Donegal Senator calls for stricter building controls

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – March 9, 2017 There are calls on the Government to introduce stricter building controls like those that operate in the North.Senator Padraig MacLochlainn says ahead of an expected large scale resurgence in construction in Donegal, we must learn from the lessons of the past.The Senator says that new legislation due to be publish by the government must ensure we don’t see problems, like those created by defective Mica blocks, again:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/padbuildWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Donegal Senator calls for stricter building controls Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner put divorce on hold as they’re trying to reconcileNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 7/3/17 News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Intrigue surrounds Messi’s next move after Barca bombshell

first_imgWhen FC Barcelona confirmed they had received a request from Lionel Messi’s lawyers informing them he wanted to terminate one of football’s longest-standing relationships, something remarkable must have happened.The owners of Europe’s biggest clubs would have raised a collective eyebrow. It was akin to the Mona Lisa suddenly becoming available on the art market.Such is Messi’s status in the game, in spite of the fact that he is 33 and the magic might soon begin to fade.Already, the usual suspects are being lined up as the next club for Messi who joined FC Barcelona as a teenager in 2001.Not surprisingly, a reunion with his former manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is the most likely scenario, according to the bookmakers.There is talk of Messi joining forces with Cristiano Ronaldo, his long-term rival as the world’s greatest player, at Juventus. Or, linking up again with Neymar at Paris St-Germain as they bid to end their UEFA Champions League jinx.Inter Milan’s Chinese owners will also see Messi as the player to turn them back into a European force.Rolling TV sports channels and social media were buzzing with Messi’s Barca bombshell on Wednesday.Yet, in spite of the inevitable excitement, it is by no means certain Messi will have multiple options if the split with the Catalan giants is irreparable.Messi insists a clause in his contract allows him to leave for free – a scenario that would attract a frenzy of suitors. FC Barcelona, however, say that clause has expired.They insist a rival club must pay his release clause of 700 million euros ($826 million dollars) if he is to leave without their consent.Should FC Barcelona stick to their guns, it would knock most potential buyers out of the ball park, especially with Messi’s one million euros per week salary demand.The marketing men will point to the avalanche of shirt sales and Messi merchandising that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would guarantee.RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Not to mention his disciples around the globe swelling the club’s fanbase.Finances aside, though, there is an even bigger question mark hanging over Messi.Is he a fading force?It sounds churlish to suggest that of a player who remains the heartbeat of one of Europe’s biggest clubs.He has helped them win over 30 trophies, even though they won none last season.Yet his 31 goals in all competitions last season, impressive by ordinary standards, was not exceptional.After all, this is a player who holds the La Liga scoring record of 444.He once scored 79 club goals in a calendar year, and is the only player to score more than 40 goals for his club in 10 consecutive seasons.Messi’s disenchantment with the club’s hierarchy, notably club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, could have been a factor in the transfer request.But even a footballing genius cannot defy the passing years.On the other hand a fresh challenge might spark a golden final chapter to his glittering career.The question is where?Messi has made no secret of his admiration for the English Premier League and Manchester City would seem the most logical fit.Guardiola would surely relish a reunion with Messi as he rebuilds a side eclipsed by Liverpool last season.After their brush with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, even Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City might shy away from a 700 million price tag.This is even more noteworthy, when other areas of the pitch are in serious need of strengthening.Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, might see signing Messi as a way of winning over sceptical fans.Chelsea’s benefactor, Roman Abramovich, has re-opened his chequebook with a vengeance and will, like the rest of the football world, be closely monitoring events.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaLionel Messilast_img read more

Siyabonga Africa helps people get back up

first_imgThe organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes, bakeries and poultry farming are aimed at combatting unemployment while helping to improve food security. (Images: Siyabonga Africa, via Facebook)South Africa is constantly making efforts to push back and reduce the effects of poverty and unemployment. That they are still such critical concerns highlights the need for change and the need for South Africans to take action to help the growth and development of underprivileged residents.With this in mind Siyabonga Africa, a non-profit organisation in Brakpan, Gauteng, has been working to lessen the effects of poverty on the underprivileged and arm them with the skills and resources they need to improve their standing.The organisation began in the 1980s with a feeding scheme established by Ronald and Yvonne Dell on the East Rand, with the help of community leaders in the area. It included the distribution of donated clothing and help in restoring families that had been torn apart by poverty.Their efforts continued to gather momentum and in 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs in the surrounding community.“We look for people who put their hands up instead of their hands out, and we aim to nurture an entrepreneur’s spirit that does have an impact for years to come,” says Nathan Dell, the chairman of Siyabonga Africa.In 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs.PROGRAMMESFor more than a decade the organisation has focused the bulk of its efforts on entrepreneurship programmes through which it works to impart knowledge that is key to starting and running sustainable businesses.The organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes are bakeries and poultry farming. They look to combat unemployment while helping to improve food security. The bakery programme has led to the establishment of more than 300 bakeries across the country and almost 2 000 jobs.“Our poultry farming programme is a very exciting one because it’s one of the small to medium enterprises with the highest growth potential in South Africa,” says Dell. “We offer a business management course that is an introduction to business fundamentals which are specific to poultry farming.”Siyabonga Africa also has the largest food bank and distribution centre in the province, he says, which feeds thousands of people each month. In addition, the organisation has a temporary housing project aimed at helping individuals and families in a transition phase or in between places.“We also have an advice desk where we help people get all their legal documents in order and help them get into the mainstream economy.”The group gives unskilled people a launch pad or platform from which they can build themselves up and go on to become self-sufficient members of society. In turn, these people are then in a position to go on and help others who are in similar situations fulfil their potential.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

