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  • Internet ‘at a control crossroads’

    Wed 04th Mar 2015

    The internet is at a crossroads between greater government control and broad and open growth, one of the industry’s key players warned. Dr Robert Pepper leads Californian software giant Cisco’s global technology policy team in areas like broadband development. He told a Belfast audience the “internet of everything”, where billions more devices from smartphones to […]
  • Jobs axe set to fall on Call Centre

    Wed 04th Mar 2015

    A call centre in west Belfast is set to close with the loss of around 200 jobs. Ageas Retail is located in the Springvale Business Park. It has announced it is entering a 90-day consultation period with employees over potential closure . The company’s Belfast operation provides outbound calling services to potential customers for insurance […]
  • Row with pharmacists costs £46m

    Wed 04th Mar 2015

    A dispute over the payment of pharmacists for drugs has cost the taxpayer £46 million, Stormont assembly members said. The Department of Health and community dispensers have failed to reach agreement on the terms of a revised contract covering reimbursement. Stormont’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said primary care prescribing costs £460 million each year – […]
  • Three held over prisoner escape

    Tue 03rd Mar 2015

    Three people have been arrested over the violent escape of a notorious Scottish convict from prison in Ireland. A man and woman in their 60s were detained in the Ashbourne area of Co Meath this morning over the fleeing from custody of Glaswegian Derek Brockwell, 53, last month. Another man, in his mid-30s, was arrested […]
  • Cost of broadband scheme slammed

    Tue 03rd Mar 2015

    A publicly-funded high-speed broadband project cost 43 times more than it should have. Some equipment for the cross-border initiative was bought for £943,000, when its true value was £21,700, according to a hard-hitting report: The Bytel project, approved in 2004, aimed to provide faster internet across homes in Belfast, Craigavon Armagh, Dublin and Dundalk. The […]
  • Call for new drug-drive laws in NI

    Mon 02nd Mar 2015

    A firm behind drug driving testing is calling for new tougher laws to be brought in to place here. It’s now illegal for people to drive while under the influence in England and Wales, including cannabis and some prescription pills. Gary McCutcheon from Randox Labratories says Northern Ireland has the worst record of road safety […]
  • Wintery weather causes havoc on roads

    Mon 02nd Mar 2015

    It was a wintry start to the week, with many of us getting back to work in snowstorms – with drivers stuck in tailbacks because of the weather. And two thousand homes are currently without power in Cullbackey near Ballymena – though NIE haven’t confirmed if that’s due to the snow. Up to 10 centimeters […]
  • Elliot in bid to ban ‘naming after terrorists’

    Mon 02nd Mar 2015

    Legislation could be passed in Northern Ireland to stop public places being named after terrorists. An Ulster Unionist MLA is set to launch a consultation, to stop publicly funded area being called after anyone who was part of an illegal organisation. It comes after a children’s park in Newry was called after hunger striker Raymond […]
  • £17m to boost broadband speeds in NI

    Mon 02nd Mar 2015

    Another £17 million is to be invested to improve Northern Ireland’s broadband infrastructure. The Superfast Rollout Programme, which will be delivered by BT, is aimed at improving coverage of superfast internet. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said it will bring more choice and improve speeds to more than 38,000 premises. She added: “The Superfast Rollout Programme […]
  • £40,000 cannabis seizure in Magherafelt

    Sat 28th Feb 2015

    Forty thousand pounds worth of cannabis has been found in Magherafelt. The drugs were seized, along with two cars, and a number of mobiles phones during a search of a house on the Castledawson Road. Detectives also uncovered drug paraphernalia and cash from houses in the Cookstown area. Two men aged 43 and 39 have […]
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