Mica the biggest issue facing Inishowen this election, Councillors told

first_imgCouncillor Martin McDermott has called on the Irish Government to further their urgency when it comes to the redress scheme in Donegal. In October, cabinet approved a redress scheme for private houses affected by bad blocks containing high levels of the mineral mica in Donegal.However, such plans have been delayed since the turn of the year and at a recent meeting of councillors in Inishowen on Tuesday, Cllr McDermott said the situation had been greatly ‘underestimated’. “You can see how bad the situation is with mica,” he said. “It is just mind-boggling when you start going around every second house and I think that we have even underestimated how bad the situation is out there.“I think we’ve underestimated the number of houses that are affected and I only started in my own local vicinity of Glengad, Culdaff and Malin Head.“I am just working in that small area and I am shocked by the number of houses that are affected.“It is a very serious issue at the minute and I know that the government are working on it but I think people are getting very anxious because it running on and on, and something has to happen very soon. “For the number of people that have big mortgages and build houses and they are falling around them,” he added.“It is a very serious issue and it is the main issue that will greet every councillor at doors in Inishowen in this local election.“It is without a doubt the main issue that will be meeting us at the doors and I think it is vitally important that collectively the nine councillors for Inishowen put on as much pressure as possible to get some elevation for these families.”Mica the biggest issue facing Inishowen this election, Councillors told was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:MICAMICA Action GroupMica Redress Schemelast_img read more

Manchester United v Chelsea preview: Bet365 free bets offer

first_imgIt’s the first heavyweight clash of the Premier League season – and right on cue, Bet365 have decided to run an exclusive free bet offer.Place a pre-match bet on the Manchester United v Chelsea game and Bet365 will give you a free In-Play bet to the same stake during the big match.To qualify for your free In-Play bet, simply place a bet before kick-off, then once the game starts place another bet on any In-Play market.If your FIRST In-Play bet loses we will refund this stake, up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (max £50).It’s the latest offer for new customers from the online gaming giants and one which has proved very popular with punters in the past. The chance to lock in some profit through in-play betting has never been so enhanced.The rapid rise of in-play betting has revolutionised the opportunities available to punters. When logging onto Bet365’s in-play betting engine, you’ll have over 70 In-Play markets to play with, including Next Goal, Match Goals, Total Corners, Half-Time Result and Full-Time Result.Chelsea and United have been involved in some heated exchanges.Where has all the money been going in the build-up to this clash, then?Simple: it’s been piling on Chelsea’s chances.Jose Mourinho’s men have been all the rage in the betting markets all week with Bet365’s price of 9/4 still proving popular with Chelsea backers.The Special One and Chelsea, back together after a messy divorce, look a potentially destructive combination at Old Trafford.United have suffered 14 Premier League defeats against Chelsea – more than against any other side – while Mourinho has lost just two of his seven competitive games as a manager at Old Trafford (W3 D2 L2).Stopping the threat of Robin van Persie will be high on Mourinho’s agenda and past trends suggest that the Dutchman struggles when the pressure is on him to deliver against Chelsea in front of his own fans.Despite being in sensational form and scoring nine goals in his last eight Premier League appearances, van Persie has never scored a goal in a home game against Chelsea.That’s nine games in the colours of Arsenal and United where the deadly Dutchman has struggled to find his shooting boots.Van Persie is 4/1 to score first with Bet365 and 21/20 to bag at any time but the focus from punting circles regarding goalscoring betting has been firmly on one of the three Chelsea midfield musketeers that Mourinho will deploy behind the striker.In the opening half against Hull City last weekend, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Kevin de Bruyne were unplayable at times. The Red Devils may decide to stick an extra defensive body in that area of the field in order to try and quell the threat; however, the prices on Hazard and Oscar to score look very appealing.The Belgian international is 4/1 to score at any time, while Oscar has been very well backed with Bet365 around the 7/2 mark.last_img read more

