Application for home improvement subsidies, core houses begins Nov 1

first_imgTwo thousand, two hundred and fifty (2250) families are set to benefit from the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA) Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.Senior officials of the CH&PA, including Minister within the Communities Ministry, with responsibility for housing, Valerie Adams-Patterson-Yearwood updated the media on details of the project at a press conference on Wednesday.Deputy Director of Community Development at the Ministry, Donell Bess-Bascom said from November 1, application forms for the home improvement subsidies and core houses will be made available. The application period will run for three months from November 1, 2018, until February 1, 2019. “We have allocated a three-month application period which is adequate time for persons to be able to apply and have an opportunity to benefit,” Bess-Bascom explained.Persons desirous of applying must reside within targeted areas of the programme. These include from as far as La Bonne Intention on the East Coast to Georgetown; Great Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara and Westminster, Rec-Door-Zee Phase I &II, Onderneeming and La Parfaite Harmonie Phase II on the West Bank of DemeraraBess-Bascom also disclosed that several pick-up points have been established for a swifter distribution of application forms. “All the local democratic organs or local authorities within the project areas will be used as distribution centres for application forms.”It was also highlighted that while there will be several points within the programme’s geographical area of coverage, the CH&PA will be the sole agency responsible for the submission of these forms after it would have been completed.Eligible and successful applicants accessing the home improvement subsidies will benefit from as much as $500,000 in building materials. Upgrades could range from roof repairs, walls, floors, wet areas (bathroom and toilet), expansion to alleviate overcrowding, electrical works, plumbing and sanitation, rainwater harvesting and modifications for persons with disabilities.Successful applicants of the home improvement subsidies will be required to take charge of full labour costs. These home improvement subsidies will target low-income earners and single parent-led homes. The CH&PA will be catering for 2000 subsidies.For the core homes, 250 persons will benefit, and applicants must be a citizen of Guyana and 18 years of age or older and occupy land issued by the CH&PA.Bess-Bascom also added that during the period of processing applications there will be extensive home visits for verification of information provided. Also, persons who would have benefited from previous subsidies (two or more subsidies) and core houses will not be considered for these two projects.According to Minister Adams-Patterson-Yearwood, while the agency is expecting an influx of applications from persons wishing to benefit from these two projects, there will be a strict shortlisting process that is likely to take as much as eight months after the period of application closes.“We anticipate that there will be lots of applications so when we are processing, we will have to prioritise… And, remember we are looking for the most vulnerable families,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Miner offers Police $200,000 to drop narco charge

first_imgA 30-year-old miner, who attempted to bribe Police officers when he was found in possession of a quantity of marijuana on Sunday was arrested and is expected to be charged shortly. Reports are the suspect of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, works in the interior, and at the time of his arrest was in a house at 4th Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni), when the Police swopped down on the premises.The Police had reportedly received a tip about illegal activities being conducted at the premises and carried out the raid. It was during the raid that 133 grams of cannabis stored in ziplock bags were unearthed.Following the discovery, the suspect allegedly offered the officers $200,000 as an inducement to forego the narcotics charge. He is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.It is believed that the suspect was part of a ring that traffics the illegal substance into several mining locations.The Police have intensified investigations into the names of those who might be involved in the racket.last_img read more

