– launches Christmas promotionWith an objective to “do more” for its customers, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Friday morning, officially opened its third Customer Experience Store on Brickdam, Georgetown.The tone was set for an eventful morning at the new Customer Experience Store, which formally housed the GTT Blackberry store.GTT’s CEO Justin Nedd and Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes cut the ribbon to offically launch the new Customer Experience Store in the presence of GTT Head of Marketing Allison Dundas at the 55 Brickdam location on FridayThe Company’s head of Marketing, Allison Dundas, reminded of the ongoing re-branding exercise over the last year-and-a-half.“This is the third Customer Service store launch; we launched at Forgarty’s, the Giftland Mall and now our 55 Brickdam location, formally known as the Blackberry Store. It’s about the colours, the ambience that the customer will experience,” she said.She explained that when a customer visits these stores; they will be able to do all of their GTT businesses in an atmosphere that is comfortable and friendly.“We are making life easier for our customers,” she said.Dundas announced that persons who own a GTT cellphone are able to do so; to help make his/her life easier.“You can sign up for MMG. You can pay your GTT, water and electricity bills, your Courts and Singers bills. You need not come stand in a long line, because it takes time and money,” she said.GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd noted that the company is coming through a period of immense changes. What can be expected, he said, is a much brighter, customer centric store.He explained, “What you can expect is a more engaging environment. We’ve done an awesome job with making the store more customer centric… this is really the signature of what we will do in the future… we are looking at rolling out more products, more offers, more Internet, faster Internet over the next 12 months.” He said it is a commitment to Guyana and the company’s improvement in service, not only in store, but in call centres and any customer service touch point.During the opening, the telephone company also launched its Christmas promotion.“We have handsets that are on sale, selective devices that are on sale. And whatever the cost of that handset, we give you back in top up.You don’t have to worry that you’ve spent $15,000-$20,000 on a phone. We give that money back to you in top up along with free data. Those are some of the great things that are being done for customers this Christmas,” Dundas said.The head of marketing reminded that customers work hard for their money and value what they spend “that’s why we provide quality service and at this time, we want to give back something to you,” she stated.
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• Photo Gallery: SoCal Edison Expansion Southern California Edison will upgrade and expand transmission lines throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire as part of a $1.7 billion project to deliver wind power from Tehachapi, company officials said. Edison will pay for the project up front, but the cost ultimately will be spread out among Edison customers and California Independent System Operator grid users. Rate increases to Edison customers will likely be less than two-tenths of a cent per kilowatt hour, Edison spokesman Paul Klein said Thursday. An average SCE residential customer uses about 580 kilowatt hours per month, which equates to $88.16. The rate increase would boost that to $89.32. A utility watchdog group often critical of Edison rate hikes praised the project. “We think in the long run these investments will save customers money,” Matthew Freedman, staff attorney for The Utility Reform Network said. “The alternative is greater reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels that are subject to extreme price fluctuations that will only increase in intensity and frequency.” TURN has not reviewed the environmental impact of the project, he said. The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, scheduled for completion in 2013, could bring 4,500 megawatts of wind power to Southern California, Klein said. One megawatt is enough power to serve about 650 homes at any given time. The project – one of the largest single transmission projects in California – is divided into 11 segments, with several segments cutting through the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire and to the edge of Riverside County. The project would pass through 23 cities with more than 250 miles of new or upgraded high-voltage transmission lines, said Brent Gokbudak, co-project manager for the Los Angeles-area portion. “Residents will benefit by knowing the energy serving their homes is coming in large part from renewable energy, and they’ll have a greater sense of understanding that their system is a lot more reliable by virtue of the construction of upgraded facilities,” Gokbudak said. Work in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire is expected to begin in 2010 and 2011 and be completed by 2013. Edison will conduct nine public open houses beginning in April to collect community input. Residents and businesses within 300 feet along the proposed route will receive fact sheets on the project. Most of the route will use existing transmission lines, Gokbudak said. “We’re not planning on cutting through any major new areas for the most part,” he said. Some areas will require widening of the right of way to allow facilities