SHOPS FACING A WHITEWASH BECAUSE OF SNOW – TRADE DOWN 50%

first_imgSHOPS across Donegal have reported their Christmas takings are already down more than 50% compared to last year.Restaurants, pubs, shops and supermarkets were doing very little trade yesterday (SAT) as treacherous roads prevented people from coming into the main towns.McElhinney’s Department Store in Ballybofey was ‘slow’ when donegaldaily.com visited yesterday and similar reports came from Donegal Town. None was that more evident than in Donegal’s biggest shopping hub Letterkenny where the Main Street and outlying retail parks were distinctly lacking in any sign of Christmas cheer.Local businessman Gerard McCormick from Magees Chemists blamed the Government and the NRA for failing to provide enough salt to Donegal.“We have been let down and we have all lost out as a result. This cannot be allowed to happen ever again,” he said.Over at the Link Retail Park, many shops including TK Maxx, Next, Marks and Spencer and Argos were half empty with no queues at tills. The only thing an Argos spokesman said it had sold out of was children’s plastic sleds for the snow.But with many businesses pinning their hopes on yesterday and today as being two of the busiest of the year, the feeling was one of doom and gloom at the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.Only last month CEO of the chamber, Toni Forrester, had said she was pleased that the Euro had got weaker against the Pound and that many people were now seeing the value of shopping in Donegal.But yesterday she said she was outraged that the National Roads Authority and the Government had let businesses down by not supplying enough salt to keep the county’s roads clear.““It’s not like they didn’t know this snow was coming – they were told about it weeks ago. “Many roads are like bottles and people are simply not able to come out and shop. It’s a disgrace and the Government and the NRA should hang their heads in shame.“Many businesses were hanging on by the tips of their fingers and this will put them over the edge. The Government forgets that for very €1,000 a shop makes, more than €200 goes back to them in VAT.“Christmas has been a disaster so far and we can’t see it getting better unless the Government does something about getting the roads back in order,” she fumed.In West Donegal roads were left treacherous after the council had been forced to spare their salt leaving many people who had planned to do their Christmas shopping unable to get into towns like Dungloe and Ardara. Some did try to drum up a little business including the Ramada hotel in Letterkenny who were offering ‘Snow Specials’ of just €25 per night.EndsSHOPS FACING A WHITEWASH BECAUSE OF SNOW – TRADE DOWN 50% was last modified: December 18th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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RCBC asks why BB still not releases cyber probe report

first_imgRCBCThe Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC), which handled $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank account in 2016, said it is ready to face Dhaka’s lawsuit in New York, ABS-CBN News reports.Bangladesh, according to officials concerned, is expected to sue the Filipino bank at a New York court sometime on Thursday.ABS-CBN News quoting an RCBC statement issued on Wednesday said it welcomes the BB’s complaint to be lodged with New York court over the heist that funneled some $81-million through one of its Makati branches.The bank called itself “a victim of what was started in Bangladesh by still unnamed persons.”Instead, as reported, RCBC rued that it had provided Philippine Senate hearings all information allowed by local laws, but the Bangladesh Bank refused to “release its full and complete findings almost three years after the fact.””We hope BB can be transparent and stop blaming everybody but itself. The complaint will allow us to finally get the information we, and the Philippine government, have been asking BB to provide,” the RCBC statement read.It reportedly said: “RCBC is ready to face Bangladesh Bank (BB) in court. In fact, RCBC has engaged a top tier NY (New York) law firm to handle RCBC’s defense.”The report mentioned that unidentified hackers transferred some $81-million to fictitious accounts in RCBC after they stole the amount from Bangladesh Bank’s account with the New York Federal Reserve in 2016.The money was later shifted to casino accounts and Bangladeshi authorities have recovered at least $15 million.ABS-CBN News mentioned that the RCBC was fined a record P1 billion by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas over the heist.Maia Santos Deguito, a former manager of the branch where the accounts were funneled into, was convicted of money laundering in connection with the case.She was sentenced to 4 to 7 years in prison for each of the 8 counts and was fined a total of $109 million.last_img read more

