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FirstGroup names O’Toole as new boss

first_img Show Comments ▼ TRANSPORT operator FirstGroup has chosen former London Underground (LU) boss Tim O’Toole to replace it chief executive Moir Lockhead when he retires at the end of March 2011, the firm said yesterday. O’Toole, who is currently deputy chief executive, will take the reins on 1 November. FirstGroup, which manages the Great Western rail franchise and the Greyhound coach business in America, hired O’Toole last year with a view to him eventually replacing Lockhead. O’Toole confirmed in a conference call yesterday that the firm’s headquarters will remain in Aberdeen, and said he was upbeat in the face of looming public spending cuts. “There are huge challenges we are facing here but this company has such breadth and such residual strength that if anyone can take advantage of this to grow further, it’s FirstGroup,” he said. O’Toole managed LU for six years until February 2009, garnering widespread praise for his cool handling of the 7 July bombings and the collapse of rail maintenance firm Metronet in 2007.Lockhead has been in charge of FirstGroup since leading an employee and management buyout of Grampian Regional Transport in 1989.He talked with chairman Martin Gilbert about taking over his role, but decided instead to retire outright.“For someone who had been chief executive to become chairman, it would be much too hard for the new chief executive. It’s time for a change,” said Gilbert.Shares in FirstGroup closed down 0.5 per cent at 349.5p yesterday, valuing the firm at £1.7bn. TIM O’TOOLE AND MOIR LOCKHEADFIRSTGROUPTim O’Toole, 55, was born in Pittsburgh and started his career as a lawyer. He went on to work in the American rail business, and is still a non-executive director at freight company CSX Corporation. He made his name as managing director at London Underground, where he worked for six years from 2003. O’Toole, an American citizen, was given an honorary CBE in 2005 for his handling of the network in the wake of the 7 July transport bombings. He also garnered praise for managing Tube maintenance operations after Metronet Rail collapsed in 2007. He was appointed as a non-executive director at FirstGroup in May 2009, and became chief operating officer and deputy chief executive in June 2010. Sir Moir Lockhead, 65, was born in Sedgefield in County Durham, and first worked as a mechanical engineer. He became a general manager at Grampian Transport in 1985 when the bus industry was privatised, and went on to champion an employee-led buy-out in 1989. He steered the new firm, which started with 500 employees £15m in revenue, into one of the largest UK transport operators, with revenue of over £6bn and more than 130,000 employees.Grampian merged with several bus firms to form FirstGroup in 1995. Lockhead was the inaugural chief executive at the expanded company, and has been based in Aberdeen in the same role ever since.He has won a stack of awards for his work at FirstGroup, including an OBE for services to the bus industry in 2006 and a knighthood for services to transport in the 2008 birthday honours. Share whatsapp KCS-content center_img Tags: NULL Wednesday 22 September 2010 7:50 pm FirstGroup names O’Toole as new boss whatsapplast_img read more

Inchcape in profit rise as its sales rally

first_img Inchcape in profit rise as its sales rally Share KCS-content GLOBAL car dealership Inchcape saw its profit jump by 38 per cent last year as emerging markets performed strongly. Profit before tax and one-off items was £214m, also helped by cost savings across the business. However, Inchcape warned that it expected pressure on gross profit margins this year due to the appreciation of the yen and to rising input costs for manufacturers, but predicted a “solid performance” overall.“In 2011, we continue to expect to see an uneven global recovery with market growth in Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Finland, the Baltics, Africa and South America,” said the British-based group, which sells and distributes cars for manufacturers like BMW, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz in 26 markets.“However, we anticipate market declines in Singapore, Greece, Belgium and the UK, which together represent circa 50 per cent of group sales,” it added.Its fleet business lifted trading profits by 66.7 per cent to £6.5m, benefiting from end of contract extension deals.The company’s aftersales business in the UK performed ahead of last year due to Inchcape Advantage – a group-wide improvement programme for customer service. Inchcape, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1958, is headquartered in London and employs around 14,300 people.The company’s shares rose by 1.8 per cent to close at 398.42p after the announcement. Inchcape also said it was recommending that dividend payments be resumed. Analysts at Investec raised their pretax profit forecast for 2011 for Inchcape from £215m to £223m. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Tuesday 8 March 2011 7:11 pm whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GUARAN.ng) 2006 Annual Report

first_imgGuaranty Trust Bank Plc (GUARAN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GUARAN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GUARAN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GUARAN.ng)  2006 annual report.Company ProfileGuaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria with business operations in Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. The company provides banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate banking sectors. GTBank has received numerous accolades in recognition of excellent service, delivery, innovation, corporate social responsibility and good corporate governance include ‘The Best Banking Group by World Finance Magazine’ and ‘The Most Innovative African Bank by The African Banker Magazine’ in 2016/2017. GTBank’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guaranty Trust Bank is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Wales bounce back to beat England at the Millennium Stadium

