Middle, high-income earners main beneficiaries

first_imgGovt jubilee plan…received $590M write offsThe Jubilee payment plan, which was offered by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) under the aegis of the Communities Ministry, saw more than two thirds of beneficiaries being those persons that were allotted middle and high-income house lots.This information has since been disclosed by CH&PA when it recently provided a breakdown of the entity’s performance over the past year.Department of HousingAccording to the information released, a total of 2881 applicants benefited from the plan paying over to Government a total of $590 million during the course of March and May 2016 during which time the Administration made its offer available.Only seven persons in the very low-income category benefited from the Jubilee payment plan.Those persons were allotted house lots at a cost of some $59,000, while 215 persons in the low income categories at $92,000 per lot managed to benefit from the plant.A total of 524 persons allotted house lots in the range of $150,000 and $200,000, considered by Government to be moderate income earners, benefited from the Jubilee plan.Middle-income lots ranging from $500,000 to $1.2 million saw 1440 persons cashing in on the Jubilee payment plan.The highest category of house lots awarded – in excess of $1.5 million – saw a total of 695 persons benefiting.The almost 3000 persons cashing in on the offer benefited from a total discount of $590 million.Government had also offered an additional subsidy towards home improvement and saw the programme offering beneficiaries a maximum of $50,000 in building materials, redeemable via vouchers, to effect approved improvement works to their existing basic building.CH&PA has since indicated that the subsidy saw persons from across the country in each Region benefiting.The information supplied by CH&PA has also revealed a dismal track record with regard to the expenditure of almost $6 billion, which was set aside to be spent from the CH&PA’s housing fund.According to CH&PA’s records, a total of $5.8 billion was budgeted for the year 2016, with $5.2 billion of this sum identified to fund the infrastructural investments and housing construction programme.However, as at December 2016, the total capital expenditure stood at $688.4 million, which represents 12 per cent of the total budgeted sum, while current expenditure was $414.2 million.The entity’s current revenues for 2016 stood at a paltry $67.8 million.The CH&PA reported too that there were no new housing areas developed, or upgrading works completed within existing areas, “since decisions to develop new areas or the prioritising of existing areas for upgrading ought to be informed through a process of feasibility assessments that is supported by current, comprehensive and accurate data/financial information for each housing area.”The CH&PA said the field data collection exercises were completed in November, while the data entry and verification exercise was in progress.Meanwhile, as it relates to the allocation of lands during the course of 2016, the CH&PA reported that only 2015 house lots were allocated, but that represented a more than 100 per cent increase over its target of 1000 allocations.Two hundred and twenty-one regularised squatters received allocation letters, out of the target of 400 squatters.As it relates to this year, the CH&PA is geared to fund its 2017 programme from the housing fund to the tune of $8 billion.Of that amount, some $2.3 billion has been earmarked to fund several of the projects that would have had to be rolled over from 2016.Some $2.5 billion has also been set aside for the “consolidation of existing housing schemes to conduct feasibility study of existing housing scheme as requested by CH&PA Board prior to intervention, and the upgrading of roads, drains and structures in low-income, regularized squatting areas and other planned housing areas”.According to the information supplied by the CH&PA, Government has set aside $1.6 billion to be utilised on the first phase of infrastructural development works and housing pilots, namely those for the townhouses, duplexes and single-flat houses.Minister with direct responsibility for the sector, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson had recently contended, “2016 was not our best year…2017 cannot and will not be a repeat of 2016…We have a job to do – to provide decent, affordable housing for the Guyanese people.”last_img read more