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IMI Kolkata achieves 100 placement for 7th batch

first_imgKolkata: International Management Institute Kolkata (IMI), an initiative of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, achieved 100 percent placement of its students for the year 2018-19. More than 32 recruiters offered jobs to 110 students of the seventh batch of the institute.”The highest salary offered was Rs 20 lakh. There has been an increase of 5.6 percent in the average annual compensation as compared to last year. The domestic average and median compensation stood at Rs 6.90 lakh and Rs 6.54 lakh, respectively,” said a senior IMI official on Friday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEight students did not take part in the placement process and decided to come up with their own start-up projects or join their family businesses. Various offers were made by prominent conglomerates such as JSW, HDFC Bank, Deloitte, Federal Bank, ICICI Prudential AMC, CESC, Mahindra Finance, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, BYJU’S – Think & Learn, Randstad India, Reliance Industries and OYO. This apart, new recruiters, including Philips Lighting-Signify, HDFC Life, Treebo Hotels, Zomato, eTrans Solutions and Godrej & Boyce also offered jobs to students. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe break-up of job offers across domains are: sales and marketing 47 percent, finance 22 percent, consulting, strategy and general management 19 percent, operations 10 percent and human resource 2 percent. The director of IMI Kolkata, professor Arindam Banik, said: “Many new corporate firms took part in the placement process this year and the quality of job roles, diversity, sectoral spread and compensation have improved considerably.” The institute would continue to work closely with a long-term vision of being an organisation that is trusted by corporates and other stakeholders, Banik said.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video will play in  Watch Next The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Share this videocenter_img Watch again Video Loading Video Unavailable How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, March 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. 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We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 20:14No fuel on M6 near Stoke-on-TrentNo fuel available on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). 20:02Queues forming on the M6Queueing traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). 19:18Slow going through CreweA5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 18:40Lane closure on M6One lane closed and very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of three) is closed. 17:46Accident on A50 at Blythe BridgeReports of slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A50 at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).Accident is reported on the roundabout.17:15Traffic returns to normal on M6Traffic returned to normal, earlier accident on M6 Southbound at J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane two and three (of three) were closed. There were a large amount of emergency services at the scene to recover the five vehicles involved. 16:43Busy inbound into HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 16:22Two lanes closed on M6 after five-vehicle crashJunction 13 on the M6 southbound (Image: Google Maps)Two lanes have been closed on the M6 southbound after a five-vehicle crash.Emergency services were called to the scene near junction 13, for Stafford South, just after 3pm this afternoon.Congestion is backing up all the way towards junction 14 for Stafford North, while traffic is slowing on the northbound carriageway to look at the incident.Read more here.16:21Delays on the trains…Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast at London Euston due to points failure. 16:01Slow traffic as people look at accident on M6People slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). 15:55Five-vehicle accident on M6Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to accident, five vehicles involved on M6 Southbound at J13 A449 (Stafford South), congestion on M6 to J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane two and three (of three) are closed. There are a large amount of emergency services at the scene. two of the vehicles have already been recovered from the scene. 15:23Busy on Waterloo RoadWaterloo Road busy but moving from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 15:22Slow on M6Slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Within the smart motorway scheme.14:04UK/Cheshire News: Fire at Warrington HospitalThree fire engines from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene. More here.13:58Slower than normal traffic on the M6Very slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works. 13:20Traffic heavier than usual on M6Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Northbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion to J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works. 13:17A50 busy but movingA50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 13:07Queuing traffic on the A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 12:47Police find ‘large amount’ of drugs after raiding Stoke-on-Trent addressA 30-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man remain in custody after police seized crack cocaine and heroin at the property. More here.Some of the suspected drugs seized from Lindop Court (Image: Staffordshire Police)11:16Congestion on A50Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).11:02Accident on M6 Southbound in Birmingham10:59Car crashes outside shopping centreEmergency services are at the scene near the Roebuck Shopping Centre in Newcastle. More here.Emergency services at the scene of the accident outside the Roebuck Shopping Centre (Image: Josh Peirson)10:09Tyre fire being treated as arsonFirefighters from Congleton were called to the blaze on Thursday evening. More here.09:21Council by-election results announcedTwo seats were contested – one for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and one for Leek Town Council. More here.08:24Traffic queuing in city centre Queueing traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:22Missing 15-year-old found safe and well – police confirm Bradley Williams had gone missing after leaving school in Bucknall on Thursday afternoon. More here. 08:16Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6M6 Southbound lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down car at J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of two) is closed as you head up towards the roundabout. This is within the smart motorway works.07:48Road to be closed for drainage survey Stoke-on-Trent City Council say James Brindley Way will be closed between 9.30am & 3.30 for a drainage survey today.07:31Traffic light failure at major Stoke-on-Trent junctionAround ten sets of traffic lights are believed to have failed around the junction of the A500 and Shelton Old Road. More here.07:01Usual slow traffic on the A50Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).last_img read more

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