first_imgTuesday Aug 16, 2011 Wales bounce back to beat England at the Millennium Stadium Wales defeated England 19-9 at the Millennium Stadium this past weekend in what was a good Rugby World Cup warm-up for them, and a match that the visitors would rather forget. The home side now have some big injury concerns though, with the world cup just three weeks away.James Hook scored 13 points in the second half, including a try, as Wales took advantage of their opportunities, while England struggled to convert on all their possession, an area that Martin Johnson was displeased with.“I’ve never seen a game like it, to dominate like that and not have the points,” said Johnson. “Then we made too many errors in the second half. We lost cohesion in the last 20. We had a real stranglehold on the game in terms of possession and let it slip.“I am disappointed but it was the strangest game I have seen,” he added.What’s disappointing for Wales is that following the win, injuries to a few players have raised concerns. Gavin Henson looks to be out of the World Cup entirely, having injured his wrist, while Rhys Priestland has a thigh strain, adding to the broken leg of Morgan Stoddart. Key front rower Gethin Jenkins will not take part in their opening RWC game against South Africa.Young skipper Sam Warburton was naturally over the moon with the win though. “Weve put a lot of effort in over the last two months and the boys are pretty pleased that weve got the reward,” he said. Based on the last two weeks, who do you see going further in the RWC, Wales or England? 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Shock result: Crusaders left ruining costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Highlanders player ratings vs Brumbies | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman The Highlanders have given themselves a decent shout at playing in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final. Who were the top dogs in what was effectively a semi-final showdown with the Brumbies? Hurricanes player ratings vs Reds | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman How did the Hurricanes rate in their final game of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, their 43-14 victory over the Reds? 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From convicted schoolboy in New Zealand to England flanker, this is the Teimana Harrison story

first_imgWednesday Apr 1, 2020 From convicted schoolboy in New Zealand to England flanker, this is the Teimana Harrison story Northampton Saints forward Teimana Harrison has a fascinating story to tell. From humble beginnings in New Zealand, his journey led to being capped by England. But it was far from plain sailing along the way. ADVERTISEMENTPart 1 of this two-part documentary, Leading the Pack, explores the incredible story of Harrison who, after a devastating event in his late teens, traveled halfway around the globe to pursue his dreams in rugby.Now captain of the Northampton Saints and capped by England, he’s ready to tell his story.It’s a harrowing watch but ultimately a positive message and gives us a fascinating look into the life and career of a man who has seemingly always been up against the odds.Directed, Filmed and Edited by Fraser Harrop, the documentary will be released as a two-part film due to the unforeseen Covid-19 situation. Fraser told us that there is still plenty of filming to be done, so the next part is likely to be released later this year.For now, enjoy this glimpse into Teimana’s world.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error documentary Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO ‘They don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,… 38 WEEKS AGO How do you perform when blind in one eye?… 48 WEEKS AGO Sexton’s half-time speech helped turn the… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Open University launches new charity management course

 25 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 May 2000 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Open University launches new charity management course AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Open University Business School (OUBS) has launched a new version of its popular, and highly regarded Professional Certificate in Management. This new course is designed for managers in the voluntary, health and social care sectors as well as government agencies. The course starts on 1 November 2000. read more

Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this At the call of imams and civic associations on April 5, thousands of protesters marched in Bamako, the capital of Mali, to demand the end of violence between ethnic communities in central Mali, the removal of French troops, which have been in Mali since 2013 fighting “Islamic extremists,” and aid from Russia. The cops gave the number of marchers at 30,000, while organizers claimed 50,000. (Agence France Presse, April 5)The same day, a similar demonstration took place at Nioro du Sahel in northwest Mali. Nioro is a small city of 70,000 people near the Mauritanian border.The U.S. AFRICOM command has a cooperation agreement with the Malian armed forces. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, called IBK, was criticized for his “incompetent administration” by rally speakers. When the protesters attempted to march to the home of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga and started throwing rocks, the cops broke up the march with tear gas.Mali is a poor, landlocked country on the southwest border of the Sahara. Historically its cities were crossroads between West and North Africa.last_img read more

