Building permits continue to exceed last year’s total

first_imgNine of the permits were for commercial development, representing the biggest slice of the total value, at $6.5 million.The year to date commercial permit total is 35, 1 less than this time last year, representing a decrease of approximately $2 million, with a total revenue of $25.4 million.It’s also worth noting the 12 permits for duplex homes, worth a total of $6.3 million.- Advertisement -The year to date revenue is currently sitting at $90.3 million, compared to $56.4 million at this point last year.last_img read more

CHAN surprise side Sudan finish third again

first_img0Shares0000Sudan have had an impressive run at the African Nations Championship in Morocco © AFP/File / STRMARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb 4 – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise. Few neutrals expected Sudan to go beyond the group stage of the competition restricted to home-based footballers with Morocco and Guinea favoured to advance from Group A.However, the east Africans came second behind the hosts on goal difference, upset Zambia in the quarter-finals and fell by a solitary goal in a tight semi-final duel with Nigeria.The fighting spirit of a squad coached by recently appointed Croatian Zdravko Logarusic was evident again against Libya as Sudan recovered from conceding a late goal to win the shootout.They converted all four penalties while Libyans Elmehdi Elhouni and Salem Ablo were foiled by saves from Sudan goalkeeper Akram Elhadi.Ablo missing condemned Libya to a first CHAN shootout loss after three spot-kick successes won them the 2014 title and they pipped Congo Brazzaville on penalties in a quarter-final last weekend.Walaaeldin Musa nodded Sudan into an eighth-minute lead and an Ablo header on 84 minutes after Elhadi failed to cut off a deep cross brought the teams level.Morocco host Nigeria Sunday in an eagerly anticipated final at the 65,000-capacity Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca with a record $1.25 million first prize at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch this superb Birdseye video of the beautiful seaside village of Rathmullan.The video is part of a number of initiative taken by the Bord Failte to promote tourism in Donegal. The success of the ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ project has been well documented and those within the tourism sector are keen to promote all parts of Donegal as seen in this video about Rathmullan.Rathmullan is a hugely popular and vibrant village during the summer and the video captures how beautiful it is when the sun is shining.The video’s slogan is Rathmullan – Well Worth A Visit and it really is.To watch the brilliant video simply click play on the video above to watch. Enjoy. 🙂 DDTV: WATCH STUNNING BIRDSEYE VIDEO OF BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL SEASIDE VILLAGE was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgDD HEALTH: MUMS IN UK HOSPITAL GIVEN BABY BOXES IN BID TO PREVENT COT DEATHA hospital in West London has become the first in the UK to give parents so-called Finnish-style “baby boxes” for their newborns to sleep in.The boxes have been credited with reducing infant mortality in Finland from 65 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1,000 births in 2015, according to data from The World Bank. The UK ranks 22nd out of 50 European countries in terms of infant mortality, with 4.19 deaths per 1,000 births.As part of the antenatal care in Finland, the state gives mothers a baby box shortly beforetheir baby is born. It’s a cardboard box filled with gender neutral clothes, a picture book,a thermometer, a bath towel, nail scissors, a teething toy and muslin squares.The boxes, made from thick cardboard, are used in Finland as a baby’s bed for up to the first eight months of their life.The baby boxes are given to every mother, irrespective of social background, age, or where they live in the country. Replacing the need for the traditional Moses basket, it is thought the small size of the baby box prevents babies from rolling onto their tummies, which experts think can contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).The packages have been distributed to expectant mums in Finland for more than 75 years.Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, will be carrying out the first UK trial of the tradition, which it hopes will reduce the infant mortality rate.Karen Joash, consultant obstetrician at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and leading the baby box trial, said in a statement: “For too many years the UK has fallen behind its European counterparts when it comes to reducing infant mortality.“These boxes have been proven to help reduce the infant mortality rate in Finland and we hope that these results could be replicated in the UK.”Each box contains a firm foam mattress, waterproof mattress cover and a cotton sheet. In addition to receiving the box, new mums will also be given specialist education materials, with advice on how to further reduce the risk of infant mortality, improve parental bonding and support the transition to parenthood.The trial started on Monday 27th June and as part of this, babies who received the boxes will be monitored by the Trust until they are eight months old, as practised in Finland.Their parents will then be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their use of the box.The hospital will distribute 800 baby boxes on a first come, first served basis. However, in an interview recently with the BBC, Colin Pritchard, a professor at Bournemouth University who has studied child and infant mortality, says the box system makes some “theoretical sense”, as it provides the baby with somewhere to sleep other than the parents’ bed and could therefore reduce the number of deaths linked to suffocation.But he believes the effect will be marginal. Alleviating poverty, stopping parents smoking,and improving education and antenatal care – all these things are more fundamentalin tackling the problem of infant mortality.DD HEALTH: THE BABY BOXES CREDITED WITH REDUCING COT DEATHS was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:baby boxcot deathsFinlandUKlast_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital is continuing to cover major vacancies with agency staff, the HSE said today.The Executive is reportedly reviewing the position in relation to approximately 150 vacancies for Junior Doctors.Letterkenny and two other hospitals are named as being most likely to be filling vacancies with locums or by other short-term contractual arrangements. A current overview of all NCHD posts indicates that, at the next rotation of medical staff in July, there will be a need to recruit 450 NCHDs. The situation continues to be monitored closely, said the Executive.The number of consultant posts has increased by 25 per cent since 2005, from 1,947 to 2,462 in 2011, the HSE has just announced.The crisis in the health service has led to many junior doctors emigrating.The complain that some junior doctors are working between 80 and 120 hours per week – will over the European Working Directive of 48 hours. The HSE has taken a number of steps to attract and retain NCHDs, including increased structured training, international recruitment from India and Pakistan, centralised recruitment to non-training posts and assistance with registration requirements for non-EU doctors.Junior doctors representatives also want to meet the HSE via the Labour Relations Agency.DOCTOR VACANCIES AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL STILL BEING FILLED BY AGENCY STAFF was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Letterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgJUST four people have complained to RTE over the showing of a 1970 Donegal documentary which featured the drowning of a dog, the station has said.The film – made on Gola Island – examined the declining population there. It was re-broadcast as part of RTE’s 50th anniversary.However six minutes into the documentary, it showed how a family pet was tied up and chucked overboard from a boat taking them to the mainland. The footage showed the collie pet struggling to stay above water before disappearing in a burst of bubbles as it perished beneath the tide.The film sparked huge controversy last week with complaints from some viewers about the programme, with some believing the scene should have been edited out.However RTE said the continuity announcer had warned viewers before the broadcast last Tuesday about possibly distressing scenes.“We have received four complaints,” said a spokeswoman. PREVIOUS ARTICLE HERE:© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comJUST FOUR COMPLAINTS TO RTE OVER DOG-DROWNING FILM was last modified: January 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:dog drowninggola islandlast_img read more


