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first_imgCRICKET:GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):With matches set to be played in the United States market for the first time, Caribbean Premier League communications director, Peter Breen, believes the high profile Twenty20 tournament is set for a major take-off this year.Since its inception in 2013, the tournament has been played across the six territories of the competing franchises, but organisers have slated fixtures for Florida during this year’s campaign.”It’s very clear with the talent on display, both local talent and international talent have been contracted and that’s a massive vote of confidence from the wider cricketing public that the Caribbean Premier League is unique, it’s the ‘biggest party in sport’ as we all know,” Breen told the Guyana Times.”It’s incredible vibe and an incredibly fun place, but with serious cricket on the field and people want to be part of that.”He continued: “It’s a very exciting tournament to be a part of. I think it’s a massive year for cricket full stop. It would have started with the Big Bash into the various little tournaments that have been happening and I think with the growth and movement to America that opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities for West Indies cricket and for CPL.”There’s a lot of work to be done to ensure we deliver an outstanding tournament because that’s the level we want to achieve. We want to achieve an outstanding tournament and we’re very confident in our abilities to do so and we know that it will be very, very competitive, particularly looking at the talent of the players who are going to be involved this year.The CPL has been a huge success, turning out capacity crowds in most venues and managing to attract some of the world’s finest Twenty20 players like Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.Last year alone, the tournament experienced massive growth in numerical terms in attendance — a development Breen said organisers were hoping to sustain.”It’s a tournament that’s definitely growing year on year and we know that in terms of social media, in terms of the global viewership as well,” he pointed out.”Last year 302,000 came through the turnstiles for CPL- that was a growth of 44 per cent. It is lovely to think we can sustain that crowd, but I’m not sure if we physically can, given the size of the stadia, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.”For this year’s edition, the likes of South African superstar AB de Villiers, New Zealander Brendon McCullum and Australia’s Shane Watson, are all expected to feature.The tournament is scheduled to bowl off in June, but organisers are yet to announce fixtures.last_img read more

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first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I want to continue to push that message,” Love said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I’m glad this is out there and glad I can help.”He’s got the support of teammate LeBron James.“When people that are dealing with the same situation, that’s in the same situation as Kev, it helps them out more than anybody — to not feel like they’re alone, because they’re not,” James said. “We, as athletes, are put on this pedestal, but we go through some of the same problems. We’re all human beings. All of us. I think it’s very enlightening for him to know that, and to see that, and to know he can help others by doing that.”James knows it’s not easy to come forward on such topics as mental issues.“Because we live in a sport or a world where our whole lives, we always talk about, ‘Figure it out on your own,’ and ‘Be as strong as you can’ and ’Don’t show anybody any weakness,’” James said. “So, that’s how we’ve been built. We’ve been built like that our whole lives, ever since we picked up a basketball or picked up a football, or whatever the case may be.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. As the Cavs continue to wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series to emerge as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion. And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work. APDENVER — Kevin Love has received more than 4,000 messages since opening up about his struggles with mental health issues.“Overwhelming is a good word to use,” the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said Wednesday after the morning shootaround before a game against the Nuggets. “I’m trying to read through all the emails and all the texts and respond to everybody in the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Love considered it therapeutic to write his essay for The Player’s Tribune in which he addressed such things as his panic attack during a game this season and how he’s spent most of his life afraid to accept there was something wrong with him.Although, it was daunting to release his story to the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It did take me a while (to write). I didn’t know if I was going to address it potentially in the summer, but I’m glad I did it now,” said Love, a five-time All-Star who’s currently sidelined by a broken hand. “Everybody is going through something. Everybody has things that you can’t see, you can’t touch, that