Historic army parade to pass through Letterkenny this Friday

first_imgOver 400 men and women of the Irish Defence Forces will parade through Letterkenny this Friday morning ahead of their deployment to Lebanon.The event is expected to be an impressive spectacle as the troops march from St Eunan’s College to the High Road, down Main Street and over the Pearse Road to Letterkenny Community Centre.The 114th Infantry Battalion will first face a review at 11am by Defence Minister Paul Kehoe TD and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM. The review takes place ahead of the unit’s six month deployment to South Lebanon as part of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Four hundred and fifty troops will rotate to South Lebanon in what is Ireland’s largest overseas deployment to a single mission area.The personnel travelling with the 114th Infantry Battalion represent 29 counties across Ireland with the main contributing unit being the 72 personnel from the 28th Infantry Battalion based in Finner Camp.Once deployed, the 114th Infantry Battalion will assume command of the IRISHBATT Area of Operations, taking over from 113th Infantry Battalion who deployed to the mission area last November.IRISHBATT will be comprised of 450 Irish army, naval and air corps personnel.  The unit will also include ten soldiers from the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The unit will form up at 11am in St Eunans College, Letterkenny. This will be followed by a parading of the Unit Colours, the Minister’s address and a ceremonial ‘March Past’.The Unit will then parade through the town via the route below. The parade will be dismissed at Letterkenny Community Centre.Image via Donegal County Museum Historic army parade to pass through Letterkenny this Friday was last modified: May 4th, 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) Tags:Defence forcesDefence Minister Paul Kehoe TDparadereviewlast_img

Worms Didn’t Evolve for 520 Million Years

first_imgJ.Y. Chen and team in China have found another Cambrian fossil that exhibits zero evolution for nearly the entire history of life.  The abstract from the Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences1 reports the discovery of three kinds of sipunculan worm near the base of the Cambrian, which all “have striking similarities to modern sipunculans.”  These animals, also called peanut worms, have a “sausage-shaped body with a slender retractable introvert and a wider trunk,” and possess complex and distinctive “features, both external (e.g. perioral crown of tentacles, and hooks, papillae and wrinkle rings on the body surface) and internal (U-shaped gut, and the anus opening near the introvert-trunk junction).”  (See Reefkeeping.com for photo and diagram).  The discoverers conclude, “This study suggests that most typical features of extant sipunculans have undergone only limited changes since the Early Cambrian, thus indicating a possible evolutionary stasis over the past 520 Myr [millions of years].”1Di-Ying Huang, Jun-Yuan Chen, Jean Vannier and J.I. Saiz Salinas, “Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China,” Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences, Volume 271, Number 1549 – August 22, 2004, 1671 – 1676; ISSN: 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online); DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2774.There’s a pattern here, but you have to take off the Darwin glasses to see it.  Darwin glasses cause an optical distortion of vertical parallel lines, making their bottoms appear to converge and connect.  Hard-core Darwinists cannot see without their glasses on.  When pressed to explain how parallel lines could meet, they invoke non-Euclidean biology across parallel universes (see 07/27/2004 headline).  With their glasses on, it’s obvious anyway and in no need of explanation.See also 07/29/2004 headline on the Cambrian explosion.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Protect yourself: The important facts about identity theft

