03/01/2019

Other News In Brief

Critically Injured Biker Airlifted After Bushmills Crash

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital in Belfast following a serious crash in Bushmills, County Antrim.

The incident involved a motorbike and a car and occurred on the Ballaghmore Road shortly after 2pm on Wednesday 02 January.

An ambulance crew, two rapid response paramedics and the air ambulance rushed to the scene.

The injured biker was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition.

Glentoran Manager Ronnie McFall Resigns

Glentoran boss Ronnie McFall has stepped down from his position with immediate effect, following the side's devastating run of 12 games without a win.

Former player for the Glens, Gary Smyth, who joined the management team to assist Mr McFall in May 2018, is set to take over the reigns of the east Belfast team.

A club statement said: "Gary Smyth will take responsibility for first team matters, as outlined in our long-term strategy.

"Gary will be assisted by Paul Leeman."
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The club also thanked Mr McFall for his hard work and commitment, adding: "Ronnie, as both player and manager, has played a very important role in the history of Glentoran Football Club.

"He and (his wife) Anne will always be very welcome at the Oval."

Gletoran has struggled throughout the current season and now sits in 9th position in the Irish Premiership table.

New Look's Belfast City Centre Store Set To Close This Month

New Look's flagship store, located at Fountain House in Belfast city centre, is set to close later this month.

The retailer announced it will close the Donegall Place store on Tuesday 15 January.

It is not yet known what will happen to staff employed at the store, but around 70 jobs are expected to be axed.

A spokeswoman for the high street fashion brand said there are currently no confirmed plans for relocation.

New Look has a smaller store in CastleCourt shopping centre.

In 2018, it announced a programme of closures and negotiations for rent reductions as part of a cost-cutting form of insolvency known as a company voluntary arrangement.

Primark has previously said it plans to open in Donegall Place in the spring, following its extension onto the back of the Bank Buildings unit, which was destroyed in a fire at the end of August last year.



(JG/MH)

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