Minister welcomes Shannon’s new transatlantic services

first_imgFacebook TAGSMinister Patrick O’DonovanNorwegian Air InternationalShannon airport Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins BusinessNewsMinister welcomes Shannon’s new transatlantic servicesBy Editor – February 23, 2017 727 Email Advertisementcenter_img Print One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Previous article€69 fares to US from Shannon announcedNext articleBeyond the neon runes Editor Minister Patrick O’DonovanMinister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the addition of new transatlantic services from Cork and Shannon this summer.“This announcement from Norwegian Air International (NAI) is a significant and welcome development in the transatlantic aviation market and will further assist tourism growth in the Mid and South West,” the Minister said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “With another new carrier to Shannon, we now see the Airport with its largest number of US services in over 17 years, this is very significant for Shannon and for the wider region it serves, from both a jobs and tourism perspective, and contributes to the government’s objectives on balanced regional development.“The new services will also be the first scheduled transatlantic flights for Cork, and will bring a welcome boost to the region. The government and in particular the Taoiseach, along with a range of State agencies, have been very supportive of NAI’s plans and we all welcome that the airline is now in a position to commence services,” Minister O’Donovan concluded.Irish tourism had a record breaking year in 2016, particularly from North America which increased by 19.4% compared to 2015 figures. Shannon Airport sawstrong growth with a 24% increase in passenger numbers.  After a number of years of decline, passenger numbers at Cork Airport grew by 8% to more than 2.23 million last year. Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuildinglast_img read more

Country Choice designs cost-saving packs

first_imgCountry Choice has launched a new range of packaging that promises a cost saving of 50% for caterers.The savoury goods tray and bag packaging range is easy to assemble and comes in three pack sizes, all of which use less material and improve product visibility. Each pack consists of a recyclable heat-resistant cardboard tray and a perforated film bag, allowing products within to breathe.The Long Savoury tray and bag holds six- and eight-inch sausage rolls, as well as the company’s Potato Dog and Big Bite sausage roll. The Square Savoury tray and bag is suitable for its entire range of savoury bakes and pies, leaving the Large Savoury tray and bag for all pasties and turnovers.The bags can be sealed with a food label or bag sealer, while a tray colour coding system helps to differentiate between product categories.The new-style bags and boxes, which must be ordered separately, said the company, come in 1,000 packed unit cases and will replace all of Country Choice’s existing savoury box packaging.last_img read more

Press release: New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown

first_imgThe government is also working with providers to help them communicate to families and help them plan visits in a way that minimises the wider risks – for example, avoiding travelling to and from the home using public transport, or maintaining social distance from other families when they arrive at the home for their visit.Visits outside of these principles should still be allowed in exceptional circumstances such as end of life.Care homes should support the NHS Test and Trace system by keeping a temporary record, including address and phone number, of current and previous residents, staff and visitors as well as keeping track of visitor numbers and staff. It is recommended homes have an arrangement to enable bookings or appointments for visitors and ad hoc visits should not be permitted.Protecting staff and residents has been a priority throughout the pandemic, with 120,000 tests being sent out every day solely for the care sector. The government has provided access to £3.7 billion for local authorities through un-ringfenced grants so they can address the expenditure pressures they are facing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including social care, as well as £1.1 billion provided to support infection control in care homes.In addition, 11,000 iPad tablets, worth £7.5 million, will soon be distributed to thousands of care homes across England to help residents keep in touch with loved ones. Visits should be tailored to residents and facilities and should prioritise residents and staff’s safety to limit the transmission of COVID-19 Care homes, especially those who have not allowed visits since March, will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect Measures put in place should provide COVID-secure opportunities for families to meet using visiting arrangements such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods, and window visits visits using COVID-secure visiting areas/pods with floor to ceiling screens and windows where the visitor and resident enter through different entrances, are separated by screens and visitors do not need to enter or pass through the care home visits at windows, where the visitor doesn’t need to come inside the care home or where the visitor remains in their car, and the resident is socially distanced outdoor visits with one other person – visitors can meet outside with a loved one, in areas which can be accessed without anyone going through a shared building further support for virtual visits, encouraging the use of video calls Plans are currently being developed to allow specific family and friends to visit care homes supported by testing. A sector-led group is overseeing the development of these plans with trials set to begin later this month.A new national programme for weekly testing of professionals who regularly visit care homes, including community nurses and physiotherapists, will also be rolled out in the coming weeks following a successful pilot in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Northamptonshire.Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: Minister for Care, Helen Whately said:center_img I know how incredibly hard visiting restrictions have been for families, friends and residents in care homes. There is no escaping the pain and the very real consequences of being separated for such a long period of time. The accounts I have heard personally are truly heart-breaking, especially where care homes have been unable to reopen for visiting during the summer. I am determined to bring loved ones back together even during this second wave of the pandemic; that’s why I am advising care homes to enable COVID-secure visits across the country. We are also working to trial testing for visitors, so that we can reduce the risk of indoor visits and give families more opportunities to spend time with relatives in care homes. We must get the balance right between reuniting families and ensuring care staff and residents are safe from COVID-19. I know how heart-breaking and incredibly frustrating it has been for families and friends who haven’t been able to see their loved ones during the pandemic. Care homes should feel empowered by this new guidance to look at safe options to allow visits to care homes that suit their residents and facilities. We’ve seen some really innovative solutions used to help families see each other safely, face-to-face, which has been life-changing for some. It is vital high quality, compassionate care and infection control remains at the heart of every single care home to protect staff and resident’s lives, but we must allow families to reunite in the safest way possible. All care home residents in England should be allowed to receive visits from their family and friends in a COVID-secure way – with social distancing and PPE – following new guidance to be used while national restrictions are in place from Thursday 5 November.The guidance will enable care home providers, families and local professionals to work together to find the right balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to social care staff and vulnerable residents.It will set out clear principles for how visits are conducted – with arrangements to be adapted from home to home, based on the needs of their residents and taking into consideration factors such as layout and facilities – and reiterates the importance of ensuring social distancing and proper PPE use is observed.Options for safe care home visits in line with the guidance could include:last_img read more