first_imgThe findings from an evaluation of Donegal’s Green Prescription programme will be launched on 27 February in Letterkenny.Walking is at the heart of Donegal’s green prescription.The evaluation highlights the health benefits of the programme, as well as feedback from health professionals and community groups on how the Green Prescription supports their work.The Green Prescription is the first of its kind in Ireland and involves a GP or health professional’s referral of patients to free, guided community walks. People can also self refer to the programme. The Green Prescription is based on the idea that physical activity in nature results in positive outcomes for both physical and mental health.Key findings from the evaluation include:· Participants in the Green Prescription programme experienced health benefits such as reduced blood pressure; weight reduction; increased physical activity levels; improvements in mental wellbeing; reduced reliance on medications; and improved sleep.· Health professionals believed the programme provided an alternative and complimentary means of treating many health conditions resulting from physical inactivity and overweight. · Community groups reported that the Green Prescription improved social connections in the community and helped engage ‘hard to reach’ community members, as well as building up a greater awareness of the benefits of nature and green exercise.The Green Prescription Evaluation findings will be launched by Dr. Nazih Eldin (HSE National Lead on Obesity) on Thursday 27 February at 12.30pm in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.The Green Prescription programme was developed by the HSE in partnership with local doctors and local communities, Get Ireland Active, the Irish Heart Foundation, Donegal Road Safety Working Group and Donegal Sports Partnership.The Green Prescription programme is based on the idea that physical activity in nature results in positive outcomes for both physical and mental health. The programme aims to prevent and tackle overweight and obesity, while also promoting health and quality of life.If you would like to get involved in the Green Prescription programme, contact the Green Prescription Support Worker, Bill Vaughan, on 087-3680033. DONEGAL’S GREEN PRESCRIPTION TO GET THE THUMBS UP! was last modified: February 11th, 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:Bill VaughandonegalGreen prescriptionlast_img read more

