Rising customer numbers boost Ryanair shares

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Heads up, George Osborne: The tooth fairy gave £20m to children last year

first_img Heads up, George Osborne: The tooth fairy gave £20m to children last year by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Funzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Tags: George Osborne People Tuesday 14 July 2015 9:54 am More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org In George Osborne’s quest for tax receipts, this might be one to investigate: it turns out the Tooth Fairy has given kids £20m in the past year. And it’s all tax free…Yep – a study by The Magic Door Store, which (of course) sells miniature doors for fairies, showed the Tooth Fairy has become decidedly generous in her old age. Apparently, kids get an average of £1.32 per tooth (cue cries of “it wasn’t like that in my day”), which means that by the time they’ve lost their full set, they have £26.40 burning a hole in their pockets. That’s good for more than a few penny sweets… And it turns out Tooth Fairies summoned by dads are more generous than those bought in by mums – who only offer £1, as opposed to men’s £1.50.Meanwhile, Northern Irish Tooth Fairies are also decidedly generous, giving an average of £1.76 to their wards – while Manchester’s stingier variety only gives £1.34.Sarah Tollit, the company’s chief executive, said this was the first year it had conducted the research – “but we plan to reveal the increase (or decrease) in the amount fairies leave behind at the same time every year”. A magical equivalent of the Economist’s Big Mac Index, perhaps? Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp whatsapp Emma Haslett Sharelast_img read more

Litigation funder Bentham Europe plans a global shareholder claim against Volkswagen

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Florida residents with a child enrolled in virtual learning receive money for food in mail

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla.– Mysterious cards have shown up in thousands of mailboxes around Southwest Florida They’re called EBT cards or electronic benefits transfer cards, more commonly known as food stamps. You can shop for your groceries using your EBT card.If you tossed yours, get ready to go through your garbage because there could be hundreds of dollars on them. Even if you don’t normally qualify for food stamps, you might find a card in your mail. Elizabeth Durant of Fort Myers received one of the cards. Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: EBTFloridavirtual learning Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Advertisement“When I opened it, I read through it …it didn’t really give any information other than activate the card and use it,” Durant said.She also received one last year but thought it was a scam and threw it away because she noticed her name was misspelled.This year, she took a closer look – turns out it’s legit and her card contained $63.00. It’s money from the state to help feed children who have been learning from home this school year. All residents whose child participated in virtual learning for at least five days qualify for the benefits. RELATEDTOPICS Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Last year everyone received $200. This year the amount will vary. Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois duo help UCD to Sigerson Cup final after double extra time

first_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleThe best places for Laois people to get the shift back in the dayNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, February 15, 2018 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. Community Evan O’Carroll and Eoin Lowry were on fire as UCD claimed the Sigerson Cup University College Dublin 0-18 University Ulster Jordanstown 1-13 (After double extra time)Higher Education Sigerson Cup Semi FinalIt took over 90 minutes in the pouring rain in Monaghan tonight, but two Laois men will play in the Sigerson Cup final this weekend after UCD defeated UUJ by two points.Killeshin’s Eoin Lowry and Crettyard’s Evan O’Carroll were both on the scoreboard as this game went the full distance.In what was a slow burner, the sides were level at half time, full time and at the end of two ten minute periods of extra time.The third period of extra time, which was five minutes, produced no score and it was the fourth period that saw UCD pull away.The first half ended 0-3 each with Lowry tapping over a free and O’Carroll landing a 45 from considerable distance.Lowry was replaced midway through the second half but O’Carroll stayed on and slotted two more frees but UUJ landed late points from Gareth McKinless and Lee Brennan to leave it 0-12 apiece at the end of normal time.UCD were dealt a blow at the start of extra time when Tyrone forward Mark Bradley slammed home the game’s only goal but two points from Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan cut the deficit to one – 1-12 to 0-14 at half time in extra time.Conor McCarthy kicked UCD level and it looked like O’Carroll had won it for his side when he slotted his second 45 of the evening to move them one ahead with a minute to play.But UUJ refused to go away and Rory Brennan popped up to leave it 1-13 to 0-16 and mean that two more five minute periods of extra time would be required.And after the first of those passed without a score, Con O’Callaghan was UCD’s hero as he notched the all important scores to see them over the line.UCD will now face NUIG in Saturday’s decider after the Galway team got the better of DIT.They won by 2-12 to 0-15 against a DIT outfit that are managed by new Laois U-20 manager Billy O’Loughlin.The final will take place on Saturday in Santry at 3.30pm.SEE ALSO – The best places for Laois people to get the shift back in the day Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 14th February 2018 Pinterest Rugby Facebook Twitter Home Sport GAA Laois duo help UCD to Sigerson Cup final after double extra time SportGAAGaelic Football Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Laois duo help UCD to Sigerson Cup final after double extra time TAGSBilly O’LoughlinDITSigerson CupUCD Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Two defeats in less than 24 hours for Portlaoise Panthers

