‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices

first_imgA Donegal Councillor has hit out at alleged privatisation tactics of An Post which involve the closure of local post offices. Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig has called a public meeting this Wednesday 5th September for the community to explore ways to protest the closure of several local amenities in West Donegal.Seventeen post offices in Donegal have been listed for consolidation by An Post, as part of a nationwide policy to close 159 offices in total within the state. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig has put forward a view that An Post’s moves are a signal of impending privatisation of the service.He said: “Under the previous Fianna Fáil led government from 2002 to 2011, 629 Post Offices were closed in the 26 Counties. Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael believe in acting in the interest of big business, making rich people richer.“I believe what is happening right now is that the overall objective of both parties is to get rid of the non-profitable Post Offices right across the state and only keep the profitable Post Offices and then sell the state company off to an already wealthy private company. This will never be in the interests of the people of Gaoth Dobhair, or anywhere else for that matter.”The public meeting will be held in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar on Wednesday 5th September at 7pm. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said it is imperative that the community takes a stand to protest further removal of services from the North West. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said: “The government is saying that it is a decision taken by An Post and that they will provide a better service after the closures. We don’t believe them. This is the sort of message that Margaret Thatcher delivered as she was slashing and privatising community services in Britain. Ronald Reagan did the same in America.“The sheer hypocrisy of the state in dealing with our community is highlighted by the fact that this year, Bliain na Gaeilge, they are telling the community that they have to formulate a plan to preserve the Irish language in the Gaeltacht, yet at the same time they are cutting back on basic services that we need.“A language cannot survive unless the community that kept it alive for countless generations survives and the state couldn’t care less about that.“We can stop this now. We are asking the community to attend the meeting on Wednesday and show their support for a strong campaign to oppose the closure of our post offices,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig concluded.‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 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) Tags:An PostCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigmeetingpost officeslast_img read more


Substantial funding package for South Donegal road

first_imgStand-alone funding for the Laghy to Pettigo Road has been secured with €1million granted by the Department of Transport. It is the first time the South Donegal road has received funding of this nature, following a motion to the council in 2017.Speaking following the announcement, Councillor Michael Naughton said: “This will be a huge asset to the South and South West of Donegal, not alone to Donegal Town but to areas such as Glencolmcille. “Many people also use this road while travelling to Dublin and other parts of the country from Glenties and Ardara.“It is also vital to Killybegs Harbour, our biggest asset in the south of the county,” he added.“Killybegs expect twelve cruise ships this year and one will stay overnight. One of our counties biggest tourism attractions Sliabh Liag will undoubtedly benefit from this news.”“It’s time that Pettigo and this area were put on the map and I am hopeful that works will probably commence in the near future and we look forward to attracting more tourists and more business investment in the coming years.” Substantial funding package for South Donegal road was last modified: February 2nd, 2019 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:ArdaraGlentiesKillybegsLaghySouth Donegallast_img read more


Apple Approved: iSwifter Lets You Play Popular Flash Games on the iPad

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois We were able to give the app a try before launch. While it’s great to be able to play these games on the iPad now and while iSwifter’s application is quite well designed, it’s hard not to notice that the apps don’t play directly on the iPad. As with many remote desktop apps, there is often a slight delay between clicks and you can easily notice how the app sometimes struggles to refresh the screen fast enough. For the most part, this doesn’t really matter right now, as the available games tend to be puzzle games (Screw the Nut, Book of Treasures, etc.) that don’t need a very fast screen refresh rate to be playable. This does, however, limit the platform’s usefulness for more action-oriented games. Currently, the available games also don’t need any keyboard input to be playable, but it remains to be seen how well iSwifter will be able to cope with more complex apps that rely on more complex commands than just a mouse click.For now, iSwifter is only available for the iPad and only works over WiFi networks. The company plans to add support for 3G networks soon and launch iPhone and Android apps in the near future. Even though Apple still refuses to allow Flash on the iOS platform, there is now a way to play at least some popular Flash-based games on the iPad. Apple just approved iSwifter (iTunes link), a free app that bypasses Apple’s Flash embargo by simply streaming the games to your iPad, similar to what OnLive does with PC games. Games run on a central server and the iPad app basically works like a remote desktop client and relays the user’s input back to the server.Before you get too excited, it’s important to note that the app currently only features a very limited set of games from Yahoo! Games, AOL Games.com, Facebook and Kongregate. The team plans to add more games over time, though, and announce more partnerships with other Flash-gaming portals, too. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Adobe#Apple#gaming#mobile#news#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more



first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img read more


2 days agoKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genk

first_imgKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Canada France promise to double down on climatechange fight amid US inaction

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, long billed as kindred political spirits, agreed Monday to a fresh, fortified attack on climate change — hoping to keep a shared priority at the forefront of the global agenda despite Donald Trump’s decision to quit the battlefield.Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was on hand to sign the new France-Canada partnership on climate and environment in a ceremony at the French presidential palace during the first day of Trudeau’s official visit to Paris.“France and Canada today pledge to redouble their efforts and increase their co-operation,” Trudeau said in French during a news conference with Macron following the ceremony.“This initiative will encourage and accelerate the achievement of the Paris Agreement targets through concrete measures to make this agreement in principle a reality.”The partnership comes as Macron has taken it upon himself to personally champion the Paris deal since Trump made good on his threat to withdraw from the climate accord last year.The France-Canada partnership, which includes pushing for a global price on carbon and reductions to transport-related emissions, also falls squarely in line with Trudeau’s government priorities for the G7 in Quebec this June.And with France having the G7 presidency in 2019, senior Canadian officials said, the hope is that the exclusive group of nations will continue working toward the goals laid out by the Paris Agreement, with the international community following their lead.What remains unclear is how Trump will respond to any perceived attempt to force him into a stronger position on climate change, though the officials insist no one is trying to back the U.S. president into a corner.Interestingly, the government is also hoping the partnership will convince the French that Canada is indeed serious about fighting climate change — and that ratification of the new Canada-EU free trade deal will eventually follow.There have been concerns in France that investor-protection clauses within the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement — or CETA, as the Canada-EU deal is known — would lead to weakened environmental rules.At one point during Monday’s news conference, Trudeau found himself defending the trade deal, noting there aren’t many other countries that are better suited to a free trade deal with Europe than Canada.“Whether its environmental protection or freedom of expression or other things, Canada and France are well aligned. Canada and Europe are well aligned,” the prime minister said in French.“And CETA is a progressive trade agreement that truly reflects those protected values and represents a new standard for all future trade agreements.”Trudeau and Macron also marked the establishment of a new cultural agreement, this one signed by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, that included promoting the French language in “the digital space” and affirming the two countries’ support for net neutrality.While climate and trade were at the top of the agenda for Trudeau’s meeting with Macron, also top of mind was the West African nation of Mali, where France is leading a counter-terror mission and Canada is sending peacekeepers.On Sunday, Islamic militants there launched a brazen — and troublingly sophisticated — attack, disguising themselves as peacekeepers and then setting off several car bombs and attacking with rockets.The attack, near the northern city of Timbuktu, killed one UN peacekeeper and wounded at least a dozen soldiers, some of whom were from France.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was thanked twice on Monday for agreeing to send Canadian peacekeepers to Mali, first by the head of the Francophonie, former Canadian governor general Michaelle Jean, and then by Macron.“Canada made the decision to participate in Minusma with the addition of helicopters and support personnel,” Macron said, using the official name for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.“And as you know today we are very, very connected to Minusma and I think this is a very important gesture that has been made by Canada, and we very much appreciate it.”Canada is sending six military helicopters to Mali later this year; they will be based at the UN base in Gao, rather than Timbuktu.Trudeau wraps up his visit to France on Tuesday by becoming the first Canadian prime minister to address the French National Assembly, after which he’ll fly to London to meet British counterpart Theresa May and the Queen.The prime minister will then attend a meeting of Commonwealth leaders on Thursday before returning to Canada, stopping to Halifax to attend the Liberal party convention.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more


Delta forecasts 2019 profit below expectations

first_imgDelta Air Lines says its profit will rise next year though possibly not as much as was thought, and that is sending shares are down in early trading.Meeting with investors in New York, the airline said Thursday that it will earn adjusted profit of $6 to $7 per share next year. The midpoint, $6.50, is below the $6.70 consensus of industry analysts, according to a survey by FactSet.Shares of the Atlanta carrier fell 2.6 per cent to $54.80 at the opening bell.Delta is spending $2 billion more on fuel this year than last, but oil prices began to drop again in early October. Delta expects its fuel bill to drop by $300 million next year compared with 2018.CEO Ed Bastian says travel demand remains solid.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Modis tenure as Gujarat CM a black spot Maya

first_imgLucknow: Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday said his legacy as the chief minister of Gujarat is a “black spot” and “burden” on the BJP as well as the communal history of the country.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also said that Modi was “unfit” as chief minister and prime minister and his tenure has seen “anarchy and hatred”. “My tenure as chief minister of UP for four times has been clean and works done on law and order, development, peoples welfare front are remembered even today. PM Modi has been CM of Gujarat for a longer time but his legacy is such it is a black spot not only on himself but also on the BJP and a burden on communal history of the country,” she said here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”It is clear how fit the BSP president is on issues of peoples welfare and national interest and how unfit the prime minister is,” she said. “During our government, UP remained free of anarchy and riots but Narendra Modi’s tenure not only as the Gujarat CM but also as the prime minister has been full of anarchy, violence, tension and hatred and so it can be said that he has failed in holding public office and is unfit,” Mayawati said. “As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had been unfit in adhering to the ‘raj dharma’ in accordance with the Indian culture, Constitution and the law and has also been unfit as the prime minister,” she said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAlleging that the BJP forced GST and note ban on the country in an immature manner, she said it had been done so as to prove themselves as ‘doodh ka dhula'(honest) and others as wrong. “Their favourite and corrupt capitalists fled the country with the money of the common people deposited in banks. This was made possible only with connivance of Modi government,” she charged. The BSP president said BJP appears to be suffering from the “disease” of proving themselves as honest and others as wrong and “corrupt” but the country knows that most of those having benami properties and corrupt are connected with the BJP. “But like he is an OBC on paper, prime minister is honest only on paper.The BJP and PM are different in reality and their actual accounts are kept hidden under a carpet,” she charged, adding all efforts to defame her proved futile as the accounts of her party were clean. On some Opposition parties terming the BSP president as ‘daulat ki beti’ instead of ‘dalit ki beti’, Mayawati said this has been done mostly by those who had casteist and narrow mindset.last_img read more


