Donegal must be a priority in broadband scheme roll-out – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Government and the Department of Communications to give priority to the border counties including Donegal during the broadband roll-out.He said these are areas which are within or between existing fibre areas and rural areas that are urgently requiring broadband services.Over 32,000 households and premises are without high speed Broadband at present in Co Donegal, and the Department estimates the costs of connecting these premises at €128 million. Deputy Gallagher said what is most concerning is that it is projected to take 7 years to complete this plan as currently proposed added Pat the Cope.He said “It is essential that rural areas are given priority, and especially in the context of the looming threat of Brexit, and the massive pressure border areas will be under with the ongoing uncertainty.“I am calling on the Government to immediately put in place a comprehensive schedule of works, so that each area will know exactly when they are to be connected to the national broadband network.“This plan has the potential to solve all over fibre broadband needs and current problems, but unless it is properly managed it will drag on and areas will be left waiting for years before they actually get connected.” He added that border counties will be under serious pressure in the coming years with the ongoing Brexit uncertainty , that will directly impact business, employers and the broader community, it is therefore imperative that our competitiveness and business & employment supports are fully in place, and nowadays high speed Broadband is critical piece of such infrastructure.He said “Donegal needs to be actively and positively discriminated towards, this will involve the Donegal voice been heard at Government level, this needs for Donegal to be put first on the list – priority status, today as the plan is launched nearly every county is mentioned bar Donegal, even though it got the fourth highest level of premises awaiting connection for broadband.“Plans alone will not deliver broadband to Donegal on time, what is needed in this instance is a real commitment to make areas in Donegal the priority they deserve , that priority status needs to be underpinned by the Government, otherwise areas in Donegal could potentially be left without broadband for up to another 7 years.”Donegal must be a priority in broadband scheme roll-out – Cope was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:broadbandPat the Copepriorityroll-outlast_img read more

