There are calls for the Dáil’s finance committee to be recalled to discuss the State’s possible appeal against the Apple tax finding.The European Commission is set to rule this week on claims that the Revenue Commissioners reached an illegal private tax deal with Apple.A finding against Ireland would see Apple forced to repay billions in arrears taxes – but Michael Noonan has already said he would appeal it.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is Sinn Fein’s finance spokesperson – he says no appeal should be considered without TDs having their say:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/16doher530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Deputy calls for Dail to be recalled to discuss Apple tax case Facebook Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleThe bodies of a family of five, including 3 children, discovered in CavanNext articleColeman trains with physios ahead of Serbian Qualifier News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter By News Highland – August 29, 2016
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new report released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an April flood barrier breach in downtown Davenport was caused by pressure from the swollen Mississippi River shifting a barrier with slick plastic sheeting under it.The report, released Tuesday to Davenport city officials, says the sheeting became slick in the wet conditions, and a segment of the barrier overturned.City officials say the public works department will make changes to its flood plan based on the report, including making changes to plastic sheeting installation and double-stacking flood barriers when the river height is forecast to reach 20 feet or higher.Officials in the eastern Iowa city had already announced plans to build a bigger flood barrier in the wake of the April breach that sent floodwaters rushing into downtown streets.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal on Thursday for a reported £35 million ($45.1 million, 37.9 million euros) dealing another early season blow to embattled manager Arsene Wenger.Here AFP Sports picks out five things on Liverpool’s newest recruit.All round sporting talentOxlade-Chamberlain is blessed with natural sporting talent. As a schoolboy he was offered a trial with rugby union side London Irish and also with English county championship side Hampshire but because of his commitments with Southampton’s Academy had to decline them both. “In his final year at the school he scored a half century in every game he played, his batting average was ridiculous,” said South East Hampshire cricket coach Tim Jacobs.Football in the bloodThe ‘Ox’s’ father Mark was an elegant winger who won eight England caps in the two years he played for Stoke. Chamberlain senior — whose brother Neville also played for Stoke — always believed he would make it when he came to his academy aged five despite his son being at the time smaller than his contemporaries. “All the advice I had was from my Dad. He was the person I trusted and listened to because he was very honest. He believed that when I grew and caught up with everyone else that I’d be at a better standard than the boys who at the time were in front of me in other people’s eyes,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Complex UK in April this year. Share on: WhatsApp England callingHe has already won over three times the amount of caps his father won for England but it would be even more had not injuries cost him appearances both at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Then England boss Roy Hodgson gave the 18-year-old his debut in a warm-up match. Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that when he first turned up for England duty his heart was in his mouth. “You struggle to eat your food,” he told The Daily Express in 2015. “Your stomach is churning. You start putting things on your plate you don’t even like eating just to make time to look around to assess the table plan, see where everybody is sitting and work out where is the best place to sit.”Relaxing pursuitsOff the pitch Oxlade-Chamberlain is an avid music listener, as well as a keen follower of US sports, with dance hall and Jamaican music his preferred sounds as he told Complex UK. “I listen to a lot of dancehall. A lot of Jamaican music, a lot of Popcaan and Alkaline,” he said in April. With regard to US sports his preferred players couldn’t be more of a contrast with NBA legend Lebron James and discarded NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.‘Ox’ wants to stay in the MixHis girlfriend is Perrie Edwards, the 24-year-old member of girl band Little Mix, and he plans to keep her as his partner for fear of the revenge that she could wreak if she was downgraded to ‘an ex’. She is reputed to have the Brit award winning ‘Shout Out to my Ex’ with regard to former fiance Zayn Malik. “I better watch out! I don’t want her to become an ex and sing about me,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told OK Magazine. “I better look after her.”
Recently the WKRDL presented the Nelson Womens Centre a cheque for $200 during the break at the recent bout at Castlegar’s Selkirk College Gymnasium.Mallard’s Source for Sports, also a solid supporter of community projects, would like to add to the occasion by saluting the WKRDL with Team of the Week honours.Present for the donation ceremony were, back row, L-R, Penny Stephenson, Malice Cooper (Teressa Hodsall) and Krash Kaos.Front, Rush (Damien Hodsall) and Maddy Reilly. The West Kootenay Roller Derby League has not only been a hit in the arenas and gymnasiums around the region but also outside in the community.The league likes to support various groups with a portion of the gate proceeds arrived from Doubleheader Events.
