first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp News Twitter 139 days after the country went to the polls to vote in the General Election – it finally looks like we will have a new government.Negotiating teams for Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party thrashed out a Programme For Government over the last number of weeks.That deal was agreed last week and was put before the members of the three parties who were asked to vote on whether they agreed with it or not.And with all three now in agreement, it is likely that Fianna Fail’s Michael Martin will be elected Taoiseach at a special Dail sitting in the Convention Centre tomorrow.The first vote back in was the Fine Gael party who accepted the deal by 80% Yes to 20% No.The party uses an electoral college system for votes of this nature that is weighted heavily in favour of the parliamentary party members, comprised of TDs, MEPs and Senators.50% of the vote goes for the Fine Gael parliamentary party, 25% to the membership, 15% to their executive and 10% to the elected councillors.The Parliamentary Party approved the deal (90-10%), as did Constituency Delegates (71-29%) and Executive Council (85-15%). The Council of Local Representatives was closer but it was still approved by 57% Yes to 43% No.The second vote returned was Fianna Fail. 14,375 people were eligible to vote and 11,071 of them did so.In the end, 74% were in favour and 26% against – so once again it was overwhelmingly passed.Both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael only required a simple majority of greater than 50% to pass the deal but the Green Party needed 66% and their vote was in last.1,892 votes were cast 1,435 voted yes. 457 voted no. So it got 76% yes and 24% No.SEE ALSO – CONFIRMED: GAA unveil revised inter-county schedule for remainder of 2020 Twitter TAGSFianna FailFine GaelProgramme for GovernmentThe Green Party Home News BREAKING: Ireland set to get new government as Fine Gael, Fianna Fail… News Facebook Previous articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Friday, June 26, 2020Next articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 27, 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. Electric Picnic Pinterest BREAKING: Ireland set to get new government as Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Green Party members vote for deal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 26th June 2020 WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

first_img5. Late Night Chillwave SetsFinishing up Thursday and Friday nights were two late night sets by Tycho and How to Dress Well, which served as perfect lullabies before sending the crowds off to bed. Both on the Pavillion Stage, the downtempo electropop sets combined with dreamy visuals left attendees in a trance after running around all day in the sun.HTDW’s set was in particularly intimate as few festival-goers had the zest after Paul McCartney’s high energy performance to make it across the grounds to the show. Lead singer Tom Krell took liking to this cozy setting as he passionately serenaded the crowd and gave background stories of the songs. Krell even surprised the crowd with a Taylor Swift cover. 2. Paul McCartney’s BirthdayHeadliner Paul McCartney opened up his two and a half hour long set Friday with “Birthday,” making note of his 73rd birthday the day before. McCartney’s liveliness held strong past midnight as he played several Beatles tunes supported by the crowd and tributes to John Lennon and the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC. McCartney surprised a fan by granting her poster’s request to sign a tattoo she had of his face shortly before finishing out the set with a grand finale of fireworks. Firefly Music Festival’s fourth annual gathering took place in Dover, DE this past weekend, with a sold out crowd of 90,000 attendees and four days of headliners including Paul McCartney, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Modest Mouse, Zedd and more.Severe thunderstorms Saturday night caused cancellations of sets including Kings of Leon, late night Lettuce, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers while cutting short Sublime and Kid Cudi performances. Although fans left disappointed during the evacuation that night, they were happy with the announcement of Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers’ rescheduled sets Sunday, and with the music and festivities overall!Here are some highlights from the weekend:1. The Killers Brighten Up Kings of Leon FansSunday night on the main stage The Killers honored their festival co-headliners Kings of Leon with two cover songs. Kings of Leon’s Saturday night set was canceled due to torrential rainfall and an evacuation of the festival grounds, but fans were happy to hear The Killers pay respect with a full rendition of “The Bucket” and a sing-along, acoustic tease of “Use Somebody”. 