they’re walking with every day. … We need to beat down that stigma about mental health and be able to come out and talk things out.”Love thanked Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan for recently acknowledging his bouts of depression. It gave Love the courage to tell his tale. “I think that sometimes can become a problem. Obviously, when you’re able to see that, sometimes that’s not the way to deal with it, and it actually makes you even more strong in the respective sport that you are in.”In his essay, Love said he was hit hard by anxiety Nov. 5 during a home game against the Atlanta Hawks. Love added that he had been under family stress and hadn’t been sleeping well. After briefly being winded while playing 15 minutes in the first half, he felt his heart racing and couldn’t catch his breath during a timeout in the third quarter.Love was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, but tests didn’t reveal anything abnormal. He returned to playing at a high level, but was perplexed by what happened and burdened about people finding out.And while he did not mention it in his essay, titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something,” Love left a Jan. 20 game against Oklahoma City under similar circumstances.He said Wednesday that had nothing to do with a panic attack.“That was me being sick,” Love said. “I wasn’t aware how many people knew (about the panic attack). I kind of buried it and put it off to the side. That kind of started a big push in the back to why I wanted to write this article.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he hasn’t read Love’s essay yet, but that the team is there for Love.“Whatever he needs,” Lue said. “We’re going to support him 100 percent.” MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gaston embraces last-minute role change to liberolast_img read more

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first_imgThe kanyan pepper boys of Mighty Barrolle have qualified to the first division’s grand finals in the ongoing Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) league.The victory on Sunday night gave Barrolle a 3-2 series lead to crossover to the grand finals after a decade.Earlier, Mighty Barrolle thumped Timber Wolves 58-56 points to redeem the score after having been defeated 54-49 points.The Rollers got their qualification on Sunday night when the management of the LBA in consultation with the technical committee awarded them the points in a game which ended in scuffle, while leading amidst 57-51 lead.Timber Wolves’ talisman known as “Ben” reportedly assaulted referee Tus Dickson, a minute to the last quarter when a foul was called against him.The last-minute broil was blamed on series of ‘unfair’ calls from referees Tus Dixon and Jenkins Cummings.The Secretary General of the LBA, D Allen Goodridge rubbished the claim of its untrained and ill-equipped basketball referees and said the bad sportsmanship of Ben should not be tolerated in any form.He said the release of its findings, which could at least a year ban, will come out today, June 24.Basketball fans spoke to the Daily Observer said Ben’s action is a reflection of a bad team player, arguing that players often copy their coaches’ actions.“If coaches are unfair to referees it leads players on the bad side of the referees even if a foul called is fair,” one said.Another added, “Also, when coaches blame match officials rather than taking responsibility for poor play, this has a negative effect on the team.“Coaches should stop yelling and insulting referees…yelling, throwing fits, and screaming are childish behaviors. I know they see big time coaches doing this on TV. But let’s face it and be real about this. It’s a very immature behavior.”Meanwhile, On Sunday, NPA Pythons and Oilers’ game was rained off.According to the revised fixture, the two are expected to meet today to decide the winner to go against Mighty Barrolle in the grand finals, in the “best-out-of-five.”The triple basketball champs LPRC-Oilers narrowly pinned NPA Pythons, 76-75 points on Friday to rotate the score, having suffered in the first derby 85-69 to Pythons.Already in the second division, Georgia Blazers and Heats crossed over to the finals, as well as K-Delta and Timber Wolves. On Sunday, Supreme Sisters forfeited their points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgRe “Grand project receives final OK” (Feb. 14): The biggest laugh I got recently was when the Grand Avenue Committee people, headed by Eli Broad, swore they wouldn’t need any public money to put up their private development downtown. So it was no surprise to read that now they will need multimillions for their project. And, of course, our hands-out City Council voted unanimously to OK the deal, with the county board tagging along. The millions the Grand Avenue Gang will receive are all our dollars. Hey, you didn’t think these billionaires are going to use their money, did you? – Frank Barron Van Nuys And nothing for us Grand Avenue revitalization project – $2.05 billion. Los Angeles Unified School District teachers pay raise – $200 million. Foster-care home inspections – $800,000 a month in penalties. Happy monkeys exhibit (with feng shui) – $7.4 million. Taxpayer/homeowner satisfaction – priceless. – Susan Mueller