Humphries was in Nelson this past week to assist in the Whitecaps Prospect Camps at Lakeside Fields.The camp auditioned many of the elite players in Nelson Youth Soccer for Whitecaps staff as well as enabling camp participants to train under top flight coaching.“The progress made in Nelson has been brilliant,” Humphries said.“There are some really exciting young talented players coming out of the Kootenays.”“Progressing players into the (BC Senior Premier League) BCSPL (through Thompson/Okanagan Soccer Club) is a massive achievement and shows that the talent pathway is producing players that can compete at the highest level in BC.”The work of Adams, as regional head coach of the Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Centre and liaison coach with Nelson Youth Soccer, has definitely stepped up the training players have been receiving at the local level.And this training is paying off not only with teams finding success at the provincial level, but also with individual players growth.“There are some very talented players for sure . . . if not at this point, then in the future I am sure we will see some players come through,” Humphries said when asked about future Regional EXCEL Centre program candidates coming from Nelson.“Brett and his team do a great job of progressing the girls and pushing them to compete with the best, which is important for me to see.”“The likes of Sophie Borhi and Michaela Anderson making TOFC is an important step in trying to make our REX group, so I will be tracking their progress and others that come through the Kootenays over the next couple of years.”Oh no. Looks like the secret is getting out. It’s obvious from the number of tourists arriving on Nelson’s main drag the secret is getting out regarding one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world.The same can be said for youth soccer in the Heritage City as Nelson welcomed the head of the girl’s high performance for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer, Emma Humphries.“I think it’s extremely important to the development of the players to see the girls head elite coach,” said Brett Adams, regional head coach of the Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Centre.“The girls side is booming at this time,” Adams added.“With (L.V. Rogers) high school winning provincial gold and the (Nelson Youth Soccer) U16 girls rep capturing gold, the U18 girls silver and the U14 girls bronze, it just shows the work that is happening on the girls side.”And Humphries, as part of her role as Girls Elite REX head coach and Girls Programs director, has noticed the improvement during travels to Nelson over the past two years.“I have been to Nelson three times in the past two years and have seen tremendous progress every time,” Humphries explains.“The girls program in Nelson seems to have really taken off.”
IRELAND Euro 2012 player James McClean was in Letterkenny today, stopping off to chat to fans on the Main Street.The Sunderland midfielder and former Derry City star was leaving his Tweet troubles behind him to spend a day in Co Donegal.James is pictured with Valerie Moore and Grahan Cullen outside McCormick’s sports shop on the Main Street this afternoon. The Derry man hit the headlines last week when sectarian bigots in the North threatened him after he was named in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month. IRELAND STAR McCLEAN ON VISIT TO DONEGAL was last modified: May 15th, 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:IRELAND STAR McCLEAN ON VISIT TO DONEGALJames McCleanletterkenny
Cloud computing has been a buzzworthy topic for some time, as more and more enterprises move their computing infrastructure and software to cloud-based solutions. While the cloud continues to be a smart option for them, it’s also arguably even more beneficial for small businesses, whose resources can be miniscule. First of all, what exactly is cloud computing? To take a broad definition, Focus Research describes it as “the ability for organizations to share critical computing infrastructure (e.g. servers, storage, etc.) and related services over the internet.” This can include IT infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or software (SaaS). This series is supported by Dell The Power To Do More, where you’ll find perspectives, trends and stories that inspire Dell to create technology solutions that work harder for its customers so they can do and achieve more.Needless to say, it’s a huge deal. Gartner recently put cloud computing at the top of its list of top strategic technologies for 2011 and it’s far from the only expert extolling the glory of the Web-hosted software and infrastructure.For small businesses, the significance of this primarily comes down to cost. In many cases, using cloud-based infrastructure is cheaper than running and maintaining one’s own physical servers. Likewise, the pay-as-you-go licensing model of software-as-a-service providers provides lower costs than traditional software, or at least distributes that cost across low monthly payments. The cloud has perks beyond the cost savings. The more your business’s applications are hosted online, the easier it will be to accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce. It also helps enable collaboration. By virtue of their very design, VoIP services like Skype are inherently more collaborative than