Clarke Dermody returns from injury to captain his side London Irish has made six personnel changes and two positional changes from the side that played against Edinburgh last weekend for tomorrow evenings Heineken Cup round two game against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 8pm).Clarke Dermody returns to captain the side in a front row that contains David Paice at hooker and Faan Rautenbach at tighthead prop. Declan Danaher comes in at blindside flanker. Steve Shingler moves from outside to inside centre where he will be partnered by Joe Ansbro who moves into the centre from the wing. Topsy Ojo will start on the wing.London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “Both sides play entertaining rugby so it should make for a great spectacle. We know what is required of us tomorrow evening. We will go there to be competitive and look to come away with a result.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16. James Buckland;17. Alex Corbisiero*;18.Paulica Ion*;19. James Sandford;20. Jamie Gibson;21. Jonathan Spratt;22. Adrian Jarvis;23.Paul Hodgson**Denotes International LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Clarke Dermody of London Irish attends the Heineken Cup Launch at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for ERC) London Irish Starting XV:15.Tom Homer;14.Topsy Ojo*;13.Joe Ansbro*;12.Steve Shingler;11.Adam Thompstone;10. Dan Bowden;9.Ross Samson;1.Clarke Dermody* (Captain);2. David Paice;3.Faan Rautenbach*;4. Nick Kennedy*;5. Matt Garvey;6. Declan Danaher;7.Richard Thorpe;8. Jebb Sinclair*
Can Local Governments Impede Housing Markets? Related Articles Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago July 6, 2016 1,546 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Federal and local government agencies have added significant building costs that did not exist as recently as 15 years ago, which has had an adverse effect on many housing markets, according to a recent survey of more than 100 builders by John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC).The survey found that in many instances, the government added these extra costs in order to protect the environment and improve the surrounding area for existing residents.“While these are noble goals, builders have to charge more for new homes—or simply not build homes in many instances,” said John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting.Analysis of the top 33 markets in the country found that the number of new home communities has increased by only 4 percent in the last year, according to Burns. At that pace, the number of new homes permitted will not reach 1.1 million until 2023, which is consistent with historical averages.While the survey found there are many reasons why the recovery is not stronger, local government was the primary reason that volume recovery was stronger in some areas than in others. The survey found that government attitudes toward housing tend to be either friendly and affordable or unfriendly and unaffordable.Areas where builders can quickly build to meet demand like Texas and Georgia, which are well-known for business-friendly environments, fit into the friendly and affordable category; particularly Texas, which has opened up huge amounts of land for development in the last decade due to massive investments in freeway infrastructure. Texas also features new homes near employment centers that tend to be cheaper than in most areas even when home price appreciation is considered.Meanwhile, states like Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, California, and Washington (excepting downtown Seattle) are well known for being difficult for builders, regulation-wise, according to JBREC. These places feature areas that are highly desirable to live, but they have become very expensive, and on top of that, demand is outpacing new construction, JBREC reported.“The bottom line is that there is a huge correlation between government attitudes and new home construction and prices,” Burns said. “We strongly believe that the large, affordable markets will grow faster than the other markets.”Click here to view the full survey. Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Housing Market John Burns Real Estate Consulting Local Government The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Can Local Governments Impede Housing Markets? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Fed: U.S. Economy is ‘Not Running Hot’ Next: Declining Trend Continues for Bankruptcy Filings Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Housing Market John Burns Real Estate Consulting Local Government 2016-07-06 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
