Former Mountrath CS student achieves outstanding awards at UCD Award Ceremony

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook By Megan Shiel – 10th March 2020 Home News Education Former Mountrath CS student achieves outstanding awards at UCD Award Ceremony NewsEducation Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Previous articleEight more Laois St Patrick’s Day Parades cancelled as Coronavirus cases hit 24Next articleSadness at the death of Sean Miller Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Benefits include bursary, recognition certificate, and achievement recorded on academic transcript.Next was The Catholic University Award, where he was presented with a medal in recognition of examination results.His third award of the evening was the Molloy Prize In Chemistry -a medal awarded annually for the combined top marks in Chemistry modules taken during Stage 1 of the Medicine Degree Programme.This award will no doubt bring a smile to renowned Mountrath Community School Chemistry teacher Ms Siobhan Crofton!Professor Mark Rogers UCD Deputy President presented the awards.Christopher is already an Adastra Scholar at the University and is a member of the UCD Swim Team who took the overall runners up spot at the Swimming Intervarsities held recently at UL.Fair play Christopher!Christopher Carew with his parents Tim Carew and Martina Mulhall at the UCD Awards CeremonyChristopher Carew at UCD Awards CeremonyChristopher Carew pictured at the UCD Awards Ceremony with Professor Mark Rogers, Deputy President UCD.SEE ALSO – Huge reaction to fundraiser launched for baby Dan Donohercenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic News Former Mountrath Community School student Christopher Carew has been honoured for outstanding academic success achieved during his first year of studying medicine at University College Dublin (UCD).The Portlaoise man was the recipient of three awards at the prestigious Awards Ceremony held at O’Reilly Hall at the weekend (the only awardee to do so).His first award- The University Scholarship Award -was for the highest GPA attained in stage one medicine. WhatsApp TAGSChris Carew Former Mountrath CS student achieves outstanding awards at UCD Award Ceremony RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitterlast_img read more

A nongovernmental radio broadcast beamed at North Korea sent its first…

first_imgNews News News By Daily NK – 2005.12.07 5:20pm News SHARE Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A nongovernmental radio broadcast beamed at North Korea sent its first program. [imText1]Free North Korea Broadcasting (Free NK) launched its radio program intended to promote North Korean democracy at midnight on the 7th of this month. The program lasts one hour a day. Free NK.net was founded by North Korean defectors in South Korea two years ago, and has been posting journalistic text and audio content on its web site. It is the first time that a nongovernmental broadcaster founded by North Korean defectors makes a program and beams it at North Korea by means of short wave radio. The program has finally come to be launched a month after Free NK agreed with Ha Tae Kyung (Young Howard), the secretary-general of Open Radio for North Korea (NK Radio), through mutual cooperation last month. NK Radio specializes in transmitting programs to North Korea, and is located in the U.S.The program is sent out on the air by means of a short wave transmitter because more and more North Koreans are obtaining short wave radios. Free NK uses short wave 5880kHz for the time being. The location of the transmitting station has not been disclosed lest North Korean authorities intervene in transmitting.On the morning of the 6th day of this month, Free NK posted on its web site an article entitled ‘On the Establishment of the Radio Station.’ In the article, it was said that the radio station has been intended to reveal the realities of North Korea to South Korean people, to be an adviser and supporter who provides encouragement and new hope to North Korean people in the Dark Land, and to be an excellent guide for the defectors who enter South Korea for freedom at the risk of their lives. Kim Sung Min, the chairperson of Free NK, said, “I am very glad to see the accomplishment of North Korean defectors’ old dream. The radio broadcasting will be a gospel to North Korean people and bad news to the dictator Kim Jong Il.” “For the five days from the 7th of this month, we will have put a one-hour special program featuring the Seoul Summit on the air everyday as a joint project with NK Radio. We will make a one-act play based on the essay which won the Human Rights in North Korea Essay Contest. We will also broadcast major events and interviews with influences,” explained Mr. Kim.“Once the news about the foundation of the radio station was spread, we have received a lot of phone calls, and been promised financial support from several people who don’t want to reveal their names. Workers in the radio station are insured for 100 million won against accidents, which means we are very dedicated. We will go as far as to liberate North Korea.” Mr. Kim expressed their strong resolution. It has been said that Free NK was persistently asked to give up the radio broadcasting plan by some influential groups which had sensed it in advance, but it turned down all of such requests.Radio broadcasters sending outside information to North Korea include Radio Free Asia’s Korean service, Voice Of America’s Korean broadcasting, Korea Broadcasting System’s Social and Educational program, and the Far East Broadcasting Corporation. On the second day of the Seoul Summit, Ha Tae Kyung (Young Howard), the secretary-general of NK Radio in the U.S., will participate in the conference on the North Korean human rights improvement strategy where he is supposed to make a presentation about the role of radio broadcasting beamed at North Korea.Mr. Ha said to the DailyNK in a telephone interview that he was going to talk about North Korean censorship and control of information, and the duties and roles of radio broadcasting to North Korea. He also mentioned that broadcasters to the North need much support and participation from various domestic and international individuals.NK Radio is an agency specializing in transmitting programs to North Korea. Individuals or organizations can request it to transmit their programs to North Korea with payment for wiring. Mr. Ha emphasized that many South Koreans should participate in broadcasting to North Korea by means of NK Radio.It has been known to be some place around the Seoul area where Free NK made its program and prepared its transmission. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Two Plus Four Talks: Circumstances and Results

