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  • West Brom striker Berahino delighted with England call-up

    first_imgWest Brom striker Saido Berahino believes he is ready to take his chance with England, after he was called up to the squad to face Slovenia and Scotland.The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form this season with seven goals from ten Premier League appearances – making him the highest scoring Englishman in the division.Speaking to the Drivetime show, Berahino said he hopes to learn from the experience when he joins up with the squad.“It means a lot to me,” said Berahino. “England as a nation has given me a second chance in life and now I’m in a position where I can provide for my family. We live a much better life than we did 20 years ago.“Obviously I back myself to do well in those games [Slovenia and Scotland] if I get given the chance. I’m just going to work hard on the training pitch and I can’t wait to meet up with the lads and pick up a lot from the experience I’m going to gain.“I’ll be looking at the likes of [Wayne] Rooney and [Danny] Welbeck who have done a lot in the game and try and learn from them.“International football is totally different to club level in that not everyone is in their comfort zone. But I’ll go in there used to it now. I’ve gained a lot of experience in the younger age groups so I’ll take that confidence into the seniors and I’ll go in there to try and enjoy my football and just let it do the talking.”last_img read more


    first_imgThe average rent for all dwellings in the private rented sector in Co. Donegal in Quarter 4 of 2015, and which were registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) was €463.This was up €6 when compared to the average rent in Q3, 2015, when the amount was €457, and was up €23 when compared to a year earlier, in the last quarter of 2014, figures released today show.This data comes from the latest PRTB Quarterly Rent Index which is compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) for the Board. It is the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. This is because it is based on the actual rents being paid, according to the PRTB’s records, as distinct from the asking or advertised rent.At a national level, monthly rent levels rose in Q4, 2015, by 2.2% when compared with Q3 when the growth rate was 3.6%. Looking at the trends in more detail, monthly rents countrywide for houses were up by 1.5% quarter on quarter, while rents for apartments were 2.7% higher than in Q3, 2015.Rents in Dublin grew by 1.8% in Q4 compared with Q3, 2015. While rents for houses in Dublin increased by just 0.7%, rents for Dublin apartments rose by 1.9%. For properties outside Dublin, rents in Q4 2015, when compared with the third quarter of that year, were up 2.3%. Rents for houses outside Dublin recorded a quarterly increase of 1.9%, while apartment rents outside Dublin increased by 2.9% in Q4, 2015.Commenting on the latest Rent Index findings, a Spokesperson for the PRTB said it was another opportunity too to remind both landlords and tenants of the provisions of the new tenancy legislation which came into law last December. “That provides that rent may only be increased once in a 24 month period (previously 12 months). It also provides that 90 days advance notice must be given prior to any increase (previously 28 days). As previously, rents may not be more than the market rate. All landlords are legally obliged to register tenancies with the PRTB and the number of new registrations with the PRTB in Q4, 2015, was 27,316.  PRIVATE TENANCY RENTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalPRTBrentsriseslast_img read more