KATE HALEY is a Transition Year student at Loreto Community School in Milford.Here she takes a light-hearted look at her recent trip to Spain to learn more about that country’s language and culture.And she passes on some great advice to other Co Donegal students planning to go abroad to brush up on their language skills this year in exchanges. My Spanish Adventure by Kate HaleyMy twin sister and I are in Transition Year and we both did Spanish for our Junior Cert. I want to do it for the Leaving so I decided that TY was a great year to start improving my language skills. We have family, a great uncle to be exact, in a town called Almuñecar, near Malaga.He knew a family who lived in the nearby town of Fuengirola, who were looking to do an exchange. So after a lot of calls and emails, it was all arranged and my sister and I were to go to Spain to live with a Spanish family and go to a Spanish school for three weeks. In July their son, Alvaro, is coming here to Donegal to try and learn some English. Though I don’t know how he’ll take to the good ol’ Donegal accents! So the big day arrived and my twin sister, my mother and I all drove down to Dublin to catch the 12.30pm flight to Malaga. It was an early start but once we got on the plane and I could start to look up Spanish phrases in my dictionary (unfortunately ‘What’s the craics?’ wasn’t there!) it was pretty exciting! We arrived in Malaga after a four hour flight. The sun was shining and things were looking good. My uncle collected us and we all drove to his holiday home in Almuñecar.We then stayed with my uncle for the first three days of our trip. Then it was time to say goodbye to our mum as she flew back to Ireland and head to Fuengirola where our new Spanish family were waiting. To be honest I was a little nervous at first and at the start it was hard to understand as the family only spoke Spanish to us but having someone you knew, i.e. my sister, there with you did help.The family were actually so unbelievably nice it was hard not to settle into things. I know you hear of some terrible exchanges where the kids were stuck with some strange family they hate but this was nothing like that at all. After the first few days things started to feel like home.We had school every week and we had arranged tennis lessons twice a week after school so the weekends were filled with family trips to different cites and other sight-seeing activities.We visited Granada and went to the Alhambra an amazingly beautiful Arabic palace. We went to Malaga to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga play in a concert. We also visited Mijas a small town in the mountains where all the buildings are white. We even hit Marbella for a look around. Yes, we certainly were immersed in Spanish culture!Apart from sight-seeing we also got to hang out with a few of our friends we’d met in school, we did a bit of shopping here and there and of course our family trips to the cinema to see movies in Spanish, which basically meant I’d sit there watching the pretty pictures on the big screen! So the weeks seemed to fly by and before long I was standing in Malaga airport saying goodbye. We really had become part of the family so leaving was really hard. We have promised to return this summer but even then neither my sister nor I wanted to go. Unfortunately we had a flight back to Dublin waiting so after a long and tearful goodbye only the thought of coming back this summer made us get on that plane.I have truly had one of the most amazing experiences of my life here in Spain and I do believe my Spanish has massively improved. So to anyone thinking of going on an exchange, I’d say you’d be mad not to!Surviving Spanish SchoolWe all know transition year has a lot to offer but a Spanish exchange?! We get a few tips from one TY student who’s experienced school in the sun! People are extremely friendly so don’t shy away from a crowd. On your first day, you will be bombarded by questions like ‘where are you from?’ and ‘why are you here?’ Hey, it’s a great place to start making friends!The fact that the Spanish kids speak English that is a thousand times better than your Spanish does make it, oh so tempting to speak in English. DON’T! Stick with Spanish and you’ll be thankful you did.It can be frustrating when all your friends are speaking rapidly in Spanish and all you can do is smile and add in the occasional ‘sí’ or ‘no’. Don’t worry about it, things can only get easier and you’ll start understanding the gist of things.When someone asks you a question and you don’t understand what they’ve said, ask them to slowly repeat and at a last resort say it in English. Be careful pretending you understand and answering ‘yes’ anyway. Seriously you don’t know what you could be agreeing to!Actual classes in school are the hardest to sit through, with the exception of English where you will be the star of the show. I’d advise you to bring some books you can use to improve your Spanish in class otherwise you’ll be sitting there with nothing to do and not a clue what’s going on.Don’t be afraid to speak Spanish in fear of saying something wrong, say it anyway! If you’ve messed up the chances are the person you’re speaking to will understand anyway and helpfully correct you. You’re there learn Spanish so don’t be afraid to speak it!Overall just have fun, enjoy yourself! The weather is better over there and the people are generally nice. Who knows maybe you’ll be invited back for a summer in the sun!FROM MILFORD TO MALAGA: MY SPANISH ADVENTURE, BY KATE HALEY was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.comMY SPANISH ADVENTURE: BY KATE HALEY