first_img TAGSBasketballMens National LeaguePortlaoise Panthers Home Sport Basketball Two defeats in less than 24 hours for Portlaoise Panthers SportBasketball Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Portlaoise Panthers 60 IT Carlow 72 Mens Divison 1 National League BasketballPortlaoise Panthers suffered their second loss in 24 hours as they faced a strong IT Carlow side in St Mary’s Hall this afternoon.The game was the home sides’ second game of the weekend following a 20 hour turnover and marked their second loss of the weekend and overall season having lost out to Fr Mathews in Cork last night.Portlaoise were on top for most of the game until the final quarter when IT Carlow took the lead and ran away with the game.Mantis Vilimas was superb for Portlaoise under the basket in both offence and defence throughout the game was two points behind top scorer Mike Pierre.The first score of the game came from Panthers’ Kyle Burke who hit a 3 after 40 seconds. IT Carlow’s Armands Vaikuls stepped to the free throw line seconds later claiming IT Carlow’s first 2 points of the game.James Gormley appeared from under the basket and finished with a layup for Panthers followed by 3 scores in a row from Mantis Vilimas to see Portlaoise ahead.Vaikuls, IT Carlow captain Kevin Donohue, James Butler, Julian O’Keefe and Dylan Phelan all scored for the Carlow side but the combined efforts of Mike Pierre, Liam Kinsella and Vilimas left Panthers 19-18 up at the end of the first quarter.Pierre and Vilimas were the only scorers for Portlaoise in the second quarter, but they were all but enough.A clever assist from Trevor Swayne lead to the first basket of the quarter from Pierre. He followed his own lead minutes later with another from under the basket replicated soon after by Vilimas.Scores from Carlow’s Johnny McCarthy, Dan Deboisz, James Butler, Ian Lynch and Armands Vaikuls were vital but they were not enough to put the visitors ahead.An opportunity from outside the 3 point line from Pierre fell short but he jumped for his own rebound and ended it with a layup putting Portlaoise 5 points up at half time.The second half of the game is where it all changed for Portlaoise. The third quarter was dominated by Pierre, Vilimas and two super 3 pointers from Liam Kinsella.Kevin Donohue had many replies for his side and played a clever game drawing fouls and nailing the free throws that followed as did teammate Ian Lynch who was strong on free throws.With 30 seconds to go in the quarter there was only a point between teh sides but Portlaoise ran away at the end of the 10 minutes and lead by 5 points.The last quarter was where the wheels fell off the wagon for the hosts. Having put in a good performance for the previous three quarters, Portlaoise fell short in the final minutes when IT Carlow proved to be too much to handle.Carlow claimed the first score of the quarter with shot from outside the 3 point line but Liam Kinsella responded with two baskets back-to-back.Mantins Vilimus sank another but Carlow were driven forward by an effortless dunk from James McCarthy, and from there Portlaoise began to drop intensity.Brian Hogan claimed 3 points for Carlow but in a nail biting couple of minutes, Kyle Burke responded to put Portlaoise back ahead by 1. Dan Deboisz then pushed Carlow on with a super 3 pointer from inside the baseline.Portlaoise responded with scores from Pierre, Kinsella, Vilimas and Burke in the last few minutes but a compilation of scores for Carlow’s Brian Hogan, Johnny McCarthy, James Butler, Dan Deboisz, Armands Vaikuls and Kevin Donohue drove Carlow over the finish line.Portlaoise Panthers finished 12 points behind and will have much to prove in their next few games.They will take on Scotts Lakers Killarney on Saturday, 29 September in St. Marys Hall at 8pm.TOP SCORERS – PORTLAOISE: Mike Pierre; 21, Mantas Vilimas; 19, Liam Kinsella; 13 IT CARLOW: Kevin Donohue; 12, Armands Vaikuls, Julian O’Keefe, Johnny McCarthy; 10 each.PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Jack Dooley, Sean Condon, Gary Morrisey, Mantis Vilimas, James Gormely, Kyle Burke, Mike Pierre, James Phelan, Trevor Swayne, Liam Kinsella, Connor Byrne, Edwinas Roscenkovas, Pierce Bolger-Hinds.IT CARLOW: Dylan Phelan, Julian O’Keefe, Brian Hogan, Kevin Donohue, Johnny McCarthy, Shane Maughen, Dan Debosz, Armands Vaikuls, Ian Lynch, Callum Sourice, Kazuiko Yokoyama.SEE ALSO – Defeat for Portlaoise Panthers in first of two quick games Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook By Aedín Dunne – 23rd September 2018 Council Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Two defeats in less than 24 hours for Portlaoise Panthers Previous articlePortlaoise RFC open new season with hard-fought winNext articleRoundup of this weekend’s Laois soccer action Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. 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Deaths in Laois – Sunday, December 20, 2020