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2014.09.13 2:46am Analysis & Opinion Overall, the Two Plus Four Talks werepivotal to German reunification. It was a formality put in place in order toreceive approval from the 4 nations, the United States, United Kingdom, France,and Soviet Union, which were victorious in World War II. According to the 1952General Treaty of Germany, the consent of all four of these nations was neededto for reunification. From May 5th,1990, the countries concerned, East and WestGermany, the United States, United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union etc. held fourrounds of conferences. The finalization of the Treaty on the Final Settle withRespect to Germany completed the outside proceedings on German reunification.Additionally, the conference addressed severalpoints crucial to the German reunification process: [1] acknowledgement of theOder-Neisse border [2] abandonment of chemical, biological, radiological [CBR]weapons manufacturing and a maximum limit of 370,000 military personnel [3]withdrawal of Soviet soldiers stationed in East Germany [4] the place ofUnified Germany in NATO. However, the fact that the Two Plus Four Talks wasless of a ‘reunification catalyst,’ and, more of an ‘aftermath facilitator’ resemblesthe role of the Six-Party Talks in the Korean situation.Background of the Two Plus Four TalksAfter Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s announcement of the 10-Point Plan for GermanUnity on November 28th, 1989, dialogue began in earnest in West Germany andabroad. The USSR became worried by this situation, and accordingly proposed aconference between the four countries to be held on December 11th, 1989. On thesurface, these discourses, which were based on East Germany’s CommunityTreaties, were the beginnings of reunification talks between East and WestGermany. However, the USSR’s true purpose in directly intervening in thereunification process was to pose delays and obstructions.However, Chancellor Kohl argued that it wasunacceptable for the four nations to make progress in reunification talks whileEast Germany was excluded. The United States was opposed to such talks as well.In particular, these talks could provide an opportunity for the Soviet Unionto: [1] restore its waning power [2] delay German reunification, in order to [3]emphasize denuclearization of Central Europe, and [4] argue that the presenceof Soviet soldiers in Germany were necessary to counteract the presence of USsoldiers in Germany.Yet, the US could not reject these talksoutright for the following reasons: [1] If the United States gave theimpression of disparaging the Soviet Union, Gorbachev’s reformation programme couldhave been threatened, [2] if a multilateral agreement could not be reached,West Germany and Soviet Union would take it upon themselves to discuss theGerman reunification issue, during which the Soviet Union would neutralize thereunification or negotiate for Germany’s exclusion from NATO, [3] in such abilateral discussion, NATO would be considered a hindrance to the process, [4]there was a good chance that France and Britain would also attend the talks inorder to boost their respective influences in German reunification, [5] for Gorbachevto invite the major powers of the Second World War to a German Peace Conferenceand manage the conference would be a challenging task, [6] the contemporarygeopolitical situation, in which the USSR was in a tight corner, wouldfacilitate the passing of motions to which the USSR was opposed. Moreover, WestGermany also felt that a pledge of security assurance for Europe, in case offuture Soviet aggression, was necessary after German reunification. Thesereasons necessitated an American response to the Soviet proposal.Peace Conference or CSCEHowever, there were several problems to thevarious proposals for talks such as the Peace Conference or the CSCE meetings. Theformat of the Peace Conference did not give Germany any say in deciding its ownfuture, but such power was given to some thirty countries, like Uruguay, whichhad no major role in the Second World War. Such an arrangement potentiallyallowed the participants to seek their own profits by agreeing to ask Germanyfor war reparations. The format of the CSCE had the advantage of respectingSoviet input, but reaching a consensus from the 35 participant countries wouldobviously be difficult. Moreover, the format of the CSCE gave countries such asthe Vatican or Lichtenstein the veto over German reunification.In the face of the Soviet proposal and theinadequacy of the existing international forums, the solution was found in theTwo Plus Four Talks. The Talks would [1] give the USSR an international forum tovent its frustrations, [2] be the best option of stopping the Soviet-proposedfour powers’ talks from taking place, [3] allow greater efficiency innegotiations due to its small scale, [4] be advantageous for Germanreunification because it would allow the two Germanys, instead of the fourmajor powers, to lead the negotiations, and [5] prevent any antagonistic actionfrom England and France, such as proposing a Peace Conference. For thesereasons, Secretary Baker, with the support of President Bush, pushed on withthe Talks despite the opposition from the National State Council.The Main Strategy of the USThe US decided that the 2+4 Talks would notbe a place for negotiations, but only a conference. Specifically, the USintended for the USSR to receive the impression that progress was being made,whereas, in actuality, no binding decisions would be made at the talks. TheTalks would be operated under these seven principles:[1] The CSCE’s stipulation on self-determinationmust be strictly followed. This meant that any talks on the future of Germanycould not take place in West and East Germanys’ absence.[2] In order to prevent the four majorpowers from derailing the reunification process, the notion that the fourpowers held any authority to influence Germany’s future had to be divested ofits power.[3] The format of the Talks would allow thetwo Germanys to lead the negotiations (2+4). A format in which the sixcountries all had equal stature (six-party talks), or one in which the fourmajor powers preceded the Germanys (4+2) would not be allowed.[4] Once the German reunification processwas indeed under way, resolutions on the Germanys’ foreign relation issuesshould be reached through bilateral negotiations between the two Germanys. Inorder to achieve such a result, the reunification process should be given asmuch support as possible, while delaying future 2+4 talks as much as possible.[5] In order to prevent giving theimpression that the West interfered in East German elections, the first 2+4Talks is to be held after the elections.[6]The CSCE summit should be delayed untilGerman reunification had taken place, so that the reunification is ratified bythe summit ex post facto.[7] The US Secretary of State Baker wouldpersonally visit Gorbachev in his trip to the USSR in February 1990, in orderto explain the 2+4 Talks to Gorbachev and ask for his cooperation.The Schedule of the Talks and ResultsThere were particular reasons for holding the Talks in certain places. Thefirst of the Talks were held in the West German capital of Bonn. The reasonthat the first and second talks were held respectively in West and East Germanywas to demonstrate that they were the foremost participants of the Talks. Thefirst talk was held in May 5th, after the East German elections had takenplace, in order to avoid accusations that the Talks were intended to interferein the elections. It was also to accommodate France and USSR that the third andfourth talks were held respectively in Paris and Moscow. Nonetheless, under theformat of the Two Plus Four Talks, the four countries participated only toratify the agreements that had been reached through the bilateral negotiationsbetween the two Germanys. The four countries did not contribute significantlyto the resolution of major issues.The first talks began on May 5th, 1990, inBonn. Secretary Baker stated that the Germany issue should be resolved by theGerman people; in contrast, the Soviet foreign minister Shevardnadze arguedagainst a unified Germany having any role in NATO, and also that the internaland external developments in German reunification need not progress at the sametime. Participants in this talk agreed on future talks, the participation ofPoland in the Paris talks to be held in July, the recognition of Germanself-determination, and the recognition of Oder-Neisse Border line. However, noagreement was reached on unified Germany’s participation in NATO.The second talks began on June 22nd in East Berlin. The main consensus reachedat this talk was that a draft of the Two Plus Four Treaty would be completedbefore the CSCE summit which would be held in November 7th. The USSR proposedthat the German military be limited to three hundred to three hundred fivethousand troops, the four major powers’ Germany-related authorities andresponsibilities be preserved until five years had passed after Germanreunification, and the basic participation in pre-existing international pacts.In response, the US opposed these proposals on the basis of completeself-determination on the part of Germany.[1] The Paris talks, which began on July17, saw the resolution of numerous major issues.[2] Unified Germany to have completeself-determination[3] The abolition of any powers orresponsibilities that the four major powers had relating to Germany[4] Unified Germany to have power to joinany international pacts as it desired[5] The recognition of Oder-Neisse BorderLine[6] German military to be limited to370,000 personnel[7] German military to not use,manufacture, possess biological, chemical, radiological weapons[8] Soviet troops to withdraw completelyfrom Germany in 3-4 years[9] NATO would not undertake eastwardexpansion until Soviet withdrawal was complete[10] American, English, and French troopsto stay in Berlin until complete Soviet military withdrawal[11] The conclusion of successionagreements between Germany and Soviet Union[12] The participants agreed to finalizethe Two Plus Four Talks on September 12.On September 12th, the four-month longconference finally came to an end with the signing of the Two Plus Four Treaty,or the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany, on September 12th.The Treaty, in part, included an agreement to give 13 million marks to the USSRto cover the withdrawal of its troops.However, the Two Plus Four Treaty was notput into effect until October 3rd, 1990, because the of the signatories’ slowratification process. Consequently, each foreign minister from the four majorpowers convened in New York on October 1st, 1990, and signed an agreement tosuspend their powers related to Germany. Their respective powers remainedsuspended until the Treaty was finally ratified two days later.The Two Plus Four Talks served to formulate the bilateral agreements that werereached. However, the negotiation process was not always smooth. The USSRmaintained their hardliner stance, and when the West tried to coerce Sovietcooperation, their response was that internal affairs could force the Sovietsto shut down the Talks. England and France argued that the Two Plus Four Talksdid not have any legal authority to resolve any border issues, which thereforeshould be resolved after reunification. In particular, England opposed theagreement that no international military exercises would take place in formerEast German territories until the complete withdrawal of Soviet troops.Issues not resolved at the Two Plus FourTalks were resolved in later respective bilateral talks held between Germanyand Poland, and Germany and the USSR, such as that of the German-Polish BorderTreaty. After the completion of the Talks there were numerous follow-upmeasures: [1] The treaty on several transitional measures signed on October 9th,1990;  [2] the treaty on theconditions for the temporary presence and the schedule withdrawal of the Soviettroops from Germany, signed on October 12th, 1990; [3] the Treaty on theDevelopment of a Comprehensive Cooperation in the Field of the Economy,Science, and Technology between Germany the USSR signed on November 9th,1990;  [4] the Polish-German BorderTreaty signed on November 14th, 1990; and [5] an agreement to form aGerman-USSR Youth Committee, signed on December 7th, 1990.* The views expressed in Guest Columns are not necessarily those of Daily NK. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? 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Ontario budget: Mixed reactions from financial groups

