Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier NUMBER SIX—Pictured are members of the Super Bowl XLIII (43) winning team, which beat the Arizona Cardinals in comeback fashion after the 2008 season. “MEAN” JOE GREENE, the man who started it all…he was honored at halftime as a member of the Super Bowl XIII (13) team that won the championship after the 1978 season. Greene ended up winning four Super Bowls in all. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State visits North Dakota State Friday with a spot in the NCAA FCS Championship on the line. The Bearkats and Bison last met in the 2014 tournament, with NDSU capturing that semifinal matchup 35-3 at the Fargodome. This weekend’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Sam Houston State at North Dakota State, Friday, 7 p.m. CTNational TV:ESPN2Online:http://WatchESPN.comWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Dave Neal, play-by-playMatt Stinchcomb, analyst
Small loggers now have the support of the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as the organisation has recently revised an initiative aimed at assisting the loggers in improving compliance with forest laws of Guyana.The initiative is titled, “Develop a pilot timber harvesting and forest monitoring model for small loggers associations to improve compliance with the forest laws and agreed forest management prescriptions in Guyana”.It was revised based on discussions between the small loggers associations, the FAO, the Guyana Forestry Commission and Forestry Training Centre Incorporated.Advisor on Sustainable Development, Ministry of Natural Resource, Clayton Hall delivering the feature addressThese discussions revealed the need for more focus to be placed on developing a forest harvesting model and field testing the model in collaboration with the small loggers.In addition to support, the EU and FAO will also be developing a timber harvesting and forests monitoring pilot model, of one concession each, for a number of small loggers associations.Some associations to benefit are Aroaima Forests and Agricultural Producers Association, Hururu Forests and Agricultural Producers Association, Ituni Small loggers and Chainsaw Operators Association, Kwakwani Natural Resources Organisation, Maria Elizabeth Three Friends Small Loggers Association and Upper Berbice Forests Producers Associations.The project is said to have been implemented for a period of over a year with US$122,000 being pumped into it.Commissioner of Forests, James Singh, thanked the FAO and the EU for their continuous support of initiatives aimed at empowering loggers and hopes for their continued support.Singh stated the vocational training of the forestry sector is an ongoing activity being undertaken by the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated.FAO Resident Representative, Reuben Robertson in his remarks thanked the EU for their continued partnership with the FAO in ensuring that relevant projects are realised.The project, he pointed out, supported loggers who are now able to monitor their concessions through capacity development and with the equipment received, a constraint of loggers has been remedied.In delivering the feature address, Advisor to the Natural Resources Minister, Clayton Hall, highlighted the strides being made by Guyana to improve the logging industry.He stated that often, the importance of governance is neglected in the management of the forests as a resource. As such, he noted that the Natural Resources Ministry is proud the project has resulted in capacity development of small loggers while providing them with much needed equipment to ensure their forests monitoring practices are improved.
