Fr Paddy: Happy 2020 – it’s always an opportunity to begin again

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory News It’s hard to believe we are almost ready to begin another new year, the rituals of celebrating a new year is an ancient one. It’s been for centuries that the New Year’s Day is observed on January 1st. However, we don’t exactly know when this date was chosen as the first day of the New Year. While we are looking forward to celebrating the Happy New Year 2020, discussing the history of the event seemed important. TAGS2020Fr PaddyNew Year Facebook Home Columnists Fr Paddy: Happy 2020 – it’s always an opportunity to begin again Columnists WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, January 4, 2020Next articleGet active this New Year: Seven of our favourite walking trails in Laois 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. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebookcenter_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Though we don’t know about the exact origin, we know that it started more than a thousand years ago when the ancient Babylonians used to celebrate such events. Later, during the Roman Empire, it was common to celebrate the New Year event, however, the date of the celebrations changed when the Julian calendar was implemented by Julius Cesar. Many centuries ago when the Gregorian calendar was invented, the date finally became 1st January which is still followed in 2020. Also, the shape of celebrations and New Year traditions differ in the modern age, however, at some places of the world, the older traditions are still respected and followed.NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONSNew Year Resolutions are one of the interesting things about the arrival of the New Year. This is because people who are having difficulty while achieving their dreams set different goals on the arrival of the event and start following them from the 1st January. This gives them a psychological advantage and people with commitments have achieved greater things by following their New Year goals. Hopefully you are looking forward to the New Year, it is always an opportunity to begin again, looking forward to bringing improvements in your life is also desired by us all. I like the following New Year Resolutions which you can set for the New Year 2020 and make your life better.∙ Work on learning new skills every month.∙ Control and work on your emotional being.∙ Be kind and have a positive attitude.∙ Start meditating – be open to the spiritual.∙ Pick new hobbies.∙ Play more sports.∙ Cut down on calories.∙ Schedule everything.∙ Be grateful for what you have.∙ Get rid of procrastination.∙ Don’t miss out on doing plans.∙ Work on your confidence.∙ Work on your Charisma and IQ.We know too, more than anything else, that our health is our wealth. I pray that this New Year will be a healthy and happy one for us all. It’s a fresh time and an opportunity for us all to begin again. BEGINBegin again to the summoning birds, to the sight of the light at the window.Begin to the roar of morning traffic, all along Pembroke Road.Every beginning is a promise, born in light and dying in dark, determination and exaltation of springtime flowering the way to work.Begin to the pageant of queuing girls, the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal, bridges linking the past and future, old friends passing through with us still.Begin to the loneliness that cannot end, since it perhaps is what makes us begin.Begin to wonder at unknown faces, at crying birds in the sudden rain, at branches stark in the willing          sunlight, at seagulls foraging for bread, at couples sharing a sunny secret, alone together while making good.Though we live in a world that dreams of ending, that always seems about to give in, something that will not acknowledge conclusion, insists that we forever begin.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: Christmas is a time to get real  Twitter Twitter By Fr Paddy – 4th January 2020 Fr Paddy: Happy 2020 – it’s always an opportunity to begin again GAA GAA Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

ROK Military Chasing Spy Satellites

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak ROK Military Chasing Spy Satellites Facebook Twitter The South Korean military plans to expand its reconnaissance and surveillance capacity through the deployment of military spy satellites in the coming years, a military official has revealed.The official explained on the 6th, “The ROK Military employs diverse intelligence assets to keep watch on the actions of the North Korean military, including reconnaissance aircraft. However, there is a limit to our ability to watch facilities located in rear areas, including logistics and command and control locations. To achieve the independent capacity to keep watch on all areas, front and rear, we are going to include spy satellites in our medium- to long-term plan.” The official, who spoke anonymously, added that such satellites form an important part of moves to upgrade the South Korean military in advance of the transfer of operational control from the United States to South Korea in 2015.South Korea currently operates the ‘Arirang-3,’ a multipurpose satellite that also provides geographical information on the Korean Peninsula, including on North Korean missile and nuclear test sites. However, the United States also provides a lot of intelligence to supplement the existing limitations of this equipment. By Mok Yong Jae – 2013.02.06 8:32pm SHARE News News center_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarMok Yong Jae There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

