Twitter Google+ Twitter The Dail will sit later today to discuss the UK’s decision to leave the EU – and its implications for Ireland.It comes as a FG MEP has warned that any attempt by the EU to raise Ireland’s corporate tax rate will result in us leaving the union – as well.Brian Hayes says corporate tax is a red line issue for the government.The 12.5 per cent rate undercuts other EU countries in seeking foreign direct investment, and Britain had been an ally in fighting tax harmonisation across Europe.Meanwhile, Junior Minister Joe Mc Hugh, who has responsibility for the diaspora, is accompanying President Higgins on a visit to Scotland, and will meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this afternoon.The visit has been organised for some time, Minister Mc Hugh says it has now taken on a whole new significance………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/joescotland.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Mc Hugh to meet with Scottish First Minister as Brexit fallout continues RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By admin – June 27, 2016 Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleHomecoming for Seamus ColemanNext articlePhase 2 of Malin Head works to go to tender admin WhatsApp
Tiana and Jordan Jahnke with their children, Isabelle, 5 and Aria, 10-months, were achieving a great return on their investment property in one of Brisbane’s hot investment suburbs. Pic Mark Cranitch.It’s the gold standard in real estate investment — suburbs where property values grow while tenants cover the mortgage repayments.Exclusive analysis of CoreLogic data by The Courier Mail identified every Greater Brisbane suburb where median rent returns exceeded an investor interest rate of 4.5 per cent. We then asked three local experts to pick the best addresses for future price growth. The numbers add up for Brisbane suburbs where tenants pay your mortgageWBP Group State Director Residential Valuations Queensland, Jonathan Millar, said high returns relieved financial pressure.“There’s a lot of costs involved in owning property,” Mr Millar said.“It’s very good in your strategy to try and find something that’s renting as well as it can.”Mr Millar said Kallangur and Mango Hill were his top choices for a balance between cash flow and capital growth.He said Kallangur’s low buy-in price plus steady value growth over the past decade should give investors confidence.“Kallangur is one of those suburbs where when I look at the median statistics and it really has shown some reasonable percentage growth over time,” he said.Mr Millar said Mango Hill also had solid returns and ongoing infrastructure would continue to bolster property values.“It not only has a little bit of above average gross rental, but it has some signs that it’s still got a long way to go in terms of value,” he said. Most of the top picks were north of the cityHot Property senior buyers’ agent, Zoran Solano said Boondall, Bracken Ridge and Acacia Ridge were his picks. Mr Solano encouraged investor to stay within a 15km radius of the Brisbane CBD and look for growth triggers like infrastructure and renovation.“Boondall is an area where we’re seeing a lot of gentrification,” Mr Solano said.“The older generation who bought and built their 70s and 80s brick homes are now moving on to other areas and fresh blood is coming in and renovating and value adding,” he said.Mr Solano said Bracken Ridge was affordable and had good proximity to facilities and the CBD.“There are also some pockets of Acacia Ridge that are zoned for potential development,” he said.“The area is primed for rejuvenation especially as we see the ripple effect take control.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoKaren Young agreed Acacia Ridge offered potential, but chose Kallangur and Bray Park as top prospects too.She saw affordability in Kallangur as the great driver.“It’s very affordable. It’s got a University going into Petrie right next door and it’s got its own facilities, but you’ve also got all the facilities at North Lakes just across the highway,” Ms Young said.“To me it’s just really well positioned and at a really good price point,” she said.“Bray Park I really like because it’s a little bit closer in to the city than Kallangur, you’ve got good facilities at Strathpine, you’re on the train line and there’s some really nice pockets of owner occupier property there,” she said.Ms Young also said the mix of old and new housing appealed to a broad range of investors.“I would go with something close to transport,” she said.“I always like a little bit of potential up my sleeve so you don’t want to pay at the top of the price point.“I also like big block sizes … and appropriately zoned property for some future development could be a little extra bonus to look for,” Ms Young said.Bowmaker Realty investment specialist, Tim Gall, said Kallangur was an excellent example of a location where investors can have both high yields and capital growth.“It’s 30 to 40 minutes in normal traffic to the CBD, it has rail and it has a lot of shopping amenities,” Mr Gall said.“Petrie has a new university that isn’t far away either, due in 2020.”“If you’re going to buy an older property you might need to do a bit of work to it … but on the other side if you’re looking at a newer property you’ve got a depreciation opportunity,” he said.When Tiana Jahnke and her husband, Jordan, bought their home in Kallangur, they were attracted to the price, facilities and access.“When we saw the prices and when that property came up it had a lot of potential. When we went to buy it was one of the lower price areas that were still close to everything,” Mrs Jahnke said.Mrs Jahnke said by doing a little extra work, they were able to create a homely feel that brought in a tenant.“We ripped the carpet up, did the kitchen and repainted everything.”She said based on a total outlay of $322,000, they were able to achieve $365 per week rent which equated to a 6.2 per cent gross return.“What we were getting rent wise, it was covering almost everything — we weren’t really out of pocket at all and it covered way more than the mortgage so that’s always a positive,” she said.“And the tenants have been so good, we’ve literally had no problems. It’s been amazing.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journo
