SSE Airtricity presents over €105,000 to 11 groups in Donegal

first_imgSSE Airtricity has presented over €105,000 to 11 community groups close to its Meentycat Wind Farm in Co. Donegal.The company presented €52,249 to local groups, topping-up the €80,000 raised by community members from this year’s Sponsored Walk at Meentycat Wind Farm as well as an additional €53,000 awarded for 11 local projects through its Community Fund.A large number of this year’s Community Fund recipients are putting the funding towards improving their energy efficiency measures, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports.Letterkenny Rugby Club and St. Ninians’s Convoy Parish Church will improve the insulation of their buildings, while Raphoe Congregational Church, Illistrin Football Club and Sean MacCumhaill CLG will upgrade the lighting for their premises. Twin Towns Boxing Club will upgrade their electric showers in the club. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh will upgrade their heating system for the school. CLG Ghleann Fhinne will undertake roof repairs and insulation for the clubhouse. Cappry Rovers will improve their astro turf facilities at the club. Elsewhere the Green Residents Group and Green Residents Admiran Group have received funding towards landscaping in their area. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – December 10, 2019 Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleFake letter purporting to be from SDLP leader doing roundsNext articleFears Three School Campus project could be compromised News Highland WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter SSE Airtricity presents over €105,000 to 11 groups in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ News Google+ Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Academics research link between internet use and self-harm

first_imgOxford academics have co-authored a review of fourteen recent studies which look into the link between internet usage and self-harm and suicide among young people.The review, which was published in October, has drawn attention to the worrying discovery that young people who contemplate harming or even killing themselves go online more often to find empathy from others in similar situations and pick up tips than to seek help to stop feeling suicidal. In some of the studies investigated, this was found to be true of well over half of the study’s participants.Professors Paul Montgomery and Keith Hawton, both academics based in Oxford, cited “growing concerns about the influence of the Internet on the risk of self-harm and suicide among young people” as their reason for embarking upon the project.They assembled as much of the current research literature as possible in order to see what information is already available. Professor Hawton said, “We were surprised that there were not more studies, given the theoretical importance of this issue… I am sure that more research is currently being conducted. One surprise was the contradictory nature of the research findings from different studies, with several indicating that the internet had had a positive, helpful impact (i.e. through social support and good advice).“However, the predominant theme was one of danger for distressed young people, especially in terms of gaining access to websites which seem to encourage suicidal behaviour.”The review found that the internet creates unfavourable conditions for young people thinking about suicide. It provides a cloak of anonymity which allows the vulnerable to remain hidden and the sinister troll to flourish. In a forum environment, violent thoughts can be normalised and take on a life of their own. Victimisation through cyber-bullying also loomed large in accounts of the influence of the internet upon desperate young minds.On what he hoped the impact of his research would be, Professor Hawton commented, “We hope more researchers will think about these issues and conduct further informative studies, and that clinicians will be encouraged to ask all distressed youngsters who come in as patients about their internet usage. Finally, we would like to see the development of internet sites that can provide support and therapy for young people who may be depressed and/ or suicidal.”Charlotte Hendy, a spokeswoman for OUSU’s Welfare division, had the following to say, “We empathise with anyone [enrolled at Oxford] who is thinking about self-harm, having negative thoughts or contemplating suicide, and would encourage them to seek help and support by contacting the University’s Counselling Service, Nightline or their GP.“Anyone wishing to get more involved in campaigning around the issues of mental health should join OUSU’s ‘Mind Your Head’ Campaign, which encourages people to think and talk about mental health and wellbeing.”last_img read more

Retailers reduce credit union debit interchange income

first_imgby: Karen BankstonYou may be noticing the latest impact of the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act on your credit union’s interchange fees.It appears Walmart and some other large retailers have begun processing signature debit transactions as “PINless PIN” transactions, thus reducing interchange fees—and credit union revenue—even when members opt to sign on the signature pad.The giant chain may be at the head of the pack of merchants aiming to reduce card processing expenses by adjusting the routing logic on their point-of-sale terminals to submit debit charges of $50 or less as PIN transactions whether consumers key in a code or sign for their purchases.“Merchants are beginning to exercise their new transaction routing freedoms, made possible through the Durbin Amendment, which gives retailers the option to do network routing as they see fit,” says Ryan Rackley, director with CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Can You Control Falling in Love?.

