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Minister Ring denies Cope’s claims of rural underspend

first_imgMichael Ring has hit back at Fianna Fáil for ‘misleading’ the public in relation to Government funding for rural communities.The comments from the Minister for Rural and Community Development come following claims yesterday (Weds) by Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher over a €270 million underspend.The Fianna Fail TD calculated, from parliamentary question replies, that €270M which was sanctioned for 2017-2019 rural schemes and LEADER funding had not been spent by the end of August. However, according to Minister Ring, the Department of Rural and Community Development has now publicly confirmed that there is no such underspend within the Department.“Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Rural, Community, and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dara Calleary, is misleading people in relation to Government investment in rural areas. I ask him to desist from doing so. The truth is this Government is spending more money on rural communities than ever before,” Ring said.“Let me be clear: there is no underspend in relation to my Department’s funding of rural communities. My Department spent all of its capital budget last year, it will spend it in full this year, and will do so again next year.“Last year the Department spent €237.5 million of a total budget of €239.2 million (the savings made mainly related to administration costs savings on staff and admin overheads). For the year to date in 2019, the Department’s spend is very much on target*. “This is a deliberate and reckless attempt by Fianna Fáil to mislead people and undermine the work of the Government.”In relation to this claim, Minister Ring continued: “I can confirm that since the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Schemes commenced in 2016 there have been approvals of €91.5 million with payments of €51 million made for completed works.“There are commitments of €39.9 million remaining on these schemes, not €56 million as Fianna Fáil claim. This money will be paid when the works are completed.“These are capital projects which can have long lead-in times for design, procurement and delivery. Works usually take 18-24 months with main payments made on completion of the projects. Such timelines are necessary to enable local authorities to deliver projects under our capital programmes.“For example, if I approve funding for the building of a community centre, the money doesn’t leave my Department until the centre is built. “This is a fundamental principle in managing public finances. It’s cynical and desperate of Fianna Fáil to try to characterise it as an underspend. Do they think we should hand over the money before the work has even started?“This Government is spending more money on rural communities than ever before and it is spending it on time. When Fianna Fáil were last in Government, we didn’t have any money to spend on rural communities and 1,000 jobs a week were being lost.“It is the job of the opposition to hold the Government to account but in doing so it should stick to the facts and not mislead people. Otherwise, it is doing rural Ireland a disservice.”Minister Ring denies Cope’s claims of rural underspend was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Di Matteo: Newcastle star’s goal was ‘a strange shot’

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo appeared to suggest that Papiss Cisse did not mean the amazing strike that sealed Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Chelsea.Cisse hit the net with a great first-half opener and then registered his 13th goal in 12 matches for the Magpies with a long-range effort with the outside of his right boot.Chelsea boss Di Matteo told Sky: “I don’t think even he knew what he was doing. It was a strange shot and went in at the far post.”The Italian now turns his attention to Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley as the games come thick and fast for his team.“It’s demanding, but we have to pick ourselves up and go again. We’ve got a big game on Saturday,” he said.More reaction to follow.Click here for our Chelsea v Newcastle quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Jacks to play first CCAA road games of season

first_imgThe Lumberjack women will look to take a foothold atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings while the men will look to show that their high-scoring offense can operate outside the confines of Lumberjack Arena as the Humboldt State men’s and women’s basketball teams get set for two-game road trips this week.Thursday night the Lumberjacks will face Cal Poly Pomona at Kellog Arena and on Saturday, Cal State Monterey Bay at the Kelp Bed (Otter Sports Center).The HSU women’s …last_img

Brand South Africa calls on citizens for humanitarian support following a massive fire in Alexandra

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday, 07 December 2018 – Brand South Africa calls on citizens for humanitarian support following a massive fire in Alexandra (Alex) on Thursday, 06 December 2018. The Johannesburg emergency services managed to distinguish the blaze preventing further damage to the area.The fire has displaced hundreds of people, according to emergency services spokesperson, Nana Radebe, “at least 500 shacks have been destroyed, leaving 150 families displaced”.Brand South Africa calls on all to unite, play their part and assist with providing humanitarian support in the form of food, water, shelter which can be delivered to Alex and the Sandton fire station. It is imperative now more than ever to be reminded that “a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”Brand South Africa applauds Gift of the Givers who are on site in Alex providing aid and have moved a mother who gave birth yesterday and another with four children who lost everything in the fire, to their Logistics Centre in Bramley.In a statement Gift of the givers said; “our teams are registering the rest of the victims and transporting them to a nearby hall where we are providing food, bottled water, blankets and mattresses. During the course of today, further appropriate interventions will be effected”.Gift of the Givers on-site contact person, Emily Thomas 083 652 0315.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 16, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-16-17The forecast looks pretty nice this morning as we move into an extended period of dry weather. Clouds may take their own sweet time breaking up here in the short term as cooler air is in place after following the frontal boundary in yesterday. However, as you look at the surface map, this is one of those rare times that you see no significant front anywhere across the central and western US, only high pressure on the way. So, clouds will break up and move out, and we will see warmer, drier air in here eventually. Today will just be a transition day, with no new precipitation.The dry pattern continues tomorrow through Saturday. Temperatures will head back to normal by midweek and will be above normal to finish the week and for the weekend. Evaporation rates will be near maximum by midweek and with strong southwest breezes, we should see excellent dry down. Harvest should be able to ramp back up rather quickly, especially in areas that did not see as heavy of rain yesterday with the frontal passage. The map above shows temps compared to normal for this coming Saturday afternoon.We do have a minor front that looks to move through the state next Sunday. However, that front loses a lot of strength and most of its moisture before arriving. Therefore, we look for only a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth over about 30% of the state for next Sunday, and that will be far north. We expect only a wind shift and slightly cooler temps behind the front.Behind that system, we go back to dry weather for next week. No new rain on the way Monday through at least Thursday. In fact, it may be closer to the 28th-29th before a good front can move in. That front still has rain potential up to at least .75” over 80% of the state.So, a nice harvest window is about to unfold over the state. It may take a day or two to get things suitable, but then we should be able to run full through most of the rest of the month.last_img read more

