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Michael D Higgins expects to poll substantially in Donegal

first_imgNews Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Michael D Higgins expects to poll substantially in Donegal Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img Facebook WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – October 14, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleSoccer – Derry City’s League Title Dreams FadeNext articleSpeed camera operator says media coverage endangers workers News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Presidential candidate Michael D Higgins says he’s expecting to poll very well in Donegal in the upcoming election.While he is not expecting to top the poll, he does believe he will poll substantially.The Labour candidate is on his second official visit to Donegal today, he visited Letterkenny IT earlier this morning, and is currently visiting the An Grianan Theatre. He is then due to meet with Paddy Harte, before heading on to Derry in the afternoon.Michael D Higgins says his many connections in Donegal, should see him get a good vote.Meanwhile, Michael D Higgins has said he believes that people in Northern Ireland should be given the right to vote in the presidential election.The Labour candidate said that the President is a Head of State for everyone on the island of Ireland.He also said that he believes that the President is a President for all Irish people all over the world……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/higgs1.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more


Home buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenants

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Home buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenants previous nextHousing MarketHome buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenantsA third of private renters spend longer waiting to get on the property ladder than planned.The Negotiator20th January 20160803 Views One in three private tenants has put their plans to buy on hold and remained in rented accommodation longer than planned, according to Experian research.Home ownership has been considered an integral part of ‘The British Dream’ for generations, yet Experian’s survey of nearly 1,500 private tenants in the UK suggests 1,655,680 tenants are frustrated first-time buyers.18 per cent private tenants don’t believe they would be accepted for a mortgage so feel renting is their only option, while 10 per cent have struggled to raise a deposit, delaying their plans to buy. A further five per cent have had to prolong their time renting as they’ve been held up in securing a mortgage.Despite making regular payments for their housing, private tenants don’t see this reflected on their credit report in the same way mortgage payers do. To help them get a mortgage, access finance or prove their identity online, Experian has developed the Rental Exchange.Experian’s Jonathan Westley (left) said, “Many would-be first-time buyers face the challenge of saving for a deposit on a home while paying rent each month. While our research also shows that a significant amount of people are happy to rent in the long-term, whether it’s because they enjoy a good relationship with their landlord or the flexibility of rented accommodation.“Yet the rent paid by tenants isn’t reflected on credit reports in the same way homeowners benefit from making regular mortgage payments. By adding this data through the Rental Exchange, people aiming to buy can build a stronger credit history to help them get a more competitive mortgage rate, while long-term renters can prove their identity when they apply for online services.”A quarter of those surveyed intend to buy a home sooner rather than later. Nine per cent are currently saving for a deposit and believe they will buy within the next 18 months, while 16 per cent think they need two-five years to build up the required deposit. A third of private tenants are content to rent.For further information visit: experian.co.uk/rental-exchangehome buying private tenants Experian Experian research first-time buyers January 20, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


Ghosts Of The Forest Hit NYC For First Of Two Shows At The United Palace [Photos/Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Friday evening, Trey Anastasio‘s Ghosts of the Forest made their way to New York City for their first of two performances at the United Palace.The Friday show coincided with the release of the new band’s eponymous debut studio album earlier in the day. It also marked the first Ghosts of the Forest show to be webcast via LivePhish, giving the masses their first real look at the project. As Trey explained in an interview with SiriusXM last week, the two Ghosts of the Forest NYC shows as recording sessions for a live album, which he hopes will be the lasting version of this “finite” project:This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album. Ghosts of the Forest will be back at the United Palace tonight, Saturday, April 13th, for another sold-out performance. Next weekend, the band will wrap their tour with shows at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA. From there, the majority of the band will regroup with Trey Anastasio Band for a run of spring shows.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.For a full list of Trey’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website here.Ghosts Of The Forest | United Palace | New York, NY | 4/12/19 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Load remaining imageslast_img read more


When fairness prevails

first_imgPhilosophers and scientists have long puzzled over the origins of fairness. Work by a group of Harvard researchers offers some clues, with the discovery that uncertainty is critical in the concept’s development.Using computer simulations of evolution, researchers at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) — including Director Martin Nowak, scientist David Rand, and junior fellow Corina Tarnita — found that uncertainty is key to fairness. Hisashi Ohtsuki from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Kanagawa, Japan, also contributed to the study. Their work was described in a Jan. 21 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“A number of papers have studied the evolution of fairness over the years,” said Rand, who will begin an assistant professorship at Yale this summer. “Our novel contribution was to take the effects of randomness into account. What we found was that as we turned up the uncertainty in our simulations, it fundamentally changed the nature of the evolutionary dynamic. The result was that in a world that has a lot of uncertainty, it actually became optimal to be fair, and natural selection favored fairness.”To model fairness, Rand and colleagues used the Ultimatum Game, which involves two players bargaining over a pot of money. The first player proposes how the money should be split. If the second player accepts the offer, the money is split as proposed; if the offer is rejected, the game is over and neither player gets anything.“The reason this game is interesting is that if you assume everyone is rational and self-interested, the second player should accept any offer, because even if they’re getting only one dollar it’s still better than nothing,” Rand said. “The first player should anticipate that, and should make the minimum possible offer.”The game almost never works that way, however.Instead, Rand said, many people will reject offers they believe are unfair. Earlier studies have shown that as many as half of players will reject offers of 30 percent or less — meaning they are effectively paying to retaliate against the other player for making such a low offer, or to stop the other player from getting ahead.“The proximate psychological explanation for why people behave this way in the Ultimatum Game is that they have a preference for fairness, and they’re willing to pay to create equality,” Rand said. “The question we were trying to answer was: Why? Why did we come to have those preferences?”Rand and his colleagues built a series of computer players, each of which had a specific strategy describing how much they would offer, and how much they would accept. Each round, all the computer players played the game with one another. Then they updated their strategies in a process similar to genetic evolution.“You can think of it as though the players that earned higher payoffs attracted more imitators. Players sometimes choose to change their behavior, and when they do, they copy the strategies of players who were more successful,” Rand explained. “It could also represent actual genetic evolution, where players with [a] big payoff leave more offspring. Either way, higher payoff strategies tend to become more common in the population over time.”By observing which strategies become dominant over multiple generations, the researchers were able to track how the system evolved, and saw that fairness offered players an evolutionary advantage, but only when uncertainty was factored into the system.To test whether these results would play out in the real world, Rand and colleagues used the online labor market Amazon Mechanical Turk to recruit hundreds of volunteers from around the globe. After playing the Ultimatum Game, participants were asked how easy it was for people in their community to determine who is, and who isn’t, successful.“We found exactly what the model predicted, which, I think, wouldn’t have been at all obvious had we not done the modeling first,” Rand said. “What we found is a correlation — the more uncertainty there is about who is successful and who isn’t, the more fair people are in the Ultimatum Game.”Understanding why that is, however, is trickier.“Think about a world where nobody is offering anything — everyone is completely rational and self-interested,” Rand said. “If you introduce a fair person into a world like that, they will do poorly, because they will make generous offers, and people will accept them. Other people, however, will make low offers to that person, and they will be rejected. As a result the fair person will never have the chance to succeed.”The same is true of a rational person in a generally fair world. Their low offers will be rejected, resulting in a poor payoff.So what happens if you assume that successful strategies are always successful and unsuccessful strategies are always unsuccessful, as previous studies have?“If you’re in a selfish world, the population can never leave that state, because the fair person is always at a disadvantage,” he said. “If you rely on these kind of deterministic dynamics, that first fair person is always going to die out and fairness as a strategy will never spread.“Whereas in a world where there’s uncertainty, when someone experiments with a fair strategy in a world of selfish people, they will still get a bad payoff, but sometimes just by chance that fair strategy might become more common in the population,” he continued. “And once it becomes common enough, the momentum switches and it’s better to be fair than selfish. That’s how it becomes the favored behavior.”This work was funded by support from the John Templeton Foundation.last_img read more


