‘This is not over yet’ – defiant Sugrue calls on Laois to respond to defeat

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Photo Paul Dargan The Laois senior footballers lost for a second time this season away to Westmeath on Sunday.Their promotion hopes now lie in the balance and they simply must defeat Longford on Saturday night if they are to have any chance.Speaking after the game, manager Sugrue was disappointed with how things went but he called on his players to respond.He said: “This is not over. We’ve put ourselves back on our heels again in this league campaign and it’s up to us to respond.“We’ve got a game next weekend against Longford and we really have to focus on that and try and get ourselves back on track.”Laois scored six points in the first 15 minutes of the game on Sunday but then managed just another four in the remaining 55 minutes.The manager tried to put his finger on just exactly where they had gone wrong.He said: “We started brightly. Looked lively enough for 15, 16, 17, 18 minutes and then just petered out.“Westmeath got to grips with us and then we really struggled to make any inroads in the second half of the first half and then right through the second half.“You could absolutely say that we weren’t threatening. Some of the ball in was of poor quality.“Some of the contesting for ball inside was of poor quality as well so it’s a two-way thing we’ve got to learn and we’ve got to get back at it and try and be better again the next day.“On the ball we were particularly poor today, off the ball we weren’t as good as we can be but we weren’t a million miles off what we could be.”Laois face Longford on Saturday evening in O’Moore Park at 7pm on Saturday.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: An evening of glamour at the Portarlington Gala Ball RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Community Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 26th February 2019 Home Sport GAA ‘This is not over yet’ – defiant Sugrue calls on Laois to… SportGAAGaelic Football ‘This is not over yet’ – defiant Sugrue calls on Laois to respond to defeat Community Twitter Previous articleOpen Evening in Portlaoise Institute to showcase QQI Level 5 and 6 coursesNext articleBrennan: What happens to Laois now is ‘within our own destiny’ 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. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Council TAGSJohn SugrueLaois senior footballers WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

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Bike Thiefs Faster than the Ghosts

