Ferry Taku sold, will become floating hotel

first_imgSoutheast | State Government | Tourism | TransportationFerry Taku sold, will become floating hotelSeptember 19, 2017 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is in storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. It’s been sold to a Portland company that wants to turn it into a hotel. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)The Alaska ferry Taku’s next life will be as a floating hotel.Portland-based KeyMar LLC made the winning bid of $300,000 for the 54-year-old ship.Marine Highway System General Manager Capt. John Falvey said KeyMar beat out two other bidders, who wanted to scrap the ship.“Their plan is to do some renovation on the Taku and turn it into a destination hotel and waterfront activities center,” he said.The competing companies offered $50,000 each. The bidding deadline was Sept. 15.The ferry Taku’s solarium and upper back deck were, at times, home to a tent city. The ferry has been tied up since 2015. (Photo by Lonnie Walters/Alaska Department of Transportation)The Taku is tied up at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. Falvey said it will be towed to Portland after the sale goes through and the new owner takes possession. That date has not been set.Falvey said the ferry system has removed the Taku’s art and safety gear.“Half a million dollars’ worth of equipment is being distributed to active ships in the fleet as needed, as we speak. Some of the equipment will be used for the two Alaska Class ferries,” he said.Those new, smaller ships are being built at the Ketchikan Shipyard.State officials have been trying to sell the Taku since spring of this year. It was first priced at $1.5 million, then at $700,000.The latest minimum price was not made public. Falvey said it was $350,000, more than the winning bid, but close enough.The Taku was built in 1963. It was tied up in 2015 as the ferry system looked for ways to balance its budget.The ship can carry about 350 passengers and 50 vehicles. It has 40 staterooms, a cafeteria, observation lounges and a covered solarium.Falvey has run the ferry system since 2004, overseeing the Taku and other ships in the fleet.He said selling the Taku is a little bittersweet.“It’s sad, but I’m very happy it’s going to live on as a destination hotel,” he said. “That makes me happy.”The fast ferry Chenega also is in storage. But Falvey said there are no immediate plans to sell it.Share this story:last_img read more

Gardentalk – Ready, set, start your seeds!

first_imgFood | GardentalkGardentalk – Ready, set, start your seeds!April 7, 2020 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Cucumber and pumpkin seed starts as seen under a LED grow light. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Many veteran gardeners likely have already started their favorite vegetable seeds indoors. It’s still too chilly and the risk of frost is still too great to plant any seeds outside.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/04/Garden031720uw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In this segment of Gardentalk that was originally recorded March 17 and aired April 2, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski explains that it’s still a great time to start herbs, which may take a while to germinate and grow into a decent size for planting outside. It would also be a good time to start onions, shallots, celery and parsley.“Just because they are so slow,” Buyarski said. “Read the seed packets which tell folks how long — six weeks or eight weeks — before the frost-free date that people may want to wait to put their plants out.”For those thinking about growing their other vegetables and produce this summer, Buyarski said potatoes are easy to grow in Alaska and usually produce a lot of food.Other relatively easy vegetables to grow in Alaska include carrots, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, and all sorts of greens – like lettuce, swiss chard, kale and mustard greens.Share this story:last_img read more

2012 CIFPs conference preview

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SEC charges three hedge fund execs with fraud

Keywords Fraud,  Hedge fundsCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Three U.S. hedge fund executives have been charged with securities fraud, among other things, over allegations that they secretly restructured their funds in order to prevent a large redemption. U.S. authorities announced that a federal grand jury has returned a 19-count indictment charging three executives of New Stream Capital LLC, a Ridgefield, Conn.-based hedge fund, with conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud. The three surrendered to the FBI in New Haven Tuesday, and were later released on bond. They pleaded not guilty to the charges, which have not been proven. Related news According to the indictment and statements made in court, in November 2007, New Stream launched new feeder funds, one based in the U.S. and a series of funds based in the Cayman Islands. It also planned to close its existing Bermuda Fund, and require its foreign investors to move their investments into the Cayman Fund. However, one of its largest investors decided to redeem its whole investment in the Bermuda Fund. It alleges that, in order to prevent that redemption, the executives devised a scheme to secretly keep the Bermuda Fund open and give priority to its investors. The indictment also alleges that the firm failed to inform investors who had transferred into the Cayman Fund that the Bermuda Fund was remaining open, or that it was being given priority over the Cayman Fund. And, it says the firm continued to market to investors by concealing the magnitude of the pending redemptions, and by using deceptive marketing materials that failed to disclose the existence of the Bermuda Fund. Each of the defendants is charged with one count of conspiracy, 10 counts of securities fraud and eight counts of wire fraud. At the same time, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also brought charges against the firm and the executives. The SEC is seeking a variety of sanctions and relief against them including injunctions, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains with prejudgment interest, and penalties. Its allegations haven’t been proven either. “Hedge fund managers who put greed ahead of full disclosure to investors violate a fundamental trust,” said George Canellos, acting director of the SEC’s division of enforcement. Imposters among us, CSA warns DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Cooler Places program to be put to test next summer

