Councillors meet in Lifford to discuss council’s Budget 2015

first_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – November 18, 2014 News Councillors meet in Lifford to discuss council’s Budget 2015 Google+ Facebook Previous articleStill no funding for Dungloe footpath repairsNext articleGallagher returns as McNamee committs to Finn Harps News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Donegal County Cllrs are discussing their annual budget in Lifford today.The estimated spend for the year ahead will be discussed, and voted on in the County House in Lifford by the 37 elected members.This is the first budget of the “new council” elected in May; where Fianna Fail are the largest party, followed by Sinn Fein, there are ten independent Cllrs.Last year after 42 hours of talks and 26 adjournments Donegal County Council was saved from the brink of collapse.Mayor John Campbell says he cannot see a repeat of that today:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/jcamp830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

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Stop the Week: online

first_imgThis week’s round-up is inadvertently animal-themed as bears and birds terrorise the bakery world. Bearing up after theftWe always thought that leaving the last one of something on a plate was a very British thing to do. How many times have you seen one olive, or one roll left as everybody is just too ruddy polite to take the last one?Apparently, the same affliction affects Canadian bears. Clearly the season of gorging is upon us as a bear broke into a bakery in Lyons, Colorado by smashing a window and climbing onto the oven. He proceeded to eat 24 pies, as well as bags of ingredients.You may assume he’d guzzle anything on offer, but it turns out he saved some for the next hungry customer. Mikaela Lehnert, daughter of the owner, told The Guardian: “He went for the apple and the cherry, but left behind the strawberry rhubarb, so he was a picky little guy.”As well as being polite and thoughtful, the bear’s midnight snack has caused much welcome publicity for the bakery, and business has boomed since, so there are no hard feelings should he want to come back.Note: It is unlikely that this is the same bear mentioned above.Greedy gullWould you consider the theft of your food a crime? Could you blame a man for reporting such a theft to the police?It turns out you can – when the criminal in question is a seagull. A peckish man caused widespread derision this week after logging a call to the police to complain about the bird. Just as he was launching into a full blow-by-blow account of the greedy gull’s scavenge attempt, the operator sharply cut him off with: “Yes, but what does this have to do with the police?”Maybe this is a valid query – who IS policing the animals? What do you do if you are chased by a badger or attacked by a ram?During a 24-hour tweetathon by Avon and Somerset Police, 41 calls deemed of “inappropriate” substance for 999 were recorded. Other examples included someone complaining of a tight taxi seatbelt offering no leeway and someone else who had been splashed by a puddle.On balance, the man with the seagull issue was making a fair point. Note: It is odd how the bird is scarier than the bear.Cat loaf loveBritish Baker purred with delight when we came across these adorable cat-shaped loaves. Admittedly, the painted-on eyes, nose and mouth were essential to recognising what would otherwise be a lumpy loaf as a cat – but adorable all the same.The loaves have cat ears added, with painted yet edible cat faces.Creator Lou, from Lou Lou P’s Delights, said: “The inspiration behind Cat Loaf is my elderly cat Marble. Marble is now 20 years old and is almost completely blind, yet she still remains content and packed full of spirit. I adore the expression ‘Cat Loaf’, that pose a kitty takes when she folds under her paws, perfectly mimicking a nice big bloomer.”last_img read more

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Inspiration for ‘Freedom Writers’ speaks at College

first_imgErin Gruwell, author of “The Freedom Writers Diary” and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, spoke on encouraging diversity and understanding in a lecture titled “Teaching Tolerance” in Moreau Hall’s Little Theater on Friday. Penn High School sophomore Katie Laiman approached Saint Mary’s with the idea to invite Gruwell to speak as a part of Girls Scout Gold Award project. “I think this talk was really impactful, and I hope everyone that was here takes a lot from it,” Laiman said. Gruwell said she became a teacher because she wanted to stand up for kids who did not have a voice. “Before there was a book, before there was a movie, there was a group of students who were tired of being invisible, tired of being on the fringe and just wanted to matter, just wanted to be heard,” she said. Gruwell said when she was in graduate education classes she noticed a disconnection between theory and practice. “I realized this when I walked into my first classroom and my students could care not less about stories, and books, and Shakespeare and tales about Homer,” she said. “My students cared about would I make it home alive, am I gonna get home and see my hardworking mom with those cockroaches and those rats in that tiny one bedroom housing project, and will there be dinner, would their be food on the table, are those cupboards going to be bare again.” Gruwell said all of her students buried friends due to senseless gang violence by the age of 14, and it made her desperate to show them stories written about teenagers such as Anne Frank. “At that moment I wanted to find books written by, for and about kids,” she said. “Kids who lived in real wars, kids who didn’t pick up Molotov cocktails or spray cans or use 38 special handguns, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write along, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write their own ending.” Gruwell said she went to her English department chair to ask if she could use these books but was turned down. “She said my kids were too stupid to read a book, and they would never read a book from cover to cover,” Gruwell said. “She went on to say they were dumb; she went on to say they were nothing. I realized my kids have been called dumb, stupid and nothing so often by so many people they believed it, and they were acting accordingly.” Gruwell said in order to convince her students to pick up a book instead of using cliff notes or downloading someone else’s essay off the Internet, she had them wipe the slate clean and start over. “Without really thinking it through, I decided we were going to have a toast for change,” she said. “Maybe for the first time it doesn’t matter, maybe we can wipe the slate clean, maybe we can start over. I wanted to start over because I wanted my students to know they had a voice. I wanted them to know they were brilliant and they could go anywhere and do anything.” Gruwell said over the years she has watched these 150 kids, who were not supposed to make it, become teachers, parents and leaders. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their families to graduate,” she said. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their family to go to college. … I watched those kids realize their dreams.” Gruwell said she has watched kids build mountains and has seen their book inspire others. “I am an ordinary teacher who had an extraordinary experience with a group of kids who were tired of reading books written by dead white guys in tights,” she said. “They wanted kids like you to see their story, they wanted kids like you to identify with their story, but most importantly, they wanted kids like you to write your own.” The lecture was cosponsored by the Saint Mary’s Education Club, CWIL, OCSE, SIMS, Student Government Association and Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiania. Contact Kiera Johnsen at [email protected]last_img read more

