Photo: QB Jalen Hurts Spotted On Major Transfer Visit

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts, who’s set to transfer out of Alabama’s football program, is taking his first major visit this evening.The Crimson Tide dual-threat quarterback is visiting Maryland and former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.Hurts is taking in Maryland basketball’s big home game against Indiana tonight.Photos of Hurts in attendance have surfaced on social media.Jalen Hurts and Mike Locksley pic.twitter.com/7cLXQlk4Vj— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 11, 2019Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, who has his name in the transfer portal, is here at the Indiana-Maryland game. pic.twitter.com/BkjSH2K4TB— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) January 11, 2019Jalen Hurts here at the Maryland basketball game with Head Coach Mike Locksley @TheLeftBench pic.twitter.com/Wxsyr7IDGX— Lil Sebastian (@noah_gross27) January 11, 2019Maryland’s 247Sports’ site had more details on Hurts’ interest in the Terps:The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Houston native shares a strong relationship with new Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who spent the past three seasons alongside him in Tuscaloosa. Also reportedly considering Miami, TCU and Oklahoma, Hurts’ impending decision is the biggest storyline of the offseason in college football; whoever signs him will get an immediately eligible quarterback known for his bulldozing running ability and his 27-2 record as a starter.Hurts is expected to decide on his next stop quickly, in order to enroll at his new school in time for the start of the second semester, Jan. 28 if he chooses Maryland. He and Locksley share a familial relationship, a source told IMS.“He’s super comfortable around [Locksley]. He’s like a second father to him,” the source said.Maryland and Indiana are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T.The game will be on FS1.last_img read more

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Hopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with Switzerland

first_imgHopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with SwitzerlandGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.advertisement Reuters PerthJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 23:03 IST Angelique Kerber beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with SwitzerlandGermany will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matchesAngelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev cruised through their singles matches on Friday as Germany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.Kerber and Zverev will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.vBring on the rematch. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/3RomiPc8LNHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matches, while the Swiss topped Group B with two victories from their three encounters.”It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” ATP Finals champion Zverev said.Timing is everything in tennis #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/QnamJuEaJCHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019″We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again. And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we’re definitely going to come back here to Perth.”Congratulations to Team Germany on again reaching the #HopmanCup finalListen to what Sascha and @AngeliqueKerber have to say ahead of the title match. pic.twitter.com/R1fYzUlIKvadvertisementHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019#Benderer hitting the practice court ahead of the final tomorrow. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/f7nERJx1yVHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3(1) to sign off with a consolation win.Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2).”It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.”For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played (before) but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Belinda Bencic Nextlast_img read more

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First Nations Slam Quebec Maritime Strategy

