It defies belief that 30,000 Donegal people have no broadband – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to prioritise Donegal when it comes to the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy McConalogue described the history of the national broadband plan as “littered with broken promises and a failure to live up to commitments.”“The initial plan was that by the end of 2020, broadband services would have been delivered to the entire country. At present, 30,000 business premises and private residential homes in County Donegal are still waiting on the national broadband plan to deliver,” the Donegal TD said. Pointing out that the figure equates to one-third of premises in the county, Deputy McConalogue called on the Minister to ensure Donegal is prioritised when the scheme is rolled out.“Given that the new plan announced and signed off in recent weeks has a final delivery date of 2027 and given the high percentage of affected homes and business premises in Donegal, I’m asking the Minister to commit to ensuring that Donegal is prioritised.“I’ve been told that National Broadband Ireland will be outlining its plans shortly and while I understand that within the first year high-speed broadband connection points are planned in several public locations, people really want to know when the first homes will be connected, something the Minister failed to answer.“People in Donegal want to be able to access broadband in their home and in their business. They don’t want to be leaving and trekking somewhere down the road just so they can send an email or make a video call. “It defies belief that broadband is a service that over 30,000 people in this county still have no access to. Considering the level of investment this government has now committed to the plan, I will continue to put pressure on them to ensure delivery of the service to Donegal as a matter of priority,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.It defies belief that 30,000 Donegal people have no broadband – McConalogue was last modified: December 4th, 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:broadbandCharlie McConaloguedonegallast_img read more

New appointment: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) appoints COO

first_imgPaul Mackenzie has been appointed chief operations officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), responsible for managing its day-to-day operations. The COO is a new position, created to add management capacity to the IMC as it continues to grow and expand its staffing numbers, projects and influence. The role of the COO includes planning; financial oversight and compliance; HR development; and operational management.Prior to joining the IMC, Paul was general manager of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), a leading economic policy research and advocacy organisation. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.The IMC was established in 2000 to create a positive, united image for South Africa. Using the slogan, “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” its mission is to articulate a brand for South Africa in order to attract tourism, trade and investment and to build national support for Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Green From the Start: Home Edition Volume 2

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Green From the Start – Home EditionWhat We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate Green From the Start Redux, or Trying to Build Green in a Historic DistrictGreen From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentMusings on Lawsuits, Spiritual Energy, and Metal Roofs Limited optionsWhile I will still argue my case to remove the cottage and replace it with a modest carriage house with an apartment, I have to plan for the possibility that I will need to keep it.My first backup plan is to remove the additions and relocate the cottage farther back on the property to turn it into a garage. This will be extremely costly and provide me with a garage with no apartment above.Farther down the list is to move it as-is and keep it as a rental property, with no garage. This last option is what causes me the most distress. The cottage has wood lap siding attached directly to the studs with no wall insulation. While terribly inefficient, this construction is durable and makes the walls very resistant to mold and rot with excellent drying potential. Having lived in this structure for several years, I am acutely aware of its problems and wish none of them on future tenants.I am, however, very reluctant to insulate the existing walls, as this will almost certainly cause new moisture, air quality, and durability problems — unless of course, I remove all the siding and windows, install a complete weather barrier, and reinstall all the siding. If not, the building will continue to be profoundly inefficient and uncomfortable for anyone living there. Do I spend the money required to do this so that I can rent it in good conscience, or just leave the structure unfinished and unoccupied and use it for unconditioned storage?Historic vs. sustainable vs. logicalI seem to have run up against an impenetrable wall of resistance to change that will be a challenge to overcome. I have considerable respect for historic buildings and appreciate the fact that I live in a neighborhood that is protected from irresponsible development. On the other hand, classifying every structure over 50 years old as historic and requiring permanent protection may be going a little too far.Should I be required to spend well in excess of the value of a building to maintain it for some esoteric concept of historic value, and then spend even more to bring it up to my personal minimum requirement for health and efficiency before I allow someone to occupy it? Or should I do the minimum possible work and keep it as an empty tribute to early-20th-century shacks the world over?Next stepsInterestingly, my hearing was canceled due to the commission lacking a quorum, and is now rescheduled for mid-November. My expectation is that I will be approved to build the new house as long as I keep the existing building somewhere on the property. If all goes as planned, I can focus on getting construction started on the new house while weighing my options for the existing building. Stay tuned; I am sure it will be an interesting ride.Just for inquiring minds, here are the current plans for your perusal. 1344-Seville 10-01-09.pdf For those few of you who have been waiting breathlessly for updates on my new house, I finally have something to report. The preliminary plans were completed this fall and submitted to the local historic commission for approval, and that is where I ran into my first hiccup.There is an existing cottage on the property that I was planning to demolish after my new house is complete. I was told by the commission staffer that the cottage is considered a “contributing structure” to the district, and I would have a hard time getting approval to remove it.Setting aside the fact that I was told exactly the opposite several years before and the issue never came up during an earlier review of my plans, the cottage may be old, but calling it historic, let alone even a house, is a bit of a stretch. While currently all of 700 square feet, the original house was barely more than 400, having undergone two additions and the replacement of the front porch floor and columns sometime in the mid-20th century. It has been classified in a recent historic survey as an “American Small House” , while I would venture to say that it is more of a shack than a house.last_img read more