WANNABE ULTRAS: (Clockwise from left) Santosh Mandal, Biswanath Huika, Rajib Batrai, Ramakrishna Baidya, Prasad Karkaria and Uttam MandalOn the lookout for a living, the boys found theirs on the national highway. Donning olive-green fatigues and sporting red bandannas, they would wave down buses and ease the passengers of their money.,WANNABE ULTRAS: (Clockwise from left) Santosh Mandal, Biswanath Huika, Rajib Batrai, Ramakrishna Baidya, Prasad Karkaria and Uttam MandalOn the lookout for a living, the boys found theirs on the national highway. Donning olive-green fatigues and sporting red bandannas, they would wave down buses and ease the passengers of their money. By pretending to be Naxalites, they struck fear and rarely faced resistance.The going was good – until they made the mistake of targeting a police inspector travelling in a borrowed jeep. Before they could escape, the police officer arrested them.This comic incident involving an ingenious gang of highway robbers in Orissa’s Malkangiri district has passed into local folklore. But for an overwhelming population living in Orissa’s hinterland, it is no better than black humour. Life in times of the Naxalite menace has been hard for them in the far-flung districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati.The radical leftists, mostly from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, periodically seek refuge in Orissa to escape the long arm of the law and extort money in the name of their “revolution”.Making this situation infinitely worse have been the fake extremists like the youngsters in Malkangiri. While the real ones target only the state or those associated with it, the pretenders make no distinction. “The fake Naxalites are indeed a nuisance,” says Manmohan Praharaj, the IGP heading anti-extremist operations in Orissa.Many, however, insist they are more than a mere nuisance. Ask the three businessmen – a motorcycle dealer and two rice mill owners – of Similiguda in distant Koraput who received ransom notes demanding Rs 5 lakh each in July from a band of fake extremists. Police investigations revealed the demands came from no real extremist outfit. “Someone in the neighbourhood was trying to make a fast buck in the name of the Naxalites,” says Prabhakar S. Ranpise, SP of Koraput. Since it requires you to only have your wits about you, many in rural Orissa are tempted to earn a fast buck by becoming a counterfeit Naxalite. Like Prasad Karkaria.advertisementBored with being an ill-paid driver in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Karkaria returned to his village in Rayagada to float the People’s War Gang. He didn’t have the slightest of ties with the real Naxals, but knew well enough that their groups were known as dalams. So Karkaria called his the Bhadrachalam Dalam. The rest was easy. Chintamani Panda, a schoolteacher, helped him draft ransom notes and a group member travelled all the way to Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh to mail them. The recipients took the ransom demands posted in Naxal buroughs seriously and usually paid up. More would have capitulated had the police not arrested Karkaria and his associates in January while they were preparing to mail more ransom notes.The Orissa Police have succeeded in containing the Naxalite menace to a large extent, but taking on the fakes hasn’t been easy. “For one, there are more frauds around than the real ones,” admits a senior police officer. Though intelligence gathering has improved, there’s a lot of confusion due to the profusion of outlawed outfits.Inspired groups have even begun operating in urban Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. An employee in the Cuttack Municipality had an axe to grind against his boss and sent him a fictitious ransom note. It had the desired result: the boss nearly became a mental wreck. “We come across letters from fake Naxalites in hundreds,” says Praharaj.Others do it for more serious reasons, as some forest guards found out in August in the jungles of Rayagada. Having arrested two timber smugglers the previous day, they had gone back to arrest another when they found themselves surrounded by a group of self-proclaimed Naxalites.The posers detained the guards for a few hours before letting them off with a warning not to return to the spot. “It was obvious that the timber mafia was out to capitalise on the forest officers’ fear of Naxalites,” says R.K. Sharma, the Rayagada SP.The fact that Naxalites would never help timber smugglers deplete the forests that provide them with sanctuary was lost on everyone. But when fear rules, logic loses out. It has generally been the case with much of Orissa’s forested interiors where counterfeit Naxal gangs share space with real dalams.The end result is the same: they invoke fear that is chillingly real.