Man United signing? Ex-City star with more interceptions than any United player

first_imgThe tough tackling midfielder’s contract expires in the summer and he has shown no indication that he is willing to extend his stay at San Siro beyond the end of the season. Available on a free, United would be foolish not to take up the opportunity to sign the Premier League experienced Dutchman this summer if he is, as reported, keen to make the move. De Jong spent three-and-a-half seasons with City before signing for Milan in 2012 and his tenacity and energy in the middle of the park would improve this dour United side. An average of 2.3 tackles per Serie A match also indicates how he does not shirk from the physical battle on the pitch. Having previously worked under Van Gaal, the United boss knows exactly what he would be getting with De Jong. The battling Netherlands international has continuously excelled in an underwhelming Milan side and few would begrudge him a move to a team that harbours Champions League aspirations. Considering he is available on a free in the summer, and with no confirmation over whether United are prepared to extend Michael Carrick’s stay at Old Trafford, the club would be wise to seal an agreement with De Jong ahead of the end of the season.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app With Manchester United reportedly interested in a move for a former Manchester City star, football statistics experts analyse the merits of Nigel de Jong, For more Manchester United stats, make sure you check out WhoScored’s Man United page.Manchester United’s 2-1 loss at Swansea City was only their second in their last 20 competitive fixtures. However, defeat at the Liberty Stadium, coupled with results elsewhere, blew the race for a top four finish wide open. Now only four points separate Arsenal in third and north London rivals Spurs in seventh. United’s ability to grind out results, though, means they remain one of the favourites to secure a Champions League berth next season. Perhaps De Jong’s best asset is his reading of the game having developed a strength of ‘ball interception’. Only two players are averaging more interceptions per game in Serie A this season than De Jong (3.7), a return that is better than every United player. His ability to effectively shield the defence not only allows those ahead of him to press forward, but it means the 30-year-old is capable of instigating attacks once he wins the ball back for his side. Could AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong be Man United-bound? center_img Averaging more passes per league game (60.4) than any other current Milan player with an impressive success rate (89.4 per cent) clearly highlights how effective a holding midfielder De Jong is. The player shielding the backline is required to not only win the ball for his side, but recycle possession efficiently, which De Jong does to a very high standard.  1 With the creative personnel on show at Old Trafford, these two strengths would allow the likes of Ander Herrera, Ángel Di María and Wayne Rooney, among others, to exert themselves further forward, safe in the knowledge that De Jong is covering for the more offensive performers. With one eye on a possible return to Europe’s elite competition, Louis van Gaal’s side have supposedly begun to prepare for the upcoming campaign already. Reports in Italy suggest United have agreed personal terms with Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong. The former Manchester City ace, who worked under Van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup, has impressed for Milan this season. Only Jérémy Menez (7.27) has gained a better rating than De Jong (7.22) of all Rossoneri players to register at least 300 minutes of Serie A action this term.last_img read more

Tottenham make history as they fail to sign anyone in the transfer window

first_img 1 gameday REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Premier League News Mauricio Pochettino has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer window Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA possible standings How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? silverware ALTERED center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? “It’s not about adding because it’s fashionable to sign players. It’s about if you really need them or not and then if you can get your target or not.“It’s true our targets are always the same level as Manchester United, Manchester City or Real Madrid but for different circumstances we can’t achieve that.“I am not worried, I am not sad, I am so happy. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that – at the moment, we will see what happens in the next 20 days in Europe.“If you can’t add a player that can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best players and I think that was a great job from the club to keep the best players and the manager.”Pochettino does accept how the lack of activity might be viewed externally, but is happy with the club’s vision.“Of course it’s difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently,” he said.“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.“There’s no reason to not trust in our squad and no reason not to believe in our club or believe in what we can do.“The most important thing is we’re so positive and of course we’re going to challenge for big things this season too.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham have made history – becoming the first Premier League club not to make a summer signing since the transfer window’s inception in 2003.Mauricio Pochettino failed to to add to his squad in the close season, with a deal for Jack Grealish failing to materialise on deadline day. Their failure to bring anyone in is the first time a Premier League club has not made a signing in the 15 years of the summer transfer window.It is at odds with boss Pochettino’s perceived wish, where he challenged the club to be “brave and take risks” at the end of last season.The tonic to that lack of transfer activity is that Spurs have been able to keep all of their top stars, with a number of them tied down to new deals.The window remains open to European clubs until the end of August, so there is still the possibility of players going out even after the English deadline passes.Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele could still leave in the next few weeks, but Pochettino has been able to keep hold of the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Kieran Trippier.Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but firm interest never materialised.“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that,” Pochettino added.“We didn’t sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is difficult to add players. possible xi Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