Archery Champs

first_imgGeorgia 4-H’ers from Jackson County hit the mark and brought home a national title in the junior division at the 4-H Buckmaster’s Invitational held Aug. 14-17 in Montgomery, Ala.Six 4-H members participated in three tournaments during the competition. The team earned 15 place awards in the junior division and five overall place awards.Jackson County’s 4-H Archery team was formed in 2000 and has continued to grow each year. Keri Hobbs, University of Georgia Extension coordinator, became the team’s 4-H agent a little more than two years ago. Having worked with the 4-H archery team in Sumter County before relocating to Jackson County, Hobbs understands the importance of 4-H archery and what participation can do for the students.“Kids and their parents as well are looking for extracurricular activities to get involved in something positive, and 4-H is very positive. A majority of the girls (on the team), if not all of them, started shooting archery because of the opportunity through 4-H,” Hobbs said.Hobbs and the team’s six coaches view archery as much more than just a sport.“The archery team grew tremendously because of the support of our coaches. Kids learn more than shooting. The coaches are changing lives by building confidence and character,” she said.Currently, the Jackson County 4-H archery team has 51 shooters on their roster. More than half of the team is female.Growing group The team is comprised of students age 9-18 from all backgrounds which proves how important teamwork and community really are, Hobbs said. Second year archery coach Michael Reynolds personally witnesses the growth and maturity the students experience through the team. Hobbs says Reynolds’ enthusiasm and excitement for the sport and the students are the reasons the team has doubled in size. “I’ve got kids of all shapes, forms, home life and everything. 4-H builds character, forms discipline and builds social skills. Our job, as instructors, is to morally pick them up, give them encouragement in everything they do. We do what we do because we do make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Reynolds said.Jackson County was the only Georgia team that competed in the Buckmaster’s Invitational. Almost 100 individuals were registered in the junior division with targets ranging from five to 30 yards away.“This was a great experience for our junior age group and it was a big deal being in front of crowds. It was nerve wracking for them, too,” said Reynolds who advised the team to “block everything else out.”His advice worked.And the winners are..Kaycie Malcolm, a seventh grade student at East Jackson Middle School, was awarded the second high individual shooter. Eighth grade Commerce Middle School student Bethany Arnold placed third. Bree Reynolds, an eighth grade student from EJMS, won fourth. Marissa Fullard, an eighth grade student from EJMS, placed seventh, and seventh grade EJMS student Maddie Fowler claimed eighth place overall.In the FITA (World Archery Federation) competition, sixth grade West Jackson Middle School student Lillie Woodall won eighth in the individual division.Jackson County 4-H will begin its 2014-2015 archery season on Tuesday, Oct. 7.For more information about the 4-H Archery team in your county, contact your local UGA Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more


Grand 1905 Queenslander sold for $3.3m after auction

first_imgBeautifully maintained home. Perfect for the hot summer to come. 56 Victoria Ave ChelmerMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago It has all the elements of the best examples of Queenslanders.Agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige confirmed it had passed in at auction for $3.2m on Saturday and then subsequently sold for $3.3m.He had marketed it as a “grand landmark Queenslander” in one of Chelmer’s prestigious high-side streets 6km from the Brisbane CBD.“Full of character with its soaring 14ft high ceilings, timber floorboards, VJ walls and ceilings, picture rails, decorative timber work, hallway arch, ornate fireplace and sash windows, this timeless home offers all the charm of its heritage past with all the conveniences of modern family living.” Classic decor in the kitchen. Kathy and Rod O’Connell at the home in Chelmer that they have since sold for $3.3m after it passed in at auction for $3.2m. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.A GRAND Queenslander built circa 1905 has fetched a massive $3.3m after it had passed in at auction last weekend.The five bedroom, three bathroom, double car garage property called Arcadia was at 56 Victoria Avenue, Chelmer and comes complete with pool, floodlit tennis court on a massive 2,704sq m block. Heritage features have been retained throughout the home.Those conveniences included state of the art European appliances by Neff, Gaggenau and Miele in the kitchen, a master bedroom connects to a retreat that comes with a fireplace and can be opened up to the rest of the family as well.last_img read more