RESIDENTS IN STAND-OFF WITH IRISH WATER IN WEST DONEGAL

first_imgThe scene at Annagry this morning.A number of residents are involved in a stand-off with Irish Water in a downland outside Angry in West Donegal this morning.The residents say they are in a group water scheme which has not been taken over by Irish Water.The residents are currently now allowing Irish Water contractors onto their land. Local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig is at the scene.He said locals are hopeful that sense will prevail.It is understood a senior official from Irish water is en route from Letterkenny to address the situation.RESIDENTS IN STAND-OFF WITH IRISH WATER IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:AnnagryIrish WaterWest Donegallast_img read more

US newhome sales slump for 4th straight month

first_imgWASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged 5.5 per cent in September, the fourth straight monthly drop as the housing market cools with mortgage rates rising.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that newly built homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553,000 last month. New-home sales in August were downwardly revised, erasing the previously reported gain. The annual rate of home sales has dropped 15.3 per cent since May, eliminating much of the strength in sales from the first five months of 2018.Builders had assumed that a stronger economy would push up sales, yet a greater share of new construction is going unpurchased. There is 7.1 months’ supply of new homes on the market, the highest level since March 2011 when the real estate bust caused by subprime mortgages was still weighing on the economy.Housing has found itself in a downturn in recent months despite the unemployment rate falling to a nearly half-century low of 3.7 per cent.The National Association of Realtors said last week that existing-home sales — the largest share of the market — had plummeted 3.4 per cent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million.The major culprit for the decline in homebuying appears to be higher borrowing costs.Average 30-year mortgage rates have climbed to 4.85 per cent from 3.88 per cent a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Increasing interest rates can make homeowners less likely to upgrade to a new property if it requires them to spend more each month on repaying a home loan.The new-home sales report is volatile on a monthly basis. But the declines in September were sharpest in the Northeast and West, the two most expensive housing markets. New-home sales slipped in the couth and increased in the Midwest.The average sales price has slumped 0.6 per cent from a year ago to $377,200.last_img read more

New AC standard for leases to up financial info quality ICAI

first_imgNew Delhi: The new accounting standard for leases will bring substantial visibility of companies’ lease commitments and improve the quality of financial information about companies, chartered accountants’ body ICAI saidMonday. Ind AS 116, which sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases has been notified by the corporate affairs ministry. The standard is effective from Monday. A senior government official said the standard would affect all industries where leases are a predominant component in their businesses and result in more transparency. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalICAI President Prafulla P Chhajed said the new standard on leases ushers in a path-breaking reform in accounting for leases and would improve the quality of financial information. “It will bring substantial visibility of companies lease commitments, financing and operating model and above all better reflects economic reality,” he said in a release. Leasing is a well-known and long established form of obtaining finance. The new standard on leases ushers in a substantial change in the accounting for operating leases by lessees and few improvements in the disclosure-related aspects for lessors accounting, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).last_img read more

Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges beef up surveillance mechanism before poll results

first_imgNew Delhi: Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges have beefed up their surveillance mechanism to check any manipulative activities in the market this week in view of the high-octane election related events lined up. The heightened surveillance and monitoring systems are already in place for Monday, the first trading session after the announcement of exit poll results, while they would be further ramped up on Thursday, when the final results will be declared, a senior official said. The poll results are likely to have a bearing on trading and increased monitoring helps to keep in check possible manipulations and excessive volatility in the markets. Manipulators tend to exploit such volatile situations in the stock markets. The enhanced vigil on the markets will continue till May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha polls will be declared. According to the official, movements in Nifty futures and options on the Singapore exchange will also be closely monitored. Trading in Singapore stock exchange starts much before Indian markets open and their trends generally have an impact on domestic markets. The BSE Sensex soared 537 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,400 level Friday in a broad-based rally ahead of the poll results.last_img read more

Moroccan Classrooms Go Interactive

first_imgTahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions.  Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Moroccolast_img read more