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We generally dedicate our monthly article to covering financial topics that could, or already do effect business for farmers and agribusiness professionals. From tax issues to succession planning — we’ve covered everything you might expect from an accounting firm. But now, with tax season upon us, we want to shine a light on something more personal-tax identity theft. Read on for sound advice and vital tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a target, and what to do in the event that your identity is compromised.Cases of tax identity theft continue to rise. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates as many as nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Now, more than ever, the IRS is focused on preventing, detecting and resolving tax identity theft cases, but the threat is still very real for taxpayers.How will I know if I am a victim?According to the Internal Revenue Service’s online guide to identity theft, the following raise red flags and most likely signal your identity has been tampered with:Multiple tax returns being filed on your behalf.IRS records show you received wages from an unknown employer.It is confirmed, my identity has been compromised… where do I turn?Turn to your accountant. If you don’t have one, reach out to a firm to immediately begin to assist you. An accounting firm will work with the IRS and other necessary parties right along with you.The first step will be to respond directly to the IRS by calling the number on the notice they have provided to you. This notice will arrive via U.S Mail. The IRS will not initiate communication with you through any other outlet, including telephone, email, texting or social media. Anyone reaching out to you through these channels is not credible and is most likely conducting a scam.Responding to the notice you received from the IRS in the mail will begin the rectification process. Early on, you should expect to be asked to complete an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039).The steps to protecting your identity from being compromised further don’t stop with the IRS. You will also want to immediately do the following:File a report with the local law enforcement.Report your theft to the FTC (www.consumer.ftc.gov).Contact all three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and ask to speak with their fraud department.Close all accounts that could be targeted and check to see if any fraudulent accounts have been opened in your name.Check with the Social Security Administration to insure that your earnings statement hasn’t been tampered with.Continue to file your tax returns, even if you must do so by paper. Work with Holbrook & Manter on this filing to insure that all elements are in order.Could this have been prevented?Cases of tax identity theft are complex and can take several months to resolve. Taking steps to prevent this from happening is your best defense so you aren’t left waiting for refund dollars. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself:Don’t carry your social security card or documents where it appears. Only give this information out when absolutely necessary.Check your credit report periodically. At least check it annually.Secure all personal financial information and keep these documents in a safe place, perhaps even locked up in a safe.Electronically, use firewalls and anti-spam virus software on all computers you use for financial matters such as paying bills.  Also, change Internet security passwords frequently to better safeguard information.Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or online unless you have either initiated the contact or are sure the party asking is trustworthy.More information about taxpayer identity theft can be found on the IRS website www.irs.govFind an accounting firm that understands how unnerving a situation like this can be that is committed to protecting you and your assets. Should you have any questions or you run into problems regarding protecting your identity, please reach out to us. We would be happy to help. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through the firm website.last_img

India may host 2026 FIFA World Cup: Blatter

first_imgFIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that India could host the 2026 Football World Cup.FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter gestures during a press conference in Abu Dhabi. APFIFA may have shocked the world by choosing Qatar as a World Cup venue in 2022, but Blatter believes it could be time for a more obvious new market to host the World Cup, which is India.The FIFA chief was quoted by The Telegraph as saying that India has 1.2 billion people, and it’s not just a market for football but for the economy too. He further said that India is a real power. It remains to be seen whether Blatter will still be in charge of FIFA when the rights to host the 2026 World Cup will be awarded.Additionally, it seems unlikely that the World Cup will be held in Asia twice in a row. India has struggled to make an impact at the international level, demonstrated by their 4-0 loss to Australia in the Asian Cup on Monday.Currently India is only 142nd in the FIFA rankings. India qualified for the 1950 World Cup, but eventually withdrew after the draw and didn’t take part in the tournament. India has not qualified for a World Cup ever since.last_img

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlist

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a second spell.The Sunday Express says Inter are considering parting company Luciano Spalletti next summer after they crashed out of the Champions League and trail leaders Juventus by 14 points in Serie A.Mourinho is one of the names Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta is considering along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte should they not extend Spalletti’s contract which runs out at the end of the season.Mourinho arrived at United in 2016 to replace Louis van Gaal and he won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.But this season has seen up upset with the United board over their failure to sign a central defender before the summer transfer window closed. last_img

Mick Cronin May Have Hit On Ashley Judd On Twitter

first_imgMick Cronin with his mouth wide open while wearing a red tie.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…last_img

