Brexit and exchange rates remain a major challenge – SFA

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMurphy, McGee and McGlynn to miss opening matches of National LeagueNext articleTrial continues of man accused of murdering Buncrana woman News Highland Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – December 29, 2017 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Brexit and exchange rates remain a major challenge – SFA Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Brexit, wage inflation and increasing business costs are the main obstacles for small businesses in Ireland according to the Small Firms Association, with the weakness of sterling an added presure on businesses in the border counties.However, SFA Chair Sue O’Neill says as the year draws to a close, nearly two thirds of small firms feel that the business environment is improving.She says domestic economic growth in 2018 is likely to be close to 4% and our members see this as the biggest opportunity for their business in the coming year. 71% of SFA member companies plan to take on additional staff and we estimate that together small businesses will create 25,000 jobs in 2018.However, Sue O’Neill says there are serious challenges to contend with……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Volunteer with Rural Youth EVS Project, Hungary

first_img EVS Place Open for Macedonians in the Youth Center Postojna! EVS in Environmental Education Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. February 6, 2013 Published by turpis Volunteer with Rural Youth EVS Project, Hungary Reddit Tweet Pocket LinkedIn 0center_img +1 Share 0 Volunteering in Estonia Similar Stories Deadline: 10 February 2013Open to: youth from Italy, Croatia or other EU countriesBenefits: experience designing and realizing your own youthwork projects through European Voluntary ServiceDescriptionVolunteers from Italy, Croatia or from EU countries are needed for an ALREADY APPROVED project in Hungary. They are looking for EVS volunteers for long-term (6 months) EVS project at Creative Space Centre in Hollókő, Hungary. This is your unique opportunity to to be part of an EVS project without wasting your time by searching for a host project and sending organisation!The activity will last from 6 April to 30 September 2013. Until the end of April, the main focus is to know the circumstances, the nearby high schools and primary schools and the local NGOs. They will organize activities in order to get in touch and create effective relationship with the youngsters in the region.The project EVS coordinator and the mentor will show the reality and the possibilities of the area for the EVSers, introduce them to key people in the villages involved, take part in local events together with them, and facilitate the first encounters with local young people. During this period they will also organise an on-arrival training for the volunteers.After this period EVS volunteers will be asked to choose their areas of interest and plan their own set of activities based on their knowledge, experience and skills. They will set their learning goals, what do they want to reach, how do they want to realize it. The necessary professional support will be provided by the EVS coordinator and the mentor. After setting the goals, the EVSers will work together as an international group, the tasks and responsibilities will be divided by their personal learning goals and needs.During the summer the EVSers will work on different activity areas in order to enable the local youngsters to spend their leisure time in meaningful ways. In September and October, connected to the start of the schoolyear, EVSers will visit primary and high schools and all the locations of their summer activity, to present their results and collect feedback on their activity. This feedback will be considered in the further improvement of the project.EligibilityApplicants should be youth from Italy, Croatia or from EU countries.ApplicationPlease send your CV and the application form AVAILABLE HERE to [email protected] AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but not later than 10 February 2013! For more information, review the project description HERE. ← Digital Storytelling Competition Free EU Seminar on Empowering Migrant Youth →last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Over 200,000 now dead from COVID-19