Phil Foden and ‘next Iniestas’, including Liverpool flop and Man United star

first_img“Andrés is a big, big word,” warned Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after Phil Foden’s performance against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.The youngster, still just 18-year-old, was the star of the show at the Kassam Stadium and earned plaudits from his own fans and those of his rivals. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Football News He may have flopped at Liverpool but the talented playmaker has had a renaissance over in Italy and continues to star in the capital, hitting two goals in five appearances, so far.When rumblings began about Iniesta’s future it was Alberto who many believed would be turned to given he excelled with 11 goals and 14 assists last season and was once in Barcelona’s ‘B’ team. A deal, though, did not materialise and they got Arthur instead. The bustling central midfielder saw what was turning into a breakout season blighted by injury having starred as Spurs beat Real Madrid in the Champions League. A fine passer with bags of energy to burst between the lines, his manager Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan and believes he can get to the top of his game if he trains right.He said about his star: “Harry has the profile of the perfect midfield player. His characteristics are perfect. When we talk about midfielders like [Spain greats] Xavi and Iniesta, he’s like this type of player. He has this capacity but he needs to take my words in a very positive way — he needs a lot of work.“I don’t want to praise him too much because if so his head [grows big]! His perception will be ‘wow!’ And the reality is he still needs to prove [himself].”Carles Alena (Barcelona) 9 9 He’s right to take the heat off Foden in light of such comparisons. All too often players are likened to legendary figures in the game but so seldom can they ever reach the same heights.And the youngster has played down the talk after hearing fans are labelling him ‘the Stockport Iniesta’, saying: “I’m happy with that [comparison] but, come on, Iniesta is on a different planet. For them to call me that is massive, it means a lot.“There’s a lot of things still to improve so I’m just going to keep my head down working to improve things like not giving as many balls away. That comes when you play. You need to grow and be mature and I’ll get that as I play more games.”The 18-year-old will have an incredible impact if he has anything like the career of Iniesta who has won a World Cup, two European Championships, nine league titles, and lifted the Champions League on four occasions. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions impact “I see him as the English version of Iniesta,” Rene Meulensteen told United Review back in 2015, when asked about Lingard. “He has still got a long way to go but that is the sort of player I see in him.”It was a bold claim three years ago and he’s certainly on the up after a good World Cup with England and a decent time for the Red Devils last season.Iniesta he isn’t, though, although Lingard himself credits Iniesta with influencing his game having been moved to a No.10 role under Jose Mourinho.“I’ve watched videos of Andres Iniesta and looked at how he plays. I wouldn’t say I have copied him, but I certainly look at him and want to take parts of his game and add them to mine.”Arthur (Barcelona) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 9 9 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED ADVICE REVEALED REVEALED Foden isn’t the first players to compared with the legendary midfielder, even though the Spanish star is still an active player.Current players have already been likened to him, including this bunch.Denis Suarez (Barcelona) 9center_img Phil Foden was outstanding for Manchester City against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup. Still just 20, Alena is a player not only rated by coaches at the Nou Camp but the players too with reports in Spain suggesting Lionel Messi and Iniesta himself have pushed for youngster to get an increase in playing time this season.You can’t be that bad if those two have got your back but the left-footed midfielder, nicknamed Maradona due to a passing likeness, has only played with the club’s ‘B’ team this campaign as he returns from injury.Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) silverware 9 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won In January 2017, former Man City youngster Suarez was given the huge compliment by then boss Luis Enrique.“He could be [Iniesta’s replacement], why not? Players have to evolve. He has to improve, but Iniesta is Harry Potter, he makes magic, and it’s difficult to find another. But Denis is on the right path and I hope he can be.”Suarez has, though, remained just squad member, making just 16 starts in the last two campaigns, and only making the bench once this campaign.Harry Winks (Tottenham) huge blow But Guardiola is exercising caution, wisely, despite his clear excitement about the player’s future.He added: “I said many times that we’re delighted with Phil. The way he celebrated his first goal, it was like the final of the World Cup, but that’s because he’s a City fan – he loves to play for the club. He’s an exceptional young player and for the next decade Manchester City will have an amazing player.“I’m not going to say he’s going to become Andrés Iniesta, because that will put a lot of pressure on him and Andrés is by far one of the best players I ever saw in my life so we cannot put the pressure on Phil.” Being compared to Iniesta is high praise for Foden. MONEY 9 His own fans could only coo over the performance, which included his first goal for the club, an assist for Riyad Mahrez, and involvement in their opener in the 3-0 victory.Foden dazzled, so it’s no surprise to see him talked up in the aftermath.Opposing manager Karl Robinson couldn’t help but comment, clearly in awe he said: “His feet are to die for. His ability and his orientation of himself on the pitch is genius.“There is a naturalness to his game and something we have not seen for a long time. It reminded me of watching Barcelona and seeing Iniesta in those positions.” 9 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF 9 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Back to Barcelona and summer signing Arthur is literally the next Iniesta having been handed his old No.8 shirt.He was compared to both his predecessor, Xavi, and Thiago Alcantara in the build up to his move from Gremio and made his first LaLiga start against Girona on Sunday, completing 95.2 per cent of the passes he made in his 58 minute display.The player has distanced himself from the comparisons insisting, although admitted sharing attributes.“I am neither Xavi nor Iniesta, I am Arthur,” he said.“Just comparing myself with these two players is fantastic, I don’t hide my passion for them, and I have always admired them.“They are similar and I can’t tell you which one I have more characteristics in common with.Meanwhile, Iniesta himself has backed his successor: “My only advice to Arthur would be to be confident about his game because I think he’s got some very strong attributes,” he told Marca.Luis Alberto (Lazio) Foden is set for more playing time this season. no dice last_img read more