House Approves Govt. Guarantee for Cap Loan

first_imgRelatedHouse Approves Govt. Guarantee for Cap Loan RelatedHouse Approves Govt. Guarantee for Cap Loan Advertisements House Approves Govt. Guarantee for Cap Loan UncategorizedNovember 8, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives, yesterday (November 7), approved a Government guarantee for a US$200 million loan, to be raised by Clarendon Alumina Production (CAP) on the international capital market.“The proceeds will allow CAP to meet its financial obligations and put it in a position to contribute in terms of the expansion programme, which is envisaged for the Halse Hall Plant,” Finance Minister, Dr. Omar Davies explained to the House.“CAP has retained the services of Bear, Stearns & Company through a competitive process, to assist in securing funding on the international capital market,” he said, adding that Bear, Stearns & Company had arranged a long-term fixed rate facility for US$200 million, which they would fully underwrite.Minister Davies said the bauxite company had suffered drops in production and profit levels, due to cyclical market conditions in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which resulted in significant reductions in world aluminum prices.“This resulted in losses in the immediate years following the collapse. Since then, the company (CAP) has had to face a number of challenges, which have impacted negatively on its financial performance,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister further informed the House that the company now faced significant debt obligations after securing two major loans in 2001, both amounting to US$125 million, and that the guarantee approved would go a far way in returning the company to profitability.According to Dr. Davies, CAP remained an important asset to the Government and the company had developed an action plan to this end.The tenets of this action plan, Minister Davies said, included strategies “to refinance the debts with the objective of extending the average life of the liabilities, reducing debt servicing payments and releasing currently encumbered reserved funds”.Dr. Davies said there were also plans to “hedge future alumina sales to the maximum extent possible, to provide downside protection”.Hedging is a financial strategy taken by a firm to protect cash flow by establishing a line of credit that can offset possible cost overruns or failure of a client to pay for goods received.For example, he said, “compared to a projected price of US$206 per tonne for 2006, the average price for the next two years will be US$235 per tonne, translating, all other things being equal, into increased cash flows of US$40 million for the company over the period”.Outlining how CAP would use the net proceeds from the US$200 million facility, the Finance Minister informed that, “first, there will be a redemption of the existing bonds which are at a high interest rate and this will account for approximately $70 million. Then there is the repayment of an advance, which has been made by the Accountant General for $20 million.There is a repayment to Alcoa, which is for $18.6 million, a repayment to The Bauxite and Alumina Trading Company of Jamaica Limited (BATCo) of $14 million and there will be working capital of $72.5 million for 2006 and 2007”.The terms of the loan, Minister Davies said, included “a five-year moratorium, amortized with 21 equal payments and consecutive semi-annual payments beginning in year five. The interest will be payable semi-annually”, and added that the interest rate would be less than nine per cent per annum.CAP was created as a strategic response to the closure of JAMALCo refinery in 1985 by its owner Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica (Alcoa), saving hundreds of jobs in the bauxite aluminum trade and ensured continued foreign exchange earnings when the bauxite was scarce in Jamaica.“After the period when CAP operated the facility.there was an upturn in the international alumina market, and Alcoa indicated that it wished to return as part owner,” Minister Davies informed the House, adding that new ownership arrangements were negotiated between the Government and Alcoa, which resulted in Alcoa’s equity being reduced to 50 per cent in a joint venture agreement, while the Government’s equity increased to an equal 50 per cent. RelatedHouse Approves Govt. Guarantee for Cap Loanlast_img read more

