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Prioritising R&D in a challenging market

first_img9th July 2019 | By Josephine Watson Tech & innovation Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Jadranko is CTO at NSoft, has a long-term involvement and expertise in the IT industry, insurance and private entrepreneurship that made him excel as a developer, strategist and solutions architect. He is responsible for the development of the technical aspects of the company’s strategy and its alignment with business goals.  By ensuring further development of our established products and coordinating the futuristic AI solutions, he successfully fosters the development department towards the long-term technical goals of the company.All eyes are on the gambling industry, from regulators to consumers to the media, and now more than ever businesses must prioritise efficiency, compliance and growth.However, many legacy solutions were built with the challenges of the past in mind, and even more recent developments leave companies wanting in terms of flexibility and ease of use.iGaming Business spoke to Jadranko Dragoje, CTO at NSoft to discuss how the company’s research and development strategy is approaching innovation.Dragoje says the company has always significantly invested resources to R&D, with a view that doing so sustains the company’s energy and relevance to the market.He explains: “Apart from obvious reasons, the goal of our innovations is also to create a more efficient work environment as repetitive work is probably one of the biggest morale killers.“In a highly competitive market, you have to differentiate yourself from the competition and I believe we have done so in the past and even more in the last few years. NSoft is expected to offer something astonishing every year and we accept that challenge continuously.” R&D strategy that worksDragoje says the key areas for research and development at NSoft largely focus around upgrading its betting platform solution by integrating additional software to boost the feature set the company offers both for retail and online.The first of those is NSoft Vision, software which offers standard features to the industry, such as continuous recording and playback. Additionally, they have added advanced features such as motion detection recording, age and gender prediction, face recognition.Dragoje says: “The true power of NSoft Vision comes from its smart, robust underlying AI services and other video processing methods that analyse video streams with the purpose of detecting motion, heads, people, their age, gender, count etc. Such features are explicitly intended to save time and energy for surveillance operators, help businesses in everyday activities, as well as to improve the search of recorded data in general. These features are constantly getting better thanks to machine learning.”Developments such as these features are essential for implementing and validating “Know Your Customer” requirements like age limit for betting, combating are reducing fraud by introducing alerting system inside retail shops, etc.The company’s first goal with this after initial release, Dragoje says, is to integrate it into NSoft’s retail solution.Another example is the development of NSoft’s Chameleon platform, which aims to remove the repetitive development work and offer betting enterprise clients the opportunity to create and configure advanced applications themselves.Dragoje explains: “Think of it as an application factory where the assembly line is always running producing high quality customised products with little effort.” Meeting the challengesAs well as the challenges facing the wider igaming industry, any company striving to invest significantly into innovating its services has a further set of challenges to meet.Dragoje says for NSoft, this was balancing satisfying and prioritising the company’s clients and needs as well as the internal ideas and technical debt that comes with creating new products while expanding into new markets.He continues: “Apart from that, quality development resources are scarce, so further optimisations and an increase in efficiency are needed. Our goal is to remove repetitive development time by componentising every part of our platform so it can be used as building blocks by business people to create applications to suit their needs.”This, he says, will dramatically reduce time to market, as customising NSoft’s products will “be a breeze”, allowing developers to solve new, complex problems instead of repeating what they have done before. Facing the futureUltimately, Dragoje says, the key motivator for most, if not all innovation is preparing for the future, especially the challenge of new markets and regulations.“As we continuously grow in business, our technology has to grow even faster. For this reason, besides scaling challenges, quickly releasing a product that complies with the new regulation is a priority.Unfortunately, with regulators each having unique requirements and needs, Dragoje says this isn’t always easy and it slows down the betting process.“This is where solutions such as Vision come to the rescue. For example, some regulators require for the operator to enter punter details when the payout is above a certain limit. This requires additional work from the operator and it slows down the entire flow. Using our recognition system this could be automated so that data is already entered when punter comes to the desk.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img With so much to consider and such high demand from consumers, innovation is key to survival, says NSoft Prioritising R&D in a challenging market Topics: Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgContinental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileContinental Reinsurance Plc offers reassurance services for life and non-life classes through service centres in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tunisia and Botswana. The company’s reinsurance offering covers fire and engineering; motor, liability and general accident; marine and aviation; oil and energy; and individual and group life risks. Continental Reinsurance Plc also provides specialist advisory services for reinsurance structuring, actuarial and risk management and product development support. Continental Property and Engineering Risk Services (CPERS) Limited in South Africa is a subsidiary of Continental Reinsurance Plc and operates as a technical referral competence with the Group. The subsidiary company was established to meet the growing demand for specialist engineering insurance risk cover and advisory services. Its core functions are underwriting, risk surveys, claims handling and training. Continental Reinsurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Continental Reinsurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Shane Williams sets the Brian Moore Big Mouth Challenge record