Granada Hills Wilshire subway Re “Subway to Nowhere II” (Our Opinions, Feb. 9): The Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce agrees with you about the Wilshire subway. We have advocated for a study to create a monorail system along Wilshire that would cost $1.75 billion and be finished within four years. We have also advocated making some major streets – Pico and Olympic in West L.A. – one-way each way, thereby saving funding of left-turn pockets and creating a reverse bus lane on each boulevard as well. In saving the $3.25 billion, we could explore a Sepulveda route connecting the Westside and the Valley, along with other transportation mitigations. Bus lanes are good in certain circumstances, but tests like the Wilshire bus lane, in its 34th month of a one-mile stretch that is underfunded and not engineered, make no sense. It is a waste of transportation dollars to try to fake out the public that the elected officials actually have a plan. – Jay Handal President Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Excessive barking Re “All-night barking” (Your Opinions, Feb. 13): On May 5, 2001, I wrote my first complaint letter to the Department of Animal Services about my neighbor’s dog, allowed to bark outside at all hours. On April 24, 2004, the department finally issued a letter to my neighbors revoking their dog license and prohibiting them from owning another dog for one year. My family could not enjoy peace and quiet in our own home for almost three years while the wheels of justice plowed through mediation, meetings, hearings and appeals. It is way past time for Los Angeles to initiate swifter action and enforce stricter penalties for excessively barking dogs. – Sunny Arford Arleta It’s a dog’s life Re “Fault not in dogs” (Your Opinions, Feb. 14): This is so, so true. I’ve lived in Panorama City for 40 years, and dog owners have changed here in this town. They used to be so caring. Now you see dogs loose all the time – sad dogs lost, looking for their home. There is a dog in my neighborhood that is alone all day and into the night. The people work, and when they come home they don’t touch, talk to or look at the poor fella. I think they want him just to protect their house. But for a dog to protect you, he has to bond with you and love you. He’s not chained or beaten. It’s just neglect – almost abuse. People, listen up: Get a heart. – Paula Kerian Panorama City Odds against police Re “50 extra officers to fight Valley gang violence” (Feb. 9): The article on gang violence stated that the mayor and police chief are going to assign 50 police officers to combat approximately 11,000 gang members in the Valley. That does not take into account the criminal attorneys or civil-rights attorneys or the touchy-feely we-love-all people, and let’s not forget those who are making money on all the incentive programs, plus the politicians who are going to desert the ship as soon as there is a little heat. Can you see the odds the police officers are up against? Besides, the gangs are only going to move from Point A to Point B. My suggestion to the police officers is find a new profession, because you don’t stand a chance in this job. – Ron Roth Northridge Joint relationship Re “What’s in it for us?” (Your Opinions, Feb. 13): I have to respond to Ruth Thompson’s comments. Why does she think that a man gets more out of a marriage than a woman? A real marriage is a joint relationship of common values for the betterment of both. Her question – “What does the wife get in return?” – misses the main object of marriage. I never heard of “a woman has to be married” rule. Marriage is a personal decision. Not everyone has the temperament for marriage, which requires a give-and-take relationship. The old saying “there is smoke in every kitchen” is certainly true. After 58 years, and counting, I would not have it any other way. – Richard M. Gross Woodland Hills What love means Re “What’s in it for us?” (Your Opinions, Feb. 13): Anybody who goes into marriage asking “What’s in it for me?” has the whole thing backward. The point of marriage is caring unselfishly for each other and for your children. That’s what love means. If one party is using the other without caring – and women do this, too; witness “trophy” wives – this must be worked out by each couple, not put into some arbitrary list or legislation. On the surface “me-first” relationships look fairer and easier than selfless ones. But in the long run, only the latter truly satisfy. – Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills Gangsters no accident Re “Gangs back in school” (Your Opinions, Feb. 11): Where is the author’s (Simi Valley) mind? Gangsters, regardless of age, are terrorists. Having them take up needed classroom space and an educated person’s valuable time is not in the public’s best interests or what they want, either. A 14-year-old from Texas can fly an airplane into a building just as easily as did the terrorists from Saudi Arabia on 9-11. Gang members kill, injure, terrorize – for enjoyment. Their actions are not accidental. Contract with a poor foreign government to keep these terrorists in their prisons or work farms. – Bill Noyes Walnut Anna Nicole Smith Re “Portfolio” Cartoon, (Feb. 12): I appreciated Mike Peters’ political cartoon with its single