Carfin Fri, 11 Jun 2021 22:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Carfin 32 32 Hughes family to invest up to € 75million in Westport redevelopment plan Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:42:06 +0000

The Hughes family behind the Portwest clothing group plan to invest up to € 75 million in Westport House and Estate and the adjacent Westport hotel.

The latter is located on a site that was once part of the 175-hectare (433-acre) estate and will now be incorporated there as a single project.

It is hoped that overall development will make the area one of the largest tourist attractions in the west, with up to 300,000 visitors per year targeted over the next four years.

Westport House was acquired by the Hughes family in 2017 after it was put up for sale by Nama for 10 million euros. This week, it obtained 20.2 million euros in state funding for a 36.1 million euros public-private partnership (PPP) project for the construction of several new attractions on the estate.

The PPP project will include a large Wild Realms horticultural project on the estate in association with landscape designer Mary Reynolds, as well as a standalone Wild Heart exhibit focused on historical figure Grace O’Malley.

The PPP also includes a redesign of Westport House, which was owned by the Browne family. The remaining 15.9 million euros will be invested by the Hughes family themselves.

Meanwhile, the Hughes family will know next week whether they have received a building permit for the first phase of a massive Westport hotel upgrade, which will cost nearly € 20 million. The project includes the demolition of a large part of the public spaces of the 129-bed hotel, built by the family in the 1970s. It will then benefit from a new ballroom, restaurants and bars, and will see a renovation of all rooms and its leisure center.

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Other parts of the estate’s overall development plan include an additional 5 million euros which is currently spent on improving the construction of Westport House, while there will also be investments in a new adventure facility on the estate and eventually a new independent tourist facility is also being considered.

The PPP, overseen on behalf of the state by Fáilte Ireland, is expected to be ready by 2024 or 2025, while the hotel redesign will also be ready by then.

The Hughes family has appointed Barry O’Connor as managing director to oversee the development master plan. Previously, he had reorganized Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links for Kennedy Wilson, prior to its sale in 2019, and was the general manager of the resort at Killeen Castle. He also ran the Doonbeg Golf Resort hotel.

“The country needs to build large-scale tourist attractions. Ireland currently has a tourism advantage over countries like Croatia and Denmark, but it needs to invest to keep that advantage, ”said Mr. O’Connor.

“But the government cannot do it on its own. We need to attract private investment in large-scale tourist attractions and the PPP model is helping to achieve this. “

Mr O’Connor said he hoped the development of Westport would help “bring more visitors” to the Galway area, traditionally one of the biggest draws on the Wild Atlantic Way which would be teeming with American and European visitors this this month, if not for the pandemic.

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Andhra Pradesh drunks line up outside T-belt shops Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:39:00 +0000

Khammam: Ganeshampadu, a village of Penuballi mandal in this district, adjacent to Kokilampadu in Tiruvuru mandal in Andhra Pradesh, is experiencing intense activity in the Covid19 situation.

Almost 100 people from Kokilampadu came to the belt shops in Ganeshpadu every day to drink alcohol. Double or triple, this number arrives from other villages of Tiruvuru mandal to the liquor stores of Ganeshpadu. The flow of such people continues even in these times of pandemic.

There are 48 such villages near the PA borders in the Sattupalli and Madhria staging segments that are identified as areas of super spread of Covid19 by the Telangana government.

Although the government asked excise officials to shut down the belt shops in these villages, it was not easy. Many escape the checkpoints on the Telangana side and reach the belt shops via inland roads.

Belt shop owners went out of business two days after police and excise officials raided the area, but resumed sales later.

Supplying alcohol to belt stores is more lucrative than selling it to drinkers who come to liquor stores in mandals like Vemsoor, Penuballi, Madhira, Kallur, Tallada, Bonakal, Mudigonda and Nelakondapalli in Khammam district.

Nearly 50 to 60 positive cases for Covid19 are reported every day in these two districts. The state’s principal secretary and director of medicine and health visited both constituencies and asked officials to verify the spread of the pandemic.

Interestingly, however, the government has failed to make store opening hours in Madhira and Sattupalli assembly constituencies on par with those in other regions. Lockdown in these segments is from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. in these two segments compared to 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the rest of the state.

A social activist in Penuballi, Prasad, said closing licensed liquor stores during the lockdown is the only way to control the threat. “Belt stores will prevail even in a lockdown period until licensed stores open,” he said.

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J&K LG could call Amarnath Yatra next week Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:32:28 +0000

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has yet to make a decision on the annual Amarnath Yatra, officials said on Friday.

