A fifth of all eligible Limerick businesses yet to apply for…

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick Ladies football squad announced as fixtures confirmed for All-Ireland seriesNext articleFilm in Limerick welcomes extension of Regional Film Uplift for Mid-West in budget Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsA fifth of all eligible Limerick businesses yet to apply for Business Restart Grant Plus schemeBy Staff Reporter – October 14, 2020 229 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Printcenter_img Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash AROUND 80 per cent of businesses in Limerick who are eligible for the Business Grant Plus scheme have applied for funding from Limerick City and County Council.  To date Limerick City and County Council has received 4,211 applications with a value of €19.5 million, while 3,856 applications have been processed with €17.8 million having been paid to businesses in Limerick.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, that still leaves around 20 per cent of eligible businesses who have yet to apply for the scheme. Closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. The Business Restart Grant Plus scheme amounts to direct grant aid of between a minimum of €4,000 to €25,000, based on commercial rates bill from 2019. It is open to businesses that have a turnover of less than €100,000 per employee up to a maximum of €25million. The grant, administered by Limerick City and County Council is to help businesses with the costs associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Other qualifying criteria include:·         Be a commercial, trading, entity ·         Operate from a premises that is commercially rateable by a local authority ·         Have 0 – 250 employees ·         Have suffered a 25%+ loss in turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020. ·         Commit to remain open or to reopen if closed ·         Intend to retain employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) If a business has already been paid a grant under the initial Restart Grant Scheme, they do not need to complete a new application for the Restart Plus. The Council will contact you to confirm if you wish to opt-in to the Restart Grant Plus scheme. The Council will liaise with businesses directly, in the event that any additional information is required to complete your application under the Restart Grant Plus scheme. A further 30% top up is available for businesses as part of the introduction of Covid Level 3 restrictions. The Council will again contact businesses to confirm if they are eligible/ wish to opt-in to the Restart Grant Plus 30% scheme. Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “As a small business owner I understand the worry and confusion brought about by Covid-19. Some futures are uncertain and it is difficult to live with the ‘not knowing’.” “The Business ReStart Grant Plus will, in some way, help allay some of the costs associated and incurred when re-opening or keeping a business operational as well as re-connecting with employees and customers.” Sean Coughlan, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Finance with Limerick City and County Council said: “Business Restart Grant Plus is one of a suite of measures being offered by Limerick City and County Council and Local Enterprise Office Limerick. I would encourage all businesses eligible to apply.” “Our records suggest there is still around 20 per cent of eligible businesses that have yet to apply for the grant. Log on to limerick.ie/business and fill out the application form. The form is not complicated and only takes a few minutes.” For more information on the Restart Grant Plus click here.To apply for the ReStart Grant Plus Scheme, click here. For information about other schemes to support businesses, check out limerick.ie/business.  Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Dutch hybrid contract won’t affect investment policies – survey

first_imgThe so-called ‘middle way’ for the new Dutch pensions contract being hammered out by the government will have little impact on pension funds’ asset allocation, according to investment experts.A large majority of investment professionals attending a conference held by IPE sister publication IP Nederland said the new hybrid contract would not lead to a more “aggressive” investment policy, even if pension funds are given more options for smoothing out rights cuts, as is expected.Hans de Ruiter, head of investments at the €5bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO and a member of an IP Nederland discussion panel, said: “The new pensions contract is not meant to increase investment risks.”Hedwig Peters, professional pension fund board member and also on the panel, fully shared his opinion, pointing out that “current legislation would still apply”. Also during the conference, the audience showed no clear preference for the recently proposed new discount rate, which consists of an ultimate forward rate (UFR) of the average 20-year interest rate over the previous 10 years.The new criterion is to replace the current discount rate of the three-month average of the forward curve as of 2015, when the new financial assessment framework (FTK) is scheduled to come into force.Gerard Roelofs, head of investments for Continental Europe at Towers Watson, said: “The impact is not very different from the current discount rate.”However, the expert panel was very pleased the three-month average would disappear from the discount criterion.Both Peters and De Ruiter noticed that no financial instruments existed to hedge the interest risk on liabilities based on the UFR.Therefore, pension funds should not adjust their current interest-matching policy because of the new discount rate, Peters argued.Almost the entire audience agreed with her that market valuation of liabilities should be the guiding principle for pension funds’ investment policy.A large majority of the audience also said they did not expect a hybrid pensions contract to lead to an increase of inflation-linked products in their investment portfolios.last_img read more

