Letterkenny councillors call for an overhaul of the rates structure

first_img WhatsApp News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Previous articleUpdate – Letterkenny diversions lifted following collision at Dry Arch roundaboutNext articleDonegal & Tyrone to meet in Dr Mc Kenna Cup News Highland Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+center_img Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – November 13, 2013 Letterkenny councillors call for an overhaul of the rates structure Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Letterkenny Town Council has been told that the provisions of the Local Government Bill as it pertains to rates will cost jobs in the town, and act as another nail in the coffin of the Main Street.Cllr Dessie Larkin told members that under the bill, the owners of vacant premises will be forced to pay full rates and may then claim half of the money back.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh suggested the move might act as an incentive to have premises rented out and promote new start ups. However, that perspective was reject by other members. Several members argued that rates should be based on turnover and profit, rather than a one size fits all basis of square footage. Concern was also expressed that a standard county wide rate would see costs in Letterkenny rise.Cllr Larkin says the whole rates system is Cromwellian, and needs to be comprehensively overhauled…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/desirates.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more

Kotoko to play Inter Allies on Saturday at Accra Stadium

first_imgThe Premier League Board reschedules Asante Kotoko’s match-day-26 fixture against Inter Allies Saturday and moves the game to the Accra Stadium.The game had previously been fixed for the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman on Sunday but it will now be played on Saturday, April 19, 2014. “We wish to however inform you that the said match has been rescheduled to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, 19th April, 2014 because of unforeseen circumstances,” said a PLB statement.Asante Kotoko are serving a home ban following the temporal closure of the Baba Yara Stadium as a result of crowd problems.last_img

Wild Card Saturday FanDuel Picks: DFS Lineup advice for NFL Playoffs GPP tournaments

first_imgMORE FANDUEL LINEUPS: Sunday | Single gamesNFL DFS Wild Card Saturday: FanDuel GPP Lineup PicksQB Josh Allen, Bills @ Texans ($8,200). Houston allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to opposing QBs in the regular season, by far the worst of the four teams playing Saturday. Maybe everyone will be on Allen, but he still seems like the best play.RB Derrick Henry, Titans @ Patriots ($9,500). The pricing on this slate probably means that Henry will be highly owned, but it’s not worth fading such a high-volume player. We’ll set our lineup apart with some of the other picks.RB James White, Patriots vs. Titans ($6,200). My action in this game goes along the path that it will be Tennessee leading and New England trying to come back, thus the use of the pass-catching White. That could be wrong, but it’s the kind of chance you have to take to win a small-slate GPP.WILD CARD WEEKEND LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuelWR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Bills ($8,700). Pick your poison among the top WRs — you can have Hopkins against Tre’Davious White or A.J. Brown against Stephon Gilmore. I’ve opted for the veteran against the maybe slightly worse cornerback rather than the rookie.WR N’Keal Harry, Patriots vs. Titans ($5,200). With Julian Edelman continuing to battle a knee injury, Harry keeps getting on the field and getting the occasional red-zone target, too. WR Isaiah McKenzie, Bills @ Texans ($4,600). Our cheapest play will go to Buffalo’s gadget player whose role as No. 3 WR has grown as the season has gone on. He’ll be involved, which is more than you can say with a lot of guys priced this low. The first round of the NFL playoffs gets underway Saturday, as the Bills play the Texans and the Titans play the Patriots. It’s been a long time since New England played on Wild Card weekend, but that just means their stacked defense will affect FanDuel DFS tournament lineup picks.In the hopes that most people fade Titans, we have three in our lineup, as the Pats look as vulnerable as they’ve ever been. We match our Tennessee stack with a Buffalo stack, though with some top corners in action, the tricky small-slate pricing is even tougher to navigate. TE Jonnu Smith, Titans @ Patriots ($6,300). Hopefully Smith’s disappointing Week 17 will have people punting the TE position, but he’s by far the most talented at the position.FLEX John Brown, Bills @ Texans ($6,800). If someone is going to get open deep against Houston’s defense, it’s Brown, and we need that stacking potential on a small slate with Allen.D/ST Tennessee Titans @ Patriots ($4,000). New England should have a good gameplan, but it’s more likely the Pats win by scoring 20 rather than 40. There are a lot of scenarios where Tennessee dictates this game and limits the Patriots, and those scenarios aren’t really reflected in the Titans having the lowest D/ST price.last_img read more

