County Council given 271 thousand euro for improvements to social housing

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first_img Pinterest Facebook By admin – September 6, 2014 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal County Council given 271 thousand euro for improvements to social housing Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleOne person in hospital following crash on Ballyraine RoadNext articleDerry man who wanted to go to jail gets his wish admin Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img WhatsApp The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D.  has  announced the allocation of 271 thousand euro in capital funding to Donegal County Council for improvement works to social houses.The money is part of an allocation of €23 million capital funding to 31 City and County Councils around the country.€162,973 will be provided to Donegal County Council for adaptations and extensions to social houses to meet needs of tenants with a disability or to address serious overcrowding.The Minister also announced that he is allocating a further €109,142 for Donegal to be invested in upgrading the energy efficiency of local authority homes this year. HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter News Twitter Facebooklast_img read more


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first_imgMarch is still about a month-and-a-half away so it’s too early to start anointing Final Four teams, but Wisconsin has a chance to do something special come tournament time.“This is definitely a different Wisconsin team,” senior forward Alando Tucker said. “We know we have a chance to be a great team.”Despite last year’s disappointing 94-75 first-round loss to Arizona, big things were expected from a Wisconsin team returning 11 players in 2006-07. But now, the Badgers are proving they’re legit, most recently doing so against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes.“If we want to be at the top, if we want to prove ourselves, we have to do it against other great teams,” Tucker said after the game. “And we’ve been doing it thus far this season.”Wisconsin has taken care of business against every ranked opponent it has played so far (No. 17 Marquette, No. 2 Pittsburgh and No. 5 Ohio State) and while its non-conference schedule may not look too sexy at first glance, it’s prettier than it appears.The Badgers’ only loss came to Missouri State, a team fighting for a Missouri Valley Conference championship — a conference with a stronger RPI than the Big Ten. Not to mention it came on a neutral site down in South Padre Island, Texas, and Tucker had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer.As for the other teams, both Winthrop and Delaware State are in position to win the Big South and Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences. It may not sound like much, but it will help the Badgers’ RPI in the long run and the tournament committee will definitely take notice.Also, Florida State’s four losses have only come to ranked opponents — three of them being on the road at Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and North Carolina, the other coming to Clemson. However, the Seminoles did knock off top-ranked Florida right after losing to the Badgers.The Big Ten schedule, on the other hand, isn’t looking too hot.Aside from Ohio State, there aren’t any more standout teams the Badgers have left to play. However, that doesn’t speak to how tough the Big Ten is. Wisconsin isn’t going to go through conference play undefeated, and whoever the Badgers end up losing to, it will create a stir of criticism in the national media about how they’re really not that good.But it’s just not true because Wisconsin has proved it belongs among the top teams in the country.“There is no question, Wisconsin is right there with everyone else,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said.The only question there may be is whether or not Wisconsin has what it takes to make a run in the tournament. Some skeptics may look at the 16-point lead the Badgers squandered down to three against Ohio State, but it really shouldn’t be much of a question.Not once during the Buckeyes’ storming comeback did the Badgers seem worried. Not even with their national Player of the Year-candidate Tucker playing as if he had some Vanilla Ice in his veins, shooting an ugly 3-of-10 in the first half.But that’s the mark of a great team — when you’re able to pull out wins when your best player is off his game, and Wisconsin is able to do more than just that with the roster it has.“Whichever five we have out there on the court, it takes all five guys and we all have confidence in our game. They just don’t rely on me offensively,” Tucker said. “At times, I make key good plays, hard plays, but when I’m not, other guys are stepping in and knocking down shots this year.”Against Ohio State, it was Taylor stepping up, scoring a season-high 25 points. The Badgers’ human energy drink, Marcus Landry, also had a big game off the bench, scoring 10 points and swatting four shots against the nation’s most hyped player, Greg Oden.Better yet about the Badgers’ roster, it has the ability to play against any type of team. If opponents go big, UW head coach Bo Ryan just has to break out Landry, Greg Stiemsma and Kevin Gullikson off the bench. If opponents have a speedy backcourt, you can bet Trevon Hughes is coming off the bench; otherwise, expect Jason Bohannon to play for his three-point shooting. No matter what, Wisconsin can match up with anyone, and match up quite well at that.So start the countdown to March, because Wisconsin will have the opportunity to do something special.Michael is a senior double majoring in communication arts and journalism. Any questions or comments can be sent to [email protected]last_img read more


