Still weeks away from publication of National Broadband Plan report

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest We’re still weeks away from getting a report that will decide if the National Broadband Plan process can go ahead.The Taoiseach has confirmed Peter Smyth’s report into how the tender for the roll-out of high speed broadband was run, isn’t expected for a number of weeks.The plan is already overdue for delivery and was expected at the start of November.Leo Varadkar says he’s hopeful it will be positive and the broadband plan can continue.But we won’t know whether the scandal that brought down Minister Denis Naughten will also stop the Broadband Plan, for a while yet:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Still weeks away from publication of National Broadband Plan report Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleBrexit transition period could be extended by two yearsNext articleCautious welcome to increase in respite services at Seaview House News Highland Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ By News Highland – November 19, 2018 last_img read more

Surfacing assumptions

first_imgby. Michael G. DaigneaultEdgar Schein presents culture as a series of assumptions a person makes about a group in which he or she participates.“We tend to think we can separate strategy from culture, but we fail to notice that in most organizations, strategic thinking is deeply colored by spoken and unspoken assumptions about who [these organizations] are and what their mission is,” writes Schein, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Hence the famous phrase, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.”Schein groups assumptions into three basic levels:1. Artifactsall the things you would first see, hear or feel when you encounter an unfamiliar group;observed behavior, routines (easy to see–hard to decipher their true meaning).2. Espoused beliefs and valuesideals, goals, articulated values and stated aspirations;ideologies;rationalizations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

President of Algeria’s parliament resigns

first_imgAlgeria’s parliament confirms Bensalah as interim president FIFA’s president Blatter resigns President Jacob Zuma resignscenter_img Moad Bouchareb has been replaced by Terbech Abderazak on an interim basis. Moad Bouchareb on Tuesday resigned as the president of Algeria’s parliament following prolonged protests against him, local Annahar TV reports.Bouchareb quit his position three months after long-serving president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned, also after persistent anti-government demonstrations.The country was due to hold a presidential election on 4 July, but it was postponed indefinitely as no candidates declared their intents to run.“Bouchareb has resigned as the boss of parliament, he will be replaced by a caretaker before a new one is named,” Reuters quotes a parliamentary source. The source said Terbech Abderazak, a member of parliament, would take over the job temporarily.Even after Bouteflika resigned from the presidency on 2 April, public pressure has continued with demands for the departure and prosecution of the people who served under him.Bouchareb is a former head of the National Liberation Front (FLN) party, which has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962. Bouchareb was replaced as FLN leader in May.Bouteflika ruled the north African nation for nearly 20 years, and had declared an intent to seek re-election this year.The 82-year-old suffered a stroke in 2013, and was rarely seen in public thereafter.Relatedlast_img read more

Argentina look to Leo Messi to propel them to Copa America semi-final against Colombia

first_img TATA’S TEAM  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In Chile, they expect the best version of La Pulga to emerge, now with 100 caps to his name with the Albiceleste and dreaming of winning his first Copa America. It is a title which would complete an incredible season. The ’10’ will be the main man in a side which is expected to be without surprises.  It seems Tata has found his 11, with a mix of strong players like Mascherano and Biglia alongside artists like Pastore, who has made himself a regular in the side. Up front, Aguero, recovered from a pain in his shoulder, will start with Di Maria and Messi, who will be tasked with making the difference. Curiously, Colombia come into the match with similar problems to Argentina: a lack of effectiveness up front. Players like Falcao are not at their best and Pekerman’s side, who beat Brazil, are without two midfielders: Valencia, injured, and Sanchez, suspended.  Argentina hope to have the best Lionel Messi late on Friday night as they look secure their passage into the semi-finals of the Copa America.  Against the Colombia of James, Falcao and Cuadrado, all eyes will once again be on Barcelona’s No.10. That’s not rare, though, because Messi is the thermometer of this Albiceleste side.  Veronica Brunati 26/06/2015 The expectations that the country can win the tournament are high. And they hope that Messi can take a step forward from the group stages, where despite 17 shots on goal, he only scored from the penalty spot.  Martino has expressed his worry over his side’s lack of success in the final third. Argentina have only scored four times until now, despite generating a lot of chances in each and every game. Martino is also wary of Colombia’s tactics. He consideres players like James have got away with things so far in this tournament, a trend he hopes changes against Argentina.  Gerardo Martino does not want an end-to-end game against Colombia and has asked his players to control the game. The objective is for a match which sees Argentina dominating possession.  COLOMBIA’S MOMENT  Their main rival will be Messi, who turned 28 this week. “He is from another world. He is a unique football player. You can’t speak about a battle between James and Messi because it would be unfair on him,” James Rodriguez said.  Everyone expects the Messi that turns up for the biggest occasions will show his face.last_img read more

