O’Domhnaill urges government to come clean on domestic charge plans

By on May 27, 2021

first_img Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest By News Highland – June 1, 2011 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Domhnaill urges government to come clean on domestic charge plans WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Opposition politicians are accusing the Environment Minister of creating confusion over plans for new taxes.Minister Phil Hogan announced yesterday that water meters would be installed in every home from next year, in preparation for the new water tax.And yesterday evening he outlined plans for a flat-rate household charge which will hit taxpayers from the first of January. It will be used to fund the metering programme, with plans to come before cabinet in the next few weeks.However, Senator Brian O’Domhnaill is accussing MInister Hogan of seeking to introduce domestic rates through the back door, and is calling on the government to be upfront about its plans………[podcast][/podcast]center_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleRe-alignment work to begin on N56 between Dungloe and GlentiesNext articleSolicitor says Labour co-option is against Council protocal News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Newsx Advertslast_img read more

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Premier Foods chairman leaves company

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgRonnie Bell, the chairman of under-fire Premier Foods, has stepped down from his role after 21 months.The board has appointed senior independent director, David Beever, to take on the chairman’s role in the group, which is the parent company behind Rank Hovis.Commenting on his decision, Bell said: “I’m delighted that we now have the right management, strategic and financial foundations in place to drive Premier Foods’ return to growth. Having set a course to turn the company around, I believe it is an appropriate time to step down. I’m confident that, with Michael Clarke at the helm, the company has a bright future. I’m also very grateful to David Beever for stepping in as chairman to ensure the necessary continuity.”The board has appointed non-executive director Ian McHoul to take over as senior independent director, once David Beever becomes chairman.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, when to declare a pandemic, WHO meeting, H1N1 in Tokyo

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgMay 21, 2009Global H1N1 case count exceeds 11,000The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) tally of novel H1N1 influenza cases reached 11,034 with 85 deaths early today, an increase of nearly 800 since yesterday. The numbers include 3,892 cases with 75 deaths in Mexico, 5,710 cases and 8 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, 719 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 20 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. The number of affected countries stayed the same, at 41.[WHO update 35]Chan vows to be bold but flexible on pandemic declarationDr. Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, said she would not hesitate to declare a pandemic if the novel H1N1 flu virus starts spreading globally, according to a Reuters report. But she signaled that she may stray from the WHO’s formal definition of a phase 6 pandemic alert by considering the severity of the disease and whether it is spreading in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Pandemic phase 6 is officially defined as community-level spread of a novel virus in more than one global region.US case count edges higherThe count of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 flu cases in the United States today stood at 5,764, up from 5,710 yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The death toll rose to 9 with the death of a 21-year-old Utah man. The CDC number did not include the death of a 13-year-old boy in Arizona, which was reported today by the Associated Press. Cases have occurred in 47 states and Washington, DC.[Current CDC numbers]Groups criticize focus on H1N1 at WHO meetingSome health organizations and developing countries have complained that the emphasis on H1N1 flu has pushed other major diseases off the agenda at the WHO annual meeting, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. For example, Medicines Sans Frontieres criticized the postponement of discussions on Chagas disease, while cancer and diabetes groups said those diseases need more attention. WHO spokesman Thomas Abraham said the novel virus is not taking up the majority of the meeting agenda.[AP report]Two high school students bring H1N1 to Tokyo areaTwo high school girls who live in the Tokyo area were found to have the novel H1N1 flu yesterday, 2 days after they returned from a trip to New York City, according to the Japan Times. Their cases are the first in the Tokyo area, the story said. Japan has 267 confirmed cases, most of them in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, and thousands of schools have been closed.[Japan Times story]last_img read more

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Rising Sun Regional Foundation announces 1st Quarter grants

By on September 24, 2020

first_img(19)        $2,500 to the St. Louis School toward STEM-related equipment and materials; and (16)        $12,500 to the Shiner Pride Band Boosters toward the purchase of a sound system; (10)        $40,000 to the Otter Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department toward the construction of a new fire station; (2)         $2,500 to the Aurora Riverfront Beautification toward its 2018 Red White & Boom festival; (4)         $2,400 to the Batesville Community School Corporation for the purchase of a vision screening machine; Grant applications for the next grants cycle are due Monday, April 16, 2018 by 4:00pm. Applications can be downloaded from the RSRF website at, and can be emailed to [email protected] (15)        $4,615 to the Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Department for new helmets; (3)         $20,000 to the City of Batesville Parks Department for playground surface for one of its new playground areas; (8)         $1,901 to the Ohio County Extension Office for renovations to its office; (18)        $5,000 to the South Ripley Community School Corporation for the purchase of a Smartboard and wobble stools; (17)        $18,600 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation for new track and field equipment; The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun, and is now funded by the Rising Star Casino Resort, owned by Full House Resorts, Inc., which makes monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of its Adjusted Gross Revenue. To date, the foundation has received more than $43 million in riverboat funds, of which at least 75% has been granted back to the community. (5)         $4,434 to the Batesville Community School Corporation for the purchase of a web-based math program; Rising Sun, In. —  The Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded a total of $270,182 in 20 new grants in the first quarter of 2018. These grants included: (6)         $10,000 to the LifeTime Resources toward matching funds for Catch-A-Ride vehicles; (14)        $35,000 to the Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corporation toward LED lighting upgrades at the elementary/middle school building; (9)         $5,000 to Ohio County Youth Development for crates to store animal pens; (13)        $25,000 to the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities toward the purchase of a new bucket truck; (12)        $10,000 to the Rising Sun Medical Center for upgrades to furniture and its phone system; (1)         $4,415 to the American Legion Post #337 – Sunman toward the purchase of a commercial water softener; (20)        $38,232 to the Town of Sunman for the purchase of a new police vehicle and related equipment. (11)        $10,000 to the City of Rising Sun/ Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corporation for baseball/softball field improvements; (7)         $20,000 to the Milan Community School Corporation for video surveillance systems for school buses;last_img read more

