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Councillor claims high car insurance costs threaten rural Ireland

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A Donegal County Councillor has called for the creation of a nationalised body to oversee insurance claims across Ireland, after a young driver from North Leitrim was quoted almost €18,700 for motor insurance.Cllr Micheal Choilm MacGiolla Easbuig says the high cost of insurance is driving young people out of rural areas where car dependency is high and that government policies seem to be centred on making life impossible for people living in rural Ireland.The news that a young man in North Leitrim was quoted €18,693 euro for car insurance will come as a surprise to no one who is trying to make a living in rural Ireland, according to Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig.He’s calling for the establishment of a nationalised body to oversee insurance claims and private insurance companies, that would serve to regulate and potentially cap the price of insurance cover.The councillor says, the current cost of motor insurance coupled with the high levels of car dependency in rural areas is depriving the countryside of its lifeblood and pushing young people out, to larger towns and cities. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous article20 Donegal schools included in 2019 Summer Works programmeNext articleKFO seeking Brexit clarification at Fisheries Council meeting News Highland Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter By News Highland – December 17, 2018 Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Councillor claims high car insurance costs threaten rural Irelandlast_img read more

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Grape Growers

first_imgWith the growth and increased marketability of the state’s wine industry, Athens, Georgia, is hosting new conferences that will focus on how to create quality fruit and turn it into a palatable beverage. The Southeastern Regional New Grape Growers Conference will be held at the University of Georgia’s South Milledge Greenhouse Complex in Athens on Dec. 11.The December conference is being organized by UGA, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University. Members of these schools and industry representatives will speak at the Athens conference on Dec. 11 and again at a conference in Asheville, North Carolina, on Dec. 12. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the greenhouse complex classroom at 2500 South Milledge Avenue.The UGA Viticulture Team will be represented at the conference and will provide support and guidance for new vineyard growers. The team has been experimenting with cultivation practices during on-farm research trials and will share commercial management strategies.The conference also includes a panel of Cooperative Extension specialists, winemakers, owners and vineyard managers from Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.The conference will conclude with an optional tour of UGA’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.The 2019 Georgia Wine Producers Conference will be held on Feb. 4-5, 2019, at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.The conference will include presentations by viticulture faculty and graduate students from UGA and Cornell University as well as industry representatives from Virginia and Georgia. Techniques in viticulture, disease management, winemaking and marketing will all be covered at the conference.Both conferences will explore the complexities of growing grapes and creating wine in the realms of cost, vineyard design, site choice, integrated pest control and overall management.Registration for the Regional New Grape Growers Conference is limited to the first 40 participants. To register, go to events.attend.com/f/1383787186.For a detailed schedule and speaker biographies, or to register for the 2019 Georgia Wine Producers Conference, visit www.georgiawineproducers.org/2018-annual-meeting. Register before Jan. 9, 2019, for an early bird discount.last_img read more

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More Changes Coming For Catholic Churches In Indiana

first_imgArchbishop Joseph Tobin announces the realignment on parishes in Southeast Indiana last June at St. Louis Church.A year has nearly passed since sweeping changes impacted local Catholic parishes and today changes are being announced for churches in Central Indiana.Archbishop Joseph Tobin will announce changes during a news conference Wednesday morning that could affect 47 parishes in Marion, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson and Morgan counties.Archdiocese officials held a conference last June at St. Louis Church in Batesville, and announced changes that impacted 27 local parishes including 12 that closed.last_img

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2010 Trans Tasman Test Series Announced