first_img2:00 p.m.: Over 200,000 people around the world have died from the coronavirusAs of Saturday, 200,698 people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.The coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31.Over 2.8 million people around the world have tested positive for the virus and over 810,000 have recovered.1:53 p.m.: President Trump offers additional assistance for Ethiopia’s COVID-19 response effortsOn a call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali about the global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump offered additional assistance for Ethiopia’s response efforts, the White House said.“President Trump offered additional assistance for Ethiopia’s response efforts, including the provision of US-made ventilators to Ethiopia, and reaffirmed the longstanding support of the United States for the Ethiopian people,” a readout from the White House read.President Trump and Prime Minister Abiy agreed that continued cooperation between their countries would be necessary to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other challenges faced by the region, including the locust threat in East Africa, the White House statement continued.1:45 p.m.: Florida pharmacists to administer coronavirus testFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that pharmacists will be allowed to administer COVID-19 tests to the general public as a way of expanding the testing locations.However, DeSantis did not elaborate or say on Saturday when this kind of testing might be rolled out.DeSantis said that the state has ran 37,000 COVID-19 tests in the past two days at seven drive-thru testing sites.12:49 p.m.: Active coronavirus cases in Italy are decreasingThe number of active positive coronavirus cases in Italy are down 680 patients, according to The Protezione Civile.Although there were 2,357 new cases reported on Saturday, this is an increase of 1.2% from the previous day and is the lowest percentage for an increase in total cases the country has had.There were 415 new deaths reported for a total of 26,384 total deaths.Italy has had 195,351 total active, deceased and cured cases since first reports on January 31.The number of hospitalizations continues to decline.The total number of hospital patients dropped by 606. There were 71 fewer ICU patients and 535 fewer in regular hospital care.12:27 p.m.: NY hospitalization rate down again, pharmacies to become test collection sitesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the rate of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 was down to the same place it was 21 days ago.“21 days of hell, but we’re back to where we were,” Cuomo said of the 1,100 new hospitalizations. He added that the important question now becomes when the hospitalization rates can dwindle to hundreds per day.Testing for both the virus and antibodies remained the governor’s focus.Cuomo said that he has authorized independent pharmacies to become collection sites for diagnostic testing. People will be able to get a test at a pharmacy, the pharmacy will then collect a sample and send it to a lab which produces the results, according to Cuomo.This is expected to add an additional 5,000 collection sites for diagnostic testing, the governor said. Currently, the state of New York is conducting about 20,000 tests per day.The number of deaths in the state continued on a mostly flattened, but astonishing rate.There were 437 deaths in the last 24 hours, a figure Cuomo called “terrible, terrible horrific news.” It was also a slight uptick from the 422 number reported yesterday.A decision on whether the New York On Pause order will be extended is expected in the coming week. Cuomo said that while he is taking a tri-state regional approach, he will also work with certain localities in the state of New York for possible individualized plans.10:37 a.m.: UK death toll surpasses 20,000The death toll in the United Kingdom has reached 20,319, according to the National Health Service (NHS). That number includes the 813 new daily deaths reported in the country.The country is now the fifth in the world to surpass 20,000 fatalities, behind the United States, Italy, Spain and France.The number of confirmed positive cases in the U.K. has reached 148,377, out of the 517,836 people who have been tested, according to the NHS.9:59 a.m.: DHS warns of ‘opportunity’ for criminal activity created by online learningThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned officials in law enforcement and school systems of the security risks posed by cybercriminals and cyber-actors who might want to exploit what has become the new normal of online learning under COVID-19, according to the notice reviewed by ABC News.“We assess cybercriminals likely view schools’ greater reliance on eLearning tools due to the pandemic as an opportunity to conduct a range of criminal activity against educational institutions, faculty and students who use these tools,” the April 24 document says.The risks outlined include theft of login information, identify theft, the ability of cybercriminals to obtain discarded computers that still had cached data on their drives, extortion by using confidential student or employee data to blackmail either the educational institution or an individual, or denial-of-service attacks in exchange for ransom payments.The notice warned that the theft of login information could be used for either profit or by foreign governments, like Iran, to gain access to data they could not otherwise view. The theft of one’s identity could also be used for profit or by foreign governments like Russia, whose intelligence services have previously bought online ID info for spying and intel-gathering operations, according to the notice.Cyber experts at the DHS said that these threats are not hypothetical, every type of attack has been seen.They are warning employees who work on security and defense of IT systems to take proper precautions.6:33 a.m.: WHO warns against ‘immunity passports’In response to some governments suggesting that detection of COVID-19 antibodies could serve as the basis of an “immunity passport” that would allow people to travel or return to work assuming they are protected from contracting again or spreading the coronavirus, the World Health Organization issued a warning that said such a program is not backed up by scientific evidence.“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” the WHO said in a statement Friday.No study, as of April 24, has evaluated whether the presence of antibodies guarantees immunity to subsequent infection of COVID-19 in humans, the organization said.The WHO said people who have tested positive might be prone to ignore public health advice and “increase the risks of continued transmission” to other people.The warning comes as some states in the U.S. look to ease social distancing restrictions and to let some nonessential businesses reopen.States like Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, while all taking a different approach, are now reopening businesses to jumpstart their economies. Georgia, despite criticism from President Donald Trump, will allow many businesses to reopen this week, including tattoo parlors, movie theaters, bowling alleys and more.5:20 a.m.: 138 inmates in Colorado prison test positiveAt least 138 inmates at the Sterling Correctional Facility in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections, and that number will likely rise soon.“Given the insidious nature of this virus, we had suspected that despite seeing a relatively low number of inmates with symptoms, the number of positives was potentially much higher,” Department of Corrections Executive Director Dean Williams said in a statement Friday. “That is exactly why we conducted this large scale testing, so that we can continue to isolate, monitor and treat any inmates who were positive and try to mitigate the spread to others inside the facility.”At least 473 symptomatic and asymptomatic inmates were tested for the novel coronavirus last week. Of those, only 255 results have been returned; 138 were positive, 104 were negative, 12 were inconclusive and one was unsatisfactory. The state is still waiting for the results of 218 inmate tests.Inside the prison, inmates are largely kept in their cells to help slow the spread of the virus, the state said. Outside of showering or using the restroom, they remain in their cells. All meals and medications are delivered to inmates during the quarantine.The facility previously had eight inmates that tested positive.Prisons across the U.S. are struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19 inside their walls. At the Rikers Island jail in New York City, 367 inmates have tested positive for the virus while 235 detainees in custody at Cook County Jail in Illinois are currently positive for COVID-19.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. mrtom-uk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ELLA TORRES and CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(NEW YORK) —  A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 200,000 people worldwide.More than 2.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 905,000 diagnosed cases and at least 51,949 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Saturday. All times Eastern:last_img read more

