New survey reveals fears over permanent pub closures

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th New survey reveals fears over permanent pub closures By News Highland – August 24, 2020 Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twittercenter_img Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleSix due in court in New IRA probeNext articleOver 1,000 take part in 2020 Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K News Highland Two thirds of Ireland’s pubs will go out of business by the new year, according to a new survey of pub owners.The poll by the Vintners Federation also shows that 82 percent no longer support the Government.The group says the sector now needs ‘support, not sympathy’ from the government this week as it decides whether or not to allow them reopen.The survey was organised ahead of the Government decision on whether the 3,500 pubs still closed across the country can reopen on August 31st.96% of publicans believe the Government does not have a plan that will allow non food pubs to reopen while the crisis persists.While 92% believe pubs have been scapegoated during this crisis.Almost half of the pubs still closed have accrued debts of €16,000 or more since the lockdown began, while 1 in 5 of those pubs have accumulated debts of at least €30,000 during the period their doors have stay closed.In light of the public health conditions, most in the industry believe the reopening will be delayed for a third time.The focus is on what plan will be brought forward for pubs closed by order of the Government.last_img read more

HR still suffering effects of economic downturn

first_imgDemand for HR professionals remains sluggish as the economic slowdowncontinues, according to research. The 2002-2003 Market Survey report also reveals that a lack of confidence inthe economy and the need by some employers to cut costs and restructure tocompete have continued to depress the HR job market. Telecommunications, management consulting, investment banking andmanufacturing are the areas worst affected by the current climate . Michael Pickup, associate director for recruitment consultancy BeamentLeslie Thomas, which carried out the benchmark research, said: “In 2002, atypical job search is more likely to involve increased competition, longer leadtimes, jobs being put on hold and offers being rescinded.” However, the jobs position in the public sector is still fairly healthy, andproviding competitive salaries thanks to the Government’s ongoing modernisationprogramme. The study reveals that 55 per cent of respondents report that theirorganisations had adopted flexible working policies. The number of respondents receiving flexible benefits has increased by morethan 100 per cent during the past year and they now account for 10 per cent ofthe sample. www.blt.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR still suffering effects of economic downturnOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Nani lands five-year United deal

first_imgManchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit. Press Association Last season he won the Premier League for the fourth time and whilst there was talk he was unhappy at the terms he was offered to remain at United last season, it seems now he is much happier. “Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,” he said. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. “Training every day with top players who want to win trophies every year is a great motivation to me. “I’m very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I’m looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season.” There had been speculation the Portugal international would leave United this summer. Instead, he has signed a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. “I’m really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years,” said United boss David Moyes. “He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years.” Following the capture of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, it did seem United had a wide player too many given the presence of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in the Red Devils squad. With a year remaining on his contract, and the transfer deadline just passed, there did appear an obvious need to secure Nani’s services for an additional amount of time in order to prevent him leaving for nothing in 12 months. Yet the length of contract does indicate Moyes has faith in a player who has struggled to consistently hit the heights during his six years at the club. “I’ve been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons,” added Moyes. Nani does boast an impressive medal collection since his £17million move from Sporting Lisbon. He was part of the Champions League-winning squad in his debut campaign, scoring a crucial penalty in the shoot-out triumph over Chelsea. last_img read more