GDP growth beats expectations

first_img24 February 2010South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009, exceeding market expectations. Together with economic growth of 0.9% in the third quarter, it signals that the country is out of its first recession in 17 years.Contributing to the GDP figure, released by Statistics South Africa this week, was growth in the manufacturing sector (contributing 1.5 percentage points), general government services (1 percentage point) and construction.Sectors that contributed negatively included wholesale, retail, motor trade, accommodation and agriculture.Market expectations were that the economy would grow by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter.Beating market expectationsNedbank economist Carmen Altenkirch said: “It beat market expectations with manufacturing rising by 10.1 percent quarter on quarter. In contrast, domestic retail trade is lagging in the recovery because households are remaining cautious.”Altenkirch added that the economy would gain momentum, with GDP accelerating in the first, second and third quarter of 2010.Standard Bank economist Danelee van Dyk described the data as “encouraging”, but warned that this would not translate into massive job creation. “One should not be too optimistic that the figures will infuse new life into the labour market, the recovery is still tentative,” she said, though adding that there would be employment growth in some sectors.“It is not all doom and gloom, but it is not an absolute booster of employment,” Van Dyk told BuaNews. She said 2010 would be the foundation year for the consolidation of the economy, adding that income growth would gain momentum in 2011.Economy ‘remains vulnerable’The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) welcomed the improvement in figures, saying it had been its opinion that the recovery would be led by the manufacturing sector.“This also reinforces the Department of Trade and Industry’s focus on manufacturing in its Industrial Policy Action Plan that was recently released for comment. However, the economy still remains vulnerable,” the chamber said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s true legacy: a free and prosperous South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 09 April 2018 – Following her passing at age 81 in a Johannesburg hospital on Easter Sunday, Brand South Africa highlights the important role that heroine of freedom, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, played in helping South Africa transition peacefully from apartheid to a stable democracy in 1994. Madikizela-Mandela’s courage to speak her truth and dedicate her life towards fulfilling a vision of an equitable, prosperous, better future for South Africa is what made her a truly powerful icon of freedom. A true patriot, Madikizela-Mandela faced untold hardships during the apartheid years, yet she confronted each with an inner strength and fortitude. It is her courage and bravery as well as fearless commitment to fulfilling the dream of economic and political freedom which will remain her ultimate legacy. “Her spirit, her passion…her courage, her wilfulness: I felt all of these things the moment I saw her,” said former South African President Nelson Mandela of the woman he would later marry.Her dedication to the resistance movement meant she had to push many of her personal goals aside. The first black professional social worker in South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela had been married to Mandela for just a few years, when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1962. Like many black women of her generation, she was forced to become a single mother to her two small daughters and was thrust into the limelight as a ‘political widow’. “We were hardly a year together when history deprived me of you,” she wrote in a letter to Mandela while he was in prison in 1970, published in her autobiography 491 Days, Prisoner Number 1323/69. Madikizela-Mandela took up the challenge of continuing to resist the racism and sexism that defined her generation with a maturity beyond her years.  It was thanks largely to her, that international attention remained focused on the story of Nelson Mandela and the fight against Apartheid while he served out his prison sentence. “Your formidable shadow which eclipsed me left me naked and exposed to the bitter world of a young ‘political widow’. I knew this was a crown of thorns for me but I also knew I said, ‘I Do’ for better or worse. In marrying you I was marrying the struggle of my people,” she wrote to Mandela in 1977, in a letter also published in her autobiography. It was when she was arrested by the apartheid police and taken away from her two daughters, then aged just nine and ten years old, that she was forced to bear the true weight of personal sacrifice for her people. She spent 491 days in detention, much of this in solitary confinement under unimaginably brutal conditions.  Two trials later, she was finally released. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” noted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate after her passing. Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, once part of the legal team who defended Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said she had an “incredible ability to be able to take on injustice and soak up pain in a way that is not immediately describable.” Madikizela-Mandela traded what could have been a simple life of motherhood and marriage for an active political life.  Instead, she became fondly known as the “Mother of the Nation”, serving as a mentor and mother to many of South Africa’s young activists, including Fikile Mbalula, current chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on elections and Malusi Gigaba, now Minister of Home Affairs, both of whom who lived with Madikizela-Mandela as young members of the party’s Youth League. “Mam’ Winnie lost her innocence because of a struggle she actually didn’t choose, the struggle entrusted upon her by the husband she chose and the people she identified with – the vulnerable people who were discriminated because of apartheid,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in tribute to her. Actress Terry Pheto who played Madikizela-Mandela in the BET drama Madiba, said she grew up looking up to Winnie, because her mother did as well.  “I was very aware of her journey, her struggles and her fights. Because of that, it was important for me to see this role as I’ve always seen her; an important and necessary figure in our time,” Pheto said in an interview in 2017 with HuffPost. Although separated for 27 years while Mandela was in prison, the couple communicated through a series of emotion-filled hand-written letters. In one, also published in 491 Days she wrote: “As you say, our goal is [a] free Africa, my love I have never had any doubts about that.”  It was this vision that inspired the couple to dedicate their lives to fulfilling their dream of a free South Africa. Madikizela-Mandela came to represent the hopes and dreams of millions of oppressed South Africans. “Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in tribute to Madikizela-Mandela. As South Africa mourns the loss of a brave, courageous leader. We also celebrate her sacrifices and achievements over a lifetime of dedicated service to and making the dream of a free and prosperous South Africa a reality. Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who lived with Madikizela-Mandela after her husband Nelson Mandela’s release from prison expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”Hamba Kahle Mama. Please contact Tsabeng Nthite on +27 76 371 6810 if you would like to interview any of the following people about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Brand SA CEO, Dr Kingsley MakhubelaFikile Mbalula, Chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on electionsMalusi Gigaba, Minister of Home AffairsSello Hatang, CEO of Nelson Mandela FoundationDikgang Moseneke, Former Deputy Chief Justice, Terry Pheto, Actress who played Winnie Madikizela-Mandelalast_img read more

JD(U), RJD get ready for another by-election battle

first_imgSwords were drawn for the Jokihat Assembly segment here on Wednesday with candidates of both the ruling Janata Dal (United) and the opposition RJD filing their nomination papers for May 28 bypoll. By-election on the seat has been necessitated due to resignation of sitting JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam, who quit the party earlier this year and got elected – on an RJD ticket – to the Lok Sabha from Araria, a seat held by his late father Mohammad Taslimuddin. Tough fightWhile Alam’s younger brother Shahnawaz filed nomination papers as the RJD’s candidate, the JD(U) has fielded Murshid Alam, a former village Mukhiya who had joined the party a few years ago. The by-polls will be yet another test of strength between the JD(U) and the RJD, led respectively by arch rivals Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. The political rivalry between the two has grown more fierce ever since Mr. Kumar broke a short-lived alliance with Mr. Prasad last year, following corruption cases against the latter’s son Tejashwi Yadav who was then the Deputy CM. Mr. Kumar subsequently returned to the BJP-led NDA which he had left in 2013 following differences over projection of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate. By-poll for the Assembly segment comes about two months after the RJD succeeded in retaining the Araria Lok Sabha seat, defeating BJP’s Pradip Kumar. Incidentally, RJD’s victory by a margin of about 50,000 votes was on account of massive leads in just two of six Assembly segments falling under the parliamentary constituency, both of them having a heavy concentration of minority voters.last_img read more

