YOUR PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE SUMMER SUNSHINE

first_imgBundoran sunset by Eimear Quinn from Donegal TownKEEP sending in your pictures to Donegal Daily, capturing our beautiful county in the summer sunshine.You can send yours to [email protected]  Errigal by John Gallagher, Gaoth Dobhair Beautiful at Bun An Inbhear, Gaoth Dobhair – By Donegal DailyHitting the beach in Dunfanaghy – from Arnold’s Hotel Diving in Rathmullan – By Paul DeeneyCosta Del Rathmullan – By Paul Deeney Late night surfers at Tullan, BundoranBoats in Killybegs by Meave GoyvaertsCows enjoying the beach at Ards today! Pic By Ramond O’Donnell  Max enjoying Sunshine @ innishinny with Errigal in background! Picture from Patrick Bonner Gerald Breslin sent in this lovely picture – but is refusing to say where it is…”It’s our secret” he says…..Anyone out there help?Having fun in the sun…These two are enjoying the weather. Pic By Annmarie MacIntyre     YOUR PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE SUMMER SUNSHINE was last modified: June 9th, 2013 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:YOUR PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE SUMMER SUNSHINElast_img read more

Australasian airlines form new industry lobby group

first_imgJetstar and Virgin are allowing Bali passengers to book to alternative destinations. Photo: Steve Creedy AIRLINES in Australia and New Zealand are following the lead of their counterparts in the US and Europe to form a new trans-Tasman industry lobby group.Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) will be chaired by former Australian Competition and  Consumer Commission boss Graeme Samuel and will be governed by a board made up of representatives from member airlines.It will pursue reform on public policy issues that affect aviation and the economy such as airports, taxation and fees as well as access to efficient infrastructure and broader regulatory reform.The new group will be funded by Australasia’s four biggest airline groups and members are Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia.The move follows the success of similar groups such as Airlines for America (A4A) and will give the industry a voice in politically sensitive areas in which individual airlines are sometimes reluctant to speak.It will also give the airlines a lobby group equivalent to other travel-related industries such as tourism and airports.And its seems airports will be high on the new group’s agenda, with Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon, Qantas boss Alan Joyce, Virgin chief John Borghetti and Rex executive chairman Lim Kim Hai all singling out the facilities in provided comments. “Australia and New Zealand must compete for visitors on the world stage against many other attractive destinations,’’ Luxon said.“To be competitive we must continue to improve cost and quality in all parts of the travel experience but we are constrained by a legacy of under-investment and over recovery at key airports. A4ANZ will add its voice to that ambition”.Joyce noted that airport fees and charges continue to increase while airlines were offering fares at levels significantly cheaper than they were over a decade ago. “A4ANZ’s goal is to achieve regulatory reform that will promote a competitive and sustainable airline industry in the interests of Australian and New Zealand travellers,” he said.Virgin’s John Borghetti said: “Aviation is one of the greatest enablers of tourism, trade and economic growth in our region, so it’s absolutely critical that airports operate efficiently and that investment in infrastructure benefits travellers.”Rex executive chairman Lim Kim Hai said A4ANZ was critical for regional communities as major airports were “all too ready to sacrifice critical regional interests”. “Rex looks forward to working with Professor Samuel and the Board to ensure the sustainability of all stakeholders big or small in the aviation industry,” he said.Australia’s competition watchdog said earlier this week that the nation’s four biggest airports had increased the amount they charge airlines to handle passengers by a collective $A1.57 billion over the past decade.An annual report by the Australian Competition and  Consumer Commission found that profit margins ranged from 46.7 per cent at Sydney Airport to 33.5 per cent in Perth. Brisbane came in at 44.9 percent and Melbourne at 38.2 per cent.The report found airports were recovering substantially more aeronautical revenue per passenger than a decade ago as they moved to offset increased costs per passenger and grow profit margins. “The ACCC estimates that over the past decade, these airports have collected $A1.57 billion more in revenue from airlines than they would otherwise have collected if average prices were held constant in real terms,”  ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. “Despite these much higher revenues per passenger, ratings of service quality are not materially different from those seen a decade ago.”last_img read more