“The decision has to be made by LG and whatever is communicated to us, we will respect it,” said a senior SASB official.

The pilgrimage, which was canceled last year due to the Covid pandemic, is scheduled to take place from June 28 to August 22.

Official sources have revealed, however, that Sinha would likely chair the SASB meeting next week to respond to a pilgrimage call.

“We anticipate a decision at a meeting, but it depends on the Center. SASB will follow the Centre’s decision on the Yatra. However, the authorities are not in his favor and do not want this pilgrimage to become another mass-market event like Kumbh Mela, ”they said.

On June 8, J&K BJP chairman Ravinder Raina said a restricted pilgrimage should be facilitated if the current Covid situation does not allow for a full-fledged yatra.

The 56-day pilgrimage to the 3,880-meter-high holy cave of Amarnath shrine in southern Kashmir, home to the naturally formed ice Shivalinga, is scheduled to begin on June 28 on the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal and culminate in August 22.

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High Sheriff marks a milestone by laying the last tile while completing Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:27:57 +0000

The High Sheriff of Cheshire, Robert Mee, celebrated the completion of major construction work on a major care development in Chester as a guest of honor at his closing ceremony.

By completing the key milestone, Belong Chester Care Village, located on City Road, is now approaching its scheduled opening in early 2022.

Mr Mee laid the final tile of the £ 21million peak development alongside former Belong chairwoman Margaret Yorke, Belong deputy chief executive Tracy Paine, and Chris Ellison, chief of site project from contractor Seddon.

Robert Mee said, “The establishment of a Belong Village in the heart of the city promises to extend the provision of high quality services to the elderly in the region, and it was wonderful to have this opportunity to see the progress. rapids made towards completion. . “

Tracy Paine said, “We are delighted to have completed major construction work at Belong Chester.

“We know the opening of the village is eagerly awaited and we look forward to welcoming the community early next year and being able to support local seniors, including people with dementia and their families.

Located in the heart of the city, next to its historic canal, Belong Chester was designed by architects Pozzoni, with contractor Seddon leading the construction.

Once opened, the village will provide world-leading nursing and dementia care, with round-the-clock assistance in six extended family-sized households and 23 independent living apartments.

John Shannon, Division Manager at Seddon, said: “It’s great to see the program progress and we are delighted that some of the Belong team are joining us on site to mark this important milestone. The next step will see the village come to life even further afield and transform into the highly anticipated vibrant space that the people of Chester have been waiting for. “

Guests and the wider community will also benefit from a range of on-site facilities including a gym, bistro, hair salon and therapy rooms, creating a vibrant center for enjoying an active lifestyle. later. Specialized child care will also be available, along with the organization’s award-winning home care service, Belong at Home.

The new village of Chester will join the seven Belong care villages in the North West and Midlands, as well as another site in Birkdale, which is also slated to open in 2022 and a planned new village at Wirral Waters in Birkenhead.

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Hamilton Gardens’ new manager ready to build on his vision Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:06:00 +0000

Hamilton Gardens' new director, Lucy Ryan, succeeds Dr Peter Sergel, who retired last year.


Hamilton Gardens’ new director, Lucy Ryan, succeeds Dr Peter Sergel, who retired last year.

The new manager of Hamilton Gardens was the pick of the proverbial crop of potential candidates for the post.

Lucy Ryan will take office in August, following a successful tenure as Manager of the City of Hamilton Central Square.

The sought-after director post was announced following the retirement of former director Peter Sergel last year. For four decades, Sergel has helped transform the 45 hectare site into the attraction it is today.

Born and raised in Waikato, Ryan brought a wealth of knowledge and 20 years of experience to this role.

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Prior to joining the board, she spent over 15 years working in the museum sector, both at Te Papa and the Auckland Museum, where she developed a solid understanding of tourist attractions and led organizing teams. experiences and events.

With enthusiasm for gardening herself, Ryan said she was excited to take on the new challenge.

“The gardens are one of my favorite places of all time, and it’s an honor to be a part of this new chapter.”

Community CEO Lance Vervoort said Ryan was the right person to take the gardens to the next level.

Despite the lack of international tourism in 2020, the Gardens experienced their busiest summer to date, with 116,315 visits between Christmas Eve and Waitangi Day.

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Despite the lack of international tourism in 2020, the Gardens experienced their busiest summer to date, with 116,315 visits between Christmas Eve and Waitangi Day.

