Fianna Fail Cllr James Pat McDaid has claimed the housing situation across Donegal is at crisis point and only FF’s new policy can come close to solving the problem.Cllr James Pat McDaidAfter attending the FF Ard Fheis in Dublin at the weekend, Cllr. McDaid told the Donegal Daily that rather than just complaining about the current crisis, Fianna Fail is actively working on solutions.“Our recently launched roadmap on housing states that we will build 150,000 new homes nationwide, support 80,000 first time buyers, create 80,000 jobs, empower 20,000 new local authority homeowners, and secure homes for our elderly,” he added – optimistically. The New Mills based Cllr told the Donegal Daily : ‘Like every other electoral area in Donegal, Letterkenny has a very serious social housing crisis. He said: “The Letterkenny urban area with its population of over 20,000 people has only 6 housing units proposed for 2016. The area which has approx 16 main centres of population does not have any social housing construction projects under ongoing at this time.This county has a massive housing crisis with well over 4,000 applicants in need of social housing. Many others who are also in need of housing do not qualify under the current criteria.”Cllr Mc Daid added: “The Dail was told during a debate on housing last year that only 1 social house was built in Donegal in each of the last 3 years and this is totally unacceptable. The Council’s official figure for housing needs shows 2,750 on waiting lists. We have close to 350 on rent allowance and a further 175 have a leasing arrangement through the Council. When all the housing needs are calculated it is my belief that by the end of this year the waiting lists could be more than 5,000 in the county.Our strategy will include the introduction of a first time buyers saving scheme to help 80,000 families starting out get the money together for a deposit on their new home. For every €200 saved the government will add €50 to help meet the deposit. It’s time for a new vision. There can be no more boom and bust construction. What we need are the right homes in the right places and a planning system that sustains that. We have to get Ireland building again. The lack of home building is killing the dream of home ownership. We will strengthen the rights of local people to build and own a home in their local area in rural Ireland.We will revise housing density levels in order to ensure homes are built where families want to live in, not where they will be forced to live, thus helping rural areas sustain their population base and help ease the pressure on urban centres.It is our intention to make sure that in this country every family should have the security of being able to own their own home and thus have a place to call their own and raise their family in.Fianna Fail is the only party committed to building homes and actively helping people to buy them.It is also our aim to ensure that our elderly live independently in their own homes as long as possible. A vibrant Ireland is one where all age groups remain as the heart and soul of society. Fianna Fail will fully re-instate the Housing adaption grants to help ensure their homes are re-furbished to accommodate them in their later stages of life.This policy will build more homes, create more jobs, help more first time buyers, empower more local authority tenants and secure more elderly people in their homes,” he concluded.FIANNA FAIL CAN SOLVE DONEGAL HOUSING CRISIS – CLLR McDAID was last modified: May 1st, 2015 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:donegalhousing crisisJames Pat McDaid
1 December 2015The first day of December is observed the world over as World Aids Day, a special commemoration of the global effects of the HIV/Aids pandemic. Begun in 1988 as a way to fight the stigma of the disease and educate people about prevention and treatment, the ultimate objective of World Aids Day 2015 is: Getting to Zero.1. The origin of World Aids DayFrom Visually.Share on Share on EmbedTap to Expand Embed the above image on your site Customize size
A British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a YouTube video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.“So when it happened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry told Nine Network television. “So Mick, if you’re watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”Fry, 25 and a surfing beginner, was in the water with three doctor friends when he was attacked off AvocaBeach, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of SydneyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me,” Frysaid.“I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at me friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in,” he added.Fry said he wasn’t conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.“I didn’t really notice it at the time because when you’re surfing, all I’m thinking was: ‘I’m about to die. I’m literally about to die,’” Fry said.“So I thought … ‘get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life,’” he added.Fry’s friends drove him to Gosford Hospital, where they all worked, to be treated. The beach was closed for 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lifeguards spotted the 3-meter (10-foot) shark that attacked Fry close to shore and would use drones on Tuesday to check that it had left the area, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but “after then, I’ll be racing to get back in.”Fanning was competing at the J-Bay Open in South Africa two years ago when he was knocked off his board by a shark yet escaped unscathed. The video of the attack and Fanning speaking about it has been viewed more than 24 million times on YouTube. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump hopes swift return of UCLA players detained in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES In this image made from video, surfer Charlie Fry is interviewed as he talks about being attacked by a shark at Avoca Beach, Australia, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Fry, a novice surfer, mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. (Channel 9 Australia via AP)CANBERRA, Australia — A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Also in the squad are veterans Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar, returnees Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Raymond Almazan, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz will sit out the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas will take on Japan on Friday night at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo. Russia pulls basketball World Cup bid, blames negative image Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNaturalized center Andray Blatche, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, and veteran playmaker Jayson Castro will spearhead Gilas Pilipinas it its opening assignment against Japan in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster on Thursday on the eve of the Philippine team’s clash against the home team.ADVERTISEMENT