QPR v Brentford: past Loftus Road derbies

first_imgJust a week after Brentford host Millwall in another London derby, the focus shifts to a far more localised affair. On 10 November, the Bees will visit Loftus Road for a second-tier match for only the eighth time, hoping to equal an all-time record of four consecutive visits unbeaten. Both sides have had indifferent first halves to the season and, while Brentford were once favoured in the betting for Championship promotion, they have since stumbled and former relegation favourites QPR could be looking to overtake them and push on.Last August, Brentford maintained their hoodoo over QPR with a 4-1 drubbing at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup.The last encounter here was certainly a memorable one.QPR 2-2 Brentford (27 Nov 2017)A midweek derby under the Loftus Road lights is always a spectacle to behold. After a goalless first half, it looked like it was going to be another damp squib, but a Danish dynamo would quickly change that. Whatever was said in the visitors’ dressing room at half-time clearly had a profound impact on Lasse Vibe, who opened the scoring just seven minutes after the restart.After Brentford weathered the expected QPR fightback, Vibe netted what appeared to be the killer second goal nine minutes from time. Rangers fans left in droves as their red and white counterparts partied in the visiting section, but on 93 minutes, QPR pulled a goal back. Matt Smith nodded home the goal that started the comeback, and then knocked down just a minute later, enabling Luke Freeman to pounce and equalise.QPR 1-0 Brentford (11 Nov 2003)With Brentford odds-on at most bookmakers to beat Millwall, prior to their meeting with the Lions on 3 November, there is clearly a lot of faith in Brentford when it comes to London rivalries. With Brentford also having odds of just 5/2 against their promotion prior to said clash, the informed neutral is currently far more inclined to use betting offers (such as a £30 free bet) to back Brentford rather than QPR. Fifteen years ago, however, there was no doubt at all as to which team had the greater standing.Back in November 2003, QPR were gunning for promotion, and hosted a relegation-threatened Brentford on Remembrance Day. While there was just one goal in this clash, the game was not short of passion. By this time, QPR were in the midst of their third season in the third tier of English football, and growing ever more adrift of its former heights. After an opening run of just one defeat in thirteen matches, QPR were on their own slide, having taken just five points from the previous twelve.It was Tony Thorpe who rose to the challenge, scoring two minutes before the break. Though Brentford put their hosts under immense pressure after it, the Hoops held out – and gained promotion six months later.QPR 1-3 Brentford (9 February 1946)With Brentford unbeaten in their last three visits to Loftus Road across all competitions, just one clean sheet on 10 November will be enough to see the club equal its existing record of four without defeat there. That record was set in February 1929, when both clubs occupied Division Three (South), which was then the third tier of the league system.Brentford also have the accolade of winning the only ‘hoops v stripes’ FA Cup derby ever played here, doing so back in February 1946. Gerry McAloon was in the midst of a heady season, and having turned around a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of the previous round with a hat-trick, scored the opener at Loftus Road. Fred Durrant and Dai Hopkins added the killer goals, with QPR producing only one in response. Brentford sealed progression to the sixth round after a 0-0 draw in the return leg. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Records fall as Proteas pound NZ