“Lucy stood out through an extensive recruiting process, and we are delighted to have recruited her to the board.

“She already has a solid understanding of local government and I know she will bring a lot of heart to this role.”

Ryan said she was excited to collaborate with the many groups passionate about gardens and their future.

“Together, we will continue to build on the wonderful work that has already been done and make this beloved place grow stronger and stronger.

“Advancing our shared vision, outlined in the Hamilton Gardens Management Plan, will be at the heart of everything we do.

Over the past 40 years, council-owned Hamilton Gardens has grown to become one of the Waikato area’s most popular destinations.

Despite the lack of international tourism in 2020, the Gardens experienced their busiest summer to date, with 116,315 visits between Christmas Eve and Waitangi Day.

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The new Batavia Coast Conference Center draws business leisure crowds to Geraldton and the Mid West Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:10:00 +0000

Businessman, publican and now king of conference centers, one man from Geraldton says the whole region will reap the rewards of his latest venture.

In January 2020, the Gerald Apartment Hotel received a regional economic grant of $ 250,000 to help build a 350-person conference room in central Geraldton, with the company covering more than half the cost.

A week after opening, the Batavia Coast Conference Center has already hosted a real estate conference, two large-scale dinners, and a health conference.

According to owner Grant Pitman, his events team has about 30 more events planned for the next 12 months. “We hope to attract around 15,000 (to) 20,000 unique visitors to our city,” he said.

“Staying here for two or three days, that’s 30,000 pots of beer or 30,000 nights of accommodation if they stay two days.

“That’s what it’s all about: bringing unique visitors to the city and stimulating local businesses.

The hotel was also recently named a finalist for the Australian WA Hotel Association 2021 Awards of Excellence. The company is shortlisted for the prestigious award for Best Regional Accommodation for WA, with nominations for Housekeeping Manager Sheryll Giba, Deputy General Manager Gemma Clark and the Old Man & Hotel Rooftop Bar. The Sea.

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Beautiful gardens open to the public in the Harborough area this month Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:00:46 +0000

Guests can step outside and enjoy a range of beautiful gardens in the Market Harborough area as part of the National Garden Scheme throughout the month of June.

Snowdrop Ridge on The Ridgeway in Market Harborough will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 13.

It has natural plantations and self-seeded plants on three levels as well as a flea market for books and crafts.

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On Sunday June 20, you will have the chance to visit Westbrook House in Little Bowden.

The magnificent six-acre garden features a walled flower and vegetable garden, wooded paths and a meadow with a wildflower area and a charming avenue.

Stoke Albany House, a four-acre country house garden, will be open the following Wednesdays – June 16, 23 and 30.

Over the weekend of June 26-27, June Oak Tree House in South Kilworth opens its enchanting country garden.

There is almost an acre filled with color with both a formal design and a cottage style plantation.

A myriad of fascinating features include extensive herbaceous borders, vegetable gardens, a pond, a greenhouse, a shaded area, and extensive potted collections.

The garden “houses everything”, from the Alps to the trees.

There is also a dramatic arched pergola, which is pictured.

For all the details, pre-reservation and opening hours 2020, the National Garden Scheme commissioned a Gardens and Health report that highlighted the value of being outdoors and visiting gardens for our physical and mental health.

“We know our visitors find spending time in our gardens beneficial for their well-being,” said the National Garden Scheme.

“In addition, the funds raised through these visits are vital to the nursing and cancer charities, which are in dire need of funds. “

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Commercial Bay mall loses some value, but its skyscraper glass tower grows by more than 10% Thu, 10 Jun 2021 05:27:00 +0000

The value of the Commercial Bay retail center fell slightly due to the impact of the pandemic on retail.

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The value of the Commercial Bay retail center fell slightly due to the impact of the pandemic on retail.

Auckland’s Commercial Bay shopping center has lost value slightly over the past year, but its steel and glass office tower has grown by more than 10%.

Overall, Auckland waterfront office and retail development has increased in value from around $ 65 million over the past year to around $ 1.07 billion.

Its owner Precinct Properties announced on the NZX that its total portfolio of properties had grown by $ 284 million to approximately $ 3.3 billion in a preliminary full-year revaluation. The increase in value is 9.4% compared to a year ago.

Precinct primarily owns and develops office buildings in the Auckland and Wellington CBDs.

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Precinct Properties Managing Director Scott Pritchard said the company still has a huge belief in Commercial Bay's retail business.

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Precinct Properties Managing Director Scott Pritchard said the company still has a huge belief in Commercial Bay’s retail business.