old school telephony. The same is true of Google Apps, where colleagues can work on documents simultaneously. For project management, there’s BaseCamp, Apollo and literally dozens more. And when business lives in the cloud, meeting with colleagues is no problem thanks to a range of virtual meeting services like GoToMeeting, Fuze and WebEx, all of which have mobile apps.Unlike many of their legacy, desktop counterparts, cloud-based applications can usually integrate with one another easily. Thanks to robust APIs and integration tools, I can tie my Web forms on Wufoo directly to my email subscriber database in MailChimp. I can make my Salesforce CRM software talk to social media tools and connect billing services to bookkeeping software in a few clicks.For seemingly every business function, there’s an affordable, cloud-based solution available, and more are cropping up every week. Do you use the cloud for your small business? Let us know about your experience in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud computing#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The problem with GDPPerhaps no one has articulated the problems with measuring our society’s success using the metric of gross domestic product (GDP) or gross national product (GNP) better than Senator Robert Kennedy, way back in 1968: “Our gross national product — if we should judge America by that — counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. “Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”Gross domestic product emerged as a metric of our country’s total economic performance following the Great Depression. It is the value of a nation’s goods and services produced over an entire year. That single metric became the default measure of our society’s well-being, a job for which it is poorly suited. The second annual Slow Living Summit was held in Brattleboro this past week. Featuring such presenters as David Orr of Oberlin College, Woody Tasch, the founder of the organization Slow Money, and Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, along with Governor Peter Shumlin, and Senator Bernie Sanders, the conference advanced alternatives to fast food, fast money, and the fast pace of life — with an emphasis on local food, local economies, resilient communities, and sustainability.According to the Slow Living Summit website, slow living expresses the fundamental paradigm shift that is underway in this age, recognizing the transformative change from faster and cheaper, to slower and better — where quality, community and the future matter. It’s about slowing down and becoming more mindful of our basic connection with land, place, and people, taking the long view that builds a healthy and fulfilling way of life for the generations to come. It is about common good taking precedence over private gain.While there were many inspiring sessions at the Slow Living Summit, I’ll focus here on just one: a session addressing alternative metrics of success: genuine progress indicators. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Introducing GPITo address this concern, there have been various alternative metrics proposed to measure societal well-being. These efforts were covered at the Slow Living Summit session I attended. Tom Barefoot, founder of the Waitsfield, Vermont-based organization, Gross National Happiness USA, provided context on this type of accounting, and Chelsea Ferrell, previously of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, provided (via Skype) some personal observations of this mindset from her travels in the Buddhist nation of Bhutan, whose king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, coined the term “Gross National Happiness” in 1972.In the same session, Jon Erickson, a professor and managing director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, described Vermont’s ground-breaking approach to such alternative metrics of well-being. Last month, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill passed by the Vermont Legislature to develop and test a genuine progress indicator for the state.As described in the enabling legislation, “the purpose of the genuine progress indicator (GPI) is to measure the state of Vermont’s economic, environmental, and societal well-being as a supplement to the measurement derived from the gross state product and other existing statistical measurements.” The legislation instructs the Secretary of Administration to work with the Gund Institute to establish and test this GPI — initially by January 15, 2013 and every other year thereafter.A similar GPI was developed in Maryland in 2010 as an initiative of Governor Martin O’Malley, but the Vermont action is the first time a state has taken formal legislative action to create such a metric.The exciting thing about genuine progress indicators is that decision-making and policies will be able to be based on data that considers not only the monetary value of transactions, but also metrics of health and well-being of residents, environmental protection, natural resources, and sustainability. When we are able to base decision-making on such indicators of genuine progress, momentum will likely increase for natural resource protection, energy conservation and renewable energy sources, income equality, public health, and a host of other issues that will help to ensure a healthy, prosperous state.