tear falling from a camera lens. Perhaps if the leering eye of the media, and our collective guilt in feeding it, had instead intervened on her behalf, the tragedy of Anna Nicole Smith might have been averted. She deserved better. We could have done better by her. May she rest in peace. – Jeanine D’Elia Granada Hills Global warming People try to discredit global warming by pointing to all the cold and snow. But can’t they see the warming has broken loose all those ice shelves, which are now causing the blizzards? – Jerry Piro Sun Valley Political golf The more I read of the shenanigans of elected officials, the more wisdom I see in former Gov. George Deukmejian’s thoughts on golf. “The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.” – Bob Ginn Arcadia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgShares of Anadarko jumped 30.3% before the market opened, while Chevron’s stock fell 3.2%. When the organization of oil-producing states released its monthly report this week, it revealed that energy output from OPEC had declined to levels not seen since early 2015.That is largely being driven by the energy powerhouse Saudi Arabia, which last month removed another 324,000 barrels of oil per day from the market.Still, U.S. crude was selling for less than $65 per barrel Friday. That’s far from levels well above $100 per barrel reached just before the economic downturn in 2008, and there are signals that global economic growth is slowing.The acquisition of Anadarko could give Chevron a little more breathing room when crude prices do fall.Advertisement SAN RAMON, Calif. – Chevron will buy Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion in a cash-and-stock deal as the company seeks to grow stronger in deep water exploration in the gulf and the energy-rich southwest region of Texas called the Permian Basin.The deal, announced Friday, arrives with U.S. crude prices up 40% this year.The companies put the enterprise value of the deal at $50 billion.- Advertisement -“This transaction builds strength on strength for Chevron,” said Chairman and CEO Michael Wirth. “The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deep water Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business.”The LNG Wirth referred to is liquefied natural gas. With the deal announced Friday, it gets access to Anadarko’s LNG operations in Mozambique. The combined company will also control a 75-mile-wide corridor across the Delaware Basin, just beside the Permian Basin, a region bountiful with natural gas that has been exploited through shale drilling.There has been some pressure in energy markets as OPEC tries to push prices higher through production cuts.Advertisementcenter_img With savings the companies plan to book and rising cash flow, Chevron said Friday that it will bump up annual stock buybacks to $5 billion, from $4 billion a year, once the transaction is complete.Chevron plans to divest $15 billion to $20 billion of assets between 2020 and 2022, with proceeds being used to lower debt and to return additional cash to shareholders, the company said.Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.3869 shares of Chevron and $16.25 in cash for each share they own, or $65 per share. Chevron will issue about 200 million shares and pay approximately $8 billion in cash. It will also assume about $15 billion in debt.Chevron Corp. will keep its headquarters in San Ramon, California. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is based in The Woodlands, Texas.The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year. It still needs approval from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. shareholders and regulators.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img And there’s a lot of competition this year. Four coaches were let go on “Black Monday,” the day after the regular season ends and the traditional day for firing coaches. Martz, Capers, Mike Sherman of Green Bay and Jim Haslett of New Orleans were canned. Almost as soon as the St. Louis Rams announced Monday that Mike Martz was out as head coach, they asked the Chicago Bears for permission to talk to Ron Rivera, their defensive coordinator. A similar thing in Houston: the Texans fired Dom Capers and asked Denver for permission to talk to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Such is the way of the NFL. If there’s a “hot” coaching prospect out there, try to get to him as soon as possible before the competition grabs him. Though Herman Edwards maintains he will return as Jets coach, the team should expect a phone call from the Kansas City Chiefs in the coming days. A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Chiefs plan to contact the organization for permission to speak with Edwards about taking over for Dick Vermeil. Edwards and the Chiefs have been linked for the last six weeks, when it became apparent Vermeil was considering retirement. Brees needs surgery The Chargers’ decision on Drew Brees’ future became much cloudier when the quarterback said he needs surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Brees dislocated his right shoulder in a home loss to the Denver Broncos on Saturday, and an MRI revealed the torn cartilage. He anticipates a four-month rehab, which means he should be ready for minicamp. Briefly The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will flip a coin to determine who gets the sixth pick in the NFL draft and who gets the seventh. Tom Heckert was promoted to general manager by the Philadelphia Eagles, ending speculation he would leave for Minnesota. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson They join Mike Tice of Minnesota, fired after the Vikings’ final game on Sunday, and Dick Vermeil of Kansas City, who retired Sunday at the age of 69. With the firing of Detroit’s Steve Mariucci in November, that brings to seven the number of vacancies, with the prospect of one more Norv Turner of Oakland, who could learn his fate soon. That’s not an unusual number, especially since there were just three new coaches this season. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, an average of 5.9 jobs per year opened up. The 54-year-old Martz took a medical leave this season after five games with an infection of the heart lining and was not allowed back on the sidelines, in part because of differences with director of football operations Jay Zygmunt. At the time he left the team, his career record was 56-36, and he had led the Rams to the playoffs four times, and to the Super Bowl after the 2001 season. Rivera is a top candidate for the Rams. Because he is of Hispanic heritage, he also fits the specifications of the “Rooney rule,” which requires that all teams with vacancies interview at least one minority candidate. Edwards in air last_img read more

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first_imgPictured at the launch of the Donegal Hospice Coffee Morning which takes place locally on the 18th of September, included seated are Bridie Mullen and Louise Duddy, back row from left Malgodzia Cwiak, Bridget McGill Annette Cunningham, Dr Robert,Deidre Trearty, Grace Boyle and Mary Collins Photo Brian McDaidDonegal Hospice have been organising coffee mornings for the last 20 years.And the latest round of coffee mornings across the county will be held on September 18th next.The monies raised from the coffee mornings are used to provide specialist palliative care service for the terminally ill of Donegal. The hospice has six homecare nurses throughout Donegal who do trojan work for people across the county.Any one wishing to host a coffee morning can contact Isobell on 074 91 25656 or 087 2389607 or you can call to the front foyer of the Donegal Hospice where there is a registration table set up and you can register and collect you pack, containing Postor, Coffee, Collection Box and Invites.Coffee mornings do not have to be held on the 18th of September you can have it any date any month at a time suitable to you or your work place.  HOSPICE ‘BREWING’ UP A STORM WITH LATEST COFFEE MORNING PLAN was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coffee morningdonegal hospicelast_img read more

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first_imgANYONE heading to the gym (or the swimming pool) on Sunday instead of the big match at O’Donnell Park have been advised they can access the Aura Leisure Centre as normal.Club members will be able to get past the Garda checkpoints with their gym membership cards.Other details were released earlier: Road closure at Blacks Junction (Bottom of Convent Road) from 12:30pm.Access only to residents of Ballymacool/Kirkstown/Conwal, vehicles with passes, disabled drivers and match officials.Non match traffic will be diverted at Dunnes Stores/Station House roundabout via Oldtown.Match traffic will be diverted into Retail Parks car parks and LYIT car park. There will be some signs at various Car Parks for match parking. Shuttle bus service from The Station House Hotel / Old Dunnes Stores to O’Donnell Park.No parking for match traffic at GAA ground. No parking on Kirkstown road near GAA grounds or in vicinity of Ballymacool Woods.Non match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted at Newmills via Rockhill from 1pm. Local residents, HGVs and buses will be permitted access.Match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted into local car parks. When these car parks are approaching capacity match traffic from Glenties direction will be turned at Glenties side of O’Donnell Park and parked on left hand side of road outbound.Please follow the directions of Match Stewards and an Garda Síochana at all times. BIG MATCH TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS: AURA MEMBERS UNAFFECTED was last modified: February 27th, 2014 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:auratraffic restrictionmslast_img read more