first_img Pinterest Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th December 2020 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Martin (Bunny) CarrollMarian Avenue, Portlaoise, LaoisPredeceased by his mother and father, brothers Bill, Henry and Ned, sister Shiela. Martin died, peacefully, in the loving care of his wife Chris, and daughters Sinead, Louise and Karen. Deeply regretted by his wife, daughters, brothers Michael and John, sister Mary, grandsons Jamie, Jack and Aaron, son-in-law Peter, his uncle Peter, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Due to present circumstances, a private family funeral will take place. Requiem Mass for Martin will take place on Monday at 2pm in St. Peter and Paul ‘s Church, Portlaoise and will be live streamed on https://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/webcam/ Interment afterwards in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Dermot McGannStradbally Rd, Portlaoise, Laois/Athenry, GalwayMc GANN Dermot A.J (Derry). (Portlaoise and formerly Attymon Co. Galway) December 18th 2020, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the Blackrock clinic. Loving husband of Miriam (Daly), brother of Nuala and adored Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad.Predeceased by his son Niall, brother Cyril and sisters Fidelma and Cora. He will be very sadly missed by his wife Miriam, daughters Marisa, Susan, Olga, sons-in-law Diarmuid, Bernard and Martin, Grandchildren Aisling, Ruth, Niall, Síofra, Stephen, Ella, Jack, Niall, Conor, Grainne and his Great Grandchildren Eddie and Timmy, Siofra’s husband Brian, Aisling’s fiance John G, brothers-in- law Dom Kevin Daly and Michael, Sisters- in- law Brenda, Mary, Deirdre and Madeleine, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and former colleagues in Telecom Eireann.Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu to The Irish Kidney Association.His caring character and quick wit will be remembered and missed.Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him , a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Monday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Burial will follow in Deans Grange cemetery at 11 am on Tuesday morning.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.Anthony (Tony) BurkeKilleshin, Carlow/Killeshin, LaoisAnthony (Tony) Burke of 33 Eastwood Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, England and formerly of Killeshin, Ballickmoyler, Laois, passed away peacefully, on December 13th, 2020, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.Beloved husband of Pauline, father of Lisa, Toni and Carl, adored grandfather of Aurelia, Lyra, Charles, Harold and Chloe and cherished brother of P.J (New Zealand), Michael (Canada), Martin (Killeshin) and the late Oliver.He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law Mark, daughter-in-law Jessica, brothers, brothers-in-law Joe, Jim, sisters-in-law Teresa, Colette, Bridie, Nora and Mary, nephews, nieces, cousins especially Una Scully, Tommy, Pat and the late Paul Lacey, relatives and friends.May Tony’s Gentle Soul Rest in PeaceFuneral Arrangements LaterJames FogartyLakeview, Dereen, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully at his residence surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Vera. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, daughters, Elizabeth, Marie, Bridget and Patricia, sons James and Raymond, daughters in law, Kate and Niamh, son in law Richard, brother in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to the current government guidelines a private funeral Mass will take place in St Tighearnach’s Church, Cullohill, on Friday morning at 11.00am followed by burial in Durrow Cemetery. This Mass will be streamed live. See link https://www.youtube.com/c/AllisonRitchieChurchSinger Jack MurphyClontico, Ballyroan, LaoisBeloved husband of the late Maura and Father of Janet, John, Paul and Martin, brother of the late Daniel, Peter and Nora. Sadly missed by daughters-in-law Phyllis and Nora, son-in-law John. Grandchildren Shaun, Michael, Rebecca, Daniel, Maeve and Caoimhe. Greatly missed by loyal friend, neighbour and carer Kathleen, extended family and wide circle of friends.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions house is strictly private and a private family funeral will take place. Removal from his daughters residence on Saturday 19th Dec arriving at 6pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyroan for prayers. Requiem Mass on Sunday 20th December at 12 noon followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Requiem Mass will be streamed live here. Family flowers only.People are welcome to stand along the route to the church and in the churchyard with Social Distancing being observed.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 19, 2020 Deaths in Laois – Sunday, December 20, 2020 Electric Picnic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, December 20, 2020 Deaths Previous articleIn Pictures: All smiles as Covid-proof Winter Wonderland opens in Laois Leisure CentreNext article‘When the final whistle went in the Bainisteoir final … you’d have to take time to remember how good it was’ LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApplast_img read more