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Touch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch has been awarded the Supporting Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years from the Victorian State Government.The grant will benefit the development of Touch Football in Victorian regional areas. $1.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget for regional and rural sport. TFA Victoria will use the funds from its grant to employ a part-time regional Game Development Officer to manage a specific area. The new position will be responsible for the development of Touch Football in the region through schools, current affiliates, establishing new affiliates, encouraging the development of referees and coaches, and maintaining facilities. TFAVictoria State Branch Manager David Brady said two regions are currently being considered. “Both have good potential for growth for two years. We’re just finalising partnership arrangements,” Mr. Brady said.Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich played a pivotal role in securing the grant.Ms. Goodrich believes that the grant will be of great benefit to Touch Football throughout regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne. “It will be a big support because at the moment we’ve got a lot of volunteers doing work in that location. The volunteers will now be able to access resources from the State Branch office to assist them,” she said. The new TFA Victoria Regional Game Development Officer will be based in the specified area and employed locally, which will support the community. The level of service to the developing regions of the State is sure to be improved by the location of the GDO in the rural locality.“If our staff live in metropolitan Melbourne, it is difficult to get to a country affiliate so we might go out there only three or four times a year. But if we’ve got someone centred there in that area for the whole time then we would expect to get a lot of growth participant wise,” Goodrich said. The opportunity for the promotion of Touch Football to country areas is one of the key reasons that the grant was awarded.Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Officer Tom Forsell said the more regional participation, the better. “Currently Touch Football is predominantly Melbourne-based but having someone that can go and deliver sessions in the country, whether it’s school-based stuff or club-school links, will really improve the ability of the organisation to start getting more country kids playing. All the projects that we fund are looking at increasing the participation rate and giving people more of a choice,” Forsell said.TFA Victoria has been extremely proactive in seeking funding in numerous areas, and Branch Manager David Brady is confident that two more key project grants will be awarded soon.“With the extra funding from the State Government, and with several other grants in the pipeline, we will be in a position to access extra staffing support from the parent body. What we’re trying to do is to pool our resources in the right direction. We have experienced quite a substantial growth, as evidenced by our Schools Championships, and the number of affiliates that come on board. We’ve had two new affiliates in the last financial year, which is fantastic. We have had a lot of new enquiries about the sport and the game so we are on our way to establishing our niche in the Victorian sporting landscape for the future,” Brady said.The first grant Touch Victoria is awaiting notification on is a Participation In Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR), State and Regional grant, funded by VicHealth. VicHealth’s charter is to ‘build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments’.The sport of Touch Football seems a perfect fit for this criteria.The second grant is part of the Victorian Government’s Future Directions Project, which is also funded through the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget. These two grants would help TFA Victoria fund Touch Football in the other identified regional area as well as continue the expansion of the sport in metropolitan Melbourne. Nick Mooney, TFA Victoria Operations Manager is in the process of formalising the strategic and development plans to drive the game forward amongst juniors and in new affiliates in Victoria. The grants are a sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football as a sport of choice for Victorians.Australian football is still the dominant code in Australia’s south east corner, with 300,000 Victorians currently playing the game, however Touch Football is promoted as a complement to the game, rather than a competition. Touch Football is predominantly a summer sport in Victoria and affiliates are establishing strong links with Australian football clubs. “We find that it’s a good cross-training sport for a lot of football players to keep fit in summer,” David Brady said. With the increased support from the Government and continued partnerships with other sports, Touch Football in Victoria is going from strength to strength.
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsThe RCMP have been gathering volunteer samples of DNA from men on Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba hoping it leads to a break in the unsolved murder of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson.The little girl was found murdered nine months ago. It’s believed her killer lives in the community.APTN flew to Garden Hill Friday morning to meet with Teresa’s mother for her first interview since her daughter’s death. Sandra Robinson said she still finds it hard to believe she will never see her girl again.
Categories: Marino News State Rep. Steve Marino today introduced a plan extending a disabled veterans property tax exemption to include un-remarried, surviving spouses of Michigan veterans who died from service-connected causes while on active duty.In 2013, the Disabled Veterans Exemption was created to give property tax exemptions for 100-percent disabled veterans who were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or their surviving spouse if they have not remarried. Consequently, service members killed while on active duty or from service-connected injuries were unintentionally barred from this benefit due to an oversight in law.“There’s an unfortunate loophole in state law excluding the ability for spouses of those who were killed while on active duty to claim the property tax exemption because their spouse was not technically a veteran at the time of death,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “My plan is a solution to this inadvertent barrier, and it will ultimately remove a burden facing many Michigan military families.”Marino’s measure, House Bill 4053, now moves to the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for further consideration. 16Jan Marino bill to allow spouses of deceased military heroes property tax exemptions
13Jun Rep. Filler: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without massive tax hike State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“We dug through the budget to find savings and efficiencies so we could deliver better value to seniors, families and workers all throughout Michigan,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more money, we’re using the tax dollars they already provide more effectively to increase our investments in priorities like roads and schools.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures money spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. Once fully phased in over two years, this change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services.Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.Criminal justice reform. Our efforts to reduce crime are working. Data continues to show that problem-solving courts produce substantial savings for taxpayers by significantly decreasing the number of people who reoffend. We will continue this trend by fully funding drug treatment courts, mental health courts and veterans’ treatment courts.Agriculture. This spending plan prioritizes our farmers and farming communities by maximizing existing state resources. We continue to support local programs that get food from farm to table across the state and supplements county fairs that help our farmers get their products to market. We worked hard to ensure that every dollar put toward agriculture in Michigan is well spent and critical services are funded without raising fees or increasing general fund dollars.Filler said the House budget plan costs Michigan taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.### Categories: Filler News
European broadcasting firm Modern Times Group (MTG) has raised SEK 1 billion (€113 million) in the Swedish bond market to refinance an existing SEK 1 billion loan.MTG said that the new bond has a maturity of four years and will be listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm.The move comes after MTG replaced its SEK 6.5 billion of previous bank financing with a SEK 5.5 billion long-term revolving multi-currency facility and a SEK 1.0 billion loan in December 2013.“The interest in our first local bond offering has been high and reflects our strong financial position, our diversified and growing business, and our highly cash generative operating model. We have refinanced and diversified our overall funding structures over the last six months and built a platform for further investment in our long term growth,” said MTG’s chief financial officer Mathias Hermansson.