first_imgCooler Places program to be put to test next summer Solar panels have been installed on three village halls as part of the Cooler Places in a Warmer Climate projectA pilot program aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of heat-related illnesses in three vulnerable shire villages is wrapping up, with the next stage being to put three village halls, newly equipped as ‘cooler refuges’, to the test next summer.The Cooler Places in a Warmer Climate program is looking at the needs of inland parts of the shire that are susceptible to heatwave, with a focus on the villages of Bemboka, Quaama and Wyndham.Council’s Environmental Management Officer, Michael Fiedler said the villages were identified as relatively isolated and susceptible to future heatwaves.There are two main components to the Cooler Places in a Warmer Climate project: community consultation and the installation of solar batteries with a plug-in generator option designed to allow the halls to be completely separated from the grid if needed.“We’ve installed solar battery power in halls in each village and air-conditioning will soon be installed at Wyndham,” Mr Fiedler said.“We’ve also met with residents and asked what they need in the halls to make sure they are fully equipped and useful cool refuges in a heatwave.“People in rural communities often have fewer resources to protect themselves from extreme temperatures and the Cooler Places program is one way of ensuring access to heatwave relief for everyone.“Our report following the community consultations will be complete in the coming weeks and will be used to inform hall committees and Council about what is needed to create cool refuges.“It will capture what people say they need and how things might operate. The next step is to run a trial over the coming summer period. We’ll then update hall operation manuals and set about creating unique plans for each building.”The halls at Bemboka, Quaama and Wyndham are now able to run off-the-grid most of the time as a result of the newly installed solar and battery combinations. The halls can operate with power for several hours by themselves during a blackout and there is an additional generator plug-in option.Mr Fiedler said given the predicted increase in extreme weather events, understanding where vulnerable community members will go during a heatwave and putting in place preventative public health measures will help communities cope with a warming climate.The Cooler Places in a Warmer Climate project is part of the adaptation actions identified in Council’s Climate Resilience Strategy and is funded under the NSW Government’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change program. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:battery, Bega Valley Shire Council, Bemboka, building, climate change, community, environmental management, Government, heatwave, local council, NSW, operation, public health, Quaama, resilience, resources, warming, Wyndhamlast_img read more

