Friday 22 February 2019

Geldof summit call

Youth leadership group One Young World has issued a final call for registration for its Dublin summit.

Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Bob Geldof will be attending, along with global leaders from the worlds of business, fashion and sport.

The summit runs from October 15 to 18. Its theme is 'Peace and Conflict Resolution,' and it will use the Northern Irish peace process as a discussion guide.

New TK Maxx in Dublin

A new TK Maxx outlet opened at Dundrum Town Centre yesterday, creating 75 jobs. It's the clothing retailer's 19th store in Ireland and its sixth in Dublin.

"We are very excited to be opening the new store and bringing shoppers at Dundrum Town Centre big savings on all their favourite brands," store manager Donna Dignam said.

New annuity for the ill

Irish Life has launched a new annuity that will pay more money per year to customers who are ill.

"Traditionally everybody the same age got the same annual income in retirement (or annuity) for the same size of fund, regardless of their health and medical history," spokesman David Harney said.

"This meant that annuities could represent poor value for money for those in poor health as life assurance companies assumed a normal lifespan."

Mobile Net usageup

Mobile internet usage has increased 67pc in the 12 months, according to website analytics company StatCounter.

Its research arm found that while desktop still accounts for most access at 64.6pc, mobile has grown from 17.1pc to 28.5pc worldwide.

"Mobile usage has already overtaken desktop in several countries including India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia," said StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.

Japanese gloom

Confidence at Japanese manufacturers fell the most in nearly two years this month as a tax increase hit the economy harder than expected.

The shaky economic outlook could raise pressure on the central bank to ease policy further, and complicate Prime Minister Abe's decision on whether to raise the national sales tax again. (Reuters)

Irish Independent

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