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

World Cup transport plans in place

first_img24 May 2010South Africa’s transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are shaping up, the latest development being the appointment of a service provider to procure, operate and manage spectator transport for the mega-event.The Department of Transport has appointed the ESC & The African Experience consortium to manage inter-provincial and regional road transport services for both commuter buses and minibus taxis for spectators during the month-long tournament.Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said he was confident that they would provide a professional service for spectators, as they already operate in the tourism industry.“The taxi industry is to provide a fleet of over 400 mid-buses to ferry spectators around the country, while 110 commuter buses from Autopax will complement these services,” Ndebele said.Fleet usage will be dependent on demand that is generated for the service and ticket sales. Inland and coastal services will also be on offer. The fleet of taxis and buses will be additional to existing transport services in the country.Countrywide servicesThere will be a service between Pretoria, OR Tambo International Airport and Johannesburg, as well as Rustenburg, Polokwane, Mbombela and Bloemfontein.On the coast there will be a service from Knysna to Cape Town via Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay and back. There will also be a service from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth via George and Wilderness and back.From East London, spectators will be able to travel to Port Elizabeth via King William’s Town and Grahamstown and back.Further up the coast, services will run between Richards Bay and Durban, the Wild Coast Sun and Durban, and between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.Prices will range from R140 to R300 for a one-way trip. The operational plan and final contract have been finalised for coaches and taxis, said the department.Taxi council supportMeanwhile, the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is working closely with the consortium to provide a countrywide Minibus solution for spectators.Operational staff will be clearly identifiable through coded arm bands and other branded clothing. “It is not just about sport, it is now truly about transport,” said Ndebele.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Mower maintenance tips to take care of this off season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Be it out in the country or in the city, a well-cared-for yard is something everybody can take pride in. And with lawn care taking a break this time of year, and equipment taking up residence in shops and garages, the professionals of Koenig Equipment tell us it’s an exceptional time to be thinking about mower maintenance for the year ahead. Dave Oakley, lawn and turf specialist for Koenig’s Urbana location, takes a look at some of the commonly overlooked maintenance items, as well as professional service options.last_img

Top 10 Startup Products of 2009

first_imgdana oshiro Real-Time Reference – Aardvark: Reinventing Q&A, ReadWriteWeb covered Aardvark’s launch in March 2009. The service allows users to ask and answer questions through a network of friends via IM, iPhone application, Twitter, email or web interface. Because the system automatically routes questions to people with the right expertise, answers are fairly accurate and there is little need to use the service’s flagging system. The company claims that 90% of questions get answered in five minutes or less.Location-based Apps – Foursquare: Launched at SXSW, Foursquare is a location-based social application where users check in on their iPhone at various businesses and compete against their friend network for points. ReadWriteWeb first covered the company’s launch in March. Since then it has partnered with Bay Area Rapid Transit and a number of businesses to offer location-based deals to users.iPhone App Recommendation – Appsfire: In a world where iPhones seemed to saturate the earth, Appsfire offers a great way for users to share their favorites. Launched in August, ReadWriteWeb praised the convenience of the iPhone app. Four months after downloading it, many of our RWW teammates are still sharing their apps via the embeddable Appsfire widget and the iPhone application.Real-Time Search – Collecta: If you’re interested in finding out the latest info on a particular product, Collecta offers real-time search with a variety of results including blog posts, photos and Twitter and posts. ReadWriteWeb covered the company’s release, which launched in June. In September the company released its API to developers.Twitter App Discovery – OneForty: Dubbed the “unofficial Twitter app store,” OneForty is a marketplace where Twitter developers add their applications for discovery. End-users can add their reviews and recommendation to be featured on the service’s front page. Launched in September, Oneforty breaks down the applications into easy-to-understand categories and features the most popular apps and recently uploaded apps on the homepage.All-You-Can-Eat Music – MOG All Access: Although MOG has been around as a blogging network for a few years, earlier this month the company launched its much-anticipated $5-per-month streaming music service. The product’s unique features include a discovery bar slider where users can play streaming radio and tweak the flow of recommendations to their liking. Coupled with an iPhone app that is promised to encompass offline caching, MOG All Access is a great service rivaled only by close competitor Spotify.Web TV – Clicker: Launched in mid November, Clicker is considered the TV Guide for Internet television. The company indexes 400,000 full episodes from 7,000 shows and features a DVR-like playlist (including Netflix Instant Streaming and Amazon VOD) and integration with Facebook connect. Clicker also has a Boxee app that pulls in metadata for shows, channels and actors.Semantic Search – Evri: Evri is a semantic search engine with a matching algorithm that creates connections between people, products and concepts. Launched in mid-June, ReadWriteWeb first reported the product’s ability to distinguish between subjects, verbs and objects to make connections.Conversation Aggregation – JS-Kit’s Echo: While JS-Kit has been around for three years, the company’ latest product Echo is a better iteration of blog comments. ReadWriteWeb first wrote about the product launch in July. The service allows users to embed a simple line of javascript in their blogs in order to gather a real-time stream of Diggs, Tweets, comments and reactions.Augmented Reality – Layar: ReadWriteWeb readers first got a glimpse of Layar in June. Created by SPRXmobile, the service places images and data on the mobile browser for a new form of location-based augmented reality discovery. In July, SPRX released the company’s first developer keys for the API and by August it had celebrated an Android release with an iPhone app to follow. The company currently has a gallery with several cool 3rd-party applications. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There were a ton of great products launched in 2009 by big companies and startups alike, but in this post we focus on the best products released by startups.The easiest way to become a leading product in your industry is to meet a need better than anyone else. The following 10 have proven themselves with great features, substantial marketplace momentum and, most importantly, a game-changing approach to solving a problem.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms Tags:#2009 in Review#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Microsoft Xbox One To Launch In November, But You Won’t Like The Price