first_imgNews [imText1]Surfing on the internet, I found an article that said, “you need license to ride a bicycle in North Korea.” Of course South Koreans would be surprised to find out that you need to obtain a license even for the bicycles in North Korea. Actually there are license by certification of registration. “Women Should Not Ride Bicycles” Where there are almost no taxis or buses of any sort, bicycles are the only means of transportation. “What kind of bicycle a person rides” decides the wealth of that person. Recently in North Korea, those called “rich” are typically wearing Kim Jong Il-style jumper, they ride bicycles made in Japan, and spend more than 5000won a night going around the market. You could call a person like this to belong to the “high-mid class.” There are many stories related to bicycle in North Korea. Around the year 1996, there had been an order (from the government) to “Do Not Allow Women to Ride Bicycles” in Pyongyang city. The reason was that women do not look “nice” in pants traditionally (a pervasive thought in North Korea), and that one day Kim Jong Il saw a woman riding a bicycle wearing pants. He ordered, “It looks horrible. Do not let women ride bicycles.” It was not sure if women could still wear pants or not but in any case, transportation safe guards (police on duty for the traffic in South Korea) confiscated any bicycle rode by a woman when they saw one. In the case of an expensive bicycle, you could get it back if you bribed with a “sufficient amount” which was usually more than half of the cost for the bicycle. If it was an old bicycle, it was better to not get it back. 10 Years of Wage of a Worker for a Bicycle You can ride a bicycle only if you register it and obtain a number plate. Although no personal possession is allowed in North Korea, bicycles are the only personal belonging you can register as your private asset. However, the price of a bicycle is pretty expensive. In 1995, the monthly wage of an average worker was 100won, and at the time, the North Korea-made bicycle “Jebi” cost around 3000won to 5000won. Another North Korea-made bicycle known as “Galmegi,” which was of better quality, cost about 10,000won. Galmegi bicycles were made at the gulag located in Chungjin. Because people in farming areas and other local places do their business by carrying around small bags, they prefer North Korean or Chinese bicycles that tend to be much bigger than Japanese ones which are faster and stylish yet smaller. Price for the bicycles from Japan varies according to its function, but if it has a cover on the chain then it is immediately highly priced. When the monthly wage for an average worker was about 2500, a Japanese bicycle with a cover cost over 50,000won and without the cover about 30,000won. If the bicycle has a lighter on, the price also increases. A bicycle with one light costs around 30,000~50,000 won, two lights costs up to 100,000won. Due to the serious inflation, a Japanese bicycle is traded at 200,000~300,000won. As you have already noticed, bicycles are precious personal belongings that one can only buy after saving his wage for an entire decade. There were so many bicycle robbers that the government made the owners register. Even with the registration system there were bicycles that disappeared over night, so some people took their bicycles inside their room at night. Furthermore, there were professional bicycle robbers who became rich. One can become rich if he succeeds only once, but if he succeeds several times, he silently becomes known as a person who can earn a lot of money. Since they are intelligent, they do not rob bicycles in their neighborhood or even in their region, but they go as far as to another province to rob bicycles and bring back the money home when they succeed. Since such robbery do not hurt them immediately, the people who live near him do not report on him, and even when suspected, since the robbers usually bribe the officers a lot, they are rarely arrested. A Swindler Who Buys a Bicycle of 30,000won With 800wonIn the mid 1990s, there was a famous professional swindler who mainly did his “work” with bicycles, and known as Mr. Jang living in Jeongju, North Pyongan province. Jang’s swindling method was as good as to amaze a ghost. There are many methods and let me introduce one of them. First of all, Jang cut paper into pieces of the same size of 100won bill. At the time when the 100won bill was the biggest bill in North Korea, he made a bunch of money made out of paper that looks to be about 10,000won and put several of real 100bills on the top and bottom of the bunch. It is a bunch of 10,000won but only with 300won to 500won. He carries couple of these bunches in a transparent plastic bag and goes to the bicycle market. He does not forget to take a pretty girl with him. After meeting a pretty girl, he buys presents and treats her to dinner then tells her that he is “the owner of foreign currency earning office.” He buys her heart and takes her around, and by the evening he asks her “do you want me to buy you a bicycle?” as if he really means it and takes her to the market. In South Korea it is same as a man telling his lover, “do you want me to buy a sports car?” and who would reject to such an offer? Jang would then pick one of the nicest looking Japanese bicycles in the store and asks the lady, “Honey, how about this one?” The lady is surprised to hear the word “honey” but she thinks he likes her that much already and blushes. Then the owner of the store thinking they are a couple comes and explains about the bicycle.Jang then says, “I should at least ride it once before I buy it, right?” and leave the girl with bunches of 100won bills in a plastic bag beside the owner. Since there is money and the wife, the owner of the store allows the man to try on the bicycle without much doubt. The market is pretty big and there are a lot of people. Jang goes around the market once or twice then goes into the crowd and soon disappears. After a while that Jang does not come back, the owner of the store takes the plastic bag from the woman and searches through. There are only about 800won. Basically he sold a bicycle of 30,000won with 800won. The owner of the store threatens the woman, “If you don’t bring the bicycle back, I will kill you,” but the woman too is deceived the same. For three or four nights Jang rides the bike day and night and sells it in a far away place. Of course, he himself is not deceived in the same manner. Useless Registration SystemIn order to prevent such robbing and swindling, the North Korean government launched a registration system. The security officials often ask the personal ID, the registration certificate and the plate number of people riding bikes when they see them. It is just like police asking for driver’s license to the drivers in South Korea. However, even if one had the registration certificate, since there is no computerized information system, there is not way to check whether the holder of the registration certificate is the actual owner of the bicycle. Just by instinct, if the owner looks upright, he is considered as the owner, but if he hesitating, then he is immediately considered as a robber. Another purpose of the bicycle registration system is to keep the record on private assets of the people. People are obliged to register everything that is not provided by the government and verify how they obtained it and from where. The security office and the people’s department first asks, “where does the money come from” when they hear a family buying a TV. When the source is not clearly verified, the owners are put under surveillance and then later legal administration confiscates the private belongings. When one registers for a bicycle, he also has to report in detail the cost at the store the bicycle was bought from. The people in one voice complain “We live so poorly because our nation is so good at preying on people.” By Daily NK – 2005.07.26 2:17pm SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twittercenter_img News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Bike Thiefs Faster than the Ghostslast_img read more

