Govt MP recovering in ICU after falling ill

first_img…Minister Cummings visits herMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings on Saturday upon returning from travel duties took the opportunity to visit an ailing Member of Parliament (MP), who was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday, after going to the facility complaining of ill health.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, reaches out to Member of Parliament Rajcoomarie Gloria Bancroft, who is currently recovering at the Georgetown Public Hospital after a brief period of illnessCurrently recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the tertiary heath institution is MP Rajcoomarie Gloria Bancroft, a regional advocate for Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), who sits on the Government benches in the National Assembly.Out of concern, Minister Cummings thought it best to render some sort of support to her colleague and to ensure that the MP was assured of the optimum service she would receive at the Hospital. Minister Cummings believes that MP Bancroft would recover in a timely manner and be able to return to her duties as a regional advocate.MP Bancroft is currently under observation after she had experienced severe diabetic complications. Her attending physician, Dr John Anderson, noted that “she is doing quite well”. She is being monitored and medical staff will continue to carry out the necessary procedures to ensure that Bancroft recovers well.last_img read more

Sizable ‘Hedge’ fund

first_img“Hedge,” which had a domestic box-office gross of $155 million, had sold 12.6 million units on DVD amounting to $33.1 million in revenue for the three months ending March 31. DreamWorks has had its ups and downs since going public in late 2004 – such as overestimating “Shrek 2” DVD sales in 2005 – which Katzenberg readily acknowledged in a conference call with analysts. “We have had some notable successes, but haven’t been as consistent as we would have liked,” he said. “But we believe our film slate over the next two to three years gives us the best chance since we started to achieve that level of success.” Katzenberg said he is bullish on the DreamWorks fall release “Bee Movie” featuring Jerry Seinfeld, which he believes “will add to our broad fan base.” He also said the company’s films will all make the transition to 3-D beginning in 2009. “I hope that this quarter is a start for a very successful year for our company and its shareholders,” Katzenberg said. “We have all the pieces in place.” It is the “Shrek” franchise that the company is investing much of its faith in going forward and with good reason: “Shrek 2” grossed $920.7 million worldwide while the original “Shrek” took in $484.5 million. Media analyst David W. Miller of Smith Capital said in a note this week that the market consensus for “Shrek the Third” is at least $700 million worldwide. But to achieve that, the film will have to “clear at least $80 million in (domestic) opening weekend grosses.” Katzenberg was cautious when discussing the box-office prospects for the third film since its May 18 release is just two weeks after that of “Spider-Man 3” and a week before “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” “I really don’t feel comfortable speculating about it,” Katzenberg told analysts. “…The unprecedented nature of the marketplace really has us all wanting to play itself out. I’m proud of the movie… we’ll just have to wait and see.” Also on the “Shrek” front, Katzenberg said there are plans for a “Shrek the Halls” holiday special to air on ABC in December as well as a “Shrek the Musical” stage show. Since there were no new theatrical releases during the quarter, the company relied on revenue from its growing library. While “Hedge” was by far the largest contributor, “Shark Tale” was responsible for approximately $18.1 million from domestic network television while “Shrek 2” kicked in $17.5 million, primarily from international network television. Also making revenue contributions were “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” ($9.4 million), and “Madagascar” ($6.4 million). The company’s latest release, “Flushed Away” contributed just $1.2 million in merchandising and licensing revenue. It was released on DVD on Feb. 20 and its revenue contributions will not show up until next quarter because its distribution and marketing costs have not yet been recouped. Shares of DreamWorks rose 61 cents, or 2.1 percent, to close at $29.89 on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares went up 19 cents during aftermarket trading to $30.13. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The expected summer blockbuster “Shrek the Third” may not be hitting theaters for a few more weeks, but DreamWorks Animation SKG already has reason to feel encouraged about its bottom line. The studio, propelled by DVD sales for its “Over the Hedge” movie from last summer, reported a first-quarter profit on Tuesday of $15.4 million, or 15 cents a share – up 25 percent from the same quarter a year ago. During a conference call with analysts after the markets closed, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said the company “did better than we expected.” Revenue rose 56 percent to $93.7 million, compared to $60.1 million during the 2006 first quarter and far exceeded Wall Street expectations. last_img read more