first_imgzoom The Government of Quebec, Canada, has introduced a CAD 1.5 billion Quebec Maritime Strategy, to the delight of local port authorities, but to the dismay of First Nations who said that the new strategy breaches the constitutional rights of the Aboriginal tribes. ”First Nations hold an Aboriginal title and Ancestral and treaty rights. The Constitutional Law of Canada, rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all the fundamental bases of a society established on rights clearly state that the development on the territory has to be made with First Nations. It has to be founded on a significant recognition of the status of all First Nations of this land,” a statement from the First Nations said.First Nations also accused the Government of Quebec of leading a policy of exclusion, rather than inclusion of First Nations.“Chiefs are still holding out a hand to Premier Couillard, but they won’t let anymore the ship of development leave without them,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.The proposed strategy is aimed at improving road and water links along the St. Lawrence Seaway, a gateway between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The strategy also backs private investment projects in industrial port areas.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Tears sorrow as families speak of missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgWINNIPEG – Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women sobbed, fought back tears and expressed anger Monday as they recounted what happened to their loved ones.They also recalled running up against what they said was indifference from police and people in general.“What was she to society — nothing?” Isabel Daniels asked the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women about her cousin, Nicole Daniels, who was found frozen to death in 2009.“Like the 1,200 other aboriginal women that are murdered and missing?”Nicole was 16 when she was found face down, with her clothes partially removed, behind a Winnipeg auto body shop on the morning of April 1, 2009. The night before, her family said the teen had gone out with an older man she had met on a telephone chat line.An autopsy found a high level of alcohol in her system and the police ruled out foul play. They attributed the removed clothing to paradoxical undressing — a misplaced feeling of warmth that can occur when people suffer from severe hypothermia.Her family told the inquiry hearing in Winnipeg they have no doubt Nicole Daniels was murdered.“She had bruises on her arms that we saw when she was in her casket, and she didn’t have those bruises before. She had bruises on her legs,” Nicole’s aunt, Joan Winning, told the hearing.Similar frustration came from Lorna Sinclair, whose sister, Myrna Letandre, was murdered in 2006. Letandre’s killer, Traigo Andretti, was her boyfriend and was only charged after Letandre’s remains were found in 2013 in a Winnipeg rooming house.Andretti was questioned at the time of Letandre’s disappearance but not charged — something that Sinclair said was wrong.“More needs to be done when our people go missing, when our women go missing. You have to investigate the people they were with,” she said.“On three different occasions, I say to you all, I went to that house … and Traigo had said to us that he wouldn’t let us in. He said, ‘No, she’s not here. She went to B.C., Calgary. I don’t know where she is.’”Andretti pleaded guilty in 2015 to second-degree murder. He had recently been given a life sentence for the murder of another Manitoba Indigenous woman, Jennifer McPherson, in 2013.McPherson’s murder was not the first for her family. Her mother, Betty Rourke, also lost a sister to violence in 1980. She fought back tears as she recalled memories of her sister as a young child.Many family members told the hearing the violence has affected them. Some are scared to go out alone. Some are mistrustful of men. Some are haunted by the feeling they might have done something to keep their loved ones safe.Monday’s hearing was the first of four days scheduled for Winnipeg, following earlier hearings in Smithers, B.C., and Whitehorse.The inquiry has faced complaints from some families about poor communication and delays. One commissioner and some staff members have resigned.Kevin Hart, a regional vice-chief with the Assembly of First Nations, alluded to the controversy in his opening remarks.“We know it hasn’t been an easy job for you … and I ask you from the bottom of my heart: please help the families and the survivors and the two-spirited because they need you more than ever right now.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Joan Winning’s first name.last_img read more

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A list of Alberta premiers since the province was created in 1905

first_imgEDMONTON — A list of Alberta’s premiers:Rachel Notley, NDP, 2015-Jim Prentice, Progressive Conservative, 2014-2015Dave Hancock (interim), Progressive Conservative, 2014Alison Redford, Progressive Conservative, 2011-2014Ed Stelmach, Progressive Conservative, 2006-2011Ralph Klein, Progressive Conservative, 1992-2006Don Getty, Progressive Conservative, 1985-1992Peter Lougheed, Progressive Conservative, 1971-1985Harry Strom, Social Credit, 1968-1971Ernest Manning, Social Credit, 1943-1968William Aberhart, Social Credit, 1935-1943Richard Reid, United Farmers, 1934-1935John Brownlee, United Farmers, 1925-1934Herbert Greenfield, United Farmers, 1921-1925Charles Stewart, Liberal, 1917-1921Arthur Sifton, Liberal, 1910-1917Alexander Rutherford, Liberal, 1905-1910The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Extelecom execs acquitted of corruption by Swedish court

COPENHAGEN — A Sweden court has acquitted three former executives of telecoms company Telia of corruption charges involving contracts in Uzbekistan, citing lack of evidence.The charges related to alleged bribery during 2007-2010 in connection with an Uzbek partner when Telia, then known as TeliaSonera, set up business in the country. Telia Company AB also faced a forfeiture claim worth $208.5 million.Judge Tomas Zander of the Stockholm District Court said Friday said “it has not been proven that (former Uzbek president Islam Karimov’s daughter) Gulnara Karimova held any such position with connection to the telecom sector, which has been the prosecutor’s main argument.”The defendants included Lars Nyberg, CEO of the company at the time.The Associated Press read more

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Ride Norfolk interactive map now available online

