Watch: World’s largest aircraft touches down at Shannon Airport with largest…

first_imgLinkedin Print Facebook “We’re delighted to play our part, we have stayed open here to ensure we can facilitate cargo coming in like this with vital PPE for the health services,” she said.Pointing to the almost 70 aircraft parked up at the airport, Ms Considine noted in what is a “tough time for aviation” the arrival of the Antonov AN-225 created “great excitement about the place”.Niall Moloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Airport Operations highlighted Shannon Airport staff “have been working on the front line ensuring the safe arrival of PPE cargo flights since the start of the crisis”.“It’s an incredible aircraft and when you see ut in the taxiway here it dwarfs anything else on the airfield. When you take its enormous size into perspective, it’s almost unbelievable that it can get up into the skies, let alone be as graceful when ut’s up there,” he said. WhatsApp Email Advertisement NewsHealthVideoWatch: World’s largest aircraft touches down at Shannon Airport with largest single delivery of PPE into IrelandBy Cian Reinhardt – June 10, 2020 4006 Twitter The Antonov AN-225 carrying PPE for Ireland. Photo: Cian ReinhardtThe world’s largest aircraft, Antonov AN-225 touched down at Shannon Airport at approximately 2pm today carrying the largest consignment of Personal Protective Equipment to be flown into Ireland on a single flight.Carrying almost 900,000 medical gowns for distribution in Ireland, it is second plane carrying PPE to arrive in Shannon Airport in the past few days, the last being a Boeing 737 which arrived on Monday, June 8.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine told the Limerick Post the 3.2-kilometre runway is something “we are very proud of, and we love to see it used”.With the longest runway in Ireland, Shannon Airport is the only facility capable of taking in the 276 foot Antonov AN-225 aircraft. Previous articleSpike Lee’s editor to deliver editing workshop for local filmmakersNext article€6.5bn business support package must be reallocated or SME’s will become the nursing homes of the economy Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Lettings previous nextLettingsProperty Drum3rd March 20140613 Views Tenants in arrearsThe latest (January 2014) figures from the Tenant Arrears Tracker, produced by LSL Property Services, show that 67,000 households, or 1.6 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales, owe more than two months’ rent. This is an increase of 3.4 per cent in three months, although, overall, the numbers in arrears is still much lower than in the same quarter of 2012.“Today’s biggest risk for the private rented sector is a small minority of tenants who are struggling with several months of unpaid rent.” David Brown LSL Property ServicesThis overall improvement has helped landlords reduce their mortgage arrears, which have fallen for the fourth quarter in a row and are now at the lowest arrears level since 2008.David Brown, Commercial Director of LSL Property Services, says, “Today’s biggest risk for the private rented sector is a small minority of tenants who are struggling with several months of late rent. This proportion is shrinking but remains a serious concern for some landlords.”However, these are general figures, not LHA tenant specific, and figures on LHA tenant arrears in the private rented sector as scarce to say the least. The DWP’s evaluation report on the Pathfinder (initial) areas of Universal Credit found that the “overwhelming majority” of tenants in receipt of direct payments were not accruing serious arrears of rent.This report also found that the proportion of landlords reporting arrears over the Pathfinder period did not vary between Pathfinder and Control LAs (65 per cent). However it was more common for Pathfinder landlords/letting agents to think that LHA recipients were more likely than HB tenants under the previous arrangements to fall into arrears.Universal CreditAccording to Makeurmove.co.uk, an online letting agent, Universal Credit remains largely misunderstood. Their new research, sampling 300 landlords in December 2013, reveals that one in three are unaware of Universal Credit, while 40 per cent have heard of the scheme, but are unclear about the details. Just 27 per cent of landlords say they fully understand it.Richard Francis, Director of Makeurmove.co.uk says, “Clearly, there is confusion amongst landlords and many are still in the dark about universal credit. Landlords fear that under the new scheme, housing benefit will go directly to tenants and hence bring an increase in rent default, prompting many landlords to say they are not going to support housing benefit.“Yes, Universal Credit will mean money is paid monthly rather than weekly, with an emphasis on recipients learning to budget properly, but the latest Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plan would keep the system under which rent goes directly to a landlord after two (months) missed payments, while adding a review after a first month’s default.