DOHERTY CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF TENANTS

first_imgDoherty Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has called on the government ‘to protect tenants’ in the event of any increase of repossessions of buy-to-let properties.The call comes as fears grow that the Land and Conveyancing Bill will lead to a significant number of repossessions of buy-to-let properties that could lead to an increase in homelessness.Deputy Doherty said: “During the boom, banks issued over 150,000 buy-to-let mortgages. Today more than 30,000 of these are in serious difficulty. “Government policy is focused on making it easier for banks to see repossession of these properties. The Land and Conveyancing Bill, currently before the Dáil, is designed to make such repossessions easier.“Clearly many landlords can no longer sustain these properties. However the rights of the tenants living in these houses must not be forgotten.“The Government has a responsibility to protect the rights of tenants irrespective of who owns the property.“Already we are seeing receivers being appointed by banks and demanding rent from tenants without automatically accepting the responsibilities of a landlord, such as property maintenance and returning deposits. There is clearly a need for a statutory code of conduct for receivers appointed in such circumstances in order to ensure that tenancy agreements and tenants rights are upheld. “In the case of repossession orders there is also a need to protect tenants and tenancy agreements. Sinn Féin will be tabling amendments to the Land and Conveyancing Bill to ensure that when a buy-to-let property is repossessed the existing tenancy agreement is honoured.” DOHERTY CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF TENANTS was last modified: May 5th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Parts of Donegal could be set to miss out on ‘undiscovered town’ scheme

first_imgCalls have been Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘undiscovered town’ scheme to be more flexible towards Donegal’s rural areas following a €15.5million investment announcement for 62 towns across the country. Through the scheme, every local authority in the country will be able to bid for funding of between €250,000 and €500,000 to develop up to two towns in their area which have the potential to become a ‘destination town’ for tourists.However, in order to qualify for selection, towns will need to demonstrate their capacity and appeal to attract more international visitors to stay overnight – a key driver of spend. Speaking on Monday, a local election candidate for the Milford, Maria Doherty said the scheme’s current rules don’t take into consideration Donegal’s rural landscape.“This initiative is a good start in promoting tourism and helping local communities to expand their tourist footprint,” Doherty said. “The scheme is very restrictive in some ways as towns are only eligible if they reach a number of criteria such as a range of things to see and do for two days and a selection of accommodation and at least one visitor attraction of scale that can drive tourism demand and a range of food offerings. “The Milford area has all these but not in one town but spread across the region from Ramelton to rural villages and areas on our coast routes such as Fanad, Kerrykeel and Rosguill.  “This scheme is a good start but it does not take into account the diverse tourist landscape in places like rural Donegal. “We need to have a degree of flexibility as not all tourist amenities are grouped together around towns as is the case in the Milford area. “We don’t have any public transport system so tourists will be driving to each area so it is important that this scheme is flexible so that tourists areas in rural Donegal can benefit.” Details of the criteria for the scheme can be seen below. To be successful in their funding submissions, Councils will be expected to identify towns that have: At least one visitor attraction of scale that can drive tourism demand.A range of things to see and do for two days – A town that hopes to attract overnight visitors needs to offer a variety of attractions, activities and entertainment options which can keep tourists engaged for more than 11 hours a day, including three hours in the evening.A selection of accommodation – Towns will need accommodation stock of at least 300 beds to become a seasonal destination town (and 1,000 beds to operate as a year-round destination) or be a town that has the potential to grow its bedstock in the future.A range of food offerings to meet the visitor needs including a range of options for light snacks, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner.Parts of Donegal could be set to miss out on ‘undiscovered town’ scheme was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:FanadKERRYKEELMilfordrosguilllast_img read more