EmmyNominated Editor Rejoins TIMEs Newsroom People on the Move

first_imgHearst Magazines Digital Media has made a couple major changes to its leadership. Brooke Siegel was appointed to VP of content and Kristine Brabson was promoted to executive director, content strategy.Most recently, Siegel served as executive director, editorial strategy for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, but in her new role, she will be responsible for content strategy across the company’s digital portfolio as well as directly overseeing the brand’s luxury sites, including HarpersBazaar.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, and Sweet, a straight-to-Snapchat Discover publication. She will also add oversight of HMDM’s centralized features department and the newsroom to her responsibilities.Brabson most recently held the title of site director of Good Housekeeping with editorial oversight of House Beautiful, Redbook and Prevention. In her new management role, Brabson will have the added oversight of Country Living and Woman’s Day in addition to Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Prevention.InStyle has appointed Julia von Boehm as their new fashion director, effective April 23. She will report to editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, and will oversee fashion and styling across the brand.von Boehm has contributed to a variety of different fashion brands like Harper’s Bazaar and Porter Magazine, and has served as the creative director for Germany’s Interview Magazine. She also has recognition among the Hollywood elite, known for styling actors like Nicole Kidman.“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Julia on and off for years. She has incredible taste, brilliant relationships–in both fashion and Hollywood–and she gets it done,” says Brown.Town & Country’s former beauty director, Jamie Rosen, was tapped as ZIIP Beauty’s new director of strategy and partnerships, effective April 9. With over 15 years of experience in a beauty editor/director role, Rosen will be responsible for overseeing strategic collaborations and devising overall storytelling and messaging in her new position. She will also work to grow the company through collaborative efforts in determining brand direction and product pipeline.“I will be focused on amplifying its powerful story, partnering with like-minded brands, and helping to build what is next,” says Rosen. “ZIIP is not just the real deal, it is the future of beauty, and a manifestation of what happens when women take matters into their own hands.”The Atlantic has added The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis to their culture team as a staff writer.Business Insider has tapped Olivia Oran as a senior editor. She most recently worked at Reuters and in her new role, she will lead a team of reporters in covering the financial industry.Mashable’s former managing editor, Foster Kamer, has joined Futurism Media as content director. Mia TramzMia Tramz will be rejoining the TIME newsroom as editorial director, enterprise and immersive experiences from her current position as managing editor of TIME’s LIFE VR. While making the transition into her new role, Tramz will continue to oversee LIFE VR and work with other brands to produce 360 video, VR and AR. In her new position, however, she will take on the responsibilities of overseeing enterprise projects across all platforms, and looking for opportunities to augment the impact of brand content.Earning two Emmy nominations in Tramz last role, including one for the first VR docu-series covering the world’s tallest peak, “Capturing Everest” for Sports Illustrated, TIME’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal said in an announcement to his staff that “Mia has repeatedly proven herself to be an outstanding digital innovator.”We agree, having just named Mia one of our 2018 Top Women in Media, Industry Trailblazer honorees.Creating TIME’s first AR-activated issue as well as its first VR hologram, Felsenthal says of her promotion, “you can expect more of that to come.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Security Innovation ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, recently announced that it will offer free computer based training (CBT) to The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) members looking to expand their skills or seek a career in cyber security. ICMCP is the leading destination for issues related to cybersecurity career and industry developments impacting minority cybersecurity professionals. This free training is another step in the joint partnership between the two companies, building upon the success of last year’s Web application cyber range challenge run at the ICMCP 2018 National Conference in September.All ICMCP members will have access to Security Innovation’s on-demand training that features pre-configured learning paths for more than 40 roles. This is the same curriculum offered to the company’s clients that comprise many of the world’s most reputable brands.“There is a large number of unfilled cyber security jobs, making a hacker’s job even easier,” said David Elcock, Executive Director ICMCP. “This partnership helps us achieve our mission of consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry, while also solving a serious industry problem.”ICMCP sponsorship builds upon Security Innovation’s objective to develop and encourage women and minorities in cybersecurity. The company has sponsored similar learning events for organization such as Women in Security & Privacy (WISP), Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), Michigan Women in Security & Privacy, United Way BoSTEM, and many others.“We are honored to continue our work with ICMCP to make this specialized training accessible to those who already have other hurdles to overcome,” said Lisa Parcella, VP of Marketing at Security Innovation. “Security Innovation is committed to making the security and technology field approachable for everyone.”ICMPC members can sign up for free training at: https://web.securityinnovation.com/icmcp2019About Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the application layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA.About ICMCPThe International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a non-profit organization launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great cyber divide’ that results from the ongoing underrepresentation of minorities and women in the fast-growing field of cyber security. The ICMCP tackles this ‘divide’ with scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs. The ICMCP targets minority and women cyber security professionals worldwide and promotes academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”Wilmington’s Security Innovation Hires New Business Development Director For India As Company Continues Rapid Global GrowthIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Uncovers Cyber Threat Impacting North American BanksIn “Business”last_img read more