Five ties to watch in the Europa League

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Bruno Fernandes celebrating his first united goal last weekendParis, France | AFP |  Three English clubs and both Celtic and Rangers are hoping to secure places in the last 16 of the Europa League this week, while former European Cup winners Ajax and Inter Milan are bidding to qualify in adversity, for different reasons.AFP Sport picks five last-32, second-leg games to watch:– Manchester United v Club Brugge –Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hold the upper hand following last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium, but all is not lost for the visitors given the problems goalscorer Emmanuel Dennis repeatedly caused the United defence.United’s latest financial results revealed revenues fell by almost 12 percent in the six months to December, underlining the club’s need for a return to Champions League football next season.The arrival of Bruno Fernandes could provide just the spark required. The Portugal international scored his first United goal in a 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. He also impressed in a brief cameo in the first leg.– Ajax v Getafe –After their memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals last year, Ajax are in serious danger of making a limp exit from Europe this season as they welcome Getafe to Amsterdam trailing 2-0 from the first leg.Only five members of the team that started last season’s second-leg loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League were in the team for the defeat in the Madrid suburbs last week. One of those, midfielder Hakim Ziyech, has already agreed a transfer to Chelsea.Also beaten in the Dutch league by Heracles at the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team are in the process of being broken up and overturning such a deficit against a Getafe side currently sitting fifth in La Liga is a big ask.In any case, the match may not even be the priority this week for Ajax, as they face AZ Alkmaar in a top-of-the-table clash in the Eredivisie on Sunday.– Porto v Bayer Leverkusen –A precious away goal by the Colombian Luis Diaz kept alive Porto’s hopes of progressing to the last 16 as they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the first leg last week.The Portuguese side have otherwise been in good form recently and will be hopeful of turning the tie around back at the Estadio do Dragao, especially as the Bundesliga outfit have lost top scorer Kevin Volland to an ankle injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season. The tie is a meeting of two former winners of the competition or its forerunner, the UEFA Cup — Leverkusen won it in 1988, while Porto lifted the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2003 and again under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011. Both sides started the season in the Champions League, but Porto went out to Krasnodar in the third qualifying round and Leverkusen finished behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid in a difficult group.– Inter Milan v Ludogorets –The rising panic over coronavirus is overshadowing Inter’s simple looking second-leg clash with Ludogorets, who have little chance at the San Siro following their 2-0 defeat in Razgrad, as Italy grapples with an outbreak that has left 10 dead and over 300 people infected.The chaos caused to the country’s sporting calendar has hit Inter hard, with the weekend’s postponed Serie A match against Sampdoria set to be played at the end of the season and Thursday’s meeting to be played in front of empty stands.The lack of home support is another problem for Antonio Conte’s side as they try to bounce back from a defeat at Lazio 10 days ago that has left them six points off the pace at home.Conte still has to deal with the absence of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, out since the start of the month with a little finger fracture.– Arsenal v Olympiakos –Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host Olympiakos looking to extend a 10-match unbeaten run which has seen them unexpectedly launch bids to reach next season’s Champions League on two fronts.The Gunners started the year languishing 12th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four.But they now sit just four points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United, with a top-five finish potentially enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City were handed a two-year ban by UEFA for financial fair-play breaches.A 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in Greece has also put last season’s Europa League runners-up in pole position to reach the last 16 as they bid for a first European trophy since lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.last_img read more