Volleyball win Cowtown Classic with win over Villanova

first_imgFacebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Linkedin Twitter Previous articleNew Texas gun laws go into effect day after mass shooting in West TexasNext articleHoroscope: September 2, 2019 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin ReddIt Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Post center_img First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Facebook Twitter + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printHead Coach Jill Kramer talks about the hard fought match against VillanovaBehind a career-high 20 kills from outside hitter Audrey Nalls, TCU volleyball prevailed after a tough 3-1 victory over Villanova to win the 2019 Cowtown Classic.“She handled that really well for us,” head coach Jill Kramer said of Nalls’ workload.  “In big moments, she plays big, and that’s what you want from someone who’s out there all the time.”Along with her game-high tally of kills, Nalls also finished with 13 digs and an ace.  The first-year was awarded the MVP of the tournament following the match after totaling 38 kills, 22 digs, and six blocks.Audrey Nalls (15) was awarded the MVP of the Cowtown Classic after recording 20 kills in a win over Villanova. Photo by Heesoo YangNalls follows in the footsteps of her teammate, élan McCall, who won co-MVP of the Cowtown Classic as a first-year in 2018.After sweeping their first two matches, TCU faced the most adversity that they had all season against Villanova. The first set went back-and-forth, with a tie game at 19-19.  The teams were playing excellently on defensive, as the teams combined for an overall hitting percentage of just over .200.  TCU was able to pull out a 25-23 win, but it was clear that the match would not be a breeze like it had been the last two days.The Horned Frogs were suffocated by the Wildcats’ strong front line, hitting just .176.  As a result, they dropped their first set of the year 25-21 to even the match at 1-1.“I just told them they needed to trust themselves and trustone another,” Kramer said of what she told her team after losing the second set.  “We have a bunch of really great volleyballplayers, and they needed to blow up like they had the rest of the weekend.”Neither this loss nor the large crowd dismayed TCU for very long, as they rode big performances from Nalls, middle blocker Katie Clark and defensive specialist Dani Dennison to win the next two sets and take a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats.Sophomore Katie Clark (10) said that she sees her role on the team this year as “motherly” with eight newcomers. Photo by Heesoo YangClark finished with 13 kills, five of which came inthe fourth set.  She finished the weekendwith 27 kills and a .317 hitting clip and was awarded All-Tournament honors.“I think it’s kind of like taking a motherly role,”Clark said of her role on the team.  “I liketo make sure everybody’s on the same page and [that] we’re all workingtogether.”Dennison had a team-high 15 digs, her 39thdouble-digit dig match of her career. During the fourth set, she had a streak of five-straight serves.  The streak included two-straight service acesand helped to put Villanova away for good.“I do think this team had an attitude that they wantedto take home the trophy from this tournament,” Kramer said.  “They wanted to protect the Rickel for sure.”Setters Irem Uçar and McKenzie Nichols combined for 40 assists in the win.  The Horned Frogs have not lost a home non-conference game since 2017.TCU will return to action next weekend for their second of three scheduled nonconference tournaments this season.  The Frogs will host Colorado State, Florida Atlantic and Florida State as part of the Fight in the Fort tournament September 6-8.“You just take it one match at a time.  It doesn’t matter who you’re against,” Kramersaid.  “We get three weekends in a row athome, so that’s [a] huge home stand for us.” Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/last_img read more

“It Allows State To Police And Mediate Choices Of Consenting Adults As To Their Life partner”: Two More PILs In Allahabad High Court Against Love Jihad Law