first_img“I have come a long way since the first Test matches I have played,” Kallis said afterwards. During their ascent to the number one ranking in test cricket in 2012, South Africa’s Proteas enjoyed at least two days of overwhelming brilliance that will live on in memory. They had another of those days on day one of their first test of 2013 at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday. He went on to figures of 2 for 18, while Morne Morkel knocked over 3 for 14 as New Zealand, 45 all out, fell for the third lowest total in their history and the lowest test innings since 1974. In terms of balls faced, it was their shortest innings ever and the shortest innings in 116 years. Back then, cricket was a much lower scoring game, dominated by bowlers. “He never missed his length and asked questions defensively. In terms of defending his stumps, he also managed to get the odd ball to kiss away. It was a real class spell and then [Morne] Morkel and [Dale] Steyn chipped in with their hostility.” Both efforts stood out, but they were matched in Wednesday in Cape Town. ‘As good as you’re ever likely to see’“The spell we saw from Philander was as good a spell as you’re ever likely to see in Test cricket,” Black Caps’ captain Brendan McCullum told ESPN Cricinfo. Vernon Philander had been an injury concern with a niggling hamstring problem, but he was passed fit to play and he proved his fitness in eye-opening fashion, capturing a remarkable 5 for 7 off six overs. MilestonesAfter Graeme Smith had lost the toss and New Zealand had elected to bat, the Proteas’ vaunted bowling attack ran roughshod through the Black Caps’ batting, dismissing them for 45 in less than 20 overs. During the course of the day, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis achieved memorable milestones too, and by the close of play South Africa were very convincingly in the driving seat on 252 for 3, with Alviro Petersen on 103 not out. It was a start enjoyed by the packed crowd at Newlands and one that, no doubt, pleased coach Gary Kirsten as the Proteas set about strengthening their grip on the number one ranking in 2013. He is fifth on the list for matches in a career, having played in 159 since his debut way back in 1995. South Africa lost Graeme Smith in only the second over of their reply, but Hashim Amla and Alviro Petersen then put on 107 for the second wicket before Amla fell for 66 from only 74 deliveries. His dismissal brought Jacques Kallis to the wicket. Leading South African wicket takers In 2012, there was day three of the first test against England at The Oval in July when the Proteas went from 86 for 1 to 403 for 2, with Hashim Amla finishing it undefeated on 183, on his way to 311 not out, and Jacques Kallis 82 not out, on his way to 182 not out in South Africa’s intimidating total of 637 for 2 declared. “Dale is a special talent,” Kallis said of Steyn. “It is a special moment for him to pick up his 300th wicket in front of his home crowd. I know he is proud of that achievement, as are we. It’s special to stand at slip and to watch how our attack operates.”center_img Tendulkar, with 15 645 runs, tops the list of test run scorers, but Ponting and Dravid, both retired, are just 348 and 248 runs ahead of Kallis on the list, meaning he will, barring injury or a spectacular loss of form, pass them this year. Since August 2009, he has been the number one ranked test bowler in the world. He claimed the first five wickets to fall in New Zealand’s innings, taking him to his eighth five-for in only 13 tests. His return was the sixth most economical five wicket haul in test history. Five of those were achieved before 1948. 13 000 test runsThe great all-rounder fell a little short of his superb average at Newlands, matching Amla’s 66, but along the way, when he reached 20, he became only the fourth batsmen in the history of test cricket to reach 13 000 runs, joining Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid in the elite club. 3 January 2013 “I am fortunate enough that I can do it in front of my home crowd. I enjoy playing at Newlands. The public have been fantastic to me, to get an ovation like that certainly means a lot to me and these are special moments that will live forever with me.” By stumps, South Africa had reached 252 for 3, with Petersen on 103 and AB de Villiers on 19, giving them a lead of 207 runs and New Zealand the blackest of holes to climb out of. On the list of South African test wicket takers, he trails only Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Allan Donald. Steyn included, only 25 men have taken 300 test wickets. Steyn clean-bowled Doug Bracewell to pick up the seventh wicket of the innings and with it his 300th in test cricket. He reached the mark in his 61st test, behind only Dennis Lillee and Muttiah Muralitharan, and tied with Richard Hadlee and Malcolm Marshall. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material All-round contributionWith 282 wickets to his name, Kallis is also 30th on the all-time wicket takers’ list and his 192 catches have him in fourth place all-time, 18 short of Dravid’s number one mark of 210. At the beginning of December, on day two in Perth, South Africa ran through Australia’s batting, bowling the hosts out for 163 after they began the day on 33 for 2. They then raced to 230 for 2 by the close of play, on their way to a huge total of 569 all out, which included 196 from Amla and 169 from AB de Villiers.last_img read more

South Africa and Russia sign nuclear deal

first_img9 July 2015South Africa and Russia have signed two memoranda of understanding that are aimed at strengthening efforts between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy, according to the South African Department of Energy.The documents were signed at the seventh Brics Summit on 8 July between the Department of Energy and the Russian state-owned nuclear company, Rosatom. The summit is taking place in Ufa, Russia. Rosatom unites about 400 nuclear companies and research and development institutions that operate in the civilian and defence sectors.The first memorandum is on co-operation in training personnel for the South African nuclear power industry; the second is on co-operation in enhancement of public awareness of nuclear energy in South Africa.Regarding the former, the two countries intend to implement several joint projects for education in the nuclear power industry.“The countries will co-operate in order to provide training for five categories of specialists for the South African nuclear industry: nuclear power plant personnel, engineers and construction workers, staff for operations not related to the power industry, personnel for nuclear infrastructure, students and teachers,” said the department.Education programmes will be available to 200 South Africans at Russian universities and educational organisations.Exchange programmes and internshipsThe memorandum also stipulates the development of educational materials and scientific literature on nuclear power, exchange programmes for students at various levels of training, internships and summer courses, student competitions and teacher training.The second agreement, on public awareness of nuclear energy, stipulates joint efforts by the parties aimed at promoting nuclear power in South Africa, increasing the awareness of local residents of modern nuclear technologies used in the power industry and in other industries, and ensuring public acceptance of nuclear power.“In particular, the parties have agreed to work out a plan for the implementation of a joint communication programme to be launched in South Africa. The programme will involve the organisation of roundtables and other events aimed at the promotion of nuclear power and modern nuclear technologies,” explained the department.Rosatom and the Department of Energy will also consider the creation of a Nuclear Energy Information Centre in South Africa. The parties will seek to exchange information and best practices in the nuclear industry by organising working visits and international conferences and exhibitions.“The memoranda signed in Ufa represent another stage in the co-operation between the two countries aimed at strengthening joint efforts between Russia and South Africa in the field of nuclear energy.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more