  • Sabina Higgins celebrates success of Strengthening Families Programme

    first_imgSabina Higgins, wife of President of Ireland, last week met with Donna Butler from the Donegal-based Alcohol Forum and National SFP Council of Ireland for the launch of a national report. Ms Higgins launched the National Strengthening Families Programme Council of Ireland’s report on March 23rd in Ballymun, Dublin. The report, titled, “Family Effects: Strengthening Families Programme 10 Year Outcomes in Ireland” sets out the national evidence of the positive impact of the programme on the lives of parents and children. Donegal woman Donna Butler, Chair of the National SFP Council of Ireland, and Manager of the Families Matter programme with Donegal based charity Alcohol Forum, was delighted to see the national report confirm what her experience in Donegal has told her; that the Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) delivers significant improvements in the lives of families who take part. Alcohol Forum deliver SFP in Donegal with programmes currently running in Inishowen and the next one due to start in Letterkenny.National SFP Council Members with Sabina Higgins at the launch of the National SFP Council’s 10 year reportSabina Higgins speaking at the launch of the National SFP Council’s 10 year report, Family EffectsSpeaking at the launch, Ms Butler said:  “I’ve represented the Alcohol Forum on the National Council since 2012 as we deliver Strengthening Families here in Donegal.  When we welcome a family to the programme they’re often dealing with more than one challenge. While we are charity focused on preventing and reducing the harm from alcohol, families are referred to our programmes for a variety of reasons. “This report analyses ten years of results. It clearly shows that, no matter why a family joins the programme, they leave better able to cope and with skills they can use when facing difficult periods. That’s a great outcome for the family, but also a strong endorsement of the Strengthening Families Programme for all involved.” Ciara Breen and Donna Butler from Alcohol Forum’s Families Matter Programme.Marie Lawless shares the findings from the report.The SFP is a 14 week programme that works with the whole family to build skills week by week.  Each session starts with all the families sitting down for a meal together. Unlike other family support programmes, SFP works with parents and children as a unit with separate and joint sessions.  This whole-family approach has proven to significantly improve the outcomes for families. The National SFP Council of Ireland was set up in 2012 to foster inter-regional collaboration, promote quality standards, and share learning across Ireland.Ms Butler said: “This review of 10 years of programmes shows SFP is doing what it’s meant to and that’s help families deal with difficulties they confront much more effectively.  This report gives agencies the impact evidence they need to continue supporting or funding ‘Strengthening Families Programmes’ in our communities and that’s good for local families.” A copy of the new report can be downloaded here.Sabina Higgins celebrates success of Strengthening Families Programme was last modified: March 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

  • Is that really a spoiler alert on free agent-to-be Kevin Durant’s new Nike T-shirt?

    first_imgNike has this @KDTrey5 shirt on the site that has all the Teams/Cities KD has played for. The last 2 are Oakland & San Francisco. GSW last season in Oakland … Well, this clinches it.Kevin Durant is staying put with the Warriors. It’s right there on his new Nike T-shirt which reads “Stay True” (get it? stay true?) front and back, and lists the cities and schools that Durant has represented on the basketball court.The final entry: San Francisco, CaliforniaSee it for your own self:last_img read more

