Russia moves naval exercise that rattled NATO member Ireland
Russia says it will relocate naval exercises off the coast of Ireland after Dublin raised concerns about them amid a tense dispute with the West over expansion of the NATO alliance and fears that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. The Feb. 3-8 exercises were to be held 240 kilometers (150 miles) off southwestern Ireland — in international waters but within Ireland’s exclusive economic zone. Russia’s embassy in Ireland on Saturday posted a letter on Facebook from Ambassador Yuriy Filatov saying the exercises would be relocated outside of the Irish economic zone ”with the aim not to hinder fishing activities.”news.yahoo.com
Bryson DeChambeau ‘feels bad’ for Jon Rahm after COVID-19 ousted him from Memorial Tournament
DETROIT, Mich. -- Bryson DeChambeau has already experienced plenty of the ups and down in the world of professional golf. Rahm held a six-stroke lead after the third day of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio when he was informed he had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the PGA Tour protocols, Rahm was not allowed to compete on the fourth and final day of the tournament. “Man, it’s PGA Tour protocol. Obviously, that’s something that the PGA Tour is going to have to deal with.mlive.com
Big Tech's data watchdog in Europe is facing accusations of bureaucracy and lethargy
TikTok recently came under the jurisdiction of Ireland's Data Protection Commission, adding to a hefty workload for the Irish regulator. The regulation, with its possibility for big fines, is seen as the most robust piece of data protection law in history. The length of the investigation and the sum of money drew criticism from Max Schrems and other data protection advocates. Romain Robert, a senior lawyer at Noyb, said that the organization has been frustrated by the enforcement of GDPR by most data protection authorities in Europe. Graham Doyle, the deputy commissioner at the DPC, told CNBC that investigations, especially cross-border probes into big tech firms, take some time.cnbc.com
St. Patrick's Day to be largely virtual in NYC for 2nd year
Bagpiper Joe Brady leads a smaller version of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – A largely virtual St. Patrick's Day was planned for New York City on Wednesday, one year after the annual parade celebrating Irish heritage was canceled because of the pandemic. A live broadcast of the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral took place. AdMultitudes of people usually line Fifth Avenue for New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which traces its roots to the 1760s. Patrick’s Day: A Celebration For All” at 7 p.m.
Qualtrics files IPO papers, aiming for valuation of up to $14.4 billion after spinning out of SAP
The cloud software vendor, which SAP acquired two years ago on the eve of a planned IPO, filed its paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday to carry on as an independent company. The initial pricing range of $20 to $24 a share would value Qualtrics at $12 billion to $14.4 billion, up from the $8 billion SAP paid. Qualtrics sells software that helps businesses gauge how customers use their products so they can improve their offerings. Smith, who just purchased the NBA's Utah Jazz, will remain chairman of the company, headquartered in Provo, Utah and Seattle. SAP former CEO Bill McDermott orchestrated the Qualtrics deal before leaving the company last year to take the top job at ServiceNow.cnbc.com
Lori Loughlin released from prison after serving two months for college admissions scam
"Full House" actor Lori Loughlin was released from prison Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme, the federal Bureau of Prisons said. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is serving his five-month sentence at a prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara, California. Loughlin and Giannulli were both initially supposed to report to prison on Nov. 19, but prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Loughlin could start her sentence on Oct. 30. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019.cbsnews.com
Lori Loughlin released after prison term in college scam
Loughlin was released from federal prison in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)“Full House” actor Lori Loughlin was released from prison Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme, the federal Bureau of Prisons said. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is serving his five-month sentence at a prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara, California. Loughlin and Giannulli were both initially supposed to report to prison on Nov. 19, but prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Loughlin could start her sentence on Oct. 30.
