More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline

first_imgA new state-backed finance scheme could help ease the anguish of over 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal. This comes following the news that 1,129 households in Donegal have owed an outstanding debt for the last two years, while 870 of those have been in debt for at least five years – according to new figures. Despite the scale of the repayment problem by mortgage holders, figures from the Department of Housing show that not one household in the county availed of the Government’s Mortgage To Rent scheme.A Government-approved mortgage to rent provider Home For Life (HFL) is spearheading a drive to enable mortgage holders in unsustainable debt to stay in their current homes debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority.HFL insisted that they could come up with a solution in many cases of serious mortgage liabilities.At the recent Home For Life (HFL) Advisory Board meeting at the Fr McVerry Trust headquarters in Dublin were Paul Cunningham, CEO HFL, Fr Peter McVerry and Charles O’Reilly Hyland, Chairman, HFL. Pic: William PowerThe company works with homeowners, lenders and the local authority to keep unsustainable mortgage holders in their current homes, avoiding upheaval for families.Paul Cunningham, CEO of Home For Life, said: “I was surprised to find that of the 1,129 cases in Donegal, none had found a solution through mortgage to rent. “This may be due to the fact that councillors, community leaders and advisors were unaware up to now that the Government’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme was a real deliverable solution for homeowners whose mortgages are unsustainable and are at most acute risk of losing their homes.”Under the scheme, a property is sold to Home For Life and then leased back to the State through the local authority which, in turn, sublets the house or apartment back to the homeowner. The homeowner pays an affordable income-based rent to their local authority.More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline was last modified: November 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:debtMortgagemortgage debtlast_img read more

Active Schools Initiative

first_imgThe Active Schools Initiative (ASI) is a registered NPO that is providing a holistic violence prevention & empowerment programme called ´Play & Learn´ at 15 primary schools in 8 different disadvantaged communities of Cape Town and JohannesburgThe programme assists children to cope with difficult living conditions and empower them to become positive change agents in their own schools, neighbourhoods and communities.Play & Learn includes school ground development, interval programmes, holiday programmes, leadership training for selected child trainers and teacher workshops on topics including positive discipline, numeracy and literacy games, substance abuse prevention and others.We need assistance with office supplies and stationery, clothing and food for ASI staff, books and learning equipment for our school library, material which can be used to build jungle gyms etc, on which the children can play during interval times, and harnesses, helmets and other equipment for our kids climbing programme.We also need financial assistance/ donations for Play & Learn items like balls, skipping ropes, hula-hoops, trampolines, balloons, face paints and stationery.Contact person: Dayana DrekeTelephone: 079 635 6671Address: Milner Road 3, 7700 RondeboschE-mail: [email protected]: www.asi.org.zalast_img read more

Redesigning a Cape Town landmark

first_img Entries were judged by two panels and were assessed against six criteria: aesthetic value, sustainability, cost, technical feasibility, buildability, as well as a reflection of the World Design Capital (WDC) ideals. Design24 is an official WDC project. Weideman said Media24’s “implementation team” would now find the best design solution, which could include elements of the top three designs, within the “modest budget”. Media24 is Africa’s biggest media company, with interests in newspapers, magazines, digital publishing, printing, distribution, book publishing and ecommerce. In August 2000, Media24 – the former Nasmedia – became an independent company. Its majority shareholder is Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms. SAinfo reporter 7 April 2014 Not one but three designs caught the eye of judges in the competition to redesign the façade of the landmark Naspers Centre, head office of Media 24, Africa’s most successful media company. Media24 chief executive Esmare Weideman named the winners at a function on the building’s roof on Friday night. While 94 designs were received, none met all the criteria set in the design competition, which sought concept ideas to reimagine and rejuvenate the iconic building, once the tallest skyscraper in the Mother City. Most fell short on the cost criteria. The company has set aside R15-million to complete the project. The Naspers Centre, located on Cape Town’s foreshore, still has a commanding presence, looking out across the harbour and Table Bay, as well as inland towards Table Mountain. “Some of the entries truly reimagined the iconic Naspers Centre, so even though there wasn’t a clear winner we decided to split the [R320 000] prize money equally between the top three entries as recognition of their artistic contribution,” Weideman said. The three companies are, in no particular order: Tsai Design Studio, whose design “Urban Sculpture” imagined a folded sheath wrapped around the building, with a prominent media wall facing Walter Sisulu Avenue.MLB Architects, whose design “Reimagining an Icon” used glass, mesh and green planting to create an entirely new silhouette for the building.DBM Architects, whose design “Roots” imagined tangled roots reaching up the full height of the building, in reference to Media24’s 100-year history in Cape Town. last_img read more

Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazil

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Federer beats Zverev to reach last four at ATP Finals There was a samba band in the away fans’ section and the visitors’ forward forays drew shrill cheers from their yellow-shirted compatriots in the stands, but Brazil’s football was all style and little substance.Jesus worked Hart with a near-post header from a Dani Alves cross 12 minutes in.Yet for all their back-heels and bravado, Brazil made few inroads, with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar twice ballooning shots high into the seating behind Hart’s goal.England worked Brazil goalkeeper Alisson only once before half-time and he had little trouble fielding a rasping drive from Marcus Rashford.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had starred on his debut against Germany, would last only 34 minutes on his return to Wembley as injury obliged him to cede his place to Jesse Lingard.Brazil created their first clear chance early in the second period when Neymar’s pass freed Coutinho, only for the recalled Hart to block with his legs.Substitute Fernandinho went even closer with 14 minutes remaining, but after a surging run from halfway, his low 25-yard effort grazed the left-hand post.A spate of substitutions had the effect of opening up space in the England half, but still the hosts resisted.Ashley Young marked his return after four years in the international wilderness by sliding in to block from Willian seconds after coming on, while Hart stood up well to thwart Roberto Firmino from Neymar’s pass.Solanke, 20, might have claimed a famous winner at the death when Young’s deep cross from the left found him unmarked at the back post, but Alisson slid out bravely to block. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Southgate reflected with pride on his young team’s maturity, it was a case of back to the drawing board for Tite.Brazil have won 13 of their 17 games since he took charge in June 2016, but their failure to unsettle such green opponents raised questions about their prospects of a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia next year.“One team was proposing the game, trying to exert pressure in a high line and play with the ball,” Tite said.“The other team was defending more, playing more compact and waiting for a mistake to counter-attack.“In a match like this, we’ll have fewer opportunities. But although we had fewer opportunities than in other matches, we had the best ones. I can’t remember one or two chances for them that scared us.”ADVERTISEMENT For Gareth Southgate’s England, who were once again without stars such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling through injury, it was a second successive encouraging 0-0 draw following Friday’s stalemate with Germany.Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke’s appearance as a late substitute made him the sixth England player to have made his debut over the two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it was up there with anything I’ve been involved in,” Southgate told ITV.“We’ve played the best two teams in the world and kept two clean sheets, which gives us something to build on.” MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments MOST READ Brazil’s Neymar takes the ball forward watched by England’s Joe Gomez, left, and England’s Eric Dier during the international friendly soccer match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in London, Britain, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Neymar and his Brazil colleagues were held to a frustrating goalless draw after a spirited display by a callow England team in Tuesday’s friendly match at Wembley Stadium.Brazil coach Tite was able to name a first-choice starting XI, but despite the presence of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho in the visitors’ line-up, they tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart only three times.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more