first_imgFriday Mar 4, 2011 Shane Williams sets the Brian Moore Big Mouth Challenge record As we head into another big weekend of rugby, here’s a quick look at something different, as Shane Williams set the record for the Brian Moore Big Mouth Challenge last weekend.There’s been a fair share of trick videos of late, the majority of which have been fake. Unfortunately this has lead to everyone being a sceptic when it comes to clips being released that show good skill. This is slightly different though, as it’s a simple pass the ball through the mouth challenge.The idea is that you get 24 balls and one minute to pass as many of them as possible through the big mouth of Brian Moore. Unfortunately his availability is such that he can’t travel around the UK providing the real thing, so this life size cut-out was created to make things easier.So far there’s been a few guys give it a crack, with former Wales scrumhalf Rob Jones taking on Dan Parks, Nathan Hones, Matt Dawson and Andy Nicol, who got 8 through.Scottish number nine Mike Blair had put up a pretty good score of 7, while fellow Scot Nicol got 8 recently. Shane Williams has since had a go and managed to set the record, passing 9 balls through the target.Here’s the short clip as it was requested and I thought it might be of interest to some of you, as I’m sure we all fancy ourselves as being able to do better. Easier said than done it seems. 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Model Home 2013 / Michael Lin + Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew Ba…

first_imgProject gallerySee allShow lessDoes Prince Charles Abuse His Power Over Architects?Architecture NewsUnified Architectural Theory: An IntroductionArticles Share Projects “COPY” New Zealand Model Home 2013 / Michael Lin + Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew BarrieSave this projectSaveModel Home 2013 / Michael Lin + Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew Barrie Model Home 2013 / Michael Lin + Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew Barrie ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/421833/model-home-2013-michael-lin-atelier-bow-wow Clipboard “COPY”center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/421833/model-home-2013-michael-lin-atelier-bow-wow Clipboard Save this picture!© Nick HayesWritten by Alison Furuto Share Houses CopyInstalled in Auckland Art Gallery’s Lower Grey Gallery for the 5th Auckland Triennial, the Model Home 2013 by Michael Lin and Atelier Bow-Wow, with Andrew Barrie, responds to the specific design challenge of recreating the building that was also exhibited at the Rockbound Museum in Shanghai in 2012. Originally made of welded steel frames clad in structural insulated panels, they explored the potential to translate the house into the Kiwi timber-and-plywood construction idiom. This would have reduced the cost somewhat, but not solved the dilemmas of waste and conceptual inconsistency. More images and architects’ description after the break.Save this picture!© Nick HayesThe Model Home 2012 exhibition was held at the Rockbound Museum in Shanghai. The work of Shanghai-based artist Michael Lin and Tokyo-based architects Atelier Bow-Wow, it’s major elements were a series of huge wall paintings that filled the entire building, and building units that had temporarily housed the workers who had carried out the painting. Save this picture!Courtesy of 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TamakiIn the Chinese context, the welded steel frames are very low in cost and easily worked materials. However, recreating this steel design in Auckland presented a design dilemma – it would have been expensive, created a lot of waste when the building was disposed of after the Triennial, and would have been conceptually inconsistent (in Auckland, no one would live in the house). Save this picture!© Melanie PauThe solution proposed by Prof. Andrew Barrie was to create a paper version of the house. This was inexpensive, could almost all be recycled after the exhibition, and solved the conceptual inconsistency – rather than being a building, it served as a literal document of the original construction. This use of construction drawings to represent the building adapted techniques previously developed by Barrie when making contemporary versions of okoshi-ezu, an ancient Japanese architectural drawing technique of making fold-up paper models that served as records and construction documents, particularly for teahouses. Save this picture!© Melanie PauEvery aspect of the design and construction sought to minimize costs and test the limits of readily available materials. The construction drawings for the Shanghai building were refined and amplified by Barrie’s team. The structure was built by a group of architecture students who prefabricated timber frames that could quickly be assembled in the gallery. The roof structure was built only just strong enough to support its own weight, and was carefully lifted into place by riggers. The walls and roof were made of drawings printed on standard 80gsm printer paper, hand folded, and joined with double-sided tape. The lighting was simple bayonet fixtures on cables with supermarket light bulbs. A series of paper accessories, including painting tools, household items, super-thin furniture, a human figure and even a sparrow perched in the roof, add charm and recall occupation by the original worker occupants. After the exhibition, the paper elements will be recycled and the timber frames broken down for re-use in future student projects. ArchitectsAtelier Bow-Wow, Michael LinLocationAuckland, New ZealandPaper House DesignAndrew BarrieProject ManagementMelanie PauConstruction TeamMelanie Pau, Howie Kang, Wade Southgate, Nick Hayes, Rita Mouchi, Patrick Loo, Yusef Patel, Sam WoodProject Year2013PhotographsNick Hayes, Courtesy of 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Melanie PauProject Year2013PhotographsNick Hayes, Courtesy of 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Melanie Pau, {“text”=>””, “type”=>”media_provider”, “id”=>”5054327428ba0d64b200000f”} ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeAtelier Bow-WowOfficeFollowMichael LinOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectResidential ArchitectureHousesAucklandHousesNew ZealandPublished on August 31, 2013Cite: Alison Furuto. “Model Home 2013 / Michael Lin + Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew Barrie” 31 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. 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Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges

first_imgPhotographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 28 Share Projects Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!Floor PlanIn the middle of the house, the living room opens to the yard under the tree and, in the opposite side, to the view of the north coast of the island. The wooden framed living-room extends to the south looking for the sun. A broad skylight in the ceiling unveils the tree crown that appears like a wide parasol. This dematerialization and transparency intend to bring the tree inside the house.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe house gets its red color from the tin roof finishing. The roof structure is made of local Cryptomeria wood. Like the Linden, the Cryptomeria is an imported species. The Cryptomeria japonica was massively used in the first half of the 20th century to forest the island and is nowadays an identity sign of the Azorean landscape.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessMonocle 24’s ‘The Urbanist’ Examines the Typology of the Department StoreArchitecture NewsSol House / Alexander Brenner ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Portugal Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio BorgesSave this projectSaveQuinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio BorgesSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGHouses•Ponta Delgada, Portugal CopyArchitect In Charge:Pedro Maurício Borges, João André SimõesCollaborators:Paulo Vaz, Diana PintoStructure:José Maria Cymbron, Rodrigo CymbronFacilities:António Manuel Brandão da LuzAir Conditioning:Francisco Laia GonçalvesGeneral Constructor:ARCO mais – Arquitectura e ConstruçãoCity:Ponta DelgadaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Floor PlanRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. The house sits east the great linden that names the cultivated property. Within a linear organization, the house unfolds in two directions starting paralell to the contiguous stone wall and then bending to the south to embrace the tree’s shadow circle. ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781171/quinta-da-tilia-pedro-mauricio-borges Clipboard Area:  292 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781171/quinta-da-tilia-pedro-mauricio-borges Clipboard 2015 ArchDaily Photographs “COPY” Year:  Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges Houses Architects: Pedro Mauricio Borges Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePedro Mauricio BorgesOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPonta DelgadaPortugalPublished on January 29, 2016Cite: “Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges” 29 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Corn Planting Complete in Some Parts of Indiana

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SEE ALSO: 2014 Agronomy SHARE Corn Planting Complete in Some Parts of Indianacenter_img Home News Feed Corn Planting Complete in Some Parts of Indiana By Gary Truitt – May 6, 2014 pioneer5514Dan EmmertVariable weather conditions have lead to a wide variety of field conditions around the state. Some growers are just getting started with planting, while other are finished. Statewide corn planting is 20% complete. In some parts of Southern Indiana corn planting is done, but according to Dan Emmert, field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, in other areas it is just getting started, “We have some producers who have just started putting seeds in the ground this week, but I have talked with some others who are done with corn planting.” He told HAT that heavy rains and cool soil temperatures have kept many producers out of the field, but some areas have had enough of a break they could wrap up planting by the last week  in April.The 2 and 3 inch rains that fell on Southern Indiana counties last week may have caused some problems for the newly planted corn. “In some areas, the seed was washed out and, in others, soil compaction is a concern,” said Emmert.  He is recommending those who are planting this week take precautions to avoid soil crusting, “If you can wait another day to make sure the soil is dry, that would be best and may help prevent side wall compaction which will cause problems later in the season.” He added if you have to plant in wet ground, lowering the pressure on your close wheel will help eliminate the problem. Forecast temperatures of close to 80s next week may make the crusting issue of even greater concern.Listen to the complete report from Dan Emmert on the agronomy page on this web site and the HAT mobile app, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer.  Previous articleIllinois Moms To Visit Farms at PlantingNext articlePioneer Agronomy Update May 5, 2014 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Appeal court upholds ten-year prison sentence against journalist Shi Tao

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked by the lack of independence of China’s courts and urged European governments to react after a ten-year jail sentence was upheld against journalist Shi Tao for “illegally stealing state secrets abroad”.Shi Tao was shown no mercy by Judge Yang Xueshing of the Hunan Supreme Court in southern China, even though he acknowledged posting articles on the Internet but said he had no intention of jeopardising state security.The journalist, aged 37, of Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News) in Hunan province, was accused of posting on a foreign-based website an internal message the authorities had sent to his newspaper warning journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation and the risks associated with the return of some dissidents on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.The Supreme Court refused to heed defence arguments that the article put online by Shi was not a state secret. His lawyer insisted that his client’s actions had in no way endangered China’s security. The prosecutor stressed that Shi had put the country’s security at risk and in exchange for “payment”. Sending articles abroad via the Internet was a crime punishable by a prison sentence, he repeated.”It is staggering to see the lack of independence of Chinese courts, even at the level of the Supreme Court, which