Miami Mayor Says Trump Should Wear a Mask, Rolls Back Reopenings

first_imgMeanwhile, Biden has said that as president, he would make wearing face masks mandatory for Americans.Gimenez also emphasized that wearing face coverings is the major factor to ensuring that Miami-Dade County does not need to shut down again.“Wearing a mask is actually a symbol of respect,” he said. “The respect that I have for you, and you have for me.”Palm Beach County, which is home to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, also recently enacted a mask order, as coronavirus cases rise across South Florida.Mayor Gimenez also expanded a countywide curfew and rolled back some re-openings on Thursday.Beginning Friday, July 3, Miami-Dade County will have a 10 p.m. countywide curfew until 6 a.m. every day, until further notice.Essential workers, including first responders, hospital workers, food delivery services and media, will be exempted from the curfew.Additionally, Gimenez announced that he is “rolling back the reopening of entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters, arcades, casinos (with the exception of tribal casinos, over which the County does not have jurisdiction), adult entertainment, concert houses, bowling alleys and other establishments that have recently had their plans approved by the County.” President Trump should wear a face mask when he comes to Miami for a presidential debate this fall, if the current county rules are still in effect at that time.That’s the word from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.Gimenez, who is a Republican, was asked about that issue on Thursday, as he discussed a newly expanded countywide order requiring face coverings to be worn even outdoors when social distancing is actually possible.“I believe the president like every other leader should follow what the rules are of the locality,” Gimenez told reporters. “And so depending on the locality, if he comes to Miami-Dade I would expect that he would be wearing a mask, because that’s our rules down here.He continued, “So, as the leader of Miami-Dade I’ll be wearing a mask. You’ll see me wearing the mask all the time. You have always seen me wear the mask when it’s appropriate. That’s what we should be doing … every citizen should be playing their part.”Trump is scheduled to debate former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Oct. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.The commander-in-chief has declined to wear a mask at public appearances up to this point.last_img read more

Charlotte wins qualifer by a whisker

first_img Buckinghamshire county player Charlotte Nutt scored the narrowest of wins to lead the latest 10 qualifiers for the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final. The 19-year-old won the Midlands South regional final at Tadmarton Heath, Oxfordshire, on countback, pipping Ji-Young Kim, who also plays at a  Buckinghamshire club. Both had rounds of net 74, but Charlotte, a three-handicapper from Beaconsfield, took the honours by virtue of her score on the last six holes.  “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was such a shock. “I double bogeyed 17 and I thought I’d completely lost it and wouldn’t even come in the top 10. But then I got in and found there was another lady and me on 74 – it was a nice surprise.” The 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28 are: Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield), Ji-Young Kim (Flackwell Heath), Jenny Gibson (Woburn), Susan Harrison (Harewood Downs), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent),  Lema Townsend (Overstone Park), June Morgan (Langdon Hills), Susan Woolaway (Churchill & Blakedown) and Harriet Matthews (Droitwich).   All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013. Charlotte went straight to the regional final from her county championship, where she reached the semi-finals. When she plays in the Grand Medal Final she’ll go there straight from County Match Week, where she’ll be representing Buckinghamshire. “So, I’m going to have lots of golf that week!” she said. “This is my first national final and I’m really looking forward to it, it will be a very good experience.” Charlotte, who works at Sunningdale Golf Club, has played golf since she was about eight and is currently benefitting from time she spent at a tournament golf college in Portugal. “It definitely helped my game,” she said, explaining that last season she reduced her handicap from a high six to 2.6. This year, her target is scratch. This was the fourth of six Regional Medal Finals. The East, South and Midlands North finals have already taken place and the other dates are: North at Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham on 21 May; South West at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire on 25 May. Midlands South regional medal final qualifying scores Tadmarton Heath Par 71, CSS 74 r/o 74 Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield), Ji-Young Kim (Flackwell Heath)    75 Jenny Gibson (Woburn), Susan Harrison (Harewood Downs)    76 Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent),  Lema Townsend (Overstone Park), June Morgan (Langdon Hills), Susan Woolaway (Churchill & Blakedown)    77 Harriet Matthews (Droitwich) Click here for the full scores 15 May 2014 Charlotte wins qualifer by a whisker last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal rivers brace for rain

first_imgComing off the first weekend of the winter steelhead season that saw all of the coastal rivers turn green, I was sure hoping to hear some better scores. From the South Fork Eel north to the Chetco, steelhead reports ranged from decent to tough – and everywhere in between. The Chetco likely fished the best, but there were plenty of boats that came up empty. The Smith has been tough all season, and not much changed over the weekend. The Mad River should have been the hot spot, but it fell flat on …last_img

