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IFA tells disgruntled farmers that GLAS is not a done deal

first_img Twitter IFA tells disgruntled farmers that GLAS is not a done deal News Previous articleDonegal gets 16,088 tickets for All Ireland FinalsNext articleFour new suspects in Michaela McAreavey murder investigation admin Google+ The IFA is rejecting claims it sold out hill and commonage farmers around the country by agreeing to the Department of Agriculture’s proposals for the new GLAS environmental scheme.Around 1,000 farmers attended a meeting in Letterkenny this week angry at new rules being imposed by the Department of Agriculture on the owners of commonage land in Donegal and other hill areas.It is claimed the new rules are unworkable and include the exclusion commanage farmers from the new GLAS scheme if a certain percentage haven’t signed a maintenance agreement.But head of the IFA in Donegal PJ McMonagle says the deal isn’t set in stone and that negotiations are ongoing:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ifaGLAS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE By admin – September 9, 2014 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released last_img read more

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Propertymark kicks off sporting spend at Sky-broadcast matches

first_imgPropertymark, the new property brand formerly known as NFoPP launched in February, is to promote its new identity on perimeter boards at 20 sporting events to be broadcast by Sky Sports this year.It is part of a significant push by the NAEA, ARLA and NAVA to present themselves as consumer – rather than just industry – champions to the public.The new campaign will include three cricket matches, six rugby matches and a single football fixture, Scunthorpe United versus Bradford City on the 24th March.The rest of the events include a Rugby Union Varsity match at Twickenham on December 7th as well as an under-20s England versus Scotland match and the Rugby League Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 7th.Propertymark says the campaign, which will feature its new green logo, is to be seen by an audience of 9.5 million between the ages of 18 and 65 on Sky during the events.“This demonstrates our commitment to support Propertymark to benefit members by reaching a wide and relevant consumer audience via popular televised Sky Sports events,” says Propertymark.Long traditionPropertymark joins a long tradition of estate agents backing sport financially. In recent years this has included Zoopla which in 2012 paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to be the main sponsor of Premier League football club West Bromwich Albion for three years until 2015.Also, online agent FindaHome.com sponsored Port Vale Football Club in 2015, while last year London agent Kinleigh Hayward & Folkard signed up to a one-year deal to sponsor the first team of the regional Isthmian league club Dulwich Hamlet FC, and has also sponsored its youth teams.propertymark sky tv March 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Propertymark kicks off sporting spend at Sky-broadcast matches previous nextAssociations & BodiesPropertymark kicks off sporting spend at Sky-broadcast matchesUp to 9.5 million viewers and event crowds to see adverts.Nigel Lewis13th March 20170761 Viewslast_img read more

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USS Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in namesake’s hometown

first_img USS Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in namesake’s hometown Authorities The commissioning ceremony for future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) will take place in the late hero’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced January 11.The ship is named for Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, a native of Charleston, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War.Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 30th DDG 51 class destroyer built by the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard.The ship was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Dec. 12, 2015.A date for the commissioning ceremony is yet to be determined, the navy said.USS Ralph Johnson is a Flight IIA destroyer that will be equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 which incorporates integrated air and missile defense and enhanced ballistic missile defense capabilities. January 12, 2017 View post tag: USS Ralph Johnson Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in namesake’s hometown Share this article View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

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Businesses can call Small Business Administration for federal aid

first_imgBusinesses that have suffered storm damage should call the US Small Business Administration to begin the federal aid process. The SBA provides loans to businesses that have suffered losses to cover cost of recovery and working capital to help with lost business during the storm and recovery.Call 800-659-2955 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external) to register for business assistance.Individuals and homeowners are also eligible for SBA loans to help with costs not covered by FEMA grants; those people are already registered when you register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or at www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external). However, while you are registered, you do not have to take out a loan.  US Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G Mills issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Vermont that were affected by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 29.The disaster declaration covers the counties of Chittenden, Rutland, Washington and Windsor in Vermont, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Windham in Vermont; Grafton and Sullivan in New Hampshire; and Clinton, Essex and Washington in New York.‘The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Vermont with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.’Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail).Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.last_img read more

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Domestic market to be driver of recovery, Garuda chief says

