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PTSB eyes loan sales, repossessions as profits shrink

said it plans to resort to loan sales and repossessions as it seeks to accelerate the pace of resolving problem loans under pressure from regulators, as the bank reported that its profit fell by 55 per cent in the first half of the year. Net profit shrank to €36 million from €80 million for the....
 

UK to ban diesel and petrol cars from 2040 to tackle pollution

The expected move to ban diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 comes after similar plans were announced in France this month and amid increasing signs that the shift to electric vehicles is accelerating, with BMW announcing plans for an electric Mini and Volvo unveiling its moves towards cleaner cars.

After ISIS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques and society

But the city's renaissance could take a generation, if it happens at all, he says, and it is uncertain how Mosul and other Iraqi towns and cities recaptured by government forces will look afterwards. How Mosul's identity is reconstituted will help determine whether Iraqi leaders can pacify a....

Palace: Duterte yet to issue formal notice on termination of talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is yet to release the government's formal notice of termination of peace talks with the communists, Malacañang said Wednesday. "Officially, there's none," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella told a press conference when asked if Duterte already prepares a written termination notice to the communist group.

Advocate calls for stronger climate policies

AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) a year into his tenure, climate advocates are not satisfied with the climate change policies implemented so far during his administration. Rodne Galicha, branch manager of the Climate Reality Project Philippines, said....

UnitedFuture to support Second Reading of Healthy Homes Bill

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne has today announced his support for the Second Reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in the name of Andrew Little. "Last year, I supported this Bill to select committee because it is a basic good to have a warm and safe place to call home.

Mayoral Relief Fund re-launched

The Mayoral Relief Fund has been re-launched today to help residents badly affected by last week’s flooding. Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says, "We don’t want any individual or family to fall through the cracks. It’s important we help people who are struggling to deal with the effects of this serious event, but with no other means of support.

New quick guide: Children's accounts

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme has a new quick guide on children’s bank accounts. It covers setting up accounts, who owns the money and what happens if things go wrong. Quick Guide Children's bank accounts: https://www.bankomb.org.nz/news-and-publications/quick-guides/item/childrenaccounts.

Free health advice from the comfort of your favourite chair

Why brave the elements, when you can access health advice from the comfort of home? If you live in Canterbury - you have options! § For written health advice about a wide range of common conditions you can check out HealthInfo - Canterbury’s go-to site www.healthinfo.org.nz. § You can call your own general practice team 24/7.

In Chongqing, Bo Xilai's support endures in face of Beijing's new assault on his legacy

CHONGQING, China: In this steamy metropolis of more than 30 million people on the banks of the Yangtze River, it doesn’t take much to find people who still talk in reverential terms about Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s incarcerated and disgraced former Communist Party head who was removed from office more than five years ago.

Wildfire prompts evacuation of 10,000 in France

PARIS: At least 10,000 people were evacuated overnight after a new wildfire was sparked in southern France, which is already battling massive forest fires, authorities said on Wednesday (Jul 26). "The evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progression of the fire.

Singapore's manufacturing output jumps 13.1% in June

SINGAPORE: Singapore's manufacturing output rose 13.1 per cent year-on-year in June, the 11th straight month of growth, according to data released by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on Wednesday (Jul 26). Excluding the more volatile biomedical manufacturing sector, output grew 11.9 per cent.

Strike by Pakistan fuel tankers enters third day; long queues at stations

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A strike by Pakistani fuel tanker owners entered a third day on Wednesday, with panicked buyers forming huge queues around petrol stations in the capital Islamabad and across the country. Local media reported Pakistan has 10-11 days of oil stock reserves, but many service stations....

US House votes new sanctions on Russia, Iran, NKorea

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (25 July) to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, a move that will antagonise the Kremlin as well as European nations fearing economic ramifications. In an apparent concession, the House modified a provision so....

Everything you need to know as Senate votes to debate healthcare bill

US Vice President Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 tie as the Senate voted by a hair to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama healthcare law. While the vote gives president Donald Trump and Republican leaders a crucial initial victory, the Senate now faces 20 hours of debate and a long parade of amendments.

HK’s rush to Southeast Asia is gaining speed

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John C Tsang will lead a delegation of business leaders from the Special Administrative Region of China to Myanmar later this month to deepen economic and cultural ties with Myanmar, Hong Kong officials said. The sixth HK delegation in one year will comprise 25-30....

