RATEPAYERS IN LETTERKENNY, BUNDORAN AND BUNCRANA FACE HUGE HIKES WARNS CLLR DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Fein Councillor Diarmaid Doherty has warned rate-payers in the Bundoran, Letterkenny and Buncrana town council areas they face massive rate increases when the councils are abolished next year. Cllr Doherty said that, after speaking with people in the finance department of Donegal County Council it, has become clear that Bundoran and Buncrana are facing up to 15% rate increase and Letterkenny are facing up to 9% increase.Under the Local Government Bill 2013 harmonisation of rate, rates must be adjusted until the rates converge. Given the present financial state of Donegal County Council there is little hope that the top rate of A.R.V €69.70 will come down.Diarmaid has also warned that vacant commercial properties will no longer be entitled to 100% refund.From next year vacant commercial properties anywhere in the 26 counties have to pay 50% of their rates.“This change will cause great hardship in an already struggling sector and will hit the boarder counties the worst particularly Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim,” he said. RATEPAYERS IN LETTERKENNY, BUNDORAN AND BUNCRANA FACE HUGE HIKES WARNS CLLR DOHERTY was last modified: December 10th, 2013 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:buncranabundoranDiarmuid DohertyHikesletterkennyrateslast_img read more

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Wayde Van Niekerk is South Africa’s Sport Star of the Year

first_img24 November 2015Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk took home three awards, including South African Sport Star of the Year, from an event in Bloemfontein at which the Department of Sports and Recreation honoured its local heroes.The 10th annual South African Sport Awards was held on Sunday night, 22 November. The 23-year-old Van Niekerk beat world champion downhill mountain biker Greg Minnaar and swimmer Chad le Clos to claim the prestigious Sportsman of the Year prize.Van Niekerk also won the People’s Choice award.He made headlines earlier this year when he claimed gold at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing to become the first African 400m runner in almost a century to win a major global title. Van Niekerk posted the sixth fastest time in history, clocking 43.48 to claim the title.The South African Broadcasting Corporation reported Van Niekerk said 2015 was about representing his country. “It was really just an honour to be able to stand on the podium and say I won a gold medal for South Africa, and here I get three awards.”Those sportsmen and women who had been nominated in the categories that he had won had inspired and motivated him to be the athlete he was today. “I am just honoured and blessed that I could carry the legacy of the South African sport stars.”Watch Van Niekerk share what keeps him motivated, and listen to how his family feels about his achievements:South Africans shared their delight on Twitter:Wayde van Niekerk is now the hottest property in SA Sport!!! Watch out #Rio2016, he has you in his sights… #IzinjaZeGame— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) November 22, 2015Congratulations to @WaydeDreamer on Winning the SA Sportsman of the Year Award! Well deserved! #SASA2015 #IzinjaZeGame— Afrihost (@Afrihost) November 23, 2015After all the accolades @WaydeDreamer has won this year he can finally say in @CassperNyovest voice #MamaIMadeIt #IzinjaZeGame— Coach Dukes (@produkes) November 23, 2015Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also tweeted his thoughts on the winners:Congratulations to all our winners and nominees of @SASportsAwards – you represented our country and made us provide – we Honour you— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) November 22, 2015Our athletes sacrifice, they represent our country on world stages with no expectation of any monetary reward – they deserve honors— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) November 22, 2015“Wayde did not win because he was done a favour, he won because he worked hard for it” @MbalulaFikile #workhardyouwillwin #tnabizbrief— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Novem ber 23, 2015“Our vision – is to get kids to to participate in sports every Wednesday” @MbalulaFikile #activenation #Ichoose2BActive #tnabizbrief— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Novem ber 23, 2015Other winnersVan Niekerk was not alone in bringing home the trophies. The other winners in the different categories were:  Sports Star of the Year: Wayde van Niekerk (athletics)  Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability: Ilse Hayes (Western Province Athletics)  Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Lucas Sithole (Tennis SA)  Sportswoman of the Year: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (cycling)  Sportsman of the Year: Wayde van Niekerk (athletics)  Newcomer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada (cricket)  Team of the Year: Springbok Sevens (rugby)  Coach of the Year: Graham Hill (swimming)  Administrator of the Year: Virginia Mabaso (Rowing SA)  Recreation Body of the Year: Indigo Skate Camp  Indigenous Games Team of the Year: KwaZulu-Natal Dibeke Team  School Team of the Year: St Johns College  National Federation of the Year: Basketball South Africa  Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award: Rev Dr Makhenkesi Stifle  Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Chomane Chorine  Watch some of the highlights of the awards ceremony:Source: News24Wire and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Project announced ahead of 2017 by-election yet to take off in Odisha