Six Galway Minors Make Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team Of The Year

first_imgThis year’s Electric Ireland Hurling Team of theYear features six players from three-time All-Ireland champions Galway, threeplayers from All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny, three players from Limerick, twoplayers from Clare and one player from Wexford. The team was selected by apanel of GAA experts, including former Waterford Hurling Manager, Derek McGrathand Galway dual-star, Alan Kerins and was fed into in part by ElectricIreland’s ‘Player of the Week’ initiative on Twitter. The panel will alsoselect an overall Hurling Player of the Year whose name will be announced atthe 2019 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards event.2019 Electric Ireland Hurling Team of the YearAidan Tallis – Kilkenny (Lisdowney)ChristyBrennan – Galway (Clarinbridge)EoinLawless – Galway (St. Mary’s, Athenry)Ronan Lyons – Limerick (Monaleen)IanMcGlynn – Galway (Kilconieron)Cian Galvin – Clare (Clarecastle)Peter McDonald – Kilkenny (Thomastown)AlexConnaire – Galway (Sarsfields)Patrick Kirby – Limerick (Patrickswell)GregThomas – Galway (Ballygar)SeánMcDonagh – Galway (Mountbellew – Moylough)Cathal O’Neill – Limerick (Crecora-Manister)Billy Drennan – Kilkenny (Galmoy)AJ Redmond – Wexford (Rathnure)Shane Meehan – Clare (The Banner)Alan Kerins, Electric Ireland Minor Star AwardsPanel Member commented: “Knowing what it means to be part of a Minor team, I amproud to play my part in honouring those currently involved in the competition.The Minor Star Awards celebrate these young players’ endeavours, recognisingthe commitment and dedication required to play Minor to this extremely highlevel. The players have brought pride and joy to their communities throughtheir exploits on the field for their counties.”The Hurling and Football Teams and Players of theYear will be awarded at the third annual Electric Ireland GAA Minor StarAwards, set to take place at Croke Park on Saturday, 28th of September with theFootball Team of the Year being unveiled on Tuesday, 10th of September. In linewith Electric Ireland’s ‘This is Major’ campaign, the Minor Star Awards createa major moment for Minor players, showcasing the outstanding achievements ofindividual performers throughout the Championship season. The awards recognisethe effort of not only the Minor players, but those who support them day in andday out, from their coaches to their parents, teachers and clubs – all who haveplayed a significant role in getting them to where they are today.This year Electric Ireland’s #GAAThisIsMajorcampaign, now in its sixth year has reflected on the positive impact that theMinor Championship has on players long after their days on the field as a Minorhave ended, as seen in The Barbershop with Electric Ireland, a four-part videoseries featuring the 2019 Panel reflecting on their own careers at [email protected]#GAAThisIsMajorprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The 2019 Minor Hurling Championship season was animpressive showcase of the promising future of the GAA with exceptionaldisplays of talent on the field week in, week out, as dedicated Minor Playerscountry-wide showed fans once again that playing Minor really is major! Galway Minors, Christy Brennan of Clarinbridge GAA Club,Eoin Lawless of St. Mary’s GAA Club Athenry, Ian McGlynn of Kilconieron GAAClub, Alex Connaire of Sarsfields GAA, Greg Thomas of Ballygar Hurling Club,and Seán McDonagh of Mountbellew – Moylough GAA Club all impressed during the2019 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling Championship, as these players havebeen selected as part of the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year.last_img read more

Mahikeng airport freight hub on cards

first_img13 September 2013 The government of South Africa’s North West province is conducting a feasibility study for the development of a freight hub at Mahikeng International Airport. The study will form part of a wider freight transport strategy, including a passenger and freight rail plan, that is currently in the process of being drawn up, says Lesiba Moses Kgwele, spokesperson for the North West Premier’s office. The development of Mahikeng International was one of the priorities outlined by Premier Thandi Modise in her state of the province address earlier this year. The airport is currently undergoing a multi-million rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation. Kgwele said this week that R15-million was being spent on the rejuvenation of the airport’s runway, taxiways, apron and landing strip markings. A new 16-element instrument landing system (ILS) has been installed as part of the upgrade of the airport’s electrical grounding lighting system. “R30-million is also being spent on the project, to be completed in the current financial year,” Kgwele said. According to an approved Provincial Land Transport Framework report – which recommended the development of a freight hub or “dry port” in Mahikeng – the upgrades will enhance regional trade, eliminate border-crossing delays and minimise administrative inefficiencies. Source: read more

