New Local Link timetable and bus shelters lauched in Inishowen

first_imgThe installation of new Local Link bus shelters in Buncrana was discussed in a meeting at the Public Service Center, Carndonagh on Wednesday last.Members from the Donegal County Council, bus operators, Local Link Donegal and council engineering staff gathered to discuss the new shelters.It was also announced that going forward all public and private transport will only be stopping at these identified stops as and from the Monday 26th August 2019.Local Link also launched a transport booklet of all Local Link services both scheduled and demand-responsive for the Inishowen area. These transport services are all now running and further information can be found on the Local Link Donegal Facebook page or visit www.lcoallinkdonegal.ieCopies of the booklet can be got in most public places.New Local Link timetable and bus shelters lauched in Inishowen was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Uplifting lives in Madagascar

first_imgThe Madagascar Action Plan aims todevelop all aspects of the country aswell as to introduce measures to curbpopulation growth. Madagascar’spopulation is expected to doubleto 43 million by 2050.(Image: Mission Madagascar)Tamara O’ReillyThe New Madagascar Action Plan (MAP), of which boosting access to contraception is an integral feature, is a bold strategy focussed on boosting a country whose ballooning population is hamstrung by social, economic and environmental pressures.The population of the world’s fourth largest island has doubled in the last 25 years to 19.5-million and estimates are that by the year 2050 it will reach 43.5-million. According to the Malagasy government, there are between seven and 10 children per household in rural areas. More than 70% of the total population lives below the poverty line and 50% of children under the age of three suffer retarded growth, partly due to malnutrition. According to the United Nations Human Development Index for 2005 which is a measurement of life expectancy, literacy, education and standard of living, Madagascar was listed as one of the low human development countries ranking 143 out of 177 countries surveyed.Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is the mainstay of the economy and accounts for more than one-fourth of gross domestic product, employing four-fifths of the population. Climate change and a rise in the number of natural disasters over the past 35 years have affected production and exports, creating a ripple effect on the economy and people’s ability to survive. An increase in the price of rice, the island’s staple food, has also hit large segments of the population, particularly the rural poor.Healthcare boostThe five-year MAP, initiated in 2007 to establish direction and priorities for the nation, aims to speed up development on the island by boosting eight key areas, including infrastructure, education, rural development and health.Listed under healthcare is family planning, which has been problematic in rural areas due to poor infrastructure and traditional beliefs that a woman should bear several children. Adding to population pressures is a 36% drop in infant mortality from 177 per 1 000 live births in 1981 to 43 in 2006, according to the US based Population Reference Bureau’s 2006 figures. This is a result of more extensive and accessible healthcare services in urban areas.According to Irin News, MAP seeks to reduce the average size of the Malagasy family through educational programmes aimed at reducing unwanted teenage pregnancies and making contraceptives more widely available.An early initiative of this kind was the Madagascar Population Support Project carried out between 1993 and 1998, which attempted to expand the use of modern contraceptive methods in urban areas and reduce the fertility rate. The project also provided family planning services in the workplace, introduced non-scalpel vasectomies and educated people through a popular radio series.Through these efforts the project helped increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 3.5% to 9.7% nationally – a total increase of 177% over the five-year project life.Useful linksMission Madagscar UN Human Development Reports Government of MadagascarDo you have comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

NRC: Assam citizens may get to offer new proof

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed to agree with the Centre’s proposal to let 40 lakh people, excluded from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, to produce additional documents to prove their legacy.Justice Ranjan Gogoi orally observed that the court agreed with the suggestion made by Assam NRC Co-ordinator Prateek Hajela in his report that those left out of the draft NRC could submit any one of the 10, of a total 15 documents in List-A of the Centre’s draft Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for claims and objections.He said claimants could submit any of the 10 documents, provided they were authenticated by the relevant authority which issued them. “We are allowing only 10 because the other five can be cooked up,” Justice Gogoi told Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal. The Bench gave the government two weeks to respond to Mr. Hajela’s suggestion. The court deferred the process of receipt of claims and objections, and posted the next hearing for September 19.The court further refused to provide a copy of the full report of Mr. Hajela to the Centre.“We are extremely interested in having a copy,” Mr. Venugopal submitted.To this, Justice Gogoi replied that “you may be interested, but we have to balance it. The court has called for the report, now it is the discretion of the court to give it to you or not. First you respond to this suggestion (of Mr. Hajela), then we will see about it”.Later, in the court’s order, Justice Gogoi recorded that “the Attorney General has sought a copy of the co-ordinator’s report. We are of the view that what has been set out in the order (of the court) would be sufficient for the Union of India, stakeholders to indicate their views on it”.last_img read more

Taksali leaders are B-team of the Congress, says Sukhbir

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said by tying up with former Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Taksali leaders have proved themselves to be the Congress ‘B-team’.Taksali (old guard) leaders MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala had formed SAD (Taksali) party after raising a banner of revolt against the SAD leadership. SAD (Taksali) is now part of the Punjab Democratic Alliance which comprises Khaira’s Punjabi Ekta Party, Bains brothers and suspended AAP MP Dharmvira Gandhi. “The so called Taksali leaders have proved that they are the B-team of the Congress by tying up with another closeted Congressman Sukhpal Singh Khaira,” Mr. Badal alleged. Interacting with party workers at Attari and Baba Bakala, the SAD president said however much Mr. Brahmpura may deny his Congress links, the tie-up with former AAP leader Khaira has proved that he as well as Mr. Sekhwan and Mr. Ajnala were working as per the “Congress party’s agenda”.‘Conspiracy hatched’ “Mr. Brahmpura hatched a conspiracy during a meeting with the Chief Mnister. However he denies this… but the people will never forgive him for betraying his ‘panthic’ past to become a Congress agent,” he alleged.last_img read more

Providenciales Fogging Schedule

first_img Energy Town Meeting for Provo Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New York Dancers share talent in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fogging, provolast_img

Bilateral Meeting with EU Code of Conduct Group and TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 27, 2018 – Providenciales – The Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson convene a special meeting with the Code of Conduct Group on Monday 19th, February 2018 to have bilateral talks with the COCG who has responsibility for evaluating countries compliant standing.  The meeting was held as a result of standard communications received from the Secretariat of the COCG relating the EU Screening and Evaluation Process.Member States of the European Union collectively agrees to published a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Any country failing to meet the standard for international cooperation defined by the Code of Conduct Group – Business Taxation is deemed to be non-complaint and is placed on the EU Blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions.Turks and Caicos Islands assessment for 2017 was deferred due to the storms of 2017 (Hurricanes Irma and Maria) but still require to have in place, and to commit by the end of 2018 to have implement the three (3) fundamental requirements of the EU compliant standard criteria.Tax transparencyFair TaxationImplementation of anti-BEPS measuresCriteria 1 and 3 have meet the standard and is in place via the various automatic reporting of financial accounts information carried out by CRS – Common Reporting Standard.  The absence of a direct taxation reporting regime gives the appearance of preferential treatment for companies to set up offshore structures or arrangements aimed at attracting profits which do not reflect real economic activity in the jurisdiction.Despite sharing Turks and Caicos Islands taxation regime, the fair taxation criteria is the most critical concern to the COCG evaluation and screening exercise.  All jurisdictions with offshore financial services businesses are affected by this criteria, and have to present strategies of how their jurisdictions are proposing to addressed this concern.Turks and Caicos Islands discussions with the Code of Conduct Group on the fair taxation criteria concern was very fruitful and promising with further dialogue to continue with a view to satisfying the COCG requirements.  This does not call for the imposition of direct taxation.Premier Robinson commenting on the Meeting stated “I was pleased for TCI to have been able to have an audience in this way with the COCG on this important issue.  I was even more pleased to be able to demonstrate to the representatives the important partnership between the public and private sector and our joint commitment to comply with international standards.  It was a great opportunity to enlighten the members of TCI’s position even ahead of our official response to the Questionnaire.  The Ministry of Finance along with several key stakeholder departments will continue to lead collaboratively and we are committed to ensuring that TCI is not blacklisted”.Photo Caption: TCI Delegation: Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson, P/S Finance – Mrs. Athenee Harvey   – Basden, Director EOI Unit – Mr. Henry Saunders, London Rep – Ms. Tracy Knight & TCI Private Sector Rep – Mr. David Stewart. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islandscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Healthcare Information MA Up 21 Percent

