Letterkenny Municipal Council has been warned that somebody will be hurt if age restrictions and signage are not put on the new town park outdoor gymnasium.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh appealed to the council to put up signs warning that the equipment should not be used by young people.“This equipment is not designed for use by children and a child will be hurt at some stage. I would actually ask how the council stand on this legally if someone is hurt,” he said. The motion was backed by Cllr Gerry McMonagle.He said that theme parks carry similar restrictions and warnings.“Youngsters could go on this apparatus which is not intended for them and they could sustain a fall,” he said. Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:dangerdonegalequipmentgymLetterkenny Town Park
Connolly Motor Group has today announced an agreement to acquire the assets of J.J. Reid Motors in Donegal.J.J. Reid Motors, based in Letterkenny, is North Donegal’s main Volkswagen dealer.The company traces its origins back to 1962, when the late politician and businessman JJ Reid founded a filling station in Stranorlar. The company joined the Volkswagen Group as its Service Dealer in 1963, the company was then appointed main dealer for north Donegal in 1964. Mr Reid passed away in January 2019 at the age of 86. Connolly Motor Group has heralded the takeover of assets at JJ Reid Motors as a strategic acquisition for the business.The company anticipates that it would grow staff numbers in Letterkenny from 12 to 21 as it builds on its investment.Kevin and Neil Connolly of Connolly Motor GroupThe acquisition remains subject to approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.The acquisition of the Volkswagen dealership in Donegal, if approved, would increase the number of full-time employees at Connolly Motor Group to almost 300. The acquisition would see the motor group – which is one of the biggest in the country and run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly — expand its representation with Volkswagen Group brands.It already runs hugely-successful Volkswagen dealerships in Ballina and Sligo as well as Audi dealerships in Galway, Ballina and Sligo. And it announced over the summer that it is to open a new SEAT dealership in Sligo in October.Neil Connolly, Connolly Motor Group Director, said: “With existing Volkswagen dealerships in Mayo and Sligo, Connolly Motor Group has a great relationship with VW and our significant knowledge of the brand ensures our customers benefit from the very best offers and services.“The acquisition of J.J. Reid Volkswagen would be a strategic acquisition for our business, further strengthening our offering to our customers in the region and creating economies of scale in a highly-competitive market. Being part of a group provides us with the additional benefit and financial stability that comes with having multiple dealerships.“We are proud to be a family-owned group, and the foundations of our success are the people who work with us, the manufacturers we represent and, of course, our valuable customers who are at the heart of everything we do.” Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said: “The North West is a very important region for Volkswagen. And we would like to thank the staff of JJ Reid’s for serving this area so well in the past number of years. But the Volkswagen brand remains in safe hands thanks to the appointment of Connolly Motor Group. Volkswagen has a long-standing relationship with this motor group, and we know they will ensure a smooth transition for existing JJ Reid’s customers to the new Connolly’s Letterkenny business. They will, no doubt, continue the success and professionalism they bring to their Ballina and Sligo businesses.”Takeover announced at iconic Donegal dealership was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Expatriates living in South Africa have decided that the country is one of the best expat locations in the world. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009.Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year.Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home.In the end 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain.As an expat favourite it eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India.Quality of lifeThe survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports.South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010.The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country.Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more.They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly countryIn addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4).South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years.South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare.According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%).South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordableA global survey earlier in the year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners.Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009.Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo.The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asunción in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness: Man Utd beating Liverpool biggest upset in yearsby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness says a Manchester United win over Liverpool would be the biggest Premier League upset in six years.Jurgen Klopp’s men head to Old Trafford having won every game this season.”If Manchester United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford today, it will be the biggest upset in top-flight football since Manchester City lost to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times.”I’m not saying that for the effect, I’m not saying it because I’m an ex-Liverpool player. “I’m saying that because that’s what all the relevant indicators signify: the strength on paper of the respective squads; the fitness of key players (Paul Pogba out for United and maybe David de Gea too); the fact that Jurgen Klopp knows his best starting XI and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly doesn’t; and recent form — eight league wins out of eight for Liverpool, just one win from their past seven for their opponents.”
