The BCNRED reports the cost of homes in Northern B.C. is on average 31.9 per cent of median family income, compared to an average of 69.2 per cent for the entire province.On average, the cost of owning a home in Fort. St. John is 35 per cent of median family income. While this is higher than the rest of Northern B.C., it’s still relatively less expensive when compared to most other regions in the province. “Despite dramatic average house price increases in some communities across northern British Columbia since the first housing affordability study done in 2003, owning a home in the region consumes a much smaller percentage of household income compared with the burden of home ownership in Vancouver,” BCNREB said.- Advertisement -The board also says in 2013, the Housing Affordability Index for Northern B.C. was 31.9 percent compared to an average of 84.2 percent for Vancouver. The index estimates “the proportion of pre-tax median household income needed to cover mortgage costs, municipal taxes and fees, and utilities for single-family homes.”“Our members are committed to improving the Quality of Life in their communities,” the board goes on to say. “The B.C. Northern Real Estate Board support growth which encourages economic vitality provides housing opportunities and build communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.”The REALTOR members of the BCNREB serve the real estate needs of the communities from Fort Nelson in the north to 100 Mile House in the south.Advertisement
Business owners and the public are being warned that a person is attempting to pass forged €50 notes in Letterkenny this week.The Letterkenny Chamber issued the alert via Facebook on Monday, warning staff to be on alert for fraudulent activity and take necessary steps to check all cash.A message from ShopLK warned “Person trying to pass Fake €50 notes in Letterkenny today. Please check all notes at all times.” Retailers and members of the public are advised to be extra-vigilant and contact Letterkenny Garda Station if they notice any suspicious activity.Businesses warned over fake notes circulating in Letterkenny was last modified: September 10th, 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)
A property developer behind massive developments in Donegal has been declared bankrupt.Sean McWilliams’ firm, McWilliams Homes, owed Anglo Irish Bank almost £25m.The business, which was based in Swatragh in Co Derry, had its biggest projects in County Donegal. In 2005 McWilliams Homes secured approval for a 80m euro residential development of more than 550 houses at Ballymacool in Letterkenny.Plans for the development included commercial units, a creche, health centre and upgrading of the Glenties to Letterkenny road.McWilliams was also behind projects in Muff and Newtowncunningham.Mr McWilliams had signed personal guarantees with Anglo Irish, hence today’s bankruptcy. DONEGAL DEVELOPER DECLARED BANKRUPT was last modified: July 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:ballymacoolco derryCo DonegalletterkennyMcWilliams homes
Stuart Pearce is to return to Nottingham Forest as manager.The Shepherd’s Bush-born 51-year-old will take over on a two-year contract on 1 July.The ex-Forest captain, who began his career at Wealdstone, initially turned down the job for family reasons but had a change of heart.“I had so much on of a personal nature that it wasn’t the right time,” he explained.“But when they asked if I would take it from the summer I jumped at the chance. Everything seems right.”Pearce spent 12 years as a player at Forest, where he also had a spell as caretaker manager.He has since managed Manchester City and the England Under-21 side.“The honour of coming back into this club is massive but what I have done here as a player is irrelevant,” he added.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his young players after their 5-1 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup.Pellegrini fielded a vastly under-strength team, giving full debuts to five players in the fifth-round clash at Stamford Bridge.And they caused some problems for Chelsea before the hosts scored four times in the second half to clinch a quarter-final place.“In the first half we played very well and it was a very tight game,” Pellegrini said. “We played with six young players and I’m very happy with them.“It is important for young players to take their chance when they play, and I was very happy with that.“Unfortunately for us, in five minutes we threw away what we did and at 3-1 it was very difficult.“It is never good to lose 5-1, so I am not so happy about that. But there were a lot of positives.”Pellegrini, whose team play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday, was unrepentant when asked about his team selection.“I always take the best decision for the club,” he said.See also:Hiddink praises players after Chelsea winChelsea thrash City to reach quarter-finalsChelsea v Man City player ratings’World class’ Hazard suffered dip in confidence – CahillFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The children of Wings of Hope enjoy a swim. (Image: Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation)The Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation (KNF) believes pre-school is one of the most important elements in a child’s education, and its offering to this age group is a beacon of hope for families with small children in Johannesburg’s inner city suburb of Jeppestown.Global engineering design and project management group DRA shares the same sentiment and decided to join forces with KNF and help the people of the impoverished area. Community development is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to build sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.DRA engineer Mark Cresswell joined the organisation as chairman of the committee in 2005. “Most of the original members are still trustees of KNF, which was formed to run a school and other outreach projects with the aim of helping to uplift the whole area,” he told SA Goodnews.WINGS OF HOPEMore than 80 children attend the foundation’s Wings of Hope school in Jeppestown, where they are cared for and given a free foundation level education to prepare them for their years to follow at primary school.They come from disadvantaged homes where there are few opportunities to play with something as simple as a toy. Most of these children arrive not knowing how to colour in with crayons or even read a picture book.KNF provides all of this and more to the pre-schoolers so that when they join Grade 1 they have the foundation to help them succeed.