Border checks ‘political vandalism’ to Good Friday Agreement

first_img Facebook A Donegal Deputy is calling for immediate clarity over the potential location of custom checks for cross-border trade in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. Discussions have taken place between the Irish Government and the European Commission on the issue but there are serious concerns over the impact checks would have on both the Good Friday Agreement and border areas like Donegal.Deputy Pearse Doherty says any custom checks on the island would be unsustainable and a retrograde step for the country and the peace process.He’s demanding that the Government provide more details as to what exactly they intend to do in a no deal scenario:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/peafghgfhgfhgfrsechecks.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – September 6, 2019 Border checks ‘political vandalism’ to Good Friday Agreement Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Previous articleLack of nursing posts in Donegal still major problem – INMONext article25 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterestlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Releases GO-TIME Annual Report Highlighting Over $217 Million in Savings for Taxpayers

first_img January 23, 2018 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the release of an annual report highlighting more than $217 million in savings for taxpayers during the 2016-17 fiscal year by the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).The governor has challenged his administration to improve productivity and efficiency of state government to deliver more responsible and cost-effective services to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. He will continue to fix state government and make a government that works by leveraging inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize operations, and provide the highest quality programs to Pennsylvania.“In a few short years, we have made tremendous progress to reduces costs and improve efficiency throughout state government,” said Governor Wolf.  “Since 2015, these projects have saved more than $373 million and counting. Just as important, we are improving services as we save tax dollars.”The report highlights key initiatives that contributed to the Governor’s goal of $150 million in savings for 16/17 and will continue to produce even more savings in the years to come.GO-TIME is currently working towards a new goal of $500 million in savings by 2020. Highlights from 2016-17 include:$74 million in savings on the purchase of goods and services by the commonwealth, for a total of $143 million in procurement savings since 2015.$23.7 million in savings by preventing fraudulent or erroneous tax refunds by using state-of-the-art analytical software, with estimated savings of $80 million over four years.11.5 percent increase in oil and gas well inspections over last year.First-of-its-kind inmate management system developed with Lehigh University, saving nearly $3 million.Eliminating outdated paper processes and speeding turnaround time on grant applications at Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, saving a combined $360,000 per year.Award-winning cybersecurity services to protect commonwealth data in the cloud and increase efficiency by over $600,000 per year.Improve access to vital services for victims of crime and Pennsylvanians who receive assistance benefits by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Department of Human Services.“The value of GO-TIME goes beyond dollars and cents,” said Governor Wolf. “It is about making lasting changes to how state government operates and how we do our work each day to serve the people of Pennsylvania.”In addition to savings projects, GO-TIME has trained over 300 state employees on continuous process improvement using Lean principles developed by the private sector. Those employees have since completed over 130 projects to eliminate backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service to the public.GO-TIME also established partnerships with institutions of higher education, including Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State Harrisburg and Temple University, to provide research and analysis support at no cost to state agencies.Finally, the office worked with state agencies to implement online systems for their employees to submit their ideas for how to save money and improve operations which have received over 700 suggestions.In addition to the report, data on all 2016-17 GO-TIME projects is available at OpenDataPA at https://data.pa.gov .To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time. Governor Wolf Releases GO-TIME Annual Report Highlighting Over $217 Million in Savings for Taxpayerscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Weekend Battle Of Wildcats Goes To Harrison

first_imgThe Franklin County Wildcats lost the lead late in a 9-6 defeat to Harrison on Saturday. The game was tied at five with Harrison batting in the bottom of the fifth when Samantha Wilkins doubled on a 3-1 count, scoring the go-ahead run. Harrison would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.With the loss, Franklin County’s season record falls to 7-3 on the year. Harrison’s record improves to 4-1.Despite the loss, the Wildcats did collect a season-high nine hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Harrison had ten hits on the way to victory.Harrison fired up the offense in the first inning, when Reagan Williamson homered on a 1-0 count, scoring the first two runs of the day.Emily Wisman got the win for Harrison. She allowed nine hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out two.Kendall McCool took the loss for the Wildcats. She allowed ten hits and nine runs, five earned over five and a third innings, striking out three.Maggie Wendel and Kendall McCool each racked up multiple hits for Franklin County. Wendel went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Franklin County Wildcats in hits, while Kendall McCool had two singles.Harrison racked up ten hits. Lita Caruso, Wilkins, Savannah Ross, and Summer Jacobs all managed multiple hits for Harrison.Franklin County will be back in action on Monday evening as the Wildcats will look to get back on track in EIAC play as they travel to Connersville. First pitch with the Spartans is scheduled for 5:30pm.Nothing came easy for the Franklin County Wildcats Junior Varsity on Saturday, as they fell 17-3 to Harrison. With the loss, the JV’s record falls to 2-5 on the season.Harrison took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning. In the third an error scored one run for Harrison, Abbi Kugler singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.Harrison scored 11 runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Harrison was led by Ashlie Dorsey, Zoey Chesnut, Kugler, Sapphire Sabatine, Karlee Banfield, and Lucy Banks, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.Banfield pitched Harrison to victory. She allowed three hits and three runs over five innings, striking out ten.Hahn took the loss for Franklin County. She lasted three innings, allowing seven hits and 15 runs while striking out four.Hahn, Morgan Bare, and Paige Hall all had one hit to lead Franklin County Wildcats JV.Harrison tallied nine hits. Dorsey, Sabatine, and Banks each had multiple hits for Harrison. Dorsey went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Harrison in hits. Harrison stole five bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Dorsey led the way with two.The Franklin County’s Junior Varsity Softball team will be back in action on Tuesday evening at Greensburg immediately following the varsity contest.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.last_img read more