first_img Covid-19 misery shows in record Ontario job losses Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Tessie Sanci Related news Keywords Budgets,  Ontario See: Ontario budget: Regulating financial planning “The ongoing lack of clarity in the current environment as to who is permitted to hold themselves out as a financial planner leaves Ontarians extremely vulnerable,” says Cary List, president and CEO of the FPSC. The committee is mandated to provide recommendations and will submit its final report to the government by early 2016, according to the budget document. A private member’s bill to regulate financial advisors in Ontario had been initially introduced in February 2014. However, the bill was unable to go forward when a provincial election was called later that year. The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), on the other hand, is sharing their unease with the continued focus on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The government has stated the ORPP will be in effect in 2017. See: Ontario budget: ORPP administrator announced “Almost two million Ontarians already benefit from workplace retirement savings plans and the proposed final design of the ORPP undermines these existing plans,” says Janet Ecker, president and CEO of the TFSA. “Many Ontario employers already have generous plans and will be unable to afford the additional costs the ORPP will have on their businesses.” The TFSA is applauding Ontario’s focus on other initiatives concerning the financial services industry. These include its involvement in helping to establish Canada as the first trading hub in the Americas for the Chinese currency, the renminbi; and the province’s commitment to the federal government’s plan for the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System. It also welcomes the government’s $130-billion investment in infrastructure projects over the next decade. “This continued commitment to invest in infrastructure positively impacts Toronto’s increasing success as a growing international financial centre,” says Ecker.center_img Ontario raises small estate limit to $150,000 Ontario to provide parents with new round of support payments While Ontario’s move to consider the regulation of financial planners has made one industry group happy, the province’s determination to push its public pension plan forward is raising concerns from another. Toronto-based Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) states it is encouraged by the fact that the Ontario government has appointed a committee to study the idea of regulating financial planners. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TSX closes second strong week in a row