Another $25 million in grants for small business

first_imgAnother $25 million in grants for small business JOINT STATEMENTThe Palaszczuk Government has launched Queensland Small Business Month with three new grants programs worth $25 million over two years – making Queensland the place to be for small business.Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said today’s announcement builds on the more than $180 million in Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants which have already been paid to more than 20,300 small businesses.“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and are a vital part of the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery plan to get more Queenslanders into jobs,” Ms Farmer said.“This year’s theme for Small Business Month is bounce back better. We’ve already helped tens of thousands of businesses through COVID-19 and these new grants will assist more businesses to recover and pursue opportunities to grow and employ more people.Minister Farmer said the Business Basics, Business Boost and Business Growth Fund grants will target specific groups within the sector and continue to deliver on the Government’s election commitments to small business.“We are rolling out the grants this way based on the direct feedback I heard from thousands of small business owners, following on from the small business roadshow which toured Queensland earlier this year, and an online survey which ran parallel to it.“We know, from our extensive consultation process, that Queensland businesses are at distinctly different stages, and our support programs need to reflect this.“The Palaszczuk Government has listened, and now we are delivering.“The Business Basics grant program will offer grant funding to new and emerging businesses, Business Boost will support established small businesses, and the Business Growth Fund will help evolving and fast growing small and medium sized businesses.“The Business Basics grants of up to $5,000 each support new and emerging businesses to increase core capabilities and adopt current best practice.“They can use the grant for website development and upgrades, strategic marketing, training and coaching, advisory services and planning for business continuity and succession.“The Business Boost grants of up to $15,000 will help small businesses to improve their efficiency and productivity through organisational development and upgrades through automated software and CRM systems.“While the $50,000 Business Growth Fund grants will allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities.“The type of grants, information about what is required to get them and the application process itself are all a direct result of feedback from small businesses.“We want it to be easier to do business with the Government here in Queensland.Minister for Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said today also marked an important deadline for many small businesses with the Queensland Check-in app now compulsory for our cafés and restaurants.“The Palaszczuk Government’s handling of COVID-19 has seen a faster recovery for the Queensland economy and the check-in app is another important tool,” Ms Enoch said.“Queensland businesses have done a great job with more than 31,000 businesses registering for the app by the May 1 deadline – there have been more than 17.3 million check-ins using the app.“Businesses can get a Check-In Qld app guide and information pack, and we also provide a dedicated team to support them through the registration process via phone and email. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, covid-19, digital, Economy, efficiency, election, employment, Government, grants program, Minister, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, Small Business, small business owner, software, websitelast_img read more

Santa Monica may have to build almost 5,000 units by 2029

first_imgHomeBusinessDevelopmentSanta Monica may have to build almost 5,000 units by 2029 Oct. 21, 2019 at 6:02 amDevelopmentFeaturedNewsReal EstateSanta Monica may have to build almost 5,000 units by 2029Madeleine Pauker2 years agoNo tagsAn affordable building for seniors will rise on Colorado Avenue. (WS Communities) The city of Santa Monica’s Planning Commission says it’s time for Santa Monica to reopen the conversation around upzoning in the wake of new state efforts to address California’s housing shortage and lack of affordable housing.Santa Monica will likely have to support taller and denser development in response to recent legislation aimed at boosting housing construction and an upcoming mandate that cities across California build thousands of new housing units, commissioners said at a meeting Wednesday. The city will likely be required to build 4,800 affordable and market-rate units from 2021 to 2029.City planner Jing Yeo said the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation will require that Santa Monica build a relatively higher number of units because of its proximity to jobs and transit and past record of producing new development — or face financial penalties. The city will receive its final allocation next October.“When we do get whatever the number is, we will have to figure something out, because the consequences of not complying with your housing element are increasingly severe,” Yeo said.While only the City Council has the final say on changes to local housing policy, most members of the Planning Commission said upzoning is somewhat inevitable in order to meet the state mandate for new housing. In particular, they supported allowing affordable housing developers to construct buildings one or two stories over the height limit in certain neighborhoods.The recent state housing bills make denser development, particularly affordable development, easier than ever. But increased density is politically risky in Santa Monica, where 45% of local voters supported a 2016 ballot measure to put any new buildings more than two stories tall to a citywide vote. The city currently allows taller buildings only along transit corridors and in the downtown area.“We have to have a conversation about upzoning in this city,” said Commissioner Elisa Paster. “It’s not going to be popular, but we can’t have density in only a few corners of the city.”Commissioners said the city will have to consider different strategies to increase housing production, such as adding townhomes and accessory dwelling units to single-family neighborhoods and instituting a “no net loss of units” rule, i.e. preventing small condominiums from replacing apartment buildings.While they agreed that areas near transit need to densify in response to the housing shortage, Commissioner Mario Fonda-Bernardi warned that building more housing around transit will not necessarily address the city’s affordability crisis.“Building around transit is a great thing, except the buildings tend to be expensive and therefore the people who rent them are going to be rather well-heeled, which means they’ll have cars and may not avail themselves of the mass transit at their doorsteps,” he said.Commissioners Leslie Lambert and Richard McKinnon said the city will have to tackle affordability by requiring that new development include more units restricted to middle-class households. Santa Monica’s Proposition R requires 30% of all new units to be affordable, but the mix of affordable units prioritizes low-income households.“We’re hollowing out the middle class here,” McKinnon said. “What we have now is people who are millionaires because they own houses or are extremely well paid enough to afford the $4,000, $5,000, $6,000, $7,000 a month rent and people who are being supported by rent-controlled or affordable housing, and less and less in the middle, and that’s an unsustainable city going forward.”[email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMan will get $99,000 after officer deployed K-9 unitMan dies by suicide while fleeing police on Santa Monica State BeachYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agolast_img read more

