Pick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market…

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleLimerick mother makes impassioned appeal for funds to include son (3) on US cancer trialNext articleWATCH: “The girls have done everything to get here”-Donal Ryan Meghann Scully LimerickNewsPick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market in an Historic SettingBy Meghann Scully – November 20, 2020 819 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Emailcenter_img SET in a beautiful historic 18th Century courtyard at Holycross, Bruff, Co. Limerick, the Rockbarton Garden Centre’s boutique Christmas Market is set to ignite a wonderful Christmas atmosphere while making ‘shop local’ easy.The outdoor Christmas market will feature 30-plus stalls selling high quality produce and gifts created by very talented local craftspeople and artists.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This one-day event is as much about the shopping as it is about soaking up the Christmas atmosphere in a beautiful outdoor setting. Warm your hands around a mulled wine as you follow the one-way system and browse the myriad of artisanal handicrafts and delicious homemade foods on display as Christmas music plays in the background.Take a break from the online shopping and find the perfect gifts or stocking fillers for everyone this Christmas from handcrafted or handmade soaps, fairy doors, jewellery, quilts, pottery, cakes, breads and so much more.Popular local artisan producers such as Happy Food at Home, Our Daily Bread, Lough Gur Pottery, Willow Crafts, Knitting, RnR Quilts, Mary’s Fairies, Mulberry Rose, Cookie & Crumb, Allo Craft & Design will all have stalls at the market.Christmas Trees, Handcrafted Wreaths, Table Centres and Christmas Planters will also be available on the day. And children will be thrilled to know that hot chocolate and crépes will be on offer from the Café cart.Now in its fifth year, the Christmas market will be taking place with a number of additional safety measures.  In adherence with Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, there will be a one way system in place, numbers entering will be monitored and hand sanitiser will be available on all stalls as well as at entry and exit points.  The cafe will also move outdoors to a café cart to ensure social distancing.Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre, said, “It is always a lovely day out with the family where you can embrace some Christmas cheer while picking up an unusual gift for a friend or relative – something that you’re not going to get anywhere else!”“Everyone involved is very excited about the market going ahead, particularly after a very tough year for many local producers.  The market will obviously be different to previous events but we’re doing everything that we can to ensure there is a festive atmosphere and a warm welcome is waiting for you in a safe environment,” she continued.Event detailsDate: Sunday 6th December,Time: 09.30 – 15.30Venue: Rockbarton Garden Centre, Holycross, Bruff, Co Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Twitterlast_img read more

Switzerland looks set to cut minimum rate for pension funds

first_imgDepending on which period is used as a basis for the calculations, 1.25% could be a maximum, or a realistic, rate.This is, however, merely the minimum interest that must be guaranteed on mandatory assets of active members, while Pensionskassen are free to pay out more.In 2014, the actual interest paid out on members’ assets stood at 2.3% on average, up from 2% the year before and just under 2% in 2012, while the legal minimum rate has fallen continually in recent years.A recent study by PPCmetrics (in German) shows that just over half of all Pensionskasse surveyed paid out an interest rate of 1.5-2%. One-quarter had a rate higher than 2.5%, while approximately 7% fell below the 1.5% threshold.The Swiss consultancy based its research on the balance sheets of 260 Pensionskassen, with combined assets of CHF565bn (€461bn), with approximately CHF200bn attributable to public pension funds.  The PPCmetrics study, unlike most others on the technical parameters for Swiss Pensionskassen, was based not on surveys but reported figures.The consultancy said this made its figures more comparable.According to the research, the so-called ‘technische Zins’ – the discount rate applied – has decreased by less than the average return from bond holdings, particularly in public pension funds.This means the average risk-adjusted funding ratio, a benchmark figure devised by PPCmetrics, has deteriorated from just over 101% in 2013 to 99.7% last year. Switzerland’s BVG Kommission, responsible for amending technical parameters within the second-pillar pension system, has proposed cutting the minimum interest rate for Pensionskassen from 1.75% to 1.25%.The news means Pensionskassen, from January 2016, look set to employ the 1.25% rate when guaranteeing members’ assets, as the Swiss government has to date followed all of the commission’s recommendations.In a statement, the BVG noted that, in its final vote, the majority of commission members supported the 1.25% rate, as opposed to the more radical 1% rate. The minimum interest rate, which must be applied to all mandatory contributions made to the second pillar, is based on the returns from Swiss government bonds.last_img read more