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Push for Remittance of Funds to Italy and Russia

first_img By Park Hyun Min – 2007.05.01 2:52am News News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Push for Remittance of Funds to Italy and Russia News Push for Remittance of Funds to Italy and RussiaWu Dawei says that all will be resolved by mid-next weekIt seems that North Korea has made requests to transfer it’s funds caught in Macau’s Banco Delta Asia to accounts in Italy and Russia. On the 30th, the Kyodo News reported that China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei in the meeting with former Japanese Foreign Minister Koumura Masahiko said that North Korea made a request to transfer the $25mn of its funds frozen in BDA to other accounts in Italy and Russia. Further, Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei revealed that Macau authorities had begun investigations to see whether or not North Korea’s request was technically possible. Regarding this, a BDA affiliate said, “Around the 27th, North Korea made a request in relation to the transfer of funds and Macau’s financial authorities began preparations on BDA” and “There is a high chance that the transfer of North Korea’s funds will be finalized in the near future.”Also, the U.S. once revealed that it would actively cooperate in the transfer of North Korea’s funds. On the 27th, U.S. President Bush emphasized, “There are irregularities in the way North Korea safeguards the Feb. 13 Agreement. The financial issue must be clearly resolved for North Korea.”As a result, heads are cautiously rising as affiliated countries lead discussions on specific action and hope for the remittance issue to be truly resolved by mid-next week.However, the issue is not as simple as it sounds. As some analysts argue, North Korea’s underlying motive is the normalization of international financial transactions and not the release of $25mn.Though Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei is also conducting technical investigations on the smooth transfer of funds to Italy and Russian, no one is sure how long this will take. If the transfer occurs through the third countries as requested by North Korea, we can then expect the disablement and abolition measures regarding the Yongbyun nuclear facilities initially promised by April 14th to be executed in the not to distant future and for North Korea to send an invitation to the IAEA to conduct inspections soon.center_img AvatarPark Hyun Min RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest last_img read more

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FSB reports “solid progress” in regulatory reforms

Shadow banking under the microscope post-pandemic: FSB The letter from FSB chairman and Bank of Canada governor, Mark Carney, says that “solid progress” is being made in the priority areas identified by the G20 leaders. It notes that financial institutions are making progress strengthening their balance sheets, as both capital and funding liquidity levels are rising. It notes that a number of efforts are underway to strengthening the oversight and regulation of shadow banking, including an initiative to track risks in the sector; and regulatory recommendations: to mitigate the spill-over effect between the regular banking system and the shadow banking system; to reduce the susceptibility of money market funds to ‘runs’; to assess and mitigate systemic risks posed by shadow banking entities other than money market funds; to assess and align the incentives associated with securitization to prevent a repeat of the creation of excessive leverage; and, to dampen risks and pro-cyclical incentives associated with securities lending and repos that may exacerbate funding strains at times of shocks to confidence. The full set of recommendations will be issued by end-2012. In terms of OTC derivatives reforms, it says that “work is well advanced to establish a safe environment for clearing OTC derivatives through a global framework of central counterparties, which it says should allow national authorities to make informed decisions on the appropriate form of CCPs to meet the G20 commitment to centrally clear all standardised OTC derivatives by the end of 2012. It also issued a progress report on efforts to extend the framework for global systemically important banks to domestic systemically important banks. It says that the FSB and the Basel Committee are leaning towards a set of principles as a minimum framework. The goal is to complete the framework by November. The FSB also reports that the accounting standards setters, the IASB and FASB, are making progress on projects to converge their standards on financial instruments, including a joint expected loss impairment approach, and a more converged approach to classification and measurement. The IASB and FASB will conduct further public consultations in the second half of 2012, and expect to issue final converged standards in a number of key areas by mid-2013, it says. The FSB says that at the June G20 summit, it plans to issue separate progress reports on the three priority areas where reforms are furthest advanced (Basel III, OTC derivatives, and compensation practices), together with an overall overview progress report and an updated scoreboard of reforms. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Prior to the pandemic, shadow banking was surging James Langton LIBOR, innovation and shadow banking top FSB agenda Related news Global policymakers are making solid progress on the financial regulatory reforms, according to reports issued Friday by the Financial Stability Board. The FSB Friday issued three progress reports, and sent a letter to the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, on a variety of regulatory reforms, highlighting efforts to build resilient financial institutions; end ‘too big to fail’ regimes; strengthen the oversight of shadow banking activities; and complete reforms concerning over-the-counter derivatives markets; among other things. Keywords Shadow bankingCompanies Financial Stability Board Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka begins video consultancy