Works Start on LBC Rotterdam New Jetty

first_imgThe Port of Rotterdam Authority has initiated the construction of a new jetty at the LBC terminal in Botlek – Rotterdam on October 2nd, 2015.The new jetty will have four berths, two for seagoing vessels and two for barges. This will quadruple the jetty capacity of the LBC terminal.“The new jetty will provide LBC Rotterdam with the necessary capacity to enhance our capabilities to customers and expand on maritime services,” explains Walter Wattenbergh, CEO at LBC.The jetty will be built in two phases. The first phase, comprising the construction of two berths, will be ready by mid-2016. All four berths will be operational by the end of 2017. LBC will in due course be able to handle parcel tankers up to 80.000 DWT and simultaneous loading and discharging across all berths.In line with expanding the jetty capabilities, LBC is further investing in its Rotterdam terminal. Storage capacity will be increased to 250.000m³. Additionally upgrades to the railcar and truck loading facilities will be done to accommodate a large range of liquid chemicals.The terminal will be able to handle products requiring vapor treatment, mixing and temperature control. The first 36.000m³ expansion of stainless steel tanks will be operational the beginning of 2016.last_img read more

Designs for Roseau River Promenade under review

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Designs for Roseau River Promenade under review by: – January 25, 2014 Share Share 60 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share This is what the Roseau River Promenade is expected to look like after completionDesigns for the much talked about Roseau River Promenade is expected to be revised following the effects from the December 24, 2013 flooding associated with a trough system. The Roseau River Promenade, when complete, is expected to enhance the ambiance of the Roseau River and the City. The promenade, which has three main features, will be constructed between the West Bridge and the Dominica-China Friendship Bridge, as part of the Ministry of Tourism’s master plan to eliminate pollution, squatting and vagrancy within the City.Tourism Minister Ian Douglas said the designs for the project has been completed by consultants and are now being reviewed by engineers of the Ministry of Public Works. “What we have found really quite interestingly is in the last two weeks the kind of rains we have had and what the river did before Christmas, we realize that we may have to revise and review the drawings, some of the walls may have to be higher,” he said. According to Douglas, the existing river wall on the northern side has to be reviewed, considering the Christmas Eve flooding.“We are looking at that right now to put it back on the table for the engineers at Public Works to confirm to us whether the present designs that we have are adequate for going forward with the promenade,” he said. Douglas noted that the plan is to construct a facility that can withstand flooding from the river. “Of course the wall has to be done even before the start of the amenities like the restaurant and others on the southern banks of the river but the promenade is in progress. Like everything else we want to make sure that we get it right and we want to make sure that all our designs and everything is in keeping with the river flow, the force of the river when you have inclement weather and all those issues we trying to concretize before the actual building of the Roseau River Promenade begins,” he noted. It is not sure yet how much the project will cost however government had initially set aside eight million dollars for that project. Douglas revealed that there are a number of options available for funding at this time, including the European Union. The construction of a walkway, defence walls, restaurant, kiosks, public convenience, kid’s playground, parking and reclaiming of 12 feet of the river bank is expected to be part of the Promenade.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

NEDA chief supportive of bill creating a department for OFWs

first_imgNational Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) acting Secretary Karl Chua on Thursday said he is open to proposals on the creation of a department for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. ChuaDuring the Senate’s hearing on their proposed budget for 2021, Chua recalled that the NEDA, under the leadership of former socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia, had opposed the proposition on the belief that it “will not be beneficial or the answer to the concerns raised” by OFWs.“However, I have begun to review this again and personally, there are many trade-offs when we create new departments especially if the mandates are being done by other offices. But given the developments, the COVID, the need to look after millions of OFWs, I am actually more open to it,” Chua told senators.He said he has asked his team to review the proposal, particularly the possible inclusion of a “time period whether we can evaluate every few years whether such a department is actually needed.”“So my stand right now is I’m open to it but I think there are some provisions that we can help you further improve,” he said.Senator Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee and one of the vice chairpersons of the finance committee, mentioned the issue as he again sought for clarification on the government’s policy toward OFWs.He said he is ready to start discussions on the measure, but fears that it would end up being vetoed due to objections from Cabinet members.The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office had already forwarded to the Senate a copy of the executive department’s proposal for the chamber’s approval, Villanueva said.Last year, also during the Senate’s budget hearing, Pernia had told lawmakers that the proposed agency for OFWs was not among the priorities of the Duterte administration. A joint statement from the economic managers also stated that they were not keen on creating new government corporations or departments due to budget constraints.In another hearing on September 17, 2019, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello then said he was maintaining “a position of neutrality” on the matter even as he welcomed the intention to have a government agency that would focus on the welfare and protection of OFWs.Last July 29, however, Labor Undersecretary Joji Aragon said Bello is now supportive of the measure.“There are already certain factors that are in play, for example, COVID will probably change a lot of priorities,” Chua, for his part, said on Thursday.Some senators had raised concern that creating a separate department for OFWs would promote the migration of Filipinos instead of encouraging them to stay and work in the Philippines through better job opportunities. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more