to be installed, Gokbudak said. Edison has not identified any homes that would be affected by the modifications, Klein said. On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved Edison’s application to build segments, which stretches through the Angeles National Forest, Antelope Valley and Kern County. Segment 1 from Santa Clarita to the Antelope Valley was approved by the CPUC on March 1, but approval from the U.S. Forest Service is still pending. These segments are expected to be completed by 2009. Edison expects to submit applications in June for the segments that run through the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, which would begin the environmental review process handled by the Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Forest Service. The transmission project will strengthen the overall grid by upgrading existing corridors and providing the capability to serve an increasing load, Gokbudak said. When wind energy output is low, the lines will bring in other sources of energy to make up the difference, Gokbudak said. Tehachapi has ample wind power but there’s a bottleneck in bringing that power into the Los Angeles basin, said Joe Hsu, Azusa Light & Water director of utilities. The additional capacity will allow more power to come in, he said. The cost will be spread among all rate payers in the ISO service area, including Azusa, he said. “That’s the negative benefit,” Hsu said. “But nevertheless, it’s a transmission line we need.” State law requires that at least 20 percent of the electricity utilities delivered to customers be produced by renewable sources by 2010. Meeting the state’s 20 percent renewable energy target is going to be difficult without the wind power transmission, Freedman said. “\ is the single most important transmission project for achieving those goals,” Freedman said. Residents and businesses will be able to learn about upcoming open houses in their area by calling the contact information on their project fact sheets, Edison officials said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – The constitutional clash pitting Congress against the executive branch escalated on Wednesday as the bipartisan leadership of the House demanded the immediate return of materials seized by federal agents when they searched the office of a House member who is under investigation in a corruption case. The demand, by Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader, underscored the degree of the anger generated among members of both parties on Capitol Hill by the raid Saturday night on the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., who has been accused in court papers of accepting bribes. “The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson’s office in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers, the speech or debate clause of the Constitution and the practice of the last 219 years,” Hastert and Pelosi said in a rare joint statement. Jefferson made a similar demand in federal court, asserting the weekend raid of his office represented an affront to the constitutional separation of powers. He called for federal agents to be prohibited from reviewing seized files. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Justice Department officials, who have called the search proper and necessary, did not appear ready to return materials taken from the lawmaker’s official House suite, setting the stage for a court battle to resolve competing claims of constitutional protection. In a statement, the agency said it was trying to resolve the dispute in a way “that meets law enforcement’s needs and also allays any institutional concerns that Congress may have.” The tense conflict is also developing into a potential new problem for President George W. Bush. The White House has reached out to Republicans on Capitol Hill to allay concerns about the president’s low poll numbers and try to heal deep rifts within the party over a variety of issues. The constitutional confrontation is doing nothing to help with that effort. The unanimity of Hastert and Pelosi, two staunch political foes, was a vivid display of how serious House members appear to be taking the search.
Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 1st June 2014Senior FootballWell done to the Seniors who won a hard-fought game against Burt in the Scarvey on Saturday. The game was played in perfect conditions on an excellent pitch. Buncrana led at half-time and took their advantage into the second-half, holding against a determined and dogged Burt to win by a single point. Final score was Bun Cranncha 0-10 0-9 Burt. The Reserves were very unlucky in their game against the same opposition in the Scarvey earlier in the evening, going down on a score of 1-7 to 1-11.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Senior Ladies had no game this week. Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.SadnessWe lost one of life’s true gentlemen at the weekend with the sad passing of Andy McLaughlin following a long illness, one that he fought with the same bravery and determination that he displayed in the boxing ring. Andy showed the same battling spirit on the football pitch too – when Andy tackled you, you stayed tackled! Despite his warrior spirit Andy was a gentle, modest soul with a ready smile who always put his community and friends first. He and his family have a long association with our Club and will be remembered by us always. He’ll be sorely missed – Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.Underage ReportsU12 boys are away to Convoy in the league on Monday night. They are also getting ready for the U12 42 team All-Irelands in Newry on June 7th. We’re sure there’ll be full attendance at training if players want to get picked for this prestigious event. U14 HurlingA great result on Thursday night as the team beat St Eunan’s to earn the title of League Champions 2014. Congrats from all at the Club to the team and management on this excellent result. Final score Buncrana 4-14 St Eunan’s 0-6U14 Championship resultBuncrana needed to win on Wednesday against Carndonagh to go into the Div 1 Semi Finals. Another very entertaining and fair game was played against a very good Carndonagh team, who have a couple of exceptional talents in Connor O’Donnell, Kieran Farren and their Goalkeeper Daniel McCallion. However, the Buncrana boys stuck to their game plan with good fast attacking football and this resulted in some good scores from the full forward line. Indeed, the Carn keeper saved a number of goal- bound efforts to keep the half time lead down to 5 points. The second half again was even and the boys held out, despite conceding a late penalty, to win by 6 points. Best for Buncrana were Oisin McDaid, John Paul McKenna and Aaron Craig. Next up in the Semi Final is Muff with the date still to be confirmed. Final score Carndonagh 5-9 vs Buncrana 7-9 U12 FootballTravelled to Convoy last night to take on St Marys who got a miraculous draw with a goal 4 minutes into injury time. Again, Buncrana got off to a good start and dominated right from the off. After racing into a 3 point lead, St Mary’s got lucky with a long range point effort that looped into the net and brought them back into the game. Buncrana kept pushing forward and were rewarded with another 2 well worked scores. Pushing on a bit too much however at the end of the half they got caught with a long ball over the top and St Mary’s got a well worked goal on this occasion. To the disbelief of all spectators, St Mary’s went in at half time leading on a score line of 2:02 to 0:06.Buncrana tightened up the defence for the second half and did not concede any more of the easy goals that St Mary’s were gifted in the first. However, we did lose the impetus in our attack too and with only minutes remaining they still trailed by 2 points. Needing a goal now ourselves, the players were urged to drive forward again and they did not hold back – within a 2 minute spell and the momentum with them they magnificently turned a 2 point deficit into a 3 point lead. In a really competitive game and a great nights work done and dusted, just a matter of waiting now for the final whistle only when it was to be blown it wasn’t for the end of the game but for an ‘off the ball’ 50/50 shoulder charge. The ref had no hesitation in sending the Buncrana player off. However unusual the decision was the management gave the referee the respect asked for by all county clubs and with the game almost up we weren’t overly concerned. However, 5 minutes later after tiger-like defending by the young Buncrana men St Mary’s got the equalizing goal and the referee found the whistle to blow for full time.Needless to say the management was very disappointed with the result of 3:03 to 1:09 but certainly not with the team effort – a hard-fought and totally dominant display by all. See you all at training Friday 7:00pm.U10 FootballThe team traveled to Owenbeg last weekend for their 1st Blitz of the season with games against Glen, Ballinderry and Newbridge. All 24 of the children who traveled participated in the 3 hard fought games in both A & B sections. The strength of the opposition was evident from the start but both Buncrana teams battled to the end of each game. Thanks to all the kids who participated and the parents for the support.U10 training will resume as normal this week.On Sat 7th June, Buncrana will host the next round of the U10 Northern Board Blitz.U8 FootballThe U8’s squad travelled to the Newtowncunningham Blitz on Saturday where Buncrana fielded 3 teams. All 3 teams provided a great display of skills and determination. Some top-drawer football, that even Michael Murphy would have proud of, was played against Robert Emmets, Noamh Colmcille and St Eunans. Thanks to the children, parents and coaches who attended.Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pmFriday ScarveyU8 Football 6.30 – 7.30pm Friday ScarveyU8 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU10 Football 6.30-7.45pm Friday ScarveyU10 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday ScarveyU14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday ScarveyU12/U14/U16 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyClub LottoDrum roll please! There was no winner of our Lotto Jackpot (drawn numbers 8, 16, 19, 27) which was drawn in O’Flaherty’s Bar on Saturday night so the monthly draw for €500 then took place. The lucky winner was Neil Farren. Congratulations Neil.In a new initiative we are looking for drivers to drive youths around housing estates on Saturday morning from 11-12.30. Anyone available should be at Scarvey for 10.30. Contact Club Chair Sean Clerkin on 0862388071 for more info. Lotto sellers needed, if you have an hour to spare each week contact Club Treasurer on 0860297444 for details.Eamonn McMenamin FundraiserFollowing on from the very successful Coffee Morning and Table Quiz, the McMenamin Family are holding a Garden Tea Party at their home, 18. St. Olivers Ave, Buncrana on Saturday 14th June, 2014 from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm to remember Eamonn on Father’s Day which is on Sunday 15th June.There will be a free raffle on the day for various prizes. Everyone is very welcome to come along on the day. All proceeds to the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital.Annual Golf ClassicThe annual Golf Classic took place on Saturday in glorious sunshine at the North West Golf Club. There was a great turn-out and the event helped raise some welcome funds to enable the Club to keep buses on the road, hot water in the showers and petrol in the lawnmower! Seriously though, it takes a lot of money to keep a GAA club motoring and every cent helps. A massive thanks to PJ McCarron and all who helped organise a great day. Prize-giving presentations were held in the club house later that night (much later!) and these will be announced later. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to making this such a successful event.Irish LanguageTá an Ciorcal Comhrá ar oíche Dé Luain ar ceal go dtí go bhfógrófar a mhalairt. Tá brón orainn faoi seo agus tá súil again go n-atosóidh sé arís go luath. The Irish Language Conversation group on Monday nights is cancelled until further notice. We apologise for this and hope to resume it again very soon.Beyond The Game EventUlster GAA, the Irish FA and IRFU (Ulster Branch) are joining forces in the delivery of a joint good relations event next month which is aimed at supporting local sports clubs and promoting positive community relations.We would like to invite you and any other relevant representatives from your organisation to the event we are hosting, entitled ‘Beyond the Game’, which will showcase the existing work of Clubs and explore issues close to the heart of sports clubs including health, volunteering and engaging with your communities.We are pleased to confirm Mickey Harte (Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager) as keynote speaker and are delighted to welcome Denise Watson as our MC.The event will take place on Wednesday 11th June at Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge. Please contact Club Secretary for further details and expression of interest to attend.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at email@example.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa orwww.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: TRIBUTES PAID TO BUNCRANA STALWART ANDY McLAUGHLIN was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncrana gaa club notes
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the fifth consecutive week, Drake University softball redshirt junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) has been selected the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the MVC office announced Monday, April 23. Newman has won a league-best seven MVC Pitcher of the Week awards this season and 12 in her career. In three starts last week, Newman went 3-0 with three shutouts for Drake, which went 5-0. She pitched 20.0 innings, scattered 12 hits and finished with 23 strikeouts to just one walk. Newman, who has thrown a pair of no-hitters this season, tossed her fifth one-hitter of the season in the team’s first win over Illinois State. Newman and her teammates welcome UNI Tuesday night to Buel Field. First pitch of the in-state contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Newman, who holds an impressive 16-2 record in the circle this year, lowered her earned run average to 0.44, a mark that leads the country. She has yet to allow a run by an MVC opponent, holds a 9-0 record against league opponents and has 109 strikeouts with just eight walks in MVC play.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team continued to rack up wins during the second day of the Bulldog Hidden Dual at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.Reid Jarvis and Finley Hall both collected two singles wins each as Jarvis opened his day with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Creighton’s Stratton Brown followed by a 7-5, 6-3 win over NIU’s Kristopher Ortega.Hall collected a 6-4, 7-5 win over NIU’s David Pata in the morning and then a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Omaha’s Ethan Henry in the afternoon.Hall also teamed up with Barny Thorold to earn two wins in doubles action while Jarvis went 1-1 in his doubles matches with teammate David Nyman.Evan Fragistas, Freddie Powell and Thorold all picked up wins in singles matches as well.The third and final day of the Bulldog Hidden Dual begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m.Bulldog Hidden Dual Saturday SinglesReid Jarvis (Drake) def. Stratton Brown (Creighton), 6-4, 6-4Evan Fragistas (Drake) def. Victor Spolidorio (NIU), 2-6, 6-4, 10-8Freddie Powell (Drake) def. Mikko Malinen (NIU), 2-6, 6-1, 10-8Finley Hall (Drake) def. David Pata (NIU), 6-4, 7-5Armando Gandini (Creighton) def. David Nyman (Drake), 6-4, 7-6 (2)Bor Muzar (NIU) def. Barny Thorold (Drake), 4-6, 6-2, 11-9Barny Thorold (Drake) def. Quintana (Omaha), 6-1, 6-3Finley Hall (Drake) def. Ethan Henry (Omaha), 6-3, 6-3Heredia (Marquette) def. Evan Fragistas (Drake), 6-2, 4-6, 12-10Fran San Andres (Marquette) def. Freddie Powell (Drake), 6-3, 6-2Reid Jarvis (Drake) def. Kristopher Ortega (NIU), 7-5, 6-3Shao-Yu Yu (NIU) def. David Nyman (Drake), 6-1, 7-6 (3)Saturday DoublesThorold / Hall (Drake) def. Muzar / Pata (NIU), 8-6Thorold / Hall (Drake) def. Quintana / Henry (Omaha), 8-1Fragistas / Powell (Drake) def. Heredia / San Andreas (Marquette), 8-6Jarvis / Nyman (Drake) def. Ortega / Yu (NIU), 8-3Brown / Gandini (Creighton) def. Jarvis / Nyman (Drake), 9-7Spolidorio / Malinen (NIU) def. Fragistas / Powell (Drake), 8-2 Live Results Story Links Print Friendly Version