only applies the orders of the political police” said Reporters Without Borders. It urged European governments, some of whom have put Shi Tao’s name on their list of prisoners of opinion in China, to step up calls for his release.Shi Tao is serving his sentence in Changsha Prison in Hunan Province. He was sentenced to ten years by Changsha’s intermediate people’s court on 30 April. He was also deprived of his civil and political rights for two years. Follow the news on China Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img July 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court upholds ten-year prison sentence against journalist Shi Tao ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Commentary / Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in Commentary, Daily Dose, Events, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-16 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Five Star Global’s American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMCD) this week hosted its Fall Virtual Member Meeting, “Connecting Across Distances,” during which industry professionals gathered to address race and inclusion.  AMDC’s Vice-Chair Jodi Gaines, Chief Client Officer at Insight One Financial, says she believes this type of event is invaluable for those aiming to provide effective leadership. “As mortgage professionals, and especially as leaders, it’s important to understand the impact our communication has on others,” Gaines said. “When diversity and inclusion are present and everyone is heard, an emotional connection is triggered.”  Gaines invited Samantha Tassone, President and Founder of GrowthFuel LLC, to lead a session, during which Tassone facilitated a discussion about the best ways to approach sensitive diversity-related situations in the workplace.  “The presentation Sam provided gave each participant many relevant tools on how to show up and how to have a positive engaging dialogue,” Gaines said.    A strategist, facilitator, speaker, and performance coach, Tassone has contributed to Forbes and NPR, and she has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on gender intelligence in order to help assess challenges that women face in the workforce and identify solutions to address them, according to AMDC Chair Lola Oyewole, VP and Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Ocwen Financial Corporation, who introduced her. Tassone acknowledged the complex issues facing society today—including COVID-19, the presidential election, and Black Lives Matter—which, she says, has led us to a worldwide dialogue around diversity, race, and social justice. “It’s important now more than ever to be able to navigate that conversational space and be able to create social and emotional bonds for each social exchange that we step into personally and professionally,” she said. “The real work that needs to be done around inclusion is really around leadership behavior.” She delved into “brain-based science” behind more confidently navigating these social exchanges. “Some of you have heard this term psychological safety. When you reach, and achieve psychological safety in the conversational space, it is what’s called an emotional bond,” she explained, for example, “so you are creating emotional bonds and connecting and creating engagement at the highest levels, which is special. This is the essence of inclusion.”  Our lives, she said, are both personally and professionally “defined by the conversations we can and cannot have.” She addressed various natural implicit human cognitive biases, such as “similarity bias” (in which we instinctively agree with something/someone that feels familiar), which “can really hurt us because we move too quickly with a cognitive bias . . .and we don’t take time to look at the details or affirm things that might be outliers in that decision making.”  She also explains “distance bias,” which, she said, “we tend to prefer, as humans, things that are closer to us versus things that are farther away from us. From a team perspective, we tend to embrace and engage more proactively with the team that’s in front of us, versus the team that might be, [for example], across the pond.” Biases are not necessarily bad or good, she added, but something about which leaders, especially, should be aware. Tassone led breakout sessions in which participants practiced “bad” conversations in hopes, she said, that they walk away with skills that they did not previously possess.  By the end of the session, several participants weighed in to say they had shared experiences and employed found knowledge in their respective hypothetical situations. “Overall, I was pleased with the outcome of the Fall Member Meeting,” said Oyewole following the event. “Samantha’s workshop was engaging and insightful. It made me think about inclusion in a deeper way which will be beneficial.”  Tassone concluded with more brain science, explaining how positive interaction produces a feel-good hormone called oxytocin. Conversely, when one experiences the feeling of being overpowered by, for example, a superior or coworker, they tend to feel “triggered,” due to a “cortisol hit,” which “creates distance in a conversational space.” There are choices to make, she said, “and it’s really about understanding what those choices are, and how the brain works.” The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the mortgage industry. Learn more at mortgagediversitycouncil.com.  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. 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first_img Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Naughtodfgdfgdfgdfnparkingweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp There are calls on Donegal County Council to immediately suspend parking charges until the end of this year due to the current climate. Councillor Michael Naughton says as we face a very difficult period for small businesses in our towns, the move would go a long way to support and encourage people to shop local.Councillor Naughton says suspending the charges would be a mark of support and a gesture for all small businesses, tourism providers and visitors in the current climate: Google+ WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – May 18, 2020 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Council urged to suspend parking charges until years end Previous articleBusinesses urged to apply for special restart grantNext articleIreland slowly starts to reopen this morning News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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