first_imgWhile media M&A has slowed to a near standstill, healthcare information and technology may be a bright spot in 2009, according to a recent report from the Jordan, Edmiston Group. In 2008, this category saw 122 transactions worth a combined $7.3 billion, up 21 percent in deals and 83 percent in value, JEGI said. Driving the activity is technology investments, such as electronic medical records; a focus on cutting costs (JEGI cited Elsevier buying MEDai, a predictive analytics company that improves the delivery of healthcare); the need to fill drug pipelines more efficiently; a shortage of medical professionals, particularly nurses; and the need to enhance revenue cycle management. JEGI said several private equity firms have invested in healthcare companies, including ABRY Partners investing in Orion Healthcare; Betram Capital investing in PMG Partners and Austin Ventures investing in Revenue Cycle Solutions. Several traditional publishers have been active in the healthcare category in recent years, including Hearst, which bought Zynx, a company that specializes in clinical decision support; Elsevier Health Sciences, which bought Gold Standard in 2006 and saw revenue and operating profit grow 5 percent and 10 percent respectively, in 2008; Thomson Reuter’s healthcare group, which saw a 4 percent increase in revenue last year; UBM, which has made five healthcare acquisitions in as many years; and Wolter’s Kluwer, which saw a 3 percent drop in revenue in 2008 but recently replaced the leadership in its healthcare division, and last year acquired UpToDate, an evidence-based, peer reviewed information resource.last_img read more

Cradles To Crayons Clothing Drive Is Taking Place Around Town Through April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Students at the Wilmington Middle School — in cooperation with Project 351 — are conducting a clothing drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Gently used clothing from ages 0 to adult medium is greatly appreciated. Pajamas and socks must be NEW. Donations are being collected through this Friday, April 5, 2019.Collection sites include the Wilmington Middle School, North Intermediate, West Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street Elementary and the Wilmington Memorial Library. Look for the designated donation bins in the schools’ lobbies.Cradles To Crayons is a non-profit organization that helps families who cannot afford clothing for their children. In return, the children gain confidence and warmth from all the donated clothing.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCradles To Crayons Clothing Drive To Take Place Around Town (March 26-April 3)In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For March 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more

Reliance to acquire Sistemas Indian telecom business

first_imgTriggering a significant consolidation in telecom business in the country, industrialist Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications on Monday announced a major accord to acquire the Indian business of Russia’s Sistema, which is operating under the ‘MTS’ brand, in a unique stock-cum-spectrum-fee payment deal.The deal first calls for a demerger of the telecom business of the Russian group’s Indian entity Sistema Shyam TeleServices, and then the acquisition of the demerged entity by Reliance Communications. Prior to that, Sistema Shyam TeleServices will pay off its existing debt. It will then get 10 percent stake in Reliance Communications post-merger, the two companies said.”In addition, Reliance Communications will assume the liability to pay the Department of Telecom instalments for Sistema Shyam’s spectrum, amounting to Rs.392 crore per annum for the next 10 years,” the companies added.Sistema Shyam Teleservices is an arm of Sistema — a publicly-traded, holding company in Russia. It also owns the MTS brand.For Reliance, the deal means an addition of 9 million customers and around Rs.1500 crore in annual revenues. This will also extend the validity of Reliance Communications spectrum in the 800 MHz and 850 MHz band in eight important circles by a period of 12 years from 2021 till 2033.The development must also be read against the backdrop of chairman Anil Ambani’s recent announcement that his company will partner with elder brother, Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Jio.”The combination of our wireless businesses, through the demerger of Sistema Shyam Teleservices wireless business into RCOM for stock consideration, will generate significant capex and opex synergies for mutual benefit,” said Gurdeep Singh, president and chief executive for consumer business with Reliance Communications, reacting to Monday’s deal.”The merger is a milestone event. The combination of two leading data service providers is a clear sign of progress for the Indian telecom industry,” added Mikhail Shamolin, president and chief executive of Sistema.last_img read more