Users of Ride Norfolk now can use online interactive maps to plan their trips.The map (norfolkcounty.ca/visiting/norfolk-maps/online-interactive-maps/) provides options to see which routes and stops are provided on specific days, including the newly installed route to Brantford.“The map lends itself to riders being able to get a clear snapshot of the daily route Ride Norfolk takes,” said Blaire Sylvester, Norfolk’s public transportation and business development co-ordinator. “Overall, it will help users get where they need to go by showing specific stop locations and connection times for seamless transfers.”Ride Norfolk provides public transit to locations throughout the county. Stops are located in Simcoe, Delhi, Courtland, Tillsonburg, Vittoria, Bill’s Corners, Waterford, St. Williams and others.Earlier this year, a Brantford bus route that operates three times a day, Monday to Friday, was introduced thanks to a successful approval of funds through the provincial government’s Community Transportation Grant. The route includes stops in Waterford, Wilsonville, Oakland and Mount Pleasant en route to Brantford’s downtown bus terminal.The schedule allows for easy transfers with Brantford’s GO Bus service.“We’ve seen a pretty substantial increase in ridership since we launched in May,” Sylvester said of the Brantford route, which now sees an average of 150 users per month. “We didn’t quite know what to expect when it started but, being just over four months in, the ridership growth has shown us this service is needed in our community.”Also this year, Ride Norfolk increased local service by adding a handful of new stops. They include the Delhi Medical Centre, Delhi Friendship Centre, Waterford Medical Centre, and Harbour St. in Port Dover as well as service in Windham Centre.A full list of stops, printable schedules and link to purchase advanced tickets can be found at norfolkcounty.ca/transit/. read more

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Revived rail line transports aid to isolated area of DR Congo UN

“On this day, a large chunk of the suffering that has come as a direct result of the DRC’s civil – and arguably regional – war will start to be alleviated,” said Jennifer Bakody, a spokesperson for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). Known as the “peace train,” the line starts in the southeastern town of Lubumbashi, near the DRC’s border with Zambia. It will convey wagonloads of salt, sugar and medicine from international development agencies working in partnership with the UN. Kindu is a town of 200,000 Congolese, lying about 400 kilometres west of the blockaded eastern DRC town of Bukavu. After two years of fierce fighting, there was no train service for the next six. Kindu residents and other people in the affected province would transport baskets of food, other goods and water on their heads or backs, often walking in the high weeds along the rail line. Lack of transportation also denied them access to reading material, safe drinking water and adequate nutrition. The UN-sponsored Radio Okapi and its publications have been their only reliable source of information, Ms. Bakody said. In preparation for the train’s arrival, dozens of local people painted the small concrete station near the River Congo and built a big wooden stage for dignitaries. read more

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Major boost for UK car manufacturing as Jaguar Land Rover creates 1700

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK automotive manufacturing industry has received another boost following the announcement of 1,700 new jobs by Jaguar Land Rover at its Solihull plant.With an investment totalling almost £1.5 billion, the plant will introduce the company’s advanced new aluminium vehicle architecture, which is set to underpin a range of new models for both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.The first of these models will be Jaguar’s much-anticipated new mid-sized saloon, which will enter the market in 2015 with the brand claiming it will break new ground for efficiency and refinement in its sector.Under the bonnet of the new vehicle will be a brand new engine manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, the first in a range of powerful and economical petrol and diesel engines.The announcement will also be welcomed by the UK automotive supply chain, in which Jaguar Land Rover will significantly increase spend in order to realise the raft of new vehicles.Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The creation of 1,700 new jobs from this £1.5 billion investment by Jaguar Land Rover is fantastic news for Solihull and a huge vote of confidence in the UK. This investment will also deliver another 24,000 jobs in the supply chain – on top of the 1.3 million the private sector has already created since 2010.“Our motoring industry is world class – right out there at the front of the global race – and Jaguar Land Rover is a great example of that British excellence. One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and the government’s automotive industrial strategy will help to continue this success for years to come.”The announcement brings the total number of jobs created by Jaguar Land Rover in the last three years to almost 11,000.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive industry is in its strongest position for many years; a fact perfectly illustrated by today’s announcement.“We must ensure that our recent progress in many areas continues so that the industry remains competitive and can thrive at home and abroad. The importance of the UK motor industry to the UK economy should never be taken for granted.”For more information on UK automotive investments, go to www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/uk-automotive/investment/ and for key facts and figures about the industry, you can download SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts booklet here. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey coach losing sleep over not starting Brady Hjelle

