By News Highland – June 18, 2020 WhatsApp ‘Public support has been overwhelming’ – John Watson Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleDonegal FF members cast votes on programme for GovernmentNext articleLámhdhéanta – Episode 1 Thatching News Highland Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Photo Credit: David McHaleLetterkenny businessman John Watson has said while coming to terms with losing his business has been difficult, the potential loss of life would have been so much worse.An investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the devastating fire at Watson Hire on Monday evening.The blaze broke out just as John and the team were locking up for the evening with the fire ravaging through the building in minutes.Efforts are underway to get the business back up and running again.Reflecting on the last few days on today’s Nine Till Noon Show, Mr. Watson says the outpouring of support of people locally has been overwhelming:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/johnwasfgdfgdfgdfgtson1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard [email protected] just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Rescue Dinner (formally Freedom Award Dinner) to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.The event will honor Spyros Galinos, Mayor of Lesbos, Greece and The Mack Family.The Freedom Award is presented annually to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. This year’s Freedom Award will be presented to Mayor Spyros Galinos. During the past two years, more than 660,000 refugees have passed through the Greek island of Lesbos, the epicenter of the largest migration of people since World War II. The island’s population is only 86,000, but these generous people have invited 25,000 Syrians, Afghanis and others to settle among them. Mayor Galinos is being recognized for his efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees as they face a harrowing journey, and for working to bring awareness to the tragic human costs of the current refugee crisis.Additionally, Christy and John Mack, along with their children Jenna, John and Stephen K. Mack, will receive the John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award. This award was created in recognition of Mr. Whitehead’s half-century of transformational leadership of the IRC and is presented annually to individuals who embody Mr. Whitehead’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. The Mack family is being recognized for their incredible support and engagement in Greece, with the IRC’s mobile health programs in Jordan, and their support of women and girls across the Middle East.“This year’s Rescue Dinner honorees embody the best of humanity. In a climate that can seem downright hostile at times, Mayor Galinos and the Mack family are living examples of the good that is desperately needed in the world right now. The choices they have made and the work that they do every day results in life-saving opportunities for thousands of refugees around the globe. We are humbled to honor them at this year’s gala,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.David Miliband will be joined on stage by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, a member of the IRC Board of Directors. The evening will also feature a special performance by Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker.The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Katherine Farley, Merryl H. Tisch, Maureen White and Tracy R. Wolstencroft.
MONTREAL – Aimia Inc. share plunged 27 per cent Thursday after the operator of the Aeroplan loyalty card reported a wider quarterly loss and plans to pursue deeper cost cutting.The Montreal-based company plans to trim its costs by $70 million per year by 2019 as it continues to adjust to Air Canada’s decision not to renew its long-term partnership in 2020. It has already sold several businesses, including its British Nectar coalition, and cut staffing in half since 2015 to about 1,600 people.Chief executive David Johnston said efforts to simplify its business to drive further savings will come in ways other than further large layoffs.“We’ve done quite a bit of that this year but there’s some corporate simplification we’re doing — properties, technology — I’m not envisaging material further job cuts,” he said in an interview Thursday.Shares of Aimia Inc. fell more than 27 per cent in mid-afternoon trading after it reported a $214.7-million loss in its latest quarter, hurt by a charge related to the sale of its Nectar program and related assets.Aimia shares were down 65 cents at $1.73 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Johnston declined to comment on the stock movement but said the company delivered good 2017 results despite the challenges of having to deal with Air Canada’s decision in May, which raised questions about Aimia’s future.“The Aeroplan team and the Aimia team have delivered a fantastic financial performance in what was undoubtedly a tough year.”Michael Goldberg of DBRS said the stock decline is due to concerns about the quarterly results, including higher fourth-quarter redemptions, than lingering concerns about the company’s future after Air Canada.The company plans to unveil changes to Aeroplan in the coming months that will focus the card beyond 2020 more on leisure travel of its premium members. It will offer broader choice with multi-airline awards, tailored experiences beyond flights and a simpler customer experience.Johnston said Aeroplan redemptions rose 9.9 per cent in the fourth quarter and four per cent in 2017 mainly because of the availability of lower airfares and more use for non-air rewards not because of member concerns about the program.Gross billings rose two per cent but are expected to decrease a bit in 2018.“Even after that redemption they’re coming back re-engaging with the program and earning more points and that’s a healthy behaviour in a loyalty program and I’m fine with that,” he added.Neil Linsdell of Industrial Alliance Securities said Aimia faces challenges even though more cost cutting is inevitable to address upcoming profit pressures.