Spurs fan Motlanthe’s ‘gift of a lifetime’

first_img23 May 2011South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is a huge Tottenham Hotspur fan. Last Wednesday, the club presented him with a copy of the Tottenham Hotspur Opus ahead of its participation in the 2011 Vodacom Challenge in July.The presentation took place at the historic Liliesleaf Farm, a hideout of African National Congress (ANC) activists in the 1960s, where many of the organisation’s leaders were arrested in 1963.Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo, who joined Spurs from SuperSport United in January, took part in the handover, as did Club Ambassador, former England international Gary Mabbutt.Tottenham executive director Donna Cullen presented the Opus to the Deputy President, who has been a fan of the club since it first visited South Africa way back in 1963.‘This is a gift of a lifetime’He told the Tottenham Hotspur website about his love for Spurs and thanked them for their gift. “This is a gift of a lifetime,” said Motlanthe. “I really feel honoured to receive this Spurs Opus on a special day for us in South Africa when we are having local government elections.“When that great Spurs team came to SA, under the captaincy of Danny Blanchflower and managed by Bill Nicholson, it just left a lasting impression on me,” Motlanthe said.“There were great players there like Jimmy Greaves, Cliff Jones and Dave Mackay, and they are legends, and since then I have always followed Spurs through the different managers and different generations, and I think the current generation come very close to emulating that ’60s generation.”The OpusThe Spurs Opus charts the club’s full history and includes exclusive interviews, photoshoots and features, plus a rich array of rare and previously unpublished archive photos.Only 1 000 copies of the Spurs Opus have been published. Each book measures over half-a-metre square and weighs over 30 kilograms.Spurs has a solid presence in South Africa. It operates a joint academy with SuperSport United and is involved in several charity and community-based initiatives.Since 2007 the club has announced three separate partnerships with SuperSport United, the PSL champions from 2008 to 2010, children’s orphan charity SOS Children’s Villages, and South African specialist bank and asset manager Investec.Tottenham Hotspur HouseThree years ago the club officially opened the doors to the Tottenham Hotspur House in the SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg. The house, which is funded using money from player fines, is now home to a family of children all in full-time education.Members of the current First Team also sponsor orphans in the village as part of the club’s work with the charity. In July last year Michael Dawson met 12-year-old Aubrey, the orphan he sponsors at the village in Rustenburg, and experienced firsthand the impact of the club’s relationship with SOS Children’s Villages.Spurs’ joint academy with SuperSport United has produced a successful coach and player exchange programme with academy players visiting the UK for training and tournaments.Khumalo to SpursAfter impressing in the Fifa World Cup in South Africa last year, Bongani Khumalo, Supersport United’s captain, joined Tottenham in January.Previously, in July 2010, Investec became Spurs’ first ever cup shirt sponsor. The South African company’s name and logo features on the club’s playing shirts in all cup competition matches including European club competitions, FA Cup and League Cup.South Africa has also become an important destination for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. For the last two years, the Foundation and teachers from Haringey Council’s Children and Young People’s Service have embarked on an educational exchange trip to South Africa working in partnership with both SuperSport United and SOS Children.Tottenham in 2011Heading into the final weekend of the English Premier League, Spurs are in fifth place. Should they beat relegation-threatened Birmingham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, they will secure a place in the Europa League next season.Playing in the Champions League this season, Tottenham topped Group A, ahead of defending champions Inter Milan after qualifying for the group stage by beating Swiss side Youngs Boys in a playoff.In the round of 16, Spurs ousted newly crowned Italian champions AC Milan 1-0 on aggregate after scoring a shock 1-0 victory in Milan.They exited the competition in the quarterfinals at the hands of Real Madrid.Tottenham Hotspur and SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Nitrogen management and the complexities of the 4Rs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the arrival of the 2016 growing season comes questions about how to best manage nitrogen (N). This annually vexing problem never seems to get any easier because there are so many moving parts to the complex decisions regarding the 4Rs (Right place, Right time, Right rate, Right source) and N.“I think we sometimes overlook that this is a very complicated system. The performance objective of N management is really important to consider. Is the goal to maximize yield, maximize economic return or minimize environmental loss? Sometimes these things do not go hand in hand,” said Josh McGrath, soil extension specialist with the University of Kentucky. “Sometimes we want to put out a positive story that if we minimize environmental loss, we also maximize economic return. That is not always the case. Sometimes you have to pick one as more important than the other. When you are at the economic optimum, your N losses might be higher than if you are taking an economic loss. Some of that has to do with the complexity of determining what the right rate really is. Sometimes even our best effort with N is still not going to be good enough.”In the end, the general focus needs to be on maintaining farm profitability with regard to N management and the 4Rs.“In general, I think folks are doing the best they can to maintain farm profitability, and that is necessary,” McGrath said. “Profitable farms can invest in more conservation practices. If we need to do better than what we are doing now environmentally, we need new technology and we need to invest in new methods in picking the right N rate, applying N to minimize the environmental impact, and we need to invest in developing new ideas about N management.”The immediate focus with improving N management should probably be on the timing of the applications, McGrath said.“The most important R without a doubt with N management is the right time. Timing is the one R we can best control. If we have the rest pretty good — if we are following good recommendations on our rate and we are placing it appropriately — timing is the low hanging fruit. Split applying or spoon-feeding to the crop is always going to increase efficiency and it is going to make you a smarter N manager because you’ve got more climate history behind you. You can adjust to what the weather has been,” McGrath said. “I think we also have to do a better job of adjusting our N rate for variability of what our N requirement is in space and time.”There are currently some tools to help improve the accuracy of rate decisions.“Some of the tools out there are the N sensors — GreenSeeker, OptRx or N Sensor are the three sensors on the market,” he said. “They can help us dial in that sidedress rate on the corn or the topdress on the wheat and do spatially variable applications and try and address the variability in N requirements. I think that now shows the most promise moving forward as far tools that are available out there.”last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: How Hustlers Grow