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker When Microsoft jumped the gun and announced its next-generation Xbox console last month in Redmond, Wash., it left out two of the most important details — when and how much? On Monday, at its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) keynote speech, Microsoft let the cat out of the bag: The Xbox One will grace 21 markets this year, retailing for $499 in the U.S, 499€ in Europe and £429 in the U.K. The new console will launch in the U.S. this November, just in time for the holidays (surprise!).Paying For Everything And The Kitchen SinkThe $500 price tag is already freaking out gamers on Facebook and Twitter, which is a bit understandable considering that Microsoft’s “premium” Xbox 360 launched for $100 less back in 2005. But the last console wasn’t nearly as packed with features — consider the Xbox One really, really future-proofed. Powered by an 8-core CPU and packing Kinect 2.0, a Blu-ray drive, 500GB of hard drive storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct), HDMI in and out, gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, this console is designed to withstand the test of time. What About The Games?Beyond price and availability, Microsoft also answered a lot of questions about upcoming gaming content for the Xbox One. At the Xbox One’s launch event, Microsoft placed a heavy emphasis on the console’s robust interactive TV and home entertainment features, but at E3 the name of the game is, well, games. Microsoft intends to deliver a flotilla of exclusive launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Killer Instinct designed to show off the next-gen hardware’s considerable oomph. Privacy And The All-Seeing Eye Of KinectEven as the long-awaited console remains on track for the holiday retail season, some concerns remain. The Xbox One ships with a built-in Kinect motion-sensing camera, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea — especially now that the sensor is not only capable of seeing and hearing you but taking a peek at your heartbeat too. If having a quasi-sentient multisensor entity at the epicenter of your home doesn’t unsettle you, then perhaps you’ll be up in arms about the Xbox One’s connectivity habits or its utter disregard for your existing collection of games?(See also Microsoft Wants To Turn Kinect Into Big Brother.)Finally, despite the anticipation surrounding the Xbox One, it could be merely setting the stage for Sony to unveil the successor to the PlayStation 3, which is expected to happen Monday night at E3. The Xbox One is an extremely powerful home entertainment hub, but Microsoft’s console may not have the price advantage this time around. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is expected to undercut the price of the Xbox One, but as for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see.Photo by Taylor Hatmaker. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox#xbox one last_img read more