Free calls for emergencies, services

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Seventy free call lines have been installed by the City of Cape Town in disadvantaged areas.(Image: City of Cape Town) The free call lines are located in municipal buildings such as housing offices, cash offices, libraries and community facilities.(Image:790tv)MEDIA CONTACTS• Emma PowellCity of Cape TownExecutive support to mayoral committee+27 21 400 4331Some 70 free call lines have been installed by the city of Cape Town in outlying areas and disadvantaged communities in an effort to bring services closer to residents. The lines can be used by residents to contact the city with queries or requests about services such as accounts, refuse collection, illegal dumping, water leaks, sewer blockages, street lights, pot holes and damaged roads.“The purpose of the free call lines is to improve service delivery by increasing access to the city’s call centre,” explains Demetri Qually, the mayoral committee member for corporate services. “We are extending the network of free call telephones to areas where low volumes of service complaints and requests are currently being registered.”This, he says, is due to a lack of cellphone airtime or available telephone lines in these areas. Located in Cape Town’s customer relations department within its corporate services directorate, the call centre helps residents as well as businesses.The free call lines are located in municipal buildings such as housing offices, cash offices, libraries and community facilities. But after criticism from residents that these offices were not open 24 hours a day, the city changed tack. “The customer relations department then created the free call lines that give access to service delivery without having to dedicate a full-time resource to the Strand Offices,” explains Emma Powell, executive support to mayoral committee.When a call is made using a free call line – simply by lifting the receiver – the caller is automatically connected straight to the call centre, where an agent responds to the customer’s query or complaint. Complaints are logged by means of the city’s service request system. The customer receives a reference number to follow up his or her query. There is no cost to the caller.“The lines connect directly with the city’s call centre number, and residents are encouraged to report faults, register complaints and make enquiries at no cost to them. They will also now receive an acknowledgement SMS with a reference number for follow up,” Qually says.Complaints are tracked by a specialised monitoring team. They are uploaded on to an integrated virtual dashboard which is monitored by the management teams in the respective departments.Lines have been installed in suburbs such as Athlone, Atlantis, Belhar, Lwandle, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu and Phillipi, among others. Qually says that in a city as large as Cape Town, residents are encouraged to help in identifying municipal problems for response and maintaining a high standard of service delivery.The first free call lines were installed in July 2009, the first four of which were in the Strand municipal offices in Lwandle and Khayelitsha. Cape Town receives an average of 50 000 calls annually, mostly coming from disadvantaged areas.Call centre hours for corporate issues are from 7am until 9pm, while water and electricity centres are open 24 hours.Service delivery and educationCape Town has also worked to bring emergency services closer to the people, especially those in disadvantaged areas. Its 107 single emergency telephone number is a toll free number that visitors and residents can call to ask for help when their lives or property are in danger.Emergency calls such as for police, medical, traffic, and mountain and sea rescue go through 107. All calls to this number are answered within 10 to 20 seconds, the city says, and services are available seven days a week throughout the day. Callers can choose to be helped in English, Xhosa or Afrikaans.The 107 communication centre has been running since 2000, staffed by professional call agents to help callers with emergencies. According to The Guardian, a monthly community publication, the city’s mission is to enhance residents’ quality of life by handling all calls for service in a prompt, courteous, professional and correct manner.When a call is made on the 107 number, the emergency communication centre is able to see where the call is coming from and the telephone number that is used. The call is then directed to the relevant police, fire or ambulance service.The city holds annual public awareness and education programmes to teach people about the number, to eliminate abuse of emergency numbers. These programmes are presented at schools, libraries as well as community events. The line’s mascot, Wally 107, travels around the city educating children about the emergency toll free number. In 2010, for example, Wally visited over 120 school pupils in Western Cape.last_img read more

IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests However, with just eight days before the European indoors start in Glasgow, Russia says they won’t have time to get British visas.“They’re all obviously happy to get neutral status and the theoretical chance to compete at the European championships, but for objective reasons our athletes have to turn it down,” head coach Yuri Borzakovsky said in a statement. “They just physically can’t manage to sort out all the organizational issues in such a short time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe federation said this affects six athletes including Sokolova and decathlete Artyom Makarenko who meet the qualifying standards. Another 11 Russians who already had approval will compete led by two-time world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene.The IAAF said it had not been told of any visa issues before deciding the athletes’ cases and that Russian officials told its staff they wanted to send Makarenko to the championships as recently as Tuesday. FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, June 6, 2013, Russia’s Yelena Sokolova competes in the women’s long jump event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting, in Rome’s Olympic stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, FILE)MOSCOW, Russia—Russia’s officially neutral track and field team swelled in size as the IAAF approved 21 more athletes on Thursday to compete internationally — but Russia says it’s too late for next week’s European indoor championships.The IAAF ruled Yelena Sokolova, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in long jump, can return to international competition for the first time since Russia’s team was banned in 2015 over widespread doping. Triple jumper Irina Gumenyuk has her approval extended from last season.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte To get neutral status, Russian athletes have had to show they’re clean by providing information about their drug-testing history to an IAAF panel.The approvals are the first granted since the World Anti-Doping Agency started analyzing data from the Moscow laboratory last month. The IAAF said it has yet to receive any of the data.A total of 64 Russians have neutral status for 2019, of which 45 had the same status last year. A large number of cases have yet to be heard ahead of the world championships in Doha, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6.Seventy-three Russians had the status at some stage last season, according to Russian officials, who said they sent 192 applications for this season.Even with the neutral-status system in place, there have still been doping-related embarrassments for the IAAF and Russia. Of the six Russians who won world championship medals as neutrals in 2017, two have since been stripped of that status.ADVERTISEMENT They are race walk silver medalist Sergei Shirobokov, who traveled to a remote part of Kyrgyzstan to work with a banned coach, and the high jumper Daniil Lysenko, who is charged with failing to make himself available for three drug tests.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