“Rather than a grand Plan B replacement of Air Canada, Aeroplan may see itself evolve steadily through 2020,” he wrote in a report.Aimia investor Mittleman Investment Management LLC of New York increased its ownership to 10.6 per cent in January and said in a regulatory filing last week that it may push for changes to Aimia’s board, management and seek a sale of some or all of the business.Christopher Mittleman called on management during a conference call Thursday to justify the sale of the Nectar business to British retailer Sainsbury for $105 million earlier this month, saying the rationale behind the transaction was difficult to grasp.Chief Financial Officer Mark Grafton said the sale was the “best risk adjusted outcome for the company.”Johnston declined in an interview to respond directly to the investor’s push, but said efforts to revise Aeroplan post-2020, simplify its structure and maintain a strong balance sheet will deliver for shareholders.“Our shareholders are very clear on those priorities because I talk about them every second I can and we’ll deliver on those and then we’ll deliver for shareholders.”The loyalty rewards company reported a loss of $1.44 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $57.2 million or 40 cents per share a year ago.The results in the most recent quarter included an impairment charge of $180.5 million related to the Nectar coalition loyalty program and U.K. ISS business.Revenue totalled $398.6 million, down from $440.1 million in the last three months of 2016.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)
BOGOTA — The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a Venezuelan media magnate close to President Nicolas Maduro’s government for allegedly running a network that stole $2.4 billion from state coffers through corrupt currency deals.The action by the U.S Treasury Department gives Raul Gorrin one year to divest his shares in Globovision, Venezuela’s largest private broadcaster. Globovision is among 24 Gorrin-owned properties and entities in the U.S. and Venezuela also sanctioned by Treasury’s actions on Tuesday.Prosecutors in Miami indicted Gorrin last year on charges of bribing officials in Venezuela’s treasury for contracts to buy dollars at the highly distorted official exchange rate. He then would allegedly resell the hard currency on the black market for huge gains.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.CBS announced the development in a filing Wednesday with the Security Exchange Commission. CBS said Moonves has demanded binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision.CBS’ board of directors denied Moonves his severance after concluding that he violated company policy and was unco-operative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The ruling came after a five-month investigation into the conduct of one of television’s most influential figures.Moonves was ousted in September after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment including forced oral sex, groping, and retaliation if they resisted.A lawyer for Moonves declined to comment Thursday.The Associated Press
New Delhi: Would you want your teenager to watch terrorists killing people in the real world or someone committing suicide? No one, in their right mind, would ever want their kids to get exposed to such events, simply for the repercussions that such content can have on young impressionable minds. But with a smartphone on their hand and Facebook installed in it, chances of them watching such horrific content some day cannot be denied, especially because the social media giant allows all its users to go live. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The 28-year-old Australian who sprayed bullets on innocent people who were praying at mosques in New Zealand on March 15 decided to broadcast his act on Facebook. Facebook said the video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast, but it was watched about 4,000 times before being removed from the platform. By that time, copies of the 17-minute video were later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Facebook earlier faced flak for the live streaming of suicides on its platform from different parts of the world, including India. So does that mean that live broadcast on social media platforms should be banned? “What happened in New Zealand was one-of-a-kind heinous exhibition of brutality and terror. I don’t think the world has become so bad that we should see such things occurring repetitively,” Faisal Kawoosa, Chief Analyst at market research firm techARC, told IANS. “Live streaming is an essential part of social media platforms and as video becomes the default mode of communication over digital platforms, live streaming empowers users to be real time on these platforms,” he added. Youngsters also find the facility, which is also available on YouTube and Instagram, useful for broadcasting their travelling adventures and tutorials. “The ‘live’ feature on social networking platforms could be good for people who want to publicise stuff like their travel, fashion or subject tutorials,” said 25-year-old Rijul Rajpal who works with a film production company. Many even find it helpful for connecting with their favourite film stars and music icons. But despite the usefulness of the feature, one cannot deny the potential of misuse of the feature, especially because the social media companies have still not developed a technology that can prevent the broadcast of live shooting. Facebook said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) system could not automatically detect the New Zealand shooting video as the system was not properly trained. It promised to improve its technology so that broadcast of such videos can be prevented in the future. But policy makers are not impressed. In the US, tech firms have already been asked to brief the Congress on March 27 regarding their response to dissemination of the video of the New Zealand terrorists attack on their platforms. The social media giant may face similar questions from lawmakers in other countries in the coming days.