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Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016

By on December 17, 2019

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016 1. Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through saleDon Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent his last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection was up for sale this summer, with hopes by the family that the toys will be put to use in a positive way for many years to come. Apparently, there were many folks who wanted to check it out. 2. 2016 Corn Harvest Cab Cam — Brandon Monebrake, Preble CountyAlthough many corn yield monitors around Ohio have shown lower than average numbers after a challenging growing season, a few parts of the state were pleasantly surprised with the amount of corn they were taking in this year. Count Preble County farmer Brandon Monebrake among those farmers happy with his 2016 harvest. Ty Higgins dropped in to visit with Monebrake and found more surprises in the cab than the corn yields, including a high-powered way to deal with coyotes. 3. 2016 Ohio State Fair Market Beef ResultsPeople flocked to hear Grand Champion Market Beef exhibitor Brooke Egbert, from Auglaize County, talk about how she pulled off another victory at the Ohio State Fair. Caden Jones from Allen County had the Reserve Champion. 4. 2016 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow ResultsAshton Frey from Upper Sandusky had the Champion Market Barrow and Lea Kimley from South Chaleston had the Reserve Champion Barrow.  5. 2016 Ohio State Fair Junior Goat Show ResultsTaylor Carr from Athens County had the Grand Champion Market Wether and Paige Pence has the Reserve Champion to kick of the 2016 Ohio State Fair junior market shows. read more

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Refusing ride to cost cab drivers ₹1,000 in M.P.

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government has framed rules to impose a fine of ₹1,000 on drivers of cabs, including mobile app-based services, in case they cancel a ride request after accepting it.“Once the rules come into effect, cab drivers will have to take a licence from the government after paying a certain amount as fee and fulfil some obligations,” said State Transport Department Deputy Secretary Niyaz Ahmed Khan.‘No exploitation’Stating that the rules had been sent to the Law Department and were expected to be notified this month, he added, “The government will have control over drivers so that passengers are not exploited and are given proper services.”Mr. Khan explained that the government would have access to the digital records of a cab service, and impose a fine on drivers or seize their licences in case they cancel a ride or break rules. Even, travel fares will be regulated by the government so that the passengers are not fleeced. GPS-enabled And in case a GPS-enabled cab stops midway a ride or travels in a different direction, the police will get an alert. Hailing the framing of rules, Bhopal Travels Association secretary Rajkumar Kanojia, representing regular cab services, said, “Although travel operators and not drivers cancel rides in our case, it’s a positive decision. If a booking has been made and the operator cancels the ride at the last minute, they should be held accountable.”Other reasonsBut, Rajesh Ginnare, a driver with an app-based service in Bhopal, felt drivers cancel rides only for some pressing reasons. “If the pick-up location is far away, we have to cancel a ride. It happens several times that a rider awaits the cab at a location different from the one entered in the application, so we have to cancel the ride. We also have to cancel a ride if the road leading to a pick-up location is too narrow or congested,” he said.“We get a cancellation fee only if the rider doesn’t turn up at the pick-up location even after five minutes. Sometimes, we don’t even get that,” he added. The application lowers his rating if he cancels a ride request within a 4 km radius.last_img read more

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Recommendations from UNCTAD Course Should Benefit Country