Taking a nation’s health to heart

first_imgCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans from a wide range of cultures. All recipes have been adapted by experts to be healthier.(Image: Cooking from the Heart)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Heart and Stroke Foundation+ 27 21 403 6450RELATED ARTICLES• Bridging the public healthcare gap• Getting Africa’s youngsters moving• Mandela’s chef publishes cookbook• The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRay MaotaSeptember is widely known as Heritage Month in South Africa, with the country’s multi-cultural makeup celebrated each year around this time, but it is also National Heart Awareness Month, and this year a recipe book that encourages healthy eating will be made available to help raise awareness on heart disease.Cooking from the Heart is a joint initiative between the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSF) – an NGO that has been active in raising awareness on the subject of non-communicable diseases for 32 years – and Pharma Dynamics, a supplier of medicine for cardiovascular disease (CVD), to encourage South Africans to cook, and eat, healthier.CVD claims about 200 lives in South Africa daily, making it the second leading cause of death after HIV/Aids.More than just a cookbookCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans that celebrate a wide range of cultures. Over 2 000 entries for everyday recipes were submitted for the initiative, and a team made up of dieticians from the HSF, with the help of food consultant Heleen Meyer, selected over 70 of these, which are featured in the book.The recipes were then adapted by the team, who modified ingredients like fat, salt and sugar in an effort to boost the nutritional value of the food to keep in line with the HSF’s healthy eating guidelines.Copies of the book will be distributed to the public for free, and through efforts endorsed by the National Department of Health, hospitals and other public institutions across the country will also be able to serve patients healthier meals based on the information contained in the book.“We’ve launched many initiatives over the years, but never one quite like Cooking from the Heart,” said Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of HSF. “It offers the public a practical resource to tackle non-communicable diseases that are closely linked to poor diet.“We hope that everyday cooks will see how easy it is it to make favourites like potato salad or beef stew, healthier.”Also in the book are basic guidelines for healthy eating, ideas for healthy shopping on a budget and tips for reading food labels.“This book is a heart-friendly, multi-cultural, budget cookbook by South Africans, for South Africans,” said Paul Anley, managing director and CEO of Pharma Dynamics. She also founded the company in 2001.CVD on the riseThe initiative received praise from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who called it a bold and practical step against heart disease and stroke. Motsoaledi has been an outspoken advocate for healthier living among South Africans since taking up office in 2009.In an interview with The Times newspaper in July, he expressed concerns over the escalating costs of healthcare not only in South Africa, but globally, because of the public’s ignorance of the impact of unhealthy lifestyles.A statement released by Motsoaledi’s department in 2011 shows the conclusion of research done on non-communicable or lifestyle diseases by the UN, in which it was said that these diseases were expected to account for 69% of global deaths by 2030.“The idea of researching and publishing recipes that are both economical and culturally appropriate is an excellent way of creating awareness,” said Motsoaledi. “It is a concrete means for people in all communities to improve their overall health.”Mungal-Singh also quoted from the UN research and said that by 2030 the world body predicts that deaths of South Africans aged between 35 to 64-years by CVD will have skyrocketed by 40%.“Cardiovascular disease is a growing problem in South Africa as the intake of saturated and trans-fats, salt and sugar is on the increase,” she said. “Nutrition is a very important part of managing and preventing heart disease and stroke.”She added that another contributing factor to the rise in CVD cases was people’s misconception that a healthy diet is expensive, impractical or unappetising.“Cooking from the Heart will dispel that myth once and for all,” said Mungal-Singh.Practical toolMariska Fouche, public affairs manager at Pharma Dynamics, highlighted the significance of such a book in helping healthcare practitioners to do their work.“They don’t necessarily have the tools to teach people about healthier eating habits,” she said. “This book is a vital part of the HSF’s preventative toolkit to help tackle the looming heart disease and stroke epidemic in South Africa.”Research by the Medical Research Council and the Chronic Diseases Initiative in Africa using different people across the country, said Fouche, found that CVD patients received limited advice about adapting their diets from doctors at the time of their diagnosis.“They struggled to incorporate the little advice they did get into their everyday lives, meaning that they didn’t make meaningful changes to their diets, which had a negative impact on their management of their condition.”During September, HSF and Pharma Dynamics will be hosting free screenings for heart disease risk factors at shopping centres across the country and those who do get screened will get the book for free.“Screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing and vital information about cardiovascular disease,” said Fouche.A further 57 000 copies are available at Clicks pharmacy outlets across the country.The Cooking from the Heart website also provides a free e-copy as well as information on where hard copies can be obtained, while a mobile site for smart phones is available at www.heartrecipes.mobi.last_img read more