Buying meaningful gifts is goal of business owners

first_imgNEW YORK – The boutique owners around the country who are Kristen Amato’s customers will be getting fluffy, monogrammed terry bathrobes for the holidays – there will be no mugs with her company’s name on them.“I hate that – I will never do that,” Amato said of the gift that so many small businesses give at the holidays. In the past, she’s given gift certificates for cooking classes and personalized stationery to customers.“Just putting that extra effort in shows the client or customer that you took the time out to appreciate them, not just sending something very simple,” said Amato, owner of K. Amato, a jewelry-manufacturing company based in Chicago.Amato’s approach to gift-giving is one that small-business owners take when they want a gift to be a meaningful part of a business relationship – not just some cookie-cutter knickknack that smacks of an owner just going through the motions. And one longtime client called to ask if the tower of cookies was going to arrive, since her employees were looking forward to getting it.And that’s the beauty of food gifts, McLaughlin said. It’s not just the owner or CEO of a company that will enjoy the gift; many employees will get to share in the gift, and that contributes to an even better relationship with a client or vendor.And the ubiquitous mug? “So many of these tchotchkes go to their kids, they go into the toy box, or they drop them off at Goodwill,” McLaughlin said.Still, many business owners like the idea of mugs because they are marketing tools, serving as reminders of a company. Or, they like T-shirts that become mobile ads when they’re worn (although so many are automatically turned out in size XL that they often end up as pajamas for a spouse or child).Ron Park, managing partner of Park Fowler & Co., a Corpus Christi, Texas-based accounting firm, recognizes the value of putting his company’s name on a gift. But he also is looking for something unique. So this year, he’ll be sending his 50 biggest clients flash drives, which are small computer-data-storage devices.Park got the idea because clients were sending in their tax information to his office not on paper, but on flash drives. Most said, “don’t lose it now, I have to have this back,” Park recalled.So this gift will be useful, memorable, help build his firm’s client relationships and help accomplish a little marketing as well.At Uproar, a Seattle-based public relations and marketing firm, the philosophy is that gifts should complement, but never supplant, the most important part of customer and client relations.“The best thing we can do for our clients is to be responsive, do great work, go the extra mile,” said Anita Lavine, a media-relations specialist at Uproar. Gifts are “for times when we want to just show our appreciation.”Like Amato, at Uproar “we try to select things that hit a personal note,” Lavine said.So gifts in the past have included flowering bonsai trees and flowering teapots. Or, if Uproar executives are aware that a particular client has been having a hard time, the gift could be a spa certificate.Many company owners hope that a gift will result in more business in the future – probably all the more reason to make a gift unique.But Lavine said her company isn’t counting on revenue growth from gifts. “I don’t think that we give gifts with that sort of intention; the purpose is to show appreciation,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTo put in the extra effort Amato speaks of does mean thinking and shopping early – as in, right now.“I don’t want to worry about the company I’m ordering from running out of anything,” Amato said.Kevin McLaughlin has relied on feedback from gift recipients to come up with what he believes to be the most appreciated gift: food.Not only do clients and vendors express their thanks, when staffers from his company visit the other firms, “we see our food in the break room and people going after it,” he said.McLaughlin, a principal of Princeton, N.J.-based Resound Marketing, recalled that one year, his firm was late getting the gifts out.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger will unveil budget proposal today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Helped by an improving economy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected today to unveil a 2006-07 budget that boosts spending for education, infrastructure and children’s health insurance, but only nibbles at the state’s massive structural deficit.State spending is forecast at nearly $100 billion, allowing the governor to start addressing some long-neglected needs in what he considers a rebuilding year for California.“We’re fortunate to have a growing economy that is producing revenues that are above projections from as recently as six months ago,” said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the governor’s Department of Finance. “The governor is going to put forward a budget plan that reflects his priorities, an investment in education, health care and transportation, while at the same time he will continue to show progress in reducing the state’s operating deficit.”Schwarzenegger is expected to announce a $4.3 billion hike in education spending, including $1.7 billion to partially repay money borrowed in the past. He is also adding enough money to the higher education system to postpone planned increases in student fees, and include additional funds on infrastructure to fund the launch of his Strategic Growth Plan, which ultimately projects spending of $222 billion over 10 years.With a swollen lip suffered during a weekend motorcycle accident with his son that required 15 stitches, the governor appeared Monday at a North Hollywood health center to announce that he will add $72 million to help fund health insurance for children through the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs. That is part of an overall increase in the health and human services budget of $1.2 billion.“Right now, more than 400,000 children in California eligible for state healthcare programs are not enrolled,” Schwarzenegger said in a visit to the Northeast Valley Health Corporation Woman, Infant, Child Center.“That is unacceptable. It hurts all of us when a child doesn’t get a flu shot, an eye exam or a dental check-up simply because someone didn’t know about the help out there for them.”Still, Democrats are concerned that funding the governor’s priorities may mean cuts in other areas, particularly because the governor is opposed to raising taxes.“The big question about the governor’s budget is how he’s going to pay for everything that he’s proposing,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Budget Committee. “From the things that he has dribbled out, he’s nearing $2 billion over what existing levels would provide.“I do have the apprehension that he’s falling into the same trap that (Gov.) Gray Davis did, which is as revenues increase, don’t fix the structural problem – just put more money into ongoing programs.”State Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill has projected that the state will spend about $95 billion in fiscal year 2006-07, which begins July 1, while generating only $91 billion in revenue. But it will also likely finish the current year with $5.2 billion in reserve, helping it to cover that deficit.But those projections do not take into account the governor’s plans to add $1.7 billion to education for money borrowed in the past.Jean Ross, director of the California Budget Project, a group which advocates for the poor, said the budget for health and human service programs has not kept up with inflation in recent years.“We’re concerned about the fact that the basic inflationary increase in program costs in most of the state’s core programs for families, seniors and children haven’t been funded,” Ross said. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com(916) 446-6723last_img read more