first_imgNews Updates”It Allows State To Police And Mediate Choices Of Consenting Adults As To Their Life partner”: Two More PILs In Allahabad High Court Against Love Jihad Law Akshita Saxena17 Dec 2020 7:57 AMShare This – xTwo PILs have been filed in the Allahabad High Court against the controversial ordinance law passed by the UP Government in November this year, to prohibit religious conversions in the name of ‘love jihad’. Earlier, a petition was filed by Advocate Saurabh Kumar, challenging the constitutional validity of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTwo PILs have been filed in the Allahabad High Court against the controversial ordinance law passed by the UP Government in November this year, to prohibit religious conversions in the name of ‘love jihad’. Earlier, a petition was filed by Advocate Saurabh Kumar, challenging the constitutional validity of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. Plea In Allahabad High Court Challenges UP Government’s Ordinance On Religious Conversions “In The Name of Love Jihad” All the three pleas are likely to be listed for hearing tomorrow, before a Division Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal. One of the two writ petitions has been filed by one Ajit Singh Yadav, through Advocates KK Roy and Ramesh Kumar and the other one is filed by a retired government servant, Anand Malviya through Advocate Talha Abdul Rahman. The Petitioners have submitted that there were no emergent grounds for the Governor to exercise her law-making power under Article 213 of the Constitution. It is submitted, “The Ordinance making power is the most important legislative power of the Governor which has been vested in him to deal with unforeseen or urgent situations. But the State has been failed to explain and show urgency. The Ordinance has been promulgated in the pretext of breach of Public Law and Order but no data/survey or studies has been done in this regard by the State which reflect emergence of Urgent situation.” Reliance is placed on RC Cooper v. Union of India, (1970) SCR (3) 530, where it was held that President’s decision to promulgate Ordinance could be challenged on the ground that ‘immediate action’ was not required. The Petitioners pointed out that in one year, around 36,000 inter-faith marriages have been solemnized in India and about 6,000 of such marriages were solemnized in Uttar Pradesh. However, the State fails to mention that how many such cases posed a threat to the law-and-order situation. In this backdrop it is alleged that it has become a general Phenomenon of the UP Government to exercise the power under Article 213. “In the year 2019-20 around 14 Ordinance has been promulgated and re-promulgated by the State. It is the infringement of Principal of Separation of Powers because of the power of executive to issue Ordinance which goes against the Principal of Separation of Powers as Law making is the domain of Legislature,” the plea states. Another important issue raised by the pleas is that the impugned Ordinance was promulgated ‘illegally’ inasmuch as it is in teeth with an authoritative pronouncement of the High Court in Salamat Ansari & Ors. v. State of UP & Ors., whereby a Division Bench overruled the single bench verdicts that had disapproved religious conversions for the sake of marriage. It is submitted that the right course of action for the UP Government would have been to file an appeal against the said judgment but the State proceeded to “abuse” its powers under Article 348(1) of the Constitution, instead. Inter alia, it is contended that Section 3, 5, and 6 of the Ordinance confers unbridled ‘policing power’ to the State over a citizen’s choice of life partner or religion, and it thus militates the fundamental rights to individual autonomy, privacy, human dignity and personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. It is alleged that after promulgation of the impugned Ordinance, the State Police has lodged cases against various couples marrying with their own consent as well as the consent of their family members. “The Police has unnecessarily interfered in between the solemnization of the marriage ceremony and violated their fundamental rights to choice and harassing and defaming them and their family members.” It is further alleged that one hidden purpose of the impugned ordinance is to control the sexuality of women and treat the human body as a subject of subjugation and it is also gender biases which curves the exercise of the free will of the women in the matter of selection his/her life partner. It is submitted, “A plain reading of Section 6 of the Impugned Ordinance assumes that only a man will convert a woman and regards women as objects and does not recognise the individual agency of women that stands on an equal footing.” On the provisions requiring notice to the Magistrate and other follow ups before intended conversion, the plea states, “provisions have the potential to give State Sanction and administrative support to the societal hostilities to the persons intending to have inter-faith marriages for numerous petitions filed in the High Court seeking police protection for inter-faith couples the level of community threat and social ostracism which they have to face. The provisions of the ordinance energize the community groups and reinforce the social asymmetries to further dis-empower an individual.” Other grounds: Impugned Ordinance is discriminatory as it creates a “hostile discrimination” between two sects of religious groups and thus violates Article 14 of the Constitution.The stringent punishment prescribed for contravention of the imagined Ordinance is against the Jurisprudence of penology. The reverse burden of proof on the accused under the Ordinance is against the Doctrine of Criminal Judicial System as well as Indian Evidence Act, 1872.Right to freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution gives all persons the complete entitlement of freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess practice and propagate any religion but this right is violated by the Ordinance.Impugned ordinance has the characteristics of diluting the provisions of the law enacted by the parliament such as the CrPc, IPC, Special Marriage Act 1954, the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the Shariat Application Act 1937, the Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872, etc.Recognition of validity of marriages cannot have any connection with the religious conversion of the person, and since the Ordinance does so, it violates the principle of anti-subordination and dignity of individual and her choice.Impugned Ordinance takes away judicial discretion from the Family Court concerned to adjudicate on the issue of consent and marriage, and mandates that any such marriage would be void.Ordinance violates India’s obligation under international law which have now all been read into the fundamental rights under the Part III of the Constitution of India. Such instruments include UDHR, ICCPR, CEDAW etc.State cannot discriminate in recognizing any sort of marriages or partnerships, and declaration of marriages as void is outside the legislative competence of State Government, and in any event, the law loathes to declare marriages as void. It may be noted that this Ordinance, along with Uttarakhand’s Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 have already been challenged before the Supreme Court by Advocates Vishal Thakre, Abhay Singh Yadav and Pranvesh. The PIL prays that these laws made in the name of “love jihad” be declared null and void because “they disturb the basic structure of the Constitution”.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Primary schools may return one day a week if 2 metre rule remains

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook By News Highland – June 12, 2020 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Primary school students may only return to school one day a week if the 2 metre social distancing rules are kept in place.It would also mean students in secondary could only attend school twice a week.If it was reduced to one metre primary school students could go to class 50 percent of the time while some secondary schools could return almost at a full-time basis.Education Minister, Joe McHugh, says the figures show the need for all children to return to the classroom full-time, which may come at the expense of social distancing:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/mchugh3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDonegal Ultra 555 still a go this yearNext articleTyrone GAA stick with existing championship draws News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Primary schools may return one day a week if 2 metre rule remains Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterestlast_img read more