Can The Mets Possibly Be This Good

Can it last? Well, the Mets have won a few extra ballgames thanks to timely hitting that probably won’t keep up at the same rate. But more importantly, because of off-days and a weather postponement, they’ve had to turn to a starter outside their top four only once this season, a Zack Wheeler start on April 11. Other than that, it’s been all Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey3Not that Harvey has been amazing, mind you: He’s the only Mets starter with an ERA worse than league average this season. and Matz — a trend that will dry up soon. And for all the turns taken by those big-name starters, New York is still just 14th in innings per start, with the team again leaning heavily on a bullpen that, to its credit, has been baseball’s most valuable in the early going. (That’s a recent theme, too: The Mets had MLB’s seventh-best bullpen in 2016.)So it’s still too early to say whether this staff will stay healthy enough all season to keep up its early pace, or if it has enough depth to survive the kinds of injuries that happen to normal teams — even if this year’s Mets aren’t as snakebit as last year’s were. But if they do keep it up, the Mets will join the 1998 San Diego Padres as the only team in MLB’s expansion era to go from the top five in pitching WAR one season to the bottom five the next, and then back to the top five the following year.4Similar to the 2017 Mets, the 1997 Padres were ravaged by injuries and underperformance. That team ended up going to the World Series; we’ll have to see whether this year’s Mets can follow in those footsteps and cash in on their own red-hot start.Check out our latest MLB predictions. A couple of weeks ago, it was anybody’s guess as to which version of the New York Mets would show up for the 2018 season. Would it be something like the 2016 edition, a solid ballclub that reached the NL wild-card game on dominant pitching and a streaky offense? Or the 2017 squad, an injury-riddled catastrophe from almost start to finish? Or maybe some third kind of team: one possibly able to coalesce into a legitimate contender with better health and a new manager?A great (and also frustrating) thing about baseball is that, 14 games into the schedule, we still don’t really know the answer. But what few clues the 2018 Mets have provided are mostly encouraging. At 12-2, including Sunday’s walk-off victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, New York is baseball’s second-best team record-wise, trailing only the Boston Red Sox. Ability-wise? Maybe not quite so much. But the team has at least shown that, when it’s healthy — a caveat that perpetually hangs over the franchise — it has the potential to break into MLB’s upper echelon.When the current-era Mets were at their best in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns, their success largely depended on having an elite pitching staff, one that finished a close second behind the Washington Nationals in pitching wins above replacement (WAR)1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. over those seasons. The key was a core of flame-throwing pitchers the likes of which had seldom been seen before: a rotation with Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz,2Matz was called up for good late in the 2015 regular season and was in the Mets’ rotation for that postseason. each of whom ranked among the 35 hardest-throwing starters in MLB, plus a bullpen backstopped by fireballing closer Jeurys Familia. According to WAR, Mets pitchers’ production represented more than half of the team’s value (52 percent) in 2015 and 2016, compared with the league average of only 42 percent of WAR coming from pitchers.By comparison, the rest of the team was pretty unremarkable in the span, ranking 16th in total WAR from position players. While the lineup had its moments — Yoenis Cespedes’s ridiculous late-season tear in 2015 comes to mind — it was mostly inconsistent, too reliant on the home run and lacking in high-impact talent (especially when Cespedes was injured). And the defense was nothing special, either. So it was no surprise that when the Mets’ pitching collapsed entirely in 2017, dropping all the way down to 26th in WAR because of a combination of injuries and underperformance, the team fell apart as well. There was nothing left to make up the difference.By the same token, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this year’s improved health and performance on the mound has the Mets back on track. According to WAR, New York ranks second in total pitching value once again, trailing only the Red Sox. The rest of the team has had its bright spots, including the early season play of newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, but by and large it’s been the same formula as in the team’s successful 2015 and 2016 seasons: Win with dominant pitching, solid hitting and a mediocre-yet-passable combination of base running and fielding. read more

Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession

Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn was allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession and a seat belt violation over the weekend in Alliance, Ohio, according The Repository in Canton.  The report said Dunn and a second passenger were pulled over by the Alliance Police Department for not wearing a seat belt. During the stop, according to The Repository, a marijuana pipe was found in the car. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said he was unable to confirm or comment on Dunn’s alleged incident.  Alliance Police department officials did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for confirmation or comment regarding the freshman running back. ESPN radio affiliate WKNR Cleveland originally reported that Dunn was arrested. According to The Repository, however, Dunn was neither arrested nor taken to jail. WKNR Cleveland did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Dunn ran for 5,479 rushing yards in his high school career. Dunn spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio, before playing his final two years at GlenOak High School outside of Canton. At GlenOak, Dunn was honored as a first-team Division I Ohio All-State selection as a junior and senior. Dunn, who enrolled early at OSU, ran for 21 yards in the Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game on April 21. read more

