Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, known under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has to this day never been unmasked, but his invention has since found global fame.Bitcoin was created to address the fact that “no mechanism exists to make payments over a communications channel without a trusted party”. It sought to revolutionise the way we make payments and remove the need for a middle-man, in the form of banks and financial institutions.So 10 years on, would Satoshi be happy with his invention’s progress? And looking ahead, where will bitcoin be in 10 years’ time?Much of the conversation around cryptocurrency has focused on bitcoin as an investment class, with wild swings in prices making (and breaking) bitcoin millionaires overnight. As a result of the hype, price is often used as a signifier of the health of bitcoin.This is largely unhelpful. A better marker with which to evaluate the success of bitcoin is to judge it against its original goal of becoming a globally accepted method of payment. whatsapp whatsapp Iqbal Gandham While you’re unlikely to be paying for a pint of milk in bitcoin right now, don’t take this as a sign of failure. Criticism around the seemingly slow pace of adoption could have been levelled at other transformative technologies of the past – like the internet, which took far longer than 10 years to be embraced by the mass market.The reality is that in its first decade of existence, bitcoin has made significant progress towards achieving its initial goal. And that is only set to continue.Currencies become obsolete when something more efficient comes along. We’ve gone from cowrie shells, to gold, to coins, to paper, to cards, to contactless – with countless other methods in between. In many ways, bitcoin is already proving itself more efficient than traditional payments.The first, sometimes misunderstood, improvement bitcoin offers over today’s dominant payment methods is transparency of transactions. Payments made in bitcoin are recorded and made publicly available on a ledger recording transactions between wallets.Bitcoin can also act as a safeguard against hacking. With online banking now the norm, fraud is one of banks’ biggest concerns. Bitcoin payments, on the other hand, have the potential to increase security – removing the middle-man from a transaction removes a key entry point for hackers. Share Lower fees for cross-border transactions are also a benefit. If bitcoin were adopted across the world, it would be cheaper to make international transactions, as exchange rates and fees would no longer apply.Lastly, and most importantly to bitcoin’s founding mission, the cryptocurrency is free from government intervention in the form of monetary policy. If you’re earning Argentine pesos while they’re suffering from severe inflation, a global, non-government currency can be very appealing.Today, bitcoin is accepted by a vast variety of organisations – including Microsoft, Expedia, Bloomberg, Save the Children, Wikipedia, Virgin Galactic, and Whole Foods. That’s phenomenal progress for a currency that only launched 10 years ago.Yet as with most game-changing technologies – the steam engine, electric power, email – success does not happen overnight. Bitcoin has much further to go. In a recent research paper with Imperial College Consultants, we set out six key challenges that need to be overcome before cryptocurrencies reach mass-adoption: scalability, privacy, regulation, incentives for use, design, and volatility.Encouragingly, progress is being made in all areas. Regulation, for example, is being hotly debated at governmental level across the world. Bitcoin is on-track to become mainstream sooner than most people think.Could we all be paying for our weekly shop or takeaway with bitcoin in another decade? I don’t see why not. A decde ago this Wednesday, just weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the financial crisis, an anonymous figure published the famous essay – “Bitcoin: a peer-to-peer electronic cash system”. Monday 29 October 2018 8:13 am Tags: Trading Archive Happy birthday, bitcoin: Onwards to a brave new crypto-fulled world
Unlocked Brits enjoyed birthday parties in the park as temperatures climbed to 22 degrees (Getty Images) James Warrington Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was last night pictured playing for his local 8-a-side football team to celebrate the restarting of grassroots sports. Sunbathers soaked up the rays in St James’ Park today as they enjoyed the first easing of lockdown measures (Getty Images) Also Read: Thousands flock to parks, pools and beaches as UK basks in spring sunshine Sunbathers soaked up the rays in St James’ Park today as they enjoyed the first easing of lockdown measures (Getty Images) Sunbathers soaked up the rays in St James’ Park today as they enjoyed the first easing of lockdown measures (Getty Images) Also Read: Thousands flock to parks, pools and beaches as UK basks in spring sunshine Thousands of people flocked to parks, pools and beaches in England today as the first easing of lockdown measures combined with unseasonably scorching temperatures. Sun-seekers also soaked up the rays on beaches across the country, including Brighton and Bournemouth. The newfound freedoms were met with balmy weather as temperatures hit record heights. The mercury climbed to 24.2 degrees in St James’ Park this afternoon, marking the highest March temperature in 53 years. whatsapp Share But he warned Brits to remain cautious and stick to the rules as cases continue to rise across Europe and new variants threaten the UK’s vaccine rollout. Thousands flock to parks, pools and beaches as UK basks in spring sunshine People also rushed back to swimming pools, football pitches, tennis courts and golf courses as outdoor sports were allowed to resume. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Under new rules that came into force yesterday, six people are allowed to meet outdoors or in a private garden, while the government has scrapped its ‘stay at home’ message. Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said he hoped the first easing of lockdown would help to “kickstart a Great British summer of sport”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndoLiver Health1 Bite Of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableUndoThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportUndoLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItUndoFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUndoDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaUndo Tuesday 30 March 2021 4:00 pm Unlocked Brits were keen to get out and about to enjoy their first taste of freedom, with hopes for lockdown to be lifted entirely in June. Large numbers of people flocked to parks across London, with socially-distanced groups photographed in locations including St James’ Park, Primrose Hill and by Tower Bridge. Tags: Coronavirus
Crime & Courts | Economy | Health | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentHospital group sues to block emergency Medicaid payment cutJuly 18, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association President and CEO Becky Hultberg in the Capitol in Juneau in April. ASHNHA sued the state this month over emergency rule changes that cut provider rates by 5%. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association has sued the state Department of Health and Social Services. It’s seeking to block emergency rule changes that cut the rates that Medicaid pays many hospitals and doctors.Becky Hultberg, the association’s president, said changes should be handled through the normal process for changing rules. That would allow for the public to comment on changes before they’re adopted.“At a time when the state is making pretty significant decisions that could impact people’s lives, or livelihoods, or health care, we think it is important to ensure an opportunity for public input before decisions are made,” Hultberg said.The state published the emergency rule changes cutting provider rates by 5% and blocking an annual inflation increase on June 28. That’s the same day Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued 182 line-item vetoes to the state budget, including one reducing Medicaid spending. The changes went into effect three days later, the first day of the new state budget’s fiscal year.Hultberg said that’s too fast.“They issued a regulation on a Friday to take effect on a Monday,” she said. “When you’re looking essentially at providers who have a payroll to meet, businesses to run and patients to see — taking a pay cut over a weekend, we don’t think that’s reasonable. In this case, there was ample opportunity for the department to go through the regulatory process, had they chosen to do it.”The association filed the lawsuit on July 11. It’s asking the Anchorage Superior Court to expedite its review of the case, and to put the rule changes on hold.A state Department of Health and Social Services spokesperson said the department doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.This story has been updated.Medicaid cuts, while aimed at access, still raise concernsShare this story:
AdvertisementAuthorities call them derelict vessels. The more fitting phrase: zombie boats.They’re rotting, decaying and even haunting our water in Southwest Florida.“It looks horrible,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “But it goes way beyond that. Environmentally, it’s a disaster. You have oil. You have gasoline. You have toxins that are going into the water.” LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 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 Gateway neighborhood break-ins caught on camera June 3, 2021 AdvertisementTags: derelict boatsLCSO PUNTA RASSA, Fla. – As the LCSO Marine Unit navigates from Punta Rassa to Hurricane Pass, several wrecked boats make it look like a hurricane itself tore through the waterway.“See all the open hatches,” a marine unit deputy pointed out. “This is a hazard.”But it wasn’t a storm that caused this wreckage.“They were dumped. They were abandoned [by the owners],” a deputy said. “Basically just sitting out here deteriorating.” 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 A long-term problem But perhaps the best reason for the ‘zombie’ nickname is the fact that these boats simply won’t die.They’ve been a problem in Southwest Florida for years, and taxpayers can be left covering part of the cost to clean them up.In 2020, NBC2 rode along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [FWC] as they launched a program to get rid of zombie boats once and for all.It was a success, providing 37 grants to municipalities across the state, totaling one million dollars in removal reimbursements and saving taxpayers money. It resulted in 104 zombie boats being cleaned up and cleared out of the water across the state.