“Currently, private landlords accommodate one million people who have part, or all of their rent paid by the state. The LHA market is growing, with 310 people turning to the government for housing benefit, every day, to keep the roof over their heads. More private landlords are needed to accommodate the growth in LHA tenants and unless landlords can be reassured about universal credit, this is going to be a major problem for government.”Ending a tenancyThe National Landlords Association (NLA) says that the vast majority of tenancy terminations are driven by the tenant’s desire to move on but there may be times when a landlord needs to end the tenancy or seek possession of it. The NLA describes the two options open to the landlord:Landlord’s Options1. Section 21 (s21) Accelerated Possession ProcedureThis route gives the landlord the right to possession at, or after, the expiry of the initial fixed term tenancy period. It is imperative to note that they are not automatically entitled to possession upon expiry of the tenancy and they must serve this notice on the tenants at least two months before you wish to claim possession.Taking this route means that there may be no need for a court hearing; this is likely to cause less hassle as providing they have correctly served the s21 notice the court must grant a possession order in their favour. However, the court does not have the power to make a money judgment under this route, which means it cannot order the tenant to repay any rent in arrears, for example.2. Section 8 (s8) Standard ProcedureThis route gives you the right to possession if particular terms of the terms of tenancy agreement have been breached. The length of the notice will vary upon the grounds you’re using to seek possession; there are 17 different grounds and the most common ground is due to rent arrears. If you chose to serve a s8 notice it also allows for a money judgment to be obtained along with an order for possession.Bear in mind however that s8 proceedings can often be lengthy as they are likely to be defended by the tenant, so the nature of the breach of tenancy will be important.If both situations applyWhere both routes apply – such as when the tenancy is ending and the tenant is also in arrears – it may be advisable to use the simpler and quicker s21 route, as faster possession will allow the landlord to re-let the property sooner. However, regardless of your chosen route, remember that the landlord must have served the appropriate notice on the tenants before any court proceedings can commence.Claiming possession of property can be a costly and stressful process for all involved. However, in situations where a tenant is unable to pay the rent for prolonged periods of time, the landlord will need to consider bringing the tenancy to an early end, rather than risk defaulting on your mortgage payments following an extended period without receiving rent.What happens in court?Paul Shamplina at Landlord Action explains the following:Section 8 proceedings“If a landlord relies on the rent to pay the mortgage then it is imperative that the landlord acts quickly to minimise losses.” Paul Shamplina Landlord ActionWhere a claim is for possession and rent arrears (Section 8), there will be a Court hearing before a Judge. The landlord will be required to attend the hearing, or appoint an agent to attend on their behalf. The landlord or agent must be fully conversant with the tenancy and have all relevant paperwork readily available, such as the tenancy agreement and an up to date schedule of arrears at the hearing.If the tenant clears the arrears prior to the hearing date, it is unlikely a landlord will get a Possession Order.If the claim is successful, the Judge usually grants a 14 day Possession Order; this means the tenant has 14 days from the date of the hearing to vacate. In the event the tenant does not vacate, the landlord will be required to appoint a bailiff to carry out the eviction. In addition, a Judgement for the arrears of rent may also be granted at which point a landlord may also make a claim for interest and costs.Paul says, “If the tenant is at the hearing and pleads exceptional hardship, they may persuade the Judge to grant longer before leaving. The most a Judge can give is 42 days. We always oppose this as we believe the hardship to be in the landlord’s favour.”EXCEPTIONSIf the tenant reduces the arrears to below two months, the Judge may order a postponed Possession Order (provided grounds 10 & 11 have been included in the Section 8 notice), which means the landlord would get a Possession Order, but the tenant is permitted to stay provided he/she continues to pay the rent each week/month on time and clears the arrears by an agreed and reasonable time. Failure to adhere to the order would mean that the landlord can apply for a Baili to execute the warrant of possession i.e. evict the tenant(s).It can be a stressful and costly process to gain possession of a property.SECTION 21 PROCEEDINGSThere are two types of Section 21 notices. One notice is served during the term of the tenancy and one is served when the term of the tenancy has expired.A Section 21 notice is used when the landlord requires possession of the property. The landlord does not have to give a reason for wanting possession of the property and there does not have to be a breach of the tenancy agreement.Some tenants use a Possession Order under Section 21 to seek housing assistance from their local housing o ce. In this case, tenants are generally recommended by local authorities to remain in the property until a Possession Order has been granted and bailifs have been appointed to evict the tenant.Where a landlord’s claim is for possession only (Section 21) and he/she uses the Courts’ accelerated procedure, the tenant will have 14 days to fi le a defence. If no defence is filed, a landlord can apply to the Court for an Order for Possession. It can take