ABILENE, Texas – A rich week of racing in Texas will see IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers battle for shares of nearly $15,000 in point fund money and $750 to win each night of the Lone Star Stock Car Tour.Champion of the inaugural tour, sponsored by Sniper Speed, takes home a whopping $5,000 and becomes eligible to qualify for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in September.The runner-up earns $2,500, with $2,000 paid for third, $1,500 for fourth, $1,000 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth, $250 for ninth and $150 for 10th. In addition, drivers finishing 11th on back with perfect attendance will be eligible for a $1,000 cash drawing.The Lone Star Tour opens with Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17 events during Abilene Speedway’s traditional season-opening Ice Breaker special.Sunday and Monday, Feb. 18 and 19 dates follow at 281 Speedway. Boyd Raceway hosts Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 21 races before the tour concludes with a Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 twinbill during the Spring Kickoff at Kennedale Speedway Park.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region and Allstar Performance Texas State points will be given each night.Entry fee will be $35 each night and all IMCA rules will apply and be enforced. Contingency awards are to be announced.All eight Lone Star Stock Car Tour events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
Pamela J. “Pam” King, age 54 of Lawrenceburg, Indiana passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Born July 19, 1965 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Robert and Blanch (Hogg) McClure.Pam graduated from Northwest High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1983, worked for Envoy Airlines for over 25 years. Married Mike King January 1, 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Pam is survived by her mother Blanche McClure, husband Mike King, daughters Mikayla King, Emily King, Courtnie (Derrick) Velte and Heather King. Grandma of Avah, Skye and Lily. Sister of Robert McClure. Also survived by her nephew Aaron McClure.Pam is preceded in death by her father Robert McClure.Service will be private at convenience of the family.
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Many African countries have active space agencies, whose earth-observation satellites help find natural resources, monitor elections, track weather, plan agriculture, deliver services, and support disaster relief and military security. Space tech may soon also connect hundreds of millions of Africans to the internet. A view of the southern part of Africa from the International Space Station. The distinctive shape of South Africa’s Cape peninsula can be seen at bottom right. (Image: Nasa)Scott Firsing, research fellow, Monash UniversityMost do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of space. But in recent years many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and South Africa lead the charge.Both countries have recognised the usefulness of satellites for earth observation, telecommunications and advancing space science. They have funded and overseen a number of launches.Nigeria’s space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency, flies several multimillion-dollar satellites. South Africa launched its first satellite, Sunsat, in 1999. A second, SumbandilaSat, was launched from Kazakhstan in 2009. A year later, South Africa formed its National Space Agency, Sansa. In 2013, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology launched South Africa’s first CubeSat – a type of nano-satellite, known as Zacube-1.And in early 2015, the Kondor-E satellite built for South Africa in Russia was launched into orbit. It provides all-weather, day-and-night radar imagery for the South African military.Earth observation satellites can collect data on areas of importance to a country’s economy and well-being such as agriculture, natural disasters and elections. Nigeria has used its satellites to monitor the oil-rich Niger Delta. Its satellites have also been used in election monitoring, providing crucial information about voters who may otherwise have been overlooked by poll workers.Satellites have also proved useful in the fight against extremist groups such as Boko Haram. In 2014, Nigeria used its SatX and Sat 2 to monitor the group’s movements and to help find the 273 girls it had abducted.There are limits to how useful satellites can be in these situations. Finding those kidnapped proved difficult because the satellites only have a 2.5-metre resolution. This means that you cannot trace individuals’ movement – you can only get maps of some locations at some particular times.Also, because satellites move from one location to another, it means that it can take up to four days for one to get into position to take a particular photograph.Amnesty International has pioneered the use of satellite images for human rights research and advocacy over the past six years using imagery from GeoEye and DigitalGlobe. It has also used satellite imagery to collect information about Boko Haram’s activities. Satellite photos taken in January 2015 showed the scale of the group’s atrocities after they attacked the towns of Baga and Doron Baga.Satellite image of housing in Doro Baga in Nigeria taken in January 2015 after a Boko Haram attack. The inset image highlights the level of