Archive for: December, 2018

Police issue warning after ‘significant amounts of money’ lost in scam incidents

A senior police officer is urging the public to be vigilant after two recent reports of people who were scammed out of significant amounts of money.  Speaking to Newry Times, Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said, “Unfortunately, these are just two examples of online scams where two people have been taken advantage of and lost a […]

DkIT Signs MOU with Newry company STATSports

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has announced a new strategic alliance with leading sports technology firm, Newry company STATSports. The announcement will see a strengthening of ties between both organisations with increased collaboration across research and course provision in the areas of Sports Performance and Sports Data Analytics.     The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) […]

Launch of consultation on measures to tackle stalking in Northern Ireland

The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation seeking views on measures to address stalking in Northern Ireland. The ‘Stalking – A Serious Concern’ consultation focuses on the impact of stalking on victims and the wider community and asks whether the introduction of a specific offence of stalking in Northern Ireland could offer victims […]

Home to School Transport Review launched

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The Department of Education has announced a review of the current home to school transport policy. The aim of the review is to ensure that home to school transport is fit for purpose and is sustainable over the long term.     In the region of 84,000 pupils are currently eligible for transport assistance which […]

Local community asked to help boost broadband

The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services. People are asked to check the lists published online at www.nidirect.gov.uk/broadband-improvement or visit their local council offices […]

Prevent home heating oil theft this winter

With colder weather upon us, and many households stocking up with home heating oil, The Consumer Council has shared tips to avoid potential oil theft. Richard Williams, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said, “Home heating oil tanks can be a target for thieves, especially if they are unsecure.     “If you […]

Volunteers lift millionth piece of marine litter in Rostrevor

Rostrevor was the scene of an historic moment recently as volunteers for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful carried out a clean-up on the town’s beach and lifted the millionth piece of litter that the environmental charity has counted across the ten beaches that they survey nationwide. The organisation has been carrying out these surveys since 2012, […]

Southern Trust Care Home Transformation Proposals

The Southern Trust and the Public Health Agency are working with local Care Homes to help improve the experience of people living in care homes. Local care home managers have participated in a workshop hosted by the Trust in order to share best practice in enhancing the quality and safety of care for residents.   […]

New system for buyers to register cattle by phone

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced an enhancement to the cattle registration telephony system that will allow cattle purchased at a livestock market to be confirmed into the buyer’s herd by phone. Prior to this change, farmers confirmed these animals into their herds by a paper MC2B document or online […]

Christmas bonus for millions of workers

Millions of employees in the service industry could collect an early Christmas present from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Workers including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and those in retail and food may be able to claim rebates.   Staff in these types of roles sometimes have to dip into their own pockets to pay for […]

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