“We’ve heard one heartbreaking story after another of borrowers with limited incomes being sold mortgages they could not afford,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said at a briefing on Capitol Hill. His words were backed up by the realty group’s prediction of a 0.7 percent decline to $220,300 this year in the median sale price for existing homes, down from $221,900 last year. Tighter lending standards and the continued fallout from troubled market for loans given to people with shaky credit are to blame, the group said. The NAR also revised downward its estimate of total sales this year of existing homes to a decline of 2.2 percent, compared to an earlier forecast of a 0.9 percent decline. New home sales are expected to fall 14.2 percent compared with a previous estimate of a 10.4 percent slide, the NAR said. Economist Edward Leamer, director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson Forecast, says that estimate is too conservative. WASHINGTON – Amid new signs that the housing slump is worsening, key Senate Democrats said Wednesday that hundreds of millions of dollars of new federal aid may be needed to assist homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The call for federal involvement from New York Democrat Charles Schumer, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, came on the same day the National Association of Realtors forecast that the median price for existing homes will decline for the first time since 1968 as a sales slump worsens. “We will be proposing significant amounts of dollars,” Schumer told reporters after being asked if a large federal bailout may be needed. Across town, meanwhile, an activist nonprofit group from Boston called on Wall Street to help homeowners restructure their mortgage loans. He predicts predicts a decline in the price of existing homes of between 2 percent and 3 percent this year and expects that trend to continue for two to three more years. With high-interest rate mortgages for people with poor credit no longer available, Leamer said, “you’re eliminating 20 to 30 percent of the demand for homes.” Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn, said he would call for a summit on Capitol Hill soon “to try to work out a process for providing relief to homeowners.” With 1.8 million adjustable rate mortgages resetting to higher rates this year and next, foreclosures are sure to continue rising, the 32-page report from the Joint Economic Committee said. Areas hardest hit by foreclosures include Atlanta, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas and Detroit, the report said. In Detroit, one of every 21 mortgages was foreclosed last year, according to the JEC, which used RealtyTrac’s foreclosure database. The Federal Housing Administration could be revamped to refinance mortgages in danger of default, the JEC’s report said, citing a proposal by a Harvard professor under which the housing agency could oversee a “rescue fund” that would restructure failed or failing mortgages. Aid could also be provided to community organizations or banks that work with borrowers to refinance loans. “We’d like to do something very quickly,” Schumer said. “These statistics are new and they’re startling.” Lawmakers also are considering strengthening federal regulation of mortgages, imposing a stricter ban on predatory lending practices and requiring lenders to establish a borrower’s ability to pay back a mortgage loan through the life of the loan, not just for two or three years. Activist and community groups are stepping up efforts to aid homeowners affected by the housing market’s woes. They argue that banks and mortgage brokers-not borrowers-bear most of the blame for the industry’s problems. Rising delinquencies and defaults among borrowers have resulted in more than two dozen so-called subprime lenders going out of business, moving into bankruptcy protection or putting themselves up for sale. Last week, civil rights groups called for a six-month moratorium on foreclosures resulting from high-risk loans given to people with shaky credit, arguing that lenders could face lawsuits if they don’t help borrowers. The mortgage industry says lenders are already working to help distressed borrowers. The Boston-based Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America announced plans Wednesday in Washington to work with Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. on refinancing troubled loans. NACA said existing funds from those banks pledged through federal regulations requiring loans for low- to moderate-income home buyers could be used to help 7,000 to 10,000 homeowners with high-interest rate mortgages refinance at lower rates. “We want to send out hope to the victims of the subprime lending crisis,” said Bruce Marks, NACA’s chief executive. “There is hope if you are about to lose your house.” Citibank in 2003 pledged $3 billion worth of financing over 10 years to NACA for affordable housing, said Citibank spokesman Mark Rodgers, adding that the bank has similar agreements with other community groups. Greg Barnard, a spokesman for Bank of America, said the NACA plan would use previously committed dollars from the bank. Marks said the group aims to convince other big lenders and Wall Street investors to help consumers avoid foreclosures and obtain loans that they can afford. “The real question is how big is (the housing market’s drop) going to be,” Leamer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER — Auto-sports enthusiasts can watch professional rally drivers race this weekend at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in the 26th running of the Subaru Rim of the World Rally Challenge. The event will feature 35 turbo-charged four-wheel-drive sports sedans in side-by-side racing on a dirt track built in front of the fairgrounds grandstand. “We will have everything from Porsches to Volkswagens to Mitsubishis to Subarus. All cars competing are street-legal cars but highly prepared cars,” race organizer Ray Hocker said. “The track is a closed loop with many twists and turns and jumps and big banked sweeping corners.” However, for the first time in 25 years, rally drivers will not be hurtling over Angeles National Forest fire roads as part of the event. The request to run this year’s event in the forest was turned down by U.S. Forest Service officials, who said in a letter that the rally was “inconsistent with agency direction and the Angeles National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan,” according to Hocker. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Sherry Rollman said the area that would have been used by the rally has been zoned for restricted use under a new forest land management plan. “The intent of the use is for more administrative vehicles and equestrian- and pedestrian-type use,” Rollman said. “It was not going to be graded to the level that they were going to do races on.” Forest Service officials told race organizers that most of the roads used for the rally in the past will no longer be graded, leaving them too rough for rallying. “In those 25 years in the forest, the event never had any incidents or problems. The denial had nothing to do with performance in the past. It had to do with a change in the way the forest was maintaining its roads,” Hocker said. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There are four races scheduled for today and three Sunday. Admission is $5 plus parking. Children ages 6 and under are free. The fairgrounds is at 2551 W. Ave. H, just off the Antelope Valley Freeway. This is the fourth year the rally has been held at the fairgrounds. The event also will feature an autocross event, in which anyone can compete in a slalom course around traffic cones in the parking lot, a 150-import-car show, an expo that will showcase firms that make performance car parts, and radio-controlled car-racing for children. In addition, there will be a family-oriented adventure road rally. “It’s an event designed for anyone in any kind of car, It’s a road rally for a couple of hours. The family follows instructions and follows signs around the Antelope Valley,” Hocker said. The road rally is free for anyone driving a Subaru, Hocker added. “The rally is a world-famous event in motorsport racing. Teams have traveled from all over the world to come to the Antelope Valley to run the rally,” Hocker said. “We want to keep that going, and we hope to return to the forest.” — Karen Maeshiro, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
His Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal and Argentine Sergio Aguero from Manchester City have 20 goals each.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (LIVERPO0L)Egypt’s Salah had a lot to live up to after an astonishing campaign last season but his strike against Newcastle took him to 22 Premier League goals for the campaign — two clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.Salah was taken off after a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka but Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to have him back for the final league game of the season.CHRISTIAN ATSU (Newcastle)Newcastle United’s Ghanaian midfielder Christian Atsu celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on May 4, 2019. © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYGhana international Atsu scored his first goal of the season, levelling for Newcastle as Rafael Benitez’s team threatened to derail Liverpool’s Premier League title quest.The 27-year-old midfielder cancelled out Virgil van Dijk’s opener but his side eventually went down 3-2.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an early penalty for Arsenal that took his Premier League tally for the season to 20.But it was not enough to win the game as Brighton scored from the spot themselves to earn a 1-1 draw and all but extinguish Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four.SPAINYOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Leganes)Leganes’ Moroccan forward Youssef En-Nesyri (R) falls down during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and Club Deportivo Leganes SAD at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on May 3, 2019. © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLEREn-Nesyri helped Leganes stun Sevilla with a 3-0 victory in La Liga that seriously damaged their opponents’ hopes of securing Champions League qualification.The Moroccan’s curled finish into the top corner in the eighth minute set Leganes on their way to a superb win that leaves Sevilla three points adrift of Getafe in the race for fourth place.En-Nesyri has scored 12 goals this season, although this was his first since a hat-trick against Real Betis in February.ITALYJEREMIE BOGA (Sassuolo)Ivory Coast international Boga scored a 78th minute equaliser as Sassuolo came from 2-0 down to grab a point against already-relegated Frosinone.KEITA BALDE DIAO (Inter Milan)Senegalese striker Balde Diao came on as a late substitute but missed the chance to score the winner as Inter Milan were held to a third consecutive stalemate with a goalless draw at Udinese.Goalkeeper Juan Musso denied Keita at close range. The result means Inter Milan’s Champions League ambitions are seriously under pressure.GERMANYSALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The veteran Ivorian striker netted as Hertha ended a seven-game winless run with a 3-1 home victory over Stuttgart.Kalou scored Hertha’s third goal after Vedad Ibisevic opened the scoring in the first half to end a three-game goal drought for the Berliners.ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)The Algerian forward missed one of several chances to win the game as Hoffenheim stumbled in the race for Europe in a 2-2 draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.Belfodil had the chance to put Hoffenheim two goals up just after half-time as Gladbach twice came from behind to snatch a fortunate home draw.MARCEL TISSERAND (Wolfsburg)The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored his first Bundesliga goal as Wolfsburg beat Nuremberg 2-0.Centre-back Tisserand netted Wolfsburg’s second in a crucial victory which saw them leapfrog Hoffenheim into the Europa League qualification spots.FRANCENICOLAS PEPE (Lille)France-born Ivory Coast forward Pepe has been instrumental in Lille’s fine run to the brink of Champions League football next season.His 20-goal haul has helped Lille all but guarantee finishing second and with it direct entry to the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.While he didn’t score in the 2-2 draw with Lyon, his pinpoint free-kick set up Boubakary Soumare for Lille’s second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with Liverpool’s Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (L) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on May 4, 2019. © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, May 6 – Reigning African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah is poised to become the leading English Premier League scorer for the second successive season.The Egyptian netted before being carried off following a blow to the head as Liverpool triumphed 3-2 at Newcastle to keep the title race with Manchester City alive. His goal took his season’s total to 22, two more than his closest challengers.