1st Test: David Warner and Steve Smith keep Australia in the hunt against Bangladesh

first_imgDavid Warner and Steve Smith survived Bangladesh’s relentless spin onslaught to keep Australia alive in the opening test against Bangladesh on Tuesday. SCORECARDThe duo forged a stubborn unbroken 81-run stand for the third wicket and hold the key to Australia’s hopes of successfully completing the tricky 265-run chase as Australia ended the third day at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on 109 for two.Warner, whose average in Asia is roughly half what he manages at home, was on 75 at the close, a belligerent knock studded with a six and 11 fours.Smith, Australia’s best bet against spin, had reached 25, with Australia still needing 156 for what would be a memorable victory on a pitch where the ball has spun alarmingly and bounced unpredictably.Earlier, Nathan Lyon kept Australia in the contest, claiming six for 82 to help bowl out Bangladesh for 221 after the hosts had resumed on 45 for one.The off-spinner dismissed Taijul Islam and Imrul Kayes cheaply but Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim added 68 runs for the fourth wicket to stretch their overall lead.Tamim celebrated his 50th test appearance by hitting his second fifty of the match, his fluent 78 including eight boundaries.Usman Khawaja bowled the first over after the lunch break — his first deliveries in international cricket — but it was Lyon who damaged Bangladesh after Pat Cummins had dismissed Tamim with a sharply rising delivery.The off-spinner accounted for the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman, whose straight drive Lyon deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end to run out Mushfiqur for 41.advertisementReuters Photo Australia’s tricky chase got off to a poor start with Matt Renshaw, who had top-scored for the team in the first innings with 45, trapped leg-before to Mehidy Hasan for five and Khawaja fell for one for the second time in the match.Smith appeared to have a charmed life while his deputy Warner soldiered on at the other end.The Australia captain, walked off, convinced he had been stumped off Mehidy before he had started his innings and had to be called back after replays suggested otherwise.Two overs later, Smith was dropped at short leg.Warner also got a reprieve on 14, when he edged Shakib and the ball flew past Soumya Sarkar even before he could put his hands together at slip.Realising the futility of trying to block, Warner decided to back his natural aggressive game and scored bulk of the runs.last_img read more

One million new seats heading to Mexico this year on international direct

first_img MEXICO CITY — Mexico tourism is expected to get a major boost now that the destination has announced one million new seats on international direct flights this year.According to the Mexico Tourism Board, airlines around the world are adding new routes, additional flights on existing routes and upgrading aircraft models with larger capacities in order to meet travel demand to Mexico. As of January 2017, airline partners have announced the addition of over 1,000,000 new seats scheduled this year on international direct flights to Mexico from more than 20 countries.“This expansion includes service to Mexico from many new international cities to multiple Mexico destinations, which is part of our strategy of international market diversification. We are delighted to see our airline industry partners continue to recognize this momentum and further expand their connectivity,” said Lourdes Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board.Since 2013, Mexico’s international tourism has grown at an annual average of 10%, double the global industry average. This performance, which includes growing from 24 million international tourists in 2013 to an anticipated 35 million in 2016, has catapulted Mexico from the 15th to the 9th most visited country in the world, according to the UNWTO.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAs of January 2017, new lift includes:Air Canada Route: Vancouver to CancunAir Transat: Vancouver to Los CabosSunwing Airlines: Winnipeg to MazatlanAeromexico: Seoul Incheon to Mexico City; Amsterdam to Mexico City; Vancouver to Mexico City; Detroit to Monterrey; Detroit to Mexico City; Austin to Mexico City; and Calgary to Mexico CityAlitalia: Rome to Mexico CityAll Nippon Airways (ANA): Tokyo Narita to Mexico CityAmerican Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta; Los Angeles to Cancun; Dallas to Merida; and Miami to MeridaCondor & Neckermann: Warsaw to CancunDelta Airlines: Los Angeles to Los CabosEdelweiss Air: Zurich to CancunFinnair: Helsinki to Puerto VallartaInterjet: Chicago to Mexico City; Las Vegas to Mexico City; Los Angeles to Guadalajara; Los Angeles to Cancun; Los Angeles to Mexico City; and Dallas to Mexico CitySouthwest Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta; Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Los Angeles to Cancun; Oakland to Puerto Vallarta; and Oakland to Los CabosTUI Poland: Warsaw to CancunUnited Airlines: Chicago to Mexico CityVirgin America: Los Angeles to Los Cabos; Los Angeles to Cancun; and Los Angeles to Puerto VallartaViva Colombia: Medellin to CancunVolaris: New York JFK to Mexico City; Houston to Mexico City; Miami to Mexico City; Phoenix to Culiacan; Seattle to Guadalajara; Los Angeles to Durango; San Francisco to Mexico City; Miami to Guadalajara; Milwaukee to Guadalajara; Austin to Guadalajara; and Denver to MonterreyMore news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaIn addition to new routes, more than 25 existing routes have confirmed additional frequency of flights or upgraded aircraft. Air France, for example, recently launched service to Mexico City and Cancun from Paris on its flagship A380, making it the first airline in the world to fly this aircraft to Mexico. << Previous PostNext Post >> One million new seats heading to Mexico this year on international direct flights Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Tags: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Transat, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, Mexico, Transat, United Airlines, Virgin Groupcenter_img Share Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more