Local solicitor asked for passport for Donegal to Dublin flight

first_imgA local solicitor who regularly travels between Donegal and Dublin through Carrickfinn Airport was repeatedly asked for his passport despite being on a domestic flight. Brendan Twomey, from Dunfanaghy, frequently uses the service for business purposes and is regularly brought through immigration customs rather than a domestic channel.According to the Foreign Affairs and Trade website, ‘It is not necessary to have a passport for individual travel within a country but some form of official photographic identification is normally required by airlines before they will permit you to board’. When Mr Twomey challenged immigration on the issue at Dublin Airport on Friday last, immigration officials said they were obliged to protect Irish borders – but Mr Twomey had identification stating he lived in Donegal.Speaking about the ordeal, he told Donegal Daily: “I was actually going to Dublin for the day for business. I checked in at Donegal Airport and I got my boarding card before my departure.Solicitor Brendan Twomey“When you arrive at Dublin Airport you are brought into the immigration hall with the international passengers and there is no separate channel for domestic passengers to go through.“I went up to the desk and I produced my boarding card that said I had come from Donegal. The immigration officer then requested that they see my passport. “Now I told them I didn’t need a passport because I was travelling within the state, but they persisted and I told them I didn’t have my passport as I never travel with my one on domestic flights.“She responded by saying, ‘I am protecting the borders of the state,’ but I wasn’t crossing any borders, I was travelling with my own state and I told her, ‘You do know Donegal is part of the Irish state.’”Twomey was eventually granted access when he showed his driving license but it raises concerns as too why hundreds of domestic passengers every year are being stopped at an immigration centre if they are from the state.Ireland’s busiest airport recently announced plans to spend €900 million by 2023 on an expansion that will allow it to handle up to 40 million passengers a year.Chief executive of Dublin Airport Authority, Dalton Phillips, recently admitted in an interview with the Irish Times, that infrastructure was needed ‘rapidly’ at the airport to stop it from being ‘constrained’. Dublin Aiport was contacted for comment but directed Donegal Daily to the Irish Naturalisation Immigration Services – but the contact provided (www.gov.inis.ie) didn’t work.Local solicitor asked for passport for Donegal to Dublin flight was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Brendan TwomeyCarrickfinnDonegal AirportDublin AirportImmigrationpassportlast_img read more

South Africa ‘unlikely to fall into recession’

first_img5 June 2014 The South African economy is unlikely to fall into recession, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday, predicting that second-quarter GDP growth would show some improvement, while cautioning that the risks to growth forecasts for the year were “to the downside”. Last week, Statistics SA reported that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year – its first contraction since the second quarter of 2009, when the world’s economy dipped as a result of a global recession. A second consecutive quarter of negative economic growth would, technically speaking, indicate that the country had entered a recession. Releasing its latest Monetary Policy Review on Tuesday, the central bank noted that a number of adverse supply shocks, particularly from strike action as well as from electricity shortages, had led to negative first-quarter growth. “Although the second quarter is expected to show some improvement, the risks to the 2014 forecast are to the downside,” the Bank said. At its monetary policy committee meeting in May, the Bank revised its growth forecasts for 2014 down from 2.6% to 2.1%. According to the Review, inflation is projected to come in above the bank’s 3% to 6% target range for an extended period of time. In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at 6.1%. “Overall, inflation in South Africa is projected to be above target for an extended period of time, with risks tilted towards higher inflation. Over the longer term, this necessitates higher interest rates, and therefore a tightening cycle.” The bank hiked interest rates at its first meeting of the year in January. “However, with domestic economic growth weak, and world inflation and interest rates remaining low, monetary policy tightening is likely to be moderate. This will provide continued support to the economic recovery,” the Review states. The review found that household expenditure has limited prospects for improvements in 2014 due to rising inflation, weak employment growth and muted wealth effects. “Household expenditure will also be constrained by continued moderate credit growth, knock-on effects from the mining strike, and rate hikes, which raise debt service costs and disincentivise further borrowing.” The Bank expressed concern at the country’s antagonistic labour relations and persistent strikes. “In particular, changes in the structure of mining unionisation over the past few years have caused multiple, often violent disruptions to production, the most recent example being the record-length and on-going platinum-sector strike. “These events have been costly in several ways, depriving households of wage income and retailers of customers, damaging exports, and ultimately compromising investment and employment,” the Review states. The Monetary Policy Review, which reviews domestic and international developments that affect inflation and the Bank’s monetary policy stance, is published twice a year. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Intel, Micron Unveil New 25nm NAND Flash Chip