6 Men Indicted In Alleged Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what investigators say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies. The six were arrested in early October following an FBI investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap the Democratic governor at her vacation home in northern Michigan. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: 18-Year-Old Man In Temporary Serious Condition After Detroit ShootingMORE FROM CBS DETROIT: VIDEO: Detroit Police Seek Breaking And Entering Suspects© 2020 Associated Press.detroit.cbslocal.com
Man Who Worked At Local Research Institute For 10 Years Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets, Sell Them In China
A former Dublin, Ohio, man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to conspiring to steal exosome-related trade secrets concerning the research, identification and treatment of a range of pediatric medical conditions. Zhou admitted to conspiring to steal scientific trade secrets related to exosomes and exosome isolation from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute for his own personal financial gain in China. They conspired to steal trade secrets related to exosome research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Chen pleaded guilty in July 2020 to conspiring to steal trade secrets and commit wire fraud. Assistant United States Attorneys S. Courter Shimeall, Peter K. Glenn-Applegate, Special Assistant United States Attorney J. Michael Marous and National Security Division Trial Attorney Matthew J. McKenzie, are representing the United States in this case.justice.gov
Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith joins the NBA ownership club after buying the Utah Jazz
Ryan Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Qualtrics peaks on stage during the 2015 Web Summit on in Dublin, Ireland. Those are the early labels people who know him are using to describe pending National Basketball Association owner Ryan Smith. The co-founder of tech company Qualtrics agreed to purchase the NBA's Utah Jazz, the team announced on Wednesday in a surprise move. Our family remains invested in the success of the Utah Jazz and these businesses, and we will retain a minority interest." "The Miller family has had an unbelievable impact on countless people through the Utah Jazz and the other organizations they run," said Smith in a statement.cnbc.com
How a Biden election win could shake up U.S. and Irish economic ties
DUBLIN — Ballina, a town in County Mayo in the west of Ireland, recently unveiled a striking mural in its town center of a familiar face: Joe Biden. It's a connection to the country that his opponent, current President Donald Trump isn't able to claim, unless his golf course counts. "I think we would expect a President Biden to be much more pro-European, pro-transatlantic relations than we've seen from the Trump White House," Tina Fordham, head of global political strategy at Avonhurst, told CNBC. "I have no doubt that Ireland would feel like it has more of a friend in the White House but it's a combination of the White House and Congress in that case. Even under a second term for President Trump, there would be that attention to upholding the Good Friday Agreement," Fordham added.cnbc.com
Rising rates seem to signal a recovery is near, but investors wonder whether they can be believed
The spread between five- and 30-year Treasurys hit nearly a four-year high, and corporate debt has traded firm against the rising government rates. Fidelity's head of macro strategy Jurrien Timmer last week notes that Treasury yields have simply been catching up to other indicators of a "reflation" trade that have been working for a while. The 10-year Treasury yield has just levitated enough to meet its steeply down-sloping 200-day average, a potential friction area for the yield rally on a first approach. The Russell 1000 Value index relative to the Russell 1000 Growth measure has gained some traction, and to some eyes, is building a foundation for further comeback. The peak of Treasury yields and value relative performance was June 8, days after a surprisingly strong jobs report and at a peak of "reopening the economy" enthusiasm.cnbc.com
Ireland focuses on Christmas as it enters new lockdown
A man walks past a closed bar in Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN – Ireland is already focused on Christmas. Unless the country can get the COVID-19 pandemic under control, there won’t be much Christmas cheer this year in Galway, Cork or Dublin. Cadden, a past president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said that between corporate events and family gatherings, Christmas can account for 40% of the annual revenue for some establishments. “That makes me feel able to keep going.”Business owners seem to be almost willing the lockdown to work because they, like everyone in Ireland, need a break from the loneliness, suffering and death.
Mortgage demand from homebuyers falls for the fourth straight week
Homebuyer demand is incredibly strong compared with last year, but there appears to be a slight pullback this month. A drop in buyer demand caused total mortgage application volume to fall 0.6% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index. Applications to purchase a home fell 2% for the week, the fourth straight week of declines. That volume rose 0.2% from the previous week and was 74% higher than a year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 66.1% of total applications from 65.6% the previous week.cnbc.com
As Chinese investment into Ireland surges, Dublin tightens the rule book
Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping (C) kicks a Gaelic football as he visits the Croke Park in Dublin on February 19, 2012 to attend an exhibition of Gaelic football and hurling. Xi Jinping, China's leader-in-waiting, arrived on February 18 for a three-day visit to Ireland, nine years after he first visited the country. Xi will hold talks with Prime Minister Enda Kenny and attend an Ireland-China trade forum in Dublin involving about 300 companies. DUBLIN — Ireland's foreign investment rules are being updated as Dublin seeks to protect the country's prized assets and align itself with regulations from Brussels. It will allow for Ireland to share information with the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, and other member states about suspicious or concerning deals.cnbc.com
The Match 3 golf tournament set for Nov. 27 to benefit Black colleges