first_imgThe first version of the Hustler, let’s call it V1, is crude and unsophisticated. The hustler lacks the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need. But all of what is missing is more than offset by their belief in their ability to create value and their willingness to take action.The V1 Hustler is a crude instrument. They’re a meat cleaver, not a scalpel. They’re all hustle, all the time. Like the proverbial bull in the china shop, they make a lot of messes. But they also produce results.Some hustlers get stuck and never evolve to a higher level. They don’t refine what they are doing.Another LevelHustlers that evolve to V2, the second version of themselves, have gained knowledge and experience. They’ve refined their approach, investing in themselves, and deepening their understanding. They’ve developed a subject matter expertise that allows them to deliver greater value. They’ve got processes and systems.Version 2 isn’t any less of a Hustler, but they’re much more deliberate in their focus. The V2 Hustler spends more time on the few things that matter most, and they eliminate much of the time they spend on non-value-creating activities.The Hustler at V2 is making more money than they’ve ever made, and likely more than they ever believed possible. From V2, the Hustler can see V3.And Another LevelIt takes time for the Hustler to transcend the earlier version of themselves. It also takes an awareness, introspection, and most of all, it takes a bigger vision.At V3, they have the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need to create something bigger than they imagined. This version of the Hustler has the ability and the willingness to scale the value that they create. They serve more people, and they make a bigger impact.As their vision has grown, so has their ability to help others hustle and generate results—and income.The third version of the hustler is a hustler of a different order. They’re no longer the crude, blunt instrument of the hustle of their earlier versions. Instead, they’re smart, refined, precision instruments of hustle. The V3 hustler is focused, with no wasted energy, no wasted effort. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ind vs WI 1st Test: India enjoy an edge post Day 2