first_imgTwo years after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced one of the most ambitious irrigation projects in the State, the government has not made any expenditure for its execution.Just before the Bijepur by-election in 2017, the government had announced the State’s first underground irrigation project — Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.In response to an RTI query, the government said that the tendering process for the project is yet to be completed.“The administrative sanction for the project, which entails an investment of ₹1,340.55 crore, has been approved by the government. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 budget provision of ₹200 crore and ₹100 crore has been made,” the government said.As per the plan, water will be drawn from Hirakud Dam through Bargarh Main Canal. Over 70 villages to benefitThe water will travel 17.64 km through the pipeline up to Barihapali Secondary Reservoir. From Barihapali reservoir, the water will be delivered to farmers in the designed ayacut area, including 74 villages in Bijepur block. There will be a mix of underground gravity and pressure pipe distribution network with outlets every 4.5 hectare patch of land.It is estimated that an area of about 25,600 hectares would be irrigated in the three blocks. Though the project was to be implemented over five years, no expenditure has been made. “The announcement was meant to deceive voters ahead of the Bijepur polls in 2017 when the BJD and the BJP were locked in a bitter contest. Had the government been serious about the project, it would have been fast-tracked,” alleged Pradip Pradhan, RTI activist.last_img read more

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From the hinterlands of Haryana to Games glory, life comes full circle for grappler Yogeshwar Dutt

first_imgFrom the hinterlands of Haryana to a podium finish on the planet’s greatest sporting extravaganza, life has come a full circle for grappler Yogeshwar Dutt.One of the best in the business but modest to the core, Yogesghwar, like many of his ilk, prefers to remain virtually unsung and lost in wilderness.A day-out with with the unassuming grappler at his village in Bhainswal Kalan in Sonepat district, and one got a fair idea of what it takes to be a winner at the Olympics.Treading the water-clogged roads of Sonepat to the narrow bylanes of a fairly unknown village, it seems as if you have reached a different sphere. But once in Bhainswal Kalan, you know you are chasing a star. All due to the 29-year-old’s bronze-winning feat at the ExCel Arena in London.From children to senior citizens, everyone is ready to guide you to the wrestler’s home — a double story house with a room on the ground floor dedicated to Yogeshwar’s achievements.Amid the festivities that continue unabashed since Yogeshwar’s return from the British capital, one cannot escape the gaze at the five continental rings looming large at the front wall of his house.”There should be some memories from the London Games,” said a proud Yogeshawar, who was recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award yesterday.”Finally got a medal at the Olympics. God has really been kind. The immediate recognition has made the joy double,” the wrestler said with a smile, seemingly not very much concerned about the colour of the medal.”I did a lot of hard work to reach this stage. I am happy that I was able to deliver for the country at the Olympics,” continued Yogeshwar as his phone rang without a pause, and the grappler trying to receive all the calls without complain.As your eyes wander to find the elusive medal in the trophy cabinet, you realise that the prized metal rests in the safest custody.The shields and trophies give you a fair idea about his achievements, his dedication towards the sport and the years of hard work that he has put in to be what he is today.”My first medal was a wall clock. My father was very happy at my first achievement. Even when it fell and broke down my father made every attempt to get it repaired and hung it with a wire…but when we shifted to this house it got lost somewhere,” said the Olympian.”I started wrestling at the age of eight or nine. There was an akhara near our home and it was from there that my interest in the sport grew.”I used to go there in the morning, before the school, and once I was back, I again ran to the akhara. Soon it became like missing the first half of my school and spending the time in the akhara. My parents were very annoyed but they never discouraged me. My father especially supported me a lot.”I couldn’t concentrate on my studies. All the time I used to wonder about performing in the akhara and my childhood coach, master Satbir, also encouraged me. It became a passion,” said Yogeshawar.The wrestler though went on to complete his graduation from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. When asked what his subjects were, Yogeshwar really had to stress on his memory.”History…yes it was history,” the 29-year-old recalled, even as the bruise under his right eye glistened.”He was good in studies but he was better in wrestling,” said the proud mother of Yogeshwar, Sushila Devi.It was in 1999 that Yogeshwar first came into prominence with a win at the World Cadet Championship, and the wrestler never looked back after that.”My first major victory was in 1999 when I won a gold at the World Cadet Championship,” he said.It was during this tournament that his friendship with Sushil Kumar grew deep after the two had first come together a few years earlier during a school championships.Since then the two have walked together the path to success.In 2003, Yogeshwar won his first major title in the senior category — a gold at the Commonwealth Championships.The wrestler followed that up with a bronze at the 2006 Asian Games in the 60kg freestyle category, three days after his father died.In between Yogeshwar had his first tryst with the Olympics, where he finished a distant 18th in the 55kg freestyle category.While Sushil won a bronze at the Beijing Games, Yogeshwar suffered a heart-break losing his quarterfinal bout to Kenichi Yumoto of Japan in the last 10 seconds, but that only motivated him to come back stronger.By Sushil’s own admission it was Yogeshwar, more than him, who was a medal contender at the 2008 Olympics.Yogeshawar suffered a career threatening injury just after the Beijing Games but his resolve to make the next Olympics count kept him going through the difficult phase.Yogeshwar once again proved his mettle by winning a gold at the Delhi commonwealth Games in 2010. He, however, opted out of the following Asian Games in Guangzhou, China only to return with a gold at the Asian Championships at the beginning of this year.”If I would have won a medal in Beijing, probably I would have called time on my international career. The urge of winning a medal at the Olympics kept me going,” Yogeshwar had said earlier.With his mother eager to see him get married, asked what were his plans after fulfilling his dream, Yogeshwar giggled, “Mom has given me four more years. After winning a bronze her greed has increased, she wants me to clinch a gold at the next Olympics.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Teachers Must Customise Lessons to Meet Needs of Students – Senator Reid