Peyton Manning hits his tee shot on the third hole during the Pro-Am of The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. Turner Sports' The Match 3 is officially set. The popular celebrity golf outing will feature Phil Mickelson, Charles Barkley, Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning and air on WarnerMedia's TNT network on Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. The Match 2 was one of the most-watched sporting events during the pandemic, attracting an average of 5.8 million viewers on May 24 and peaking at 6.3 million viewers. The second installment of the golf event raised $20 million for Covid-19 relief efforts.cnbc.com
Ireland prepares for the twin threats of Brexit and coronavirus with a mega-budget
DUBLIN — The Irish government has presented a budget that it calls the "largest in the history of the state" as it faces down the twin threats of coronavirus and Brexit. The 17.75 billion euro ($20.8 billion) budget, announced Tuesday, was prepared under the assumption that there will be no trade deal between the EU and the U.K. and that no coronavirus vaccine will be widely available in 2021. This package includes a 3.4 billion euro recovery fund, 8.5 billion euros for public services and an extra 4 billion euros for health — all while balancing the government's climate commitments, which includes a carbon tax increase. Donohoe projected a deficit of 21.5 billion euros for 2020, with a 20.5 billion euro deficit forecasted for 2021. A series of measures were introduced to prevent further job losses and support businesses upended by the pandemic.cnbc.com
Progress is the word in Brexit trade talks before summit
(Brian Lawless/PA via AP)BRUSSELS – The European Union finally sees progress in trade talks with the United Kingdom, but insists a momentary change in mood between the oft-bickering sides is no guarantee that an agreement will be delivered on time, officials said Thursday. “I would say that the mood appears to have changed," Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said when he hosted European Council President Charles Michel. It does need substance to follow the mood," he added, urging the negotiators meeting in London this week to speed up progress. In diplomatic delegations in Brussels where member states eagerly follow the talks EU negotiator Michel Barnier has with his counterpart David Frost, there is the same sense of change in the air. In London, the government said the talks would go on straight through to next week's EU summit.
Google abandoning a new Dublin office signals change for the commercial property markets
NurPhoto | Getty ImagesWhen Google announced last month it was pulling the plug on a lease for a new office space in Dublin, Ireland, it set off alarm bells. But during the coronavirus pandemic and with the need for remote working, questions are being raised about the viability of large office spaces. TikTok, according to reports, is seeking a large office space in the capital for up to 5,000 people. "If Dublin City Council does not allow for increased heights within parts of the city, Dublin will lose out on future opportunities," he said. The Sorting Office that Google was planning to lease in Dublin, Ireland.cnbc.com
Finau, Palmer share early lead at Memorial as Tiger hangs on
Tony Finau hits from the second tee during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. That kind of score isn't happening at Muirfield Village, where the greens are getting faster by the hour. The way Muirfield Village is playing, both are impressive. Woods, a five-time winner at Muirfield Village, has never missed the cut in 17 previous times at the Memorial. But I battled back well.Palmer played the Workday Charity Open last week at Muirfield Village and missed the cut.
Shane Lowry playing golf this week, but not where he thought
It will go to Royal St. Georges next summer. Its just very strange times for us at the minute, isnt it?Lowry said he has never seen the lunar landscape of Royal St. Georges. Id love if we were playing in front of 40,000 or 50,000 people this week in St. Georges, he said. For the week of the U.S. Open, golf was in its second week of returning from the pandemic, at Harbour Town. So everything that I miss or that I wont get to do this week, Im sure Ill get to do next year.
Different tournament, different look for Muirfield Village
FILE - This Wednesday, May 22, 2013, file photo shows the clubhouse and 18th fairway at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Milkshakes buckeye is the most popular flavor are a tradition at Muirfield Village during the Memorial, served in the clubhouse to players and tournament staff. There's enough pressure trying to meet the standards of Jack Nicklaus, who built and nurtured Muirfield Village and twice won his Memorial Tournament. That involved the PGA Tour staff, from the rules officials who dictate the setup to Thomas Bastis, the tour agronomist working at Muirfield Village. Nicklaus runs an old-school event, so the 11 video scoreboards at Muirfield Village were being removed.
Morikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)DUBLIN, Ohio Among the lessons Collin Morikawa took away from missing his first cut as a pro was that his reliable cut shot had left him. He found at it Muirfield Village, and suddenly looks as though he'll be tough to catch at the Workday Charity Open. Morikawa ran off four straight birdies after making the turn Friday, finished with another birdie and shot 6-under 66 to build a six-shot lead when thunderstorms arrived in Ohio. I had heard from a lot of people before, this course was going to suit a left-to-right shot, anyway, Morikawa said. I think sometimes when something really doesnt go your way, like missing a cut, it just stands out a little more, he said.
Still testing positive, Frittelli among 3 back to work
And then they tested positive again. Felt like Walter Hagen, just walked straight on to the driving range.The tour last week updated its policy for asymptomatic positive tests, like Cameron Champ. What we have learned along the way is that in some instances, individuals can continue to test positive for weeks beyond when their illness started," he said. McCarthy tested positive on June 26 before the second round at the Travelers Championship, while Frittelli tested positive that weekend. Even so, Frittelli said he could sense a buzz around Muirfield Village from players on edge about someone testing positive still in the field.