You know you’re doing something right as an athlete when your coach loses sleep over not starting you in a game. Ohio State senior goalie Brady Hjelle is doing things right as his coach has done the late night pacing to prove it. Hjelle has been honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s goaltender of the week for the second time this season after a two game series against Lake Superior State. “Brady (Hjelle) deserves it,” sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel said. “He is a hard worker that has produced at every level he has been at.” Hjelle said he is trying to staying focused despite the accolades. “I’m proud of it,” he said, “but it has nothing to do with our standing in the league. Right now points are more important than individual awards.” Hjelle has been superior in league play games, leading the CCHA in both goals-against average and save percentage. His GAA is .62 and his save percentage is .977. To put that in perspective, Hjelle is third in the NCAA in those two categories with an overall GAA of 1.14 and a save percentage of .961. If his overall numbers were the same as his league play statistics he would be leading nation in both categories. Hjelle started the first game against the Lake Superior State last weekend and gave up only one goal on 32 shots in an OSU win. However, coach Mark Osiecki elected not to start Hjelle in the second game of the series. He was attempting to get freshman goalie Collin Olson some experience and put some pressure on Hjelle to keep playing his best hockey. Rotating goaltenders is a philosophy the coaching staff has been using all season. In the second game against the Lakers, it backfired. Lake Superior State scored two goals against Olson in the first 15 minutes of the game, and then Osiecki put Hjelle in. OSU eventually lost 3-2. The decision to start Olson may or may not have cost the Buckeyes the game, but it definitely cost Osiecki some sleep. “I woke up at 4:55 in the morning, walking around the house going, ‘I should have played Brady (Hjelle),’” Osiecki said. While the team’s philosophy of alternating goalies currently has OSU in second place in the CCHA, a win in their last game would have put them in first. The Buckeyes trail the first place Miami Redhawks by a single point in the standings. Osiecki said that if Hjelle plays well in the first game against Michigan State, he may get to start the second as well. When Osiecki was asked if he had any experience with a goalie as hot as Hjelle is right now, his answer was simple. “Only in Xbox,” he said. read more

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Column Yes State legal spending is significant – but its an investment

first_imgFIGURES REVEALED YESTERDAY show that about €40 million has been paid out to barristers in private practice by the Attorney General’s office in order to ensure that the State is properly defended in proceedings issued against it.Ensuing comment has inevitably been about the small number of barristers who have profited with very substantial fees. But the figures are also noteworthy for indicating the price that we pay for a system that upholds the rule of law. We should remember that in addition to the fees mentioned, the State also pays staff in its Attorney General’s office and the office of its Chief State Solicitor to instruct those barristers.As the Irish Times article points out, the State also pays substantial sums to the Director of Public Prosecutions and her staff and to the barristers appointed by them. In addition, the HSE also instructs solicitors and barristers and pays money to them. Added to that, Gardaí are paid for prosecuting in court.Maintaining our democratic legal systemAll of this money, paid out year after year, is the cost to the State of maintaining a legal system where it can prosecute wrongdoing and defend itself where it is accused of wrongdoing. Even though legal fees to solicitors and barristers have shrunk since the economic crisis started, the amount paid by the State for the protection of its citizens and for its own protection is very substantial indeed.This is the case in every state all over the world. Each state pays for a defence of its system and the enforcement of its laws. What distinguishes a democracy from other systems is whether there is a fair balance between the might of the state – which has very substantial legal resources at its disposal – and the capacity of citizens of that state to defend prosecutions against them or to challenge the state where wrongs have been done to them. It is important – even for well-protected and law abiding citizens, who hope never to interact with the state as prosecutor or defendant – that a system exists to ensure that their voices are capable of being heard if the need ever arises to raise them. The absence of such a system gives rise to fears of abuse of power by the powerful in the state.Legal aidThis, then, is at the heart of our legal aid system. Legal aid exists to give a voice to those who need help to mount a proper defence against serious charges by the state or other individuals, or to try to right a wrong. As a non-governmental organisation which seeks to promote the equal right of access to justice of all people, FLAC has repeatedly raised the alarm when we have seen our system failing, particularly in areas of legal aid outside of the criminal courts. FLAC’s own legal assistance system – in which volunteer lawyers run legal clinics in partnership with Citizens Information Centres or other resource centres – allows people to get basic first-stop legal advice quickly and for free. However it is not, and was never meant to be, a substitute for a properly resourced legal aid system where people can get the advice and assistance they need to have their voices heard and get legal redress.The state system which does provide such legal aid for non-criminal matters, principally through the Legal Aid Board, depends on a network of small legal offices, one per county at most outside Dublin and Cork, with some counties having no office at all. In recognition of its importance, the budget of the Legal Aid Board has been maintained over the past four years; however, it did take a serious cut at the start of the recession, and the fact is that a lot more people need help on that unchanging budget.The Board is therefore extremely stretched despite the best efforts of its staff and long waiting lists have developed leading to frustration, court delays and genuine suffering. The delays and limitations of that system also risk undermining the basic rationale for legal aid – that access to justice be available on an equal basis to those who need it.Accessing the law more fairlyRumour has it that the Legal Services Regulation Bill is due back for further discussion by the Oireachtas shortly. The last incarnation had much to say about how to calculate legal costs and regulate the legal profession. It introduced the problematic concept of cross-profession partnerships which seems to have given rise to heated Cabinet discussions. It had little to say, however, about reform of access to legal services to advance the human right and democratic principle of access to justice.Any reform that fails to address how people lacking sufficient financial or other resources can access the law more fairly would be a great shame and a wasted opportunity. In times when the national agenda is dominated by harsh macro-economic policies, those in power need to remember and cherish the democratic principles that permit them to be there. Let democracy underpin the reform of legal services – and the provision of legal aid too.Noeline Blackwell is Director General of FLAC. Prior to this role, she worked in general practice as a solicitor, with a particular interest in family law and in human rights law in general, refugee law in particular. She is a former chairperson of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee and of the Irish section of Amnesty International. Noeline is a trustee of Front Line, the Dublin-based international foundation for human rights defenders at risk, and sits on the boards of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Irish Refugee Council and the Citizens Information Board.Read: NAMA paid out over €143m in consultant fees since 2009Read: €17.7m paid out to victims of rogue solicitors in 5 yearslast_img read more