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first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more


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first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.It was only a matter of time. After Ohio State lost to Arizona Saturday afternoon, there are officially no perfect brackets left in the world. ESPN’s lone user with a perfect bracket after the second round wound up nailing his first 38 games before dropping a contest. He gave an interview with the Worldwide Leader Saturday afternoon, and revealed that he had no rhyme or reason to the picks he made.11.57 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. After Arizona’s win over Ohio State, ZERO perfect brackets remain.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2015As we’ve noted before, there is no known person to have ever put together a perfect bracket in March Madness history. The odds, which are something in the neighborhood of 1 in 9 quintillion, suggest that it will never happen in our lifetime either.There’s always next year, right?last_img read more


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first_imgSupernatural star Jared Padalecki got the surprise of his life at Comic-Con this week when more than 7000 fans held up candles in support of his Always Keep Fighting campaign.The audience held up the candles during a panel discussion with the stars of Supernatural, and Padalecki was moved to tears by the show of solidarity.“Thanks you to anybody and everybody that had ANY part whatsoever in the Always Keep Fighting Hall H tea light event,” he wrote on Facebook. “As I travel back to Vancouver from San Diego Comic-Con, with my partners in crime Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard, the enormity of what happened is finally starting to sink in….“I am beyond moved. I feel so blessed, and grateful, and honored to be a part of the magical Supernatural Family. Sitting on that stage in Hall H, I initially mistook all of the lights for cell phone cameras. It’s difficult to discern specific shapes and faces with all of those stage lights shining on you (and, it’s quite intimidating up there, sitting in front of 6,500 people!!). Then, when I had a light given to me with an explanation of what it was and what it stood for, I was (and am still) gob-smacked.”Padalecki started his Always Keep Fighting campaign earlier this year to support To Write Love on Her Arms, after opening up about his own fight with depression.“I think people who are dealing with severe depression or having suicidal thoughts often believe that the world would be better without them in it and that the people around them would be “relieved.” I wish I could tell them that they are mistaken,” he said. “It’s extremely painful to lose somebody to suicide. The pain and the questions don’t really ever leave. I still can’t talk or think about my most recent encounter without breaking down. To those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I would beg them to continue their brave struggle, and I would implore them to seek help.”Fans who took part in the candle event at Comic-Con were also given a card that read: “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not seven the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness… And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire… Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more


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first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone. That’s almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year. Reports from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation, say the housing situation in Manitoba has worsened as infrastructure funding has been siphoned off to other areas. “As a result, Manitoba First Nations continue to face further deterioration in infrastructure,” says the internal report dated January 2015. “Current estimates indicate a $1.9B need to address existing overcrowding, replacement and major repairs related to mould and substandard conditions of housing units. Key challenges continue to include affordability, low income and high social assistance rates.” The report notes Manitoba has among the highest percentage at 29 of Indigenous people living in poor housing in Canada. Officials say Alberta is the only other province in a similar situation. One quarter of existing homes on reserves in both provinces need to be repaired or replaced. Chief David McDougall said the situation is a “ticking time bomb” in his remote Aboriginal community of St. Theresa Point in northern Manitoba. The waiting list for housing on the cluster of four reserves in his tribal council is 1,500. Last year, his reserve got 18 units. They were the lucky ones. Other reserves got less than that. It’s not uncommon for 18 people to live in a small bungalow, McDougall said. Last year, there were 23 people living in a two-bedroom home. “They had to take turns sleeping.” While the government’s own estimates put Manitoba’s housing needs at $2 billion, the department said $50 million is budgeted for on-reserve housing in the province this year. That is to drop to $29 million next year. Some reserves can build additional homes with a ministerial loan guarantee, but McDougall said that isn’t available if the reserve is under third-party management. The department’s internal report said only 30 per cent of Manitoba reserves operate independently. People on McDougall’s reserve are losing hope, he said. Suicides are on the rise while others turn to a homemade alcoholic concoction called “superjuice.” The federal government spent the last few years hooking up the reserve’s homes to water and sewer, but McDougall compared that to putting new tires on a rusty, decrepit car. “We need to find a proper, sustainable solution _ what is realistic in terms of how we can begin to even make a dent in this huge backlog.” Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she’s not deterred by the $2-billion price tag. She couldn’t explain exactly how the new Liberal government will tackle the backlog, but said improving First Nations housing is a priority. “I’ve been in those homes,” Bennett said in an interview. “It is a disgrace for Canadians to watch. There is a consensus in this country that we have got to get going on this. “The sticker shock on any of these things can’t get in the way of us beginning what has to happen.” Ottawa has been warned before about the housing situation on Manitoba reserves. A 2011 internal assessment of on-reserve housing said communities don’t have the means to maintain the homes they have, which often require “aggressive maintenance.” “The consequences are manifold: maintaining housing stock is costly, poorly maintained housing is unsafe and contributes to poor health, which in itself generates additional costs,” stated the report. An evaluation three years before found people on reserves were living in homes that were “falling apart” and rife with mould, which made them “not suitable for people with breathing problems.” It noted two people died in one community “related to wiring and lack of heat. People were using a dryer to help heat a home.” Craig Makinaw, Alberta regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations, said the situation is dire for some First Nations. While some reserves with a source of income can afford to go above and beyond government funding, residents on other Alberta reserves wait up to 30 years for a home, he said. “All the cuts that have happened over the years have caused this backlog,” he said. “It needs to be addressed because it’s not going to get any better.”last_img read more