‘Govs’ cup just another title chase’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service PLAY LIST 02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:39Ross ‘getting closer to a hundred percent’02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven though they will be targeting to complete a rare PBA Grand Slam, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria wants to treat the coming Governors’ Cup just like all the conferences he and his Beermen have played in.“It should be just another tournament, just another championship to be won,” Austria told the Inquirer over the phone on Tuesday. “It’s the logical thing, because if we win, the Grand Slam comes with it.”ADVERTISEMENT Pocari eyes 2nd win, tests Perlas Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The season-closing Governors’ Cup opens on July 19 and Austria is hopeful that after coming off a grueling six-game Final series with TNT KaTropa, the Beermen won’t be seeing action until two weeks after opening day.“We need time to recover from minor injuries,” Austria said without going into details. “After seeing how hard the players played, they deserve a two-week break.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWendell McKines will be the Beermen’s import. He has been here for close to a month now. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

March Madness Crib Notes for Fridays Sweet 16 Games

No. 3 Oklahoma (46 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Michigan StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 10:07 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Oklahoma 88.3, Michigan State 87.9Upset probability: 54 percentPlayer to watch: Isaiah Cousins, OklahomaIn one of the more bizarre stats you’ll see, the FiveThirtyEight model actually favors No. 7 Michigan State over No. 3 Oklahoma. That’s what happens when the committee over and under seeds the field. Michigan State is an above-average 7-seed, while Oklahoma is a below-average 3-seed. While the Sooners have a slightly better SRS1Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule of 18.9 vs Michigan State’s 17.5, the Spartans generally have more efficient game-level stats. Their net effective field goal percentage was 9 percent, compared to OU’s 6 percent, and a good amount of that comes from Sparty’s better shooting from behind the arc: 39 percent compared to OU’s 35 percent.23-point shooting tends to be less sensitive to opponent strength. But if you’re looking for a more cosmic reason why the Spartans are favored, you need look no further than coach Tom Izzo. His prowess in the NCAA tournament is not only nature defying, but stat-defying – according to my colleague Neil Paine’s research, his teams have run 7 standard deviations above SRS-based expectation in the Big Dance. The first half of the Sweet 16 is in the books, and the favorites answered any early round questions with a vengeance. Each higher seed won, with the biggest favorite doing its best impression of the UConn women’s basketball team: It took just under five minutes for Kentucky to jump out to an 8 point lead, which is virtually unassailable for a garden-variety tournament favorite, much less an undefeated powerhouse. And the Wildcats continued to outscore a powerless West Virginia squad (whom we called Kentucky’s “sternest test” just yesterday) by nearly a point per minute. Kentucky won by 39 in a game that (as the saying goes) wasn’t as close as the final score.Friday’s action promises to be more eventful. Or at least equally eventful. Well, at least it can’t be less eventful. So let’s see what’s going down:No. 1 Duke (66 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 UtahLocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Duke 92.8, Utah 88.9Upset probability: 34 percentPlayer to watch: Delon Wright, UtahDuke is doing what Duke does: Being exactly good enough to be a solid contender deep in the NCAA tournament. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, the Blue Devils have about as good a chance of winning this tournament as anyone not named the Kentucky Wildcats. They’ll face off against the Utah Utes, who, having survived the 5-seed jinx, hope to avoid the same kind of Final Destination-style comeuppance suffered by fellow 5-seed West Virginia.Both of these teams have gotten where they are the old-fashioned way: By making regular, old-school buckets. While the NBA has seen a radical shift in its balance of power as a result of the 3-pointer, the hot stat in the NCAA this year is a stalwart: Field goal percentage. Five of the top eight teams in the nation in this stat (including the top three) are still in the tournament: Duke ranks third in the country and Utah ranks sixth (Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Arizona are first, second and eighth, respectively). No. 4 Louisville (55 percent win probability) vs. No. 8 N.C. StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 7:37 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Louisville 85.7, NC State 84.2Upset probability: 45 percentPlayer to watch: Montrezl Harrell, LouisvilleSo far this year, N.C. State is the only team to knock off a No. 1 seed, in a 71-68 victory over presidential-bracket finalist Villanova. Teams that get hot in the tournament do tend to outperform their ratings (even accounting for the win), and the FiveThirtyEight model adjusts accordingly. That may be why this is basically a coin flip despite Louisville being nearly four points better by SRS (18.1 vs 14.2). Protip: If you have trouble wrapping your mind around exactly how much more 55 percent is than 50 percent, but you’ve played a lot of poker, imagine the feeling of being all in pre-flop with pocket jacks against Ace-King offsuit. No. 2 Gonzaga (76 percent win probability) vs. No. 11 UCLALocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Gonzaga 91.3, UCLA 83.7Upset probability: 24 percentPlayer to watch: Norman Powell, UCLARemember back when Gonzaga made Adam Morrison look like Cinderella? Well now the shoe is on the other team’s foot. Gonzaga enters the Sweet 16 as a No. 2 seed with only 2 losses and will face No. 11 UCLA – which has 13 losses and made it this far because of a last-minute goaltending call and UAB’s improbable victory over Iowa State. To kill a giant, as the Bruins have to do, it helps when underdogs are used to shooting the 3-pointer. But the Bruins are not. Neither team is: Gonzaga has taken 17.5 attempts per game, UCLA 16.9. The main thing the Bruins have going for them is guard Norman Powell. His 3-point shooting is unremarkable (31.9 percent on 3.4 attempts per game), but he gets a lot of rebounds for his position (5.4 per 40 minutes) and collects the most steals of anyone who’ll be on the floor (2.2 per 40 minutes). In addition to generally being awesome, steals are the kind of high-variance play that UCLA will need to pull this off. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 27, 1:52 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly named Chris Jones as the player to watch for Louisvlle. He is no longer on the team after being dismissed in February because of rape charges against him. read more