Wileyfox future uncertain as administrators move in

first_img Tags CEO and CMO leave smartphone maker Wileyfox Wileyfox back from brink following STK deal Previous ArticleEC clears Xavier Niel eir acquisitionNext ArticleTuring chief denies bankruptcy claims Author Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 FEB 2018 UK-based smartphone maker Wileyfox entered administration, with The Register reporting the company had stopped receiving funds from its Russian backers.The company launched with a fanfare in 2015, with the aim of offering low-cost, unlocked, devices. It said its bigger rivals have “massive organisations to support”, leading to higher costs for consumers, whereas Wileyfox was not burdened with such a legacy.But with the smartphone market already fiercely competitive, launching a new smartphone brand is a long-term game. Without shareholders able to support the company through its growth phase, Wileyfox was facing a losing battle.The Register, which spoke to administrator Andrew Andronikou (a partner at restructuring company Quantuma), reported Wileyfox’s holding company was primarily funded by Russian bank Promsvyazbank.Russia’s central bank had to rescue the finance house late in 2017, due to issues impacting the country’s economy. As part of the bailout, limitations were placed on lending outside of Russia, which meant the tap was turned off for Wileyfox.The administrator also said distribution of devices “hasn’t been successful”, with targets missed and “they still had to spend a lot on marketing”.Other issues impacting the industry, such as rising component prices and currency issues, probably did not help. The Register said Wileyfox’s costs had been cut to the “bare minimum”, with staff laid-off and options being explored including a trade sale.center_img Home Wileyfox future uncertain as administrators move in Related Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Wileyfox Pro release delayed by 2 weeks Devices Wileyfoxlast_img read more