Jammu, Dec 12 (PTI) As many as 348 languishing projects with an investment of Rs 909.49 crore were Wednesday approved for funding through the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Financial Corporation (JKIDFC), an official spokesman said.The projects were cleared at the fifth meeting of the high-powered committee chaired by Principal Secretary Finance Navin K Choudhary here, the spokesman said.In the five meetings held so far, the committee has cleared 1,644 languishing projects in various key sectors involving a cumulative investment of Rs 3,631.36 crore through JKIDFC.The projects cleared in Wednesday’s meeting include 132 projects of power development department costing Rs 264.77 crore, 44 of housing and urban development department costing Rs 200.10 crore, 71 projects of public works department costing Rs 187.43 crore, 14 of health and medical education department costing Rs 44.63 crore and 35 of public health engineering department costing Rs 50.91 crore. Among others were 36 projects of youth services and sports involving a cost of Rs 82.30 crore, 13 projects of industries and commerce department costing Rs 45.31 crore, one project of tourism department costing Rs 24.56 crore and two projects of social welfare department with a cost of Rs 9.46 crore, the spokesman said.Choudhary, who is also the founding chairman-cum-managing director of JKIDFC, while interacting with the officers, said the approved projects would be funded for time-bound completion through the corporation. PTI TAS ABMABM
TORONTO – U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to hit imports of Canadian solar energy modules with staggering tariffs, starting this month, has sparked another court battle over the extent of his powers to push through his America First agenda.Three Ontario-based manufacturing companies are suing the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of International Trade over a Trump presidential proclamation that began imposing 30 per cent tariffs on imports of their products as of Feb. 7.Silfab Solar Inc. of Mississauga, Heliene Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie and the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. of Guelph jointly argue that Trump has overstepped his authority under U.S. law in several ways.For one thing, they say Trump ignored the position of the U.S. International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial body that would be required to recommend global tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules — mainly from Asia.They also claim Trump disregarded an exemption for the Canadian companies, under the North American Free Trade Agreement, because they haven’t caused significant harm to the few remaining American manufacturers.They argue that U.S. law bars the president “from taking safeguard actions against a NAFTA country in this circumstance.”The Trump administration filed its defence late Tuesday, as ordered by CIT chief judge Timothy Stanceu, who is overseeing the case in New York City.In court documents made available to the public, it said the argument that Trump is statutorily precluded from establishing safeguards because he did not receive an official institutional remedy recommendation from the ITC doesn’t place his determination of serious injury into regulatory limbo.“Section 201 of the Trade Act provides that, when the ITC makes a ‘serious injury’ determination, the president ‘shall take all appropriate and feasible action within his power’ to remedy the injury,” the court documents read.The Trump administration also said the three Canadian plaintiffs are on no firmer ground that the requirements of NAFTA were not satisfied in the absence of the ITC finding that goods from Canada accounted for a substantial share of imports and contributed importantly to serious harm suffered by American manufacturers.“The president determined that Canadian goods met these criteria and should not be excluded from the safeguard measure, and the NAFTA Implementation Act makes clear that the president is the sole arbiter in making such determinations,” the court documents read.Trump’s move does have the support of SolarWorld Americas Inc. of Portland, Ore., one of the companies that prompted the ITC’s investigation last year, which says the president does have the authority to impose the tariffs.“SolarWorld is the last remaining U.S. producer of solar cells still in operation in the United States; the remaining U.S. cell producers have all been driven out of business by foreign imports,” SolarWorld’s lawyer said in a briefing to the court.The Canadians say the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded last year that solar cells and modules from Canada accounted for only about two per cent of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells used in the United States.They also say the commission found the Canadian imports don’t meet the threshold required for the United States to include a NAFTA country in the president’s general action against imported photovoltaic cells and modules.The Canadian companies do have supporters in the United States, including from two Minnesota state senators — Republican Paul Gazelka and David Tomassoni of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.“In recent years, Minnesota has made significant and growing investments in the solar industry, often in partnerships with Canadian solar companies,” they wrote in a letter to the trade court.“These partnerships have resulted in the creation of jobs for Minnesotans and aided the rapid expansion of Minnesota’s solar industry.”The Minnesota briefing says Trump’s proclamation is problematic because it didn’t follow a “careful and balanced process” that the executive branch needs to follow before imposing safeguard measures on foreign imports.“The executive branch did not follow that careful process here,” it asserts.“By imposing a tariff on Canadian imports anyway, the proclamation contravenes the deliberate process Congress designed. … Furthermore, the proclamation has written Congress out of the vital oversight role to which the statute entitles it.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.