The week ahead: Investors look to Bank of Canada rate decision

Malcolm Morrison The cuts, which eliminated France and Austria’s triple-A status, deal a heavy blow to the currency union’s ability to fight off a worsening debt crisis. In total, S&P cut its ratings on nine eurozone countries. The news wasn’t a complete surprise as S&P in December had put 15 eurozone countries on credit watch. Greece was also back in the crosshairs as crucial negotiations between the Greek government and its private creditors on a bond swap deal needed to avoid default appeared close to collapse at the end of last week, with representatives of the bondholders saying they had been “paused for reflection.” Economists widely expect the Bank of Canada to leave its key overnight rate unchanged at one per cent on Tuesday despite a still healthy Canadian economy because of worries about slowing economies elsewhere. “Europe really remains the No. 1 concern for the bank,” said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.” The eurozone debt crisis has roiled financial markets for months and forced many countries to adopt tough austerity measures which have choked off growth, raising fears the region could slip back into recession. The Canadian economy has recently racked up growth stronger than that contained in the Bank of Canada’s October forecast. At that time, the central bank forecast growth of two per cent in the third quarter and 0.8% in the fourth quarter. “The actual third quarter growth was a more robust 3.5%,” observed a commentary from RBC Economics, adding fourth quarter growth likely came in at around two per cent. It is hard to find anyone who expects the central bank to move on interest rates this year, even though the bank would like to move them higher. That’s because keeping rates at ultra-low levels, as they have been since the 2008 financial crisis, can cause a number of problems. “It can encourage speculative activity, it can lull consumers into taking on debt that perhaps they can’t afford if rates do normalize,” said Porter. “But I think most importantly, it absolutely hammers savings. There is no incentive whatsoever for people to save when rates are negative in real terms and of course causes havoc for pension funds.” Porter also observed that the Bank of Canada is crimped by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which doesn’t plan on moving on rates until sometime next year at the earliest. “If they started to raise rates while the Fed is locked on hold, we could see the Canadian dollar really begin to strengthen again, which I don’t think the bank wants to see at this point.” Investors will also eye a full slate of fourth-quarter earnings reports from the U.S. this week. The kickoff to the earnings season got off to a mixed start last week as markets were pleased to see almunim giant Alcoa Inc. beat on revenue and deliver a positive outlook. But there was disappointment at the end of the week when No. 1 U.S. bank J.P. Morgan Chase delivered an earnings miss. The earnings docket this week is weighted in favour of more financials, including Citigroup and Wells Fargo. “There’s a couple of things weighing on financials,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. One problem is the difficulty for the capital markets side of the business because of market weakness. “Also in Q4, we had another number of regulations go into effect that narrowed their fee-based business and they’re also affected by low bond yields affecting net interest margin.” Outside of those reports, the prime report for the week will come from General Electric. GE is viewed as a bellwether for the overall U.S. economy since it is involved in many businesses, including jet engines and finance. “GE touches really all areas of the economy and that’s a key earnings report for the market to watch and especially their guidance as they go into 2012,” said Bradacs. Rising interest rates could dampen stimulus impact: PBO Related news BoE predicts best economic year for the U.K. since 1941 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Traders will be looking to the Bank of Canada this week for clues as to when the central bank may move on interest rates and where it sees the economy going. The eurozone debt crisis will also keep investors focused, as it has for almost two years, after the New York rating firm Standard & Poor’s downgraded the government debt of France, Austria, Italy and Spain, but maintained Germany’s at the coveted ‘AAA’ level. Keywords Interest rates,  MarketwatchCompanies Bank of Canada Fed warns U.S. financial system remains vulnerable Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Pandemic shaking up Canada’s housing markets: StatsCan

first_img Related news Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Housing prices in Montreal and Ottawa are poised to fare best in the months ahead, while the outlook for other major markets, such as Toronto and Vancouver, are less positive, Statistics Canada says.A StatsCan study examined Canada’s key housing markets heading into the Covid-19 outbreak and in the months since the pandemic took hold. “Demand outpaced supply in most key housing markets until mid-March 2020, spurred by economic growth, a low unemployment rate and population increase largely from immigration,” it said.“Covid-19 changed everything.”In March, the economy plunged, unemployment surged and immigration ground to a halt. As a result, housing sales dropped by an average 70% through April in Canada’s big housing markets, StatsCan said.Looking ahead it sees a range of outcomes for the key housing markets.Ottawa, which boasted the hottest housing market heading into the pandemic is expected to continue outperforming.It has been less hard hit economically than other regions, given the high proportion of government workers, tech sector employees and other professionals who have held on to their jobs.“Given the economic stability of Ottawa, and that it has one of the highest population growth rates in the country, house prices will likely continue to rise for the foreseeable future,” StatsCan said.Montreal enjoyed strong price growth prior to the pandemic, and underlying supply and demand fundamentals continue to support rising prices.“Given that Montreal is a major immigration hub, it is seen as having enough housing demand to sustain positive price movements for the foreseeable future,” StatsCan said.In particular, the study said the single home market is expected to perform well, whereas the condo market may be hurt by declining rental prospects, pushing down prices.The pandemic has transformed the rental market in several major cities, with physical distancing measures and travel restrictions undermining demand.“There is already evidence of this happening in Toronto, where average rental prices have begun decreasing as new landlords try to attract clients from a diminished pool of potential renters,” the study said.As a result, StatsCan said the supply of condos in Toronto is expected to increase, as short-term rentals have lost their main sources of income and increased rental construction is boosting competition.Investors who previously bought condos to serve as short-term rentals may now look to dump those properties amid declining demand.Additionally, the decline in immigration will likely drive down condo prices in the medium to long term, StatsCan saidAt the same time, prices for higher-end housing in Toronto are expected to stagnate, or decline, given the economic downturn, it added.With a rise in remote working, more buyers may look for larger houses in the suburbs that can accommodate home offices, StatsCan said.The study sees similar dynamics to Toronto in Vancouver’s housing market, which remains among the most expensive markets in the world.The high cost of housing, coupled with increased remote working, may push more people to move to outlying areas in Vancouver, StatsCan said.It also sees the potential for short-term rentals to flood the market in Vancouver, driving down condo prices in the short to medium term.The market outlook is weakest for Calgary, which was already seeing housing prices decline prior to the pandemic.“Home prices in Calgary have been falling since the oil price crash in 2014 and with the recent uncertainty surrounding the energy sector,” it said.This has continued in the wake of the pandemic, as housing inventory continues to accumulate.“Calgary does not have the economic diversification that Toronto or Montreal have and will continue to suffer from bleak economic prospects for the foreseeable future. This will definitely contribute to the negative pressure on real estate prices,” the study said. Modern apartment buildings in a green residential area in the city 123RF Keywords Coronavirus,  Pandemics,  HousingCompanies Statistics Canada GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREBlast_img read more