first_imgThe new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact dic [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 — small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.Intel and Micron Technology reset the NAND flash capacity bar a  little higher and the chip size threshold a little lower Feb. 1 with the  introduction of the world’s first 25-nanometer solid-state processor.The new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact disc [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 — small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.”This is not only the smallest NAND lithography in the world, it is  the smallest silicon manufacturing technology in the world,” Intel  Marketing Director Troy Winslow told eWEEK on a conference call. Resource Library:”This is now the largest capacity multi-level cell device on the  market, at 8GB. We were the first on 34nm, now we’re the first on 25nm.”The smaller size allows multiple 8GB chips to be packaged more  economically to increase storage capacity. The new 25nm 8GB device  reduces chip count by 50 percent compared to previous process  generations, allowing for smaller, yet higher-density, designs and  greater cost efficiencies, Winslow said.For example, a 256GB solid-state drive now can be enabled with only  32 of these devices, versus 64 previously, Winslow said. A 32GB  smartphone needs only four, and a 16GB flash card requires only two, he  said.NAND flash memory, used in consumer devices such as smartphones,  digital cameras, and personal music and media players, stores data and  retains the information even when the power is turned off. NAND flash  also is gaining market share for use as components in high-performance  solid-state drives for servers and storage arrays.IM Flash Technologies, Intel and Micron’s NAND flash joint venture,  continues to cram more capacity onto tinier pieces of silicon about  every six to eight months. IMFT debuted its 34nm, 3Bit/cell NAND flash  chip last August.The 25nm/8GB device is sampling now and is expected to enter mass  production in Q2 2010, Winslow said.last_img read more

Try these places

first_imgHeading out of the city? Then try these places. PuneChef Cheeru and Praful ChandavarkarMalaka SpiceWalk in to Malaka Spice, Pune’s first standalone Pan-Asian restaurant, which dishes out cuisine from the far east countries. The stylish yet cosy restaurant doubles up as an art gallery for upcoming artists. It also has,Heading out of the city? Then try these places.PuneChef Cheeru and Praful ChandavarkarMalaka SpiceWalk in to Malaka Spice, Pune’s first standalone Pan-Asian restaurant, which dishes out cuisine from the far east countries. The stylish yet cosy restaurant doubles up as an art gallery for upcoming artists. It also has a store that sells T-shirts, lamps and bric-a-brac. Meal for two: Rs 2,000 inclusive of taxes.Where: Lane 5, Koregaon Park.Tel: 09823064050.Owner Damayanti Raje Bhosale at AraliyaAraliyaThe store has more than 50 designers on board offering styles for various occasions and prices. Located at Koregaon Park, Araliya also hosts art exhibitions, music launches, wine soirees and soon plans to start poetry reading sessions. Cost: Leggings for Rs 4,500, top with mythological motifs for Rs 5,500 and mesh earrings for Rs 1,400.Where: Lane No 5, Koregaon Park.Tel: 020-65007535.BangaloreAuthor AnitaNair, musician Stanley Pinto with chef Abhijit Saha at CaperberryCaperberryPick any spot and get comfortable at Caperberry. The cosy restaurant serves modern European cuisine. During lunch besides a la carte options Caperberry serves three course executive meals comprising salads, soups and desserts. Meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.Where: 48/1, Ground Floor, The Estate, 121, Dickenson Road, Bangalore -560042.Tel: 080-25594567; www.caperberry.in Radhika Poddar at CinnamonCinnamonGo to Cinnamon to witness a slice of India. The store owned by Radhika Poddar houses handwoven saris, home decor products and contemporary jewellery. Don’t miss reversible silk saris from Varanasi, scented candles from Kerala and bidri work (a specialised metal handcraft craft) from Andhra Pradesh. Cost: Rs 100 for candles in coconut shells to Rs 25,000 for a sari.Where: 11 Walton Road, Off Lavelle Road.Tel: 080 22212426. MumbaiadvertisementFashion designer Pria Kataria Puri undergoing amarine plant stem facialMyrahIf you are looking for Asian spa treatments, Myrah is a destination. Located at Juhu, the luxury day spa offers Balinese, Thai and Chinese treatments, among others. Don’t miss their signature therapy, royal hibiscus, and caviar body envelopment, a full body wrap that tones the skin. Cost: Treatments range between Rs 1,000 to Rs 9,000 plus taxes.Where: 11 Palm Spring Society Behind Shoppers Stop, Juhu. Tel: 022 26253963; www.myrahspa.com Mora TaaraWhen you enter Mora Taara you are greeted by a pleasant clutter of home decor items like a sleeping elephant and a baby Buddha made out of sandstone. This home accessories and gifts store sources products from China, Thailand and even Mexico: like a cat statue made of resin. Cost: Rs 100 for an ivory candle and Rs 1,00,000 for a drift wood table.Where: G-6 Maini mansion, Peddar Road.Tel: 022-65754822; morataara@gmail.com PunjabAmrinder Singh Chopra, CEO of The Kikar LodgeThe Kikar LodgeNestled in the foothills of the Shivaliks, Kikar Lodge is spread over 1,800 acres of forest. This private forest reserve is around 70 kms from Chandigarh via Mohali and Ropar. Besides watching wild animals and birds in their natural habitat, guests interested in adventure sports can try rappelling, quad biking and zip lining. Where: Village Kangar, Nurpur Bedi District Ropar Tel: 09478964971; www.thekikarlodge.comHyderabadNagarjuna at NN Give a break to desi ghee and head to star Akkikneni Nagarjuna’s restaurant N for a meal cooked in minimal butter or oil. This Hyderabad restaurant offers a mix of Italian, Mediterranean and Thai. Fresh salads are a good option for vegetarians. Others can relish N signatures like rock shrimp tempura and beef steak tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce.Meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes. Where: Road No 36, Jubille Hills.Tel: 040-20012009. KolkataByLoom Handmade explains ByLoom best. The colourful handwoven saris from the inhouse label Bailou, designed by Bappaditya Biswas, 39, and his wife Rumi, 38, have already made a name for themselves in the city. Bailou loyalists include Amitav Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Kirron Kher and Amit Chaudhuri. Cost: Handmade soaps for Rs 45 to Bailou’s saris for Rs 40,000 plus taxes.Where: 58 B Hindustan Park. Tel: 033 24198727.last_img read more