approximately eight weeks to receive the Order for Possession, depending on the workload of the Court.There are certain circumstances where the accelerated process will not be able to be used. In such circumstances, a court hearing will be required.EVICTION – County Court BailiIf a tenant fails to vacate on or before the expiry of the Possession Order (usually two to six weeks), a County Court bailif must be appointed to carry out the fi nal stage, eviction. Applying for a warrant for eviction can mean the process takes a further six weeks. The eviction can only be carried out by a County Court bailif .GET THE BEST ADVICELandlord ActionPaul Shamplina has been in the eviction business for over 25 years. His company, Landlord Action, originated the three-step fi xed fee eviction process, helping landlords with problem tenants. www.landlordaction.co.ukLandlord LawIf landlords wish to avoid the expense of using solicitors, landlords can use the DIY Eviction service of www.landlordlaw.co.uk/eviction which will help them bring a claim through the courts.National Landlords AssociationThe NLA is currently running its Effective Letting Campaign and o ers free best practice forms, including a landlord’s and tenant’s guide to rent arrears, and advice on ending tenancies, all available from www.landlords.org.uk.ShelterShelter has comprehensive information on its website, sometimes seemingly in favour of the tenant but all useful information when a landlord is having trouble with a tenancy.www.shelter.org.uk March 3, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Weaker sterling feeds through to Swiss pension funding boost

first_imgA Brexit-fuelled fall in sterling that benefited UK equities helped boost pension funding levels at Swiss companies in the third quarter, according to Willis Towers Watson.The consultancy’s quarterly pension index for Swiss occupational pension schemes showed that funding levels rose from 88.4% as at the end of the first half of the year to 90.2% as at the end of September.Willis Towers Watson said the increase was predominately due to positive returns from equities during the third quarter, with bond yields and hence pension liabilities largely unchanged.Adam Casey, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said central banks’ low-interest-rate policies were continuing to stimulate equity markets, and that Swiss pension funds were able to benefit from this in the third quarter and get a bit of “breathing space” in the short term. He singled out UK equities, saying these were supported by the fall in sterling after the Bank of England cut interest rates given worries about Brexit.The Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% in early August, and also re-launched and expanded its quantitative easing programme to include corporate bonds.In the UK, this was met with concern given the impact of lower Gilt yields on scheme deficits.  Casey’s colleague, Peter Zanella, head of retirement solutions, said Swiss Pensionskassen remained under pressure, however, given the persistent low-interest-rate environment, and that they needed to assess their asset allocation and benefit structure carefully to avoid breaking under that pressure.Asset-liability modelling is one way pension funds can test their resilience to stress situations, he added.The consultancy’s calculations are based on the returns of Pictet’s BVG-40 pension index with a 40% equity exposure.last_img read more

The Latest: Weightlifting changes Olympic qualifying rules

first_imgGladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship.Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___10:30 a.m. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11 a.m. Associated Press The Latest: Weightlifting changes Olympic qualifying rules ___10:45 a.m.Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.” The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896.The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan. March 19, 2020last_img read more

Walker Buehler returns to dominant form in Dodgers’ win over Rockies

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES – For the last month, Walker Buehler took the ball every sixth day, reminding his team and his fans and his opponents the value of spring training.Buehler didn’t tax his golden right arm with any competitive pitches between March 12, the day spring training was postponed, and July 1, when the Dodgers players reported to “summer camp.” It wasn’t until Friday, about one month into the regular season, that he resembled the potential ace of a team with World Series aspirations.Buehler took a no-hitter into the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. He finished with 11 strikeouts over six innings, and won his first game since the opener of last year’s National League Division Series.“I just felt better, more confident, locked in,” Buehler said. “All those cliché terms.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Both of them, I think, have been behind,” Buehler said. “I haven’t had that choose-what-I-want-to-do-with-it kind of feeling. I had that tonight. Being able to change speeds, since most of what I throw is around the same velo.”The Dodgers improved to 20-8, four games ahead of the San Diego Padres in the National League West.Gray allowed hits to seven of the nine Dodger starters. An RBI double by Cody Bellinger (2 for 3) handed Buehler a 1-0 lead in the first inning. An RBI single by Matt Beaty made it 2-0 in the third inning. Corey Seager drove in two more runs later in the third with a double, forcing the Rockies into their bullpen early.The Dodgers collected 10 hits as a team, including five doubles, on a rare day off for Mookie Betts.Betts was replaced in right field by Pederson, who entered the weekend series with two hits and no walks in his previous five starts. Roberts, undeterred, inserted Pederson at the top of his lineup.