first_imgI am the king of psyching myself out. And I have an acute fear of success. These two things result in the sabotage of a lot of would-be relationships.This self-sabotaging is actually very common. The more serious a relationship gets, the more energy and investment you put into it, the more you risk — and fear — failure.That fear is a defense mechanism. Despite our quest for love, we’re scared of it and often try to control our feelings in an effort to minimize the chances of a broken heart.There are a list of “rules” people use to control love and dating. Here are a few:The Timing Must Be RightI used to think I had to be with someone for a certain amount of time — usually six months — before I could agree to a relationship. This may have stunted something that could have been meaningful. It’s not possible to control your feelings when it comes to love.There shouldn’t be a time limit or required amount of time. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.Maintaining MobilityMen equate marriage with the end of personal growth. In other words, remaining single will give you more ability to move to a new town, or test out different careers, and develop as a person. This may be true, but in a healthy marriage, both individuals are able to grow while remaining a team.Of course, it’s easier to be mobile when you’re not married. And you never want to look back and say “What if I had tried this?” But you don’t want to let that special person get away. It may be worse to look back and say: “What if I still had that person in my life?”Time RestrictionsWhen you start a new relationship, you want to see each other all the time. In the back of your mind, you tell yourself to temper the time you spend together to avoid relationship burnout.But, if your feelings are destined to burn out, they’ll burn out regardless of how much you hang out with each other.The healthiest approach is to do what your feelings tell you to do: Hang out as much as you want to hang out with that significant other. At some point, your friends may say something, or you may miss your friends. If you’re in a healthy relationship, you’ll be able to spend time apart when the time is right.These rules are classic cases of head vs. heart. You could be disappointed if you listen to either — you could miss out on something special if you listen to your head, but you could miss out on certain experiences if you listen to your heart. I’ve always lived by my heart’s rules, but there’s no right answer.What are your thoughts on the above, and what other “practical” rules do you try to apply to relationships?by Rich Santos, Marie Claire Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 39 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleRelationships Can You Control Falling in Love?. by: – June 2, 2011last_img read more

Obama girls’ run over Brashear 54-17

first_imgSAMONE RAINEY (10) of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear.SAMONE RAINEY (10) of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear. KENNEDY BOWENS of Obama Academy puts up a shot against Brashear, The Eagles defeated the Bulls 54-17 to remain in a tie for 1st place in the City League. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier DALAYSIA ASKEW (4) of Obama Academy puts pressure on Summer Wilde of Brashear as she tries to pass the ball. RAKEYLA LITTLE, a quick guard for Obama Academy goes in for a layup against Brashear. KAYLA PAYNE of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear. MICHAELA PORTER of Obama Academy drives against Brashear in the Eagles 54-17 win, Porter, a freshman scored 11 points in the win. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

Sakshi posts then deletes tweet clarifying MS Dhoni retirement

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/ReutersAdvertisement 2jcvasNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscird1lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b7oqWould you ever consider trying this?😱6e8Can your students do this? 🌚ho3Roller skating! Powered by Firework A question that has boggled the minds of every Indian cricket fan in the past 12 months is the future of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian cricket team. The former captain has not been in international duty since the 2019 World Cup, and the legendary wicket keeper batsman’s possibility of a retirement has only been associated with numerous rumours and speculations. However, a tweet on the subject recently took the netizens by storm before it was deleted, by none other than MS’s better half Sakshi! Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/ReutersWhile the 2020 IPL was looked upon as an answer to Dhoni’s future plans with the Men in Blue, the cash rich league has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, and the Indian cricket fandom still lacks an answer regarding Dhoni’s hiatus away from the 22 yards.However, it was until yesterday that Sakshi had decided to open up on Twitter about the ‘rumours’ surrounding her husband’s career, as the hashtag ‘#DhoniRetires’ had started trending on the micro blogging website.Advertisement Although she quickly deleted the post on Twitter, it had already grabbed the attention of the Twitterati.“Its only rumours ! I understand Lockdown has made people mentally unstable ! #DhoniRetires .. Get a life !” Mrs Dhoni had tweeted on Wednesday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TwitterDhoni was preparing for this year’s IPL season, and had already started his training sessions with Chennai Super Kings, the franchise that he captains. Even Ravi Shastri, the head coach of Team India had indicated the 13th IPL season as the final answer to Dhoni’s indefinite hiatus. Unfortunately, with the suspension of cricket in the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the answer still remains unknown for the fanbase.However, the former skipper has not been out of touch with his supporters even in the lock down. From a flock of crowd gathering around Dhoni riding his Harley Davidson Fat Boy cruiser motorcycle in Ranchi, to enjoying some quality father daughter time with his little girl Ziva, fans are pretty up to date on the 38 year old’s lifestyle in the lock down, even though his future with Team India is still unknown.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sachin Tendulkar finds similarity in his grip as a child – and that of Brian Lara’s son!India’s Australian tour date tentatively revealed! Advertisementlast_img read more