Ram 3500 heavyduty pickup finally gets EPA certification postshutdown

first_img More about 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab 6’4″ Box 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque 99 Photos 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Trucks Diesel Cars More From Roadshow Ram Share your voice Post a comment Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ram Tags Preview • Enlarge ImageThis thing could probably tow the US Capitol building. Ram The government shutdown extended its dead hand to the automotive industry when the Environmental Protection Agency had to stop certifying new cars for sale in the US. Ram was halfway through the process with its new heavy-duty truck when the shutdown happened, but the automaker is back in action now.Ram announced this week that the EPA finally certified the 2019 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup for sale in the US, including both gasoline and diesel variants. It had already received certification for the 2500 prior to the shutdown. “FCA US is grateful to the US Environmental Protection Agency for expediting this process,” the company said in a statement.There’s still a ways to go before the trucks actually land at dealers, though. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup is slated to launch in the second quarter, so there’s no need to brave a polar vortex to pick one up (at least I hope). In the middle of the shutdown, Automotive News reported that even though Ford and GM had certifications in the queue, neither was concerned, given how long it would be until those models were actually offered for sale. Ram seemed to be in the worst spot, but now that everything has cleared up, it appears to be smooth sailing for the auto industry once more.The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup launched at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Boasting a mind-warping 1,000 pound-feet of torque when equipped with its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6, it’s the first heavy-duty truck to break the four-digit torque barrier. It’ll tow up to 35,100 pounds and haul up to 7,680 in the bed. Yowza.last_img read more

Elon Musk SpaceX Starhopper lifts off a little bit

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Starhopper is undergoing tests with a single Raptor engine attached underneath it at SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The hopper first fired up on April 3. The tethered prototype isn’t meant to reach space. Musk’s declaration that Starhopper hit the end of its tether indicates the second hop was likely higher than the first. Space aficionados are on the ground in Boca Chica watching the test hops from afar and discussing them on the NASASpaceFlight.com forum. The site posted another look at the hop from outside the road blocks around the facility. Post a comment 16 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageSpaceX’s Starship hopper originally had a nose, which is currently not on the prototype. SpaceX SpaceX isn’t wasting any time between tests of its prototype Starship “hopper,” now known as the Starhopper. Founder Elon Musk shared some fresh fiery test footage this weekend, declaring that “Starhopper just lifted off and hit tether limits!” Sci-Techcenter_img Starhopper just lifted off & hit tether limits! pic.twitter.com/eByJsq2jiw— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 6, 2019 Share your voice Tags SpaceX is developing Starship with the goal of getting humans off this rock and some day around the moon and all the way to Mars. Musk already set an ambitious timeline for launching a Starship full of artists around our lunar neighbor in 2023.The tethered rocket engine tests are important, but just a hint of what could come. Starship itself should end up sporting seven Raptor engines, but it’s also meant to be paired with a SpaceX Super Heavy rocket, which could use up to 31. That would be a big show. Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Economy markets Tillerson exit sparks US protectionism fears global stocks fall

first_imgTraders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares fell on Wednesday following a drop in the U.S. equities amidst growing fears of protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State in the latest White House shakeup.The sudden firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took markets by surprise less than a week after top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned from the Trump administration.Mirroring the concerns, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, retreating from a 1-1/2 month high hit on Tuesday in early morning trades.The trend followed losses on Wall Street, where the Dow was off 0.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 0.6 percentBack home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 61 points or 0.18 percent to close at 33,856 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.90 on Tuesday, up 0.23 percent from its previous close of 65.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.6 percent, while foreign investors have bought $414 million and $212 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Fed indicator: Headline inflation rose in line with expectations in February, signaling the Federal Reserve’s case for just three rate hikes this year.China data: China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment numbers will be released on Wednesday and are are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, edged up 0.03 percent at $64.66 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.16 percent at $60.81 a barrel, on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

515 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

first_imgA total of 1,035 illegal immigrants, including 515 Bangladeshis, were detained in Malaysia in the first day of a nationwide operation to crack down on illegal foreign workers following the passing of the E-Card registration deadline, reported Malaysia based daily The Star on Sunday.Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said, enforcement officers inspected 155 premises across Malaysia, screening 3,393 people, it added.Of those rounded up, he said the majority were from Bangladesh at 515, followed by Indonesia (135), Myanmar (102), the Philippines (50), Thailand (five) and Vietnam (two).The rest were from other countries, he said, adding that those detained included 101 women and three children.“The 16 employers were held for hiring and harbouring illegal foreigners,” he said, adding that Johor had the highest number of those caught, followed by Kelantan.last_img read more