first_img Previous articleShay Given is the Donegal Person of the year for 2017Next articleTwin Towns resurfacing delay confirmed News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – January 20, 2018 Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Facebook WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Figures from the Irish Independent property price survey: How much is your house worth? show that house prices in Donegal are up 11%.The average price for a four bedroom semi-detached house in urban areas of the county is now €160,000, expected to increase by €5,000 during 2018.Mark Keenan is Residential Property Editor with the Irish Independent:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/propertyweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Donegal house prices up 11% Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal boxing fans could get a chance to see Jason Quigley box professionaly for the first time on Irish soil next month.Jason Quigley could box in Dublin next month.The Twin Towns man is in talks to possibly appear on a massive itish fight nigh at the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 15th.The 23 year old Ballybofey boxer fights in Boston later this month in his third professional bout. But promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to get Jason to appear on his card which also includes John Joe Nevin and Matthew Macklin. DONEGAL BOXER QUIGLEY COULD BOX IN DUBLIN NEXT MONTH was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:3 ArenadublinJason Quigleylast_img read more

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBristol City boss Lee Johnson confirmed after leaving Luke Freeman out against Cardiff that the decision was taken because of doubts over the player’s future.West London Sport recently revealed that QPR had made a move for the 24-year-old winger, whose Robins contract expires at the end of the season.That offer was rejected and City have offered him a new deal, leaving Rangers to consider their options.One of those options is to try to sign Freeman on a pre-contract agreement for the end of the season, as City have indicated that they do want to sell.However, Johnson appeared to suggest after his team’s 3-2 home defeat against Cardiff that Freeman’s time at Ashton Gate could be up unless he agrees to sign a contract extension – and that a decision needs to be made soon.Johnson told his club’s website that Freeman’s omission “had everything to do with the contract situation.”Embed from Getty ImagesHe added: “The objective remains that we want Luke to stay and sign the contract, but there always comes a tipping point.“Luke has two good clubs interested in him. One is closer to home; the other is one where he has made his name, improving year on year and where he is loved by the staff, players and fans.“The contract remains there for him to sign but he hasn’t yet. In a derby I just felt that I couldn’t risk having anyone out there who may not have been committed.“I’m not for one minute saying that Luke is not committed, but there’s clearly a lot going through his mind at the moment.“We still live in hope that he’ll sign the contract but we can’t leave that on the table forever. We have to do what’s right for Bristol City first and foremost.”He has to make a decision and do that reasonably quickly.”See also:QPR still eyeing deal for Bristol City’s Freeman   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgArchbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu is considered to be the moral conscience of the world. (Image: Desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za) RELATED ARTICLES ∙ UN lifetime award for Tutu ∙ Tutu speaks out for press freedom ∙ Fifa awards Tutu’s football spiritLucille DavieCharismatic human rights champion and Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu turns 82 today. Archbishop Tutu – or the Arch, as he is fondly known – is often considered the moral conscience of South Africa and the world.A passionate opponent of the apartheid government and “rabble-rouser for peace”, he retired as archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa in 1996, and was given the title archbishop emeritus. He famously coined the term the “rainbow nation” when South Africa became a democracy in 1994.Together with his wife of 58 years, Leah, they handed over a new sports ground at the Marconi Beam Primary School in Cape Town on Saturday, part of a series of community events they are undertaking to celebrate their birthdays. Leah’s birthday is on 14 October, when she will turn 80.The Arch exudes love and tolerance wherever he goes, saying: “Nothing is too much trouble for love.”The first black Anglican archbishop in South Africa, he is known for his love of life and for feeling its deep emotions – at times he holds his head in his hands, appearing to weep, at others he throws back his head and gives a high-pitched, healthy laugh.Oppressed and the poorHe has devoted his life to the defence of the oppressed and the poor, promoting peace and reconciliation wherever he goes. He took up the fight against HIV/Aids and TB, and is the patron of numerous foundations and organisations. He is a close friend of spiritual leaders, political leaders, rock stars and ordinary people alike, from the Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela to Bono.He is the chairman of the Elders, an international, independent group of influential people chosen for their outstanding integrity, courage and proven ability to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. Although he officially retired from public life in October 2010, he has continued to chair the Elders.In the height of apartheid oppression in the 1980s, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1984. Other awards recognised his contribution to the fight for human rights: the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award (a “Peace on Earth” Catholic award) in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He said: “Peace involves inevitable righteousness, justice, fullness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.”He has taken up the cause of gay rights, and in recent years has fearlessly spoken out against corruption in the ANC government. His targets are not only local: he controversially said that former British prime minister Tony Blair and former American president George W Bush should be tried for war crimes for their role in the Iraqi war.Leadership posts and prizesThe Arch has held several distinguished academic and world leadership posts. He was elected Fellow of King’s College; president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, London; chancellor of the University of the Western Cape; the William R Cannon Professor of Theology at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta; visiting professor at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; visiting scholar in residence at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; and visiting professor of