Ductless Minisplit Performance During Cold Weather

first_imgModem and router energy usageOn a totally unrelated topic: lately I’ve tried to identify the electrical loads in our house that use power around the clock.I am reluctant to have anything in the house that uses energy 24/7. With 8,760 hours per year, small usages add up. One such is the exhaust fan on the composting toilet — at about 20 watts it uses 175 kWh/year, or 4% to 5% of our energy usage.Another is the cable modem for internet access we have from Comcast, and the Apple Airport Express wireless router. I’ve been measuring both. The router uses just over 3 1/2 watts, while the modem uses 6 1/2 watts. Together they use 88 kWh/year.I imagine that if we were off-grid, we’d unplug them in the winter when solar power is short. Being grid-tied, we’re just lazy about it.What’s using power 24/7 in your house? GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpLoving My MinisplitsTackling the Plug Load ProblemLighting and Phantom Loads I tried an experiment this week during our cold snap. We’ve kept the door closed to the first floor ell (bedroom and bath) and let it run cold, because the Fujitsu wasn’t sized to heat that space too. I opened the door early in the cold snap, and let the heat pump go, leaving it set on 70°F. What I found was that overnight the main space went to 66°F, and the upstairs and back bedroom were 3° to 4°F lower.My calculated heat loss in these conditions is about 24,000 BTU/hour, and the heat pump is rated at about 17,000 BTU/hour at about 10°F. You’d think it would not be able to keep up.My heat loss number may well be too high, and the rated output of the unit may be quite conservative. My system has the temperature sensing built into the wall cassette, so it may be sensing a higher temperature than out in the room. It may make sense in severe weather to set the thermostat up to 72°F instead of our normal 70°F.Unlike a boiler, these variable-speed units taper off the output as the space approaches the setpoint instead of always running at full bore, so that may be a disadvantage of a smart unit — it’s trying to stay at a more efficient operating point instead of making me as comfortable as possible.Anyway, comfort trumped further experimentation and we closed the door again to the ell. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free. A variable-speed minisplit tapers its output as it nears the setpointOne other thing I wonder about is that even though the room was not at the setpoint it seemed that the unit didn’t run on full output much. RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpInsulating Window ShadesSelf-Cleaning OvensA Tough Energy Code Is the Worker’s FriendInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemSeasonal Changes in Electrical Loadslast_img read more

Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Bolts big man Kelly Nabong and Ross also had a heated commotion.Security and officials from both teams, though, were quick to pacify the situation as both teams went their separate ways.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPBA commissioner Chito Narvasa also made sure that there won’t be any trouble when the two teams returned to the court for the second half.San Miguel leads Meralco, 51-39, at the half, in a game with heavy playoff implications hanging in the balance. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img PBA IMAGESAs if emotions weren’t already on a high, tempers flared at halftime during a game between rivals San Miguel and Meralco on Sunday.Eyewitnesses said Chris Ross and Allen Durham engaged in a trashtalk each other at the end of the second quarter and further continued as both teams went to their respective dugouts.ADVERTISEMENT A win by the Bolts will give them the top seed and relegate the Beermen to sixth place. Meralco drops to third if it loses.A Beermen victory on the other hand, would put them in the top two if they end up winning by at least 19 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Oakland’s Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthemlast_img read more

Mind Zones

first_imgThe idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your,The idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your intelligence levels.This brainchild of Delhi psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Chugh and investment banker Neeraj Batra will also host the “National Genius Search Contest” twice a year and award scholarships of Rs 2 lakh each to the winners.last_img read more

a month agoJuventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Verona

first_imgJuventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits they weren’t at their best for victory over Hellas Verona.Miguel Veloso had put Verona in front, even after Samuele Di Carmine missed a penalty, but Aaron Ramsey’s deflected effort and a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick secured the 2-1 victory.“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue, because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later. With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that’s what we saw today, as we played in fits and starts,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that’s pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could’ve done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could’ve lost some balance.“This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it’ll take a while to get that out of them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Florida Star Brandon Spikes Tweets Photo Of Title Rings, Calls Playing For Gators “Best Decision” Of His Life

first_imgBrandon Spikes's Florida national championship rings.Today is college football’s National Signing Day, which means that two things are happening. One – the nation’s top recruits are deciding where to spend the next four years of their lives. Two – former players are reminiscing about the decisions they made. Former Florida star Brandon Spikes, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, is looking back quite fondly.Spikes took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to post photos of the title rings he was able to accumulate during his stay in Gainesville. He was part of two BCS title teams. He said that playing for UF was the “best decision” he’s ever made.Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/ivq2rQtc1Q— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/bmerDzrtam— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Florida’s class is currently ranked No. 46, but new head coach Jim McElwain hasn’t had as much time to recruit as his peers. Tweets from former stars like Spikes certainly don’t hurt the cause.last_img read more