first_imgThe success of the recent Trans Tasman Test Series held at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in April 2009 has many anticipating the return clash in New Zealand. The series was televised on FOX Sports in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand with commentary provided by Rugby League identities Andrew Voss and Benji Marshall.The 2010 Trans Tasman Test Series will be held from Friday, 22 January 2010 to Sunday, 24 January 2010 at the wonderful facilities at The Trusts Stadium Waitakere, Auckland, the same venue that held the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman.With Australia claiming both Open and Youth titles they will be looking to continue this feat as they progress towards the 2011 World Cup in Scotland. But they will face stiff opposition from the determined Kiwi teams.Joe Sprangers, Chief Executive Officer of TNZ is optimistic about the future. “New Zealand’s goals are now to win to the next Trans Tasman Series and ultimately to go on to win the World Cup in Scotland in 2011.”New Zealand bled many young players onto the international scene in the April series and are well positioned for World Cup glory. The Men’s teams in particular took it to the more fancied Aussie opponents and will only gain from the experience of the well fought series. The traditionally strong Mixed team will bounce back from a surprising loss and the Women’s team continues to show promise with limited preparation.Australia will need to compensate for the retirements of some outstanding servants of the game including Men’s captain, Gavin Shuker and Women’s captain, Sharyn Williams who retired on a winning note in Wollongong.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of TFA, said “We look forward to the return clash and it will continue to greatly improve the marketability of the sport and ensure higher representation for our elite players to strive for”.More information will be provided in due course, but if you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your respective national sporting organisation.Related Filestrans_tasman_-_media_release_01-pdflast_img read more

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10 months agoSampdoria lodge offer for Southampton striker Gabbiadini

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria lodge offer for Southampton striker Gabbiadiniby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria have lodged an offer to sign Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini on loan, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.According to Sky Italia, the fee will be £10.75m.The Italian has scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for Saints since joining from Napoli in 2017.Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed at the weekend that Gabbiadini was free to choose where he would like to go, with Real Betis and AC Milan also interested in his services.”Sure [they have had bids], we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go,” said Hassenhuttl.”There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.” last_img read more

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9 days agoChelsea invite Linfield teenager Charlie Allen for trials

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea invite Linfield teenager Charlie Allen for trialsby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have invited Northern Ireland teenager Charlie Allen for trials.The Daily Express says the 15-year-old has already broken into the first team at Northern Irish champions Linfield, and is now being chased by a bevy of Premier League clubs, having had trials at Tottenham and Manchester City.Chelsea, currently under a transfer ban, are exploring the possibility of taking Allen on trial. Norwich and Glaswegian giants Rangers are also, though, on the teenager’s trail.Attacking midfielder Allen made his senior debut during the latter stages of last season, playing the final eight minutes of a 1-1 draw at Coleraine to become the club’s youngest debutant, as Linfield closed on the Danske Bank Premiership title. last_img read more

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US court dismisses Resolutes racketeering suit against Greenpeace

first_imgMONTREAL – A U.S. court has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit launched by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace and other environmental groups.The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed claims filed against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and individuals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).Judge Jon Tigar wrote that the defendants’ speech “constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that [are] a vital part of our democracy.”Resolute lawyer Michael Bowe says the ruling merely requires the Montreal-based paper and forest products company (TSX:RFP) to amend within 21 days its filing to provide more details to back up its claims.In an email, he described the ruling as not a significant setback. If the amendment is dismissed, he says Resolute would appeal and expects to prevail.However, Greenpeace says it is confident such an attempt will suffer the same fate as the court’s dismissal.In a news release, Greenpeace says the ruling sends a message to corporations that “attacks on core democratic values like freedom of speech and legitimate advocacy on issues of public interest will not be tolerated.”The racketeering lawsuit was heard in California after a district court in Georgia found in May that Resolute failed to show by the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.last_img read more