Evolutionist Disgraced

first_img(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Marc Hauser, Harvard evolutionary psychologist who resigned under a cloud, was found guilty of scientific misconduct and admitted to some of it.Nature News reported: “Former Harvard University psychologist Marc Hauser has admitted to making ‘mistakes’ in his research that led to findings of research misconduct announced today by the US Office of Research Integrity, which polices research funded by the National Institutes of Health.”Hauser’s confession is reported by the Boston Globe.  He admitted some mistakes, but stood by most of his work: “I am saddened that this investigation has caused some to question all of my work, rather than the few papers and unpublished studies in question.”The Harvard Magazine, though, printed a substantial list of misconduct investigators found, including fabricating data and falsely describing results.  Hauser resigned last year when the investigation began.  The magazine says, “he had planned to return to Harvard after his leave, but resigned following a psychology department faculty vote against having him resume teaching duties.”  An update states that Harvard instigated the investigation and agrees with the US Office findings.  (See note following our 12/24/2010 entry for first indications of misconduct.)The magazine stated, “Hauser studied the evolution of language and cognition, in research involving monkeys and humans.”In a column today in Nature unrelated to the Hauser investigation, Jim Woodgett of Mount Sinai Hospital wrote that scientists must be open about their mistakes.  “The scientific community must be diligent in highlighting abuses, develop greater transparency and accessibility for its work, police research more effectively and exemplify laudable behaviour,” he warned.  “This includes encouraging more open debate about misconduct and malpractice, exposing our dirty laundry and welcoming external examination.”Update 9/11/2012: Nature News reported that there are questions about whether Hauser intentionally committed misconduct.  Outsiders cannot know due to privacy rules of the investigation.  According to reporter Eugenie Samuel Reich, projects tainted by the misconduct were funded by the NIH up to $790,000.  Now that Hauser is gone from Harvard, he has turned his attention to education, working with a company that develops computer games to teach students cognitive skills and self-control.  “This work is deeply satisfying and I look forward to making new contributions to human welfare, education and the role of scientific knowledge in understanding human nature,” he said.Update 9/13/2012: Science Magazine 14 September gave a balanced report on the Hauser investigation, presenting views of accusers and defenders, as well as specifics on the alleged instances of misconduct.  Apparently whistleblowers from his own lab tipped off Harvard’s investigation, which was followed up and confirmed by the ORI at NIH.  Some of his colleagues call him solely responsible and are bothered by his refusal to accept responsibility: “It is sad that Hauser still will not admit to the charges that have been found against him when he does appear to nonetheless accept that the evidence exists and is legitimate,” Gerry Altmann wrote in an e-mail to Science.  Some of his lab workers are now disgruntled that their work has been tainted by their association with him.  Science noted that his “provocative work” garnered “media attention” and that the publication of his book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong, “he had moved into the rarified sphere of the public intellectual.”  Some colleagues in the evolutionary psychology community, nevertheless, are standing by him and downplaying the seriousness of the misconduct, some of which was not published.  As part of the discipline, any research Hauser does with funding from the Public Health Service must be supervised, and he is barred from peer reviewing others’ work, for 3 years.Marc Hauser’s “research” was often reported in these pages.  In 9/21/2005, we saw him referring to human capabilities as  “the chimpanzee mind.”   5/29/2006, we found him joining the Darwin Centurions against the I.D. Visigoths.  In 10/27/2006 and 11/06/2006, we saw his fellow Darwinists adoring his new book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong (by natural selection).  In the 2/22/2008 entry, we saw him engaging in “paleofantasy,” trying to rescue Darwin from the huge cognitive gulf between chimpanzees and human children.  In 4/07/2009, we saw him divining into “the evolution of dogs and the evolution of humans.”  In 7/06/2009, we saw him attributing animals’ ability to count to evolution.  In 2/08/2010, just months before he was caught, we saw him trying to evolutionize religion to a point that even appalled Nature reporter Phillip Ball.This is the guy, you might remember, who taught his toddler to adore Charles Darwin: “When my youngest daughter was about three years old, I pulled a cheap trick on her, teaching her that whenever I asked ‘Who’s the man?’, she should reply ‘Darwin!’ She does this quite well now,” he said (see 7/03/2007 entry).  Let’s hope his new work with students on Cape Cod does not involve this kind of Darwin brainwashing.  Is this the person you want teaching your kid self-control?So while we don’t rejoice over anyone’s downfall, we are not surprised.  Actually, we think Hauser should have been rewarded.  Remember, he wrote a book about how “nature” (a.k.a. natural selection) produced our “moral minds,” our “sense of right and wrong.”  It’s not really right or wrong, he said; it’s just a “sense” of it that the aimless, purposeless, amoral process of selection produced in us.  Natural selection allows room for cheaters in its schemes for how morality evolved.  Cheaters are not doing wrong; they’re just participants in the game (3/25/2010).  Harvard needs cheaters like Marc Hauser to keep their evolutionary game going.  It gives the “punishers” something to do (1/13/2010).  Hauser actually played a vital role, therefore, at Harvard, and illustrated how evolutionary game theory was supposed to work (11/16/2009).  Remember the evolutionist who said, “it becomes advantageous for some individuals to cheat, and vice versa, which allows co-existence between cheaters and cooperators to arise”?  (4/07/2009).Yes!  Reward Marc Hauser.  He illustrated the morality of “the chimpanzee mind” in real-world experiments.  The joke was on Harvard, not him.  He really showed his daughter that Darwin is The Man.  He is a consistent Darwinian.  Should Harvard punish a faithful devotee of Darwin?  Should the U.S. Office of Research Integrity punish someone who revealed that integrity is a farce, an illusion, a relic of natural selection? (7/23/2010)  Reward the cheater!  Reward all the Darwinian cheaters.  We like that, because it will hasten the implosion of the Darwin totalitarian regime.last_img read more