Friends and colleagues of the late Mary Kavanagh Chandler gathered recently to unveil a memorial seat in the garden of the Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny.Mary had a long and successful career fundraising for palliative care services for the terminally ill, both here and in England.Originally from Cork, she spent most of her adult professional life in England. She held a senior position in Harrods store in Knightsbridge in London.Herself and her husband Tony retired over twenty years ago to Kinnarlargy in Downings.Mary was actively involved in the Donegal Hospice Committee, the Adrian Mitchell society and in most recent years with ACT, a charity founded to support the efforts of Irish missionary priest Fr Kieran Creagh in Learatong Hospice & School in South Africa. ACT also supported initiatives locally around children and life-limiting conditions.At the unveiling ceremony, Paddy Rooney, Chairman of ACT said the people who were fortunate to have met Mary and to know her will have experienced her forceful and charismatic personality in advocating on behalf of the terminally ill.Pictured back row, left to right: Sean Murphy, GM, LUH, Ann McClafferty, Mairead Herrity, Mary Rooney, Mary Bradley, Eoin McLarnon, Martin McGinley, Paddy Rooney, Chairman of ACT and James Sweeney, President of ACT.Front row, left to right: Bridie Conboy, Geraldine McIntyre, Treasurer of ACT, Bridie Giblin, Mary Fox, Mary McLarnon & Jerry McGarrigle, all of ACT.He said it was much easier to say yes to Mary than to say no!“That was why she was able to garner the support of household names in lending their names to high profile fund-raising events. He thanked all present as the memorial seat in her honour was a small gesture of appreciation for her efforts for the various charities down the years,” said Paddy.Mary passed away in Letterkenny University Hospital on the 17th January 2018.Mary takes her deserved seat at the Donegal Hospice was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:ACTdonegal hospiceMary Kavanagh
WestJet has signed with Boeing for up to 20 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with the first 10 to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021.The second 10, which are options are to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.The airline also announced it has selected General Electric’s GEnx-1B engine for the 787.”This order represents an exciting new chapter in WestJet’s history,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.”We have carefully executed on our strategic plan, first launching WestJet Encore to connect smaller communities across Canada to our growing network followed by our successful venture into wide-body flying to Hawaii and London Gatwick.Now, with the most sophisticated commercial airliner available, we turn our attention to further growing our international presence and introducing, even more, travellers to our award-winning guest experience.””With a range of more than 14,000 kilometres, the Dreamliner will give WestJet the ability to serve new destinations in Asia and South America and to expand its service offerings into the European market.” Ray Conner, Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company said “we welcome WestJet to the Dreamliner family and look forward to the new destinations they will serve.”Our ability to compete globally and deliver our plan comes from the hard work and dedication of our more than 12,000 WestJetters and I am excited for what this news represents for them,” continued Gregg Saretsky.”They are truly representative of our Canadian values of warm hospitality and openness and on behalf of them, we now turn our attention to welcoming the Dreamliner to the WestJet family.”As part of this purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.Founded in 1996, WestJet is the second-largest Canadian airline operating an average of 425 flights a day carrying over 45,000 passengers[.
3 December 2010British Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has pledged to double trade volumes between South Africa and the UK by 2015. The goal was set by President Jacob Zuma during his state visit to the UK in March 2010.Bellingham made the pledge during discussions with Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim in Pretoria on Wednesday.Major trading partner, investorBritain is one of South Africa’s major trading partners, and remains one of the two largest foreign investors in South Africa. There are over 200 South African companies that have established a presence in the UK.Total trade between the United Kingdom and South Africa increased by 173% between 1998 and 2008, from R25.492-billion to R69.630-billion.Bellingham also congratulated South Africa on its return to the United Nations Security Council after a short absence and with such an overwhelming vote in its favour.He also expressed Britain’s firm commitment to closely collaborating with South Africa and to sharing views on matters of mutual concern.North-South relationsEbrahim expressed appreciation for the UK’s commitment to maintaining International Development assistance at a level of 0.7% of Gross National Income, even in the harsh economic times.Relations between South Africa and the UK are strong across the board, covering fields as diverse as defence, trade liberalisation and development co-operation.Source: BuaNews