Can Social Networking Find 10 Red Balloons?

first_imgTomorrow morning, teams from all across the United States will try to find 10 red balloons. The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to moor 10 red weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States, and whoever sends in the GPS coordinates of all the balloons first will win $40,000. With this event – called the DARPA Network Challenge – DARPA wants to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Arpanet – the predecessor of today’s Internet. DARPA wants to test how the Internet, crowdsourcing and social networking can help to solve “broad-scope, time-critical problems.” Read on to see how you can participate in this event.Teams from all over the United States have registered for this event – although anybody can participate. Entries will be accepted until 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 14. The balloons will be on display during daylight hours from 10 a.m. ET until 4 p.m. local time.Strategies Some teams have developed iPhone apps (iTunes link), while others are going to scour Twitter for clues. Some teams are also taking a more traditional approach and plan to simply drive around hoping to spot the balloons – and hoping their team will be large enough to find them. Click here for a list of teams; most of them are still more than happy to accept new volunteers. Even if you don’t belong to a group, you can still send out a tweet with the GPS coordinates if you happen to come across a balloon by coincidence. The teams will surely be grateful for this information as well.DARPA is financing this challenge because it hopes that this event, just like earlier DARPA challenges, will foster fresh thinking and encourage technologists to discover “new, collaborative ways to approach problems that were not dreamt of 40 years ago.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Lessons From Our House That Could Be Applied More Affordably

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Saving resources, saving energy, and saving money when buildingThese are just a few examples of how a green, energy-efficiency agenda can be achieved with an eye towards economy. Building or renovating with a goal of energy savings and environmental stewardship does not have to have a huge cost impact.Fundamentally, it’s all about savings — saving energy resources and saving the environment. If we were to put an economic value on protecting the environment, those environmental savings with our house might have compensated for the increased cost of building. But we’re not there yet. My wife and I tried out a lot of innovative systems and materials in the renovation/rebuild of our Dummerston, Vermont home — some of which added considerably to the project cost. Alas!The induction cooktop that I wrote about last week is just one such example.For me, the house has been a one-time opportunity to gain experience with state-of-the-art products and technologies, some of which are very new to the building industry (like cork insulation, which was expensive both to buy and to install). We spent a lot experimenting with new materials, construction details, and building systems. While we haven’t tallied up all the costs, we think that the house came in at about $250 per square foot. All this has raised the very reasonable question about whether all this green-building stuff is only feasible for high-budget projects. RELATED ARTICLES Green Building for BeginnersWrapping an Older House with Rock Wool InsulationGBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsAll About Rainscreenscenter_img So I’ve been thinking about what lessons from our project would be applicable to more budget-conscious retrofits. Here are some thoughts.Keep it compact. In renovating the old farmhouse we shrank the footprint, eliminating a kitchen addition that had been added perhaps in the 1920s. Fitting the kitchen into the main house meant some tricky design work, but it helped us contain costs with the exterior envelope and finishes. This cost-saving strategy applies whether with new construction or renovating an existing house. The cost per square foot will likely go up with a smaller house, but the total cost should drop — and there will be less volume to heat and cool.Deep-energy retrofit with mineral wool. The cork insulation we used as an insulation wrap on the walls was really amazing, and I’m glad we used it, but if we were doing the project over with a more constrained budget, I think I would have gone with rigid mineral wool. Carrying out a deep-energy retrofit by wrapping a house in rigid insulation is never inexpensive and it depends on having deep enough roof overhangs, but with rigid mineral wool (such as Roxul ComfortBoard or the highest-density Thermafiber product) it can be a much more reasonable retrofit.High-performance storm windows. While our low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows on the south and east facades aren’t installed yet, they can provide a reasonably priced alternative to window replacement with top-performing, triple-glazed windows. The idea is to keep the existing (prime) windows when installing exterior rigid insulation on a house and add window surrounds to extend the window openings to the new outer face of the walls — and then install the storm windows near the outer face of the window surrounds.Air-source heat pump. The heating system we went with on our house is a great option today for compact, very well insulated homes, while larger, ducted versions of these systems will increasingly make sense for replacing conventional gas or oil heating systems. On a cost per million BTUs of delivered heat basis, air-source heat pumps are significantly less expensive than propane and heating oil, and they can be pretty competitive with natural gas — especially if natural gas prices keep climbing. An air-source heat pump means electric heat, but that opens the door to generating the electricity you need — now or down-the-road — with a photovoltaic system.Water-efficient products. We went with state-of-the-art water-conserving plumbing fixtures and appliances. The 1.75 gallon-per-minute Kohler WaterSense showerheads in our two bathrooms significantly reduce hot water use, compared with standard 2.5 gpm models, saving energy as well as water. And they don’t cost any more than standard models.Rainscreen detail on exterior walls. We spent a little more installing strapping over the exterior sheathing so that the siding will have an air space behind it, but the cost is low enough and the durability benefits great enough that this should be standard practice today. We will save thousands of dollars over the years by having to paint the siding only every 15-20 years (I predict), instead of as often as every five years, and a big part of the difference is the rainscreen detail.Salvaged materials. We were able to save some money — and with more concerted effort, could have saved a lot more — by making use of salvaged materials. We bought a salvaged newel post and balustrades for the stairs, for example, picked up a discontinued floor-demo front door, purchased salvaged timbers for post replacements in the barn, and bought superb two garage doors from the now (sadly) closed ReNew Salvage in Brattleboro. Using salvaged materials not only saves money, but it can also help the environment by allowing us to save in raw materials extraction and by reducing pressure on landfills.last_img read more