3. The Crowd’s Embracement of the MudThe combination of 90,000 people and heavy rainstorms throughout the weekend left the festival grounds of the woodlands with quicksand-like soil. The ankle-deep, and sometimes knee-deep, mud surely didn’t stop festival goers from raging all day and running from one performer to the next. Several attendees abandoned their shoes and danced barefoot throughout the weekend.4. Matt and Kim’s Twerk SurfingMatt and Kim win the award for the wildest set of the weekend as they belted out every ounce of energy they could into a fully reciprocating crowd. The duo jumped around the stage shouting, and Kim even dived into the crowd to twerk surf before returning back on stage to dry hump her drum set. “Let’s make this the best show of our lives!” shouted from both of them. 6. The Guy Who Stole the Show at Snoop DoggSunday night during Snoop Dogg, a crowd member scaled a speaker tower for a few songs before Snoop performed his Akon collaboration, “I Wanna Love You”, with shoutout lyrics of “I see you winding and grinding up on that pole.” Eventually beer bottles were thrown at the attendee who finally came down to be handled by security and Dover police officers.7. Steve Aoki Takes the CakeHouse DJ Steve Aoki, originally scheduled for a midnight set Saturday night, treated his rescheduled Sunday afternoon performance like any other late night set with his tradition of cake throwing and head banging. Eager crowds flooded to the Backyard Stage with signs begging to be thrown a cake. Aoki threw out at least ten cakes along with a plethora of champagne.Photo via Ilya Savenok//Getty Images8. Glass Animals Covers Kanye WestEnglish indie-rock band Glass Animals brought a packed crowd to the Forest Stage Friday evening with several hits off of their award winning album ZABA and a set closer of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.” Dave Bayley on vocals walked his microphone into the crowd to provide a very smooth and slowed down anthem of the top hit.last_img read more

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first_imgSee also:Rennes want to keep Chelsea youngster BogaSwansea pair doubtful for Chelsea gameBlues youngsters to play as Terry and others are ruled outSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesChelsea beat Man City to retain FA Youth Cup Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Holders Chelsea saw off Blackburn to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup for the fifth consecutive season.Dujon Sterling, Jacob Maddox and Tammy Abraham (pictured) scored as the Blues stormed to a 3-1 second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge, winning the semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. The tie was as good as over by half-time after the hosts scored three times in a one-sided first half. Lewis Mansell netted for Rovers in the second half.AdChoices广告Sterling fired in the opener after being set up by Mukhtar Ali, and two goals in four minutes then put Chelsea firmly in control.Maddox rounded the keeper to score after being put through by Sterling, before Mason Mount laid on the third for striker Abraham.Mansell reduced the deficit with a header but there was no way back for Blackburn.Chelsea will now face Manchester City over two legs in a repeat of last season’s final. They will be away in the first leg.last_img read more

first_img12 May 2014 The African National Congress (ANC) has been officially declared the winner of South Africa’s 2014 general election, after securing 62.15% of the national vote in last Wednesday’s poll. Announcing the results in Pretoria on Saturday evening, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the ANC had received 11 436 921 votes, which translates into 249 seats in the country’s National Assembly. The party remains in control in eight of the country’s provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape, which stays under the Democratic Alliance (DA), which secured 59.38% of the provincial vote. The DA increased its support nationally to 22.23% (4 091 584 votes), giving it 89 seats in the National Assembly. Newcomers the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) emerged as the third most popular party after the ANC and DA, with 6.35% of the vote. The party, which was formed only eight months ago, received more than one-million votes in the national ballot, earning 25 seats in Parliament. It has also become the official opposition in North West and Limpopo provinces. IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said she was satisfied with how the elections were conducted. “I hereby, on behalf of the Electoral Commission, declare the 2014 national and provincial elections free and fair,” she said.Other parties in Parliament Of the 29 parties that contested the elections, only 13 received sufficient votes to gain representation in Parliament. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) received the fourth-highest number of votes with 2.4% (441 854 votes). Its breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP), came in fifth with 1.57% (288 742 votes). This was the first time the NFP had contested a national election. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) increased its support from 0.85% in 2009 to 1% (184 636 votes), with the sixth-highest share of votes. The Freedom Front Plus improved its support from 0.83% in 2009 to 0.9% (165 715 votes), while the African Christian Democratic Party received 0.57% of the vote (104 039 votes). The Congress of the People received 0.67% (123 221 votes) this time around. Agang SA got 0.28% (52 334 votes) of the national vote. A total of 251 957 votes were spoilt nationally, up from 239 237 in the last poll, while over 18-million of people (73.42% of those eligible to vote) participated in the election. “As we celebrate two decades of democracy and conclude the 2014 elections, we can affirm democracy is alive and well and thriving in our land,’ Tlakula said. IEC vice-chair Terry Tselane said the elections had demonstrated the same spirit the country had in 1994, something he said the nation should be proud of. Both the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions congratulated South Africa on a free, fair, transparent and credible election. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgAmerica’s got talent. So why is it so hard to find? Maybe it wouldn’t be great theater, but why not develop another reality-based television show based on marriage—one that would tie the knot between those elusive skilled workers and job openings at thriving U.S. employers. You can have your manufactured pop stars and your weight-loss champions. And please, keep your dancing celebrities. Give me something that’s a little more connected to reality—the continuing struggles of those who make up the U.S. labor market, showing how the short- and long-term effects of the latest recession are truly damaging the country’s future. New research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that this is not going away anytime soon. Of manufacturers that are hiring full-time staff, more than two-thirds (67 percent) said their organizations are having a difficult time recruiting for available positions, virtually unchanged from the summer of 2011 (68 percent). Naturally the process becomes even more strenuous for highly specialized positions: 74 percent of those surveyed said they’re struggling to fill jobs that require “new and different skill sets in manufacturing,” up from 72 percent in 2011 and 43 percent in 2010. What makes this scenario even more frustrating is that many of these companies already are doing quite well, but business likely would be booming with a full staff. Nearly three-quarters of manufacturers surveyed (73 percent) reported “mild to significant” improvement in their organization’s financial health compared with a year ago, up sharply from 59 percent in both 2011 and 2010. Of that group, 24 percent reported a “significant” financial recovery, up from 19 percent in 2011 and just 6 percent in 2010. Simple math will tell you how harmful the skills gap is for the U.S. economy in the near term. Fewer people employed means fewer dollars being spent on goods and services and fewer taxes being collected. Now for the scary long-term news: Some companies are getting quite complacent about the skills mismatch issue, according to research by staffing services firm Manpower. The company’s 2012 Global Talent Shortage Survey showed that 56 percent of employers indicate that unfilled positions are expected to have “little or no impact” on constituents, such as customers and investors. That’s up considerably from 36 percent in 2011. Why the sharp rise in that metric? Manpower’s analysis suggests that the data could be revealing a “new normal” for the workforce—companies operating at higher levels of efficiency due not only to technological improvements but to cutting labor costs by employing fewer workers and increasing productivity of existing staff. Will the time come when skating by on the bare minimum doesn’t produce the results desired by consumers, stockholders and others with a stake in corporate America? Possibly. But given the painfully slow progress the country’s economy has made, it’s suddenly easy to see why many companies aren’t extremely worried about filling a few slots on their payrolls. This is incredibly shortsighted, though; as Manpower’s analysis correctly points out, “failure to understand the impact unfilled positions can have on the client experience and stakeholders . . . is a monumental mistake . . . it is an unsustainable approach to addressing talent shortages in the Human Age.” Now there’s a dose of reality for all HR professionals to consider. Joseph Coombs is SHRM’s workplace trends and forecasting specialist. To read the original article, please click here.last_img read more