European Shares Seen Flat Ahead Of Fed Decision

European stocks are likely to open on a cautious note on Wednesday as investors await the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day for clues on whether the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates again this year. Asian stocks are trading mostly higher and the dollar extended an overnight rally while gold prices held steady.

Oman to award $2.8bn wastewater project contract

Oman government is set to award a consultancy services contract for the development of a RO1.1 billion ($2.84 billion) wastewater project which will cover all the governorates of the sultanate, said a report. The project is being developed by state-owned Oman Wastewater Services Company (Haya Water)....

Supreme Court to continue hearing Cauvery water dispute case

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday continue hearing the Cauvery water dispute involving the tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Yesterday, the apex court heard arguments in the same. The apex court on July 11 commenced a final hearing on the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala....

Electric Mini confirmed, production to begin in 2019 at BMW's UK plant

Group's new strategy 'NUMBER ONE > Next' will focus on electrifying its product portfolio across brands and model series and will introduce full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain in addition to its existing combustion engine options. The German auto-maker confirmed that it will bring in new....

Right to education is right to quality education, says Supreme Court

“It goes without saying that ‘right to education is right to quality education’,” the bench said noting that several occasions in the past, the court has expressed “concern over unsatisfactory quality of education”.(PTI) Giving relief to over 66,000 teachers in Uttar Pradesh who were appointed for....

India will emerge as one of biggest markets for IT services and hardware, says WNS chief Keshav Murugesh

India will emerge as one of the biggest markets for not only IT services but also for hardware, a leading Indian IT expert has said. “All the steps that the Indian government is taking, whether it is the whole digital journey across government and other sectors, whether it is what they’re doing in....

Singing of National Song Vande Mataram made mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools

The Madras High Court today made singing of the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ mandatory in schools across Tamil Nadu at least twice a week. Private and government schools in the state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week, preferably on Monday and Friday,....

Hyundai Motor Q2 net profit halves as China, US sales sag

Motor’s bleak results stretched into a 14th straight quarter as political headwinds continued to drag down sales in China, its biggest market, and higher incentives failed to boost business in the United States. The South Korean firm – which together with affiliate Kia Motors is the world’s No.

Ram Jethmalani sends Rs 2 crore bill to Arvind Kejriwal, quits as his lawyer in cases filed by Arun Jaitley: Reports

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has sent a Rs 2 crore bill to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and also quit as his lawyer in the defamation cases filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has sent a Rs 2 crore bill to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and also....

Gujarat floods: Air India flights diverted after Ahmedabad Airport runway damaged

Gujarat floods: Two Air India flights had to be diverted after the runway of the Ahmedabad Airport was damaged due to incessant rain even as the situation in the state continued to worsen. Gujarat floods: Two Air India flights had to be diverted after the runway of the Ahmedabad Airport was damaged....

Parents sound off over sex education at San Diego Unified meeting

SAN DIEGO – After a heated debate over sex education Tuesday night at San Diego Unified headquarters, district officials decided to make no major changes to the curriculum for the upcoming school year. The current sex ed program, which the district adopted last year, includes graphic cartoons....

‘150% duty for second-hand vehicles’

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda wants the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) to charge 150% in customs duty on second-hand vehicles, claiming Zimbabwe has become Japan’s largest warehouse of used cars. BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA. Speaking at a Zimra and parliamentarians workshop in Harare....

Allister calls for implementation of direct rule – but ‘not by stealth’

The immediate introduction of direct rule would be preferable to “direct rule by stealth” in the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive, Jim Allister has said. Responding to uncompromising comments from Michelle O’Neill reported on Tuesday, the TUV leader said Sinn Fein’s repeated demands made it....

Workshop to youth workers

Asmara, 26 July 2017 - A workshop has been organized recently to youth workers from various government institutions in the Anseba region. At the workshop that was held at the Hamelmalo College of Agriculture different presentations were given on Eritrean history, the role of the youth in national....

Man charged with DUI in fatal Archer Heights crash

A man is facing felony charges after a passenger in his SUV was killed Sunday evening in a rollover crash in the Southwest Side Archer Heights neighborhood. David A. Arocho, 24, was driving a 1996 GMC Carryall about 11:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of South Avers when he rear-ended a 2003 Jeep SUV that....
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