first_img “And, I think, we’re seeing some relief over the last — not just today — but over the last week or so from that negative slant.” The S&P/TSX composite index closed 230.20 points higher at 12,822.13 on Friday, leaving it down 1.4% or 187.82 points since the start of the year, as oil prices continue to improve. The March contract for North American benchmark crude oil closed up 40 cents at US$33.62 a barrel. It has now risen 18.5% since finishing as low at US$28.36 last week. McKinley said there will be continued volatility in oil prices, but they will improve in the long-run as production growth slows. The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar also continued to trend higher on the strength in oil, up 0.22 of a U.S. cent at 71.40 cents US after having rebounded from below 69 cents US early last week. In New York, markets were sharply higher. Good earnings reports from American companies like Microsoft, after others disappointed, helped propel the markets, said McKinley, as did rising oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average soared 396.66 points to 16,466.30. The S&P 500 rose 46.88 points to 1,940.24 and the Nasdaq added 107.27 points to 4,613.95. But January was a tough month for U.S. markets, as well, despite recent gains. The beginning of the year was the worst in the history of the Dow and the S&P 500 as both indexes fell into a correction or a drop of at least 10% from a recent peak. Both are down around 6% cent this month, while the Nasdaq is off about 8%. Some of today’s steep gains came after the Bank of Japan announced it would impose a 0.1% fee on some new commercial bank deposits with the central bank, effectively a negative interest rate. The bank said it hopes the move will encourage commercial banks to lend more, thereby stimulating investment and growth in the world’s third-largest economy. “People are interpreting that as potentially contributing to reinvigorating global growth,” said McKinley. Japan’s Nikkei 225, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and the Shanghai composite all rose on the news, as did European indexes. Elsewhere in commodities, March natural gas shot up 11.6 cents to US$2.298 per mmBtu, while April gold added 30 cents to US$1,116.40 an ounce and March copper rose 1.55 cents to US$2.067 a pound. With files from The Associated Press. Aleksandra Sagan Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch Related news TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors North American stock markets continued their late-month rally Friday, with Canada’s main index now having clawed back most of the big losses it suffered at the start of the year. “The early part of this year got off to a very negatively tilted sentiment,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian Equities at CIBC Asset Management. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector last_img read more