first_imgThe man many believe could be Ireland’s next President has revealed how his journey began in Co Donegal.Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell revealed how a friend first mentioned it to him at a wedding here on June 5th last.“I hadn’t given it serious consideration but I began to think about it more and more on the journey home from Donegal. “I spoke with my family and then I decided to speak to a number of colleagues about seeking the party’s nomination.“I suppose, yes, you could say the journey began in Donegal – at a wedding,” he said.Mitchel said he has already given up many of his Ministerial pensions but never made any public announcements about it.He added that he did not have an issue with taking a salary if he is elected President as he has to live like everyone else. The withdrawal of a number of high=profile candidates including David Norris and Gay Byrne leaves both Mitchell and Labour’s Michael D Higgins as the two main contenders in the race for the Aras.MITCHELL REVEALS HOW HIS JOURNEY TO BECOME PRESIDENT BEGAN AT DONEGAL WEDDING was last modified: August 31st, 2011 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:donegalGay MitchellPRESIDENTlast_img read more


first_imgA famous scribe once wrote “All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”You could easily apply this, one of Shakespeare’s most frequently quoted passages, to the Lifford Players.Donegal County Council will honour Lifford Players and their achievements with a civic reception in the County House, Lifford on Monday next 25 May 2015 at 6pm. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell and by the members of Donegal County Council.From modest beginnings, the Lifford Players have gone on to make their mark at so many levels including winning local, regional and national awards. The Lifford Players began back in 1952 when work colleagues in the County House and other places of work in Lifford formed a drama group calling themselves ‘The Lifford Players’ and the group is still flourishing 63 years later.Over that time many names and faces have shared their talents on and off stage whether it was acting, production, set-building/designing, organising venues, people and places for festivals, performances or rehearsals.As the Lifford Players developed and grew so too did their repertoire and influences. These extended from the likes of George Shiels, Sean O’Casey, Gerard Healy, Hugh Leonard, Lady Gregory to John B Keane, M. J. Molloy and of course the inimitable Brian Friel to name but a few.No issue was too big or too small, no time period, character or setting prevented the group from meticulously planning their shows down to the very last detail and no audience or venue ever forgot what a pleasure it was to deal with the Lifford Players. They were rewarded at various intervals in their six decade on the road with a variety of accolades for their on and off stage offerings, all of them richly deserved for levels of talent, hard work and skill they displayedThe Eighties was their most successful decade. They had three All Ireland winners: ‘Macooks Corner’ in 1982, ‘Wood of the Whispering’ in 1985 and completed an incredible hat- trick when they had the privilege of presenting Brian Friel’s masterpiece ‘Translations’ in 1987.Not a group to rest on their laurels the Lifford Players have continued to blossom and develop and as one of the country’s longest running amateur drama societies, made sure their legacy continues to nurture and develop young up and coming talent to supplement their already experienced core cast.Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell is looking forward to the Civic Reception on Monday evening saying that this will be an important day for all concerned.“Donegal County Council fully recognises the long history and achievements associated with the Lifford Players. With its local energy and dynamism, the local drama movement educates, informs and creates a critical audience which feeds into the aims and objectives of drama itself and to this end the Lifford Players have carved out a proud and rich tradition.” “The Lifford Players have been major players on this stage and as their record and history show, they’ve performed to the highest of standards every time. We are proud to honour their achievements,” he said.DONEGAL HONOURS LIFFORD PLAYERS WITH CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 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:civic receptiondonegalGifford Playerslast_img read more