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia expects the domestic market to drive its business this year, which is showing signs of recovery despite the heavy blow to the aviation sector by COVID-19, the company’s top executive has said.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra told The Jakarta Post in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the company was currently exploring new opportunities in the domestic market, as it provides better opportunities than the international market during the ongoing health crisis.“During the recovery process, we agreed that the domestic market will be the driver. The reasoning behind the decision is that we have more control in the market in regard to the [industry] authorities,” he said, referring to the firm’s relationship with aviation stakeholders such as state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II. “The only way to accelerate recovery is by boosting [the number] of passengers.”The airline enjoyed an increase of 58.1 percent month-on-month (mom) in the number of domestic passengers to over 110,400 passengers in July, which the airline attributed to the relaxation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by the government.However, the airline saw an overall 61 percent drop year-on-year (yoy) in total numbers of passengers as of July this year, down to 3.6 million passengers, as the pandemic stymied the airline’s operations and hit its financial performance, with social restrictions and border closures deterring people from flying.The airline posted a US$712.73 million loss in the first half of this year after booking net profits of $24.11 million in the same period last year. Furthermore, Irfan said the company had recently found new opportunities in the domestic market, which had previously been overlooked by management, such as freight exports.“There are huge opportunities to work together with small businesses, fishermen and other industries to provide them with logistics services for exports. We hadn’t thought about that in recent years,” he said.However, while the freight business provides an additional source of income, Irfan said it was unlikely that the contribution would significantly improve its profitability as its main revenue is still dominated by the passenger business.AP II previously projected a full recovery of Indonesia’s aviation industry to occur by mid-2023, with domestic flights projected to be the backbone of the industry’s recovery process.The forecast is slightly more optimistic than that by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which expects the full recovery of global air passenger traffic by 2024, a year later than its initial estimate, given slow virus containment in developing economies, corporate travel cuts and weak consumer confidence during the global health crisis.However, regarding the international flights market, Garuda will maintain its current routes and only expand its routes once the pandemic ends, Irfan said.“We will try to maintain our existing routes as best as we can, and ensure our international routes can reach breakeven point during normal times. We are also working together with all stakeholders to establish new routes, which will bring in high-spending tourists to Indonesia,” he said.Garuda currently has 22 international routes to 10 countries including China, Japan, Australia, Netherlands and Singapore, according to the company’s website.The total number of international passengers carried by the airline plunged by 96 percent yoy to 10,581 passengers in July.During a hearing with the House of Representatives earlier in July, Irfan said that the airline was mulling whether to establish direct flights that will connect the resort island of Bali with cities in the United States like Los Angeles and San Francisco and Indian cities like Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as with France.However, during the interview, Irfan said the company was still “miles away” from the expansion plan as it was currently still focusing on the recovery process.“We’ll get through this pandemic first. Once it’s all over, then we’ll talk about the [expansion] plan and how we work together with other stakeholders to boost our tourist sector,” he said.In a research note published on Wednesday, Lee Young Jun from Mirae Asset Sekuritas expected that the airline’s monthly seat load factor (SLF) would not exceed 50 percent, while its SLF stood at 30 percent in July, according to the company’s data.“Although the management claimed that the improvement should continue until the end of 2020, we believe that monthly SLF will not exceed 50 percent, given the fact that new COVID-19 cases are continuously hitting new records,” the research note reads.It expects the company to book $1.63 billion in revenue by 2020 year-end, a sharp drop from $4.5 billion last year.Topics :last_img read more

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Stockland’s house and land packages are more affordable than the average established Greater Brisbane home

first_imgZane Cassim has purchased a 400sq m block at Pallara.New homes in some southeast Queensland suburbs are now more affordable than the average established home in surrounding areas.Latest figures from REIQ revealed Greater Brisbane’s median house price rose almost 2.6 per cent in the three months to December 2016, taking the median house price to $513,000.Stockland communities at Pallara, North Lakes, Stone Ridge at Narangba, Sovereign Pocket at Deebing Heights, and Vale at Holmview are all offering new home alternatives for thousands of dollars less than that figure.Home and land packages at Stockland communities start at $308,466 for a three-bedroom home at Sovereign Pocket at Deebing Heights, which is $204,534 below Greater Brisbane’s latest median house price.Even within the Brisbane local government area, house and land packages at Stockland’s Pallara community, 19km from the CBD, are priced at $454,870 which is $200,130 below Brisbane LGA’s median house price of $655,000.Zane Cassim has purchased a 400sq metre block at Pallara and is looking forward to building his new four-bedroom family home in July.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“Affordability was definitely a key reason why I have chosen to build a new home at Pallara,” Mr Cassim said.“Property close to Brisbane city is usually $600,000 plus, so I’ve saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.“Pallara is in a fantastic location within close proximity of everything the city has to offer.”Stockland Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the chance to secure a $20,000 Queensland First Home Owner’s Grant made it the perfect time for first home buyers to build a new home.“There is often a false economy in buying an older established home with a view to renovating it to suit the demands and lifestyle needs of modern living,” Mr Andrew said.“It is well documented that the cost per square metre of renovations usually far exceed the cost per square metre of building a brand new home.”Mr Andrew said by buying a new home, customers could choose exactly what they want in their new home.last_img read more

