NewsLocal NewsPromissory note repayment will cost jobsBy admin – April 17, 2012 566 LIMERICK-born economist, Tom McDonnell, believes that recent moves to negotiate a deal on the Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide promissory notes, is a positive move.Mr McDonnell was speaking at Mary Immaculate College. He did, however, warn that the structure of the deal and in particular the interest rate, would be crucial to Ireland’s debt sustainability“As it stands, the promissory notes will cost €47 billion over the next 20 years. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is welcome that the Government is now prioritising this issue and realises that the current structure of Ireland’s debt burden and the promissory note payments has to be renegotiated with a view to easing the burden on the Irish state and ensuring Ireland’s debt sustainability into the medium term. “However, the structure of any deal is crucial. We don’t yet know exactly what will come about and in particular there is no information regarding what the interest rate on payments might be.”Mr McDonnell was speaking before addressing a public meeting on promissory note that was hosted by the Limerick One World Society.“The promissory notes constitute our remaining €30.6 billion bill for the private debts of Anglo and the INBS – a bill due to be paid by the Irish people through higher taxes and lower public spending: he pointed out. “While most of the Anglo/INBS bondholders have now been repaid, we will be footing the bill for that repayment for years in terms of lower public spending and higher taxes – taxes which will be used to pay for bank debt rather than for improved public services or infrastructure. He said that over 2% of GDP will be sucked out of the economy each year up to 2023 to meet the promissory note repayments, which will mean more job losses and more pressure on a battered economy and society.“TASC (an independent, progressive think-tank dedicated to promoting equality, democracy and sustainability in Ireland through evidence-based policy recommendations), has suggested that the Government seek to convert the promissory notes into a low-interest long-term government bond – sometimes called a ‘bullet bond,” which is repayable over a longer period, such as 50 or even 100 years and has long argued that at least some of the former Anglo’s private banking debt that was socialised should be written-down.”He concluded that the outcome of the negotiations being conducted by the Department of Finance and the ECB will have a long-term impact on Ireland’s debt sustainability and economic recovery. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Email Print WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleCharged with breaching court order at Newcastle WestNext articleIGB identify owners of dead greyhounds admin
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IDC Cloud Repatriation Accelerates in a Multicloud World, Doc #US44185818, August 2018______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorPavan SrivastavaPrincipal & US SAP Cloud Leader, Deloitte ConsultingSAP Experience: 20+ yearsS/4HANA Experience: 3+ yearsCloud Experience: 5+ yearsExternal Accolades: Frequent speaker at SAP insider, SAP Sapphire, Google Next, AWS Re-invent and published articles in Wall Street journal
Finland’s Etera reported a 1.3% investment return for the first half of this year, down from 3.7% in the same period in 2015, and said Britian’s vote to leave the Europen Union had had no real impact on its investments over the period.In its interim report, the mutual pensions insurance company said the market value of investments dipped to €5.90bn at the end of June 2016, down from €5.94bn at the end of June 2015.Stefan Björkman, Etera’s chief executive, said: “Brexit did not rattle Etera’s investment portfolio or solvency.”He said the firm’s investment strategy had proved successful. “The market movement caused by Brexit has not had any greater impact on our investment portfolio than normal day-to-day fluctuations,” he said.Investment returns continued to develop positively in July, after the reporting period ended, he said, with Etera’s January-to-July return on investments at 2.4%.Fixed-income investments returned 2.0% in the first half, down from 2.4%, while equities produced a slim return of 0.2%, down from 7.8% in the same period last year.Real estate investments produced 2.8%, up from 2.0%, and other investments — a category which includes hedge funds and commodities — made a 0.2% loss, down from a 1.3% profit.Etera said it was continuing to actively seek investments within Finland, and that domestic investments made up 37% of its total investments at the end of June.In Etera’s full-year 2015 data, the share of domestic investments was 38%.It said Finnish investments made in the first quarter of this year included the acquisition of a share of forest owner Finsilva, based in central Finland, and a share of the cleantech company BMH Technologies, in which it had jointly invested alongside Finnish Industry Investment, government-owned investment company.Etera’s solvency capital decreased to €715m at the end of June from €751m at the end of December, falling to 13.5% of technical provisions from 14.2%.However, compared to March 2016, the solvency ratio had risen slightly.