BEIJING, China – China took what it called a major step toward opening its financial industry with a promise Friday to ease limits on foreign ownership of banks and securities firms following a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump that was dominated by trade issues.The announcement by a Cabinet official appeared to respond to mounting U.S. and European complaints that Beijing hampers foreign activity in a variety of industries in violation of free-trade commitments. The American Chamber of Commerce in China, which has appealed to Beijing to ease market barriers, said it looked forward to seeing details of the latest changes.The announcement followed a series of multibillion-dollar contract signings with American companies during Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade surpluses and market barriers.China will lift its limit on foreign ownership of securities, fund management and futures companies from a minority stake of 49 per cent to a majority stake of 51 per cent and end restrictions after three years, the official, Zhu Guangyao, said at a news briefing. He said a similar change would be made for life insurance companies and those would end in five years.Regulators also will abolish restrictions that limit a single foreign investor’s stake in a Chinese bank to 20 per cent and cap total foreign ownership of any institution at 25 per cent, Zhu said.“In other words, foreign owners can have full ownership of such companies” after three to five years, he said. “This opening up is decisive and the effect will be far-reaching.”Beijing will also gradually reduce tariffs on automotive imports, Zhu said, without providing details.The announcement came hours after Trump left Beijing to attend an Asia-Pacific economic meeting in Danang, Vietnam.Asked about the timing of the changes announced Friday, Zhu cited President Xi Jinping’s comments at the ruling Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress last month. Xi promised freer markets but also emphasized that Beijing wants to build up state-owned companies that dominate finance, energy and other industries.American, European and other foreign companies complain that despite official pledges to open China’s economy, they are hampered by ownership limits and other restrictions in finance, health care and other promising industries.“I look forward to seeing the details, as opening up the financial sector in particular could greatly improve the allocation of financial resources and support China’s future development,” William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber, said in an email. “These restrictions, and many others yet to be addressed, have been hindering economic activity in China for far too long.”Ahead of Trump’s visit, the American Chamber had expressed concern that his focus on trade in goods might mean he paid less attention to complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of Trump’s talks with Xi.Xi promised Thursday to open China’s state-dominated economy wider, but foreign companies have been disappointed when previous pledges of liberalization turned out to include restrictions that limited their impact.For its part, Zhu said Beijing wants Washington to ease security-related export controls on high-tech goods and take action on what Beijing says is a promise to grant the country market-economy status.China has pressed the United States for years to end controls on “dual use” technologies with both civilian and military uses such as supercomputers and advanced materials that can be used in warplanes and missiles.Beijing says Washington and other governments agreed to grant market-economy status last year as part of China’s 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization. That would make it harder for them to bring anti-dumping and other cases against China.The United States, the European Union, Japan and other governments reject China’s assertion and say Beijing has yet to follow through on liberalization required to qualify.This week’s contract signings give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and Xi totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.That was on top of $9 billion in contracts signed by the two sides on Wednesday covering sales of soybeans, pork, beef and other goods.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse trade complaints. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.
TORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is halting the use of its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency as it conducts a review of the “evolving market.”The recent decision follows moves by several U.S. banks to stop allowing credit card purchases of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.“At TD, we regularly evaluate our policies and security measures, in order to serve and protect our customers, as well as the bank,” a TD spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday.The value of Bitcoin soared last year, trading for more than C$20,000 per Bitcoin. Since then, the value of the cryptocurrency has come off its all-time highs and trades for around C$13,000, but remains up significantly from where it was a year ago.Royal Bank said Friday it does allow its credit and debit cards to be used for transactions involving cryptocurrency in limited circumstances. However, the lender also cautioned clients about the possibility of a sudden drop in the value of cryptocurrencies which “could expose them to substantially higher debt levels than they are able to repay.”“We do recognize that regulatory, risk and other external environmental factors relating to cryptocurrency continues to evolve,” an RBC spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “As such, we continue to review our policies to consider how we can best support clients.”The Bank of Nova Scotia is also looking closely at its cryptocurrency transaction policy.“We understand that regulatory and risk factors related to cryptocurrency continue to evolve and as a result, we are closely reviewing our policies with respect to cryptocurrency transactions,” a Scotiabank spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Bank of Montreal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Companies in this story: (TSX:TD, TSX:RY, TSX:BNS)
CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was gained 13.40 cents at $5.1640 a bushel; Dec. corn was rose 2.60 cents at $3.74 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 9 cent at $2.92 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 13.60 cents at 9.1660 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell .62 cent at $1.1740 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off 1 cent at $1.4345 a pound; Dec. lean hogs lost .38 cent at .5452 a pound.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Delhi high court granted interim relief to the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union to attend important welfare meetings, staying a varsity’s notification till July 17 on Wednesday. The court was hearing a plea filed by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President N Sai Balaji and other office-bearers challenging the varsity’s decision restraining them from participating in the statutory meetings.”The matter be now listed on July 17. Till then, the minutes dated February 15, related to the issue of circular to all deans of schools/chairperson of centres/special centres restraining the students to attend meetings of various bodies at school/centre level shall be kept in abeyance as no prejudice shall be caused in attending such welfare meetings by students’ union,” Justice Yogesh Khanna said.
Photo by bleacherreport.com.The Brooklyn Nets who were considered a stacked squad that could challenge the Miami Heat have been a disaster. They have lost 10 of their last 13 games. Rookie coach Jason Kidd was caught and fined for trying a trick to, in essence, create a timeout when his team was out of them. And now, perennial all-star forward Paul Pierce will be sidelined for two-to-four weeks with a broken hand.The team released a statement saying Pierce suffered the injury in a loss at Houston Friday. It happened in the first half and no one knew because Kidd benched Pierce and all the starters for the entire second half of a 19-point defeat.Saturday in a win over Memphis, Pierce, 36, did not play. Pierce joins point guard Deron Williams (ankle), guard Jason Terry (knee) and forward Andrei Kirilenko (back) who are out with injuries.“Injuries are a part of the game,” Kidd said. “You just hope that there are speedy recoveries. And for the guys in that locker room that can play, I believe in each one of those guys and that we can find a way to win until we do get whole.”The Nets (5-12) have lost a total of 37 games due to injury to six players. Kidd has had to use seven different starting lineups. Joe Johnson has been the only player to start every game this season.Pierce was shooting only 36.8 percent and 26.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc while averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is on pace for career lows in shooting percentages and scoring average in his 16-year career.