MCCONALOGUE SLAMS MINISTER’S REFUSAL TO EXTEND RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME

first_imgDonegal TD Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment with Minister for Communication’s refusal to extend the deadline of the Rural Broadband Scheme.Deputy McConalogue said the Minister is completely underestimating the importance of broadband for counties like Donegal.“It is very disappointing that Minister Pat Rabbitte is not willing to extend the deadline for the Rural Broadband Scheme. I believe he is underestimating the importance of broadband services to those living in rural areas. “The Rural Broadband Scheme was poorly advertised and as a result, many people living in rural communities had no idea if they were entitled to apply or when the deadline was.“I outlined these concerns in full to Minister Rabbitte. I suggested that the Minister extend the scheme to facilitate further applications while continuing to process existing applications.“However when I put this solution to the Minister, he refused to make any move to extend the deadline,” he revealed.The Inishowen TD said he was now asking the Minister to outline how the scheme will work in practice and to confirm that there will be a minimum standard of broadband speed for all users of the scheme. “I believe that there will still be several households that remain without access to broadband after the scheme is implemented. In this event, I am asking Minister Rabbitte to clarify what measures he will be put in place to address this problem.“In order to achieve true nationwide broadband, we should have an ongoing broadband scheme that people can continue to apply for. In a digital age, it is important that all households regardless of their location have access to reliable broadband services.”ENDSMCCONALOGUE SLAMS MINISTER’S REFUSAL TO EXTEND RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME was last modified: August 31st, 2011 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)last_img read more

Standard Bank named best in Africa

first_img16 July 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank was named the best investment bank in Africa by international finance magazine Euromoney at the magazine’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony in London last week.It was also named best equity house and best risk manager on the continent.“Winning these awards is particularly significant as it is an acknowledgement of our commitment to our clients as they grow in and across Africa,” Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking CEO David Munro said in a statement.“We have a unique footprint and physical presence across Africa, global connectivity to serve Africa, unique sector expertise and a talented and experienced team, all of which reinforce our position as the leading financial services organisation on the continent.”It was the 23rd edition of the awards, and Euromoney judges had to choose between over 600 banks and brokerage houses by examining key performance indicators, financial ratios and innovations.“Our presence and experience across sub-Saharan Africa, our specialisation in natural resources, and our ability to connect African markets to each other and to China, Brazil, the Middle East and the developed world’s pools of capital, combined with a strong reputation and product expertise, afford Standard Bank a unique competitive position to build long-term and well co-ordinated client relationships,” Munro said.“The bank has benefited from its expansion in Africa, pushing it ahead of the competition,” said Euromoney editor Clive Horwood.“It has a clear advantage in South Africa, where it is the biggest bank by assets. And it already transacts an extraordinary quantity and quality of deals further north too.“In addition, Standard Bank remains perhaps the most prominent international book- runner on local-currency bonds across Africa,” Horwood said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Top female chefs dice it out for Mzansi honours