Mark Kellet, CEO of Magnet.A survey conducted by Amarach on six-hundred Donegal SMEs has found that their collective failure to embrace cloud technology is putting them at a competitive disadvantage.Research by Amarach of 600 SMEs conducted on behalf of telecoms provider Magnet shows that just 14pc of small firms in Donegal and the Border counties say they have implemented a cloud solution of some kind for their business, compared to 45pc in Dublin.Over 90pc of SMEs in Donegal are still using and paying for a conventional phone system, which according to Amarach Research could be costing small business in Ireland over €266 million per year, much of which could be taken out of the sector’s cost base. By contrast, a quarter of Dublin SMEs have moved to VoIP (voice over internet telephony) or a cloud phone system.43pc of employees of small firms in the Capital have access to company data via their smartphone, while this falls to just 14pc in the case of firms in the Border counties, despite the fact that more staff there regularly work outside the office.Mark Kellet CEO of Magnet said, “Staff in companies outside Dublin tend to work from home more and spend more time in their cars, so they are missing an obvious opportunity to work smarter.“The very companies that need the technology aren’t availing of it. Kellett was addressing over 250 local business people as part of a Magnet roadshow across the country.Only 3pc of eligible SMEs have accessed the technology and business grants available, such as the Enterprise Ireland voucher and the Government’s Online Trading Voucher, according to the research.The latter subsidises 50pc of the cost of going online up to a maximum of €2,500 for firms of up to 10 people and €2m turnover.“Our research shows that 90pc of SMEs are unaware of or misunderstand the Online Trading Voucher Scheme as a support to engaging in e-commerce,” says Kellett.“We are encouraging more firms to take advantage of it and improve their competitiveness in the process. “Used with our own package offering for SMEs it can equate to six months of totally free telecoms.”Magnet’s Office-in-a-Box solution for SMEs provides unlimited broadband; hosting; web domain, phone calls and even a promotional video from €149.99 per month.In conjunction with the Online Trading Voucher through Local Enterprise Offices, eligible SMEs can reduce this cost to just €75.Magnet’s innovative cloud phone system is low bandwidth intensive, meaning it is suitable even for areas where basic wired or wireless connectivity is available and can be delivered over any broadband connection, not just Magnet’s. SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COMPANIES FAILURE TO EMBRACE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PROVING COSTLY was last modified: April 8th, 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:BusinessCloud TechnologyFeaturesMagnetnews
Tá lucht eagruithe Loinneog Lúnasa ag cuir gnóthach le na h-ullmhúcháin do dheireadh seachtaine fhada de cheol ,culture & craic I nGaoth Dobhair , i nGaeltacht Dhún na n~Gall. Seo an tríú bliain den fhéile cultúrtha, agus beidh sé ag tarlú ar fud na paróiste ón 8-12 Lúnasa.Mar pháirt de chlár na bliana seo tá tionól speisialta de phíobairí uilleann áit a mbeidh sraith de imeachtaí eagruithe I gcomhar leis Na Píobairí Uilleann,. Beidh scoth na bpíobairí as fud na tíre ag taisteal le freastail ar cheardlainne agus ceolchoirm le leithéidí Gay McKeon, Tommy Keane, Emmet Gill , Sean Óg Potts agus go leor eileBeidh oíche speisialta den “Chuisle Seanchais –Abair leat” in Ionad Naomh Pádraig , Dobhar ag cuimhniú ar na bannaí máirseálaí go léir a bhí sa cheantar thar na glúnta. Mar