Quebec to announce wideranging public commission into youth protection

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is set to announce the parameters of an independent commission looking into youth protection services after a seven-year-old girl who was followed by child services died in a case of alleged mistreatment.Premier Francois Legault, Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant, who oversees youth protection, and representatives of all main parties at the legislature are expected to be on hand at a Quebec City hotel later today.The Coalition Avenir Quebec government has already chosen Regine Laurent, a nurse and former labour leader, to preside over the commission, which will include lawmakers and other experts.Legault had promised the inquiry in the days following the death of the seven-year-old from Granby, Que.The girl’s father, 30, and stepmother, 35, were each charged with unlawful confinement while the woman was also charged with aggravated assault. They return to court separately next week in the town about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.The Crown is looking at the evidence to see if they’ll be upgrading the charges the pair face.Granby police found the girl at her home in critical condition and she died April 29 after her guardians had appeared in court.Several investigations have already been ordered into the handling of the death of the young girl, including a coroner’s inquest, an internal probe by the regional health authority that oversees youth protection in the Eastern Townships region, an investigation by the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission and a police probe into death.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

LeBron James Youngest in NBA History With 20000 Points

LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history with 20,000 points Wednesday night, and, barring injury, it will be just one of many milestones to come for the Miami Heat superstar widely regarded as the best player in the world.James authored a gem in leading the Heat’s 92-75 blowout victory over the Golden State Warriors: 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 30 minutes in securing his latest piece of history.James’ short jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter was the history-making play. The previous youngest to score 20,000 points was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant,  who was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.“It means everything,” James said. “It means a lot. First of all, like I continue to say, it means I’ve been able to be healthy. To be out on the floor and do what I love to do, I love the game of basketball and I try to give everything to the game. And hopefully it continues to give back to me.”In the first quarter, James also found Wade for his 5,000th career assist. He is the 13th player with 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.James eclipsed both marks before halftime and helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who had lost three of their last four road games.The Warriors, who beat the Heat 97-95 in Miami on Dec. 12, lost consecutive games for only the third time this season. Clearly, James and Co. went into the game focused on making amends for that defeat.“Disappointing, but we faced a team that remembered what took place in South Beach and came with a mindset to make a point, individually and collectively,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “That’s what great players do.” read more

Raul Jimenez Wolves can beat anyone

first_imgWolves striker Raul Jimenez believes their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday proves they can go head-to-head with anyone and come out victoriousNuno Espírito Santo’s side claimed a surprise victory over an in-form Spurs at Wembley, despite going a goal down early on from a Harry Kane strike.But Willy Boly’s header put Wolves back on level terms with Jimenez then stepping up to hand the visitors the lead with an 83rd-minute goal.Portuguese winger Helder Costa then sealed all three points for Wolves with a third goal just four minutes later.Following their 2-1 win against Chelsea on December 5 along with draws against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, Jimenez is convinced Wolves can beat anyone.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think we played very well in the second half, but I don’t know why we have to be down in the score to come back,” The Mexican told the club website.“We did it against Chelsea, now we did it again. This feeling is amazing.“We knew at half-time that we have a great team, and that we can score some goals to win the game. We thought about that and what we had to do on the pitch.“We never quit, we know that we are a great team, and if we are focused we can do everything, we can win against whoever.”Wolves are now seventh in the Premier League with Crystal Palace awaiting them next on January 2 at home.last_img read more

HURRICANE CENTER SAYS BAHAMAS TCI and OTHERS should watch this…

first_img Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Sizzling weekend for Provo Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHURRICANE CENTER, bahamas, 12 Oct 20141. Cloudiness and thunderstorms associated with a small low pressurearea located a few hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands continue to show signs of organization. Although dry air may hamper development, the overall environment is expected to be generallyconducive, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or so. The low is forecast to move westward at around 10 mph, and interests from the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico to Hispaniola andthe southeastern Bahamas should monitor its progress. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this disturbance this afternoon, if necessary. Regardless of development,areas of heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to move across the Leeward Islands starting later today.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.last_img read more