Whitefish Resort Tax Surges with New Lodging Accommodations

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Two decades after the implementation of Whitefish’s resort tax — and more than a year after voters bumped the once-controversial tax up from 2 percent to 3 percent — collections are surging just as the community adds a glut of hotel rooms to its inventory.Montana is one of five states without a statewide sales tax, alongside Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Oregon. Resort taxes, or local option sales taxes on luxury items and lodging, help tourist-dense communities like Whitefish balance the burden of paying for rising infrastructure needs.The idea is that seasonal influxes of visitors place a higher degree of pressure on streets and public spaces, and local taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear all the financial responsibility.In April 2015, Whitefish voters approved an increase from 2 percent to 3 percent in the resort tax, which applies to three economic sectors — lodging, restaurant food and drinks, and retail items.Overall, with the additional 1 percentage point included, collections were up by 70.53 percent, or $145,428, this June compared to June of last year, when the 2 percent tax was in place.The percentage point increase, which took effect in July last year, accounts for much of the increase, but this year’s addition of a new Hampton Inn also prompted collections on lodging to increase dramatically — from $39,483 in June of last year to $55,835 for June of this year, or a leap of 41 percent.“That tells a pretty big story right there,” Whitefish City Manager Chuck Stearns said. “That’s a significant increase. And the one tangible change is the opening of the Hampton Inn and Suites, which didn’t exist last year.”Prior to that development, there were already about 1,200 guest rooms in Whitefish, according to Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Dylan Boyle, not counting personal rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO.Combined with the recent opening of the Firebrand Hotel, 161 rooms have been added to the local inventory this year, an increase of 13 percent in lodging accommodations, while the Whitefish City Council’s recent approval of a Marriott TownePlace Suites off U.S. Highway 93 South will add another 81 rooms.Ever since the recession destabilized the valley’s economy, tourism has taken over as the largest basic industry in the Flathead, accounting for 19 percent of earnings in the county from 2012 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Nonresident travel is expected to grow about 3 percent per year from 2015 to 2018.With that upward trend in visitation, Stearns said resort tax collections on lodging will continue to surge in the busy summer months, and the lag in outside visitation typical of the shoulder seasons is beginning to diminish, meaning demand for those rooms should keep climbing.The biggest factor for the uptick in resort tax collections was the addition of a 1 percentage point resort tax increase, from 2 percent to 3 percent, which voters overwhelmingly approved last year to help finance the purchase of a conservation easement in Haskill Basin.On an equivalent basis of the 2 percent resort tax this year compared to last year, resort tax collections in June were up by 13.7 percent, or $28,221. For the year-to-date, the comparative 2 percent resort tax was up 2.12 percent, or $46,777.Since Whitefish began collecting resort taxes two decades ago, a total of nearly $1.6 billion in taxable sales has yielded nearly $31.9 million in collected revenues, with $1.6 million returned to vendors as an administrative fee. A total of $30.3 million is considered the “public portion.”In Whitefish, tax revenues have paid for new roads, bike and pedestrian paths, park renovations, and various other community projects, including bleachers at the Whitefish ice rink and reconstruction of the Grouse Mountain tennis courts.To date, $17.2 million has gone into street repair. Another $7.9 million has been rebated to Whitefish property owners, while $1.1 million has been used for park improvements.Of the three economic sectors subject to resort taxation, lodging makes up 18 percent of resort tax collections, bars and restaurants 37 percent, and retail 45 percent.In all, it has funded 41 public works projects to date.Results are visible throughout Whitefish, and most tourists don’t notice the tax or aren’t bugged by it, Stearns said, particularly when comparing it to other resort towns, or their home states with sales taxes.The Riverside Tennis Courts on Baker Avenue are currently being renovated, while the potholed corridors of Somers Avenue, State Park Road, Karrow Avenue, West Seventh Street, and East Edgewood Place are all slated for repair.The resort tax was controversial in 1996 when it was put in place, and while some locals still gripe about it or opt to shop in Kalispell to circumvent it, the city’s adoption of a resort tax has generally been accepted as a positive, Stearns said.That acceptance was no more evident than in April 2015, when Whitefish voters turned out to overwhelmingly approve the resort tax increase to help fund the Haskill Basin conservation easement by a margin of nearly 84 percent.“You let me know any other tax increase that passed by 84 percent of the voters,” Stearns said. “I’ve never seen that in my career.”By comparison, residents reluctantly passed the resort tax in 1996 with a 56 percent to 44 percent margin. In 2004, residents renewed the tax with a 76 percent to 24 percent vote.Stearns said he believes that vote was somewhat swayed by tangible changes in the community, like “fewer potholes and new roads.”The resort tax has been an “immense help” to the community of 6,700 residents, he said, raising about $2.5 million in fiscal year 2016, compared to $770,074 in 1997, the first full year of resort tax collections. Of the 2016 collections, 65 percent was put into roads, 25 percent into property tax relief, 5 percent into parks and trails, and 5 percent for vendors.Stearns added that the revenue also has allowed the city to hire more police officers than other cities per capita.The tax applies to consumable food served, which has led to some interesting interpretations. For example, if a person buys a doughnut and eats it at the location, it’s taxed. But if a person buys a bag of doughnuts and eats them at home, they’re not taxed.Other Montana resort towns and communities have benefited from resort taxes of their own, according to the Montana Department of Revenue.Virginia City, West Yellowstone and Red Lodge are the other Montana communities using the local option resort tax to their benefits. St. Regis, Big Sky, Cooke City, and Craig are the other resort areas with resort taxes. In all of the communities and resort areas, the tax is 3 percent.last_img read more

Coronavirus test centres open in Donegal

first_img Google+ Coronavirus test centres open in Donegal Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBoris Johnson tests positive for CoronavirusNext articleCoronavirus crisis impacting on Donegal Olympians’ training News Highland A COVID-19 test centre has opened today at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.The centre will operate on a drive through basis.In the interim St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny will continue to operate as a test centre.The HSE has also confirmed that the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon is being developed as a drive through test centre by today.Testing will be targeted to those in an at risk group or those with a high risk of exposure to Covid-19, who also have symptoms of fever and at least one other sign such as; a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.People with testing appointments booked for today are advised to attend the testing centre and Healthcare workers with a confirmed appointment should attend their appointment regardless of the date. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook By News Highland – March 27, 2020 last_img read more