“These little ones receive a high quality education from KNF. They also get two hot meals and a decent snack every day plus medical care if necessary and loads of love, care and support,” Cresswell said. “Ultimately, I have seen our past graduates go into Grade 1 with confidence and knowledge.”Since Wings of Hope opened, it has grown from two classes of 20 pupils to four classes of 25 pupils. The enrolment has been steady at 100 pupils for the last few years, which means a large portion of the disadvantaged Jeppestown children are being given the opportunity of a better education.HOW IT STARTEDKNF was founded in 2000 by Sister Natalie Kuhn, a Dominican nun who was nearing retirement from her position as headmistress of the Dominican Convent School (DCS) in Jeppestown.She had been working in the area for years and had noticed the growing numbers of young children idly sitting on the street corners. She realised that she was witnessing the future’s potential street children and decided to do something about it.Having always had a passion for pre-school education, she came up with the idea to turn one of the houses surrounding the core buildings at DCS into a pre-primary school. A fellow nun helped set up the school with inheritance money. In 2005, a committee was formed that included Cresswell as the chairman.Sister Natalie died in 2013 but her good work continues with the help of companies like DRA.With the pre-primary filled quickly, Cresswell and his fellow committee members began to recognise it was not enough to only provide a strong educational foundation to the children in their care.“Once they graduate from pre-school and enter government schools, the children face uncertainty at home. Often there is not enough to eat and the children have to move from one home to another because their parents cannot afford to pay the rapidly rising rent,” he said.“Without stability and adequate nutrition the children struggle to concentrate and progress with their studies.”KNF HELPS FAMILIESIn response, KNF started sending the parents to accredited cooking, home-based care and cleaning courses. “Unfortunately, the courses are costly, so we are not able to assist every family.”Those who have received training have been able to find employment, which has greatly increased the chances of stability in their homes.KNF has also provided training and skills development to nine employees. “Six parents are now fully qualified pre-school teachers and three others work as support staff, cooking for 100 people each day and caring for the environment around them,” said Cresswell.Through a monthly donation that started in 2008, DRA has invested more than R1.3-million in the organisation.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Driven apart by three decades of conflict, Jammu and Kashmir’s two separated communities, Muslims and Pandits, on June 11 witnessed a rare union on the annual festival of Zyeshth Ashtami at the Kheer Bhawani temple in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal, as hundreds of Pandits from across the country converged to pay obeisance.Keeping the age-old tradition alive, local Muslim shopkeepers were seen selling earthenware lamps, marigold flowers and other puja paraphernalia at the temple located at Tulmulla area, 30 km away from Srinagar.“It was heartening to see local Muslim music artists playing on the occasion, while Pandits were whirling around,” said Neerja Kaul, 63, a Pandit who had migrated to Delhi after militancy broke out in the 1990s.The festival is fast emerging as a source of healing of relationships between the Pandits and Muslims of Kashmir. Aliya Assad, manager at the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering and a resident of Baramulla, makes it a point every year to visit the temple to meet old friends and get new ones.“I visit the temple to meet my old friends. I met a lovely couple this year. Their sweet daughter, Avishi Pandita, became my friend. We enjoyed ‘kheer’, ‘halwa’, etc. We also clicked selfies,” said Ms. Assad.Brotherhood and harmonyShe urged the Pandit community to pray for brotherhood and harmony. “For centuries, the celebration of the ‘mela’ has been an epitome of harmony and brotherhood. There is a need to strengthen the bond of togetherness between various sections of society,” said Ms. Assad.With the temple and the sacred pond nestled under the shade of the centuries-old mighty Chinar trees, the festival sees the new generation of Pandits also connecting with their roots and the Muslim brethren. “It’s my first visit. I am moved by the warmth showed by the locals,” said Shaina, 17, from Delhi.Special buses were arranged to ferry hundreds of Pandits from Jammu to Srinagar on the occasion.BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav also visited the temple.Separatists also see the occasion as one where they can reach out to the displaced community. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also greeted the community. “It was heartening to see a large number of Pandits visiting the Valley,” said the Mirwaiz. In the past, JKLF chief Yasin Malik started a tradition to meet the migrant devotees at the temple.Meanwhile, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also welcomed the devotees.Governor Satya Pal Malik also visited the Kheer Bhawani shrine.“Brotherhood and communal harmony is so evident here. All communities have gathered to facilitate the organisation of this ‘mela’. I appreciate the wholehearted support of locals in making this religious congregation a successful event,” said Mr. Malik.Hundreds of Pandits left the Valley in 1990s following raging militancy. While many settled in Jammu, hundreds left their homes to settle in different parts of the country.