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Family law and child care court cases can now be reported but

first_imgIt will be strictly prohibited to report any information likely to identify the parties to the proceedings or any child to whom the proceedings relate.Reporting of cases will still be restricted in certain circumstances.In 2012: Reporting to be allowed on family law and child care court cases >Read: Conversation between two judges on family law case had ‘no effect’ on ruling > THE MEDIA CAN now report on proceedings in family law and child care court cases from today after two Acts were signed into law.The changes to the in camera rule came into effect ahead of the start of the new legal term today, and mean that cases can be covered in the media as long as it is not “likely to lead members of the public to identify a party to the proceedings or a child to whom the proceedings relate.”Breaching this rule will result in a fine of as much as €50,000, or up to 3 years imprisonment.Previously, these cases were held in private, with no members of the public allowed to enter the courtroom.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said that these changes are “in the public interest”, and will allow a greater insight into the workings of the court. He said that it will also be of benefit to judiciary and legal professionals.“However, the public’s right to know has to be balanced with a family’s right to privacy,” he said.last_img read more

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New database will reveal exactly how much rent your neighbours pay

first_imgTHE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL Tenancies Board has launched a national rent index that reveals the actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country as opposed to the amount of rent being asked.The Economic and Social Research Institute has compiled the database based on the PRTB’s own register of over 277,000 tenancies throughout the country.It will provide real rent details for five different categories of dwellings with a micro level breakdown by county, postcode and townsland and by the number of bedrooms for each dwelling types.The director of the PRTB, Anne Marie Caulfield, said it would take “the speculation and surmise out of renting”.Rents riseThe PRTB also found there was an increase in rents nationally but a fall in Dublin rents.Compared with Q1 2012, there has been a 2 per cent increase in national rents – a 2.3 per cent increase in Dublin rents and a 0.8 per cent increase in rents for outside Dublin. However, rents in Dublin fell in the first quarter of 2013, down by 1.9 per cent, when compared with the final quarter of 2012. Outside Dublin rents grew by 1.7 per cent, having fallen in the fourth quarter of 2012.The index was officially launched today by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, who welcomed it pointing out that 20 per cent of households now live in the private rented sector.People can log on free of charge to check rent levels for different locations, and dwelling types.Read: Revenue “happy” with property tax payments after deadline passes>More: This map shows you why rent is rising in Dublin more than anywhere else>last_img read more