destruction of most of the structures in the town. The red areas indicate the remaining healthy vegetation. (Image: Amnesty International)South Africa has harnessed earth observation satellite capability to do human settlement mapping. This has enabled it to monitor urbanisation by examining the growth of settlements and the transformation of housing. It provides useful data for service delivery projects and town planning.As the largest space agency in southern Africa, Sansa frequently provides disaster monitoring and post-disaster assessment for South Africa and the region. Fires and floods are the most common natural disaster. It also monitors space weather effects and forecasts, which are crucial for aviation.Other African nations are getting involvedOther growing sub-Saharan African countries have recently begun space programmes. Ghana launched its Space Science and Technology Centre in 2012. Kenya started its space programme in 2012. Kenya’s geographic position on the equator makes it ideal to launch satellites into geostationary and other orbits.Oil- and mineral-rich Angola plans on launching its first satellite, AngoSat-1, into orbit by 2016. It is being built by a Russian consortium.North African nations have their own share of satellites. Algeria, which established its space agency in 2002, launched five disaster monitoring microsatellites in the 2000s, and an earth observation satellite in 2010. The latter was launched from Chennai, India.Egypt, like South Africa, now has its own military satellite thanks to Russian assistance. Egypt launched its first satellite in 2007 for scientific research, but has run into recent concerns over human and financial resources.Along with Sudan, Egypt has been at the forefront to establish a African space agency to combat some of the monetary and skills issues. The African Union Working Group on Space recently approved a draft African space policy and is currently developing a comprehensive space strategy.However, even if African resources and skillsets are combined, an operational African Space Agency appears to be at least five to 10 years away. Countries are focused on growing their own space agencies first. The project will also undoubtedly depend upon political relations between continental powerhouses Nigeria and South Africa, which are at a low.Its effectiveness will depend on an African country developing domestic satellite launch capability, which is a huge necessary step forward in space exploration. Nevertheless, continued collaboration – such as SANSA working with the Zambia Remote Sensing Centre in a research project using satellite earth observation data for drought, soil and vegetation monitoring – will assist in speeding up the process towards a true continental space alliance.Government space agencies aside, satellites over rural Africa can help provide internet connectivity to hundreds of millions of African citizens. In June 2014, only 44% of the 410 million people who live in sub-Saharan Africa were living within 25km of an operational fibre optic network node. Facebook has reportedly been talking to satellite operator Avanti – which owns two broadband satellites over Africa – to help in this endeavour.There is no question satellites and space exploration have socioeconomic benefits. Satellites can help find mineral resources. Satellites helped uncover an underground aquifer in Kenya’s driest region. The plethora of possible benefits is combined with other crucial hard to quantify advantages. These projects inspire youth, increase national pride and advance education.But, space endeavours require capital. And for most African countries, capital is a limited commodity.Scott Firsing is research fellow in international relations at Monash University.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—It cannot be denied that Alex Mallari has a wealth of experience in his relatively young PBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nikola Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls in Mexico City SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Mallari was drafted third overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft by Petron but was not able to complete a full season with the Blaze Boosters and he was dealt to sister team San Mig Coffee.But it was in Magnolia that Mallari blossomed into one of the finest role players as an off guard leading to four straight titles including the Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefAnd it’s this quality that got Phoenix head coach Louie Alas’s attention when the Fuel Masters traded for Mallari.“Mallari’s a veteran and he’s a winner,” said Alas Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Mallari was traded to the Kia franchise in 2016 and was then dealt to NLEX where he averaged 6.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the Governors’ Cup.For the 6-foot-4 wingman, getting Alas’ nod not just through his play but also for his experience immediately gave him a bit of pressure to contribute to the Fuel Masters.“That’s a lot of pressure I guess, I value that stuff coming from him,” said Mallari. “I had a little bit of leadership experience with Kia so it shouldn’t be new to me, I can give them that. I’m just here to do my job.”Mallari already owns four titles, and that’s four more than what the Phoenix franchise has, but he’s also excited with paying with Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright.“The first thing I thought about was Calvin and everything he brings,” said Mallari. “He has this unorthodox wild chaotic play. I’m actually excited to play with Matt and the new guys and they’ve got a lot of talent for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
