IN the madness that is today's society and political system, you would be forgiven for going on an eternal holiday.As the holiday season has landed on us, those moving between sterling and most other foreign currencies, have seen their buying power plummet. If Boris Johnson is to be believed, his ‘desire' for a hard Brexit will, and has, completely trashed sterling, with Mark Carney echoing that point further, explaining the economy will suffer and in turn sterling will plummet further again. Taking £1,000 to Europe the year before the Brexit vote destabilised sterling, meant a healthy €1,450 to pop in front of that seaside view with a refreshing glass of your choice. Today your partying would be significantly limited to a mere €1114. Interestingly, I was speaking to a baker in Cork at a bar two weeks ago who asked two of my colleagues why they were there. Puzzled, I stepped in, only to learn that she had not seen one English person in her bakery so far that … [Read more...] about Holiday currency rip off prices
It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
NFL Division 1A: Armagh 3-9 Galway 1-11 AGAINST all the odds Armagh produced an invigorating display to lower the colours of the All-Ireland champions at St Jarlath's Stadium, Tuam, yesterday. It was the perfect Christmas box for the Orchard county, who were much more superior than this four-point winning margin.They ruled midfield from start to finish, with Paul McGrane in outstanding form. His superlative goal at the start of the second half inspired Armagh to perform heroics. John Rafferty hammered home the first of their three goals after a shot from James Byrne was parried by the Galway keeper Pat Comer. In the 41st minute a long ball from Cathal O'Rourke was broken and fell invitingly to Diarmaid Marsden, who rattled the net from close range. The Galway goal was totally against the run of play and most of their points were from frees. Armagh could have had a few more goals. Armagh: Mark Campbell, Enda McNulty, Gerard Reid, Mark McNeill, Kieran Hughes, Kieran McGeeney, Justin … [Read more...] about Irish News Past Papers: Nov 30 1998: Rich pickings for Armagh as Galway fall
DEEP in the heart of your ISAs, investments and pensions is the pulse that creates your investment returns. One per cent a year difference can compound to have an extraordinary impact on all the choices you will be able to make in terms of meals out, future cars, ice creams for the grandchildren, or holidays. There is often apathy toward investments. After a ‘long hard day at the office', returning to scroll through numbers is hardly appetizing. However, as a recent article we wrote pointed out, £100,000 invested in the best performing pension over twenty years, as opposed to the worst, had a £469,000 difference. That number will clearly create many options for any pensioner over their retirement.Apathy to that is very expensive, so make it your priority to ask for a pension health check to see if your money is being managed effectively.One of the biggest impacts on your capital will undoubtedly come from any potential shocks to the USA, a colossal consumer of … [Read more...] about What do the US midterm elections mean for investors?