Archive for: June, 2020

Murphy encourages applicants for Boardroom Apprentice 2020

Finance Minister Conor Murphy is encouraging people to take part in this year’s Boardroom Apprentice. The unique programme, which is supported by the Department of Finance, is looking for boardroom apprentices to take a seat at one of over 50 host boards.     The 12-month board learning and development programme, which is now in […]

Rates discount deadline approaching

Domestic ratepayers are reminded that the deadline for the 4% discount if they pay their rate bill in full is Friday 3 July 2020. Bills can be paid online by debit or credit card to secure the discount at www.nidirect.gov.uk/rates.     Ratepayers can also set up a single Direct Debit for full payment to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: NI brain injury charity launches new virtual café

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A brain injury charity in Northern Ireland has set up a new virtual café to bring together those affected by brain injury during the COVID-19 pandemic. Headway’s ABI Network is providing a virtual safe space for brain injury survivors and their carers in the Southern Trust area to come together to chat, ease feelings of […]

Ha-waiian earth would you put pineapple on your pizza?

As National Pineapple day approaches on Saturday, 27 June, Ireland’s biggest home-grown pizza chain Four Star Pizza has carried out its very own ‘border poll’ to see how attitudes to pineapple, and other pizza preferences, differ between north and south. Let’s face it, we all love pizza but the prickly question of whether pineapple belongs […]

‘Restoration of Daisy Hill Emergency Department is essential’ – Newry MLA Liz Kimmins

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Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed the recent statement from the Daisy Hill Pathfinder Forum who said they are working towards the collective goal of having the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital reopened by September 2020. Speaking to Newry Times, Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins said, “This statement from the Pathfinder […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Latest update on ‘R’ number released

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The Department of Health has published the current Covid-19 reproduction number (R). The current estimate of R is 0.6 – 0.9 which has remained steady since last week and is helping the Executive in its decision making this week.     As of 21 June, the seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. In […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Zoos to reopen on 3 July

Northern Ireland’s 25 zoo licence holders can reopen their businesses to the public from 3 July 2020, after closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced. The Minister said that all current zoo licence holders in Northern Ireland can reopen in line with Executive’s decision to relax restrictions in respect to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister announces ‘indicative timeframe’ for a return to sport

The Executive has approved an indicative timeframe for a return to outdoor training, including contact elements from 29 June, in advance of competitive sport resuming on 17 July. Embed from Getty Images Other dates scheduled include when playgrounds, outdoor courts and gyms from 10 July, while indoor leisure facilities and rinks can open from the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: First stage of recovery as caravan parks re-open their doors

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the first stage of recovery of the hospitality industry as caravan parks re-opened their doors. The Executive had announced that caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation could re-open from today, 26 June, with hotels and other tourist accommodation able to re-open from 3 July along with restaurants, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Executive brings forward timetable of indicative recovery dates

Indicative dates for further relaxations to the Coronavirus regulations have been announced by the Executive. The comprehensive timetable of indicative dates is intended to give notice that will help to facilitate preparations for safe restart and reopening.     Each proposed easement will remain under review until it can be ratified by the Executive ahead […]

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