Irish people living in the United States fear for the lives of their children, who are only armed with active shooter drills if a gunman targets their school. Some miss home, writes Aileen C. O’Reilly. It was Tom Wolfe who said of the US: “America is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time”. These days America is waiting on a miracle as opposed to providing them and for the Irish who have moved there and are now raising their children stateside the reality of active shooter drills at school means the dream is well and truly over. There is a poster in a Boston Kindergarten classroom which bears a nursery rhyme. Set to the same singsong rhythm as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star it reads: Lockdown, Lockdown, Lock the door, Shut the lights off, Say no more. Go behind the desk and hide. Wait until it’s safe inside. Lockdown, lockdown It’s all done. Now it’s time to … [Read more...] about Irish people living in US lockdowns and fearing for the lives of their children
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The best looks from the red carpet Complete list of winners 'This is hilarious': Olivia Colman stunned to win best actress Robbie Collin: Rami Malek is the most embarrassing winner in years A guide to the controversy surrounding Best Picture winner Green Book How Shallow eclipsed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to win the film's only Oscar The 91st Academy Awards turned out to be a great night for British accents with Olivia Colman winning Best Actress for The Favourite and Rami Malek taking home Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – one of four Oscars for the biggest winning film of the night. Marvel superhero hit Black Panther bagged three trophies. Colman beat bookies' top choice Glenn Close (The Wife) in the Best Actress category. The British actress, who impressed critics with her idiosyncratic performance as Queen Anne in the period drama, gave an endearingly flustered acceptance … [Read more...] about Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite and Lady Gaga provides the performance of the night
Stock markets wax and wane. The period of time in which they move from a state of expansion (bull market) to one of contraction (bear market), before expanding again is known as the “market cycle”. Last year was an extremely difficult one for stock markets, prompting much commentary as to which ones had "corrected" (falls of between 10% and 20% from a recent peak) and which were technically in a bear market (falls of 20% or more). Experienced market participants say that a gruelling 2018 might be a precursor to a better 2019 (see Schroders’ outlook for the coming year). However, a more challenging environment may be here to stay given the uncertainties facing the global economy. The speed at which quantitative easing (QE)1 is scaled back and global interest rates rise from this point onwards is unclear. US-China trade relations could improve or worsen, political tensions elsewhere might deteriorate or be resolved – these are just some of the unknowns ahead. … [Read more...] about Five charts to gauge the environment for equities
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s financial services industry has emerged largely unscathed so far from the build-up to Brexit, with about 2,000 roles expected to have moved or been created overseas even as the risk of a disorderly exit grows, a new Reuters survey showed. FILE PHOTO: Dealers work at their desks whilst screens show market data following a vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit 'plan B' at CMC Markets in London, Britain, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo Many bankers and politicians predicted Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum would prompt a mass exodus of jobs and business and deal a crippling blow to London’s position in global finance. But the number of jobs UK-based financial institutions say they actually expect to shift overseas has fallen steeply from the 5,766 predicted to move in the event of a no-deal Brexit in the last survey in September. This new estimate is about a fifth of the … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Britain’s financial heartland unbowed as Brexit risks…
Trouble at the top? There’s been a lot of it about. Some 16 companies have brought in a new chief executive this year, with three more announcing they will do the same. Among them are some very big names. Perhaps the biggest is WPP, which parted company with Sir Martin Sorrell, the man who turned it into a titan, scandal trailing in his wake. The turnover of big cheeses has been unusually high according to Russ Mould, investment director at broker AJ Bell. His analysis found that the average number of changes at the top of Britain’s biggest companies is 12. Is this simply random fluctuation or might there be deeper reasons behind the game of executive musical chairs that’s been played out in boardrooms? Broadly, the departures fall into five categories. Firstly there are those companies where something going wrong has led to a scandal – this covers WPP and Persimmon Homes (see … [Read more...] about Bonfire of the CEOs: Why was it such a rocky year at the top?