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first_imgPieces of unstripped copper wire and heavy equipment tools, including bolt cutters and power tools, were found in a vehicle.Brian Tanner, who is 43, and Jonathan Paul, who is 38, face various break and enter charges.Tanner is also charged with breach of recognizance and possession of a controlled substance. CALGARY, A.B. – Two Calgary men face multiple charges after thefts of copper wire and tools at several rural oilwell sites.Police say about $300,000 in damage was caused by thieves who cut the wire out of buildings.The Calgary Police Service says it worked with RCMP to track, locate and arrest two suspects.last_img read more


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first_imgAlberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say only Ottawa _ not the provinces _ has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.But Arvay says a spill of diluted bitumen in B.C. would be disastrous and the province is not required to simply accept such a fate.Instead, he says it can be proactive in trying to prevent harm.He says B.C. has “no axe to grind” against pipelines and it understands it cannot prevent the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, but there are legal precedents for it to enact laws that reduce the risk of inter-provincial projects.Arvay says the National Energy Board heard differing opinions about the likelihood of a spill, but things don’t always go according to plan and B.C. has the right to take precautions.“Accidents happen,” he told a panel of five judges on Monday. The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August.Construction is on hold after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the energy board failed to consider marine impacts and the government needed to do more Indigenous consultation.The board wrapped its review of marine impacts last month and recommended the government approve the project with 16 additional conditions, but Trudeau’s cabinet hasn’t made a final decision. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for the British Columbia government says the province knows it cannot stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but it can enact environmental laws to mitigate the harm it may cause.B.C.’s Court of Appeal is considering a reference case filed by the province that asks if it has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Joseph Arvay, who represents B.C., says his opponents in the case are essentially saying provinces are powerless to enact laws that prevent environmental harm to their lands, waters, people and animals.center_img The energy board recently ruled the project is in the Canadian public interest despite adverse effects to endangered southern resident killer whales and related Indigenous culture.Arvay says the board has concluded that the benefits of the project are national and regional in scope, but that some local communities would shoulder the burdens of the expansion.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines, although it later withdrew the ban to the relief of Okanagan wineries.Notley’s government accused B.C. Premier John Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation.last_img read more