Help with taxes available for free

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Free help preparing federal and state income tax is available through April 1 to low-income households, the disabled and senior citizens through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Students from California State University, Northridge, trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the state Franchise Tax Board, are available from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays to help residents fill out returns at the Santa Clarita Valley Service Center in Newhall. Electronic tax filing services will be available. VITA services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The center is at 24271 San Fernando Road. Taxpayers seeking free help must bring the tax instruction booklets and the forms they received in the mail, records of income and deductions, including W-2 and W2-P statements showing interest and dividends and other pertinent records. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The program is available to households that make a maximum $50,000 gross income limitation per income tax return for those seeking help. Married couples filing joint returns must have both spouses present when tax returns are being prepared. Non-English speakers are welcome. For information about the service, call Lydia Freeman at (661) 254-0070 from 8:00 a.m. to noon weekdays or Lupe Lopez at (661) 254-0073 from 3 to 5 p.m. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. last_img read more

ATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC OPEN MEETING

first_imgAn early season meet held Wednesday at Finn Valley attracted 15 clubs and proved a positive enough exercise despite the bitterly cold conditions.Some 300 plus athletes turned out, with the performance highlight being a Personal Best shot from John Kelly from the host club 16.16m and another Persona Best for Sara Moore, Omagh.The next athletics meet on the Valley track is the local area primary school challenge, an annual affair on May 15/16. RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY A.C. OPEN TRACK AND FIELD MEETING – 25th April U8 Girls 60m Zara Burke, OlympianAbbie McGranaghan, Finn ValleyAbigail Temple Asokuh, Finn ValleyU9 Girls 60mBrenda Carr, Finn ValleyAloisha Cuskelly, LiffordCassie Donaghy, InishowenU8 Boys 60mRyan Galvin, Finn ValleyOran McMenamin, CranfordJordan Ryan, MilfordU9 Boys 60mOran McLoughlin, InishowenPaul Ryan, MilfordMichael McLoughlin, InishowenU10 Girls Ball ThrowZara Burke, Olympian, 18.28mEva Gallagher, Cranford, 15.67Lauren Hegarty, 13.32mU16 Girls Long JumpTara Leech, Sligo, 4.32mSusan O’Donaghue, Sliagh League, 4.20mShannon Bonner, Sliagh League, 4.13mOver 16 Girls Long JumpSarah Hannah Ward, Olympian, 3.80mOver 16 Boys Long Jump Brian Breslin, Lifford, 5.86mConall Mahon, Enniskillen, 5.41Bertram Barrett, Lifford, 5.02mU16 Boys