Kia teases the Telluride one more time

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSKiaTellurideAWD / 4x4CUV / CrossoverNon-LuxuryNew Vehiclesall-wheel driveCrossoverNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos 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” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img It’s all intended to whet our appetites for Kia’s biggest SUV ever. What can we say? We’re hungry for more. advertisement The launch of the 2020 Kia Telluride, the company’s American designed and built SUV, has been lumbering toward us, slowly but surely, since Kia debuted the vehicle as a concept in 2016. Since then, Kia has treated us to only one official look at the Telluride: A highly staged photoshoot that dropped the car into a desert-themed diorama. That version was festooned with extra off-road gear, like a Jeep-style spare wheel, a roof ladder, and grille-mounted floodlights. With its leather-trimmed dash and decidedly Texas-inspired appearance, you could call this the Cowboy Edition.Standard Tellurides, geared more toward soccer mom and dads than roughriders, will have a much more refined look, and Kia reminded us of that with a teaser video it dropped in its Twitter feed yesterday. The 2-minute video, which features more shots of Kia’s designers than of the car itself, talks up the design process. We’re not sure what to make of references like, “underlying geometry that you see in architecture,” but chief designer, Tom Kearns’ “big, bold and boxy,” description of the design is bang-on.Glimpses of the interior show what looks to be high-end touches, like perforated (presumably leather) seating surfaces, an elegantly minimal centre stack, and plenty of metallic accents throughout. The outside shots, fleeting as they are, spend most of their time on the Telluride’s most distinct elements: The headlights, and especially the upside-down L-shaped rear LEDs.If the goal is to convince buyers that the Telluride can be as capable as its American-built competition, while affording all of the elegance and luxury of the Europeans, so far it looks like Kia has nailed it. The Telluride brings in elements from Chevy’s Tahoe, and somehow blends these with styling cues that remind us heavily of Volvo’s XC90, and with just a splash of Land Rover thrown in for good measure. Trending 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? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Kia Telluride teaser  Kia last_img read more

Faculty-Student Mentor Program inviting first-year students to join

first_imgCategories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: Sept. 23, 2014 Designed to make the transition to college life a smooth one, the Faculty-Student Mentor Program brings students and faculty members together with the goal of helping students excel academically, socially, and culturally and navigate the many opportunities CU-Boulder has to offer. Throughout the semester, small groups of students meet with faculty members every two to three weeks to discuss issues such as succeeding at CU, preparing for finals, managing time and balancing school and life. The program also gives first-year students the opportunity to get to know faculty and students beyond their residence hall and major.More than 2,000 first-year students are already participating. First-year students are encouraged to get their roommate or whole floor to join the program — students who join with at least two other people will be entered in a drawing for great CU prizes.Joining is simple: click this link and fill out the easy questions. Or send an e-mail to Carrie Olson, the program coordinator [email protected] and she will get you assigned to a mentor.The program has several exciting events coming up in addition to its regular networking opportunities.Events:  Mentee Meal Meeting – Have lunch or dinner with your mentor. Mentor Night at CU Women’s Volleyball in October with free pizza and T-shirts. End of the Semester Night at the Rec – A great event with competitions, prizes and end of the semester socializing.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Senate Rejects Motion To Censure Attorney General

first_imgSenate Rejects Motion To Censure Attorney General ParliamentJuly 2, 2010 RelatedSenate Rejects Motion To Censure Attorney General RelatedSenate Rejects Motion To Censure Attorney General FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Opposition Motion seeking to censure Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, for her actions during the process of the extradition of Christopher Coke was easily defeated in the Senate Friday (July 2).Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Hon Dorothy LightbourneThe Motion, brought by Opposition Senator, Sandrea Falconer, was defeated by a count of 12 votes to six. There are 13 Government Senators (including the President)and eight Opposition Senators.Senator Lightbourne defended that her duty was to ensure that the extradition request from the United States’ Government complied with the Extradition Treaty provisions, and that Mr. Coke’s rights as a Jamaican citizen were protected.“What has sustained me is the knowledge that I discharged my duty with the utmost propriety and professionalism,” she stated.The Minister noted that the decision to extradite a Jamaican citizen is a matter for the executive and not the Courts. She said this was so, because no person can be extradited without the Minister first issuing an authority to proceed.“Even after the interposition of judicial proceedings, the Extradition Act gives the Minister final authority to determine whether the person should be extradited or not,” Senator Lightbourne said.In addition, she also denied that her eventual decision to sign the extradition order for Mr. Coke was based on directions from the Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding.“Having gauged the growing level of public mistrust and the expressed intention of key institutions/organisations not to interact with the government if the extradition matter remained unresolved, I decided that the looming public interest concerns compelled the exercise of my executive discretion to resolve the matter,” she explained.“Consequently, I advised Cabinet that I would be signing the authority to proceed and did so on May 18, 2010. The Resident Magistrate for the Parish of St. Andrew then issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Christopher Coke,” she added.Senator Falconer claimed that the extradition proceedings damaged Jamaica’s image abroad.“The Jamaican brand has been severely damaged by a narco state designation and travel advisories from several friendly states. Jamaicans abroad and at home have been humiliated and their heads are bowed in shame,” Senator Falconer argued.But, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, said that there has been no scorn for Jamaica abroad in the international scene.“I have travelled abroad dealing with issues of state and I have seen no scorn, no condemnation for the people of Jamaica on the basis of which it is alleged that the Honourable Minister has handled the extradition request,” Senator Malahoo Forte said.Her Government colleague, Senator Hyacinth Bennett, suggested that the motion had “no merit”.“The Minister showed exemplary faithfulness to the sacred principles of the rule of law and to due process, which are fundamental principles on which our modern civilisation and the architecture of our legal system are built,” Senator Bennett said.Mr. Coke waived his right for an extradition trial in Jamaica, after being caught in a security dragnet on June 22, and was extradited to the United States where he is facing allegations of drug and gun running.center_img RelatedSenate Rejects Motion To Censure Attorney General Advertisementslast_img read more

GraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The urgent need for Jamaica, and the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, to start focusing on how to benefit from opportunities arising from the current global economic crisis, has been emphasized by Vice-President of GraceKennedy Money Services, Noel Greenland, Monday (October 11).UNI Americas, global trade union organization, representative, Joanne De Freitas, speaking to regional trade union leaders at a workshop/seminar on trade unionism in the financial sector hosted by UNI and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, Kingston on Monday (October 11). The workshop ends on Thursday (October 14).Speaking to regional trade unionists at the opening of a seminar/workshop at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, Kingston, Mr. Greenland suggested that it was time for the region’s leadership to recognize the need to focus on how to maximize the benefits that will arise.“Let us ask ourselves this fundamental question: What if the crisis was to end tomorrow? What would be our lesson from that? What would we take as a people, as a coming out of this crisis: ‘Here is the opportunity that I have identified and this is what I am going to do’.what is it that is going to take us through that?” Mr. Greenland raised the issue.“I put it to you, my friends, that maybe the single most important thing that we can do to get us on that path to recognizing our opportunities, is for us to focus to on them, and there are so many good things that we have as a region and as a people we need to focus on them now,” he stated.He called on the leadership within the region to recognize that things need to be done, and while a few opportunities have been identified, there was optimism that there are many unrecognized opportunities out there.“Our roots are here, but our branches spread far and wide, right across the world,” he said as he proposed the Caribbean Diaspora as one area still be to be fully exploited.He suggested that the region ask itself the question: “What will be my legacy, or our legacy be from this crisis?” Other speakers at the opening ceremony included: global trade union organization, UNI Americas’ representatives Joanne de Freitas and Marcio Monzane; FES Director, Judith Wedderburn; BITU President, Kavan Gayle; and UAWU President, Lambert Brown.The Seminar/Workshop is being hosted by UNI Americas, of which local trade unions – the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) and the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) are members, and the Friederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) which focuses on issues such as trade liberalization and integration within the region.The workshop has as its theme, “Building Union Power and Global Framework Agreements In (Regional) Multinational Enterprises” and concludes on Thursday, October 14. Issues being tackled include: Implications of CSME and Financial Regulation on the Caribbean Finance sector; Challenges Facing Caribbean Women and Youth in the Financial Services Sector; Strategic Organising for Caribbean Finance Sector; and Strategic Collective Bargaining for Caribbean Finance Sector. GraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities LabourOctober 11, 2010 RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunitiescenter_img RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunitieslast_img read more