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Wolverines nip Huskies

first_img“Our effort was pretty good except for in the second period, where we just quit working” said Huskies coach Bob Kalb after the game. “We just make the same mistakes that we have been doing all year, guys don’t want to do the things we have to do to get the puck out of our zone at times, and it cost us” he said, adding “until they learn how to do that, we’re not going to beat this hockey club.”Whitecourt Coach Richard Kazda said his team had looked a little flat in the first period, but said he was pleased with their overall effort on the night. Kazda knew the battle of the top two teams meant high-stakes and high emotions – “especially tonight and tomorrow, with the momentum that will carry into playoffs.”Of course, the Wolverines are gunning for a perfect season, now sporting a 34-0 record heading into the final game of the season on Sunday afternoon. “I think it’s going to be huge” said Kazda, “and they’re all aware they can be part of history.”Catch the final game of the regular season, as the Huskies get one more chance to spoil Whitecourt’s party. Sunday’s game starts at 2 o’clock, at the North Peace Arena.Advertisement – Advertisement -The Huskies came up short against Whitecourt on Saturday night, losing by a final score of 5-3.The Huskies played a brilliant first period, forechecking tenaciously and preventing the Wolverines from using their speed on the counter-attack. Fort St. John’s Brian Gilbert opened the scoring, when he got a stick on a Cory Langdon point shot, to give the Huskies the all-important lead.The Wolverines got one back, when Tyler Stubbs chipped a loose puck over Ty Gullickson. But just 20 seconds later, NWJHL rookie-of-the-year Robbie Sidhu pounced on a Cody Kalb face-off win, to give Fort St. John a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. “We got off to a quick start” said Gilbert after the game. “We were hungry.”But, the Huskies gave the Wolverines a chance to fight back in the second, and a chance was all they would need. Layne Brown tied the game on an unassisted goal, after the Huskies turned the puck over, and Brown’s shot muscled through Gullickson’s glove and over the goal line. Late in the frame, a puck bounced off Steven Fast’s stick right to Layne Brown in the low slot. Brown quickly dished it to Wayne Quiafe, who buried the puck into an open net, giving the Wolverines their first lead. Off the ensuing face-off, Quaife sped into the pups zone and beat Gullickson to the blocker-side, for his second goal in just 11 seconds. “A couple of little mistakes cost us” said Gilbert of the second period collapse. “You can’t do that against a team like that.”The Huskies had another solid third-period effort, pressuring the Wolverines for most of the period. 12 minutes into the final frame, and with the Huskies on a powerplay, Robbie Sidhu banged in a wraparound, to get the pups within one. But, Fort St. John couldn’t get the equalizer, and with 41 seconds left, Dion Leblue fired the puck into the empty net, to clinch a 5-3 win for the Wolverines. Advertisement By Jon Zackslast_img read more

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A scary dropoff for L.A.

first_imgFor eight weeks, Dodgers officials had tried to convince everyone – and by extension, to convince themselves – that the dramatic dropoff in Jason Schmidt’s velocity was no cause for alarm. For eight weeks, Schmidt himself had insisted that he wasn’t even paying attention, that there were more productive ways for a veteran pitcher to apply his mental energy than by concerning himself with some ambiguous digital readout. But on Saturday night, it became painfully clear that the issue could no longer be ignored. Not by the Dodgers, and not by Schmidt. It certainly wasn’t by the San Diego Padres, who rocked Schmidt for six runs in the first two innings. By the time manager Grady Little came to get the embarrassingly ineffective Schmidt two batters into the third inning, it was far too late to do anything about what became a 7-2 pounding at the hands of the Padres in front of an announced crowd of 55,942 at Dodger Stadium. Schmidt gave up a home run to Brian Giles with one out in an otherwise uneventful first inning, but that seemed innocent enough at the time. Threebatters into the second, Schmidt gave up another bomb, this time a two-run shot over the center-field wall by Kevin Kouzmanoff, that put the Dodgers in a four-run hole. Both Giles’ and Kouzmanoff’s homers came on the first pitch, an obvious sign that Schmidt’s pitches had little on them. Not a single Schmidt delivery registered higher than 87 mph on the pitch-speed display board in left field. The gun at Chavez Ravine is notoriously slow. But it isn’t that slow. Schmidt joined the Dodgers as a free agent, signing a three-year, $47 million contract in December that he might not have been able to get in an offseason when quality starting pitching wasn’t so scarce. But his velocity fell off noticeably after the beginning of spring training, and although it gradually climbed back to the 90-mph range by the end of camp, it still wasn’t close to normal for a guy who had reached double digits in wins each of the past sixyears and had struck out as many as 251 batters in a season. The popular rationalization at the time was that results were all that mattered. That rationale served Schmidt (1-2) well in his first start of the season, April 4 at Milwaukee, when he pitched five solid innings to earn the win. But in his second start, Monday’s home opener against Colorado, he looked disturbingly vulnerable. He lasted just four innings, gave up four runs and took the loss. This time, Schmidt faced just 16 batters before he was mercifully lifted. Seven of them hit safely, twoothers walked and only sixof them were retired. That wild second inning also included a controversial play at first on a sacrifice bunt by Padres pitcher Jake Peavy. With second baseman Jeff Kent covering, Schmidt made a strong throw that appeared to sink on Kent at the last second. Kent made a snowcone catch and appeared to hold onto the ball just long enough for the out. But when it fell out of his glove, first-base umpire Angel Hernandez, who seems to have a knack for finding controversy whenever he works a Dodgers game, ruled Peavy safe. That play led to an unearned run, but ultimately, it proved meaningless. The five other runs Schmidt gave up were about as earned as they could be, even if the Padres didn’t have to work that hard for them. After that second inning, the Dodgers never came close to getting back into the game. The fact they were facing Padres ace Peavy, who ran his career mark against them to 7-1 and shaved his career ERA against them to 2.31, suggests they were never in the game anyway. Peavy (2-0) wasn’t overpowering, but with a six-run lead, he didn’t have to be. He got away with a leadoff walk to Kent in the second inning and held the Dodgers scoreless until the sixth, when they scratched out a run on a sacrifice fly by Kent. Peavy’s ERA for the season is now 0.45. Once Peavy left the game after the seventh, the Dodgers showed faint signs of life, greeting reliever Doug Brocail with three consecutive singles to begin the eighth. But with runners on first and second, Olmedo Saenz, Kent and Luis Gonzalez went down in order. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675160Want 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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Ozil dropped as Germany make changes for Sweden clash

