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This could act as a hedge against revenue declines in other areas. If I had to invest £500 in just two businesses for 2021, I’d pick these stocks.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img How I’d invest £500 right now for 2021 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 5th December, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

first_imgMortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months NewsHousingO’Dea criticizes new Government mortgage schemeBy Staff Reporter – January 23, 2018 1629 Twitter Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick city has said that Government policy continues to ignore the major supply issues which remain at the centre of Limerick and the country’s housing crisis.The Deputy was responding to Monday’s announcement of a revamped mortgage scheme for low income earners. Willie O’Dea TD said, “Let no one be under any illusion, the scheme announced on Monday is an affordable loan scheme not an affordable housing one. A distinct lack of housing supply, more importantly a lack of affordable housing remains at the very core of Limerick and Ireland’s housing crisis.“Too many of our younger generation are being priced out of the market in Limerick and nationwide. There may be some that could benefit from the scheme announced this morning but the vast majority, particularly single people and couples will not benefit due to the existing mortgage rules imposed by the Central Bank.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “If the housing supply remains in the doldrums we can expect prices to continue to rise leaving first time buyers frozen out of the market. Until there is a steady supply of houses, at prices commensurate with a person or couples income, we will never reach true affordability in our housing system. As things stand, The Minister cannot even specify the number of homes that were built last year.” He continued.“In order to address the affordability of housing, Government must examine the cost of finance for builders, tackle planning delays and get bricks and mortar in the ground – this is the only effective way to open up home ownership. I welcome any measure that has the capacity to help first time buyers own their home; however the Minister must also be conscious of the thousands of second time buyers also who struggle to meet the 20% deposit requirement.He concluded, “Monday’s announcement will do very little for them.”More about housing here. Advertisement Students warned of rental scams in Limerick WhatsApp TAGSDeputy Willie O’DeaFianna FáilgovernmentHousingmortgage Email Previous articleSkills of the future addressed at Network Ireland Limerick eventNext articleLimerick based Malta Ambulance Corps celebrates 70 years in service Staff Reporter center_img Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Facebook Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick Linkedin Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10last_img read more

first_imgFor a horse-racing city, Louisville, Kentucky sure loves bicycles. At the advent of the 20th century, more Louisvillians had turned onto the new sport of cycling than in any other city in the U.S. 50 years later, a stolen bicycle angered one young boy so badly, he became the greatest fighter in the world. The disgruntled bike owner was named Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). In 2013 Louisville was the first non-European city to host The Cyclocross World Championship. Combine this passion for cycling with hip, rust-belt revivalism, southern hospitality, urban green space, and historical charm, and you’ve got one of the most dynamic cities in America. Louisville is also the epicenter of the Kentucky bourbon craft. 150 varieties of the drink exist amid trendy enclaves of artisan cuisine and indie music. Day 1:  Earn your night’s bourbon and cover some ground with a long pedal. Prime up with a hearty breakfast at Wild Eggs, a four-time winner of the Louisville’s Best Breakfast Award.  wil eggs 3The Farmers Market Skillet, a Wild Eggs Local FavoriteIf it’s singletrack you’re after, Cherokee Park offers 10 miles of moderately challenging trail right downtown. Just south of the city, Fort Duffield Park yields 10 miles of trail, bolstered by jumps, berms, and log crossings. Check out the fort, an earthen Civil War garrison, and surrounding cabins used by Confederate guerrillas. A third mountain biking option takes you 100-feet underground to the Louisville Mega Cavern, a 7-acre, subterranean bike park that was once an abandoned mine. Here you’ll find 45 trails and year-round 60-degree temperatures. A four-hour pass runs $24.Cherokee-Trails-IICherokee Park offers 10 miles of moderately challenging trail right downtown.Louisville boasts a famed urban park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Central Park and the Biltmore grounds in Asheville, North Carolina. Road bikers have innumerable options, but locals recommend Olmsted’s parkways. Iroquois Park affords excellent panoramas of the skyline. City planners are keen to open a 110-mile loop of paved pathway, dubbed the Louisville Loop. For repairs, gear, and advice, head to Bardstown Road Bicycle Co. Check out their mini-bike museum, where one look at a 19th-century rig quickly confirms: the golden age is now.bardstownAfterwards, grab lunch at the Blue Dog Cafe in the quaint Crescent Hill Neighborhood. If you still have energy, take a 20-minute drive to Jefferson Memorial Forest. At 6,500 acres it is the largest municipal forest in the U.S. Hike on 35 miles of trail or channel your inner primate at Go Ape Adventures, where 40 tree-top obstacles test your skills. With non-compliant weather, hit any of Louisville’s three indoor climbing facilities.  Louisville nightlife revolves around food, craft cocktails, boutique neighbors, and live music.  Hit the East Market District, or “Nulu”, for beer gardens, locally-sourced food trucks, and garage bands. Whiskey hounds should head to Butchertown or Clifton. Watch for nationally-touring bands, festivals, and various other events. Waterfront Park hosts Forecastle for three days every July. Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Sam Smith, and hometown-favorite My Morning Jacket headlined in 2015.jeffersonThe Jefferson National Forest is the largest municipal forest in the U.S.Day 2:  Louisville owes it existence to the mighty Ohio River, hence the nickname “River City”. The river was a bastion of trade and a cultural divide. Take time to explore this iconic waterway. For a leisurely paddle, put in at the community boathouse or Charlestown State Park, just across the river in neighboring Indiana. Avoid a Huck Finnian mishap and watch for barges. The Ohio remains a commercial shipping route. Beach at Rose Island, 18-Mile Island, or 12-Mile Island, where sand and a rope swing await.When the conditions are right, seasoned whitewater paddlers can score big at the Falls of the Ohio. Like Ottawa, Canada, Louisville is an urban playboating destination. Four class III-IV waves pump within a one-mile stretch at The Falls. Check for releases from November to June. In the summer, style the class II waves on the tamer Lower Falls. Always be mindful of water levels and conditions as the Ohio River can be unfit for human-powered crafts at times. Anglers can head to Floyd’s Fork at Beckley Creek Park where bass, trout, and panfish abound in mellow waters. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent. Some prefer to fly fish the fork.      8683614025_6d0cb8af02_zLights from Downtown Louisville Reflecting off the Mighty Ohio.Before you make your way out of town, stroll Old Louisville. The largest Victorian neighborhood in America leaves you with Louisville’s signature charm. Watch for ghosts, who reportedly haunt many of the mansions.    Stay: Central Park B&B: For around $150 a night, book swanky, Victorian digs in the heart of Old Louisville.Louisville Metro KOA: Head north of the Ohio River into Indiana and save money at an urban campground.  Air B&B: Numerous options plant you in homes right in the hippest neighborhoods.  Eat: Proof on Main – Bison burgers, bourbon, an art gallery, and Levon Wallace the most talked about chef in Louisville.Blue Dog Cafe – A happening community cafe with the best artisan bread around.  Jack’s Fry – A fine-dining staple with an old-time Louisville feel. Mayan Cafe – Recipes from the Yucatan made with food grown in Kentucky. El Mundo – $2.50 street tacos, renowned margaritas, colorful atmosphere, and an outdoor patio in Crescent Hill.el mundo1Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot – Meat smokers, beer, and corn hole makes FABD Louisville’s favorite BBQ joint.  Get Outfitted: Quest Outdoors –  Three locations, two of which are open seven days a week, brim with gear and local expertise. Parkside Bikes – Two stores, housing the largest inventory in Louisville, have built fix-it stations on the Olmstead Parkways. Bardstown Road Bicycles – A chic store front with gear, repairs, and a mini bike museum.last_img read more