first_img Read Article Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka begins video consultancy   Related Posts News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 COVID Response TeamCOVID-19Manipal Hospitals DwarkaOPDvideo consultancy WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Add Comment To fight against COVID-19, to facilitate home stay for safety of patients, this tech-driven initiative of video consultation with specialists has  been takenTo provide healthcare services in the times of an unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and lockdown to contain it, Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka has started video consultation for its enlisted as well as new patients. The hospital has constituted a 10-member COVID Response Team (CRT) under the chairmanship of Dr Yugal K Mishra, Chief of Clinical Services, Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka and it strongly recommends online OPDs to avoid physical contact and encourage social distancing to contain the outbreak and make medical services available to the patients.To fight against COVID-19 and to facilitate the home stay for the safety of the patients, Manipal Hospitals Dwarka has taken this tech-driven initiative of video consultation with the specialists. The hospital would also provide doorstep delivery of medicines and home collection of lab samples. “Our enlisted and new patients can book an appointment with their particular specialists for video consultancy and at the given time they would require to interface for consultancy. We have begun the video consultancy for the ease of our patients and requested them to opt for this. Online OPDs will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM. We have requested all patients from our database that unless it is unavoidable or the case is critical, there is no need to visit the hospital,” said Dr Mishra.“The key to managing the COVID-19 outbreak is to maintain social distancing and isolation. We are fully prepared to deal with COVID-19 cases. For patient safety and ease, we are emphasising on video consultancy. It is promising to note that every day more and more people are opting for video consultancy,” said Pramod Alagharu, CEO, Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka. The hospital said that for non-avoidable elective surgeries, medical administration is taking all due precautions to provide support to the patients and their family.For online OPDs, patients can call-  011-49674967 or visit http://delhi.manipalhospitals.co.in/video-consultation MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on April 15, 2020 last_img read more

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Santa Monica motel shelters high-risk homeless people from COVID