Long JumpIan Brennan, Finn Valley, 5.21mFergus Cox, Inishowen, 4.47mAlan Porter, Lifford, 4.30mOver 16 Shot PuttJohn Kelly, Finn Valley, 16.16mBosco Reid, Finn Valley, 10.91mRyan Stewart, Finn Valley, 10.87mU10 Boys 60m FinalAlan Quigley, LiffordAdhran McLoughlin, InishowenSeamus Harley, InishowenU12 Girls 60m Final CiaraBonner, LetterkennyDanella Jansen, Finn ValleyAine Kerr, Finn ValleyU12 Boys 60m FinalOisin McElhinney, Finn ValleyPauric Harold, Finn ValleyShane McMonagle, Finn ValleyU14 Girls 80m FinalJanine Boyle, Finn ValleyMichaela Lyons, OlympianSommer Lecky, Finn ValleyU14 Boys 80m FinalEoin Kelly,  CranfordJoseph Doherty, LetterkennyThomas Mullen, LiffordU10 Boys Long JumpPeter Leech, Tireragh AC 3.52mDean Quigley, Lifford, 3.40mOran Sweeney, Finn Valley, 3.30mU12 Boys Long JumpDillon Woods, Finn Valley, 3.77mOisin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 3.75mRonan Gallagher, Cranford, 3.75mOver 16 Boys High JumpAdam Gallagher, Tirchonaill, 1.60mDominic Gallagher, Sliagh League, 1.55mOisin McDermott, Milford, 1.35mU16 Boys High JumpJames Clarke, Olympian, 1.45mC. O’Loughlin, Tir Chonaill, 1.35mOver 16 Girls High JumpBlaithnaid Patton, Finn Valley, 1.40mSimone Crawford, Finn Valley, 1.30mU16 Girls High JumpKaren Kelly, Finn Valley, 1.30mKathleen Craig, Lifford, 1.30mNicole Cuskelly, Lifford, 1.30mU16 Boys 80m Final Kevin Mc Gill, OlympianAlan Porter, LiffordGraham Kerry, SligoOver 16 Men 100mJordan Hylton, Lagan ValleyMartin O’Donnell, OlympianDaniel Borgan, Tirchonaill.U16 Girls 100mStacey Kerr, SligoPauline Kelly, CranfordChristina Logue, OlympianWalkOrla Delahunt, SligoRobbie Kelly, SligoNiamh Murphy, Finn ValleyAoife McLaughlin, Finn Valley,Ciara Phelan, Finn ValleyEmer McCauley, Finn  ValleyOver 16 Girls 300mEmily Burns, SligoStacey Kerr, SligoOlivia Webb, OlympianOver 16 Boys 300mKieran Elliott, SligoZak Irwin, SligoShaun Woods, Finn ValleyU12 Boys High JumpOisin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 1.20mAlex McGeehin, Finn Valley, 1.20mU10 Girls Long JumpCaoimhe Thompson, Finn Valley, 2.85mCharlene Patton, Finn Valley, 2.68mAoife Giles, Cranford, 2.68mU14 Boys Long JumpDillon Kearns, Killybegs, 4.46mEoin Kelly, Cranford, 4.32mAlan McGinley, Lifford, 4.16mU12 Girls Shot PuttAoife Doherty, Finn Valley, 5.59mMegan Moss, Finn Valley, 5.48mNiamh Murphy, Finn Valley, 5.45mU12 Boys Shot PuttCharlie Worth, Letterkenny, 7.79mMark McElhinney, Finn Valley, 7.17mRory O’Donnell, Milford, 6.16mU14 Girls Shot PuttNaoimh McGranaghan, Finn Valley, 10.74mEadaoin O’Raw, Inishowen, 8.29mAlton Murphy, Letterkenny, 7.70mU14 Boys Shot PuttJames Kelly, Finn Valley, 11.37mJoshua Fullton, Letterkenny, 7.86mJames Sweeney, Letterkenny, 6.96mU16 Girls Shot PuttMolly Donovan, Sliabh League, 8.15mEmer McNern, Sliabh League, 7.81mSarah Conroy, Sliabh League, 7.15mU16 Boys, Shot PuttMark Hegarty, Tir Chonaill, 10.78mGavin McLaughlin, Finn Valley, 