  • Connecting women to technology

    first_imgAn Intel programme called She Will Connect aims to increase women’s access to the digital world. Research has shown there is a significant gender gap in developing countries in using technology such as the web. It’ll help to empower women in their businesses, increase literacy, and strengthen their voice.The Intel She Will Connect programme aims to empower women through ICT and close the gender gap when it comes to accessing technology. (Image: CollegeDegrees360, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr) Priya Pitamber“I still cannot believe that I now use the computer and even the internet,” said Nigerian businesswomen and hairdresser Jessica Orji. She always thought the internet was more for the guys and online scammers.Through the web, she has learnt she can reach a wider client base for her business. “Now I love the computer,” she said. “With the internet, I can reach more people. I can advertise my business online through my new Facebook account, and even create fliers for my business.“I can also make a budget to plan my finances.”Orji took part in the Intel She Will Connect: My Digital Journey programme. It is an initiative to provide a learning platform for women online.By being digitally savvy, women have a greater chance of increasing their income, receiving a better education, enhancing their political participation and having a stronger voice in their communities.“As a result of the training, for the first time, I went to the café to browse the Internet,” Orji said. “The training completely changed my perception of computers and [the] internet.”Through the programme, Intel would like to:Close the gender gap in education access;Inspire more girls and women to become creators of technology; andConnect women and girls to opportunity through access to technology.“Educating girls and closing the internet gender gap also has an important multiplier effect – expanding opportunities for families, communities, and nations,” reads the Intel website.See more here:What the United Nation saysThe United Nations (UN) has welcomed the project.“Equality in access to the internet is a matter of human rights, women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction,” said UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Intel, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to connect young women to the internet because equality for women is progress for all.” UN Women’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has voiced support for the programme. (Image: Screengrab via Intel)“She Will Connect is going to be hugely transformational (for) women, families and communities and is crucial for sustainable development,” said ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya. His country was proud to be a part of it.Deputy ambassador Usman Sarki welcomed the project into Nigeria. “Providing access to technology and reducing costs are key to empowering women in the internet age.”South Africa was committed to expanding ICT access, said the South African deputy ambassador, Doctor Mashabane. “She Will Connect is a concrete and practical initiative to roll out internet access to young women for national development.”The programme ties in to accomplishing South Africa’s National Development goal of obtaining a skilled workforce to support inclusive economic growth by 2030.What the stats showIntel’s She Will Connect was established after research was done into internet access across the world. The ensuing report, called Women and the Web showed that “on average across the developing world, nearly 25% fewer women than men have access to the internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45% in regions like sub-Saharan Africa”.It estimated that without intervention, the internet gender gap could increase to 350 million women in three years’ time.“The research is clear and the call to action has been made,” said Melanne Verveer, former ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues in the US Department of State. “Now is the time for collaboration to actively reduce the internet gender gap and empower women around the world to enrich their lives.”Another report, from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender, established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), examined the role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet could play in advancing gender equality agendas, including equal access to new technologies for women and girls.The report revealed that, around the world, women were coming online later and more slowly than men and highlighted that in developing countries, every 10% increase in access to broadband translated to a 1.38% growth in gross domestic product. That meant that bringing an additional 600 million women and girls online could boost global gross domestic product by as much as $18-billion (R277-billion). Research from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender shows a wide gap between men and women in the developing world accessing technology. (Image: Broadband Commission)To read the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender report, click here.To read the Women and the Web report, click here.How it helpsNigerian poet and actress Titilope Sonuga is the spokesperson for Intel She Will Connect in Nigeria. She recalled how she was about five years old when her father bought their first computer. Back then, it was used for homework. She loved to use software that taught people how to type, which helped her to gain and hone that skill.“It’s interesting to think about the seeds that were planted from a young age and what that tells a girl and what her life can become. I know that a lot of opportunities that I have come across now happened on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and because I am plugged into this global network I am able to access those opportunities,” Sonuga said.She said the programme would help women to push boundaries to be whatever they wanted to be, whether it was an engineer, poet, doctor or actress.“To think about girls or women who don’t have access to training to be connected to technology is heart-breaking because to realise your dreams, you need to be plugged into the world around you.“And so to think about the girls and women to benefit from this programme is incredible and it’s exciting to think about different voices that are going to be actualised because of being able to connect.”See more of her interview here: Women share their testimonials of how the internet has helped to improve their lives. (Image: Intel She Will Connect)Orji is also spreading her knowledge about computers and the internet, and has used it to help her mother, a caterer, with her business.“We went to the café to make fliers for her business, showing a proper and clear description of her full catering services,” Orji said. “She has gotten some new customers through those fliers. We are hoping we will be able to get a personal computer at home, as the entire family is excited about this new discovery.”last_img read more

