Archive for: April, 2020

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Royal Mail stops Saturday letter deliveries

Royal Mail announced this week that from 2 May 2020 it will reduce its service delivery by removing letter deliveries on Saturdays.  Tracked parcels and Special Delivery items and most parcels will still be delivered on Saturdays. Embed from Getty Images   Shane O’Riordain, Managing Director of marketing, regulation and corporate affairs at Royal Mail, […]

Arrangements for Occupational Studies and CCEA Entry Level qualifications announced

Education Minister Peter Weir has made a further announcement on the alternative awarding arrangements that will be used for Occupational Studies and CCEA Entry Level qualifications. Embed from Getty Images   This follows an earlier statement on 16 April in relation to the arrangements for grading GCSEs and A levels in Northern Ireland for summer […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister gives breakdown of testing expansion initiatives

Health Minister Robin Swann has issued a detailed breakdown of the expansion of Covid-19 testing in Northern Ireland.   The expansion includes surveillance testing in general practices and hospitals, as well the increased testing in care homes confirmed yesterday. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “Testing has always been a critical part of our […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Bill to protect private renters passed by Assembly

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has thanked Assembly members for swiftly passing legislation to strengthen protection to private renters during the COVID-19 crisis. Embed from Getty Images   The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill was introduced into the Assembly 21 April 2020 and had its final stage yesterday, Tuesday 28 April.     It will […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Tourism Recovery Steering Group set up for NI’s tourism sector

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced the establishment of a Tourism Recovery Steering Group to lead the planning and preparations for the recovery of tourism in Northern Ireland.   Embed from Getty Images   Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism and hospitality industry employed 65,000 people and generated £1 billion in revenue in 2019. […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: “Review how you are spending” advises The Consumer Council

The Council Consumer is advising consumers in Northern Ireland to review how they are spending, as household outgoings are changing with many of us spending more time at home. Embed from Getty Images   The Council Consumer has a free online interactive budgeting tool that can help you do this and identify areas where you […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Remote interpreting service established for sign language users

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced the establishment of a free remote interpreting service for British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign Language (ISL) users to help them access NHS111 and health and social care services during the Covid-19 pandemic.   Embed from Getty Images   This temporary service, which is funded by the Department of […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Protection of family-related statutory payments for furloughed workers announced

Furloughed workers who are entitled to statutory family-related payments will not lose out. Embed from Getty Images   Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey announced changes to regulations which mean that people who are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay will not […]

New Channel 4 TV series wants people from Newry to apply

Channel 4 has announced the commission of a four-part DIY and home craft series from Dick and Angel Strawbridge as part of its commitment to help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face. Under the Lockdown Academy banner Dick and Angel’s Make, Do & Mend, will see the Strawbridges offering tips and […]

Letters to the Editor: Contact tracing and its role in helping limit second wave of coronavirus

Dear Editor, Imagine a fire has just swept through Northern Ireland. With concentrated effort from everyone in society, it has been largely put out, but we aren’t out of danger yet – small secondary fires continue to burn and if these fires aren’t attended to, they can spread just as quickly, causing even more devastation. […]

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