Former Raider in coma following aneurysm

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceNeiron Ball, who ascended to a starting position as a Raiders rookie linebacker after surviving a rare blood vessel disorder, has been in a medically induced coma since Sept. 16 after an aneurysm burst in his brain.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Ball, 26, was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) after experiencing headaches following a 2011 practice at the University of …last_img read more

We are closer to our dream: Zuma

first_img27 April 2014In its first two decades of freedom, South Africa has have moved closer to its dream of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous country – and “we must not deny or downplay these achievements, regardless of our political differences”, President Jacob Zuma told the nation on Sunday.Addressing the main Freedom Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Zuma paid tribute both to the various actors and groupings who sacrificed to win the country its freedom 20 years ago, and to the different sectors of society that had, since then, played a part in creating a South Africa that was in every respect “a much better place to live in”.Measured against the goals the country had set itself under Nelson Mandela in 1994 – including deepening democracy and promoting a culture of human rights, meeting basic needs and developing human resources, building the economy and creating jobs – South Africa had done well, Zuma said.“We should congratulate ourselves for all this hard work.”The President listed the country’s achievements in education, healthcare, social security, delivery of housing, water and electricity, women’s rights and youth development.Mandela had introduced free health care for pregnant women to help ensure that South African children were born healthy, and the government had continued to build on this: today, 8-million children do not have to pay school fees, 9-million children receive meals at school, more than 11-million orphans and vulnerable children benefit from social grants, and the state spends over R1.3-billion per annum on early childhood development centres, as well as R15 per day per child from poor households to prepare them for primary education.“Our plan is that by 2030, South Africa should have a comprehensive system of social protection that includes social security grants, mandatory retirement savings, risk benefits (such as unemployment, death and disability benefits) and voluntary retirement savings.”While the country still had some way to go to eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment, Zuma said, the National Development Plan (NDP) had been developed over the last five years in order to address this.“The next decade of freedom must be one in which we work together to advance economic transformation.“We will continue to work with the business sector to advance broad-based black economic empowerment and affirmative action, in order to change the ownership, control and management of the economy.“We will also, working together, continue to focus on making improvements in five priorities – job creation, health, education, rural development and land reform, and the fight against crime and corruption.“There is a lot of work to be done, but we will succeed if we work together.”Zuma concluded by reminding South Africans that the right to vote “was gained through relentless struggles and sacrifices.“Therefore, on the 7th of May, let us go out in our millions to vote and celebrate our hard-won freedom and democracy. Let us vote to consolidate democracy and all the achievements of our young nation.“And, as we did in 1994 and in subsequent elections, let us deliver peaceful, free and fair elections.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

VFD and markets were top of mind at 2016 Beef Expo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the barns, under the viaduct and on the trade show floor of the 2016 Ohio Beef Expo, two topics were dominating conversations between cattle producers. One of those topics was the new Veterinary Feed Directive, which goes into effect on January 1st of next year, the other was the declining market prices. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img