A Forgotten Tool to Solve the Housing Crisis

first_imgPolicies to encourage higher density transit-oriented development with more multifamily buildings not only help potential homeowners, but also benefit renters by increasing the supply and thus reducing the cost of the kind of housing that new home buyers prefer: efficient homes in walkable and transit-served neighborhoods. These policies reduce restrictive land use regulations that currently prevent such projects virtually everywhere in California and nationwide, so they should appeal to conservatives. Thus begins a strong editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle which suggests a number of thoughtful solutions that reduce the costs of housing, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote economic development. The editorial cites a UC Berkeley study that pointed out that building the right kind of new housing — denser housing in urbanized areas near transit — would be one of the best ways for California to meet our 2030 climate goals.“An infill-focused housing growth scenario provides the best outcomes for meeting the state’s climate goals while also producing economic benefits,” the Berkeley study concluded. Keeping housing affordableBut there is a problem that the editorial and the studies on which it is based ignore: how to make the new ownership housing “affordable.”I put “affordable” in quotes because unless you have been through the process of purchasing a first home in an expensive neighborhood, you might think that “affordable” means “you can afford to make the payments based on your own cash flow.”But in most cases “affordable” means, “the bank will lend you the money to buy it.” Lenders do not consider your cash flow. Instead they have rigid formulas in their black-box underwriting apps that look at people in your statistical class, rather than at your own cash flow. (This might be referred to as “profiling.”)Part of the black box is a fixed ratio of payments to income, usually limited to about 30% of income. The app ignores questions of whether you spend 25% of your income on transportation and energy, which is typical for older homes in suburban sprawl, or less than 5%, which is typical of energy-efficient homes in walkable, transit-rich infill neighborhoods.Changing the software to account for energy and transportation cost savings from living in a walkable, transit-rich neighborhood could be transformative: it could allow a new homeowner to “afford” to borrow an additional $300,000 or so, opening up their opportunities to buy a home, and making home ownership available to those with lower incomes than is the case today.This increased “affordability” is important because housing in efficient neighborhoods costs the buyer more than it would in sprawl, everything else equal, since demand now outpaces supply. RELATED ARTICLES Lending reform would boost developmentLending reform would also make new development in the right places more financially feasible for developers, so more new housing would be built. This eventually lowers the cost of housing in these areas. Thus it would also help solve the problems of gentrification at scale by allowing lower-income households to qualify for a mortgage; and as well as by increasing the supply of housing — something no other realistic policy that has been put forward can do.And it would be less risky for the lenders: location-efficient homes default at much lower rates than inefficient homes, and the same is true for for energy-efficient homes.Everyone would win: home buyers who are currently priced out of the market, or priced out of the neighborhoods they prefer, lower income potential buyers, lenders, investors in the mortgage backed securities that in turn own the new mortgages, developers and the real estate industry which can now sell more homes, and workers who can get construction jobs for new homes that would not otherwise be built and for energy efficiency upgrades to existing homes.Why has this not happened? It is a mystery to me: no one undertakes the reforms, yet no one can explain why not.This is not just a California problem. I am not aware of any place in the world that gets this right, despite housing prices in Paris, Seoul, and many other cities that are at comparable levels to San Francisco and Los Angeles.David Goldstein is co-director of the energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where this blog was originally published. Can Rural Living Be As Green As Urban Living?Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban RevivalRingside Seats on an Urban Planning RivalryBoston Mulls a New Template for Urban HousingCities Think Small to Ease the Housing CrunchSeniors Snap Up Houses Meant for Young Buyers “The California housing crisis is even worse than we thought… California is the hardest state in the nation for people to buy their first home.“Since first-time home buyers are overwhelmingly younger people, the long-term results will have an enormous impact on the economic prospects of the next generation …”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho dedicates win to Ed Woodward

first_imgJose Mourinho dedicated Manchester United’s victory over Burnley to Ed Woodward after a protest was held against him prior to kick-off.The Red Devils earned a deserved but hard-fought win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor through a first-half brace by Romelu Lukaku.A plane trailing the banner ‘Ed Woodward – A Specialist in Failure’ flew above Turf Moor before kick-off, after a summer of tension between Mourinho and the club’s executive vice-chairman.When asked for his response to the fans’ protest, Mourinho said: “You know, in the match, I am not looking to the sky – unless I am asking something for the guy to give me help. I didn’t see planes but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we start winning this match because of Old Trafford after Spurs,” he said. “We lose at home, if the fans react bad, the team loses confidence, the team feels pressure and the next match is more difficult.“We lost at home, the fans were amazing and understood the performance was good, the result was bad so it was not a sad week. I feel a bit sorry we didn’t score a couple of goals in front of them because it would be magic for them.”When it was put to Mourinho that United’s fans had explicitly chanted his name after a week of speculation about his job, he said: “The manager is not important, the team is important. The manager does not play.“I have miles and miles and miles on the touchline to cope with every different reaction from the crowd. I am really happy with the performance, the result and to give that good feeling to the fans. They are the biggest responsible for the week.”last_img read more