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Students protest over delayed opening of €27m Kildare school

first_imgUP TO 200 students and parents are expected to gather outside a €2.7 million Kildare school this morning to protest against the delay of its opening – 18 months after it was completed.St Anne’s national school in Ardclough, Kildare was “completed” in December 2011 but remains vacant. Meanwhile, 250 pupils and 18 staff are continuing to use “overcrowded prefabs clustered around a 1949 building”, protest organisers say.After the announced completion of the school in December 2011, the facility failed a health and safety inspection by the authorities. The Department of Education subsequently identified the problems, which did not involve a major infrastructure investment, and announced that it would appoint a builder to rectify them. The school is otherwise complete but, as of April 2013, remains empty.Meanwhile, the building is reportedly running up heat, lighting, maintenance and security bills.Protesting students and parents have created their own ‘whiteboards’ bearing the sentence “I want my school to open because…”, with 384 reasons cited so far. Mary, 7, says she wants the new school to open because she is “tired of sharing my classroom with furry friends (mice) (another one)”. Tom, 8, wants the new school because he doesn’t like “having a puddle in my class every time it rains”.Parent Leeann Matthews, commented: “It is appalling that this facility remains closed. If a builder doesn’t commence work on the new school within weeks it will not be ready for the new school term in September 2013”.It is hoped that the protest, due to take place this morning at 9am, will encourage the Department of Education to expedite the final step of completion of the facility.last_img read more

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Facebook Bug Deletes Accounts Zuckerberg Apologizes

first_imgFacebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologized this week at theWeb 2.0 conference in San Franciscofor a bug that deleted an undisclosed number of accounts over false allegationsof terms of service violations.“I apologize to those users for that bug,” Zuckerbergtold the crowd. “It was not related to [Facebook’s new Messages service].I think we were able to get them back on the site.” The social network’sfounder didn’t disclose the number of accounts that were affected.For Zuckerberg, the apology was merely footnote to adiscussion about the new messaging service Facebook hopes will take the placeof Webmail services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail for the social network’s youngerdemographic.last_img read more

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Make Haritha Haram a grand success Collector Ayesha Masrat

first_imgVikarabad: District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam said all officers and people’s representatives should participate in Haritha Haram programme and those who neglect the orders would be seriously dealt with. An awareness programme on Haritha Haram was held here with officials and people’s representatives. She explained them how to involve in the programme to make it a grand success. MLA Dr M Anand suggested people’s representatives to take active part in the government’s prestigious programme. DRDO Johnson, ZP CEO Srikanth Reddy, ZP Vice-Chairperson B Vijaykumar, special officers, ZPTCs, sarpanches, tahsildars, MPDOs were present.last_img read more

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Investigators for missing Malaysia flight meet in Paris

first_imgMalaysian aviation experts met French officials on Monday to coordinate the investigation into missing flight MH370, days after the discovery of a washed-up plane part offered fresh hopes of solving the mystery.The Malaysian team arrived at the Palais de Justice in Paris shortly before 2:00 pm (local time) to meet with a French judge, a group of experts and police charged with the investigation.The meeting broke out after two hours and the Malaysian delegation left without comment to waiting reporters. They were due to release a statement after the meeting.France is leading the current phase of the investigation after a two-metre-long flaperon, already confirmed to be part of a Boeing 777, surfaced last week on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.Technical experts, including from US aerospace giant Boeing, will begin from Wednesday examining the wing component, which is likely to have come from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight as no other such plane is known to have crashed in the area.last_img read more

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VIDEO Brett Favre still has a freakin hose comeback

first_img Advertisement Brett Favre is almost 50, but he’s still got the heater. Falcons cornerback, and almost Super Bowl hero, Robert Alford coaxed the 47-year old Favre off the Copper Fit compound for a workout, and posted the video to his Twitter account.Favre was a little wild, but showed he’s still got a hose. He threw some 95 MPH, 6-yard crossing routes to Alford and some other workout participants. He may be old and gray, but his arm looks better than 99% of the current NFL signal callers.Comeback? We kid, we kid.Had the G.O.A.T. Brett Favre out throwing today. I asked him to come out retirement to throw a pick to me. J/P cool guy… #TAT pic.twitter.com/FljsvBSIXh— Robert Alford (@rockorocky) March 22, 2017last_img read more

