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Day: September 16, 2016

Up to 10k tax get back as first-time buyer
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Up to 10k tax get back as first-time buyer

    Housing Minister Simon Coveney said the grant would only be paid to those buying new homes and said the Help to Buy package, to be announced in the budget, would help tackle the housing crisis in Cork and Dublin. It is unlikely that the State will take equity in homes under the buyer aid scheme, as operates in Britain. However, the property experts have warned the first-time buyers’ grant will simply drive up the price of new houses. Mr Coveney, speaking at the close of the party’s pre-Dáil conference in Kildare, said the package would help kickstart the stalled property market. The grant will be targetted at purchasers buying homes valued at between €250,000 and €300,000. However, statistics from estate agents Sherry Fitz Gerald show the average home price sale value is c...
Reasons why MBA in IT course is the need of the hour
ENGLISH, Technology

Reasons why MBA in IT course is the need of the hour

    An MBA in IT or Systems Management can make one eligible in handling administrative problems and tasks related to information technology. Every manager or team leader is expected to know the nitty-gritties of the job, including all technical, marketing and other aspects to efficiently manage his or her team. The need for managers to know the details of the jobs they assign their team has given rise to Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programmes in Information Technology (IT) and Systems Management. If we look at the global MBA scenario, IT-related opportunities make up almost as much as 13 per cent of business administrative jobs. This figure was achieved after the industry witnessed a growth of eight per cent in 2014. The findings are part of a collaborative study...
Irish exports for €1.15bn for Brexit fallout hits
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Irish exports for €1.15bn for Brexit fallout hits

    The value of goods exported by Irish businesses fell by €1.15bn in July from June as the effects of Brexit began to be felt across the Irish Sea. Exports decreased by 11.5% to €8.92bn on a seasonally adjusted basis in July, with analysts pointing to the impact of Brexit for weaker than expected trade data released by the CSO yesterday. While the initial impact of Brexit has been largely contained, economic confidence has taken a hit as businesses and consumers assess the likely outcome on their personal positions. Merrion Stockbrokers chief economist Alan McQuaid said that while trade activity has been relatively robust in the first half of the year, the statistics released yesterday suggest a slowdown is on the cards in the latter part of the year. “Business and consumer ...
EU first meeting held without Britain
ENGLISH, Europe

EU first meeting held without Britain

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today attend a meeting of EU heads of state, the first to not include Britain, for crunch talks that are set to be dominated by border security, rumours of an EU army, migration, the Apple tax crisis, and the Brexit fallout. He will travel to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava for the summit with counterparts from 26 EU countries, with British prime minister Theresa May a notable exception due to her nation’s decision to leave the EU. The meeting is part of a series of behind-closed-doors talks between EU members in recent months in order to address a range of issues affecting the future of Europe. A Government spokesperson last night said the event is part of a “process of political reflection about the future of Europe”. Officially the foc...
British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam
Arab world, ENGLISH

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam

  Simon Collis and his wife Huda in front of the British consulate in Mecca Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has been inundated with congratulations from across the Islamic world after it emerged that he converted to Islam and carried out the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever performed by a senior UK diplomat. The conversion of Simon Collis, the UK envoy to Riyadh, became public after pictures posted on Twitter showed him and his wife Huda wearing the traditional white garments of Muslim pilgrims in front of the British consulate in Mecca. The 60-year-old diplomat, who speaks fluent Arabic, confirmed the news in response to messages on Twitter. “God bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda,” he wrote. The n...