On Turning Adversaries Into Allies with Bob Burg – Episode 28

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (12.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Bob Burg, has turned the worst of opposition into mutually beneficial relationships. His new book, Adversaries Into Allies, is a toolkit you will need for tough clients and even tougher sales meetings. On this episode, Bob defines the difference between manipulation and persuasion in leadership. He knows that you deal with clients prone to miscommunication and misunderstandings. He also knows that the influence you have as a sales leader is powerful. The difference between being successful, or not, is how you carry out your influence. Listen in to gain the ability to move people to your desired action in the best possible way, on this episode of In the Arena. Turn your adversaries into allies today, with Bob BurgClick To TweetManipulation or Persuasion?Persuasion and manipulation are cousins that influence human action and human motivation. But, they begin with different intent, and produce very different results. Today, Bob Burg speaks about how manipulation aims at control, not cooperation. Bob’s own experience with manipulators has provided unique angles in approaching business. Manipulators do not understand that not only is it bad life practice, it is bad business. People can smell your intent. Is yours one of your own best interest, or the best interest of your clients? Commitment will cultivate for you a team, whereas manipulative coercion will simply get you employees. The influential leader will ask questions, take an interest in others, and work with the best scenario in mind for others. Find out today if you are a manipulator or a persuader. Change your attitude toward your adversariesIn preparing to deal with adversaries, Bob Burg starts with attitude. The adjustment is with yourself first, not your adversary. When we know we are dealing with opposition, we often resort to protecting ourselves. This sets the stage for how your adversary will respond to you.  Whatever you bring in with you, your adversary will react to. Bob is adamant in his belief that we can create room for our toughest clients to change. Patience and persistence can change any adversary into an ally. Retrain your toughest client to accept your positive framework. Learn to be the tree that yields with the wind, on today’s episode of In the Arena.The manipulative leader can have employees, but never a team ~ Bob BurgClick To TweetThe clashing of beliefs A belief system is something everyone has and carries into every situation. Listen in to today’s episode as Bob Burg prepares us for inevitable clashes. Your beliefs create the lens for how you see the world. They are formed in the beginning of your life, without your creation or awareness. You are a servant to and run by these unconscious beliefs. We tend to think other people see the world as we see it. The first thing Bob Burg suggests we do is to check why we believe a certain way. Ask more questions. Ask for more clarification. Meet miscommunication head on. When you seek to understand what is already at work influencing someone, you are one step closer to becoming the influence. Empathizing does not mean you’re a doormatOur beliefs create infections we carry around with us, making communication difficult. Empathy is understanding the infections of others. But seeking to understand does not mean you have to become a doormat, or even change your beliefs. You simply let someone know that you know they are feeling something. Responding non-emotionally and non-offensively will buy you the trust and communication that healthy business relationships need. We think we understand others, but we oftentimes do not. What we all want to know that we are understood. Learn how to practice empathy with your adversaries on today’s episode of In the Arena. Adjust your own attitude, with Bob BurgClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of today’s guest, Bob Burg. The difference between persuasion and manipulation. The challenge in leadership and influence. Preparing to deal with your adversaries. How to monitor and keep your belief systems in check. Seek first to understand. How and why should we exercise empathy. Information and resources from Bob Burg.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeLink to Introduction and Chapter One of Adversaries Into AlliesBob Burg’s website: http://www.burg.comBob on Twitter12500806811591848164The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodePositive expectation works, but not for the reason we think it does ~ Bob BurgClick To TweetAre you a persuader or a manipulator?Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