first_imgIndia dismissed West Indies for a paltry 173 in their first innings and then accumulated 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in their second essay to take an overall lead of 164 runs at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test here. Score | PhotosRahul Dravid, who was dropped on six by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, was the crease on 45 along with debutant Virat Kohli (14) at the close of play yesterday.Captain Sammy (1/16), Ravi Rampaul (1/17) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1/27) accounted for wicket apiece for the home team in India’s second innings.Starting their second essay with a vital lead of 73, India once again witnessed a sloppy start as they lost their first three batsmen with only 57 runs on the board.Opener Murali Vijay’s flop show continued as he was dismissed lbw to Rampaul in the second over with India yet to open its account.Debutant Abhinav Mukund (25) showed glimpses of his potential during his 75-ball stay before he edged a Bishoo delivery to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.India’s problems were further compounded when VVS Laxman was brilliantly caught by Sammy of his own bowling in the next over to see the visitors reeling at 57 for three in the 26th over.But Dravid and Kohli then held fort and shared unbeaten 34 runs for the fourth-wicket to ensure that there was no further damage for the visitors.India pacer Praveen Kumar appeals for a West Indies wicket during the first Test in Kingston on Tuesday. APEarlier, Praveen Kumar (three for 38) and Ishant Sharma (3 for 29) snarred six wickets between them to bowl out West Indies for 173 in their first innings at tea, in reply to India’s 246 all out.Towards the end of the West Indies innings, spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra also registered their names in the scoresheet with identical figures of two for 51 runs.advertisementThe tenor of a hot and humid day was set by Praveen, who picked up three wickets in a span of 14 balls in the opening session of the day after West Indies had threatened a recovery through a 55-run third wicket stand between Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18).Praveen could have registered more wickets against his name in his debut Test if not for umpire Daryl Harper, who banned him for treading into the dangerous area for a third time in the innings in his 18th over, the 51st of the innings with the hosts scoring reading 135 for five.West Indies, who were struggling at 119 for five at lunch, seemed to be on the recovery path for a brief period when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Carlton Baugh (27) joined hands for a 45-run sixth-wicket stand after the hosts were reduced to 102 for five at one stage.The duo took West Indies score to 147 for five before Harbhajan dismissed Baugh, caught at silly point by Vijay.Ishant quickly built on the advantage and clean bowled Sammy (1).But the final nail in West Indies’ coffin came when Harbhajan accounted for veteran Chanderpaul, caught in the close cordon by Mukund.Mishra then cleaned up the West Indies tail in the 68th over by removing Fidel Edwards and last man Devendra Bishoo in a span of three balls.Paceman Ravi Rampaul remained unbeaten on 14 for the West Indies.Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant and Harbhajan, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour.West Indies batsmen adopted a cautious approach and scored only 37 runs off 14 overs in the first hour of the day.Barath moved into his 40s by thrusting Praveen off his pads to the mid-wicket fence and then his leg-spinner Amit Mishra for a four and a six down the ground of his first two deliveries of the day.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then decided to switch Praveen to the other end and it paid handsome dividends to the visitors.There was no inkling of it when Barath off-drove Praveen to the cover fence but off the very next delivery which held its line, the little opener had edged a catch one to Dhoni behind the stumps.advertisementBarath made 64 from 122 balls and hit nine fours and a six during his stay at the crease.Praveen built on this success with two more wickets of Bravo and Brendan Nash.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Vine: Buddy Hield’s Clutch Block Of Darrell Davis Helps Send Oklahoma To The Sweet 16

first_imgBuddy Hield blocks Darrell Davis.Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.last_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

Jennifer Garner Blogs For Save The Children On iVillage

first_imgJennifer Garner has blogged on iVillage about her work as an artist ambassador with Save the Children and how early childhood education can make a huge impact in enhancing kids’ lives.“‘Early childhood education’ has become a sort of catchphrase for politicians and children’s advocates like me,” she wrote. “As an artist ambassador for Save the Children, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Save’s programs firsthand and meeting with the parents and children that they support. I’ve sat in young mothers’ homes. I’ve seen how much these mothers love their children, how their dreams and aspirations for their children are no different than yours and mine are for our own kids. But the truth is, it’s sort of tricky to figure out what exactly “early childhood education” means, what it entails, and how exactly it is relevant to your possibilities as an adult.“More than 60 percent of poor families don’t have books in their homes. It isn’t that kids should be reading by kindergarten, but they should know what a book is — how to hold it, turn the pages, and how to sit still in anticipation of hearing a story.“And that’s why Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success programs are so effective. Through home visits, book exchanges, parenting groups and more, Early Steps helps babies and toddlers with language, social and emotional development. Just as important, the program helps their parents, giving them the knowledge and skills to support their children’s growth. And the program works: Kids in Early Steps don’t have to play catch up once they start school — they are in line with the national average from the beginning. More important, the parents we work with feel recognized, encouraged and part of a community of people who care about the future of their children.”You can read the full post here.last_img read more