first_imgThe festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship. (Image: The Mzansi International Culinary Festival)• Ncami SitholePR ManagerThe Mzansi International Culinary Festival+27 82 293 9013ncami@micf.co.za• South African food • Africa’s green revolution ready to grow. Just add investment • The extraordinary real meal revolution of Tim Noakes • As South African as biltong • The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRomaana NaidooA fusion of African and European cuisine will be a feast for the eye and a temptation for the taste bud at the inaugural Mzansi International Culinary Festival, taking place from 7 to 10 August. It has been planned to celebrate the culinary expertise of female chefs from across the globe – Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.Festival public relations manager Ncami Sithole says: “The aim is to open dialogue around the lack of women in culinary leadership; create opportunities for young women in the food industry and those who wants to get into the industry; facilitate skills development and transfer; identify an authentic South African cuisine; and acknowledge and celebrate the culinary arts.”It will also provide a platform for women in Africa. “It’s crucial to discuss the role of women in the food industry from farm to fork,” she adds.There will be four food talks daily at the festival. Topics will include food security and sustainability, feeding the nation especially its children, and women in food media. It is expected to “air challenges that women face in the hospitality industry, take these and present them to the minister in the Department of Small Business Development and UN Women, who may assist us with issues of policy and advocacy”.The festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship.In an attempt to promote South African cuisine internationally, the festival began with an exchange programme between Johnson and Wales University in New York and Africa Meets Europe, facilitated by the South African Consulate in New York City.In June, the festival hosted 20 students and held four lecturers, introducing them to the country’s culinary aspects, schools and food in Western Cape and Gauteng. It will be followed by a programme taking 20 aspiring African female chefs and caterers to New York in November to participate in a two-week exchange course facilitated by Johnson and Wales and the Black Chefs Alliance, among others.The line-upTwo distinct events will take place on day one, 7 August: a Culinary Industry Talk will be held at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality; and a competition for female student chefs. The first will be open to industry professionals, lecturers, caterers and those looking to get into the food scene.The second will be a closed event. It will be aimed at creating the best South African-inspired recipe and is scheduled to take place at the Prue Leith School of Food and Wine, in Centurion, Tshwane. Three female students will be selected from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and/or North West to compete.Judges will include Black Chefs Alliance chef Danielle Saunders; chef Kimberly Brock Brown from South Carolina, UN; and chef Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cooking School, Ireland; as well as three sommeliers hosted by head sommelier Welile Botha. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 8 August at the Mayoral Reception Hall in Johannesburg.Day two of the Mzansi International Culinary Festival will be the official start of the festival. Doors will open at 10am and close at 5pm. The event will be held at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre in Johannesburg, and will be followed by the gala dinner. Various food discussions will take place; in one, panellists Allen, Mpume Mqwebu and Ska Mirriam Moteane from Lesotho, and chef Rougui Dia from Paris will talk about food security and sustainability.Other food discussions on the day will be on feeding the nation and its children; training and funding for the food industry; and culinary tourism.These will be followed by the gala dinner. Starting at 6pm, the theme will be “Cooking for Change”. Some of the keynote speakers will include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of gender equality organisation at UN Women and the former deputy president of South Africa, as well as Elizabeth Thabethe, the deputy minister of small business development.On day three there will be an Edible Art Exhibition by pastry chef Janice Wong. Tasting stations will be set up and a Hot Kitchen session will be hosted by Dia. The last day of the festival will be largely focused on women in business and women in food media.Tickets can be bought via Computicket. Gates at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre will be open from 10am to 5pm.last_img read more

Man accused of molesting U.S. tourist gets bail

first_imgPanaji: A magistrate’s court in North Goa on Wednesday granted bail to Isidore Fernandes, accused of molesting a tourist from the U.S., on condition that he will appear before the investigating officer whenever called for.The accused has been charged under Sections 354 and 354(A) of the IPC for sexual harassment and molestation case.Earlier in the day, a Goa police official went to Mumbai to record the statement of the woman tourist who had complained about the molestation while she was in Goa recently leading to arrest of Mr. Fernandes on Tuesday.The complainant had made the complaint to Goa police on email, Ms. Chandan Choudhary, Superintendent of Police, North Goa told The Hindu on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Catch of the tournament: Ingram’s stunning effort to dismiss Gayle leaves fans in awe