Multi-cuisine at Games Village

first_imgAthletes and delegates from all over the world will descend on the Capital for the Commonwealth Games, but they will be made to feel at home going by the variety of cuisine available at the Games Village.The dining room at the Games Village.Master chefs from India and overseas will provide delicacies for the residents and there is something to suit every palate.The dining area is divided into various sections on geographical lines. Hence, one has a ‘Western Flavour,’ ‘Asian Flavour’, ‘Indian Flavour’, ‘Vegetarian Flavour’, ‘African Flavour’ etc.Also, there is a separate section for salads, Italian pastas and pizzas, fruits and snacks as well as liquid refreshments.”We have divided the cuisine on geographical basis into six sections-Caribbean, American, Asian, Indian, continental and Oceania,” Ajay Grover, consultant for catering in the Organising Committee said.So, one encounters typical north Indian delicacies such as chhole-bhathure alongside chowmein. A little distance away, one finds African grilled fish and fried chicken next to Italian pasta.”We have been working on this for the past one year,” Grover said, adding that the menu does not include beef.”It is one of the largest dining areas in the world and we can serve nearly 2,300 people at one go. The facility is open 24 hours a day and we can serve up to 40,000 people in a day.” There are as many as 2,500 personnel operating the kitchen and the dining area at the Village, with 250 of them being chefs.”About 14-15 of the staff is from overseas with about seven or eight foreign chefs,” Grover said.advertisementThe catering contract was awarded to Australian firm Delaware North Company, which also worked at the 2006 Melbourne Games.With the nutrition and safety aspect of food being vital, samples are regularly tested in laboratories and there are nutritionists at hand to ensure that the athletes take in the right kind of food.The raw material for the food also comes from all over the world.”Certain fruits which are not available in India at this time of the year will be brought from as far as Africa. Lamb will be sourced from New Zealand,” Walter, a supervisor, said.”A total of 120 dishes will be served in a day within a six-day cycle,” he said.The number of people served will be steadily increased.”We started with food for 50 and by the time the athletes start arriving, we will be up to our optimum capacity,” Rick Aylett, director at Delaware, saidlast_img read more

Renault Scala launched in both petrol, diesel variants

first_imgCarmaker Renault India launched sedan ‘Scala’ in both petrol and diesel variants, priced between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Scala is powered by 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines and has 5-speed manual transmission. It has 80-85 percent local content in parts.The company has already launched small car Pulse, premium sedan Fluence and sports utility vehicles Koleos and Duster.Speaking to mediapersons on Friday, Renault India Managing Director Marc Nassif said: “Scala will consolidate what Renault has brought to India. It will enter a very competitive segment. With the launch of this car, we are completing the first cycle of introducing five products in India.” Talking about the company’s overall sales, Nassif said: “We expect this year to sell 30,000-35,000 units. In 2013, we will try to sell one lakh units.”The company will start export of Duster to the UK by the end of this year, he added.When asked about new products at the lower end, Nassif said: “We have many many things. We will definitely look at the segment below Pulse in future.”Renault India will, however, not launch any new car next year, but only refreshes and variants of the existing models will be introduced, he added.The company is currently selling 600-1,000 units of Pulse every month.Earlier, Renault India has announced the launch five new vehicles in the next 18 monthsthe new Scala is fifth in the lineup.Scala comes after Renault’s serial launch of four vehiclesthe premium saloon car Fluence, luxury SUV Koleos, premium hatchback Pulse & the SUV Duster.According to the company Renault Scala, a premium A3 segment sedan, is a logical progression for Renault India to further strengthen Renault product portfolio in the Indian car market. The car has been placed to compete with the likes of Nissan Sunny.The diesel variant will reportedly use the reliable and fuel efficient 1.5 K9K dCi diesel engine delivering a powerful performance of [email protected] as maximum power with a peak torque of [email protected] rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 21.64kmpl.While, the petrol variant uses the 1.5 XH2 engine with a displacement of 1.5 litre. It produces a maximum power of [email protected] with a peak torque [email protected] The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl, the report added.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more