bhuaicphointí eile den chlár , beidh ceol le amhránaithe cáiliúla idirnáisiúnta chomh maith le tallann óg.Fillfidh an ceoltóir cáiliúil idirnáisiúnta le Clannad , Máire Ní Bhraonainn le oíche speisialta ceoil a chuir ar fáil I dTabhairne Leo , lena clan óg ceolmhar féin ina cuideachta.I ndiaidh an ceolchoirm draíochtuil a thug siad i mí Feabhra, fillfidh Mairéad agus Tríona Ní Dhomhnail ar Theach Húdí Bhig do oíche spreagúil eile i gcomhar le Laoise Kelly ar an chláirseach.Cuirfear tús leis an fhéile le ceolchoirm bríomhar leis an grúpa óg áitiúil An Crann Óg dtígh Mhici i nDoire Beaga. Seo an deis deirneach lena gcluinstin sula dtéann siad thar lear don chead uair le ceolchoirmeacha a dhéanamh sa Ghearmáin ag deireadh mhí Lúnasa! Tá éagsúlacht de imeachtaí teaghlaigh ag tarlú i rith an lae agus neart seisiún ceoil agus damhsa ins na tábhairní agus óstain áitiúil.Deir Cathal Ó Gallchóir , ball de choiste eagruithe Loinneog Lúnasa “ Bhí muid ag iarraidh féile a chruthú a dhéanfadh ceiliúir ar an traidisiún láidir atá sa cheantar , ach a dhéanfadh spreagadh ar cheoltóirí óga an traidisiún sin a iompar ar…NA PÍOPAÍ AR AN AER I nGAOTH DOBHAIR DO LOINNEOG LÚNASA was last modified: August 6th, 2013 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:NA PÍOPAÍ AR AN AER I nGAOTH DOBHAIR DO LOINNEOG LÚNASA
Former Sinn Fein president Ruairi O’Bradaigh dies aged 80A FORMER President of Sinn Fein, Ruairi O’Bradaigh, died on Wednesday.He was aged 80.It is understood he passed away at Galway Hospital surrounded by his family. The octegenarian had been suffering from the ravages of cancer for a number of years.Mr O’Bradaigh was ousted as Sinn Fein president in the 1980s by Gerry Adams.On Wednesday, even the Sinn Fein president issued a statement on his adversary’s death.“On behalf of Sinn Fein, I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. “Whatever differences we may have shared on political matters Ruairí was a life-long activist who was committed to his principles.“Go ndeanfaidh Dia trócaire ar a n’anam dílis.”After his split with Sinn Fein, O’Bradaigh set Republican Sinn Fein and was a fierce critic of Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein who he accused of ‘selling out’ Irish republican principles by signing up to the Good Friday Agreement and accepting the Police Service of Northern Ireland. GERRY ADAMS: O’BRADAIGH WAS A MAN OF PRINCIPLES was last modified: June 5th, 2013 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:GERRY ADAMS: O’BRADAIGH WAS A MAN OF PRINCIPLESREPUBLICAN SINN FEINRUAIRI O’BRADAIGHSinn FeinTD
Norah Jones and Wyclef Jean have recorded a ballad to raise funds for hurricane aid. “Any Other Day” will only be offered digitally through MSN Music. It will be available for download for 99 cents; all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross and Americares for Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief, according to a statement released Thursday. Both Jones and Jean helped compose the song, which is written from the perspective of victims seeking help and refuge from a “hard rain.” Its lyrics include the lines: “I see the airplane. I hear the engine on the boat. But you all can’t see me waving the flag. Somebody please wave the flag.” Jean said his childhood in Haiti showed him how devastating a hurricane can be. “My heart is filled with tears for the victims and all those who have lost loved ones in hurricanes Katrina and Rita. No one can challenge Mother Nature. All we can do now is band together the best we can as one family and help everyone get back on their feet,” he said in the statement. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!