Dana White and Kamaru Usman disagree on next challenger for welterweight title

first_imgYou can’t go wrong with either option and should Usman decide to take some time off, a title eliminator between the feuding parties would certainly be welcomed by the fans. Nevertheless, Usman will sit and wait to see whose number is called next and made it clear that he won’t turn down any challenger coming for his title. “Right now, I’m sitting above and looking at all these guys and they’re all very tightly contested,” Usman said of his potential opponents at 170 pounds. “They just need to break out, and I’m waiting for whoever Dana and the organization feel is next for me and I’ll be happy. I’ll never turn down a fight, and especially now. I’m the champion. If they said this is the next guy, then hey, this is the next guy.” LAS VEGAS – Kamaru Usman’s big right hand put an end to his rivalry with Colby Covington and made his first successful defense of his welterweight title at UFC 245. But he may not have long to savor the victory because there is already a line forming around the block for a crack at the champion. If left up to Usman, the next man up may not be who you think it is. If left up to UFC President Dana White, Usman’s next challenger is exactly who you think it will be. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAccording to White, the man who won the fictional “BMF” title against Nate Diaz at UFC 244 may have already earned his title opportunity in a fight that the UFC president believes would be huge for both fighters and the UFC.“It’s massive,” White said before praising Usman’s performance on Saturday night. “Yeah, the Masvidal fight vs. Usman, it’s a big deal. He fought (Nate) Diaz for the ‘BMF’ belt and now to fight for the actual title against the guy who’s tough as nails, it’s fun.”While Usman-Masvidal may be the biggest money fight that can be made for the welterweight title, Usman believes another man has earned that opportunity. “There’s a lot of tough guys in the division – a lot, a lot of tough guys,” Usman said at the UFC 245 post-fight press conference. “I mean, let’s be honest: If you’re talking about someone who is deserving, Leon Edwards hasn’t lost since he fought me. He’s been finishing guys and he’s now found myself in a position that I found myself in a little over a year ago, is everyone knew I was one of the toughest guys in the division and they didn’t want to take that gamble and risk on me.”Currently, Masvidal and Edwards are ranked #3 and #4, respectively. While Masvidal is coming off of a huge win against Diaz, Edwards has won eight fights in a row with victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos and Gunnar Nelson.Masvidal and Edwards were also involved in an altercation earlier this year when both were involved in a physical altercation backstage at UFC Fight Night 147 that left Edwards with a facial laceration courtesy of Masvidal. last_img read more

New NFL policy may prohibit teams from announcing signings, but these teams found a loophole

first_imgThe NFL, as per usual, decided to be a buzzkill this week by issuing a new policy that prohibits teams from announcing that they have agreed to contract terms with a free agent until the contract has been executed and the player has passed a physical. A few teams decided to get creative and found ways around the rules to announce signings via Twitter on Wednesday, the first day of the 2020 league year.The Bears were first, announcing there were “reports” that they were trading for Nick Foles, all but confirming the news without actually saying it themselves. Reports: #Eagles have agreed to terms with DT Javon Hargrave. pic.twitter.com/vUvVlenFtd— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 18, 2020The Vikings had fun with it, citing their signing of Michael Pierce from Michael Pierce.NFL policy currently prohibits teams from making official announcements regarding roster moves.Per reports, the #Vikings have agreed to terms with DT Michael Pierce (@mikepierce_97).📰: https://t.co/QMNZVBKWlz pic.twitter.com/H9esxqqrQ0— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 19, 2020And by reports, we mean from #THEJUGGERNAUT himself.https://t.co/oqq5w2zLut— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 19, 2020And the Rams… Well, now they’re just trolling.According to our #sources and multiple #media #reports… pic.twitter.com/Zx1MsVJyGn— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 19, 2020NFL reporters might appreciate these efforts from teams, as it directly confirms their reporting. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport gave the Redskins a shoutout.I’m enjoying this social media trend. https://t.co/Fqe5DTBOcW— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020 Per @NFLNetwork reports, we have traded for QB @NickFoles.(NFL policy currently prohibits teams from making any official announcements.)@SNICKERS | #DaBears— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 18, 2020NFL FREE AGENCY TRACKER:Live updates on news, rumors, signings & tradesThe Cardinals were next, citing “multiple reports” regarding the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins. And they decided to have extra fun with it.As you may know, NFL policy currently prohibits teams from making any official announcements.It does allow us to pass along media reports.And according to multiple reports, we have acquired WR DeAndre Hopkins via trade with the Houston Texans. pic.twitter.com/vSHzrFmGFH— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 18, 2020pic.twitter.com/q5bojlvLqv— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 18, 2020There are also rumblings (potentially) from multiple reports that we have agreed to terms with LB Devon Kennard.However, we cannot confirm or deny these reports. pic.twitter.com/nRPcCM0bjM— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 18, 2020pic.twitter.com/9Ylhw11p6L— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 18, 2020The Redskins were quick to catch on, announcing reports of a couple of new signings.This is something new. So, stay with us.NFL policy currently prohibits teams from making any official announcements. What we will do is tweet about the reports floating around 💯REPORTS: We have agreed to terms with CB Kendall Fuller 😏 pic.twitter.com/Cca88ZRkO7— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 18, 2020HOLD ON WE ARE HEARING MORE REPORTSApparently, we have also agreed to terms with Thomas Davis 💯 pic.twitter.com/byS7qkPUU1— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 18, 2020The Eagles also joined in on the fun.last_img read more