Diabetes Walk needs to attract right people Testing today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Diabetes is greatly impacting the quality of life for islanders and too many do not even know it, too many are not actively working to be aware or to be healthier.Once the scores of runners and walkers were back to the start point of the Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk & Run yesterday evening, we got to speak to some of the experts on site.  John Wright, fitness man and founder of the eight year old event which supports the Diabetes Association said the fundraiser is not a money making venture for him, it is a fitness awareness function for islanders to live healthier, happier lives – he said not enough of those people are coming out.“There’s a full moon, the stars are out, people are out supporting this, the only people who aren’t here, are the people who should be here, people who have diabetes,people who have type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, people who have kids who are overweight, they’re not here.  There’s a big expat community here, there’s a big tourist community here participating, the people who should be here, are not here.” – John WrightPresident of the TCI Diabetes Association, Elaine Clare shared a similar perspective and said that is why her team will be at all Grace Bay Pharmacies, Flamingo Pharmacy, Family Care Pharmacy and at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center giving free glucose testing, handing out monitors and providing pamphlets, because people are unaware.   “Very very prevalent, and it is heartbreaking, to know the numbers that we have here.  And a lot of people are walking around with high blood sugars, and they don’t know that they have high blood sugars and that they are diabetics.”Dr. Sam Slattery said it boils down to diet and exercise and the biggest enemy of our islands, of our world – SUGAR.  “Sugar snuck into our diet all over the world and it’s not unique to the Turks and Caicos.  Here’s what I tell all my patients, firstly don’t give your children sugar.  You want to look at all the processed foods that you’re eating because it’s almost guaranteed to have high fructose corn syrup in it, and I’ll be happy to say it’s a poisonous substance, definitely leads to diabetes.”Today is World Diabetes Day, free testing at the sites starts at 10am; you should go so that you know. Related Items:last_img read more

Allegri on Champions League hangover

first_imgMax Allegri admits the Champions League hangover was on show in Juventus narrow 1-0 win over Bologna.Juve salvaged a win courtesy of Dybala who came off the bench to scrape a 1-0 win at the Stadio Dall’Ara.The Old lady’s survived a late scare when Nicola Sansone’s shot was tipped on to the upright in stoppages. And Allegri expressed fitness concerns after the game.“It was only natural there would be a hangover after such an important game as the Champions League.“We allowed Bologna very little until the final save that Mattia Perin made to turn it on to the upright,” the Coach told Football Italia.“This is a crucial result, as it means we’ll go into the head-to-head with Napoli at least 13 points clear at the top of the table.“We’re hoping to get some players back, although Douglas Costa is probably the only one who could recover. We’re glad that Napoli are coming up because that is an important test for us just before Atletico.”Report: No deadline day move for Dybala George Patchias – September 2, 2019 There will be no last-minute transfer of Paulo Dybala from Juventus this summer.According to Sky Sports and its associates in Italy, the player is…There were some tactical adjustments with Joao Cancelo in the trident attack and Federico Bernardeschi in midfield.“It’s one game from the start and another when coming on for the last 20 minutes. I asked Cancelo to give us more width and he has more room there to push forward and make the most of his characteristics.”Paulo Dybala delivers … with his second goal in two Serie A games. 👌👏#UCL pic.twitter.com/gmcUr1YnRA— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 24, 2019Allegri was asked if some of these changes could be used for the second leg against Atletico Madrid on March 12.“I’ll see if I get some divine inspiration. We could’ve done better in attacking between the lines, but the side we face in Turin will be very different. I think they’ll be even more defensive and clammed up, so we have to be more precise in our passing.”last_img read more