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The power of a promise kept

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are those who make promises and then don’t follow through. And then there are those who make—and keep—promises.The world needs more of the latter, says a nationally respected thought leader who uses a business card-sized piece of paper to record promises and hold people accountable.“It’s universally true that commitment is needed everywhere in life,” says Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would. “We all understand the importance of a promise and it’s something that is needed to make the world a better place.”Sheen will highlight the power of keeping promises during his keynote address at the America’s Credit Union Conference June 26-29 in Seattle. continue reading »last_img read more

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Brisbane, Gold Coast among world’s best luxury cities: Study

first_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenVeronica Morgan on how to be the highest bidder 02:04 MORE: Brisbane land values jump by up to 20 per cent The best performing luxury market in the world last year was Frankfurt (10.3 per cent) followed by Lisbon (9.6 per cent). South Korea’s Seoul was strong too (8.9 per cent).“Gone are the days of 30% annual growth in China’s metropolises; Seoul and Taipei are now the region’s frontrunners with annual growth of almost 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively,” a Knight Frank statement said.Among Brisbane homes on the market is a massive seven bedder at 88 Kadumba Street, Yeronga, which sits on a 0.42ha block. The home is priced at offers over $4.5m, according to a listing by agent Ann-Karyn Fraser of Place New Farm.Up the range, priced at serious offers over $10m, Ray White New Farm agent Matt Lancashire has 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton. The eight bedroom, nine bathroom four car space home sits on some of the most stunning real estate in Brisbane, waterfront at Hamilton on a 1,609sq m site. 101 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, comes with its own overwater helipad. 17 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, is an enormous beachfront home priced at $12.5m.On the Gold Coast, luxury properties currently on the market include 101 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, a five bed stunner that comes with its own overwater helipad. The home is priced at $12.75m, according to a listing by Ray White Prestige Gold Coast Agent Robert Graham.And on the market in the past week was 17 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, a six bedroom, eight bathroom beachfront home priced at $12.5m according to agents Antonio Contreras and Joe Farr of Platinum Properties Oxenford. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Buyers making cash offers to stop houses going to auction ‘Buying frenzy’ expected amid cheapest mortgages in history Knight Frank prestige residential sales director, Jason March, said Brisbane was now into its 26th quarter of uninterrupted annual capital growth.“Over this time, Brisbane prime residential values have grown by 37.7 per cent, while mainstream property values only saw total growth of 13.4 per cent, with the latter impacted more severely with the tightened lending measures implemented by APRA over this time.”center_img Brisbane River is a stunning backdrop for many of the city’s most luxurious homes including this one at 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton. 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton, is priced at offers over $10m.“The Brisbane prime residential market has been boosted by interstate buyers, particularly from Sydney and Melbourne, looking to secure a prestige home with money still left in the bank to decorate and travel, paying significantly less than they currently would in the southern east coast cities. “He said greater affordability helped local buyers too “with many downsizing from the large family home further from the city into a well-appointed luxury apartment closer – or in – the CBD”.Monaco was still the world’s most expensive city, with $1m buying just 16.4sq m of accommodation – the equivalent of a bedroom. This is followed by Hong Kong and London.The index tracked luxury residential prices in 100 cities and second home markets across the globe between December 2018 and December 2019. Brisbane made the list of the top 60 places in the world where luxury markets were performing well.Four Australian cities including Brisbane and the Gold Coast have been named among the top 60 luxury residential markets in the world.Brisbane emerged in 57th spot, the Gold Coast was two spots higher (55th), while Melbourne came in at 44 and Sydney was Australia’s best performer slipping into 27th place.This was off the Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100) in the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2020, released midweek. Wallabies legend’s Graceville pad kicks home goals 88 Kadumba Street, Yeronga, is priced at offers over $4.5m. The land size of 88 Kadumba Street, Yeronga, is a whopping 0.42ha.Tight supply of luxury homes drove growth above the global average of 1.8 per cent in Sydney, according to Knight Frank residential research head Michelle Ciesielski.The Gold Coast grew 1.8 per cent, while Brisbane was up 1.4 per cent, Sydney 3.7 per cent, and Melbourne 2.2 per cent over the year.“Despite record low interest rates and wealth growth continuing in most advanced economies, there were some factors preventing global price growth from reaching previous highs, including the slowing global economy, rising property taxes and in some cases, a surplus of luxury homes on the market,” Ms Ciesielski said.She said 78 of the 100 locations in PIRI registered flat or positive growth in 2019.last_img read more

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