By on October 24, 2019

first_imgStory Highlights The objectives of the regional course included enhancing understanding of the relationships among trade, investment, finance and development in the context of international negotiations, and their links to country development strategies. The Jamaican Government is set to benefit from a series of recommendations coming out of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 37th regional course on key issues on the international economic agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean held last month. The course, which ran from July 24 to August 11 in Medellin, Colombia, was attended by Director of the Investment Branch of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Omar Chedda. The Jamaican Government is set to benefit from a series of recommendations coming out of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 37th regional course on key issues on the international economic agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean held last month.The course, which ran from July 24 to August 11 in Medellin, Colombia, was attended by Director of the Investment Branch of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Omar Chedda.In a report on the course, Mr. Chedda noted that one of the most useful insights gained from the experience was that in order to achieve sustainable development, low-income groups must be able to access the gains from trade and investment.“This can be achieved by building capacities to strategically integrate into local and global supply and value chains in ways that allow all members to derive benefits and grow. Transportation and logistics policies can play an integral role in this regard by linking producers with markets and suppliers in cost-effective ways,” the report said.The objectives of the regional course included enhancing understanding of the relationships among trade, investment, finance and development in the context of international negotiations, and their links to country development strategies.It also sought to build the knowledge and skills necessary for the design and implementation of trade, investment, logistics, science, technology, innovation and development policies, as well as for international negotiations to correspond with the needs and interests of the country.Mr. Chedda, in his report, noted that while Jamaica had already started to implement several of the strategies recommended, other valuable recommendations included that development policies should facilitate effective resource utilisation to build competitive advantages, entrepreneurial capabilities and production linkages, while effecting structural transformation, such as diversification of the economy, planned urbanisation; and take account of the composition of domestic demand, demographic transition, and inequality.It is also recommended that productive development policies move away from reliance on commodity exports, because of the uncertainty of commodity cycles, which cause fluctuations in the growth rate and do not promote development. Jamaica has the third-lowest level of diversification of exports in the Latin American and Caribbean region.The report further noted that cooperation, collaboration, partnerships and communication among stakeholders will be required to implement the economic and structural policies that are required to transform the region. This will require new models of public, private, and community partnerships (PPCP).The course material will feed into the development of the National Investment, Industrial and Science, Technology, Innovation policies which are currently being crafted.Mr. Chedda, meanwhile, in his speech at the closing ceremony of the course, hailed the experience as critical in deepening the participants’ understanding of the need to combine appropriate macroeconomic policies with structural reform, which can ignite the latent potential of the Latin American and Caribbean people to achieve economic growth, high-quality jobs and sustainable development.“Our region faces common challenges, and UNCTAD, through this regional course and country-specific projects, has been helping us to develop innovative strategies to face these challenges and chart a more inclusive path for the future,” he said.UNCTAD has been active in assisting Jamaica with productive development and trade policies, and most recently with the implementation of the ASYCUDA system for the Jamaica Customs Agency, and providing investment policy advice.last_img read more

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OSG Expects to Benefit from Improving Market

By on October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Florida-based tanker shipping company Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) closed the first nine months of this year with improved earnings.The company reported a net income of USD 18.7 million during the period from January to September 2018, compared to USD 2.3 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.What is more, net income for the third quarter stood at USD 11.9 million, compared to a net loss of USD 6.3 million seen in the same quarter last year.“The third quarter saw OSG make meaningful progress in executing on its business plan, notwithstanding our short-term financial results. Highlights for the quarter are that we secured multiple new term-charter fixtures, extended our contract of affreightment with the Government of Israel through the end of 2020, and announced contracts for the construction of two new tankers and one new barge,” Sam Norton, President and CEO, said.Shipping revenues for the first nine months of this year amounted to USD 276.9 million, lower by 7% when compared with the first three quarters of 2017. In addition, shipping revenues for the third quarter 2018 were USD 80.5 million, down 13.7% compared with the same period in 2017.As explained, several factors contributed to the decrease in revenues including an increase in scheduled drydocking, unplanned repair days, one less Government of Israel voyage during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, one less vessel in operation in the third quarter 2018 compared to third quarter 2017, and seasonal slow-down manifested by fewer spot market opportunities.“We are well along the path to refinance and fully pay off our term debt which matures in August 2019 using a combination of cash and new debt. We have in hand commitments exceeding USD 325.0 million from a syndicate of lenders for a new term loan, as well as a second loan with another lender of USD 27.5 million, both of which we anticipate closing in the coming weeks. We expect these financings to add longer-term stability to our balance sheet, clearing the path for the pursuit of expansion opportunities,” Norton added.“We are confident that the trajectory and mix of our revenue streams position the company well to benefit from the continuing arc of improving fundamentals,” he concluded.OSG’s 23-vessel US Flag fleet consists of seven ATBs, two lightering ATBs, three shuttle tankers, nine MR tankers, and two non-Jones Act MR tankers that participate in the US MSP.last_img read more

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Police Man shot killed in Grantville

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was fatally shot Tuesday morning near an intersection in the Grantville area, police said.Dispatchers received multiple calls shortly after 2:50 a.m. from a people who reported hearing the sound of gunfire near the intersection of Holabird Street and Vandever Avenue, just east of Mission Gorge Road, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Officers arrived in the area and found a man in the street, suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Dobbs said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The victim has not been identified as of 6:45 a.m., but he was described as a white or Hispanic man in his mid to late 30s, with a heavy build, the lieutenant said.Witnesses told police they saw a white man, who was roughly 5 feet 6 inches, running westbound on Vandever Avenue after the shooting. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on the front, a backpack and black pants.A person of interest who matched that description was detained in the area by patrol officers.“That person was transported to San Diego Police Headquarters to be interviewed,” Dobbs said. “It is unknown at this time if they were actually involved in the homicide.”Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the SDPD homicide unit at 619-531-2293, or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Posted: May 21, 2019 Police: Man shot, killed in Grantvillecenter_img May 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:03 AMlast_img read more

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