first_imgChris Gayle was at his lethal best for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Capitals in Match 37 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.The big-hitting West Indies opener was going hammer and tongs, smashing the Delhi Capitals bowlers all over the park after Kings XI Punjab were sent in to bat by Shreyas Iyer.Gayle was severe against Ishant Sharma and the two Delhi Capitals’ spinners in Sandeep Lamichhane and Amit Mishra. Both the spinners leaked aplenty as Gayle was depositing quite a few, including a 101-meter six, into the Kotla stands. | DD vs KXIP, IPL 2019 live score |Gayle got to his fifty in just 25 balls and there were no signs of him slowing down as the big man kept punishing the Delhi Capitals bowlers.It seemed only a miracle could stop Chris Gayle and Colin Ingram provided Delhi Capitals with exactly that.WATCH: Ingram-Axar’s perfect relay catchFull video here https://t.co/GBheBXTuTq #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/kTgWx7VgPeIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019Gayle had hit Sandeep Lamichhane in the first ball of his third over for a huge six and when he tried to make it two in two, he was caught at the deep mid-wicket boundary.Lamichhane had dropped the second ball of his third over short and Gayle, for the first time in the night, mistimed one into the night sky. Colin Ingram, who was stationed at deep mid-wicket caught the ball but realising the momentum was taking him over the boundary rope, he threw the ball into the field with a stunning backhand push.advertisementIngram, it seems, had clearly judged the effort needed to find Axar Patel who was running in to take the catch and complete the wicket. In the end, Axar didn’t move as he completed the catch with a smile on his face. Gayle had hit five sixes during his 37-ball 69 but perished while trying to add another big hit to his tally.Colin Ingram and Axar Patel’s terrific team effort left cricket fans on social media awestruck. Check out a few reactions below.Absouletely breathtaking! Hopping Colin Ingram finds teammate Axar Patel on the boundary to complete a smart relay catch. #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/EkkmImdrx1Deepak Raj Verma (@DeVeDeTr) April 20, 2019#IPL2019 #DCvKXIP #IngramAxarPatel #FieldingProbably the easiest catch @akshar2026 must have got in his entire playing career! @CAIngram41 – What awareness! @MohammadKaif – must be a proud man! – On a scale of 1-10, how many points would you give for this catch ?Bagawati Prasad (@Baggs0404) April 20, 2019On a scale of 1- 10, what would you rate @CAIngram41’s catch as?#DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/C8wbTLzctjIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019Chris Gayle caught by Axar Patel ??????What about Colin Ingram who did all the hard work?#DCvKXIP #IPL2019#IPLMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 20, 2019Colin Ingram has done a wonderful job there,where did he get the energy to throw the ball who is atleast 50 meters away from that position. That’s excellent from IngramAditya (@CAA_256) April 20, 2019After Catch of Chris Gyale by Colin Ingram.. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/9hBvOvyiMfLoveyouall_007 (@loveyouall_007) April 20, 2019All the efforts made by Colin IngramBut score board saysC Axar B LamichhaneHow Cruel Cricket Game #IPL2019 #DCvKXIP #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/BEdYLpPuJhIPL_facts (@IPL_Fact) April 20, 2019Amazing presence of mind from Colin Ingram to remove dangerous Chris Gayle…#KXIPvDC @vikrantgupta73 @IPL @BCCISunny Srivastav (@imsun1504) April 20, 2019CATCH OF THE TOURNAMENT by @CAIngram41 !!!!! #ColinIngram #AxarPatel #DCvKXIP#KXIPvDC#KXIP #DC #DelhiCapitals #ThisIsNewDelhiOm Mehta (@ommehtaa) April 20, 2019Catches win matches!Amazing effort by Colin Ingram. The distance covered by his back hand flick was awesome. Well done!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019Chowkidar Fagun Saraiya (@fagun07) April 20, 2019Also Read | Steve Smith’s tip to teenager Riyan Parag: Think I’m your friend from gully cricketAlso Read | RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai IndiansAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Year

first_imgFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Yearby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named Serbia’s Player of the Year.He played a major role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League by scoring 12 times in the Championship following a January move from Newcastle.”It’s nice when you are appreciated in the country where you play, but there’s nothing more beautiful than when you are at home, with your people,” Mitrovic told the Serbian FA’s website.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are among the previous recipients of the award. About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nishiyuu walkers head home today

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was the final opportunity to say farewell.The Nishiyuu walkers that trekked for two months to Ottawa were preparing to head back home Wednesday after arriving Monday.But what they accomplished in their 1,600 kilometre walk has touched thousands.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img

Nissans Ghosn From auto industry icon to scandal

first_imgPARIS — A trailblazer and visionary in the auto industry, Carlos Ghosn is also a highflyer prone to excesses that may have contributed to his surprise downfall as head of the world’s leading auto group.Ghosn was arrested last week in Japan for allegedly falsifying financial reports and misusing funds at Nissan Motor Co. It was a stunning reversal for the industry icon.Ghosn turned around France’s Renault SA and then Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., eventually linking them in an alliance with Mitsubishi Motor Corp. in their top-selling venture.But while renowned as an industry cost cutter, he spent lavishly on himself. Prosecutors say he is suspected of underreporting his income by $44 million over five years.The Mitsubishi Motors board was meeting Monday to consider whether to dismiss him as chairman.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Headon collision closes Alaska Highway