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200752+0.33+0.61+0.50+0.16+1.60 The underlying numbers support Mickelson’s 2018 renaissance. Using the strokes gained statistic — which evaluates every golfer by comparing his performance on each incremental shot in a round to the average — Mickelson is having the best season of his career on record, albeit in the early going. He is averaging +2.33 strokes gained per round, which is higher than his best full-season mark since at least 2004, the first year for which this data is available. 201659-0.15+0.73+0.22+0.57+1.36 201158+0.14+0.90+0.33-0.19+1.18 200859+0.40+0.84+0.36+0.21+1.82 201769-0.06+0.55+0.22+0.34+1.05 201357+0.02+0.49+0.26+0.66+1.44 Average Strokes Gained SeasonMeasured RoundsOff the TeeApproachAround the GreenPuttingTOTAL The entirety of the golf-watching internet has spent a couple of recent Sundays engrossed in a 40-something golfer whose career peaked a decade ago. But while Tiger Woods has consumed all of the oxygen in the room, the game’s other 40-something blast from the past, Phil Mickelson, is quietly playing some of the best golf of his professional career.That Mickelson, at the well-seasoned age of 47, is entirely overlooked thanks to his enigmatic rival is almost too fitting; it’s been happening for two decades.“He’s always one-upped me in my career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out this week and won,” Mickelson said of Woods earlier this month. “Just to one-up me again.”Lefty stands at No. 18 in the World Golf Rankings, where the average age of the players ahead of him is 30.7. He is No. 3 in the FedExCup standings, where the average age of the players ahead of him is 28. He has logged five top-10 finishes in eight starts this season; only 31-year-old Brian Harman, who has played in 10 events, has more.At the WGC-Mexico Championship in early March, Mickelson beat Justin Thomas — the No. 2 golfer in the world, who is young enough to be Mickelson’s son — in a playoff. It was Mickelson’s 43rd professional win and his first since taking the British Open at Muirfield in 2013.It was also a continuation of peak performance this season from the avid gamesman. Entering this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Mickelson has finished no worse than tied for sixth at four consecutive tournaments. With an average finish of 3.5 over his past four appearances, Mickelson is currently riding the best four-event stretch of his entire career.1Excluding unofficial events, match play and team events. He’s placed in the top 15 in six of the eight tournaments this year, putting his average tournament finish this season on par with the best seasons of his career. 200948+0.31+0.27+0.38-0.15+0.82 200647+0.57+0.98+0.14+0.27+1.96 200550+0.34+0.57+0.36+0.26+1.53 201057+0.19+0.74+0.23-0.15+1.00 What’s gotten into Phil?How Phil Mickelson has fared in terms of strokes gained, 2004 season through March 20, 2018 201450+0.20+0.17+0.27+0.23+0.87 201260-0.10+0.57+0.40+0.56+1.42 201822-0.10+1.14+0.21+1.08+2.33 201555+0.07+0.02+0.23+0.26+0.58 2018 season is ongoing. Total average strokes gained may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: PGA Tour 200454+0.60+0.60+0.22-0.09+1.32 As many a grandfather has implored over the years, golf is a sport people can play virtually their entire lives. But performance obviously diminishes over time — especially at the highest level the sport has to offer. There’s a senior tour for a reason, after all.So how, then, is Mickelson turning back the clock this season as the old-timer in a sea of youths?“There’s a number of areas in my game that, if I look back 10, 15 years ago, I feel like I’m significantly better,” Mickelson said earlier this month on the Dan Patrick Show. “Certainly, I’ve gotten a ton better at putting.”This is very true. Only Jason Day (1.39) is averaging more strokes gained with the putter than Mickelson (1.08), who leads the tour in the percentage of holes with only one putt (48.8 percent), the average number of putts per round (27), the percentage of holes with a birdie or better (41.3 percent)2On holes in which the player hit the green in regulation. and overall putting average (1.5 putts per hole).While his work off the tee has been nothing special (-0.10 strokes gained), Mickelson has had little difficulty getting his ball in position to attack the flagstick, ranking third in strokes gained on shots approaching the green (1.14).And yet, Mickelson’s odds to win the Masters sit at 20-to-1, below those of Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Jon Rahm, who have combined to produce eight top-10 finishes and two wins this season. Mickelson has nearly matched those marks by himself. Given his record of work and meteoric ascension this season, golf’s most notorious active gambler would perhaps do well to bet on himself.Mickelson has publicly said one of his goals is to qualify for a 12th Ryder Cup and to help the U.S. team win on foreign soil. His recent win gives him a great chance of accomplishing it. Another goal is to eclipse 50 career wins on tour.“I don’t know (when I’ll get to 50),” Mickelson told reporters after his latest win. “Seven more wins and I’ll be there. I don’t have the month or the time, but I will get there.” read more