Benzema and Ronaldo fire Los Blancos four points clear of Barcelona

first_imgReal Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga by four points with a 2-0 win over Elche, in what was a scrappy, physical affair at the Estadio Martinez Velero stadium in Elche.Real Madrid dominated the first half and created chances but were held scoreless due to some poor finishing by the forwards like Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale. The second half though, was entirely different as Benzema and Ronaldo scored to place Madrid in a very strong position. Benzema tapped in a weak Ronaldo-cross which was deflected by Pezemyslaw Tyton, the Elche goal keeper in Benzema’s path. The second goal was a majestic header by the reigning Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo who powered the into-the-top corner from a Isco cross.This win also marked a milestone for the Real Madrid coach as this was his 100th match at the helm of Real. The win also marked a historical achievement for Iker Casillas as he recorded a clean-sheet in his 500th league match. Carlo Ancelotti did not make any changes to the line up which featured against Schalke with Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo upfront in attack, Isco, Toni Kroos and Lucas Silva in midfield and the back line formed of Pepe, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal in front of Iker Casillas.This was a productive week for Real as their rivals Barcelona slumped to a 0-1 defeat on their home turf in Camp Nou. Next up for Real Madrid is a home match against Villarreal the yellow submarine on March 2, 2015 at 1:30 am IST. After that they pay a visit to Athletic Bilbao on March 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm IST.advertisementLa Liga 2014-15 Standings Top 3 Teams : TeamsGames playedWonDrawnLostGoals forGoals againstGoal differencePointsReal Madrid24200474225260Barcelona FC24182467145356Atletico Madrid24172550222853last_img read more

Concordia Stena Weco Charter Two MR Tankers

first_imgIllustration; Image Courtesy: Stena WecoSwedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime and Danish tanker owner and operator Stena Weco have signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. Under a joint chartering arrangement, in which the parties each hold a 50 percent share, the vessels will be hired for one year with the charters running from June and July 2017.The 2013-built ECO-design tankers will be operated by Stena Weco.“The arrangement is fully in line with our fleet and chartering strategy. We are exploiting our ability to act quickly when the right opportunity arises – this time by taking positions counter-cyclically and further strengthening our position in the MR segment,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.“With access to Stena Weco’s systems and networks, we are convinced that this will be a productive business arrangement,” Ullman added.last_img read more