first_imgUPDATE – The RCMP have confirmed there was a head-on collision at around 8:30 involving a semi-truck and passenger vehicle with one person in each.The nature of the injuries to at least one person are considered life-threatening.Emergency services, Dawson Creek RCMP, Traffic Services and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are at the scene.The cause of the crash is not known at the moment and the highway will be closed for the foreseeable future. The investigation is in the early stages and motorists are asked to monitor DriveBC.ca for updates to the road closure.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed south of Taylor at the 230 road.Eyewitnesses say a collision between two vehicles has happened between the rest area and the chain up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill DriveBC.ca says there is no estimate on when the Highway will be open.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 south of #TaylorBC at the 230 road due to vehicle incident. Assessment in progress, no estimated time of opening. #DawsonCreek— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) December 13, 2018For updates, visit www.drivebc.ca or watch this website.If you have any information to share, you can email news@moosefm.calast_img read more

Football Haskins continues to work toward future after successful spring game

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) passes the ball in the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorFans attending the spring game might have been given a look at the future as redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins took the field behind center.The second-year signal-caller finished the game 26-for-37 with 293 passing yards and three touchdowns, while splitting time playing behind redshirt senior J.T. Barrett on the Gray team and sophomore Joe Burrow on the Scarlet team.For the bulk of the game, the offense of the Gray team was led by Haskins as he took over after Barrett completed the first quarter. Though he spent most of the time playing opposite Burrow, he did feel the need to outperform last season’s backup for a spot on the team.“We were on the same team at first. We went back and forth on the first series we were out there,” Haskins said. “I was just like, go out there, you know pick up the offense, keep moving, encourage my teammates.”The battle for the starting quarterback position might be over, but Haskins has provided Burrow with competition for the backup role. OSU coach Urban Meyer said the coaching staff is still undecided as to who will backup their three-time letter-winning quarterback.“I want to watch the film and have conversations with our coaches,” Meyer said. “We haven’t had that yet. I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is two, who is three, et cetera, yet.”Before the Fiesta Bowl, Haskins did not envision himself battling it out for the No. 2 spot, as he believed Barrett was on the way out.Now relegated to the bench for another season, Haskins has accepted his role with the team, and has found the return of Barrett could help him better prepare for the day he will compete to become the starter.“It’s J.T.’s team and I just know he’s doing everything he can to go win the game,” Haskins said. “We compete everyday at practice. It’s like he throws a deep ball, I’ve got to throw a deep ball. We make each other better.”Beyond a competition standpoint, Haskins feels he has been given an opportunity to learn a lot from Barrett. And as Barrett stood behind Haskins on the field, he said it was valuable to have someone there helping him understand everything he needs to understand under center.“(Barrett’s) a great leader,” Haskins said. “Just for me redshirting last year to now, he’s just been in my ear, you know, ‘Stay calm, get the people on the line of scrimmage, make sure receivers are set, just keep going, keep pushing.’”Having someone like Barrett who has been a starter for three years now has been helpful as Haskins learns more of the intricacies of the No. 1 role. As he continues to progress as a quarterback with OSU, he has learned more about the responsibilities of the signal-caller beyond just throwing the football.“I always knew I could throw the football, it was just coach (Ryan) Day told me it was more than that,” Haskins said. “How do you call plays in the huddle? How do you … showmanship? How do you adjust to blitzes and coverages and stuff? So it’s always been for me — I knew I could throw — so it was always just like being the better quarterback.”Haskins knows this season will not be his last chance to regularly start under center for OSU. He will still have to wait as Barrett again takes the reins for the Buckeyes.But serving as a second- or third-string quarterback for OSU this year will give him a chance to continue to perfect his game so he can tap into his potential and be more game-ready when his chance arrives.“Everyday I ask coach Day, ‘What can I do better?’ or we go into meetings and I write down notes and I go study them in my dorm after practice,” Haskins said. “You know, it’s just they’re always stressing to me, ‘How do you continue to get better because you have great potential, what are you going to do with it?’”OSU kicks off the season on Aug. 31, against Indiana. read more