More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks
People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. For many Americans, the Fourth of July won't be about big festivities but setting off fireworks themselves. Some public safety officials say consumer fireworks in more hands means greater danger of injuries and wildfires in parts of the country experiencing dry, scorching weather. Were seeing new customers ... who usually dont come to the fireworks tents, said Robert Fletcher of Desert Sky Fireworks, which has locations across Arizona. While most states allow at least some types of consumer fireworks, many cities prohibit them, even non-explosive sparklers. But not everyone is as alarmed by the increased interest in consumer fireworks.
Ireland's Micheal Martin to lead historic Irish coalition
Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin leaves the Dail government in Dublin, where he has been officially elected as the new Irish Premier, Saturday June 27, 2020. The deal will see Martins Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael the party of outgoing leader Leo Varadkar and with the smaller Green Party. Despite coming out ahead, Sinn Fein was unable to assemble enough support to govern. The two centrist parties have long shunned Sinn Fein because of its historic links to the Irish Republican Army and decades of violence in Northern Ireland. Faced with the prospect of losing their grip on power, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have circled the wagons, McDonald said.
Rival Irish parties strike deal to form coalition government
The deal will see Fine Gael the party of incumbent Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fail led by Micheal Martin govern alongside the smaller Green Party. The election result was a blow for Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, the centrist parties that have dominated Irish politics since the country won independence from Britain a century ago. Fianna Fail holds 38 seats in the 160-seat Dail, parliaments lower house. Sinn Fein has 37, Fine Gael has 35 and the Greens have 12 seats. The two centrist parties have long shunned Sinn Fein because of its historic links to the Irish Republican Army and decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
Coronavirus-themed murals continue to pop up around the world
A man stops to photograph a new mural in Dublin by art group Subset which is inspired by, and representative of the information contained in a written piece on their website titled CORONAVIRUS: The Virus Era. In facing the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world have taken comfort in the arts. Musicians have livestreamed their concerts, neighbors have held singalongs from their balconies and artists have painted vibrant, outdoor murals that bring color to public spaces that are now found empty. These paintings capture not only the devastating impact of the virus, but also show the hope there is in overcoming it. Located in places that range from Colorado to Indonesia, these murals have brought some light into a dark time.cnbc.com
Fed's Bostic says new virus hasn't changed his outlook
"We did three cuts and right now they are working their way through the economy," Bostic said of the Fed's interest-rate reductions last year. "But given our past recent experience with these sorts of things, I don't think it should; it hasn't changed my outlook or my expectation about our rates path." Futures tied to the Fed's policy rate, which in early January showed most bets were on a rate cut by November, now suggest two rate cuts are likely by year's end. Bostic noted that while inflation has missed the Fed's 2% target as measured by the personal consumption expenditures price index, it is at or near target by other measures. The Fed could, he suggested, use a range of measures to judge whether it is meeting its inflation target, not just PCE inflation.cnbc.com
School in Ireland testing no homework policy
Loreto Primary School is trying out a system where students are no longer overburdened with lots of homework in the evenings. Another school in the capital, which introduced a no-written-homework policy for the majority of its students, has said the change is working out pretty well. Loretos principal said her school is adopting the idea after a lot of discussions about the stress caused by homework. She added that since the change, teachers now have more one-on-one time with their students. 6th graders will still have written homework to prepare them for middle school.
American Airlines flight diverted over chemical spill
(CNN) - An American Airlines flight from London to Philadelphia landed in Ireland after cleaning chemicals leaked in the aircraft cabin on Monday. "American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odor caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley," an American Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. Katie Phillips, a passenger on board the diverted flight, tweeted that a "chemical spillage" led to a "sickness outbreak" on the plane. American Airlines told CNN: "We're fully investigating the specifics on what happened on this flight." A spokesperson for Dublin Airport told CNN that the flight was diverted there for a medical emergency.
Felicity Huffman reports to prison for 2-week sentence
(CNN) - Actress Felicity Huffman reported to federal prison in Dublin, California, on Tuesday to begin serving a two-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scam, a representative said. "Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman's actions," the statement said. "She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposedone year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community servicewhen she is released." Huffman is the first of more than 30 parents charged in the sprawling criminal case to begin serving a prison sentence. Huffman echoed that sentiment in a statement released to the media, saying, "There are no excuses or justifications for my actions.