first_imgStory Highlights Teachers must customise lessons to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. “Our children have different learning styles. Not all our children will achieve the same level of performance at the same time… so within our classes, we must have diversity,” he noted. center_img Teachers must customise lessons to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.“Our children have different learning styles. Not all our children will achieve the same level of performance at the same time… so within our classes, we must have diversity,” he noted.“As that master teacher, you are still required to find out how you are going to try to be very prescriptive, having done the diagnosis to understand what the learning styles are, the levels of strength and weaknesses of our students in our classes, and how we are going to customise (lessons) to reach every learner,” he added.Minister Reid was speaking at a sensitisation session with primary-school teachers at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (September 25).He told the teachers that the Ministry will ensure that all primary schools have Internet connection in order for them to access educational resources.“Ideally, I want your schools to be ‘A’ schools. I want that, with the click of a button, you can get almost anything you want. As soon as possible, every one of our primary schools should be adequately enabled in terms of the Internet, [and] have school management systems to capture all student data, reports, and lesson plans that can be sent to your heads of departments in soft copy,” he said.The session gave teachers from western Jamaica an opportunity to be updated about recent developments in the education system, particularly the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations.last_img read more

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Thrifty Thursday Everything hearts for valentines day

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Goodwill visited Good Morning San Diego to show off several good Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are red and have hearts.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 7, 2019 February 7, 2019 Thrifty Thursday: Everything hearts for valentine’s daylast_img read more

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BJP AAP two sides of same coin Congress tells voters

first_imgAs it gears up for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, Congress on Sunday attacked BJP and AAP, calling them ‘two sides of the same coin’ and cautioned voters against falling prey to their false promises.“Both BJP and AAP are two sides of the same coin. They mislead people by making false promises. People should judge them on basis of what they have delivered and cast their vote wisely,” Congress leader Haroon Yusuf said while addressing a gathering here on account of party’s 130th Foundation Day celebrations. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreSpecifically targeting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its aggressive campaign to woo the voters, DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely questioned the source of party’s funding for the same.“They are spending around Rs 300 crore on hoardings placed across Delhi and Rs 5 crore on radio advertisements. Where are they getting the funding from?” he alleged.“Congress which was established decades back doesn’t have this much money to spend on advertisements and hoardings. They are a barely two-year old party. Where are they getting this financial support from?” asked Lovely. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe DPCC president said: “They had formed a party saying they will be the common man’s voice. They had resigned after 49 days of assuming power saying they wanted to bring Jan Lokpal Bill, then why none of their present hoardings have a mention of that bill?” Yusuf also lashed out at AAP for cheating public’s faith and cautioned people against believing their false promises.“They cheated you once by painting a golden picture of future. They created a perspective that Congress was the source of corruption everywhere. What did they deliver to the people who gave them their precious mandate?” he said.last_img read more

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Amazon Is Overhauling Its Reviews System to Make It Much More Useful

first_img This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 22, 2015 3 min read Amazon’s reviews system can have a big impact on buying decisions, but it’s not as accurate as it could be. Now the retail giant is hoping to fix that with a new machine-learning platform it has developed in-house, it has revealed.“The system will learn what reviews are most helpful to customers…and it improves over time,” Amazon spokeswoman Julie Law told CNET. “It’s all meant to make customer reviews more useful.”Let’s say you want to buy a garden hose, but you have no idea what kind to go for. You’re likely going to visit Amazon and pick one that looks good based on customer feedback, but the problem is, most of us use Amazon’s star-rating system, and it’s not as useful as it could be.The rating system currently displays an average of all ratings a product has received to date — so if that product happens to change or get updated over time, the rating can be misleading, and you could end up buying something you weren’t quite expecting.For example, I was recently shopping for an SSD drive to throw into my computer, and I quickly chose a 240GB model on Amazon with a fairly decent price tag and a near five-star rating. But before handing over my cash, I decided to check out the reviews — and many weren’t so positive.It turns out that the drive’s manufacturer had apparently changed its flash storagesupplier, and the drive was no longer as reliable as it once was. Many complained about it breaking down within just a couple of months, and speeds that weren’t as fast as they previously saw from the same SSD.But because this particular drive had received so many four- and five-star reviews in the past, the most recent one-star reviews weren’t having much of an effect on its overall rating.Amazon’s new system will give more weight to recent reviews and ratings in an effort to avoid situations like this, CNET reports — and those written by verified Amazon purchasers and voted up for being helpful will also be given more focus.The change is likely to be gradual at first, and it’s not yet clear which markets will see it after the U.S., but over time, shoppers will begin to notice star ratings and top reviews on product pages changing.Amazon says it has considered the new platform carefully before deciding to implement it, and insists it is intended to make reviews and ratings much more useful, “so people see things and know it reflects the current product experience.” This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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