Finally, A Practical Use for Second Life

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How it Works: CICP (Think HTTP for Virtual Worlds)Some of the company’s solutions involve using a proprietary virtual world, “Glasshouse,” for data visualization, but for Second Life, Sun’s Wonderland, and other virtual world users, they’ve developed adapters that project graphs from Glasshouse into whichever virtual world you’re using. The only requirement is that the virtual world be CICP-enabled. CICP, or Content Injection and Control Protocol, was developed in-house by Green Phosphor CEO Ben Linquist and released to the public domain. The standard, cross-platform protocol essentially serves as HTTP for virtual worlds where it works as a communication mechanism that the Glasshouse gateway can use to generate temporary artifacts in the worlds. Already it has been added to Sun Wonderland and released under the GPL license there. It has also been implemented in Second Life with the help of a Java servlet and released under a BSD license. The company is currently working to add it to other virtual worlds, too. When you think of virtual worlds, the first one that probably pops into your head is Second Life, but in reality, there are a number of different virtual worlds out there. There are worlds for socializing, worlds for gaming, even worlds for e-learning. But one thing that most virtual worlds have in common is that they are places for play, not practicality. (Yes, even the e-learning worlds are designed with elements of “fun” in mind). Outside of some reports that virtual worlds will replace web conferencing in the enterprise, we haven’t seen a lot of innovation in this space which would make businesses sit up and take notice. However, that may be about to change thanks to new software that lets you perform data visualization and manipulation techniques within the virtual world environment. About Glasshouse The software, Glasshouse by Green Phosphor, lets you take data from either a spreadsheet or database query and place a 3D representation of it into a virtual world environment where it can then be explored interactively. Users are inserted into the virtual world as an avatar which can then manipulate the visualization of the data by drilling down into it, re-sorting it, or even just spinning it around to see it from all angles. The benefits to working with data in this way don’t really need to be touted too much – many businesses already perform data visualization, often using expensive software and powerful computers to do so. What makes what Green Phosphor does so interesting is not that they’ve come up with a way to visualize data – it’s that they’ve come up with a way to leverage the platforms of virtual worlds to do so. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts sarah perez If you have Java installed, you can test their web-based virtual world demo by clicking here (launches Java window). For more information about their solutions, visit Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#Visualization#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Data Viz for Anyone: From Spreadsheets to BiotechDepending on company size, there are three different levels of service available. First, a spreadsheet world lets you upload Excel spreadsheets that can then be visualized in a web interface. Next, there’s a workgroup appliance that delivers data visualization and virtual conferencing needs to small or medium-sized businesses. And finally, enterprise solutions designed especially for virtual markets like bio-technology have also been developed as more customized solutions. As Linquist explains in this YouTube video, the technology is even advanced enough to produce a virtual laboratory where researchers can perform model-based drug development. last_img read more

Graphic Designer Makes Concept Uniform For Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?last_img

City releases results of cannabis retail consultation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the agenda for next Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which includes the results it gathered from residents to hear their thoughts on what regulations cannabis retail operations would need to adhere to after recreational cannabis becomes legal this fall.The City’s Development Director Ken Rogers will be giving a presentation to Council about the feedback the City gathered during a pair of Dot-mocracy events with residents and on its ‘Let’s Talk’ website during the last week in May and first week in June. According to Rogers, over 700 responses were received in the online campaign, with more than 100 more responses given in person during the Dot-mocracy events.Residents were largely supportive of the City allowing cannabis retail operations to set up shop in most commercial zones, with the overwhelming majority favouring the C-2 Downtown Core and C-3 General Commercial zones. 73 percent of residents favoured the City adopting a 200-metre buffer zone from all schools within the City, while feelings were more mixed about the buffer zone from parks. A slim majority – 52 percent – preferred a 200-metre buffer around all City parks, while 48 percent felt that a buffer of 100 m or less was sufficient. When it comes to how far cannabis retail stores need to be from each other, residents were again fairly split on the issue. 47 percent of respondents felt that at least 200 metres of separation was required, while 36 percent felt that no buffer zone between cannabis retail stores was needed. Overall, 53 percent of residents desired a buffer zone of 100 metres or less.The City also asked residents about their thoughts on where cannabis would be able to be consumed, and if the provincial legislation was adequate.  The provincial government announced earlier this year that cannabis smoking or vaping would be permitted anywhere the smoking of tobacco is currently permitted, with the exception of places where children would reasonably be expected to be present, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, or beaches. An overwhelming majority of Fort St. John residents – 83 percent – said they felt the provincial legislation was adequate.In his presentation, Rogers says that the next steps are for City staff to prepare a presentation to Council to discuss a proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw before the Bylaw itself is drafted. A public hearing will also be held before the bylaw is officially adopted by the City.The presentation can be found here: read more

Site C continues to see increase in employment during month of July

first_imgConstruction and non-construction contractor’s workforce from the Peace River Regional District made up 21 percent or 842 which is up from June’s numbers of 829.The number of apprentices employed on the project increased from 189 in June to 204 during the month of July.The number of Indigenous people working on the Project saw another increase from 361 in June to 377 in July.Women working on the Project saw an increase from 538 in June to 570 in July. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the latest Site C Dam Project employment numbers for the month of July 2019.The number of people working on the Site C Dam Project saw an increase from 4,634 in June to 4,797 in July.The total number of workers from B.C. was 2,925 which is 72 percent of the workers.last_img