first_imgDid you know that Organized Retail Crime costs the retail industry approximately $30 billion each year? Are you a retail loss prevention decision maker? If so, and you want to be part of the solution, the 2016 Organized Retail Crime survey is currently under way.The NRF 2016 ORC Study explores numerous aspects of these industry-wide issues by asking participants to answer 23 questions, including ORC activity levels, company resources allocated, fencing, merchandise credits and gift cards, and cargo theft, among other areas. You will also be asked three questions to help us segment the results to include the number of stores that your company operates and the retail segment that your company would identify with most closely.We ask that you please take part in this year’s exclusive 2016 Organized Retail Crime survey. Take the next 15 minutes and start the 2016 ORC survey by clicking here, and be entered into a random drawing to win an iPad Mini!- Sponsor – Please don’t wait! The deadline to participate is EOD Friday, August 19. If you have any questions about this survey (and/or if you need a copy of the survey PDF re-sent to you), please contact via email Bob Moraca, NRF VP Loss Prevention, at [email protected] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgPinterest partnerships with name brands and Etsy focus on a personalized holiday strategyYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingPinterest partnerships with name brands and Etsy focus on a personalized holiday strategy Pinterest is giving a handful of brands special gift-finding tools to help with their holiday strategies on the platform. Macy’s, Lowe’s and Kohl’s have all launched Pinterest “gift globes,” and the company partnered with Etsy to develop “The Etsy Gift Guide” — all tools designed to deliver a personalized shopping experience.Retailer Gift Globes. Pinterest partnered with Macy’s, Lowe’s and Kohl’s to design a special gift-finder tool to help users find gift ideas. Users enter who they are shopping for, and the gift globes deliver a personalized list of gift options from the retailers based on criteria.Macy’s Pinterest gift globe search by interests:To surface more gift ideas, users can shake their phone on the mobile version of the app, and the gift globe will display new product options. Clicking on the “Buy now” button listed under the product will launch a purchase page within Pinterest.To promote the gift globes, each of the three brands used Pinterest Promoted Videos at maximum width or Promoted Pins to drive more users to their customized gift globe platform.The Etsy partnership. Pinterest has also designed an “Etsy Gift Finder” to help Pinterest users find items from the handmade-centric marketplace. Similar to the gift globe, the Etsy tool lets shoppers complete a virtual gift tag that helps narrow the type of gift they’re looking to find.The virtual gift tag leads to an Etsy personalized product page where users can purchase items directly from the marketplace.Like Macy’s, Kohl’s and Lowe’s, Etsy is using maximum-width Promoted Videos and Promoted Pins featuring the gift finder to drive more Pinterest users to the platform.Why it matters. Jacqueline Ball, lead creative director and digital strategist for Sozoe Creative digital marketing agency, says Pinterest is underrated for retail marketers.“Between its recent partnership with Etsy to develop The Etsy Gift Finder and major retailers Kohl’s, Lowe’s and Macy’s to create Gift Globes, Pinterest is set to dominate the holiday shopping season. Traditionally, Pinterest has been one of the most underrated social media platforms for marketers, and these partnerships are evidence that some brands have caught on to this secret,” says Sozoe Creative’s lead digital strategist.Ball said, over the past three years, Pinterest has been the strongest platform for running a keyword-based strategy for their clients. “Sometimes producing results as high as 400 to 500 percent return on adverting spend (ROAS) each month,” said Ball. “Additionally, Pinterest’s earned media potential provides a significant advantage to the platform, as every ‘re-pin’ a pin receives, 11 more profiles see that content.”In a survey of Pinterest users conducted by Toluna, 87 percent of participants said Pinterest helped them find the right products for the holidays last season. Pinterest’s partnerships with these brands help deliver more personalized shopping experiences for holiday shoppers.The post Pinterest partnerships with name brands and Etsy focus on a personalized holiday strategy appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Pinterest partnerships with name brands and Etsy focus on a personalized holiday strategy Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 17th November 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

first_imgArjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, who will soon be seen together in the film Tevar, have been spotted together yet again. And this time, in the same car.While the grapevine has been more than abuzz in recent times regarding the equation between the two, Sonakshi has been pretty tight-lipped about it all. Arjun, on the other hand, had gone on the record saying that he isn’t dating the Dabangg actress. However, given the camaraderie between the two, which is more than vivid these days, one can’t help but wonder – is there more to their friendship than what meets the eye?Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor. Pic Credit: Yogen ShahWhile Arjun was seen in a mauve tee and jeans, sporting nerd glasses, Sonakshi was dressed in white. The Tevar co-stars were accompanied by Arjun’s sister, Anshula Kapoor.