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Santa Monica motel shelters high-risk homeless people from COVID Aug. 13, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedHealthHomelessnessNewsSanta Monica motel shelters high-risk homeless people from COVIDClara Harter10 months agocovidhomelessProject RoomkeyFile photo. The City of Santa Monica in collaboration with the People Concern has housed 26 homeless individuals who are high risk for COVID in a locally owned Santa Monica motel. The initiative, which began on May 29 and will continue through September, was pulled together when the County was unable to identify any hotels in Santa Monica to participate in official Project Roomkey efforts.“We were a little disappointed when the County was not able to secure a site in Santa Monica, but knew that we had quite a few COVID high risk extremely vulnerable people experiencing homelessness on our streets,” said Brain Hardgrave, Senior Administrative Analyst in the Human Services Division of City Government. In response, the City partnered with The People Concern, which runs three interim housing facilities, the Santa Monica Access Center, and a street intervention team in Santa Monica, to find a motel that would be willing to help out.Project Roomkey is an effort by the State, County and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to house vulnerable homeless people in hotel and motel rooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of Aug 11, L.A. County reported that Project Roomkey was housing 4,112 individuals.So far, the City and The People Concern have housed 26 people in a Santa Monica motel, whose identity is being protected for privacy reasons. These people are provided a range of supportive and rehabilitative services by The People Concern to help them transition into permanent housing.“The only solution to homelessness is housing. We have to provide housing and once people are housed then you need to wrap around the services for them to remain housed,” said John Maceri, the CEO of The People Concern.Twenty six rooms were secured for an initial 30 day period at the end of May and the project is currently maintaining 10 rooms through September. According to the City, out of the 12 people who exited the first phase of the program four were successfully permanently housed with family/friends, five transitioned into other motel placements including Project Roomkey sites, one entered residential substance use disorder treatment and two exited back to the streets.Individuals for this project were identified by The People Concern’s Multidisciplinary Street Team, which is a mobile outreach team that identifies homeless individuals in Santa Monica and provides a wide range of services including psychotherapy, medical services, housing coordination, and case management. The team selected individuals who were at the highest risk of suffering severe health consequences from coronavirus.“The CDC and L.A. County Department of Public Health are in agreement of who are amongst some of the most vulnerable COVID high risk population and that includes people who are either 65 and above and/or people with one or more serious underlying chronic health conditions, such that if they were to contract COVID-19 these are the folks who are most likely to suffer extreme illness, require hospitalization and intensive care,” said Hardgrave.Funding for this informal version of Project Roomkey initially came from the Cedar Sinai California Community Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation. According to Hardgrave, when this ran out around July 1 a second round of funding came from the L.A. County Homeless Initiative.This project is in direct response to the growing need for homeless services during the pandemic, which has caused some people to lose their homes due to financial circumstances and isolation from their network of friends and families.“I think there’s a misconception that all people experiencing homelessness are mentally ill, or have substance abuse issues, or are out there by choice and we know that’s not true,” said Hardgrave. “For example, one participant in the motel shelter project is a 40-year-old woman, who has a severe health condition and became homeless after she was furloughed from her job earlier this year. While she was staying in the motel she started saving up her unemployment benefits and The People Concern was able to link her to a county funded rapid rehousing program.”For more information see: www.weare.santamonica.gov/[email protected] :covidhomelessProject Roomkeyshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBiden, Harris lash Trump in introduction of historic VP pickRent relief applications open MondayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

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Reliance Jio profit nearly triples as subs soar

first_img Airtel returns to profit Previous ArticleApple profit falls on hardware hitNext ArticleSpain prepares to lift operator switching restrictions Author HomeAsiaNews Reliance Jio profit nearly triples as subs soar Related KDDI focuses on cost cuts Joseph Waring Reliance Jio, the largest mobile operator in India, added 81 million mobile users in the year to end-March and nearly tripled profit in its fiscal Q4 (calendar Q1), as rivals struggled with falling profitability and shed customers.Net profit in fiscal Q4 increased 177.5 per cent year-on-year to INR23.3 billion ($308.4 million), with operating revenue growing 26.6 per cent to INR148 billion.For its fiscal 2020, net profit rose 88 per cent to INR55.6 billion.Its subscriber base grew 26.3 per cent to 388 million at end-March, while ARPU increased 3.5 per cent to INR130.60. In fiscal Q4 alone it added 24 million subs.In a statement, the company said it registered a significant increase in traffic during the country’s lockdown, with no drop in network performance.Average monthly data usage per user increased to 11.3GB from 10.9GB in fiscal Q4 2019.Next growth phaseCommenting on Facebook acquiring a 10 per cent stake for $5.7 billion, Reliance Industries chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani (pictured) said the operator is embarking on the next leg of growth with a path-defining partnership with one of the world’s largest digital companies.“We are together determined to make India a truly digital society with best-in-class connectivity network complemented with disruptive digital technology platforms for entertainment, commerce, communication, finance, education and health harnessing world’s best tech capabilities.”The company said INR280.6 billion ($3.7 billion) of the injection would go to reducing debt, with the remaining INR150 billion to be retained at Jio Platforms to drive future growth. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 MAY 2020 Tags Docomo braces for slow growth Asia Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more fiscal Q4 earningsReliance jiolast_img read more