London: A UK High Court has rejected Vijay Mallya’s application for permission to appeal against his extradition order, in a setback to the embattled liquor tycoon who is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss had filed the application seeking “leave to appeal” in the High Court after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed off on a Westminster Magistrates’ Court order for his extradition to face the Indian courts back in February. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The application for permission to appeal was refused by Mr Justice William Davis on 05/04/2019,” said a spokesperson for the UK Judiciary. “The appellant (Mallya) has five business days to apply for oral consideration. If a renewal application is made, it will be listed before a High Court judge and dealt with at a hearing,” the spokesperson said. Mallya’s “leave to appeal” application had been passed on to a single judge, who was to make a decision on the basis of papers submitted as part of the appeals process. Now that the “judge on papers” application has been rejected by Justice Davis, Mallya has the option to “renew his application for permission to appeal” by this Friday. The renewal process will lead to a brief oral hearing during which Mallya’s legal team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on behalf of the Indian government will renew their respective claims for and against an appeal for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full hearing. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If he (Mallya) does so (applies for renewal), there will be an oral hearing at which the Administrative Court (High Court) will consider whether or not to grant permission to appeal,” a CPS spokesperson said. While this effectively means that the appeal process in the case is not at an end, the latest decision does move the case one step further in favour of Mallya’s extradition to India. The latest ruling marks a fresh legal setback for the UB Group chief, who just last week offered to curtail his “lavish” lifestyle to satisfy numerous Indian banks trying to recoup some of the nearly 1.145 billion pounds owed to them as a result of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ unpaid loans. Mallya is required by court order to live within an “ordinary living expenses allowance” of a maximum of 18,325.31 pounds a week, which he offered to cut down to around 29,500 pounds a month during a separate UK High Court hearing last week. However, a consortium of 13 Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) did not agree to his offer as they seek access to nearly 260,000 pounds in an ICICI Bank current account in his name in London. The judge in that case, Master David Cook, has reserved his judgment on an interim court order and is expected to pronounce his final ruling in the coming weeks. “Dr Mallya continues to do all he can to support a court process in India, which should see creditors paid off in full,” said Jonathan Isaacs, partner at DWF Law LLP the firm representing Mallya in the case against the Indian banks related to a worldwide freezing order. Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017. At the end of a year-long extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London last December, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had ruled that the “flashy” billionaire had a “case to answer” in the Indian courts.
NEW DELHI: An elderly man killed himself on Wednesday afternoon by jumping in front of the Vaishali-bound metro train at Ramesh Nagar station. Services on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Blue Line were disrupted for a while following the suicide incident.According to police, the 77 -year-old man has been identified as Sita Ram Arora, a resident of Ramesh Nagar. He was Diabetic and BP patient and is survived by his wife and 4 sons. A senior official with the Metro police said that the incident occurred around 11:57 am at platform number one of the station. The official further asserted that the man sustained severe injuries to which he succumbed later in the day.