first_imgMobile phone company Three has made a pledge not to re-introduce roaming charges between the UK and Ireland after Brexit.The announcement has come as a relief to border customers, who have been concerned about extra phone charges for travelling outside the EU.Three Ireland and Three UK have both moved to assure customers that their roaming experience will not be affected by Brexit this year. “We are taking the industry lead on this issue and giving the assurance to our customers that the roaming experience that they have in the UK today will continue after Brexit, whatever shape that takes,” said Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three Ireland.Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has welcomed the commitment from the company and urged others to follow suit.The Stranorlar area councillor said: “I very much welcome this announcement by Three that they will not reintroduce Roaming charges for its customers on the island of Ireland or travelling to Britain.“We fought a long hard battle with the mobile operators on a European level to get these charges abolished in the first instance, and it was a very real concern that they would make an un-welcome return, particularly for those of us who live in border areas. “However, the onus is now on the other mobile phone operators to make the same commitment, follow Three’s lead, and pledge not to reintroduce these charges. Brexit, whether hard or soft, cannot be used as an excuse to impose extortionate charges for using a mobile phone in your own country,” Cllr Doherty concluded. Three promise to keep UK roaming free is welcomed in Donegal was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitCLLR GARY DOHERTYphonesTHREElast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Ten games into the 49ers season and not one interception has come from their cornerbacks. Instead, safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Antone Exum account for all two of the team’s picks – out of opponents’ 356 pass attempts.If any team can relate, it’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Entering Sunday’s home game against the 49ers, the Bucs have only one interception, and their defense hasn’t created a takeaway since Week 3.“That’s one of the reasons both teams are not having much success,” …last_img read more

first_img1 April 2009South African consumer confidence rebounded in the first quarter of the year despite the global economy deteriorating further since November 2008, with the FNB/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) consumer confidence index rising by five points.According to First National Bank (FNB) and the BER, economic growth has contracted sharply in many countries, with share prices collapsing and millions of workers losing their jobs.“The global economy is heading for its biggest contraction since the Second World War,” First National Bank chief economist Cees Bruggemans said in a statement this week.“Consumer confidence has dropped to record lows in the USA. In light of these developments, the increase in the [FNB/BER index] bucks the US trend.”Positive developmentsAccording to Bruggemans, a number of developments supported consumer confidence in South Africa during the survey period and partly explain the increase in consumer confidence.This included the 150 basis point interest rate cut since December, with prospects for further declines (the survey was conducted before a further 100 basis points cut was announced on 24 March); a drop in the petrol price between November and February; the decline in inflation; a relatively stable rand exchange rate; and a confidence boosting national Budget announced on 11 February.“The Budget was positive for households,” Bruggemans said. “Households will benefit indirectly, as the fiscal stimulus partly counters the slump in economic activity.”The Budget included a number of measures to increase the disposable income of households directly, such as the additional R13-billion set aside for social grants and the R4.1-billion for the expanded public works programme.“Furthermore, the personal income tax scales were adjusted to fully compensate for inflation,” he said. “However, the increase in the fuel levy will partly offset the benefit of the tax rate adjustment.”Economy, households, durable goodsThe FNB/BER consumer confidence index survey is based on three questions, namely the expected performance of the economy, the expected financial situation of households, and the appropriateness of the present time to buy durable goods (such as furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, and motor vehicles).Despite the net percentage of consumers rating the present as an inappropriate time to buy durable goods remaining more or less unchanged relative to the fourth quarter of 2008, the net percentage expecting their own finances and the economy to improve during the next 12 months increased.The own finances sub-index increased from +9 to +15 and the economic performance sub-index from -5 to +4.“The reason why the own finances sub-index increased during [the first quarter of 2009] is probably because the positive impact of the interest rate cuts, lower petrol price and national budget fully countered the adverse impact of the job losses and fall in house prices,” said Bruggemans.High debt, no creditPossible reasons why consumers continued to rate the present as an inappropriate time to buy durable goods are their high debt burdens, increased difficulty in obtaining credit, a stock effect and the decline in residential building activity.The low level of the time to buy durable goods sub-index indicates dismal growth in spending on durable goods, Bruggemans said, adding that credit spending would also remain weak.“With the time to buy durable goods sub-index low and the economic performance and own finances sub-indices high, any rise in real disposable income should lead to increased consumer spending on non-durable goods and services,” he said. “Such a rise in real disposable income could happen if the positive impact of the lower interest rate and inflation continues to outweigh the negative effect of job losses.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more