10.57m3000m MixedJames Speight, 9.21Gerard Gallagher, 9.24Mark Bonner, 9.42James Geough, Sligo, 9.58Duayne Long, 11.32Andy Scanlon, 11.50Martin Anderson, 12.40Charmaine O’Brien, 12.52Sean McMenamin, 13.36Mary Speight, 13.36Sharon Hamilton, 14.30Bernie Maguire, 15.53Keran McHale, 16.01Colleen O’Brien, 18.31U12 Girls Long JumpAine Kerr, Finn Valley, 3.60mKate Smith, Lifford, 3.58mClare Doherty, Letterkenny, 3.38mU14 Girls JavelinNaoimh McGranaghan, Finn Valley, 26.88mSinead Doherty, Finn Valley, 8.82mNiamh Doherty, 7.76mU14 Boys JavelinGareth Crawford, Strabane, 33.04mDylan Kearns, Killybegs, 23.09mCharlie Worth, Letterkenny, 20.78mU16 Girls JavelinHolly Donavon, Sliabh League, 15.80mEmer McNern, , Sliabh League, 10.40mSarah Connolly, Sliabh League, 10.06mU16 Boys JavelinDarryl Crawford, Strabane, 36.51mFergus Cox, Inishowen, 35.01mAlan Porter, Lifford, 34.50mU12 Girls Ball ThrowUna Cox, Inishowen, 25.61mJennifer Sanches, Finn Valley, 21.90mDanielle Johnson, Finn Valley, 21.72mU12 Boys Ball ThrowCharlie Worth, Letterkenny. 36.80mSean Martin, Letterkenny, 33.87mMartin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 33.41mU10 Boys Ball ThrowKillian Browne, Cranford, 28.20mJamie Lecky, Finn Valley, 26.80mPeter Leech, Sligo, 26.34mU14 Boys 800mArron McGlynn, Finn ValleyBrian McNamee, Finn ValleyEoin Kelly, CranfordU16 Boys 800mOisin Gallen, Finn ValleyMark Hegarty, Tir ChonaillConor Edwards, OlympianOver 16 800mMark McGuinness, Tir ChonaillDean Toland, Finn ValleyChristopher Murray, Finn ValleyOver 16 Girls 800mSara Moore, Omagh HarriersU16 Girls 800mCaitlinn McGonagle, SligoU10 Girls 500mCorrie Doherty, InishowenAndrea Browne, Finn ValleyCara McConnell, Finn ValleyU10 Boys 500mMichael McLaughlin, InishowenDean Quigley, LiffordSeamus Harley, InishowenU12 Girls 600mAoife Morris, SligoZoe Kelly, Finn ValleyU12 Boys 600mJack Gillespie, Finn ValleyShane McMonagle, Finn ValleyKeith McColgan, Finn ValleyU14 Girls 800mSaoirse Callaghan, LetterkennyAisling Altan Murphy, LetterkennyMichaela Lyons, OlympianU16 Girls 800mDenise McLaughlin, Finn ValleyEve Travers, Tir ChonaillCaitlin Travers, Tir ChonaillOver 16 JavelinMark Doherty, Lifford, 37.12mJeremy Worth, Letterkenny, 30.94mBertram Barrett, Lifford, 26.03mU14 Boys High JumpConal Lynch, Lifford, 1.40mThomas Mullan, Lifford, 1.25m       )JointAaron McGlynn, Finn Valley 1.25m)Alan McGinley, Lifford, 1.25m        )Brandon Connolly, Lifford, 1.25m    )U14 Girls High JumpShannon Craig, Lifford, 1.30mOrla Coughlan, Tir Chonaill, 1.20mShauna McFadden, Letterkenny. 1.15mU14 Girls Long JumpJanine Boyle, Finn Valley, 4.52mNiamh Doherty, Finn Valley, 3.88mSommer Lecky, Finn Valley, 3.82mATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC OPEN MEETING was last modified: April 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES 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AC Milan step up bid to sign Chelsea star