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs So, if the Celtics want to know what’s at stake this season, there’s that.Leonard is 27 and no one knows what goes on in his head. His departure from Toronto is so widely expected, the Raptors made a commercial about it (“Stop fretting about will he stay or will he go. Enjoy this for what it is,”) although the ad hardly amounts to a statement of confidence.As great a talent as Leonard is, he’s not a hand-in-glove fit with James, as Davis is. Nor is the withdrawn Kawhi as much a magnet for other players and a bridge to the future.Prevailing speculation has Kawhi lined up for the Clippers, who expect to have two max-contract slots saved for him and another premier free agent.One way or another, it’s going to be another big summer around here. Now, just 616 shopping days before he becomes a free agent … the Anthony Davis watch!We’re definitely getting ahead of ourselves with Davis under contract in New Orleans until July 1, 2020, but so are people around the NBA.With a huge free agent summer coming in 2019 – last summer’s was quiet in comparison with only a few major stars available – insiders think Davis will force a trade, making him the prize of a mega-star list that potentially includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler.The leading contenders for A.D. are thought to be the arch-rival Lakers and Celtics, both loading up in case the day comes when the Pelicans say they’ll listen to offers. In words that Stern would never have uttered in office, he embraced the speculation, calling Demps “a lousy general manager,” who now “may lose Anthony Davis.”As they say in New Orleans, Et tu, Ex-Commish?For the record, nothing is happening now.Davis is handling this professionally, saying the right things but stopping short of committing himself to his current team, unlike Leonard, who let the Spurs twist in the wind all last season before forcing them to trade him, or Butler, who’s trying to force his way out of Minnesota.Asked about switching agents, Davis denied it meant he was Lakers-bound, or anywhere-bound.“You can’t listen to what somebody else is saying, all the white noise, ‘A.D.’s going here, A.D.’s going here,’” he said.“A.D.’s playing for the Pelicans this year. The rest will take care of itself.”Nevertheless, Davis also set goals – that included “being the most dominant player in the league” – which will be hard to do in the rough, tough Western Conference with a team that has made the playoffs five times in 14 years.“Winning definitely helps everything, helps with your legacy, helps be on the top of the list,” Davis said. “But going to the playoffs every three years doesn’t help my case.”Davis supposedly changed agents for marketing reasons, but no one is buying that.Paul George, who forced Indiana to trade him a year before his contract expired, is the most recent example of stars maneuvering early to preserve their status as “Lary Bird players,” remaining eligible for maximum dollars.Insiders think that’s what Davis is doing, with the move to Klutch Sports all about the possibility of going to the Lakers.“Why else did he do it?” an East GM asked.“Things are going great for him. The team is going good. He got the Derrick Rose extension (a five-year $150 million deal that each team is allowed to offer one player on his rookie contract).“It’s not because of race. Thad Foucher is an Afro-American. It’s not because of agency. Thad Foucher is from the Wasserman Group and has Russell Westbrook. So why did he do it?”We’ll see when the time comes, whether that’s next summer – meaning this is on – or 2020.The LeBron Era started with the Lakers falling on their faces in that 0-3 start amid the usual hysteria including screaming headlines over a garden variety scrum (which Rajon Rondo named “Spitgate.”)Nevertheless, all of this is part of the LeBron Effect with his presence … or LeBron, himself … at the center of every intrigue.The Lakers are now the beneficiaries of James’ deft maneuvering, making them once more what they had been but lost … the destination of choice for NBA superstars.For the Lakers, Davis is, indeed, the most desirable player who could be available next summer.A.D. is not only a big man who would fit with a perimeter player like James, but a modern one with shooting range (34 percent from 3-point range last season) to go along with dominating shot-blocking (No. 1 three of the last five seasons).Davis is also 25, entering his prime as James, who’ll be 34 in December, leaves his … which could make A.D. a bridge to a Lakers future beyond their hopes for the time LeBron has left.Durant is 30. Insiders think he has had it with being part of the Warriors’ ensemble and will leave next summer, presumably after winning his third title there.Insiders earlier had KD and Irving teaming up in New York, which might be why Kyrie resisted committing to Boston for so long.Irving finally announced he intends to re-sign with the Celtics, although NBA people don’t consider that a done deal quite yet.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Celtics can offer the better package with bright prospects and a slew of first-round draft picks, almost certain to include Sacramento’s in 2019.Nevertheless, the Lakers are considered the early favorite with Davis seeming to lean toward teaming up with LeBron James.A.D. just fired his old agent, Thad Foucher, to go with Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, a James insider known as one of the “Four Horsemen” – they now prefer the corporate name of LRMR – with Maverick Carter, Randy Mims and LeBron, himself.The buzz isn’t limited to the usual GMs, scouts, agents and press people. A rare suggestion that this is real came last week from former NBA commissioner David Stern, himself.In a Sports Illustrated interview, Stern absolved himself for spiking the 2011 Chris Paul-Lakers trade, blaming Pelicans GM Dell Demps for going ahead without authorization with the NBA then running the team, between owners. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error