New Customer Panel will help transform customer experience

first_imgNew Customer Panel will help transform customer experience At SLC we have made a strategic commitment to improving customer experience. Recently, we have established our Customer Vision:To be widely recognised for enabling student opportunity and supporting the future economic prosperity of the UK. We aspire to provide an outstanding customer experience, helping customers to invest in their futures by providing an intuitive, supportive and trusted service.We recognise that we have some way to go to achieve this vision, so we will strive to deliver excellence across everything we do, from our information and guidance, through to the quality of our customer care and the design and reliability of our platforms, products, and services. But it is only by listening to our customers that we can become a truly customer centric organisation – delivering an end-to-end customer journey that is centred on their needs.A key part of this work is the establishment of a Student Finance Customer Panel which complements our existing user research and testing work. The Customer Panel gives us a new way of meaningfully engaging with a broad and diverse range of future, current and former higher and further education students who reflect the wider population we serve.I was joined by colleagues from SLC’s UX team, who lead the research, design and testing of our products and services with users, for our first Customer Panel meeting which took place virtually last month. During this session we discussed the importance of communication, with panel members sharing their thoughts on how they prefer to engage with organisations such as SLC.We wanted to hear their opinions on our service and their expectations on areas such as opening hours, response times and channel usage for specific types of enquiry. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we also wanted to hear the panel’s comments on their current service expectations of SLC and how that might change going forward.The discussion generated some very constructive and considered feedback which will be invaluable to SLC as we work to improve our services going forward. I appreciated how open and engaged all our panel members were and was encouraged to hear that they had also found the session useful.One panel member Mark, very much echoed my own sentiments when he said:We have panel members from all over the UK, representing many different backgrounds, qualifications and realities and I truly believe the rich diversity of experiences and journeys to, through and after university will prove invaluable to the Customer Panel overall. I thoroughly look forward to continuing the constructive discussions with my fellow panel members and supporting SLC’s desire to continuously improve its customer experience, now and in the future.From SLC’s perspective, we are also looking forward to future meetings. If the first session is anything to go by then I am confident the panel will be a success in helping to ensure the voice of the customer is reflected in future service design.With our Customer Panel in place and a keen focus on our Customer Vision, I believe that we are well placed to build on our existing and planned improvements and deliver an outstanding experience for those we serve. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:communication, covid-19, education, enquiry, finance, future, Government, pandemic, population, quality, research, students, testing, UK, UK Government, university, voicelast_img read more

