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April 2021

McGill’s owners target shipyard for rescue

first_imgSandy and James Easdale, the owners of McGill’s Buses, have expressed an interest in saving the nearby Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde. It went into administration last week, due to a lack of orders and cashflow problems, making 70 people redundant.Says Sandy Easdale: “We have contacted the administrators, KPMG, through our accountants.“This is a highly-skilled workforce and it is a vital business for our area.With Government assistance, both in Edinburgh and London, I am sure we can secure orders.”last_img read more

The best of Britain…

first_imgHudson’s Media, one of the leading providers of tourism and heritage information, has confirmed that it will be sponsoring two feature areas at Best of Britain & Ireland 2015, dedicated to Heritage Tourism and independent hotels.The Best of Britain & Ireland trade show has established itself as the ultimate business event in the UK for the domestic tourism and venues industry.There is no other event that plays host to so many destinations, venues and attractions dedicated exclusively to the UK and Irish markets, say the organisers.Registration for free entry to the show – taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 11-12 March – is now open.Following the success of the ‘Historical Gems’ feature area last year supported by the publishing company, it will be sponsoring a dedicated heritage area for 2015. To be called ‘Britain’s Heritage’, the area highlights the importance of heritage tourism in the British economy, accounting for over 26bn.‘Britain’s Heritage’ gives historical houses, gardens and attractions the opportunity to exhibit at the leading event for the UK and Ireland’s domestic tourism and venues industry.Additionally, Hudson’s Media will be sponsoring a new feature area to the show – Hotel Lobby – dedicated to the UK and Ireland’s growing and resilient independent hotel sector.Commenting on their continued involvement, Sarah Greenwood, Publisher at Hudson’s Media, said: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor a dedicated heritage and hotels area at Best of Britain & Ireland 2015.“ This will allow many of the independent heritage attractions and our Signpost hoteliers to meet tour operators face-to-face at this important tourism event for the first time.“The variety of independent attractions and hotels are what make Britain outstanding as a destination and so many regions beyond London and Edinburgh are just waiting to be discovered.”Best of Britain & Ireland’s Event Director Simon Greenbury said: “One of the key objectives of Best of Britain & Ireland is to be at the forefront of industry trends and to represent tourism areas that are seeing continued growth.“These two feature areas do exactly that. We are confident that they will prove a popular draw for visitors looking for new experiences to offer their clients.”Register atwww.bobievent.comlast_img read more

Pierce Kavanagh adds its first MB Tourismo M

first_imgUrlingford, Co Kilkenny operator Pierce Kavanagh has taken delivery of its first Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M, supplied by EvoBus (UK) (02476 626000). It seats 53 in leather Luxline upholstery, while two 19in monitors are linked to a Bosch entertainment system.last_img

CPT responds to report on high streets in 2030

first_imgCPT: Free parking affects the number of high street visitors using busesThe Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has responded to the House of Commons Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government’s report High streets and town centres in 2030, and particularly its suggestion that local authorities should experiment with parking charges to drive footfall.The Committee says that “some free parking” would have a positive effect on high street visitor numbers and allow them to compete with out-of-town shopping centres.However, it adds its agreement with one contributor to the report. He says that parking is very place-specific, depending on the public transport that is available. The Committee also agrees that local authorities should test the impact of different levels of parking charges on footfall.Says CPT: “The bus industry fully supports measures designed to encourage more visitors to our high streets, but it believes that offering free short-term car parking is counter to many of the arguments being advanced elsewhere in government.“Road congestion has a serious impact on the reliability and punctuality of bus services, and it has a consequential adverse effect on local air quality. By working in partnership with local authorities to encourage the implementation of bus priority measures, reliability and punctuality improve, thereby making local bus services a viable alternative to the private car.”last_img read more

Indiana man enters not guilty pleas in Alaska murder plot

first_img WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Indiana man enters not guilty pleas in Alaska murder plot By Associated Press – August 9, 2019 0 186 Pinterest Google+ Facebook (95.3 MNC) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman has pleaded not guilty to five murder counts.The Anchorage Daily News reports Darin Schilmiller entered his pleas Friday. He’s charged in the death of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman, who authorities say was bound and shot in the back of the head. Her body was left in the Eklutna River.Prosecutors say Schilmiller plotted the killing, posing online as a millionaire named Tyler and offering 19-year-old Denali Brehmer $9 million to “rape and murder someone in Alaska.”Authorities allege Brehmer got four teenagers to help carry out the plot.Schilmiller on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges.Federal prosecutors allege he directed Brehmer to sexually assault a 15-year-old and send him images. Previous articleGoshen bicyclist, 49, critically injured after being struck by vehicleNext articleOfficer on leave after apparent Klan document seen at home Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter IndianaNews Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