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia, on Sunday visited the ancient Gandan Monastery and also presented a sapling of the revered Bodhi tree to the chief abbot of the Buddhist temple.Modi was later accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State Palace in Mongolia. The Indian prime minister told his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg that India is privileged to be considered as Mongolia’s spiritual neighbour. Key agreements were also signed between the two. Here are the LIVE updates:Modi addresses Mongolian Parliament: Highlights – The convergence of Buddhism and democracy provides us a path to build an Asia of peace and cooperation, harmony and equality, says Modi.- India is the bright spot of hope to become the new locomotive for global economic momentum. – The 8 fold path of Buddha prescribes not just the path to happiness of individuals but also guide to well being of societies and nations. – In less than an year, India has emerged as one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. – A year ago, a nation of 1.25 billion people voted for change and progress in the largest democratic election in human history. – While the human bonds have been strong, our economic ties have been modest. – In turn, time and again, you have stood in solidarity with us, in the United Nations and elsewhere. – Five decades ago, we stood firmly with you, as you sought membership of the United Nations as a proud and sovereign nation. – We are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations but our ties are timeless in spirit. advertisement- Everything I see and experience here, speaks clearly of unlimited goodwill for India, I bring greetings of 1.25 billion spiritual neighbours.- Mongolia is the new bright light of democracy in our world. – I’m deeply grateful for your generosity in hosting me on a Sunday, I’m humbled by the wonderful hospitality. – It’s an honour to address the Parliament of Mongolia, it’s a special privilege to do so on 25th year of democracy in Mongolia. – Your country reminds us how beautiful this world is, says Modi. 08:40 am: PM Narendra Modi at State Great Khural, will address Parliament of Mongolia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi.07:25 am:  We will take our economic partnership to a new level: PM Modi in Mongolia.Here is the full list of agreements signed between India-Mongolia 1. Joint statement for India-Mongolia strategic partnership.2. Air services agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia.3. Agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of animal health and dairy.4 Treaty between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the transfer of sentenced persons5. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of traditional systems or medicine and homeopathy.6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia for enhancing cooperation in border guarding. Policing and surveillance.7. Programme of cooperation between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia in the field of culture for the Years 2015-2018.8. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the establishmeni of cyber security training centre in the Ministry of Defence of Mongolia.9. Memorandum or Understanding between the foreign service institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the diplomatic academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.10. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of foreign affairs of Mongolia.11. Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry of new and renewable energy of the government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Energy of the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of renewable energy.12. Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between the National Security Council of the Republic of India and the National Security Council of Mongolia.13. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the establishment of India-Mongolia Friendship Secondary School in Mongolia14. India-Mangolia sign key agreements. Memorandum of Understanding Between Tata Memorial Centre of India and National Cancer Center of Mongolia for Gifting of Bhabhatron-II Terecobalt Unit along with a radiotherapy simulator.07:15 am: Modi is also expected to meet President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and attend a banquet lunch in his honour.07:08 am: The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for an IT centre and attend a mini Naadam festival – a national sporting festival and watch wrestling, archery and horse racing events in an open arena.advertisement07:07 am: Modi will also address a community reception and banquet in Ulan Bator.07:00 am: Mongolia, a landlocked country between China and Russia, has a population of over 2.9 million. More than half of the population follow Buddhism, and about three per cent follow Islam and 2.2 per cent Christianity, while 2.9 per cent are Shamanist.06:55 am: Modi arrived in Mongolia from China in the second leg of his three-nation visit. This is the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Mongolia pic.twitter.com/4taJE1UgUd&; Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) May 16, 2015last_img read more