“Joc’s always been streaky. I’m not concerned about Joc,” Roberts said in his afternoon media call. “The other day he put a great swing on the ball. The other night, I thought he put three great swings on the baseball. I think he’ll come out of it soon.”Pederson reached base in each of his first two plate appearances, on a double and a hit by pitch. He was replaced by pinch hitter Kiké Hernandez in the sixth inning.Adam Kolarek, Caleb Ferguson and Kenley Jansen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Dodgers. Kolarek hasn’t allowed a run in eight appearances this season.While most of the Dodgers’ pitchers found their midseason form quickly, Roberts had to take a patient approach with Buheler. Between Buehler’s supreme confidence and his elite pitching arsenal, the manager had no reason to worry the 25-year-old pitcher would come around eventually.“Absolutely not,” Roberts said.Watching Clayton Kershaw might have expedited Buehler’s arrival.Thursday, Kershaw threw seven innings, allowed one run, and struck out 11 batters in a dominant win over the Mariners. His 96 pitches were the most any Dodgers starter has thrown in the abbreviated season. Perceptually at least, the game shifted the balance of power between the future Hall of Famer Kershaw and Buehler, his heir apparent.Friday, Buehler said, “I was kind of tired of being (lousy).”“Any game that (Kershaw) pitches, there’s stuff that all of us that are younger can pick up on,” Buehler said. “His aggressiveness, to own the count, to throw whatever he wants at any time – I don’t know if it’s necessarily watching him do it. He’s proven he’s one of the best ever. Reminding yourself, oh, that’s how it’s supposed to be done, is a big thing. I did more of that tonight.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousDodgers Justin Turner, #10, singles this pitch during first inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers A.J. Pollock, #11, scores off of a double by Corey Seager during 4th inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Ryan McMahon, #24, leaps over Dodgers Max Muncy, #13, to complete a double play during 5th inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers Chris Taylor, #3, A.J. Pollock, #11 and Enrique Hernandez, #14, celebrate a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Ryan McMahon, #24, tries to make a double play after getting Dodgers Matt Beaty, #45, out at second during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Sam Hilliard, #22, went high to grab this hit by Corey Seager during second inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Daniel Murphy, #9, dives deep for this throw from second baseman Ryan McMahon to get out Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Kenley Jansen, #74, finished off the Rockies in the 9th inning with straight outs at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, scores off of a double by Corey Seager during 4th inning action against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers A.J. Pollock, #11, connects for a single during 4th inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Daniel Murphy, #9, dives deep for this throw from second baseman Ryan McMahon to get out Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Walker Buehler, #21, started against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Nolan Arenado, #28, make the throw for the double play as Dodgers Cody Bellinger, #35, is out at second base during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies Jon Gray, #55, started against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, singles this pitch during first inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers A.J. Pollock, #11, scores off of a double by Corey Seager during 4th inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 14Dodgers A.J. Pollock, #11, scores off of a double by Corey Seager during 4th inning action against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandBuehler retired the first 11 Rockies hitters in order before Charlie Blackmon singled, momentarily lifting his league-leading batting average to .426. Colorado didn’t get a runner past second base until the sixth inning, when three straight singles led to the only run on Buehler’s ledger.Before that rally, Manager Dave Roberts had visions of extending Buehler into the seventh inning.Buehler still got plenty out of his 92 pitches, a season-high. He didn’t walk a batter after struggling with his command in four no-decisions to start the season. Buehler began the day with a 5.21 earned-run average, which would have ranked second-to-last in the National League if he had thrown enough innings to qualify. It’s down to 4.32 now.The only NL starter with a higher ERA? His opponent Friday, Rockies starter Jon Gray (1-3), who allowed four runs in just 3 2/3 innings.Despite his struggles, Buehler did not lack for speed. His fastball touched 99 mph in his last start Saturday against the Angels. But the final pieces of his arsenal, his slider and curveball, had yet to come around until Friday. 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