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Cashilard water supply removed from EPA Remedial Action List

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – May 22, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleOliver success at Sligo RacesNext articleCllr hits out at Government over ‘failing fishing community in Donegal’ News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Irish Water has confirmed that the Cashilard water supply has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.Almost 360 consumers in the area will benefit and it brings the total number of schemes on the RAL reduced from 10 to 5 since 2015.The Cashilard supply has been removed from the EPA’s RAL following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council.The upgrade works have removed the risk from THMs and will ensure the community in Cashilard have a safe, secure, reliable water supply.There are currently five others supplies in Co Donegal on the RAL. They are Creeslough, Glenties-Ardara, Greencastle, Letterkenny and Milford-Letterkenny.Three water supplies in Donegal have elevated THM levels.Irish Water say they are currently upgrading or constructing new plants at Cresslough, Letterkenny and Glenties-Ardara with all works expected to be complete by year end.The utility plans to connect the Greencastle scheme to the Inishowen East scheme.The Milford-Letterkenny supply which is supplied from Letterkenny, will also be removed from the RAL once the Letterkenny Water Treatment Plant has been upgraded.Irish Water says, all three plants will also include a cryptosporidium barrier. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Cashilard water supply removed from EPA Remedial Action List Twitter Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

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London’s Mayor calls for second Brexit referendum

first_img Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – September 16, 2018 Facebook London’s Mayor calls for second Brexit referendum AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s calls for a second Brexit referendum are being criticised by his Labour colleagues.However, some British commentators say delaying the EU exit could give British Prime Minister Theresa May a lifeline.Conservatives say a referendum would take everyone back to square one – but Sadiq Khan doesn’t think that’s a bad thing.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/16khan-brexit-alt-clip-tg-.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDSFC: Gaoth Dobhair through to SFC Quarter-Finals – ReactionNext articleMEP calls for revision of EU postal services directive News Highland WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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News / Revenues soar 40% and steer Volga-Dnepr Group into clearer skies

first_img Volga-Dnepr is out of the woods of potential bankruptcy and is now sitting on a “huge pile of cash”.Yesterday it said its half-year revenues across the three airlines in the group, Volga-Dnepr, AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and Atran, was more than 40% up on a year ago.The revenue increase comes despite a drop in tonnage – which the group claimed was 18% down in the wider market, while freight tonne km (FTK) were 19% lower – but Volga-Dnepr saw just a 5% and 10% decrease, respectively.FTK numbers had been impacted by the volumetric nature of PPE, it noted, as well as large numbers of charters.While growth in some sectors such as e-commerce and pharma are understandable, Volga-Dnepr said, it had also more than doubled its oil and gas operations and seen a 20% surge in aerospace.“Whereas a lot of projects have been frozen following the pandemic, major manufacturers managed to keep their operations,” said Konstantin Vekshin, the group’s chief commercial officer, adding  that the pandemic had also boosted use of technology.“It is also noteworthy that this crisis situation pushed the development of online cargo bookings, not only through our own website channel but also through our partners’ platforms … WebCargo and cargo.one. In our tech-savvy world, [an] omnichannel approach is the key to successful customer relations and overall customer experience enhancement.”The group, celebrating its 30th year, is also marking 10 years of ABC flights to Zhengzhou, “a milestone in developing comprehensive network coverage of central China”. It now has seven flights a week, up from the two it began with.The round of good news for the carrier came at a critical time in its history, with the threat of bankruptcy hanging over its head earlier this year.“Volga-Dnepr was having a very tough time,” said one executive close to the group. “All of a sudden, things changed and it’s now financially in good shape, with a huge pile of cash. It will give it the chance to repay a lot of debt this year.“And I don’t see things really changing for the next two years – and after that there will be a new playing field for cargo. There will be more capacity coming in, but existing cargo carriers will be safe for two years, and are all in good shape.”He did concede, however, that “it’s a very volatile industry. There are always surprises.” By Alex Lennane 18/09/2020 ABC celebrates 10 years of serving Zhengzhoulast_img read more

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