Finance Minister says he has no role with banks in assisting Mica homeowners

first_img WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Finance Minister says he has no role with banks in assisting Mica homeowners By News Highland – April 23, 2021 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleDonegal Deputy says end of direct provision deadline will be missedNext articleFormer Derry player Higgins now wants success as a Manager News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img Pinterest The Finance Minister has confirmed that he will have no role in any decision made by banks to assist Mica affected homeowners.There have been repeated calls for banks to help meet the 10% contribution required under the Mica Redress Scheme.Minister Colm Brophy confirmed to Senator Vick Boyhan in the Seanad this morning that Minister Paschal Donohoe has stated in a letter to the Housing Minister that he nor his department has any role in a decision by banks to assist with mortgages on mica affected properties.Senator Boyhan told the Seanad that for homeowners that is a hard pill to swallow:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/boyhan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

first_imgMaria Sharapova celebrates her winTianjin, China | AFP | Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four championship points in the tie-breaker before beating the 19-year-old 7-5, 7-6 (10/8).Maria Sharapova def. Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8) to win her Singles Title #36 and her first #TianjinOpen. Her first title since 2015! pic.twitter.com/DsHGPpYIh7— Rodri #SharaFamily (@SharapovAce) October 15, 2017Sharapova clasped her hands to her chest in delight as she absorbed the feeling of winning her 36th tour title and first in more than two years since the 2015 Italian Open.Sharapova, 30, was contesting the seventh tournament of what has been an injury-plagued and controversial comeback since testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in early 2016.She exchanged 11 breaks of serve with the Belarusian, who has yet to win a WTA trophy, before finally clinching it in the tie-breaker when the teenager put a forehand return long.In a tight final of high-decibel shrieking, Sabalenka was broken in the opening game but any expectations that she would roll over quickly dissolved when she won four games in a row to go 4-1 up.Sharapova’s coach Sven Groeneveld urged her to use the body serve, and momentum immediately shifted as she held the next game and then edged a nine-minute game seven to wrestle it back on serve.THE MOMENT! @MariaSharapova wins the 2017 Tianjin Open 7-5, 7-6 in just over 2 hours ? #tianjinopen #Sharapova pic.twitter.com/kSQyqrgr3N— Tianjin Open (@TianjinOpen) October 15, 2017 #36 I will always remember you ? pic.twitter.com/GEczLqGRRd— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 15, 2017Sabalenka angrily slammed her racquet down as she double-faulted to be broken for a third time and with Sharapova serving at 6-5, the Belarusian overcooked a forehand to hand over the set.The second set followed a similar pattern and Sabalenka was 5-1 up before Sharapova reeled her in, breaking three times — and saving a set point along the way — before serving for the match at 6-5.But a double fault from the Russian took it to a closely contested tie-break, where Sharapova held championship points four times before finally sealing it after two hours and five [email protected] and her 36 trophies #Tennis #WTA #Sharapova pic.twitter.com/5fuVy0zLRB— Sharapova Brasil (@SharapovaBR) October 15, 2017Sharapova, whose ranking has dropped to 86, has been playing on wildcards this season. Her return has proved divisive, with some rivals insisting she shouldn’t be back on tour at all.She now heads to next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow for the first time since 2007, after also being given a wildcard to play in what is her home tournament.bur/th/smShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

No. 1 Kentucky Prepares for Robert Morris

first_imgKentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) blocks the shot of Michigan State guard Gary Harris as forwards Julius Randle (30) and Alex Poythress also defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)by Gary GravesAP Sports WriterLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky is all set for a timely rematch against Robert Morris.The Colonials handed the Wildcats their previous defeat in last spring’s NIT to cap a disappointing season for Kentucky’s last class of highly-touted freshmen.Senior guard Jon Hood said the 59-57 loss stuck with him all summer. Coach John Calipari says he hasn’t watched the video.The Wildcats (2-1) are more focused on learning from Tuesday night’s 78-74 loss to No. 2 Michigan State. Though Kentucky’s chemistry is still developing, overcoming a 15-point deficit demonstrated a toughness that Calipari didn’t always see last season and he’s curious to see how his team responds to its first setback in Sunday’s rematch against Robert Morris (2-1).“There was nice will (to win) there, the guys kept fighting,” Calipari said Friday. “They kept trying, so we have something to build on.“As we go into this game, this team (Robert Morris) is really aggressive. They get up in you. … They’ve got a team that’s coming in here that’s saying, ‘we beat these guys, let’s go.’ They’re not afraid, I watched this team, they’re not afraid.”Robert Morris is coming off Thursday’s 69-64 loss to Eastern Michigan. Junior guard Karvel Anderson is the leading scorer at 18.3 points per game.The Colonials led almost the entire game when the teams met on March 19 outside Pittsburgh. At the time, they faced a top-seeded Kentucky team that battled inconsistency all season and had lost forward Nerlens Noel to a season-ending knee injury.The game typified the Wildcats’ up-and-down season. Kentucky rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to tie twice but never led a game sealed by two Mike McFadden free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining. Fans storming the court in a wild celebration.Though Hood said the memory of the loss lingered up until practice began, the Wildcats aren’t looking for revenge against the Colonials.“It’s just another game to us. We are here to get past it and to get better,” Hood said. “We want to pour it on to every team. We want to win by as much as possible and get better while doing it.”Right now, Kentucky just wants to win again after its comeback fell short against the Spartans.Calipari found a bright spot in players’ crying afterward. Calipari said they needed that disappointment to understand the pain of losing and what they have to do avoid it.“We’ve learned a lot,” Randle said. “We’ve kind of started to establish how we want to play and we’re just getting better. That game, we grew up a lot and matured a lot and we’ll be fine.”last_img read more