first_img REVEALED Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in action for the club. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST moving on RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 1 three-way race targets IN DEMAND Latest Transfer News AC Milan want to land Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and are putting the final touches on a loan deal, according to Calciomercato.Signed in a deal worth around £40million last summer, the France ace has failed to prove his ability in the Premier League.center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The 23-year-old endured a tough first season in England, though, and he is ready to leave to reignite his career.Milan have shown a strong interest in Bakayoko and a deal is almost done with Leonardo and Paolo Maldini working out the details.The Italian club are set to take the midfielder on loan for the season and he has agreed personal terms. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea have stepped in to subsidise Bakakyoko’s salary as wages had previously been a sticking point.Milan also have the option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee in the region of £30million.last_img read more

SWILLY GROUP DON’T NEED ANY ‘COACHING’ FOR LATEST CHALLENGE

first_imgWell-known Donegal company, the Swilly Group, has been chosen to find Ireland’s Coach Driver of the Year.The company’s latest project follows just days after it scooped the Excellence in Marketing award 2012 at last week’s Letterkenny Chamber awards.As Ireland’s leading Transport Training company The Swilly Group were something of an obvious choice to run the inaugural Irish Coach Driver of the Year competition at the Campion Insurance Coach and Bus Show at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November. The show is a biannual event setup and run by the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) a body representing Ireland’s leading Bus & Coach Operators.The event will identify Ireland’s most professional Bus/Coach Driver and crown them with the Martin Guilfoyle Memorial Trophy as sponsored by Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Ltd of Urlingford, Co Kilkenny.Martin was one of Ireland’s leading coach tour drivers, winning a special award from Failte Ireland for his professionalism. Martin died tragically a year ago this week in a work place accident.Despite delivering training and consultancy services on a daily basis to bus and truck operators throughout Ireland and the UK on a daily basis, it is still a daunting task to run such a prestigious event. Damian Kerin, Sales & Operations Manager at The Swilly Group, remarked “We have been working on this event closely with the CTTC over the last few months and hopefully all that work will be justified this weekend”.Entrants will take part in a Theory Test and a short interview before completing a gruelling driver skills test.The Swilly Group have enlisted the help of Davy Jackson, Senior Driving Examiner with global road safety organisation RoSPA to assist on the interview panel.Pat D’Arcy, Senior Driving Test Supervisor with the RSA will act as Head Scorekeeper on the event. Damian added, “The fact such respected figures as Pat and Davy were willing to help out goes to show just how big this event is!”For more information on the Coach Driver of the Year competition contact The Swilly Group on LoCall 1890 63 63 63, check out the website at www.swillygroup.com or find SwillyGroup on Facebook. SWILLY GROUP DON’T NEED ANY ‘COACHING’ FOR LATEST CHALLENGE was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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:Coach Driver of the YearSwilly Grouplast_img read more

AND THE WINNER OF A ROMANTIC MEAL FOR TWO IS…

first_imgEMER Gallagher from Tirargus, Churchill.Emer wins a lovely meal for two at the Dexter’s Restaurant at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny where chefs use the Josper Charcoal Grill to cook the finest foods.The answer to our question on where the Dexter’s Chefs sources their scallops was Mulroy Bay. But we have some good news for all of you who entered.Everyone will received a 10% discount voucher for the next time you are in Dexter’s. This will be emailed to you. AND THE WINNER OF A ROMANTIC MEAL FOR TWO IS… was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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

CUSTOMS IN NEW CRACKDOWN ON VRT – NOW SOCIAL WELFARE TO JOIN CHECKPOINTS

first_imgThe checkpoint at BurtTHIS was the scene in Co Donegal last night as locals and visitors alike had their cars checked by Revenue officials – to make sure no-one was driving a UK-registered vehicle whilst living here.There were long tailbacks on the N13 at Burt as inspectors checked each vehicle.John Daly, from Downpatrick, Co Down, who was in Donegal for a family break in the county was among those stopped. He said the delays reminded him of “what it was like 20 years ago when trying to cross the Border.”Donegal Daily has learned that multi-agency road checkpoints will soon be deployed here in the county.These will involve Customs, Gardaí and Social Welfare inspectors – each organisation doing their own checks.The idea behind including Social Welfare inspectors is to catch people travelling to or from work who are also claiming benefits, especially those who may be signing on in one jurisdiction and working in the other. They have already been successfully deployed in several other counties.Last night Revenue detected a number of UK-registered vehicles it believed were being driven by people who live in Donegal.It’s understood several more operations are planned in coming days.Anti-VRT campaigners say the Government is acting illegally and is in breach of several European laws on the free movement of goods.They also say it is illegal for Revenue to seize goods more than the value of the alleged taxes owed. One Inishowen man has already successfully argued the latter case at Letterkenny District Court.CUSTOMS IN NEW CRACKDOWN ON VRT – NOW SOCIAL WELFARE TO JOIN CHECKPOINTS was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BURTcheckpointDerry LetterkennyN13VRTlast_img read more