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Wickham brace lifts Black Cats

first_img Fabio Borini made no mistake from the spot and, when substitute Emanuele Giaccherini added a third 14 minutes from time, the game was won, to the delight of the bulk of a crowd of 45,859. It was just Sunderland’s second league victory at the Stadium of Light in 11 attempts and the first time they had put together back-to-back wins in almost three months. But more importantly, it lifted them from the foot of the table and out of the bottom three, albeit only on goal difference, as they leapfrogged Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich. Their ability to stay there will be severely tested at Manchester United next weekend, but with West Brom and Swansea to come on Wearside in the final two fixtures of an eventful campaign, their fate is at least in their own hands. Cardiff will return to the north-east on Saturday to face Newcastle before a final-day clash with Chelsea in South Wales knowing they will almost certainly need to win at least one of those games to survive. Both sides ran out knowing victory would take the winners out of the drop zone, but it was Sunderland who took the game by the scruff of the neck as they refused to let the momentum gained from last weekend’s heroics at Stamford Bridge slip away. Typified by pugnacious midfielder Lee Cattermole, they met the Bluebirds head-on from the first whistle in front of a bumper crowd which turned up knowing exactly what was at stake and determined to play its part. Full-back Marcos Alonso saw a third-minute snapshot blocked at source and Wickham tested keeper David Marshall at his near-post seconds later with a drive from an unlikely angle. But Cardiff managed to weather the early storm and responded by winning a series of corners of their own and from one of them, midfielder Mats Daehli screwed a shot high and wide to remind the Black Cats that they would not have things all their own way. However, the tide changed once again after 26 minutes when Wickham was left unaccompanied beyond the far post to meet Sebastian Larsson’s corner and head it back across goal and inside the upright to open the scoring. There was a tangible sense of relief on Wearside, albeit one tinged with the knowledge that there was a long way to go both on the afternoon and in the race for survival. Jordon Mutch, Santiago Vergini and Gary Medel all went into referee Phil Dowd’s notebook as tempers frayed, but it was Cala who was to incur the official’s wrath as the half drew to a close. The defender’s poor touch allowed Wickham to steal in and he instinctively dragged the striker back, initially outside the box. Wickham stayed on his feet and Dowd played an advantage, but when the attack came to nothing, he pointed to the spot and produced a red card, much to Cala’s horror. Borini nervelessly converted from 12 yards to double Sunderland’s lead and give them real hope of escaping the drop. Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Don Cowie with Wilfried Zaha at the break and asked midfielder Medel to slot in alongside skipper Steven Caulker at the heart of his back four, and they found themselves under concerted pressure once again as the home side went for the kill. Borini curled a 50th-minute effort wide of the far post and full-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine survived penalty appeals for a challenge on Adam Johnson seconds later. But Cardiff refused to lie down and die and, despite their numerical disadvantage, launched a fightback which saw Mutch head across the face of goal from a 57th-minute corner. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone was called upon for the first time to keep out Peter Whittingham’s deflected free-kick seven minutes later, but Borini might have wrapped up the win 18 minutes from time had Marshall not pulled off a fine instinctive save to keep out his shot from Jack Colback’s cross. Giaccherini’s smart 76th-minute finish put the result beyond doubt and Wickham applied the icing to the cake with four minutes remaining when he headed home the Italy international’s corner. Connor Wickham made it five goals in three games as Sunderland eased themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with victory over 10-man Cardiff. Press Association The 21-year-old, who has spent much of the season on loan in the Sky Bet Championship, headed the Black Cats into a 26th-minute lead to add to the double he scored at Manchester City and his strike in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Chelsea, and then sealed the win with a late header. He played a key role in the second goal, too, as he forced defender Juan Cala into the ill-judged challenge which cost him a red card and his side a penalty. last_img read more