first_imgMats Hummels is absent due to injury, while Sami Khedira and Marvin Plattenhardt are dropped as well.Marco Reus, Jonas Hector and Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy come into the team, as Chelsea’s Antonio Ruediger replaces Hummels in central defence.Mexico’s 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday in the same Group F means the World Cup holders will be eliminated if they lose to the Swedes on Russia’s Black Sea coast.A draw will leave them on the brink of being knocked out, while Sweden know a win would clinch their place in the last 16.Sweden coach Janne Andersson welcomes back Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof after he missed the 1-0 victory over the Koreans due to illness.Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group F match between Germany and Sweden in Sochi on Saturday (1800 GMT kick-off):Germany (4-2-3-1)Manuel Neuer (capt); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector; Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos; Thomas Mueller, Marco Reus, Julian Draxler; Timo WernerCoach: Joachim Loew (GER)Sweden (4-4-2)Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist (capt), Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola ToivonenCoach: Janne Andersson (SWE)Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil is an injury concern before the World Cup with a knee injury and will miss Friday’s warm-up match against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen.SOCHI, Russia, June 23 – Mesut Ozil has been dropped for Germany’s must-win World Cup clash against Sweden in Sochi on Saturday.The much-criticised Arsenal playmaker drops out as coach Joachim Loew makes four changes to the side that lost 1-0 against Mexico in the opening game of their trophy defence last weekend.last_img read more

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RCMP investigate Sunday’s fatal collision in the Pine Pass

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 6:50 p.m. Chetwynd RCMP responded to the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 97 near Azozettea Lake in the Pine Pass.According to RCMP, at this time, it is believed a southbound vehicle crossed the centre line, side-swiped a northbound semi-truck then collided head-on with a vehicle that had been following the semi. The driver of the vehicle following the semi truck, a man in his late 20’s from central B.C., died at the scene.Impairment is being considered as a possible contributing factor to this collision.- Advertisement -Peace Region Traffic Services, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, and the B.C. Coroners’ Service are continuing to investigate this collision.If you have information regarding the crash, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John Peace Region Traffic Services at 250-787-8100 and quote file 2019-4750.last_img read more

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Abusive man asked Gardaí for brothel, court hears

first_imgA DONEGAL man who aggressively waved his fists at Gardaí while shouting ‘who the f*** do you think you are?’ has been fined in court.Joseph Kerr (40) of Monuienegh, Ballyheerin, was before Letterkenny District Court charged in connection with the incident on September 29, 2015. Gardaí were on mobile patrol on the Ramelton Road when they observed Kerr being ejected from a nightclub.After being directed to leave the area under the public order act, Kerr asked Gardaí: ‘Where is the nearest brothel?’Kerr walked up the street before approaching Gardaí and becoming abuse. Kerr, who was ‘unsteady’ at the time, was arrested.Mr KIeran O’Gorman, solicitor for Kerr, said that his client, who has no previous convictions, called to Letterkenny Garda Station to apologise for the incident.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Kerr to pay €250 of a fine to the Letterkenny Youth and Community Club and remanded all matters to the December 2 sitting of the court.Abusive man asked Gardaí for brothel, court hears was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Joseph KerrJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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HERE COME THE GIRLS! MULROY COLLEGE SOCCER STARS WIN ALL-IRELAND

first_imgTHE soccer stars of Mulroy College are celebrating today after winning the FAI UMBRO FAI Schools Senior B Girls All Ireland Cup.The Milford college travelled to MacSharry Park in Sligo to take on Our Lady’s Secondary School in Belmullet – and won 2-1!Goals from Shannon Sweeney and Michelle Doherty ensured the Cup was brought back to Milford last night. Great coaching from teachers Aisling McAteer and Paul McGovern.Maith sibh!Mulroy College: Orla McGonigle, Shauna McDevitt, Tamara McGovern, Natasha McElwaine, Eimear Gibbons, Aoife McDevitt, Tanata Dorrian, Roisin McElwaine, Roisin Boyce, Shannen Sweeney, Michelle Doherty.Subs: Lucy Maria O’Flynn (for Dorrian 35 mins) Michelle Sweeney (for Boyce 38 mins); Mariosa Friel (for Sweeney 73 mins). Teachers: Aisling McAteer & Paul McGovernHERE COME THE GIRLS! MULROY COLLEGE SOCCER STARS WIN ALL-IRELAND was last modified: February 23rd, 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:HERE COME THE GIRLS! MULROY COLLEGE SOCCER STARS WIN ALL-IRELANDMilfordlast_img read more