Four Per Cent Growth in Tourist Arrivals in 2008

first_imgRelatedFour Per Cent Growth in Tourist Arrivals in 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has said that despite the economic downturn in the major markets overseas, Jamaica experienced a four per cent growth in tourist arrivals last year and earned US$2 billion in revenue.“Last year, we ended the difficult year with a four per cent increase over 2007. We welcomed 1,757,000 visitors to the island, which was 63,000 more than the previous year,” the Tourism Minister revealed at a Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon, held recently at the Pegasus hotel in Kingston.He said that the United States (US) continued to dominate the market, accounting for 65 per cent of arrivals, which represented an increase of 1.2 per cent over the previous year. “This is significant because the US suffered the greatest impact of the downturn in the global economy,” Minister Bartlett remarked.Special mention was also made of Canada, which was the biggest growth market, with arrivals from that country increasing by a whopping 53 per cent in the month of November.Minister Bartlett credited the improved performance of the sector to intense advertising, marketing and promotion of the island overseas.As to the way forward, he outlined several initiatives, which have been implemented to boost the sector, including a major promotion at the Port Authority Centre in Manhattan, New York last week, where destination Jamaica was displayed on posters and banners. The move, he said, was “to say to not only New York but the entire tri-state area that Jamaica is the place to go when you are cold.”“We had Brand Jamaica all over the Port Authority, which is the largest hub of commuter activity in the world,” the Tourism Minister pointed out. “Our images and messages were seen by five million eyes,” he added.Minister Bartlett noted that the promotion will continue with the branding of “every taxi in Manhattan.every dollar cab in the ethnic communities in Flat Bush, East Bronx, and the Borrows of New York.”The Minister also informed that several airlift arrangements have been made to secure and increase flights into the island from existing and emerging markets.“West Jet Airlines has increased the number of flights to Jamaica. We have brought a new flight out of Vancouver, Canada, received confirmation from Virgin Atlantic for additional flights later on this year and a new flight is to be announced by one of the large American airlines,” Minister Bartlett outlined.He stated that “it is the sector’s business to see how we can shape our own strategies in Jamaica to maximise the opportunities that our rapidly changing landscape presents.” RelatedFour Per Cent Growth in Tourist Arrivals in 2008 RelatedFour Per Cent Growth in Tourist Arrivals in 2008center_img Four Per Cent Growth in Tourist Arrivals in 2008 TourismJanuary 13, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more