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Facets of immigration

first_imgImmigration, in the words of historian Roger Daniels, is a fundamental human activity. Can it be restricted? Most immigrants use air routes to enter foreign countries, and these routes are almost entirely controlled by authorities in both the sending and receiving countries. The land and sea routes are somewhat less easy to monitor but, given modern surveillance technology, not entirely outside the realm of enforcement.Yet only a few island nations such as Australia and Singapore claim to micromanage immigration flows with success. Elsewhere, immigration enforcement is littered with failures, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy—countries that should by now be veterans in the enforcement business. With modern surveillance technology, these countries could, if they chose to allocate the required resources, monitor each and every entry and exit. It would be a messy and costly exercise. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalTake Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order to restrict refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries. Together these countries constitute a tiny slice of the overall number of international travelers to the United States. Even so, the executive order caused chaos at international airports, protests in major American cities, complaints from friendly governments around the world, and lawsuits from American corporations, universities, and local and state governments. Imagine the anarchy and economic effects a major restriction on travel and immigration would create! Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceWelcome to the twenty-first-century global economy. Crossborder mobility is integral to its functioning. The economic, administrative, and humanitarian toll of any major immigration restriction would be enormous, and nations contemplating these notions have to ask whether they are willing to pay the price. The simple fact is that, as I document below, restricting immigration in the twentyfirst century is not possible without substantially depressing overall cross-border mobility. Effective restrictions on immigration require controls on other types of international travels for tourism, schooling, business, and employment. Yet in the current paranoia when Marine Le Pen of France, Viktor Orban of Hungary, Matteo Salvini of Italy, Geert Wilders of Netherlands, Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom, Donald Trump of the United States, and other right-wing leaders demand restricting immigration and expelling immigrants, they do so without reference to restrictions on international travel. Advocates of anti-immigration policies generally want to restrict immigration but not international travel for business and tourism, in particular of their own citizens. Such travel not only greases the wheels of the global economy but also directly contributes substantially to global economic output. Yet failure to acknowledge the link between immigration and other kinds of cross-border mobility reflects incomplete understanding of immigration in the twentyfirst century. The New Immigration Critics argue that if immigration restrictions did not have a disastrous effect on the world economy a century ago when the United States clamped down on immigration with a series of laws culminating in the Immigration Act of 1924, why would it be any different now? The answer lies in the difference between immigration today and one hundred years ago; the differences in global interdependence and globalization today and one hundred years ago. Let’s start with the differences in immigration over the past century. Immigration in the 2010s is a tiny fraction of cross-border mobility. The World Tourism Organization periodically publishes estimates of international tourists. By these estimates, in 2016 there were 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals. This statistic pertains to the number of individual trips, not travelers. A tiny minority travels across national borders ten or more times a year, but the vast majority engages in international travel for tourism just once or twice a year. I asked a number of immigration historians, demographers, economists, and political scientists for a reasonable estimate of the average number of trips per international traveler. The response: it’s difficult to guess. But they unanimously agreed that it would be fewer than five. Assuming that on average each international tourist makes three trips a year, that would be 400 million international tourists; assuming that they make five trips a year, the number goes down to 240 million. To this must be added other nonimmigrants, such as students, scholars, and individuals traveling for work, if we are to arrive at an estimate of the overall size of annual cross-border movement. Compare that to the number of people who emigrate globally: about five million a year, according to data from the International Organization for Migration. The number of individuals engaged in international travel is at least fifty times the annual immigration, and possibly even larger. By contrast, in the early decades of the twentieth century crossborder mobility for tourism and business was modest. The cost, time, risk, and sheer uncertainty of long-distance travel were major impediments to international mobility. On average in 1900 it took four to six months via sea to travel from Bombay to London, a journey that can now be completed in just eight hours by air. There were no designated ships leaving Bombay for London every day or even every week. In January 2017 every day there were at least seven nonstop flights between the two cities, and eighty flights with one or more stops in other cities. Then, thousands of rich Chinese, Korean, and Japanese tourists just did not fly to Paris or London or New York for a weeklong vacation or for an extended weekend as they do in the twenty-first century. Then, cross-border travel for tourism and business was not as big a driver of economic growth as it is in the twenty-first century. In 2016 international tourism was a $1.5 trillion industry globally; China had 120 million inbound and 130 million outbound tourists. The United States received 74 million international tourists, and about the same number of U.S. citizens traveled abroad, of which about half traveled outside North America. Immigration in the 2010s is far more global than it was in the early 1900s, in terms of both origins and destinations. In the early 1900s most immigrants were from Europe, and most headed to the Americas. In the 2010s immigrants come from all across the globe. In 2016 the top regions of origin were Asia (49 percent of global immigration), Latin America (18 percent), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (16 percent), and the Middle East and North Africa (14 percent). Then, all the leading countries of origin were in northern and southern Europe. In the early decades of the twenty-first century all the top ten sending countries are outside Europe. The geographic landscape of immigration has reversed in many places: immigrant origin nations of the early twentieth century (Italy, France, Ireland, Spain) have become destinations, and countries that were once destinations (Brazil, Argentina, Chile) are now origins. Demographic projections suggest that by 2050, Africa will emerge as one of the biggest sources of emigration to Asia, Europe, and North America. (Excerpted with permission from Blaming Immigrants; written by Neeraj Kaushal; published by Columbia University Press. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘The Costs and Benefits of Restricting Immigration’.)last_img read more