Morepen Labs’ home diagnostics sales revenue grows by 98% in Q2’FY2020-21

first_img Thermometers’ sales (including non-contact infrared thermometers) increased by 311 per cent and that of blood pressure monitors by 185 per cent during the quarterAPI major Morepen Labs reported a six-fold rise in net profit in Q2 FY2020-21, led by a 60 per cent growth in its API business to Rs. 185.69 crore and a 98 per cent growth in its home diagnostics sales revenue to Rs. 90.35 crore. Thermometers’ sales (including non-contact infrared thermometers) increased by 311 per cent and that of blood pressure monitors by 185 per cent during the quarter.The 36-year old, Rs. 900 crore company which manufactures and markets pharmaceutical and healthcare products reported a sharp rise of 566 per cent in its Net Profit after Tax (consolidated) at Rs. 27.17 crore in the second quarter ended September 30th, 2020.This significant improvement in bottom line has been reportedly achieved on account of better margin realisation and despite a onetime hit of Rs. 12.84 crore taken by it towards the dues of fixed deposit holders paid during the quarter.Net Profit After Tax for Q2’FY2020-21 grew 566 per cent at Rs. 27.17 crore while Net Profit Before Tax jumped up by 198 per cent on account of better margin realisation during the quarter.Net Revenue for Q2’FY2020-21 stood at Rs.340.13 crore as against Rs. 216.24 crore for Q2’FY2019-20, registering a rise of 57 per cent. This rise was mainly on account of a consistent growth in sales of bulk drugs (APIs), diagnostic devices and OTC products during the quarter.The API business remained the lead growth driver in Q2 FY 2020-21 with a 60 per cent growth at Rs. 185.69 crore, contributing 56 per cent to the company’s top line during the quarter.EBIDTA and cash profit for Q2’FY2020-21 went up by 99 percent and 101 per cent at Rs. 35.49 crore and Rs. 35.20 crore, respectively.Revenues (consolidated) for six months ended 30 September 2020, rose by 43 per cent at Rs. 599.10 crore. Net profit after tax (PAT) for this period stood at Rs. 46.53 crore, registering a rise of 296 per cent against the corresponding period of the previous financial year. Comments (0) Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Share By EH News Bureau on November 9, 2020 Morepen Labs’ home diagnostics sales revenue grows by 98% in Q2’FY2020-21 Morepen Labs’ home diagnostics sales revenue grows by 98% in Q2’FY2020-21 Related Posts Add Comment Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services blood pressure monitorshome diagnosticsinfrared thermometersMorepen LabsQ2 FY2020-21 News last_img read more