A year ago, Precinct reduced the value of Commercial Bay from just over $ 80 million to around $ 1 billion due to the impact of Covid-19 and border closures.

Then the value of the mall was reduced from just over $ 71 million to $ 425 million and the value of the 39-story PwC Tower, the tallest office building, was reduced by about 9 million dollars to $ 580 million.

Riding general manager Scott Pritchard said he was not disclosing the individual values ​​of his properties at this point, but the increase in the total value of Commercial Bay was about $ 65 million over the year until June 2021.

The mall’s value was “a little” lower than the $ 425 million a year ago. He had been “impacted by the current situation over the past 12 months”.

With the office tower, blocked rents and emphyteutic lease terms in a world-class building have contributed to its valuation.

“We still have a huge belief around Commercial Bay retail,” said Pritchard.

Before Covid, Precinct was expecting around 10 million per year through the Commercial Bay retail hub with around 30% of those international visitors, and despite Covid reaching nine million in the past year due to local support.

The values ​​of its properties are revealed in the company’s annual report, which is released with its annual result in August.

PwC's Steel and Glass Tower is New Zealand's tallest office building.


PwC’s Steel and Glass Tower is New Zealand’s tallest office building.

Precinct’s office buildings in Wellington grew 16.8 percent in the year, while its Auckland buildings grew 6.5 percent.

Pritchard said the Wellington offices were seeing good rental growth. This market has been particularly resilient.

This was shown recently with the rental agreement with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency taking all the remaining space in a building on the Bowen campus that Precinct was starting to develop.

Pritchard said he was happy with the increase in value. Perhaps the most significant aspect has been the growth in rents.

The office market has held up very well despite rumors that more people are working from home. Its occupancy rates were high, from 98 to 99%.

“Despite all the conversations in the market about working from home and workplace flexibility, we are now seeing companies rely heavily on their workplace again and within our portfolio we have seen a return almost complete with all returning occupants. office space.

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Lumbini villages report increase in Covid cases Thu, 10 Jun 2021 01:18:45 +0000

Ruksebhanjyang Bazaar in Ward 4 of Nisdi Rural Municipality was sealed until June 12 after the region reported an increase in Covid-19 infections.

According to Rem Bahadur Magar, head of the health unit of the rural commune, out of 39 individuals who underwent antigen tests a few days ago, 21 have tested positive for Covid-19.

“We didn’t expect such a high positivity rate. The results indicate that Covid-19 cases are increasing in rural areas, ”Magar said. “The health unit recently performed antigen tests on 76 people in Ruksebhanjyang and found 26 people infected with Covid-19. “

Ruksebhanjyang currently has 47 active cases of Covid-19.

“All Covid-19 patients are in quarantine at Gaurishankar High School. The rural municipality provides food and shelter for patients. However, there are no health workers available at the quarantine center to treat patients, ”Magar told the Post.

Movement of people around the bazaar area has been restricted to prevent the spread of the virus, according to Neu Bahadur Sunari, president of Ward 4 of Nisdi Rural Municipality.

“The Ruksebhanjyang Bazaar was sealed to control the spread of the virus after a large number of individuals from the same colony tested positive,” Sunsari said.

Khasyeuli Harthok, another bazaar area in Ward 3 of Ribdikot Rural Municipality, was also sealed for the last 15 days. The rural bazaar area, which adjoins the section of the Palpa-Gulmi road, is also heavily affected by Covid-19.

“We recently performed PCR tests on 39 people. Eighteen people have tested positive for Covid-19. There are 25 families living in the bazaar area and they are all at risk of contracting the virus, ”said Sunil Adhikari, head of the rural municipality’s health section.

In Itiya Tol, in Ward No.8 of Rainadevi Chhahara Rural Municipality, a large number of people were found suffering from colds, coughs, fever and other Covid-19-like symptoms during the week. last. The rural commune health unit carried out antigen tests on 49 people; 11 have tested positive for Covid-19.

“The health unit performed tests on those who showed symptoms related to the coronavirus,” said Jeevan Rana, unit chief at the rural municipality. “We learned of the case after a migrant worker who had recently arrived in Itiya Tol from India tested positive for Covid-19 at a health facility based in Butwal. “

According to Om Prakash Panthi, information officer at the Palpa district health office, Covid-19 infections are on the decline in urban areas but rural areas like Rainadevi Chhahara are still at risk.

“Local units have not been able to expand Covid-19 testing,” Panthi said.