This might just be the hardest run you’ve ever done. Can you do 1K to a Beer Garden?Mighty Peace Brewing presents 1K to a Beer Garden Saturday, July 28, 2018. You’ll do 1K, then have a beer with Mighty Peace Brewing, dinner from Aniela’s Kitchen and live music from two local bands.Plus all the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society. The society helps local families specifically those facing the high cost of travelling outside our community to receive the medical treatment they require. The Tortoise Prize – SlowestBest DressedSpirit Awardand the Worst Dressed OR be a VIP and you can skip the run and head right to the Beer Garden.The cost is $65 per person or be a VIP for $85. Registration fees will increase if there is any space available the day of the event. To register, visit www.energetictickets.caWhat’s included in your registration:You get your first beer on usDinner from Aniela’s KitchenPierogi and Polish SausageGreek SaladAnd Dessert Squares A 1K to a Beer Garden T-shirtTwo live bands – Salt n’Water and another band to be namedFree Safe Rides home thanks to Energetic ServicesIt all takes place at Surerus Ball Diamonds on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Registration is limited to the first 250 people.Event Times:Registration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Run at 5 p.m.Beer Garden from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dinner at 6 p.m.Bands 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Plus on top of all this fun, we’ll be giving away prizes for the following:
New Delhi: Children from different parts of the national capital continue to go missing as in just 74 days, around 1,177 cases of missing children registered in the city. However, the law enforcement agency has traced more than 500 kids so far.As per the analysis, in most of the cases, children go missing due to reasons like parents not being at home, academic pressure, losing their way, elopement. Police sources told Millennium Post that up to March 15, as many as 585 kids were traced whereas 592 still missing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs many as 1,080 kidnapping cases reported in which 315 were solved and 60 persons involved in the crime arrested. According to Delhi Police, Crime Branch made sustained effort to identify whether organised gangs were behind the kidnapping of children; however, no such gang was found to be active in the city. “Crime Branch has also conducted a survey of children begging at various traffic intersections to find whether they had been forced into begging by some organised gang. However, the survey did not reveal the involvement of any organised gang behind child begging,” claimed Delhi Police annual report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLast year, under the schemes like Operation Smile-II and Operation Muskan-II, police teams visited various shelter homes and spoke with children to find out their residential addresses so that they could be reunited with their families. This resulted in tracing and reuniting a total of 4,636 children. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has identified 50 areas in the city from where cases of missing children are regularly reported. Samrah Mirza, member of DCPCR told Millennium Post that the reason behind the missing is many which include human trafficking, child labour, illegal adoption. “The human traffickers regularly keeps tab on the children who are economically poor. Once their parents went for their petty jobs like construction labourers, the traffickers flee with the kids,” said DCPCR member. In the year 2017, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to State Child Protection Society of Delhi and other states in which they have told them to search the children, who are from different states, living in children home and handover to the concerned state of the minor, so that there can be an effort to reunite them.
New Delhi: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday said it made 1,322 industrial units switch to PNG fuel from other liquid fuel out of a total 1,467 units identified for conversion. On the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the DPCC has also asked all non-bedded health care facilities to obtain authorisation by April 25 under Bio-medical Waste Management Rules 2016 or face closure. “To improve air quality in Delhi, DPCC has got converted 1,322 industries to PNG fuel from other liquid fuel out of total 1,467 industrial units identified for conversion,” it said in a statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt also said that environmental compensation of Rs 5,00,000 each has been levied on South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Public Works Department and District Level Monitoring Committee (South East) for illegal dumping of bio-medical waste in Barapullah Nallah. The DPCC has imposed Rs 50,000 environmental damage compensation on municipal corporations for unauthorised dumping of garbage in 10 drains at 38 places. In the statement, the anti-pollution body also said South MCD along with the Delhi Police and SDM (Delhi Cantt) took massive action of removal of encroachments in Mayapuri Industrial Area to stop unauthorised scraping of vehicles. “DPCC imposed Environmental Compensation Damages (EDC) of Rs 1 lakh each on 785 occupiers found during a survey by the Special Task Force,” it added. On Tuesday, the DPCC had slapped fine on over 1,500 units for pollution.