Shane Watson and Brad Haddin scored 183 runs for the first wicket as Australia beat Canada by 7 wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday. ScoreChasing 212, Australia reached home in the 35th over with Michael Clarke and Cameron White at the crease.Earlier the two openers Watson and Haddin started off slowly aware of the fact that the target wasn’t something that called for heavy hitting. But as the innings progressed the two upped the scoring rate.Their innings even got a boost when Canada captain Ashish Bagai missed an easy stumping chance in the 20th over off Balaji Rao when Haddin was at the crease. Haddin had even got a reprieve early in the innings when Rizwan Cheema dropped him off Harvir Baidwan in the second over.The two took the Batting Powerplay in the 21st over and scored 41 runs in it. But, the Aussie scoring rate spiked in the over that followed with both batsmen charging away at the opposition bowlers, who didn’t have an answer to their shots. Their effort of breaking the partnership came a cropper due to some sloppy fielding by the fielders.After much effort the Canadian bowlers managed to break their stand in the 29th over when a John Davison ball took the edge of Haddin’s bat and keeper Bagai didn’t miss it this time. Haddin scored 88 hitting 11 fours and two sixes on the way. Australia lost their fist wicket at the score of 183.advertisementBut as luck would have it the other opener Watson too departed in the very next over missing his century by six runs. He wanted to pull Baidwan for a six but the ball didn’t quite come on to the bat and instead ended up giving a catch to Henry Osinde in the deep. Australia were 185/2 at the stage.Skipper Ricky Ponting was the last man to go down on the day. He fell in the 35th over off Henry Osinde.Michael Clarke and Cameron White were at the crease when Australia touched the meagre 212-run target on the penultimate ball of the 35th over which turned out to be a wide ball.Canada inningsEarlier, Hiral Patel scored a fine 54 as Canada posted 211 after electing to bat. But before that experienced paceman Brett Lee drew first blood by scalping Canada opener John Davison (14 runs) in the fourth over 41/1. But the surprising part was the Canadian run rate, which was tottering above 10 runs an over at this stage.Post that wicket, the Canadian opener Hiral Patel and Zubin Surkari got busy with a partnership with Patel leading the way. Batting with resolve he went after the Aussie paceman and got rewarded. The best part about the 19-year old cricketer’s batting was that he didn’t shy away from hitting those odd ball to the boundary.Finally, Patel’s innings came to an end post his quick-fire half-ton in the 12th over. An edge off Shane Watson was taken by Mitchell Johnson in the deep. His 54 that came off just 45 balls was punctuated with five fours and three sixes. Canada were 82/2 at the stage.Post Patel’s dismissal, captain Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari got involved with a partnership. The two had put on 68 runs for the third wicket before Shaun Tait got the better of captain Bagai on 39. A short and wide ball saw Bagai reach out for a drive but ended up giving an edge to keeper Brad Haddin and Canada lost their third wicket on 150 in the 29th overWith new man Jimmy Hansra at the crease, Aussie spinner Jason Krejza got an opportunity to open his account and he got what he wanted. He removed Hansra in the very next over post Bagai’s dismissal. And Canada were reduced to 157/4 in 30 overs.Once again the change of pace worked for Australia with the next wicket falling to paceman Shaun Tait in the 31st over. A quicker ball pitched on the off and nipped in to take the inside edge of Zubin Surkari and crash into his stumps. He fell for 34 and Canada fell to 157/5.Another over and another wicket, this time it was Brett Lee’s turn to join the party and he did that by removing Rizwan Cheema with a slower ball and timber! Canada were 161/6 now. Lee finished with a four-wicket haul.A little later, Mitchell Johnson sent back Nitish Kumar on 7 to reduce Canada to 169/7. From here in was just a matter of a few more minutes and Canada were walking back on 211 all out.advertisementHowever, they can take heart from the fact that their batsmen stayed at the crease till almost the end of the innings as their last wicket Karl Whatham fell in the 46ht over. Even otherwise they batted pretty well on the day. Especially noteworthy was Hiral Patel’s quick-fire half-century.