NAC approves draft National Food Security Bill

first_imgManmohan Singh with Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) on Wednesday approved the draft National Food Security Bill, 2011 which aims to make provision of food support to people facing hunger a duty of the state.With the draft bill prepared by the Working Group on Food Security being legally vetted by a government law officer, the Council will now be sent it to the government.The decision approving the draft bill was taken at the meeting of the NAC on Wednesday.The bill guarantees subsidised foodgrains to at least 90 per cent of rural households, and 50 percent of urban households.According to the bill, 46 per cent of the rural and 28 per cent of urban households categorised as ‘priority group’ are entitled to receive foodgrains at 7 kg per head at Rs three, two and one for wheat or rice or millets respectively.Forty-nine per cent of the rural and 22 per cent of urban households categorised as ‘general group’ are entitled to receive foodgrains at 4 kg per head at not more than 50 per cent of the MSP of the respective foodgrain.The draft bill follows a life cycle approach and introduces a number of other universal guarantees, including nutrition support and maternity entitlements for pregnant women, nutrition support to children both in pre-school centres and in school, but also to all out of school children; destitute feeding and affordable meals for homeless and other needy urban populations; and special guarantees for starvation and emergencies.It creates also a strong accountability framework for protection of these entitlements and allows imposition of fines on defaulters and compensation to the victim.advertisementIt also envisages a strong grievance redress and monitoring system, from the centre to the block level.– With PTI inputs For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday announced the Philippines’ 14-man pool for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers next month.Andray Blatche will be back as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player with Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger as the backup.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Kings overcome Damian Lillard’s 35 to frustrate Trail Blazers Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Aside from Blatche the latest additions to the pool are Mark Barroca, Roger Pogoy and Raymond Almazan.“We are also happy to announce that Andray Blatche has committed to help our drive to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in China,” said Panlilio, adding that Blatche is expected to arrive first week of February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJayson Castro, Paul Lee, Scottie Thompson, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, June Mar Fajardo complete the pool.Gilas Pilipinas, which went 1-3 in its last four games, plays Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25 both on the road and are must-win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

New Chief Magistrate and Criminal Justice Adviser for the TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hilary Ryan, new chief magistrate for TCI, new criminal advisor for TCI, Tanya Lobban-Jackson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI. August 25, 2016 –  The Turks and Caicos Justice system, this month, gets two new defenders; a criminal justice adviser and a chief magistrate.Directly we get Tanya Lobban-Jackson, originally of Jamaica but moving here from the Cayman Islands, where she was senior Crown Counsel, as the new magistrate.  Lobban-Jackson was sworn in last Thursday.Hilary Ryan is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s newly appointed Criminal Justice Adviser to the Caribbean Overseas Territories. Ms Ryan, who will be based in Miami, will have a particular focus on child safe-guarding, serious crime and money laundering, and the criminal justice system.Giving insight into a meeting held just a couple of days ago, His Excellency Peter Beckingham, the Governor said:  “I hope that Ms Ryan’s new role will encourage all the parts of TCI involved in criminal justice to look to the UK for advice and possibly financial assistance. We had very positive discussions with the Chief Justice, Police Commissioner, Acting DPP, Prison Superintendent as well as with the Chief Magistrate and Court Administrator about their work, and identified a number of areas where more support may be possible from the UK. Ms Ryan also highlighted the value in other jurisdictions of a Criminal Justice Board of senior practitioners, which could be a helpful mechanism as well in Turks and Caicos.” – HE Peter Beckingham.Ms. Ryan also has great experience, said the Governor, in working with the US DOJ or Department of Justice.last_img read more

TCI Closer to Blood Donation Law PAHO urging the Policy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#blooddonationsneeded, #giveblood, #lindabarnespaho, #pahointci, #tcibloodbank Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Blood Donations need to be dramatically increased as the country sees more and more medical procedures done on island; the Bank is often making urgent pleas to the public and a recent workshop exposed that this situation needs to change.“I think that generally, Turks and Caicos has done a very good job, but in considering how the health infrastructure has grown and more procedures are being conducted locally, the blood supply need to grow accordingly.  And when I looked at the data about the number of blood units collected year over year, it has shown dramatic increase, but even today I was informed that there is urgency in getting blood to the hospital because it’s affecting patient care if they do not get blood donors in the door.”Linda Barnes is from the Pan American Health Organization, and not only was she here for a two day workshop aimed at strengthening our blood bank system; but she was here to help us to draft a national policy; something PAHO is requiring all countries to do.  “So we talked a lot about strategies, we actually  completed a draft policy on universal access to safe blood, so we will be positioning Turks and Caicos to respond to PAHO’s request that we put a blood policy in place, and we also talked about real down to earth strategies, good ideas, what I’ve seen in the different countries that I’ve worked in ranging from central Asia to sub-Saharan Africa and now the Caribbean.”A regular pattern of blood donation is key and Barnes said the mix of public and private practitioners were exceptional and motivated to see the policy established in law and to find ways to engage more community groups so that the Blood Bank is never broke of having safe and universal access to blood.last_img read more