  • South Africa, Sudan to build closer ties

    first_img2 February 2015In an effort to enhance and elevate the structured bilateral co-operation between them, South Africa and Sudan have taken a decision to raise the Joint Bilateral Commission for Cooperation to a ministerial level, President Jacob Zuma said in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Sunday.The main objective of the commission will be to promote political, economic and social relations between the two sides.In this regard, the ministers of International Relations and Cooperation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been tasked to work with speed to conclude an enabling agreement, Zuma said after talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.Sudan and South Africa called for reinforcing economic cooperation and partnership establishment.The two leaders reaffirmed commitment to reinforcing economic relations by encouraging both countries’ private and public enterprises to further involve themselves in establishing partnerships to become a model for South-South cooperation.Joint ventures“We also agreed to encourage more public and private sector companies to make joint ventures for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples. In this regard, Mr President, we direct our relevant ministers to work tirelessly to enhance our bilateral cooperation,” Zuma said.Already the two countries have 16 bilateral agreements in a number of fields including trade, agriculture, defence, policing, arts and culture, social development, scientific cooperation.“We talked about many issues, including the fact that, as African countries, we must be totally independent and take our decisions about our destiny,” Zuma said.Peace and securityThe two presidents also exchanged views on matters of peace and security in the continent, paying particular focus on the on-going conflict in South Sudan.They called on all the parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan to show leadership and responsibility to bring an end to the conflict.“To this end, we have committed ourselves to playing our part to help resolve the crisis. The people of South Sudan need peace, security, stability and development,” Zuma said.The two leaders also reaffirmed their support to the UN and the African Union as important institutions of consolidation for peace maintenance of regional and international security, according to the communique.Al-Bashir described Zuma’s visit to Sudan as “fruitful”.“We have agreed to promote cooperation, implement all previous agreements and upgrade the joint ministerial committee,” he said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

  • NCGA files comments on WOTUS review

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on ethanol and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations, following President Trump’s executive order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”NCGA urged the EPA to use its authority to give drivers year-round access to higher blends of ethanol such as E15. EPA has previously issued a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for 10 percent ethanol blends. Providing E15 with the same waiver would lead to more choices at the pump and cleaner air.NCGA also encouraged EPA to update its lifecycle analysis for corn-based ethanol. EPA last updated its lifecycle analysis in 2010, projecting that corn-based ethanol would produce 21 percent fewer GHG emissions when compared to gasoline by 2022. Other federal government agencies have issued updated GHG lifecycle analysis for ethanol based on actual corn and ethanol production experience. Most recently, USDA analysis released in 2017 shows corn-based ethanol results in 43 percent fewer GHG emissions when compared to gasoline.EPA’s outdated lifecycle analysis for corn-based ethanol is hindering ethanol exports, as well as expansion of domestic ethanol use. NCGA also believes EPA should review and update its emissions modeling and fuel petition procedures to help ensure sound regulatory decision-making for future high-octane fuels such as higher ethanol blends.Finally, NCGA expressed support for Executive Order 13778, which directs EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. NCGA has serious concerns with the 2015 rule and supports Agency efforts to rescind and replace it with a rule that achieves the 1972 Clean Water Act’s underlying goal of protecting the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. NCGA is committed to working with the Agency on a rule that provides clarity and certainty for farmers and is in line with the Clean Water Act.last_img read more

  • Leo Varadkar makes ‘Most Promising Business Leaders’ under 40 list

    first_imgLeo Varadkar has had his name featured on yet another international list.The Taoiseach has been included in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) list of the 100 most promising business leaders and public servants under 40.According to the international organisation, the young global leaders were chosen ‘because of their ground-breaking work, creative approaches to problems and ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society’.Read it at Extra IE Related Itemslast_img read more

  • CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals

    first_imgJK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Centro Escolar University coach Yong Garcia, there’s no shame in losing to Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.After all, even he did not expect his side to make it this far in his first conference at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “I think we overachieved,” he said, after the Hawkeyes dealt the Scorpions a 79-69 Game 2 defeat.“I’m so proud of my players because they always gave their best and that’s the reason why we made it in this stage.”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 shutoutWith the decks stacked against them, CEU shocked top-seed Flying V in the semifinals to arrange the date against Cignal behind the heroics of Rod Ebondo and the troika of guards in JK Casiño, Aaron Jeruta, and Orlan Wamar.Unfortunately, that dream run didn’t get a happy ending as the Hawkeyes swept CEU in the best-of-three championship series, 2-0. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Though Garcia rued the missed chance, the youthful mentor shared that he’s hopeful that the Scorpions picked up valuable lessons through the course of the campaign.“I just told them that every time we’re given these kinds of opportunities, we have to grab it. We can’t be content and we have to continue giving our best to make it to the next level,” he said.Garcia will now prepare CEU for its title retention bid in the UCBL.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battlelast_img read more