“Not all local governments use the FWC grant program for removal cost reimbursement, therefore this number of vessels removed does not represent all of the derelict vessels removed throughout the state,” an FWC spokesperson said in an email.Credit: Lee County GovernmentPandemic takes priorityBut now, coronavirus is impacting the grant program. The spokesperson said funding has been frozen for 2021 because of the pandemic.‘Unfortunately, due to budget constraints because of COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally, the FY 20/21 Derelict Vessel funding has either been swept or frozen for emergency response reasons,” the spokesperson wrote. “FWC will continue to support local governments with these grants when funding again becomes available.”Marceno said LCSO continues its work to clean up the zombie boats. He said they’ve helped haul off between 15 to 20 derelict vessels in just the past 4 months. Still, there are more left that simply won’t die.So how can this problem be fixed for good?“The golden answer is: try to educate the public the best you can. And gain compliance through education,” Marceno explained. “The most important thing is making people understand that it’s everybody’s responsibility to get our waterways, our roadways, and everything in our county the best it can be.”Before the county or the state cleans up a zombie boat, the owner is notified. If they don’t clean it up, they can be hit with the bill, taken to court and even have their registration privileges revoked in Florida. RELATEDTOPICS Lee County deputies arrest five men for Island Vista robbery June 4, 2021 Advertisement LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam” June 16, 2021 Advertisement
Community Facebook Rugby Religious magazine set to celebrate 130 years of publication in Laois Council Home News Religious magazine set to celebrate 130 years of publication in Laois News WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSSacred Heart Magazine The Sacred Heart Messenger is one of Ireland’s oldest religious magazines and still one of the biggest selling monthlies.And this year will see them celebrate 130 years of continuous publication.This special anniversary illustrates the cherished relationship the magazine has with its readers, promoters and wider Irish society.The Sacred Heart Messenger is a publication of the Irish Jesuits and aims ‘to spread the love of God in the heart of Jesus Christ’.And a spokesperson for the magazine confirmed that they are planning to hold a celebratory mass in Portlaoise:They said: “We look forward to celebrating with readers and promoters at a Mass of thanksgiving in Portlaoise.“On Sunday April 15 at 3pm, Bishop Denis Nulty will be principal celebrant at Mass in SS Peter and Paul Church, Portlaoise.“All are welcome at Mass and for light refreshments afterwards.”For more information please contact Caitríona by phone on 01 7758523 or by email [email protected] ALSO – Ranking Laois’s Top 25 hurling teams as new GAA season gets underway Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFuture of Abbeyleix and Shaen hospitals secured – meeting hearsNext articleOur guide to What’s On at the Weekend 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. Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining By Alan Hartnett – 29th March 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest WhatsApp
Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Laois referee to take charge of Kerry-Tyrone All Ireland semi-final this weekend GAA By Steven Miller – 6th August 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Facebook Pinterest Home Sport GAA Laois referee to take charge of Kerry-Tyrone All Ireland semi-final this weekend SportGAAGaelic Football TAGSKerryMaurice DeeganStradballyTyrone GAA GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Referee Maurice Deegan Laois referee Maurice Deegan will be the man in the middle for this Sunday’s All Ireland SFC semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry in Croke Park.No stranger to big games, the Stradbally man has refereed three All Ireland finals – 2008, 2012 and the 2016 All Ireland final replay.His first final in 2008 was between Tyrone and Kerry as Mickey Harte’s side won the Sam MaGuire for the third time in six seasons while he also oversaw Donegal’s triumph over Mayo in 2012 and Dublin’s replayed win over Mayo in 2016.Already this year, Deegan has refereed Tyrone’s Super 8 game against Cork in Croke Park and the Round 3 All Ireland Qualifier between Mayo and Armagh.Earlier this season he took charge of the Dublin-Kerry Allianz Football League Division 1 game.Deegan’s appointment as a referee of an All Ireland semi-final, however, means he is probably less likely to be given the final. The GAA tend to use a different official for the final from the two semi-finals.The Tyrone-Kerry game throws in at 3.30pm in Croke Park on Sunday and will be live on both RTE and Sky Sports. It will be preceded by the minor semi-final involving Kerry and Galway.Dublin, chasing an historic five-in-a-row, will play Mayo in the other semi-final on Saturday at 5pm. The other minor semi-final between Mayo and Cork will be on before it.All games this weekend will have extra time if necessary.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois goalkeeper Enda Rowland scores a point from a PUCKOUT for his club Abbeyleix in Laois SHC opener Previous articleOur latest hurling Team of the Week as all championship grades come into playNext articleLegendary acts announced for Electric Picnic Throwback stage Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point.
WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Talking Sport Podcast: Managerial appointments, proposal for a Laois rugby team plus Conor Kelly and Finbarr Crowley interview Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st February 2021 Pinterest And then it is into this week’s interview – and this time we have two young Laois sports people from Portlaoise and Emo. Conor Kelly and Finbarr Crowley are both in their early 20s but they’ve already accomplished many things in their sporting careers.Portlaoise’s Conor has excelled in the rugby sphere. After beginning his career with Portlaoise Rugby Club, Conor moved from the CBS to Cistercian Roscrea where his career took off.A contract with the sub-Leinster academy followed and so too did underage caps with Ireland. He now plies his trade with Clontarf in the AIL and he talks about his journey so far and his hopes for the future.Emo native Finbarr Crowley has dabbled in a range of different sports in his short career – reaching high levels in them all.A former Portarlington rugby club man, Finbarr also attended Roscrea secondary school and most recently was playing for Lansdowne in the AIL.But Crowley’s sporting adventures include a dalliance with athletics and an adventure with the Laois footballers that saw him play in a Leinster final, get dropped, and then come back again.Steven also looks at all the active rugby players that the county has produced and ponders what a Laois Rugby team might look like if they all returned.You can listen to the latest Podcast in full on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, below on Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts.The LaoisToday Podcast · Managerial appointments, Laois rugby team proposal plus Conor Kelly and Finbarr Crowley interviewSEE ALSO – Check out all our previous Talking Sport Podcasts here TAGSConor KellyFinbarr CrowleyPodcastPortarlington Rugby ClubPortlaoise Rubgy ClubTalking Sport Electric Picnic After a one week break, we’re back with the latest instalment of the Talking Sport Podcast.Host Alan Hartnett is joined by Steven Miller where they look back at all the GAA news from the last week.The pair reflect on new managerial appointments in Laois at club and inter-county level – as well as a Laois man who has scored a job in Limerick. Pinterest Home We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport Podcast: Managerial appointments, proposal for a Laois rugby team plus… We Are LaoisPodcasts Previous articleDeadline for registration of interest approaching for Sports Capital GrantsNext articleCoronavirus: 10 further deaths and 1,062 new cases – 27 of them in Laois – as special schools to reopen LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival
IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “Many advisors have been asking for cash flow from the fund as they want it to serve a long-term role in retirees’ accounts to preserve real spending power. With strong dividend growth and total-return expected to be driven by simple supply and demand imbalances, we are able to accommodate their request,” explains James Wanstall, CEO, BluMont Capital. The fund is sub-advised by Capital Innovations, LLC of Wisconsin, with John Duncanson, a 35 year professional forester and award winning timber analyst, contributing to the management of the portfolio. Capital Innovations’ strategy presents an opportunity for investors to get exposure to timber businesses through a familiar investment vehicle (publically listed companies) rather than typical direct investments in the sector which tend to be private equity-style funds with high investment minimums and very limited liquidity. Given the lack of timber fund investments for individual Canadian investors, BluMont Capital believes that the fund meets the needs of those investors seeking exposure to this asset class. Commencement of the monthly distribution is conditional upon, among other things, regulatory approval. Toronto-based BluMont Capital Corp. said it will be adding a monthly distribution to the Exemplar Timber Fund. The monthly distribution will commence on Jan. 31, 2013 and the target distribution rate will be 3% per year. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies BluMont Capital Corp.
The requirement to scrap these sorts of arrangements follows rules that were adopted back in 2013 concerning reps’ personal financial dealings with clients and outside business activities. Those rules came into effect in December 2013, except for the provision prohibiting personal financial dealings involving control or authority, such as reps acting under a POA, as a trustee, or an executor. Since then, in 2014, IIROC proposed amendments to the rules that would among other things, provide an exemption to allow reps to act as a trustee or executor for certain clients, subject to certain conditions. Arrangements that don’t fall under that exemption were to be unwound by June of this year, but that deadline was extended to December, and it has now been pushed back until September of next year. IIROC notes that it is still considering the amendments. Investment dealers will have another nine months to unwind arrangements that put advisors in full control of the financial affairs of clients, either by serving as trustees, executors, or having powers of attorney (POAs). The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) announced on Tuesday that it is extending the deadline for unwinding these arrangements from Dec. 13 to Sept. 13, 2016. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news James Langton MFDA to ease conditions on reps serving as executors IIROC updates deadline for unwinding personal financial dealings with clients Keywords ExecutorsCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada IIROC to prohibit advisors from serving as POAs, trustees or executors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
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