Ohio State mens soccer earns 1st victory of season

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (center) makes a save as temmates Yianni Sarris (left) and Ryan Ivancic (right) look on during a match against Cleveland State on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The win gave Ivanov his seventh shutout of the 2013 season.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt might have taken seven overtime periods, but the Ohio State men’s soccer team finally grabbed its first victory of the 2014 season.OSU opened its season with a double-overtime scoreless draw against the University of California Davis before going to two more overtimes in its next game against Butler.The Buckeyes (1-0-3) experienced a familiar feeling with a 1-1 draw in double overtime against tournament host University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Friday night before achieving that elusive first victory against Elon University, 1-0, in single overtime Sunday.Sunday’s win came when junior forward Joao Ehlers fired the golden goal past senior Elon goalkeeper Nathan Dean about 2.5 minutes into the overtime period. Ehlers a Brazilian native made his OSU debut Friday night after transferring to the school from the University of the Cumberlands this season.Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov made four saves for his 10th career shutout and the second shutout of the season. Ivanov has started all four games this year, allowing 0.75 goals per game.OSU was outshot 14-10 by Elon (2-2-0), including 9-4 in the second half, but Ehlers’ shot was the only one of overtime — and the only one it needed.The game was delayed for just under 90 minutes during the 55th minute because of lightning in the area.In Friday night’s contest, OSU spent the majority of the game playing protection. UNC-Wilmington outshot the Buckeyes, 19-8, including 4-0 in the two overtime periods, but OSU did not break.The scoring was opened with OSU’s first shot of the game during the sixth minute when senior midfielder Yianni Sarris took a pass from his left from sophomore forward Danny Jensen and shot inside the right post for his second goal of the season.The rest of the first half saw a flurry of attacks from UNC-Wilmington, but Ivanov stopped three shots to keep it scoreless.The OSU goalie didn’t experience quite the same amount of success in the second half, as Seahawks sophomore forward Freddy Nzekele took a header off of a free kick in the 65th minute and put it past Ivanov to knot the score at one.Chances were sparse throughout the rest of the second half, and the Buckeyes once again headed to overtime.Offense was hard to come by throughout the two overtime periods, but Ivanov stepped up with about five minutes remaining in the game when he made a diving stop on a penalty kick to save the game.The Buckeyes have yet to play a game ending in regulation time, but were still able to pick up the win they were searching for through the season’s first three games. Jensen said earlier in the week that getting a win is “basically all that’s on our minds right now.”The team is set to return home to open Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sunday. That game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Baseball Buckeyes looking to get back on track against Western Kentucky

The OSU baseball team practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on March 3. before its road trip to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky.Credit: Lexus Robinson / Lantern reporterFive games might not seem like a lot during a baseball season, but when a team suffers four losses with just one win, it can feel like a heavy load.After going 1-4 in its past five games, the Ohio State’s baseball team is back in Columbus, practicing indoors at Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of cold temperatures.The Buckeyes (5-4) had previously lost two games to Florida Atlantic during their visit to Florida from Feb. 20-22, and then lost two more game on Saturday, before finally pulling out a win against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday. OSU is now set to take on Western Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bowling Green, Ky.Coach Greg Beals said the team realizes how important the weekend is before the Buckeyes are set to host their first home series.“This will be our third road series. We played two tough ones against very good opponents,” Beals said. “I think it’s important before we go into conference play that we can go on the road and prove that we can win a series on the road.”Beals said he is confident in the team and isn’t changing the practice routine much this week, even after the Buckeyes’ 1-4 stretch. “We just try to really emphasize fundamentals,” he said. “The pitching and the hitting are the big things. The guys are going to work on that on their own. From a coach standpoint, I try to put together a practice schedule that’s going to make sure that we are touching on the little things as well.”The Buckeyes are confident that it’s not their game they need to change in order to earn more wins, senior infielder Nick Sergakis said. “It’s not really what we have to do differently, it’s what we have to improve on and it’s just our mindset,” Sergakis said. “We’ve got to keep believing that we are the same team that we went into the season as.“We have the talent, it’s just a matter of when it shows.”First pitch in Bowling Green is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. read more