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Druze anger sparks deadly attack on Israeli ambulance

first_imgThey stand in contrast to other, loyalist Druze in Israel who have a particularly tight bond with Jews that dates even farther back than helping them win independence in 1948. The Druze revere Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, whose tomb in northern Israel is one of their most sacred sites.In recent days the community has enjoyed widespread solidarity from other Israelis — though that has partially been replaced by outrage after the attacks on military ambulances. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called the attack a “lynch” while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly condemned it and invited Druze leaders to a meeting on Wednesday in a bid to lower tensions.“We will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands. We will not allow anyone to disrupt Israeli soldiers in their missions,” Netanyahu said. “We will locate those who carried out this mob killing and bring them to justice. We are a country of law and are not a part of the anarchy that is spreading around us.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The Israeli government insists it will not allow the Druze in Syria to be massacred, but has stopped short of definitive action, maintaining its policy of non-intervention in the conflict next door. Fighting occasionally does spillover and Israel has responded. It has also carried out a number of strikes on weapons convoys or caches it believes were destined to its enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Lebanese militant group has sided with Assad’s troops in the civil war.Analyst Stephane Cohen, a former liaison between the Israeli military and United Nations peacekeeping forces, said Israel has treated more than 1,600 Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. The wounded, a mix of civilians and rebels fighting the area, arrive at the frontier and Israeli military doctors pick them up for treatment at Israeli hospitals.The Druze behind Monday’s attack on the wounded Syrians are part of the 22,000 members of the community who live in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. They have continued to identify themselves as Syrians, even after decades of Israeli rule that has seen them become fluent in Hebrew and integrated in Israeli society.Few of the Golan Druze have taken Israeli citizenship — an option they were offered after Israel annexed the territory in 1981 — and have mostly backed Assad’s government, at least in public. NABI SHUAIB SHRINE, Israel (AP) — An unprecedented attack by a mob of Israeli Druze villagers who snatched a wounded Syrian rebel from an Israeli ambulance in the Golan Heights and beat him to death reflects the spiraling anger among the Jewish state’s Druze minority, which has been pushing for the government to do more to help the Syrian Druze caught up in the neighboring country’s civil war.The Druze, a religious sect that began as an offshoot of Shiite Islam, are among Israel’s most loyal citizens and serve in its military, although those living in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights have a more fraught relationship with the authorities. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober But the Druze are also increasingly worried about the plight of their brethren in Syria and have been demanding action from the Israeli government in the wake of a massacre earlier this month of 20 Druze villagers in Syria, killed by Syria’s al-Qaida branch, the Nusra Front.In the attack late Monday, dozens of Druze villagers swarmed an Israeli military ambulance carrying two wounded Syrian rebels, suspecting they were Islamic militants.The villagers pulled one of the Syrians from the vehicle and beat him to death. Two Israeli soldiers in the ambulance were also lightly wounded, and the other Syrian was evacuated to an Israeli hospital in critical condition. Earlier Monday, Druze villagers confronted another ambulance they believed was transporting wounded Syrian militants but that incident was quickly defused.The Israeli Druze have been angered by the Israeli government’s policy of extending medical aid to wounded Syrian rebels, who are fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government — an archenemy of Israel. They suspect that some of those treated in Israel have been Islamic militants, such as those behind the massacre of the Druze in the Syrian province of Idlib. Four benefits of having a wireless security system The Israeli military has in the past denied that it is helping treat wounded Islamic militants fighting across the border and defense officials said the Syrians who were evacuated into Israel on Monday night were civilians. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss military actions with the media.Israel’s estimated 130,000 Druze live mostly in the north of the country, where some have recently been taking to the streets, demanding more decisive action to help the Syrian Druze. Some have called for Israel to provide weapons and air support; others have proposed that thousands of Syrian Druze be allowed to take shelter inside Israel, if necessary, or that they themselves be allowed to cross the border and fight on behalf of the Syrian Druze.“The Israeli state knows how to take care of its interest, and its interest in this case is not to let the Druze community be in a situation of genocide,” said Majali Wehbe, a former Druze member of Knesset.Convening for an emergency meeting, the Druze leadership in Israel condemned the mob attack in the Golan.Israeli police said “a mass” of people had attacked the ambulance and that the crowd threw stones at the vehicle. Video footage taken shortly after the incident showed an ambulance with its windshield smashed and Israeli forces keeping guard near a cordoned-off area.last_img read more

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