Love them or hate them, the Los Angeles Lakers long represented the closest thing the NBA had to a proverbial land of milk and honey. For the better part of three decades, the club often had a surplus of star players, a robust record, and the occasional championship trophy.Then they were hit with what equates to a biblical drought for their fans: a five-season stretch without a playoff berth.But on Sunday night, the sky opened up and watered the thirsting Laker franchise, as LeBron James, the world’s best basketball player, chose to join the Los Angeles club as a free agent, agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal, according to Klutch Sports, the sports management agency that represents James.James’s choice will change the NBA landscape for obvious reasons. LeBron reached eight straight NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, and his departure from his hometown Cleveland club almost certainly figures to put the Cavaliers back in the cellar, while also giving other teams in the badly diminished East — like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto — a clearer path to the Finals.But the more pressing issue for the 33-year-old James is how quickly he and the young Lakers can become title contenders while Golden State essentially has a stranglehold on the league.The answer obviously hinges on the route Los Angeles takes next: either a more patient approach that lets the talented yet unseasoned Lakers develop around James, or a more aggressive one that involves trading some of that talent for a proven star like Kawhi Leonard.Regardless of which path the Lakers take, they will be considerably improved if LeBron can stay healthy the way he always has.According to CARMELO, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA player projection system, the current club with James would be projected to win 52 games, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all next season.1This assumes the Lakers would be keeping Julius Randle, who is currently a restricted free agent — one Los Angeles can exceed the salary cap to keep if it wishes. The projected win total would jump considerably, to nearly 60 victories with a 22 percent probability of a title, if the Lakers were to land Leonard in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Luol Deng and a first-round pick or two. Such a deal would sting — Ingram has incredible potential, and Kuzma’s an impressive young scorer — and you can bet on the Lakers doing all they can to resist surrendering this sort of haul. Yet Leonard’s stature as a top-five talent when healthy is impossible to deny, and he would quicken any timeline for contention. (The late-Sunday-night addition of Lance Stephenson didn’t figure to help the team much, per our projections, which essentially label the ex-Pacer as a replacement-level player at this point.)The first scenario, in which LeBron plays with the homegrown Lakers, would be a pretty far cry from 2014, when he started his second stint with Cleveland by playing alongside two other established scorers in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and thrived in a wide-open offense that catered to James’s unique ability to drive and kick. The Lakers ranked near the bottom of the NBA in 3-point shooting and may need to scour the free-agent market for perimeter marksmen.And while Los Angeles boasts a much better defense than the Cavs had last year, the Lakers were similar to Cleveland in that they lacked a true rim-protecting presence on last season’s club. More than 30 percent of Lakers’ opponents shots came from within 3 feet of the basket, tied for the third-highest rate in the NBA last season, according to Basketball-Reference. (The Lakers also agreed to terms Sunday with JaVale McGee, who isn’t the most reliable on D. But he had his moments against James in the Finals and his wingspan helps him around the rim.)There would be at least one clear upside: After a year where James had to dominate the ball in Irving’s absence, he can now share that responsibility with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball. The two could connect quite frequently in transition, given that Ball is known for his uptempo style and long outlet passes, and James — looking to get a breather after some offensive possessions — will occasionally hang back and cherry-pick layups and dunks.Ball figures to be a part of the core going forward, even if the Lakers do push for Leonard. The Spurs — long seen as the league’s most straitlaced team — are rumored to lack interest in Ball, likely due to some of the off-court distractions that surround him. But having Leonard would carry obvious benefits. James — who hasn’t played on a roster without a prime-age All-Star-caliber teammate since the 2009-10 season2The 2015-16 season was the only one in that stretch where none of his teammates made the All-Star team, but Kyrie Irving only failed to make the roster because he was injured that year; his performance on his return was up to his usual standard. — wouldn’t have to shoulder nearly as much of the clutch-scoring burden. Perhaps more important: In a potential matchup with the Warriors, James wouldn’t necessarily have to defend Kevin Durant, as Leonard would be more than capable of handling that task.By no stretch of the imagination are the Lakers a force to be reckoned with yet. But after these last five years, the roughest dry spell in franchise history, this is a welcome shift. Depending on how aggressively Magic Johnson and the team’s front office handles the trade market, they could creep into Golden State’s rear-view mirror more quickly than many suspected. Nabbing LeBron James, even at damn-near 34 years old, will speed up just about any team’s process.— Neil Paine contributed to this story.CORRECTION (July 2, 2018, 12:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that LeBron James had not been on a team without at least one other prime-age All-Star since the 2009-10 season. In 2015-16, he was the only All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers.