first_imgFianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to guarantee that the National Broadband Plan, to be published next month, will address the serious deficiencies in broadband access in many areas of Co Donegal.Deputy McConalogue has raised serious concerns about recent comments from the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce that “spatial distribution patterns in Ireland make the delivery on a commercial basis of high speed broadband to more isolated rural areas cost prohibitive for industry.”The Donegal North East TD commented, “Minister Rabbitte announced his broadband plan amid great fanfare last year and claimed that nearly every household and business in Ireland already has access to competitively priced broadband.  But we can see in Donegal that is certainly not the case. “The Broadband services in many areas of this county are poor at best.  The Programme for Government committed to bring fibre-power broadband to 90% of homes and businesses in Ireland. The progress of that plan, if any, certainly can’t be seen in Donegal.“The consequences of poor broadband services are significant for this region. The Taoiseach himself has said that the internet industry is the key to Ireland’s economic recovery. How can we expect to retain and create jobs in Donegal if the basic service is not being provided?“The Next Generation report has asked for contributions from the public. I would urge the people of Donegal to make their voices heard and contact nextgenerationbroadband@dcenr.ie to demand improvements to broadband in their area.“Donegal has been left behind when it comes to high-speed broadband and we need to be brought up to speed with the rest of the country. In the interests of economic recovery and job creation, Minister Rabbitte must ensure his plan is fair to every region in f the country. No business or household can be left behind.  I am calling on Minister Rabbitte to deliver on his promise and guarantee full broadband access in Donegal.”  ‘DONEGAL MUST NOT BE LEFT OUT AGAIN OVER BROADBAND’ – TD was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’DONEGAL MUST NOT BE LEFT OUT AGAIN OVER BROADBAND’ – TDlast_img read more

Eastern Cape’s 2010 festivals

first_img29 April 2010 A myriad of festivities awaits football fans visiting South Africa’s Eastern Cape – where the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is situated – for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. The province will be alight with a fever of festivals, from culture in Grahamstown to cultured oysters in Knysna, from surfer’s paradise in Jeffreys Bay to wonder on the “Wild Coast”. A major attraction for tourists looking for a dose of culture in the “province of festivals” will be the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, running over 15 days from 20 June through 4 July.National Arts Festival, Grahamstown The festival is South Africa’s premier annual arts and culture event, hosting both top-notch international acts and South Africa’s best known performers, writers, directors, musicians, dancers and choreographers – “a great mix”, says National Arts Festival chief executive Tony Lankester. “It is a melting point of ideas and creative energy that will invigorate and excite anyone … We look forward to welcoming the world,” said Lankester. With almost 500 productions and 2 500 performances, it will be a cultural welcome unlike any other. And this year’s event has been specially structured to attract football fans. “With the World Cup in mind, we want to showcase the best South Africa has to offer across every genre so our performers can put their work at the feet of the world,” Lankester said. “Because the World Cup is a global celebration, we wanted to ensure our programme featured some strong, exciting, vibrant, celebratory international work. We’ve got that mix right, and I think we’re poised for a great event.” With Grahamstown just over an hour’s drive from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro/Port Elizabeth, and about two hours’ drive from East London/Buffalo City, the festival is perfect for both “bite-sized” day trips and extended stays. “In between the games, we would encourage tourists to sample some of the local culture,” Lankester said. “Visiting another country is an exciting opportunity to do more than just sightsee – it is a chance to immerse yourself in the fabric of the nation and, in South Africa’s case, there is no better place to do that than the National Arts Festival.”Knysna Oyster Festival Lankester said visitors to the Eastern Cape would not be disappointed, as South Africa’s “hidden gem” had an incredible variety on offer. Just on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape is Knysna, which will host the Dutch and French football teams over the Fifa World Cup, and the week-long Knysna Oyster Festival from 2-11 July. About three hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth, Knysna marks the beginning of South Africa’s famous “Garden Route” – the beautiful stretch of coastline to Cape Town – renowned for its sweeping landscapes, coastal towns, cuisine and, closer to the Mother City, wine. Oyster Festival organisers say the presence of the Danish and French will add a World Cup flavour, but that the festival will also be an escape from the fever pitch. “We will incorporate Danish and French elements in our programme (including Danish and French villages),” said festival manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt. “Menus are being translated into French, restaurants will offer French and Danish dishes, so Knysna will be very cosmopolitan this year. “For local tourists, we market the festival as the best 10 days of 2010 – with a month holiday, what better place to be?” The Knysna Oyster Festival programme has over 100 scheduled events. “Other than the [World Cup] stadiums, the festival is the perfect place to meet and interact with some South Africans, and do what they do best – have fun in beautiful surroundings,” Rousseau-Schmidt said.J-Bay, Wild Coast For a more chilled experience – flush with waves and surfers – the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay (known as J-Bay) takes place just after the World Cup, from 8-18 July, and is only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth. Top surfers from around the world come and transform this coastal town into a chilled paradise. If you can bite off more than you can chew, the weekend-long Somerset East Biltong Festival, offers a meaty South African treat over the weekend of 16-17 July. Other festivals, complementing formal Fifa World Cup events, take place on the part of the “Wild Coast” nearest East London. The Wild Coast Wet ‘n Wild Festival is a sports and entertainment extravaganza taking place in Chintsa, 40 minutes from East London, from 28 June to 5 July. Also close by is the Wild Coast Jikeleza Country Fair, from 4 to 5 July. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Sacrilege report: Punjab Cong. to take on Akalis in Assembly

first_imgThe Punjab Assembly session, slated to start on Friday, is likely to witness uproarious scenes as the ruling Congress has decided to take on the Opposition on the issue of Justice (retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents in the State. The government will table the report in the monsoon session of the Assembly.The Punjab Congress Legislative Party, which met here to draw out its floor strategy ahead of the session, decided that the party should go all out against the Shiromani Akali Dal over the Bargari and other sacrilege cases, and the two incidents of police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura that led to deaths and injuries in the wake of desecration of religious texts. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh made it clear during the meeting that he would ensure that nobody found guilty in sacrilege cases is spared. “We will not allow anyone incriminated in any case of religious desecration to go scot-free, whoever he or she may be,” he said.Notably, acting on the key recommendations of the Ranjit Singh Commission, the Punjab police have already included the names of four police personnel in the FIR registered in the Behbal Kalan firing incident in 2015. The role of five other police officers is being investigated.In the Kotkapura firing incident, a case under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act was registered earlier this month, and the commission has recommended a thorough investigation by an independent agency.SAD rejects reportThe SAD has rejected the report, submitted to the Chief Minister on August 16, and accused the Congress of defaming the Akalis by blaming them for the sacrilege incidents. “We completely reject the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report which is a Congress ‘sarkari’ commission,” senior SAD leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said. He sought removal of Justice (retd.) Singh as the panel head and reiterated his party’s demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

San Beda survives Perpetual

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It wasn’t the type of performance San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez wanted from his team especially at this point of the season, but the Red Lions once again figured out a way to pull through against a team with little to lose.The Red Lions ground out a 55-50 victory over the Perpetual Help Altas Tuesday to stay within the coattails of unbeaten Lyceum in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary But the win left Fernandez concerned with the Lions, who he felt did not play up to their standards.“Well, we’re happy we got this win, but we have to go back [to the gym] tomorrow (Wednesday) and maybe think of what our priorities are,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We only had 11 assists, not San Beda basketball. Our defense really stepped up, but really, our offense is questionable. We just have to go back and review everything.”Robert Bolick finished with 15 points while Donald Tankoua added 14 points for the Lions, who only had seven players in the scoring column—a far cry from the balanced offense the team is known for. LATEST STORIES National U, Adamson start semis bids Nonetheless, the Lions raised their record to 14-1, a full game behind the Pirates. The Altas dropped out of the Final Four race with their 10th loss in 14 games.Later, Jose Rizal U firmed up its hold of third spot with a 90-77 drubbing of St. Benilde, which is already out of the running for a postseason berth.The Heavy Bombers shot 58 percent from the field, the highest in the league this season, as they rolled to a ninth victory against six defeats.The win puts JRU in pole position to reach the next round in what is shaping up to be a three team race for the two remaining Final Four berths.“This win gives us a good chance, but we still have to beat San Sebastian,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Windy conditions force shooters to miss medals