WATER CRISIS – COUNCIL ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO WASH CARS OR WATER GARDENS

first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out its most serious message yet for people not to waste water across the county.Council has pleaded with people not to wash cars or water gardensWith no change in the current dry period, the public are asked to conserve use of water to essential purposes only.The council says the water supply for the county is now under “considerable strain.” And in a statement they have appealed to people to take a series of practical steps not to waste water.In order to ensure a continuous minimum supply to all areas, watering of gardens and washing of cars in particular should be avoided the council says.Farmers are urged to check drinking troughs to ensure that ball-cocks have not been damaged causing over flow of the troughsGolf Clubs / Football clubs are asked not to use the public water supply for watering greens / pitches Donegal County Council note that it may be necessary to curtail water supplies in any area from time to time in the interest of water conservation. Notices to curtail or reduce water supplies will be updated on an ongoing basis on the Council’s website.Every reduction, no matter how small, will contribute to maintaining supplies and your cooperation is appreciated, it says.Water Saving Ideas for your home• Don’t leave a tap running unnecessarily.• Don’t fill your bath to the top-and if possible take a shower instead. A bath can use up to ten times more water than a shower. • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth (save up to 10 liters!).• Plug the sink when washing your hands and face.• Fill your washing machine and wash only full loads-the same goes for your dishwasher.• Never wash dishes under a running tap-use the plug or a bowl. • Repair any leaks or dripping taps promptly-a dripping tap can waste up to 91 liters per day.• Insulate your hot water cylinder and hot water pipes.• Go easy on that hose!-use a bucket of water to wash your car.• Water the lawn only if needs be. Don’t end up watering the wall and the footpaths as well!• Never water on a windy, rainy or very hot day.What else can I do?• A plastic bottle or dam in your toilet cisternThe average toilet uses 9-14 liters per flush. A plastic bottle or dam placed in the cistern can reduce that amount considerably and save several liters per day.• Use a tap aeratorThese are simple attachments, which can be fitted easily, producing a soft bubbly water stream. Aerators can also cut water usage by 50%• Install a low-flow showerhead-An inexpensive low flow showerhead reduces water usage in showers by up to 50% or more.• Be sure your hose has a shut off nozzle-Your hose should never be left on unnecessarily. Hoses without a nozzle can spout over 20 liters of water per minute. An inexpensive nozzle will eliminate wastage.For more water conservation tips and information please visit www.taptips.ieWATER CRISIS – COUNCIL ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO WASH CARS OR WATER GARDENS was last modified: July 19th, 2013 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:Donegal County Councildroughtgardenswash carswaterlast_img read more

GMS Bangladeshi Scrapping Tax Likely to Be Postponed

first_imgzoom The attempt to reverse the recently imposed 15% value-added tax (VAT) on ships being sent to Indian ship-recycling markets will likely be successful, according to GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.Namely, the announcement was made after the Bangladesh Shipbreakers Association (BSBA) voiced their concerns to the highest authorities in government in an attempt to reverse VAT on incoming ships.Additionally, the finance ministry informed that VAT will now be postponed for at least another two years, which should see prices remain at par with those seen in the first quarter of the year.In early June, ship-recycling sectors in Pakistan and Bangladesh witnessed a decrease in LDT price after the respective countries released their 2017 budget announcements.The Pakistani budget first brought falls of about USD 10/LDT, “as rumors of an even worse fate for the Bangladeshi market surfaced and were eventually confirmed” by the announcement of their budget.The Pakistan Shipbreakers Association (PSBA) is due to meet in the coming week in order to address some of the concerns arising from their recent budgetary changes affecting their industry, GMS informed.last_img read more