post-conflict studies at King’s College.In addition, he has honorary degrees from over 130 universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, Emory, the Ruhr, Kent, Aberdeen, Sydney, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, and the University of South Africa.He has received many prizes and awards in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, most notably the Order for Meritorious Service Award (Gold) presented by former president Nelson Mandela; the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion; and the J William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in 2008.In April 2013, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his life-long work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness. The prize is $1.7-million or R15-million, and previous winners include Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama. The largest monetary prize in the world, it is awarded annually to “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”, though it has not been free of controversy.He is known for his deep faith and commitment to prayer, believing everyone was created in the image of God. He espouses the values of ubuntu, saying: “A person is a person through other persons.”Desmond Tutu Peace CentreAfter retiring from public life in 2010 – though he is never really out of the public eye – he devotes his time to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, a non-profit organisation founded and inspired by him and his wife. “The centre is committed to creating a society that nurtures tolerance and understanding amongst all people and is guided by the virtues that the Archbishop himself has identified as essential human values and the building blocks for sustainable peace: Love, Hope, Tolerance and Courage,” it states on its website.The centre runs several programmes – the youth peace summit, young women’s leadership, schools for peace, public dialogues, and collaborations for peace. It “acknowledges that it is through the efforts of many that peace is achieved”.In 1995, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to allow South Africans to hear the truth behind the loss of their loved ones during the struggle, on all sides, both at the hands of the apartheid security forces and the freedom fighters, to hear about the human rights violations, and to grant amnesty where appropriate. Tutu was asked to chair the TRC, with public hearings of the Human Rights Violations Committee and the Amnesty Committee held around the country.“Many people have asked me what I have learned from all the experiences of my life, and I say unhesitatingly: people are wonderful. It is true. People really are wonderful.”last_img read more

first_imgA number of BCCI officials have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for FletcherIndian skipper MS Dhoni can rest easy. And that’s not just because his batsmen are back on the front foot in their one day jersey.  Also because the story about BCCI being unhappy about him calling Duncan Fletcher the ‘boss’ may be dying a premature death.BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel speaking to India Today.in says, “The question of discussing Dhoni’s comments in the working committee does not arise. It may be his personal opinion and what he has said is a fact. Fletcher’s contract runs till the World Cup.”He would not elaborate why Dhoni was so confident that Fletcher would be the man who would coach India in the World Cup. But the idea of interpreting the skipper’s statement as mere reiteration of the factual position considering the coach’s original tenure, is a line even the BCCI interim President Shivlal Yadav has taken earlier.A number of BCCI officials in various positions have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for Fletcher at a time when the Board had appointed Ravi Shastri as a Team Director over him and his subordinate support staff was replaced in the aftermath of the test defeat. But with the two leading officials that are running the show in the absence of N.Srinivasan, Secretary and Interim President not in a mood to come hard on Dhoni, this issue is unlikely to create a storm in the working committee, even if it is raised by some officials.advertisementPatel did however say any further decision on the support staff would be taken after receiving Ravi Shastri’s inputs following the one day series in England.The much delayed working committee itself will not be held before the Supreme Court hearing resumes in the first week of September over Mudgal committee findings. Sources confirm if the Mudgal committee seeks more time for submission of it’s report, the current BCCI dispensation may seek from the Apex court postponement of the AGM to protect the right of Srinivasan to fight the next BCCI election for the top post.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Put aside the playoff talk. Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees are having a tough enough time with Houston.Scott Feldman shut down the slumping Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Astros to a 5-2 victory Aug. 20.Dexter Fowler had an RBI double, Jose Altuve added a run-scoring single, and the Astros (54-73) did more damage to New York’s postseason chances with their fourth victory in five meetings this year.Houston, which has finished with the worst record in the majors each of the past three seasons, won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time in four tries.The fourth-place Astros improved to 4-7 in the Bronx and will go for a three-game sweep Aug. 21. “We haven’t been giving up toward the end of the game. We just keep grinding out at-bats, and things are working out for us,” Grossman said.Stephen Drew hit his first homer for New York, and Ellsbury drove in a run with a bunt single. But the Yankees (63-61) lost for the seventh time in nine games and dropped five games out of a playoff spot.They are 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position during the series and have totaled 20 runs in their last nine games, never scoring more than four in that stretch.“We’ve got to score more than two runs. It’s hard to win when you only score two runs,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “Our pitching has been pretty good, but that’s a pretty tall task.”Ellsbury flied out against Jose Veras with two on to end it. New York stranded 10 in all. “I knew it was in the park. It was a great sinker,” Veras said.Feldman (7-9) matched a career high by throwing 121 pitches and worked out of trouble to last 6 2-3 innings. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out a season-best seven.The right-hander tossed 6 2-3 shutout innings to beat the Yankees on opening day. Houston had lost his previous six road starts, but he entered with a 2.30 ERA during four straight quality starts against New York.