The man behind the metal baton

Leading “Fight the Team Across the Field,” doing back-breaking bends and throwing a baton 20 feet in the air have caused many Ohio State fans to notice the OSU drum major. But few know his story. OSU head drum major Jason Stuckert said he was excited to travel to the University of Minnesota on Saturday, the only away game the marching band traveled to this year. But for Stuckert, getting to the Minnesota game and to Ohio Stadium has been a long time coming. Even with almost 10 years of experience, Stuckert was anxious the day he made his debut in the ‘Shoe. “I was very, very nervous right before I ran onto the field,” he said. “Once I started moving, I just had a big smile on my face because this is what I had wanted for so long. I had the time of my life.” OSU has had a drum major since 1878, but Stuckert is only the second person in OSU’s history to win the title of head drum major as a first-year student. Despite his age, Stuckert was confident in his abilities. “In my head, I think I knew that it was possible that I could get it as a freshman,” Stuckert said. Stuckert’s interest in the drum major and marching band was evident from a young age. Marcia Lowe, Stuckert’s mother, said their family had season tickets to the Avon Lake High School football games by the time Stuckert was 2 years old. Though they usually only made it through the halftime show, Lowe said Stuckert and his sister Abigail, a 2009 graduate of Miami University, were fascinated by the band. “He watched that drum major, and by the time he was in fifth grade, he started horsing around with his sister’s baton,” Lowe said. Lowe said she was surprised when Stuckert asked for a Gray Baton, an all-metal baton designed by former OSU marching band member John Gray, for his 12th birthday. “He was outside in the front yard … twirling that thing every day — sometimes twice a day — between two trees, so we had a mud hole sitting there that he’d worn in the grass,” Lowe said. As a child, Stuckert was “always happy, always smiling” and “a big entertainer,” Lowe said. Stuckert first experienced the OSU drum major program in the seventh grade at Avon Lake’s annual homecoming parade, where he saw Avon Lake High School alumni Scott and Eric Sommer perform. Scott and Eric were the 1998 and 2004 OSU head drum majors, respectively, and were the first siblings to hold the title. After the parade, Stuckert went to a short drum major clinic held by the Sommer brothers for students interested in being drum majors at Avon Lake High School. Eric said Stuckert was “rough around the edges but had a real desire to learn.” In spring 2005, Stuckert began attending OSU’s free clinics for high school students interested in becoming drum majors. “That was just a mind-blowing experience for me because I was surrounded by all these ridiculously good drum majors that I had never met before,” Stuckert said. From that point on, Stuckert drove about four hours round trip from Avon Lake to Columbus to attend semiweekly practices in the summer and made an effort to attend as many semiweekly winter practices as he could. On the days he attended practices in Columbus, he returned to Avon Lake around midnight, slept, and got up for school seven hours later. Stuckert spent three years as Avon Lake High School’s drum major, which was modeled “just like OSU’s drum major,” he said. The OSU drum major was a military position in the late 19th century and followed a strict military discipline. By the 1920s, it had evolved to include showmanship and smart execution of movements, according to the OSU Marching Band Drum Major website. One of the most influential people in Stuckert’s life, particularly during tryout preparation, was Stewart Kitchen, the 2006 and 2007 head drum major at OSU. Like Stuckert, Kitchen became OSU’s head drum major as a first-year student. “It is unusual and somewhat of an exception when a person makes the drum major squad as a freshman,” said Jon Woods, director of the marching and athletic bands at OSU. To try out for drum major, incoming freshmen must first make the drum major row called D-row, where they spend up to two years learning what they need to know for tryouts. After one year on D-row, members are eligible to try out for the assistant and head drum major positions. Since he became head drum major, Stuckert’s life has been full of 15-hour-per-week practices, performances and appearances. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” said Lowe, who added that Stuckert participates in community events and student recruitment as part of his position. “The university uses him for a variety of (public relations) opportunities.” Both Lowe and Stuckert agreed the role has improved his organization skills and focus. “Game day can be pretty overwhelming,” Stuckert said. “There’s not really much time to catch a breath or anything, even when you’re not performing. People are always wanting to get their picture with you — you’re almost like a second mascot.” Stuckert said fans who approach him after the game remind him “how much spotlight is on the band,” which motivates him to keep doing well. Though he “hasn’t found a place to fit it in yet,” Stuckert said he plans to perform a back flip at an upcoming game. Stuckert’s longtime friend Brian Hathaway, a second-year in computer science and engineering and first-year band member at OSU, said Stuckert’s role is “pretty incredible.” “I almost take it for granted that one of my best friends is the drum major,” said Hathaway, who went to high school with Stuckert. “For me, he’s still the same old Jason Stuckert.” Stuckert said his interests outside his head drum major duties include Cleveland sports teams, music and model trains. If he weren’t the head drum major, Stuckert said he would play the trumpet or another instrument in the band, which he “loves.” “Being the leader of it is one of the greatest things that could ever cross my mind,” Stuckert said. read more