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Ohio State mens tennis ties NCAA record with 184th consecutive home victory

Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka hits the ball during a match against Michigan March 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 6-1.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerA share of history has been captured by the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team.With a 6-1 defeat of Michigan Friday, the Buckeyes tied the NCAA all-time home win streak with their 184th consecutive victory.“It’s been a nerve-wracking experience going through this thing,” coach Ty Tucker said. “Every match has been counted … it’s nice that the guys go down in history.”The Stanford women’s tennis team originally set the record by going undefeated at home from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes (19-2, 4-0) began their streak during the 2003 season and didn’t let the Wolverines (9-7, 1-1) get in their way of the record book.The Buckeyes took the first two matches Friday in doubles to give them a quick 1-0 lead.Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and freshman Herkko Pollanen of OSU defeated Michigan juniors Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu 8-7 (7-2). It was the first time Diaz and Pollanen played together this season, showing poise to dominate the tiebreaker and win the point.Not long after that, OSU’s senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Michigan seniors Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks, 8-6, to give the Buckeyes the advantage heading into singles play.Diaz was off first, again, after beating junior Vlad Stefan 6-0, 6-2. Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan then finished off Buzzi 6-1, 6-1. Both Diaz and Callahan jumped out to big leads en route to pushing the Buckeyes to a commanding 3-0 lead.Although the Varsity Tennis Center was filled to capacity and history was on the line, Diaz said he was able to stay calm throughout the match.“I’d been struggling a little bit so to get another win under my belt felt good,” Diaz said. “I just try to relax and tell myself to focus and not to think too much … sometimes I get way to into it and just have to remember it’s just a game.”Kobelt, as he has done multiple times already this season, clinched the match and put the Buckeyes in the record book with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Petrone. As the captain of the team and part of 68 of those home wins, Kobelt said sealing the win was something special.“To get the final point against Michigan at home and to set the record, it’s like a storybook kind of thing,” Kobelt said. “At the end of the day, we’re just trying to get a win and win the Big Ten.”As is custom in Big Ten play, the unfinished matches continued even after the match had already been decided.Metka and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach both won in three sets to give the Buckeyes six points. Pollanen was the only OSU player to lose, falling in a two-set marathon match to senior Shaun Bernstein 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.The Buckeyes have the opportunity to break the tie and have the most dominant home win streak in the history of the NCAA next Friday when No. 25 Northwestern comes to town.“Hopefully we have enough magic in us to win one more home match and kick Stanford out of the equation,” Tucker said.The match against the Wildcats is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer falls at Penn State

Then-freshman defender Taylor Schissler makes a play on the ball in a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Lantern file photoIt was a tough Friday night for the Ohio State women’s soccer team as it lost on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 5-1, handing the team its worst loss of the season. The most goals allowed by the Buckeyes before the loss on Friday was three, in losses against Purdue on Sept. 14 and then-No. 4 Virginia Tech on Aug. 31.Scoring began early when Penn State freshman forward Frannie Crouse gave the Nittany Lions the lead by scoring off a cross in the second minute. Penn State added another goal in the first half when sophomore midfielder Salina Williford scored off an OSU turnover in the 27th minute.Penn State took a 2-0 lead into the half while also holding a 7-1 lead in shots. The Buckeyes got on the board early in the second half when freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley scored on a header off a cross in the 46th minute. The Nittany Lions responded quickly with a goal from senior defender Whitney Church less than three minutes later.Penn State increased the lead to 4-1 in the 65th minute when Crouse scored her second goal of the evening on a breakaway. The Nittany Lions added another goal to their lead in the 76th minute from junior forward Raquel Rodriguez off a cross from freshman midfielder Haleigh Echard.Penn State held 14-4 advantage in shots. OSU is 1-5-0 this season when trailing opponents in shot attempts.The Buckeyes fell to 4-5-0 for the season and 1-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions improved to 7-1-0 and 3-0 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes next game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. against No. 22 Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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