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first_imgThe fundamental changes to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will result in the most vulnerable farmers in the North West suffering severe cuts to State supports, according to Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Senator Ó Domhnaill has hit out at the Government for once again targeting the most disadvantaged for the bulk of Budget cutbacks this year. Under measures announced in last month’s Budget, 7,877 Donegal farmers could potentially have their payments under DAS either cancelled or radically reduced.The Donegal Senator has appealed to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to reconsider his moves to completely undermine DAS and REPS 4. “Minister Coveney has cut €30 million from the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme this year,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.  “The changes in minimum stocking requirements could prevent thousands of farmers from qualifying for the same DAS payments they got last year. For instance, farmers on mountain grazing land are prevented from increasing their livestock under commonage framework plans. How can they be expected to meet the increased livestock requirements to qualify for the payments they need?“Minister Coveney has also sought to restrict the amount of land that can qualify for DAS. Under the current system, a farmer with part of their lands on Disadvantaged Areas and part that’s not gets a DAS payment based on their full holding. Under Budget changes introduced last month, this is no longer the case. Only that proportion of the disadvantaged land will qualify. For example, a farmer with 60ha in total and 20ha Disadvantaged will see a reduction of 66% in their Disadvantaged Areas payment this year compared to last year.“It is unfair for the Government to target more vulnerable and smaller farmers in this way. I have submitted alternative suggestions to the Minister that would protect smaller farmers who are in the DAS and REPS schemes. I am appealing to him to take another look at my suggestions and avoid drastic cuts to the most at risk farmers.”  FARMERS UNFAIRLY HIT IN CUTBACKS, CLAIMS SENATOR was last modified: January 18th, 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)last_img read more

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first_imgRudy Mora, his wife and his three children all share a small, two- bedroom house in Whittier. But it won’t be small for long. After five years in their 67- year-old house, the Moras are adding on two new bedrooms a master bedroom for Rudy and his wife, and a new bedroom for their son. The couple’s two daughters will inherit the parents’ bedroom, and for once, the family will have all the room it needs, Rudy said. “My wife and kids have been wanting this for a long time. They’re excited. I’ve already bought the paint so they can go to town,’ he said. The Moras are among a growing number of homeowners who, because of low interest rates and the rising cost of buying larger homes, are opting instead to remodel, adding room additions and expanding existing bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens. That’s how Mora paid for his two room additions. “My appraisal came in high and I got a low interest rate,’ he said. “Right now is the time to do it.’ Whittier Mayor Greg Nordbak recently enlarged his master bedroom and improved the shower in his bathroom. Like keeping up with the Joneses, several of his neighbors have followed suit. “There’s six on my street. It’s amazing. For me, the timing was just good. I had a lot of equity in the house and I pulled some of it back to put it into the property,’ he said. “Rather than spending what it costs for a new modern home, for very little money you can upgrade your house.’ Improvements being made on a growing number of Whittier homes says goods things about the city, he added. “It shows that people want to reinvest in their homes and stay in Whittier,’ he said. Whittier residents Hank and Pat Kuypers considered moving so that Pat could be closer to her job in Aliso Viejo. But after looking around at home prices in other communities, they decided to add a 1,400-square-foot family room to their house. “We looked down south to San Clemente and then we looked in Temecula,’ Pat Kuypers said. “It was going to be much more expensive, and we didn’t need that much room. We decided to just stay here.’ Francis said the nature of today’s housing market, when combined with the cost of construction, makes such additions more attractive than they were just a few years ago. “A couple of years ago, if you lived in a $300,000 home, it might cost $150,000 to add two bedrooms,’ he said. “You could go out in the neighborhood and locate a (larger) house and buy it for $350,000. Now that’s no longer true.’ But there are downsides. Unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors sometimes take advantage of homeowners. And people who can’t afford the extra payments should not be taking out second mortgages, Francis said. “People are burdening themselves with debt,’ he warned. @tagline columnist:Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at mike.sprague@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Everybody who can lift a hammer is busy,’ said Doug Francis, a retired La Mirada contractor who was in the business for 42 years and still keeps his finger on the pulse of the home- building industry. “It’s nationwide.’ The trend is quite apparent in Whittier, where city officials have issued 1,159 new building permits in the first nine months of the year for projects ranging from new roofs to new rooms. That’s 214 more permits – a 23 percent increase – than were issued in the same period last year. Carl Reese, the city’s building services manager, attributes the building boom to low interest rates. “People are refinancing and using the money to add on,’ he said. last_img read more

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