3rd Democrat joining Indiana governor’s race with GOP backer

first_imgIndianaNews Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp 3rd Democrat joining Indiana governor’s race with GOP backer Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCrews battle house fire near Concord MallNext articleMichigan City man wanted for Sunday shooting Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Democrats) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Democratic state senator is formally entering the Indiana governor’s race with the state’s Republican schools chief expected by his side.First-term Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that he’s joining the 2020 race because most people feel that the Republican-led state government isn’t focused on issues like increased education funding and health care access that matter the most.Melton has a Tuesday evening announcement event set in Gary. He’ll be the third Democrat seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.Melton’s campaign says Republican state schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick will join in the announcement. McCormick drew the ire of top Republicans when she joined Melton at several public meetings over the summer as he considered entering the governor’s race. By Associated Press – October 9, 2019 2 260 last_img read more

Warsaw Police investigating third bank robbery in six weeks

first_img Facebook Previous articleSuspect sought in robbery at Lake City Bank in PiercetonNext articlePolice: Convicted sex offender arrested after being found with child pornography Nick Deranek By Nick Deranek – December 24, 2019 0 270 Pinterest Warsaw Police investigating third bank robbery in six weeks Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw) Warsaw Police are investigating their third bank robbery in six weeks.The latest robbery was reported around 11:35 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, at First Federal Savings Bank on East Center Street.A male carrying a black backpack and wearing a heavy dark coat with a hood pulled over his head, black pants and camouflage material covering his face displayed a note demanding money, according to Warsaw Police.The suspect took off from the bank with an undetermined amount of money and got into a vehicle in an east-west alley between Center Street and Market Street.A witness followed the suspect and said he got into the passenger side of a smaller four-door black foreign model sedan.The suspect is believed to be with a white male, thin build and about 5’6” in height.Police believe the man is the same suspect responsible for the same bank robberies on Nov. 12 at the same bank and the robbery on Dec. 3  at Indiana Lakes Federal Credit Union in Warsaw.Anybody with information is asked to contact the Warsaw Police Department. Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Visit Indiana releases first 20 in 20 lists

first_img Twitter TAGS20 in 20Blue Gate RestaurantDas Dutchman EssenhausdestinationdiningGoshenhoosierslistsmiddleburyshipshewanasmall townsSouth Side Soda ShopVillage at WinonaVisit IndianaVisitIndiana.com IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Facebook (Photo Supplied/VisitIndiana.com) If you’ve been thinking about taking a quick weekend road trip, we have the perfect list to help you decide on your destination.VisitIndiana.com has kicked off its 20 in 20 lists, which highlight the best areas to explore, sight-see and dine throughout the Hoosier state.The site will release 20 lists over the course of the year, and so far, it has released lists for Top Small Towns and Destination Dining.Goshen and the Village at Winona in Kosciusko County both made the top 20 towns in the Small Towns list.Top dining locations include the South Side Soda Shop in Goshen, the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana and Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury.You can check out the full lists at VisitIndiana.com.The next list will be released on January 15.If you visit any of the locations mentioned on the lists, make sure to hashtag #The20IN20 for a chance to win one of many giveaways. By Brooklyne Beatty – January 3, 2020 0 533 Twitter WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Visit Indiana releases first 20 in 20 lists Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest Previous articleEmergency response after minivan landed in retention pond under reviewNext articleShooting victim arrested after threatening to bite officer’s genitals Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

EU interest aroused by loan sharks

first_imgFrance and Belgium have laws capping the rates of interest which can be charged for short-term loans based on recent market rates, while Germany has a much more ad hoc system where exorbitant rates of interest can be challenged in the courts.The UK and Ireland have no guidance rules, but authorised money lenders are supervised and their licences can be withdrawn if they are judged to be making excessive demands.Italy has recently tabled laws which largely reproduce the French and Belgian capping systems following a public outcry last year over excessive interest rates which trapped some borrowers in a spiral of despair.One worry is that any move by the Commission would fail to tackle the twilight world of loan sharks who make exorbitant profits and do not hesitate to use violence to collect their dues. Officials say they are still looking at whether European regulations on usury should be introduced, even though a report by a Belgian university has warned this would be difficult given the patchwork of national laws in the Union.European consumers’ association BEUC supports the idea of redrafting the EU’s 1987 Consumer Credit Directive to cover usury, stressing that rules should be kept simple, with national governments able to build on them. The Commission is expected to consult consumer groups at the end of the month.The study by the Université Catholique de Louvain, commissioned by the Directorate-General for consumer affairs (DGXXIV), found a wide range of national rules aimed at protecting the poor who do not, or cannot, draw cash from banks.last_img read more

Deluxe window dressing

first_imgThere’s always been something regal about Pat Cox’s style of oratory but it’s only now that the European Parliament chief has been elevated to the status of royalty.Confused? Well, take a peek at the freshly scrubbed façade of the old Gare du Luxembourg (Leopold) entrance, a stone’s throw from Parliament’s Brussels HQ. Images of people looking out of the windows have been painted on the building’s second-storey. Cox’s visage peers from the corner of one window and that of Albert, king of the Belgians, can be seen in another.What price King Patrick the First?last_img read more