Although district authorities have put in place banning orders to curb the spread of the virus, they have failed to stem population movements in rural areas.

“The prohibition orders have not been effective in curbing the movement of people in rural areas. You can find people wandering in shops and public places without masks or keeping a distance, ”said Narayan Chaudhary, a resident of Kohalpur.

Also in Banke, many people are suffering from fever, headaches and other symptoms similar to Covid-19 in rural areas of the district. But local authorities have not launched mass tests.

“There are a lot of fever patients in my village. But they haven’t been tested yet, ”said Hemanta Chaudhary, a resident of Rapti Sonari.

Naresh Shrestha, the public health inspector at Banke, said antigen testing is only done on those who come to a health facility to be tested.

“But since few patients with Covid-19-like symptoms go to healthcare facilities to be tested, we have provided antigen kits to local Banke units to speed up testing,” Shrestha said.

Health officials say the rate of Covid-19 infection has increased in rural areas of Lumbini province. Eighty-eight infected people receive treatment at Bheri Hospital in Nepalgunj.

Dr Sanket Risal, chief medical officer at the hospital, says the risk of Covid-19 is still high in rural areas. “A mass test should be done to contain the virus,” he said.

In Kapilvastu, the infection rate is higher in rural areas than in urban centers.

Umesh Ghimire, the focal person for Covid-19 control at the district health office, said: “The infection rate is around 10-15% in urban areas while it is 35-40% in rural areas.

One of the factors contributing to the low testing rate in rural areas is the reluctance of local people to get tested for fear of social stigma, Ghimire said.

“Villagers fear being ostracized by members of their community in rural areas. They refuse to be tested unless their health deteriorates, ”said Birendra Mishra, coordinator of the Yashodhara Rural Municipality health unit.

The situation in Maharajgunj, another local unit in Kapilvastu, is also the same. Only 27 people have undergone antigen testing in the municipality in the past month.

“We have set up antigen screening centers in 11 places in the town. But even symptomatic people refuse to be tested, ”said health unit coordinator Radheshyam Jayaswal.

In Dang, the virus is gradually spreading in rural towns but villagers rely on homeopathic medicines to treat Covid-19 suspects.

“There is total neglect on the part of the rural villagers. Villagers don’t go to health posts even when they get sick, ”said Numananda Subedi, president of Rapti Rural Municipality.

Most of the villagers are currently busy in their fields for harvesting corn and other crops and in cultivating land for planting rice.

“Fever patients are increasing in the villages but almost everyone is working in the fields,” said Bhuwaneshwor Paudel, chairman of Babai Rural Municipality in Dang. “Almost every household has a patient with coronavirus-like symptoms, but they refuse to go to health facilities for testing and treatment. “

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 patients is dropping in Rupandehi, a virus hotspot during the second wave of the pandemic. The flow of patients to various health facilities designated for the coronavirus has slowed in recent days in the district.

Dr Rajendra Giri, head of the district health office, said the number of Covid-19 cases is declining due to the ban orders in place and a good patient recovery rate. According to him, 147 people tested positive for the coronavirus in Rupandehi on June 3 but only 65 people tested positive on June 8. The district currently has 1,062 active cases.

“The infection rate is dropping in Rupandehi. Only 71 Covid-19 patients are currently receiving treatment – eight on ventilators and 24 in intensive care – at six different hospitals in the district, ”said Asman Tamang, the district chief of Rupandehi. According to him, health officials carry out daily antigen tests on more than 4,000 people in the community.

Thakur Singh Tharu in Nepalgunj, Durgalal KC in Dang, Manoj Paudel in Kapilvastu and Sanju Paudel in Rupandehi contributed reporting.

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A Vietnam veteran makes an annual pilgrimage to keep the memory of a friend alive. Wed, 09 Jun 2021 21:15:09 +0000

Phil and Peggy Stanley, center, with members of the Morrison family in Shelby, NC

Trying to keep the memory of a fallen soldier alive, Philip Stanley has started a wonderful new family.

In 1967, Private First Class Stanley of Hampton, SC, lost a friend to small arms fire in Vietnam. It has been 54 years since a solemn army officer obscured this family’s door with the tragic news, but Stanley worked to ensure that this soldier’s memory lives on and his sacrifice is never forgotten.

In September 1966, Stanley was drafted into the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army with orders for Vietnam. He was 22 years old. He had a new wife and a good job at the Varnville Hardware & Supply Company. On March 11, 1967, he set foot on Vietnamese soil at the heart of one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern American history.

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