A violent clash broke out between inmates and police officers at Punjab’s Ludhiana Central Jail on Thursday, leaving one inmate dead and five injured. Around half a dozen police personnel also sustained injuries. The violence erupted around 11.30 a.m., after news of the death of a prison inmate, identified as Sunny Sood, at the Rajendra Medical College Hospital, Patiala, reached the jail. Sood was an undertrial in a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.Violence over death“The news of Sood’s death triggered a riot on the jail premises. The 3,100-odd inmates refused to go back into the barracks and starting throwing stones, which were available due to some ongoing construction work. They also set on fire the record room and the car of the Jail Superintendent, and vandalised the jail property,” said an official statement. The inmates tried to break the prison gates and the police fired in the air to stop them, the statement added.Meanwhile, additional police forces, including tear-gas vehicles and around 300 personnel, reached the spot to control the violence. “The situation was finally brought under control around 1.30 p.m., when the prisoners were put back in the barracks,” added the statement. The prisoner killed in the violence was identified as Ajit Baba.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry, to be conducted by Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, into the incident. Opposition slams govt.Soon after the incident, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded the immediate sacking of Punjab’s Jail Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa and blamed the State governmen for the complete breakdown of law and order in the State’s prisons. Capt. Amarinder told reporters in New Delhi that the incident did not reflect any law and order breakdown in Punjab. On the Opposition’s demand for Mr. Randhawa’s ouster, Capt. Amarinder said there was no question of it. “The Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party have nothing constructive to say, except to make such illogical demands. We are dealing with the situation.”Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema also accused the Congress government of failing to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the State.
InstagramNorth Carolina’s decision to hire Mack Brown was met with serious questions last fall. Some of those remain, but he got off to a good start with the Tar Heels.UNC, an 11-point underdog, picked up a 24-20 upset win over South Carolina in Charlotte. Brown’s team made what could have been a fatal mistake late, but secured the big first win.After the game, the Tar Heels naturally turned up in the locker room. Mack Brown included.Here is the video of Mack Brown cutting a rug that you may not have known you needed. But you really, really did.pic.twitter.com/xF2XjQXVs7— tarheelupdate (@tarheelupdate) August 31, 2019The Tar Heels are coming off of back-to-back nine-loss seasons under Larry Fedora, who had the team in the ACC Championship just a few years ago.Brown, who hadn’t coached since being let go at Texas in 2013, was certainly an out-of-the-box pick. The way his Texas tenure fizzled out didn’t exactly inspire confidence, and his hire was pretty surprising at the time.He was definitely a known commodity in Chapel Hill, though. He coached the Tar Heels from 1988-1997, winning 10 games three times in his last five seasons during that run, and ending the tenure with six straight bowl games. In 1997, the Tar Heels went 10-1, won the Gator Bowl, and finished fourth in the AP Poll.Expectations shouldn’t be that Brown gets UNC back there right away, but if the Tar Heels can be competitive in a pretty mediocre ACC Coastal right away and beat mid-level SEC teams, that’s not a bad start.
Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The G-RO SIX Is a 6-Wheel, Push-Style Travel Carry-On Unlike Any Other Modern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.Even with the sheer amount of technology available today, it’s still somehow possible for the airlines to lose luggage. Thankfully, in the past two years alone, a number of clever, affordable, and long overdue solutions have emerged. From Bluetooth-enabled luggage, to smartphone apps, to dedicated luggage-tracking gadgets, here are three of our favorites.Bluesmart Connected LuggageWe’ve previously covered Bluesmart luggage, but it’s so damn cool that it’s worth mentioning again. As perhaps the world’s only “smart, connected” luggage, it’s packed with a wealth of revolutionary technology. The most noteworthy is a tracking feature via Telefonica’s near-global 3G wireless service that links to your smartphone. Coverage is available in more than 120 countries without any additional roaming or cell service charges. As an added bonus, the luggage also includes an integrated scale, 10,000 mAh backup battery, and digital lock. Available now for $399 USD.Related: Travel Gear Upgrade: The 3 Best Wheeled Backpacks On The MarketSmartphone Luggage-Tracking AppsFrankly, most mobile airline apps suck, but a few carriers offer updated apps with useful, functional features. Delta’s app, in particular, includes a luggage tracking feature that allows passengers to see the movement of their luggage throughout every leg of their trip. The result is an almost obsessive level of detail that allows you to track your luggage like a FedEx package, knowing in real-time exactly where it’s located. The best part is that it’s a free service and your bag is automatically linked to your Delta frequent flyer profile at check-in. Available now as part of Delta’s standard smartphone app.Trakdot Luggage TrackerThe Trakdot Luggage Tracker is the best of both worlds as it’s compatible with your existing luggage and features a free smartphone app. The tiny device is roughly the size of a deck of cards, weighs just nine ounces, and requires little more than tossing it in your suitcase. It uses patented technology to locate your luggage wherever standard cell service is available. Built-in smart technology even recognizes when your flight has taken off and landed and switches the unit into Airplane Mode accordingly. Available now for $70 USD + a nominal annual fee. 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags