be playoff, Terry Gannon, Annika Sorenstam and Curt Byrum made a point during the coverage to hammer home that Feng does not look at leaderboards down the stretch. Gannon could best be described as mildly apoplectic, and it’s hard to disagree with him. There is a logic to playing with blinders on, but when you’re coming down the stretch, wouldn’t you want to know what you need to do to win? It’s impossible to say whether Feng would have done anything differently, whether her three-putt par at 18 would have somehow turned into something else. It’s just hard to get over that look of pleasant surprise that came to her face when she finally looked at the leaderboard. 7. Poor Gerina Piller. But you know what? Good for you, Gerina Piller. It’s refreshing to see athletes who care this much. Contrast Piller’s emotion, resolve and general level of give-a-damn with Dustin Johnson last year at Chambers Bay. Who is more relatable? Who is more likeable? Who are you more likely to root for in the future? Hold your head high, Gerina Piller. You’ll be back. 8. There is still one more week until it’s official, but Clarke’s Ryder Cup team is almost complete. With a fifth-place finish at the Czech Masters, Matthew Fitzpatrick secured the ninth spot on the team, and no matter what happens this week there won’t be any scenario where someone can pass him. That means the automatic qualifiers for Clarke’s team are: Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Danny Willett, Open champion Henrik Stenson, Chris Wood, Sergio Garcia, Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andy Sullivan and Fitzpatrick. A nice mix of major champions, Ryder Cup veterans and rookies who are proven winners. Clarke will have an extra week to ponder his three picks before the August 29 deadline. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are likely picks, but Shane Lowry, Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters are all strong contenders for Clarke’s consideration. 9. The race to make Davis Love III’s U.S. team will be a juicy subplot at The Barclays. One thing is for sure with each passing week, it is getting harder and harder for Love not to pick Jim Furyk. He dropped from T-3 to T-10 Sunday with a sloppy double bogey on 18, but Furyk still moved up to No. 15 in the U.S. standings. Incredibly impressive since his season didn’t begin until May, and he didn’t start making a serious move up the rankings until a T-2 at the U.S. Open. 10. So who is looking like the odd-man out? Fowler hasn’t done much this summer, and even worse his putter has been chilly. But Holmes hasn’t been stellar, either. He missed his third cut in a row at the Wyndham, and fourth in his last five events. The last time he made the cut, he finished third at The Open. 11. Thanks to a rain delay, Si Woo Kim had to wait a little longer for his first PGA Tour win that was never in doubt on Sunday. The 21-year-old Korean became the youngest winner of the season, and the youngest international winner since Seve Ballesteros (20) won in Greensboro in 1978. This will be a strong contender for the WTH? Hall of Fame. In the final round of the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open, there was a threesome of Jhared Hack, Adam Schenk and Ryan Yip That’s right – Hack, Schenk and Yip. Not quite a legendary threesome like Palmer, Nicklaus and Player, but still unforgettable, nonetheless. This week’s award winners …  More International Flavor: As if the Olympics didn’t prove how global golf has become, for the third time in four years the U.S. Amateur champion is from outside the U.S. Australia’s Curtis Luck won eight consecutive holes on his way to defeating Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke, 6 and 4, in the 36-hole finale. Ace is the Place: Scott Brown is making quite the name for himself at the Wyndham without taking home the trophy. Last year he made an ace in the final round at the par-3 third while paired with Tiger Woods. On Sunday, he aced the same hole again, this time with Boo Weekley as his witness. That’s Nice, But …: Brown’s ace was remarkable, but it didn’t payoff as handsomely as Luke Donald’s. Donald made a hole-in-one Thursday at the par-3 16th to win vacations for life at Wyndham Resorts. And as if his week wasn’t going well already, Donald finished second, collected a six-figure paycheck and now he heads into the playoffs with a great chance to make the Tour Championship. Talk About Some VIPs: Before the playoffs start, Rory McIlroy and buddy Niall Horan of One Direction watched Ireland’s Conor McGregor defeat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.last_img read more

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