Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar

first_imgThe number of people who are presenting as homeless in Donegal has almost doubled between January and February 2019. Twenty one households were accessing emergency accommodation from Donegal County Council last month, which is a 75% rise from the 12 households registered in January.The latest report from the Department of Housing has revealed that the number of homeless people in Ireland has exceeded 10,000 for the first time. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the figures as “hugely disappointing” as it emerged that 6,480 adults and 3,784 children were accessing emergency accommodation in February 2019. Sixty one adults and eleven families were recorded as homeless in the entire North West region of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo in February.In response to the report, Minister Murphy said: “The increase in homelessness in February is hugely disappointing. Our plans to fix the supply of both social and private housing are working and this is borne out by the most recent build figures. The latest RTB report also shows rent falling at the end of 2018. And yet still we see more people entering emergency accommodation.”“I am in constant contact with local authorities and am working with them to help move families out of emergency accommodation and into sustainable housing solutions,” he said.Donegal County Councillor Liam Doherty has said that the number of people experiencing homelessness is “unacceptable” and shows that government policy is failing to tackle the problem. He added: “This is simply deplorable and it is totally unacceptable that in the Ireland of 2019 we have entire families entering homelessness and living in emergency accommodation.“These figures also prove that homelessness is not simply an urban phenomenon but that rural counties such as Donegal too are struggling to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis gripping this state.“In the eight years since Fine Gael took office there has been an increase of 490% in the number of homeless children across the state, up from 641 in 2011.”Cllr Doherty said that the Minister’s ‘disappointment’ with the figures is an understatement.He added: “It should be remembered that Sinn Féin put down a motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy earlier this year, and he is only in his position because Fianna Fáil failed to support it. “As a Councillor, I pledge to continue to engage with officials at local authority level to find ways of improving emergency accommodation services for people in our county experiencing homelessness, and I will continue to work closely with families and those facing homelessness to ensure that they can access the supports they so badly need.”Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Humboldt Crabs use six-run fourth inning to race past Walnut Creek Crawdads

first_imgARCATA >> While the midsummer showers let up for a brief moment just after 8 p.m. Friday night, the Crabs made sure that it kept raining runs at the Arcata Ball Park.It was another game, and another big inning for the hometown team in red, white and blue.After grabbing an early lead, the hot-hitting Humboldt Crabs offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth and rode the deluge of hits to an 8-3 win over the visiting Walnut Creek Crawdads to extend their winning streak to four …last_img read more

Piscotty’s heroics, A’s winning streak put on hold

first_imgDETROIT — Bob Melvin will be the first to admit that he’s no meteorologist.Still, the Oakland Athletics manager thought his team could have gotten three final outs required to make 5-3 the final score of Sunday’s series finale with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park final before the rain really started coming down.“When they pulled it, it wasn’t raining barely at all,” Melvin said before relaying that the umpires explained to him that they were told “once it started raining that it was going …last_img read more

Backpacker lodges: KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgThe ProvinceThe garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean.One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the province stretches from mountains to the ocean, from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique in the north.Find out more: KwaZulu-Natal provinceBACKPACKING ACCOMMODATIONDrakensbergAmphitheatre BackpackersInkosana Lodge and TrekkingKhotso Adventure Farm (Southern Drakensberg)Sani Lodge Backpackers HostelSani Top ChaletDundeeBattlefields Country LodgeDurbanAnsteys Beach Backpackers (The Bluff)Banana Backpackers (Durban)Durban Backpackers on the Beach (Durban North)Gibela Backpackers (Morningside)Happy Hippo Backpackers and Accommodation (Durban Central)Hippo Hide Lodge and Backpackers (Berea)Nomads Backpackers (Berea)Nunuburd (Berea)Seaboard Hotel and Holiday Apartments (Beachfront)Smith’s Cottage (Umgeni Heights)Surf ‘n Dreams (Morningside)Tekweni Backpackers (Morningside)MidlandsMawelawela Accommodations (Elandslaagte)The Knoll Guesthouse & Backpackers (Hilton)Watkins Farm Backpackers (Nottingham Road)North CoastQueens Terrace Backpackers (Amanzimtoti)Ballito Backpackers (Ballito)BiB’s International Backpackers (St Lucia)Budget Backpackers (St Lucia)Isinkwe Backpackers Lodge and Safaris (Hluhluwe)Kosi Bay Inn (Kosi Bay)Natural Moments Bush Camp & Diving (Sodwana)Nature’s Way Backpackers (Mtunzini, Zululand)Shapes of Africa (Mount Moreland)Stokkiesdraai International Backpackers (St Lucia)The Secret Spot Surf Camp (Shaka’s Rock)Thobeka Backpackers (Kosi Bay)Veyane International Backpackers (St Lucia)Zululand Backpackers (Eshowe)PietermaritzburgSleepy Hollow Adventure BackpackersSouth CoastFar Horizon Lodge (Port Edward)Kuboboyi River Lodge (Port Edward)Mantis and Moon Backpackers (Umzumbe, near Port Shepstone)Spot Backpackers (Umtentweni, near Port Shepstone)Southbroom Travellers Lodge & Backpackers (Southbroom)Vuna Valley Ventures (near Port Edward)Yengele Paradise Boutique Lodge (Trafalgar)Valley of 1000 Hills1000 Hills BackpackersBlack Mamba LodgeWarner BeachBlue Sky Mining Backpackers and LodgeIrie LodgeBackpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What Steven Hauschka Thinks About Being A Clutch Kicker