Salas back in spotlight, so are political questions

first_imgLizette Salas made a bold crossing in the Twitterverse the day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. She reached outside her usual golf focus in that space to make her disappointment known in the election results. First, she retweeted actor Chris Evans’ strong statement on election day (Nov. 8). This is an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We’ve let a bully set our course. I’m devastated.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 9, 2016 And then Salas added her own feelings a day later. After last night, this country isn’t what I thought it was. I ask that the whole world pray for the citizens who still believe in morals— Lizette Salas (@LizetteSalas5) November 9, 2016 There were a few other tweets and retweets during those two days, but Salas quickly moved back into the place she’s more comfortable, back into life as a tour player. But with Salas leading the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open going into Sunday’s final, her opinions on matters outside golf are suddenly newsworthy again. She’s the child of Mexican immigrants and proud of her heritage. She opened herself to political questions with her public tweets, and Australian media obliged. After Saturday’s round, Salas was asked about her level of “discomfort” with “the change” in the American government. “That’s a really hard question,” Salas said. “I like to stay away from politics. I know I have expressed how I felt, and I think everyone is entitled to express that. There is going to be a lot of change, but I think our country is ready for it. I think we can come together and become stronger. “But as far as my opinion about our new president, I don’t really have anything to say.” Salas was thrust into political debate during Trump’s presidential campaign. She was besieged by a swarm of cameramen and reporters in Scotland two summers ago, with the Ricoh Women’s British Open being played at Trump Turnberry. Trump’s much ballyhooed arrival on the property via helicopter came shortly before Salas finished the first round. After signing her scorecard that day, Salas was peppered with questions about what she thought of Trump’s controversial comments on illegal immigration, on Mexico “not sending its best,” but sending “people who have lots of problems,” including “rapists.” Salas handled the media onslaught in Scotland with admirable grace, with a diplomat’s deft touch. “I’m not a politician,” she said in Scotland. “My job is to win golf tournaments. “Everyone has a right to say what they feel. That is what’s great about living in the United States. I’m happy to be the child of Mexican immigrants, and I’m proud of my heritage.” Salas is likely to face more questions like these, especially when she plays her way on to leaderboards, and especially with the U.S. Women’s Open scheduled to be played at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey July 13-16. For now, Salas’ focus is on winning in Australia. Her strong family ties are there for everyone to see. Her father, Ramon, is there with her. She would love to win her second LPGA title for him. When Salas broke through to win for the first time at the Kingsmill Championship three seasons ago, her father couldn’t be there. “He was watching on the television,” Salas said. “So this would mean a lot. To bounce back from the year that I had last year, it would mean a lot.” If you know Salas’ story, you know the strength of her bond with her parents. She got her start in golf when her father struck a deal with the head pro at Azusa Greens in suburban Los Angeles, where she grew up. Ramon was the head mechanic of the Azusa Greens grounds crew. When Ramon did some personal work for the pro there, instead of accepting payment, he asked if the pro could give his daughter lessons. When Salas traveled the Symetra Tour after a stellar career at USC, she did so with her father, in his Toyota pickup truck. They spent more than one night sleeping in rest areas. Salas is living the American dream for more than herself, for more than her parents, she will say. “When I was younger, I thought I was at a disadvantage because of where I grew up and what I didn’t have,” Salas once said. “But looking back, that is what made me who I am, and I’m very proud of that. Now, I’m in a position to help grow golf in Mexico and the U.S. I want to help grow the game, to get kids to play the game.”last_img read more