“He’s a veteran guy and he’s been around the game for a long time. He knows how to pitch,” Fowler said.Making his second start since a long injury layoff, Michael Pineda took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. He threw 89 pitches and was pulled after a leadoff walk to Jason Castro.Looking to rest his best relievers following a heavy workload the past few days, Girardi turned to David Huff (2-1) and Esmil Rogers. They failed miserably, ruining the manager’s bobblehead night.Houston smacked five straight one-out singles, four off Rogers, in a span of 10 pitches.“We have relied on the home run quite a bit, and today was a prime example of keeping the line moving,” Astros Manager Bo Porter said. “I felt like guys had great at-bats.”No. 9 batter Jake Marisnick tied it with a single to left, Grossman put the Astros up 4-2, and Altuve added an RBI single as the boos increased for Rogers.“When the other guys are used a lot, guys have to step up,” Girardi said. “It just didn’t happen tonight.”Kevin Chapman struck out Ellsbury with runners at second and third to end the bottom half. Veras worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 2, 2013, with Detroit.“It was nice to see Chapman come in, probably the biggest part of the game, and pick me up. I owe him a dinner or something like that,” Feldman said.Seemingly resigned to trying small ball, the Yankees went 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts in the first five innings. But one pitch after Chase Headley was caught at second in the fourth, Drew hit his fifth home run of the season. The other four came with Boston before a July 31 trade.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Private investment firm Kühne Holding AG has increased its stake in German liner company Hapag-Lloyd to more than 17 percent.As informed, Klaus-Michael Kühne’s company already held a 14.1 percent share in Hapag-Lloyd through Kühne Maritime, after its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).Kühne said it “used the opportunity” which was offered by the withdrawal of travel and tourism company TUI Group from the container shipping sector to further invest in Hapag-Lloyd. Earlier this month, TUI informed it decided to sell its stake in Hapag-Lloyd.Karl Gernandt, Executive Chairman der Kühne Holding AG, said that the consolidation in the shipping industry offers Hapag-Loyd new perspectives for a further rise and improves the company’s position among other big container carriers. Gernandt added that Kühne Holding AG sees itself as a long-term investor.Hapag-Lloyd told World Maritime News that the shareholder structure is now as follows: CSAV (22.6%), Kühne (17.6%), the City of Hamburg (14.9%), Qatar Investment Authority (14.4%), the Public Investment Fund on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10.1%).In addition, there is a free float of 20.4% – percentages have been rounded and the free float includes institutional shareholders with a shareholding of less than 5%.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom Thailand’s Thoresen Thai Agencies (TTA) has expanded its fleet by adding a second-hand dry bulk vessel, the 58,700 dwt MV Thor Caliber.The Supramax vessel, which was formerly named MV Albion, was purchased for a price of USD 14 million.TTA informed that the 2008-units was bought from a company which is not connected to Thoresen Shipping Singapore (TSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of TTA.With this additional vessel, the Thoresen-owned fleet comprises a total of 21 vessels with an average size of 54,512 dwt and an average age of 11.57 years.The transaction comes on the back of the company’s sale of two older ships over the previous six months.In February 2018, TTA disposed of the 1995-built MV Thor Endeavour. The 42,529 dwt general cargo vessel was sold at a price of USD 4.2 million. In late 2017, the company sold its 2002-built MV Thor Horizon for USD 5.4 million.TTA said that the sale transactions were in line with prevailing dry bulk shipping conditions, in which older vessels become less competitive and less able to meet operating costs. The proceeds were to be used to improve the efficiency of the TTA fleet and the company’s fleet renewal program.last_img read more

first_imgThe parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Inc. was “a little slow on the trigger” to pass on the higher cost of food to consumers due to tariff costs, but it will inevitably happen in the future, Empire Company Ltd. CEO Michael Medline said Thursday.“It’s clear with what’s going on in terms of transportation cost and tariff-related cost that our expectation — although we’re not economists — is that there will be some inflation,” he said during a conference call with analysts after the company released its first-quarter earnings results.Multiple suppliers send the company letters each week wanting to pass on price hikes due to recently implemented tariffs, said Medline.The Canadian government announced it would impose retaliatory tariffs on July 1 on a wide range of American products in response to U.S. tariffs on some Canadian steel and aluminum products. The Canadian government targeted yogurt, coffee, maple syrup, cucumbers, salad dressing and other food items.Rising freight charges and increases in minimum wage in certain provinces are creating additional pressure, Medline said.Empire will do everything it can to stave off price hikes, he said, but admitted the company will need to pass some through in order to remain competitive.Sobeys’ biggest competitors have made similar predictions. Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO Galen Weston Jr. and Metro Inc. CEO Eric La Fleche predicted higher prices in the near future due to the tariffs during their most recent quarterly earnings calls with analysts.Medline’s comments came as the company reported a first-quarter profit of $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago, when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan.The program is aimed at finding $500 million in cost savings, of which $100 million was realized in the quarter, said analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets.“Realization of savings [is] a key driver of margin growth, but first-quarter results demonstrate that Empire is stepping up focus on regaining lost ground on market share,” she wrote in a report.The profit amounted to 35 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 4, compared with a profit of 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.Same-store sales excluding fuel sales were up 1.3 per cent, compared with a 0.5 per cent increase in the same quarter last year amid its best tonnage or unit sales growth in six years.The improvement was partially offset by the deflationary impact of drug reforms and the wind-down and closure of 10 stores in Western Canada during the quarter.On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of 42 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Empire’s shares lost 77 cents or 3.1 per cent at $24.29 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A, TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more