NAFCU recommends ways to increase CUs’ service to women-, minority-owned businesses

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Ahead of today’s House Financial Services subcommittee hearing examining the challenges that women- and minority-owned businesses may face when accessing capital and financial services during the pandemic, NAFCU’s Brad Thaler offered support for the subcommittee’s efforts to address these issues.“As we have shared with you before, credit unions are proud of their record of diversity and commitment to helping the portions of their communities that are most in need with high-quality financial products and services,” wrote Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs.Thaler noted that there are 526 federally-insured minority depository institution (MDI) credit unions and 292 credit unions that are designated community development financial institutions (CDFIs). He stressed the importance of “ensuring that these institutions have the resources they need to survive and serve their members during these challenging times.”Specifically, Thaler asked the subcommittee to include additional set asides in future relief packages specifically for CDFIs and MDIs, similar to what was included in the House’s HEROES Act.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Prevail Against Lady Raiders

first_imgThe Batesville JV Volleyball team notched its second straight victory of the season with a solid win over South Ripley in 2 games. Scores were 25-7, 25-14. Regina Gerstbauer was the top server scoring a team-high 18 points in 21 attempts including 6 aces. Sophie Lee chipped in 7 points. Naia Bustinza earned 5 kills in her 12 spike attempts in the front row to lead the team. Brayleigh Patterson and Shelby Westerfeld each had 3 kills at the net. Belle Westerfeld has an exciting stuff block to spark the team. Tomorrow brings a new challenge as we travel to Madison.The Bulldog Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Versailles to earn their second win of the season against the Lady Raiders. The scores were 25-11, 25-10, 25-12. Our goal is to never be satisfied and the dogs played hard for three sets. Tonight the Dogs travel to Madison and hope to extend their record to 3-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.last_img read more

Mariia Levanova injury looms over Syracuse’s 5-set win over Virginia Tech

first_img Published on October 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm Contact Jack: [email protected] Comments The bench went wild as Mariia Levanova went up for the kill. The freshman, who started the game for Syracuse, struck the ball as it went crashing into the floor, giving the Orange a 9-8 lead.But the Women’s Building didn’t erupt as usual after a Syracuse kill; there was complete silence. Levanova was down, holding her knee.Senior, Gosia Wlaszczuck fell to the floor with her hands over her face. But after a long silence that seemed to deject a previously energized Syracuse team, Wlaszczuck knew she had to lift her team’s spirits.“(We can) either break and cry, or (we) can step up and win for the team,” she recalled telling her teammates. “Let’s win for her and do our best to fill her spot and get the W.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWlaszczuck said she noticed that most of her teammates energy rose after the injury instead of wasting their time talking about the injury.Levanova wouldn’t return in Syracuse’s (13-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) 3-2 win over Virginia Tech (12-6, 3-3) on Sunday, instead sitting on the bench with her leg propped up as Syracuse came back.Despite winning the first set, the Orange’s chances of pulling out a win for Levanova was slim as SU went down two sets to one, losing the third set by eight points.Virginia Tech seemed to have taken a hold of the momentum. Seniors Nicolette Serratore, Monika Salkute and Wlaszczuck carried their frustration from Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh and used it as fuel to start the comeback in today’s match.“We all tried to forget about those two sets and remember being down 2-1 doesn’t mean we lost… I think we stepped up as a team,” Wlaszczuck said.In the fourth set, The Orange shifted the tide of the game. Yelin said Serratore’s improved serve was a catalyst for the comeback.“When Nico started serving well…our blockers were doing a good job,” Yelin said. “The level of confidence for [Virginia Tech] went down… they’re young players from both sides, if you’re not doing well it’s hard to say strong.”After taking the fourth set, 25-18, The Orange reached a fifth set for the third time this season. Players went up throughout the match to talk to Levanova, who was at the end of the bench with her leg covered by a towel. When she got up to walk, she needed crutches to do so.Wlaszczuck and the Orange continued its success in five-set matches as a Monika Salkute kill gave the Orange their third straight five-set win.The win seemed almost overshadowed after the game, as Yelin was upset in talking about Levanova’s injury. She is expected to visit the doctor tomorrow for an official prognosis.When asked what he said to her following her injury, Yelin paused for a long time before answering. He rested his face in his hands.“I just asked what kind of pain (she was in),” Yelin said. “Unfortunately it’s happened to me coaching a couple of times. I hate to have this experience…I was hoping and I still hope it’s not ACL.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more