McGirt ready to live the dream at first Masters

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – For three days William McGirt’s phone was quiet. He’d waited a lifetime for this opportunity, politely sidestepping the occasional offer, but always hopeful that his time would come and he’d walk to the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club with a purpose. Rob Chapman – a longtime member at Augusta National – had offered for years to take McGirt to play the storied course. “I told him that if he asks me [to play] then I’m not going to turn it down, but I really don’t want to go until I have a reason,” McGirt says. “I didn’t want to go down and play Augusta National just to play Augusta National. I wanted to have a good reason to go play and take it all in and learn as much as a I could.” On June 5, 2016, McGirt outlasted Jon Curran with a par at the second playoff to win the Memorial in his sixth full season on the PGA Tour. After more than a decade of trial and largely error, the 36-year-old was bound for Augusta National as a Masters rookie. He waited three days for Chapman’s call. “He called me and said, ‘Well, is that a good enough reason to go to Augusta?’” McGirt laughs. “He said, ‘We don’t open until Oct. 14, but we can go any time after that.’” Masters Tournament: Articles, photos and videos Since then, McGirt has made the 3 1/2-hour commute down from his home in Boiling Springs, S.C., to Augusta, Ga., three times, careful he says not to wear out his welcome but regular enough to realize it was all worth the wait. In some ways the drive to Augusta has been cathartic, a vivid reminder of what it took to earn his coveted spot in next week’s field. He’d made similar drives hundreds if not thousands of times to nondescript mini-tour events all over the Southeast. From 2004 to ’09, McGirt was a mini-tour staple, playing wherever and whenever he could. “For three or four years, if there was a mini-tour event being held I was there,” he remembers. “It was nothing for me to go to Jacksonville [Fla.] to play a one- or two-day event on Monday and Tuesday and then drive eight hours to go play Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Go home on Saturday and Sunday and then do it all again the next week.” Before making it onto the Web.com Tour in 2010, he crisscrossed the south in an old Honda Passport, putting more than 100,000 miles on the car before it went “belly up,” his dream of someday playing the Tour far outlasting the auto industry’s best technology. Journeyman really doesn’t do McGirt justice. At 5-foot-8 he’s not exactly the model of the modern professional and consider that the web site for his alma mater, Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., lists the likes of ESPN announcer Wendi Nix and MSNBC host Craig Melvin among that school’s notable alum. There is no mention of McGirt. “Not surprising,” he laughs. While last year’s Memorial Tournament was McGirt’s 165th Tour start, he estimates he played well over 200 events on an assortment of mini-tours before that. It was apropos that it was at the 2015 Memorial when McGirt turned to swing coach John Tillery for help. He has always been a gritty competitor and a true clutch putter, but he needed to hit the ball higher if he was going to compete on courses like Muirfield Village and even Augusta National. “He was kind of boxed in a corner. There are only so many courses on the PGA Tour you can compete on hitting it that low,” says Tillery, who explains that McGirt went from an apex height of 84 feet with his driver in 2015 to 101 feet this season. Last season was McGirt’s best year on Tour, by far, and included his first trip to the Tour Championship and starts at three of the year’s four majors, all thanks to his victory at Jack Nicklaus’ place. But since Chapman called last June it’s only been one tournament that’s dominated his competitive thoughts. Growing up in the south young players don’t sit on practice greens rolling in putts to win the U.S. Open or PGA Championship. There’s always a green jacket at the end of that 5-footer. “The Masters is part of our lives forever. It has so much mystic when it’s right down the road growing up. For us it’s the grown-up version of the Magic Kingdom,” Tillery says. For McGirt, that bond began in 1988 when his father took him to the Masters for the first time. The 8-year-old watched Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer play the 18th hole, scurried around Amen Corner to cheer on Lee Trevino and eventually made it to the first tee. “Greg Norman was teeing off on No. 1 and I couldn’t see and there was this guy who had to be 6-foot-6 and he put me on his shoulders so I could watch him tee off,” McGirt says. “Just a random guy.” McGirt admits that if officials at Augusta National would have let him he would have spent the three weeks leading up to the Masters playing the course every day, learning every mound and subtle break. “You see so much on TV, but there is so much stuff you just can’t pick up. Like on No. 1, you never know there is so much slope on that green. I never knew there were three little mounds in front of the second green,” he says. After a professional lifetime of toil, the father of two admits that it won’t be the iconic drive down Magnolia Lane or even the thrill of setting out for his first competitive round at the Masters that he’s been looking forward to the most since his victory last summer at Muirfield Village. If he’s going to become overcome with emotion it will be on Wednesday when his family joins him for the annual Par 3 Contest. “Miles [his son] has watched all of his friends caddie in the Par 3 and he looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, when can I do that?’ I’m like, ‘Buddy, daddy’s got to win first and trust me, I’m trying,’” McGirt smiles. “If I’m going to lose it, it’s going to be on Wednesday with them. It’s special to hear your name on the first tee at Augusta National, but being able to take your two kids out and play nine holes in the Par 3, I don’t know that there’s anything much better than that.” Of the 94 players currently in the Masters field there may be some with better pedigrees then McGirt, but none with more passion or purpose when it comes to the year’s first major.last_img read more

Letterkenny should host a Food Festival – Larkin

first_img Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – March 13, 2014 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Previous articleHarkin says Troika policies damaged IrelandNext articleIrish mackerel quotas to double following agreement with Norway and Faroes News Highland WhatsApp Calls have been made for Letterkenny Town Council to host a food festival in the town.A Taste of Donegal food festival in Donegal Town and the Foyle Food Festival in Derry has seen thousands descend there over the last few years.And it’s hope a food fesitival in Letterkenny would see a similar boost in tourism numbers.Cllr Dessie Larkin said the Aura Leisure Centre would be the perfect place to host a healthy eating food festival:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/larkinfood.mp3[/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project center_img Facebook WhatsApp Letterkenny should host a Food Festival – Larkin Google+ Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Twitter LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more