Trump Twitter Facebook Google are colluding to silence conservatives

first_imgPresident Donald Trump said “we have to do something” about social media companies.  Getty Images President Donald Trump is again alleging that social media companies are biased against conservatives.During a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday, Trump said “we have to do something” about social media companies discriminating against conservatives on their platforms. “Something is happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook, Google and Twitter,” said Trump. “I do think we have to get to the bottom of it … It’s collusive and it’s very, very fair to say that we have to do something about it.”Trump’s comments came after he was asked whether he’d consider laws that made social media platforms liable for content posted on their sites and his support for a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter over allegations of “shadow banning” conservatives. “It’s different from what it used to be. Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren’t getting through,” said Trump. “It seems to be if they’re conservative, if they’re Republicans, if they’re in a certain group, there’s discrimination, big discrimination.”Neither the White House nor Facebook nor Google immediately responded to requests for comment. Twitter declined to comment. This isn’t Trump’s first time alleging that social media companies are silencing conservative voices on their platforms. In August, Trump took to Twitter to accuse social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” His tweets also came amid more general concerns among some conservatives about perceived bias on the part of social media and tech companies.On Tuesday, Facebook apologized to Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, for temporarily blocking some contents on his account on Monday, according to CNN Business. Facebook’s artificial intelligence system reportedly mistook Scavino for a bot.  Tags Share your voice 8 Comments Politics Internet Mobile Digital Media Facebook Googlelast_img read more

Vedanta prepares legal challenge to India copper plant closure report

first_imgWomen shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarVedanta Resources is working on a legal challenge to the Tamil Nadu government’s closure of one of its copper smelters, but it will not proceed until tensions over the deaths of 13 people during protests last week have eased, two sources told Reuters.The Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of the smelter on Monday after police fired on protesters demanding its closure on environmental grounds.London-listed Vedanta, majority owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal, considers it is now left with no other option than to file a writ petition challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision in the Madras High Court or the Supreme Court in New Delhi, the two sources close to the company said.”They have not presented a single (piece of) evidence against the company,” said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be named. “Vedanta is confident that it has a strong case legally. It has not violated any law.”However, the sources said that with local tensions running high over the deaths of the protesters, the resources company was holding off for now from filing the legal challenge.A Vedanta spokesman did not respond to requests seeking comment. The company earlier said it had broken no rules, and hoped soon to reopen the plant and double its capacity to 800,000 tonnes a year at a cost of more than $700 million.The chief of Vedanta’s India copper business, P. Ramnath, told Reuters on Friday the company would legally fight any attempt to close the plant.D. Jayakumar, a senior Tamil Nadu minister, said the smelter was closed mainly in response to the demands of residents of the coastal city of Thoothukudi, and that the state government would defend itself in court.”We’ve closed the plant based on various violations raised by the pollution control board. They will of course say that they have not violated any rule,” Jayakumar, who speaks for the state government, told Reuters.”People are totally against the plant. We’re with the people only. We go by their demand and the law.”He declined to give details of the violations.D. Sekar, a senior official with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, also declined to explain the reasons, saying only that the closure was a “policy decision”.The plant, India’s second-biggest copper smelter known as Sterlite Copper, has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, as residents continued largely peaceful protests demanding it be shut for good.Residents and environmental activists have long demanded a shutdown of the copper smelter, which has annual production of more than 400,000 tonnes, citing air and water pollution. Vedanta denies the accusations of pollution.The opposition escalated last week when thousands of people marched towards a government office on the 100th day of the protest. Ten people were killed in police firing that day, while three more died in subsequent days, piling pressure on the state government as protests spread elsewhere in the state.Minister Jayakumar said his government has been opposed to the smelter since 2013, when a suspected gas leak led to its closure for more than two months. The plant was allowed to reopen after a court-appointed team of experts found no instance of emissions beyond set limits.In recent weeks, however, Tamil Nadu has cancelled a decision to allocate a plot of land to Vedanta for a doubling of the plant’s capacity and cut its electricity connection and water supply, he said.[ Source- reuters]last_img read more