A quick look at Calgary Flames city financial proposals on new NHL

first_imgCALGARY – A quick look at what the City of Calgary and the Calgary Flames are offering to build a new NHL arena:City of Calgary— an equal three-way split of $185 million each from the city, Flames and a ticket surcharge paid by users for a total of $555 million.— Flames ownership gets control of arena and all revenues for 35 years.— Calgarians get an NHL team, property tax and use of the event centre during Stampede.Flames ownership— Contribute $275 million of their own money to a $500-million arena, which they equate to prepayment of rent for 35 years of tenancy.— Says the city can raise $225 million via a community revitalization levy, which is tax collected from new development around a new arena.last_img

Ontario lost 1000 planned rental units since new housing rules introducedreport

first_imgTORONTO – At least 1,000 planned rental units in Ontario have been cancelled or converted to condominiums since the province introduced new rent control rules, a report released by a group representing rental-housing providers said as it warned of a supply crunch if the issue isn’t addressed.The report, commissioned by the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario and released Monday, said the Liberal government’s Fair Housing Plan has negatively impacted the province’s rental housing supply.Before the introduction of the government legislation, 28,000 rental units were in the planning pipeline, but since the new rules were introduced 1,000 of those units have been cancelled or converted to condominiums, the report said.The federation’s president, Jim Murphy, said Ontario needs 34,000 rental units built a year to keep pace with demand and it is currently falling 6,250 short each year.“We need more supply, full stop,” Murphy said. “And we’ve got to encourage everyone, the industry included but also governments to come to the table with policies that will create the environment for new rental units”In April, the Ontario government announced what it called a comprehensive housing package aimed at cooling a red-hot real estate market.Amongst the 16 measures were a 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax to be imposed on buyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations and expanded rent control that will applied to all private rental units, including those built after 1991, which were previously excluded.According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation data in the report, vacancy rates in the province have already fallen to 2.1 per cent across the province.Murphy said both provincial and municipal governments could make policy and tax changes to help encourage developers to deliver more purpose-built rentals.“The problem right now is that there has been uncertainty created because of that change and we’re starting to see cancellations of projects at a time when we need more supply,” he said.Housing Minister Peter Milczyn said the province does not plan to change rules which cap annual rent increases.“I am listening to the industry, monitoring the situation, but we’re taking our action, which was to ensure there’s fair rental policies for tenants and releasing surplus provincial lands to build more rental supply,” Milczyn said.Milczyn said he is skeptical about the findings of the report, adding that over the past decade only about six per cent of housing starts in Ontario were for rental housing.“Under the old rent control regime that wasn’t generating lots of purpose-built rental housing,” he said.last_img

US agribusiness looks to boost sales to Cuba

first_imgHAVANA – Representatives from the United States’ agricultural sector arrived in Cuba on Thursday for a conference aimed at promoting sales, one of the few U.S. business areas allowed to deal with the island under a half-century-old trade embargo that Cuban leaders blame for most of its economic troubles.The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Coalition will explore potential opportunities for American agriculture producers seeking a market on the island. Cuba imports most of its food products from abroad, a multibillion-dollar market that has flourished despite U.S. sanctions.Relations between both countries normalized somewhat after former U.S. President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo while in office. But President Donald Trump has intensified sanctions, making it harder for Americans to travel to Cuba and conduct business.In 2017, the United States sold $260 million of food to the Cuba, but the figure was one of the lowest in this decade and paled in comparison to the $450 million of U.S. food sold in 2012.The island still cannot sell its own products in the U.S. and is not given credit to help pay for imports as a result of the embargo.Cuba spends about $2 billion a year to import food for its 11 million citizens, who are given almost free rations each month of products such as chicken, rice and milk.Phil Peters, a trip organizer, said U.S. agribusiness is interested in exporting more products to Cuba and improving regulatory conditions, and in “building a broader and more normal relationship in which there is investment and shared business.”About 30 participants were meeting with officials at the conference and visiting farms and co-operatives in the Caribbean nation. The group is scheduled to stay until Saturday.“Our country finds itself fully updating its economic model,” Cuban deputy agriculture minister Jose Miguel Rodriguez de Armas said at the opening of the conference. “The concerns of the agriculture sector are very important for the development of our country.”last_img