Budget has $50m for Jamaica 50 legacy project

first_img By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter Budget has $50m for Jamaica 50 legacy project CommerceApril 23, 2011 RelatedBudget has $50m for Jamaica 50 legacy project Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has included $50 million in the budget of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to establish a secretariat to co-ordinate the legacy aspects of the Jamaica 50 celebrations planned for 2012. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, under whose portfolio the JCDC falls, says that the secretariat will ensure that legacies, both tangible and intangible, resulting from the celebration of Jamaica’s 50 years as an independent nation next year will be included. “For example, we will be working with the Ministry of Education on historical data, including physical structures, which recall aspects of our history, we will be focusing on the restoration of the Ward Theatre in Kingston, sports and music museums and the creation of a Jamaican heritage facility in Birmingham,” she explained. She said that the $50 million in the 2011/12 budget’s capital estimates will finance the setting up of the secretariat which will oversee the process. In terms of objectives, the legacy project seeks to strengthen and enhance the cultural identity of Jamaicans; provide spaces for reflection and meditation on the achievements, struggles, challenges and the aspirations of Jamaicans; and create opportunities for economic advancement, through trade fairs, market penetration activities, expositions and festivals. Other objectives include engaging the Diaspora in a project for national development, fostering and promoting heritage preservation and product enhancement for the expansion of the tourism market and the economic capacity of the Jamaican economy, and promoting Jamaica as a world class cultural destination for music, film, theatre arts, festivals and other events, sports and design. RelatedBudget has $50m for Jamaica 50 legacy project RelatedBudget has $50m for Jamaica 50 legacy projectlast_img read more

Scott critical of Olympics format; still not a priority

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Adam Scott reiterated on Wednesday that he’s no certainty to play at the Rio Olympics next year if he qualifies, and also was critical of organizers for not including a team event. Scott, who begins play in the Australian Masters on Thursday at Huntingdale, is in line for Olympic selection alongside Jason Day in Australia’s men’s team when golf returns to the Olympics next August for the first time since 1904. ”I’ve been pretty open and outspoken that it’s not really a priority of my scheduling next year which is based around the majors, and if the Olympics fits in then it does,” Scott said Wednesday. ”There is a gap in the schedule there … some time off looks quite good, actually.” Scott said he would have liked Olympic chiefs to ”be a little more creative than a little 72-hole stroke-play event.” ”I’m not really sure how just having another golf tournament is going to enhance the game or grow the game more than any other tournament anywhere just because it’s the Olympics,” Scott said. ”Certainly with the field criteria, it doesn’t necessarily get the strongest field in the game, either. ”Some kind of team event, even a mixed team event with the guys and the girls … I think that could have generated some real electricity,” he added. ”That’s nothing to take away from the Olympics, but I’m just not sure that they have got it quite dialed in with the format and might have missed an opportunity there to do something pretty special for golf.” IOC officials have said it’s possible a team event could be added to the golf program for 2020 in Tokyo. Scott won the Australian Masters at nearby Kingston Heath in 2012 and at Royal Melbourne in 2013, but he’s lost in playoffs twice at Huntingdale – in 2002 and 2003. The tournament was played at Huntingdale from its inception in 1979 to 2008, but first shifted to other courses in 2009, when Tiger Woods won at Kingston Heath. ”Personally I’ve had a couple of close calls here in the past and it’s fun to be back here with the challenge of trying to go one better,” Scott said. Last week, Ernie Els, the other promoted drawcard at Huntingdale, pulled out of the tournament to spend more time with his family. Australian amateur Ben Eccles, who won last week’s New South Wales Open title, turned pro Wednesday and is also competing at Huntingdale. The Masters is the start of the so-called Australian Triple Crown. The Australian Open, with defending champion Jordan Spieth and Scott in the field, is being played next week at The Australian in Sydney, followed by the Australian PGA at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from Dec. 3-6.last_img read more

Sen. Max Baucus Engaged to Former Staffer

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email HELENA – U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday he plans to marry his girlfriend and former state director over the summer.Baucus says he and Melodee Hanes were engaged over Christmas in Helena. The 69-year-old veteran Democrat says he and Hanes are looking forward to getting married at home in Montana this summer.Baucus separated from his second wife, Wanda, in 2008 and they divorced in early 2009 after 25 years of marriage.The senator recommended Hanes for Montana’s U.S. attorney post in 2009, a move that later came under scrutiny considering their relationship. By then, Hanes had withdrawn her name from consideration for that post and instead and taken a job at the Justice Department in Washington D.C.Hanes was a former state prosecutor before joining Baucus’ staff.last_img read more