After wrapping up my “Kickers Are Forever” article on Tuesday, I wandered to Media Day in Phoenix, site of a sporting event this Sunday, and found Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, who — unlike a certain beastly teammate — was willing to answer a few questions.Here’s how it went down, starting with what they were talking about just before I arrived:Another reporter: Can you imagine Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo kicking field goals in the Super Bowl? Do you think they would be good?Steven Hauschka: Yeah, I think Ronaldo would be really good at it. They both would. It’s a little different but I’m sure within a few minutes they could be kicking 50-yard field goals, no problem.Benjamin Morris: Do you know how to bend a soccer ball?SH: Yeah.BM: What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever made in practice?SH: 67 [yards].BM: How often do you think you convert a field goal of 60 yards?SH: In Arizona, I don’t know. Half the time or more.BM: Why do you think kickers are so good these days?SH: Because we grew up kicking. I started kicking at 3 years old. I think it’s just, we’re more athletic. I mean, not me in particular, but some of the guys out there in the league are just really good athletes who switched to kicking because they couldn’t make it as a quarterback or something.BM: Do you think soccer has improved it a lot?SH: Yeah, yeah I do. Most of the guys started playing soccer that ended up as kickers.BM: Do you think punters have gotten better as much as field goal kickers have gotten better?SH: I think some of the punters have gotten really good, but as a whole I don’t think they’re at the level of the field-goal kickers. I think there’s more put into the field goal at a younger age. I don’t think kids start learning to punt until a little later. Whereas field goal kicking, I think guys are starting pretty young.BM: What are the odds that an average NFL player, non-kicker, could make a 25 yard field goal?SH: Um, low. Twenty-five percent.BM: Do you think there’s such a thing as clutch?SH: I think if you’re a 90 percent kicker, the best you can do under the most important situation is be a 90 percent kicker. I think if you’re trying to stretch any more than that … that’s not realistic. Obviously the clutch guys make it when it matters, but there’s still that chance.BM: If you miss a kick, do you feel bad about it? Or do you feel like, if you’re 90 percent, you’re going to miss one in 10 kicks?SH: Yeah, that’s the goal: to understand that it’s going to happen every once in a while because no one is perfect. The goal is consistently to play at a high level.Some thoughts:That last one may read like a fairly bland answer, but his tone reminded me of how a lot of professional poker players ideally feel about losing: that losing is part of the process. But in reality that ideal is very hard to meet.He obviously has a very high opinion of soccer, saying an average NFL player (who has presumably been handling footballs his whole life) could make a short field goal only 25 percent of the time, but top soccer players could make 50-yarders with only minutes of practice. The introduction of the soccer-style kick and the influx of former soccer players into gridiron kicking ranks are both likely contributors to kickers’ otherworldly improvement.His answer about “clutchness” seemed to suggest that trying too hard to be clutch could be counter-productive relative to just trying to kick the ball. That fits with one of my pet theories of clutch, which is that, rather than being some kind of superhuman ability, clutch just means being completely normal in circumstances when others might crack.Here’s hoping that kicking plays a big role in Sunday’s game! read more

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