first_imgIt was a rough day for Indians at the Aoti shooting range on Monday as they failed to make the final in any event on a windy day at the Asian Games. The first Indian woman to become a shooting world champion, Tejaswini Sawant, and Gagan Narang were way off target in their respective 50m rifle prone events.Having collected three silver and a bronze on the first two days of competition, the Indians found it hard to adjust to the swirling wind with Narang finishing a lowly 24th with 587 points.Hariom Singh was 13th out of 54 shooters in the qualification stage, shooting 590. The third Indian entrant, Surinder Singh Rathod, was 27th with a tally of 586 and the Indian squad finished fifth in the team event with a total of 1763 points, 22 adrift of gold medal winners North Korea.Tejaswini too flunked badly as she shot 588 to end up 11th while teammates Meena Kumari (586) and Lajja Gauswami (585) finished 14th and 16th individually. The team scored 1759 for a fifth-place finish.Vijay Kumar could not sustain his form in his pet event – the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – finishing 17th with 568 points behind teammates Rahul Panwar (572, 10th) and Harpreet Singh (571, 11th). Chinese shooters grabbed five gold medals while South Korea managed three on Monday.last_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd win

first_imgSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.The 21-year-old played for United for the first time in nearly two years in the 1-0 victory.”Axel was very assured out there,” Solskjaer said. “He was in cruise control as well. Delighted for him.”It’s a few years since he played for us here at Old Trafford, and he played really well and just confirmed what we already thought we knew.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Duke Receives New Sneakers, Gear Ahead Of Sweet 16 Contest

first_imgDuke's new white Nike sneakers.Duke arrived in Anaheim yesterday in anticipation of the team’s Sweet 16 game against Oregon tomorrow night. Yesterday, the Blue Devils had a practice session, and then went back to the team hotel where they were greeted by packages of cool, new swag. Judging by this video, it looks like each player received a couple of gorgeous pairs of new shoes, as well as some gear. Not too shabby at all.Come for the new merchandise, stay for the “Still Not a Player” instrumental in the background of this video. Day 1 Recap in the Golden State.#MarchMadnesshttps://t.co/3wt1RvGOMP— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) March 23, 2016last_img

Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case

first_imgDETROIT — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel were named in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Air Act.The indictment alleges the men took part in nearly a decade-long conspiracy to deceive the Environmental Protection Agency by cheating on emissions tests for 3-litre diesel engines.It’s not clear whether the men are in custody. Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from government and Audi spokesmen.Audi is a luxury brand owned by German automaker Volkswagen. VW pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal charges in the scandal and will pay more than $30 billion in penalties and settlement costs..The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trev Talks – The Municipal Election in Fort St John

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the upcoming municipal election with Janet Prestley. Janet has been with The City of Fort St. John since the days of Pat Walsh as Mayor.The Municipal Election will be held across B.C. on October 20, 2018.  If you’d like more information running for Council in Fort St. John, click here.  For the District of Tayor, click here and for the Regional District, click here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Police to install speed cams at 40 more spots

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to control overspeeding by errant drivers across the city, Kolkata Police will soon install speed cameras in 40 locations, whereas Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD) cameras will be installed at 100 more locations.According to sources, speed cameras are installed at 21 locations across the Kolkata Police jurisdiction at present, which have been successful in prosecuting drivers violating the speed restriction norms. These speed cameras were installed after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the Safe Drive Save Life (SDSL) campaign, which is being followed strictly till date. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersNow, Kolkata Traffic Police has decided to install speed cameras in 40 more locations. The installing spots have been earmarked and soon the installation work will start. Speed cameras are able to take snapshots of vehicle registration plates, even in the dark. It snaps the vehicle from behind and calculates the speed using the distance travelled within a certain time. The data is being fed to the central traffic database, from where citation cases are being sent to the vehicle owners via SMS. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from speed cameras, RLVD cameras have been installed at several important and major intersections in the last few months. After those got operational, the number of signal violations has come down significantly. Keeping this in mind, Kolkata Traffic Police will install RLVD cameras in 100 more locations soon. “We are bound to ensure safe journey for the people and thus we are taking necessary steps to curb road accidents. Our appeal to the citizens is to please follow the road norms for both drivers and pedestrians to stay safe,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata Police. Recently, Banerjee informed through Twitter that the number of road accidents has reduced by 12 percent across the city in 2018, compared to 2017. According to police sources, after commencing the SDSL campaign, several attempts by Kolkata Police were successful in curbing road accidents. Among them, a special drive against violation of speed regulations was an important one. In several places traffic guards could be seen conducting speed check using speed gun and prosecuting the errant drivers. After taking over the charge of Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma has also stated that traffic would be one of the important issues on which he wants to emphasize. According to sources, a few days after taking charge as the CP, Kolkata, Sharma instructed the traffic officials to conduct an inquiry for each of the accidents to find the cause and the way to curb accidents in the said area during a review meeting. He even asked the senior officials to visit the accident spot and submit a report on the same.last_img read more