Everything Changes: Mister Postman Gets Saturdays Off

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … If you ever thought that something will last forever, get ready for a smack on the head.The latest evidence of this grand falsehood is today’s announcement from the United States Postal Service of a new plan to halt mail delivery on Saturdays, with the exception of package delivery.The move, which is scheduled to begin this August, would save the post office $2 billion annually. Under the proposed plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays, and post offices currently open on Saturdays would remain so.This is all just in the planning stages, since Congressional approval is needed to make such a drastic change. But the USPS is expected to cite figures demonstrating the American public would be behind such a move when it makes its formal announcement later today.Shifting Technology, AlwaysTechnology has a way of disrupting the hell out of the things and processes we have come to accept as “always there” in our lives. If you went back 15 years, it would hard to imagine five-day mail delivery, yet here we are, with an proposal that makes sense. Personal mail delivery has fallen drastically since the advent of e-mail and social media networks.Five years ago, I might have objected to such a plan. Saturdays were a big day for checks from publishers. Now that all my funds are direct deposited, I no longer care.It’s not just the mail, of course. A decade ago, it would have been hard to conceive homes not having landlines for phones, and yet these days it’s commonplace, thanks to ubiquitous cell phones and e911 services that geolocate phones. (If I didn’t live in a plaster-walled Faraday cage, I would ditch the landline in a minute.)Five years ago, it would be really hard to imagine a world without a desktop Windows monopoly, but then Apple and Google took the computing world sideways into the land of smartphones and tablets and now things have gotten so bad for Microsoft, they’ve had to put financial stakes into companies (i.e., Nokia and now Dell) just to ensure Microsoft has a vendor that will actually sell Windows on said smartphones and traditional PCs.For those of you who find that line of reasoning hard to accept, it may be time to let go of the staid notions you might have about technology. Nothing in this business lasts forever and something will always try to replace the technology you are using.It’s All Been DoneMany of us of a certain age have watched some new technologies rise to prominence, only to nearly completely fade away. Fax machines had a particularly short tech cycle, and VCRs shorter than that. Landline telephones had a good long run, as did personal desktop computers. But now, it seems, their time is waning.This is not a proclamation that “the desktop is dead.” But personal computing is changing, and drastically. We have inklings of what this might look like, but like any change, it’s going to have its share of bumps and scrapes along the way.Today’s announcement from the USPS reflects the fundamental change in the ways we communicate. There will be other world-shaking announcements in the months and years to come, and we need to be ready.Five-day mail delivery?No idea is unthinkable any more.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffittcenter_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Tags:#Future Tech last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to celebrate New Year in Dubai

first_imgBollywood superstar and a host of other A-listers are planning to ring in the new year in Dubai.The actor will be joined by his wife Gauri Khan and a group of other Bollywood friends are likely to check into a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah from December 30 to January 1.Actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan, director Karan Johar and lawyer Kaajal Anand will also join the King Khan.Khan, who has a home on the man-made island, however, plans to throw an extravagant party there, Emirates 24/4 reported.According to the report, actor Chunky Pandey is also on the guest list while Arjun Rampal is reportedly yet to firm up his plans.last_img