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DONEGAL-MAD FAMILY NAME NEW DONKEY FOAL AFTER CAPTAIN MURPHY!

first_imgIT was always going to happen – All-Ireland mania, it seems, is leading to new name choices.Jim, Karl, Rory, Neil – you can take your pick of names to choose from!But the latest addition to the McDevitt family in Braade is a young foal named after All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy. And so Murphy and his mum Lucy are getting lots of attention in the Rosses, with visitors to the airport at Carrickfin even stopping off to have a look.All we need now is the Mullaghduff Band to come up with a suitable tune!PIX BY BRID SWEENEY   DONEGAL-MAD FAMILY NAME NEW DONKEY FOAL AFTER CAPTAIN MURPHY! was last modified: October 11th, 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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HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND ARENA 7 CELEBRATIONS TONIGHT

first_imgTonight one of Letterkenny’s most popular venues ARENA 7 celebrates 10 years in business and they would like you to join them. Arena 7 will celebrate the last decade with music by the popular Rod Stewart Tribute Act followed by the one and only DJ Scoop.There will be food, fun and loads of champagne. Enda Nicholls extends a warm welcome to all his loyal customers and thanks them for the continued support over the years.Lettekenny Rovers star and Marketing manager at Arena 7 Darren McElwaine will also be on hand to welcome and greet those in attendance. HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND ARENA 7 CELEBRATIONS TONIGHT was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainementFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER TAKING HER UNIQUE ‘DANCEPL3Y’ CLASSES TO DONEGAL

first_imgA world renowned international Dance Teacher is taking her exciting, fun, dynamic and exclusively unique dance classes to a whole host of venues in Donegal. Teresa Donohoe is an international Dancepl3y Master trainer, instructor and a professional Irish dancer. Teresa contains a glittering dance CV and brings with her a wealth of experience across a wide range of different dance genres.When Teresa is not touring all over the world with various dance troops she uses her expertise to run local dance classes and instructor training weekends all across Ireland.And she’s now bring those classes to Donegal!Teresa also has an MA Dance Performance and a BA Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick. Teresa told Donegal Daily, I’ve always had a passion for dance, and always wanted to pass on the skills I’ve acquired onto others.“Watching people succeed with it gives me great satisfaction.“Dancepl3y has given me the ideal platform to help people to experience dance in a fun and energetic way, while also allowing people to focus on bringing out the best in themselves.About Dancepl3y:Dancepl3y is the worlds most playful and positive dance program.It is an interactive high-energy dance program for kids, teens and adults. Each class has a variety of different dance styles from hip-hop, Bollywood, lyrical, dancehall, Latin and even breakdancing.Teresa added, “The program focuses on fundamental movement skills, physical literacy, personal fitness, dance movement vocabulary and musicality in children and adults.Its positive culture promotes healthy, active and vibrant lives for its participants.“Each class is implemented by our 3 Rules of Pl3y; Be Positive. Be Fun. Be yourself. Dancepl3y originated in Canada and is now in Australia and Ireland.Teresa was the FIRST Irish Dancepl3y Instructor and is the ONLY European based Master trainer for the course.The first weekly dancepl3y classes in Ireland took place in Milford and Rossnakill.Dancepl3y is an internationally accredited and awards winning program, voted the best program by over 30,000 kids on the Discovery Education Channel 2012.Teresa works with girls active groups and primary schools around the Letterkenny area.Teresa also worked with the Girls Active group from Errigal College who recently won best Youth Group in the St Patrick’s Day Parade Letterkenny.Kids, teens and adults classes are now available in Letterkenny, Milford and Rossnakill.Details on the classes are outlined below.Local Class timetable starting April 13thMondays:6.30 pm – Dancepl3y Teens, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny7.30 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny.Tuesdays:10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Milford Parochial Hall3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre8 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity CentreWednesdays: 10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Pinehill Studios, LetterkennyThursdays:10 am – Dancepl3y Adults, Rossnakill Tourism and Activity Centre3.30 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 4-7, Milford Parochial Hall4 pm – Dancepl3y Kids Age 8- 12, Milford Parochial Hall5.30 pm – Dancepl3y Teens, Milford Parochial Hall6.30 pm – Dancepl3y Adults, Milford Parochial HallSocial Media:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/teresadancepl3y?fref=tsTwitter:@teresa_donohoe@dancepl3y_irlWebsite:www.dancepl3y.comINTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHER TAKING HER UNIQUE ‘DANCEPL3Y’ CLASSES TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

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